Archive of: 2021
Image © Dan Hill
I love this deep dive into Tokyo’s local scale infrastructure.
When visiting Tokyo, if you are attuned to eating the world with your eyes and particularly the layers of urban life bigger than a cellphone and smaller than a building, one of the first things you’ll notice is how comparatively small the vehicles seem to be. Then, the sheer variety of these small vehicles. And then, how these vehicles, by virtue of their humble and appropriate scale and speed, help produce the city’s often delightfully humane streets. And then finally, that these small vehicles are scurrying around the world’s largest city.
By way of comparison, the municipal and commercial vehicles blasting around Manhattan, for example, are more like hulking tanks, built for battle, apparently ready to face off against the army of gargantuan SUVs contesting the same spaces. But in Tokyo, a city three times larger, the small scale of the vehicles makes instinctive sense.
Small vehicles of Tokyo by Dan Hill
(via the always excellent Webcurios newsletter)
If your laptop and phone both got stolen – how easily could you conduct online life through the worst browser you have? If you have to file an insurance claim online – will you get sent a simple HTML form to fill in, or a DOCX which won’t render?
What vital information or services are forbidden to you due to being trapped in PDFs or horrendously complicated web sites?
Go sit in an uncomfortable chair, in an uncomfortable location, and stare at an uncomfortably small screen with an uncomfortably outdated web browser. How easy is it to use the websites you’ve created?
The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML - Terence Eden
- Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
- beabadoobee - Fake It Flowers
- Black Casino and the Ghost - Farewell Marshal Brunswick
- Thee MVPs - Science Fiction
- Rose City Band - Summerlong
- Run The Jewels - RTJ4
- Sault - UNTITLED (Rise)
- L.A. Witch - Play With Fire
- Sorry - 925
- SPICE - SPICE
- Jojo Rabbit
- Little Women
- Portrait of a Lady on Fire
- Palm Springs
- Queen & Slim
- Lovers Rock
I read 46 books in 2020, thanks in part to a Pratchett re-read and a global pandemic.
Virtual worlds were a fantastic way to shield myself from the state of the world in 2020. Some highlights were: Outer Wilds, Kentucky Route Zero, A Short Hike, Breath of the Wild, and of course, Animal Crossing.