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Shanghai pink

Omakase is another example of blending Japanese architecture with Chinese dining.

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The library economics of e-books

In the first days of the lockdown, the N.Y.P.L. experienced a spike in downloads, which lengthened the wait times for popular books. In response, it limited readers to three checkouts and three waitlist requests at a time, and it shifted almost all of its multimillion-dollar acquisitions budget to digital content. By the end of March, seventy-four per cent of U.S. libraries were reporting that they had expanded their digital offerings in response to coronavirus-related library closures. During a recent interview over Zoom (another digital service that proliferated during the pandemic), [Steve] Potash recalled that OverDrive quickly redirected about a hundred employees, who would normally have been at trade shows, “to help support and fortify the increase in demand in digital.” He recalled a fellow-executive telling him, “E-books aren’t just ‘a thing’ now—they’re our only thing.”

(via New Yorker)

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‘Who are your favorite ball players?’

Ashawnta Jackson on Richard Nixon’s fantasy baseball team.

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Kung Fu Panda Ripoff

Danny Gonzalez reviewed The Little Panda Fighter

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Wiby – a search engine for lovers of the old Web

Why Wiby?

In the early days of the web, pages were made primarily by hobbyists, academics, and computer savvy people about subjects they were personally interested in. Later on, the web became saturated with commercial pages that overcrowded everything else. All the personalized websites are hidden among a pile of commercial pages. Google isn’t great at finding them, its focus is on finding answers to technical questions, and it works well; but finding things you didn’t know you wanted to know, which was the real joy of web surfing, no longer happens. In addition, many pages today are created using bloated scripts that add slick cosmetic features in order to mask the lack of content available on them. Those pages contribute to the blandness of today’s web.

The Wiby search engine is building a web of pages as it was in the earlier days of the internet. In addition, Wiby helps vintage computers to continue browsing the web, as pages indexed are more suitable for their performance.

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Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (1936–2021)

RIP The Upsetter.

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Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover.

Redditor buba447 made their own mini TV that plays random Simpsons episodes from the first 11 seasons.

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What is/was Pseudo.com?

Pseudo ran like a cable network, live-streaming content throughout the day on different channels, rather than making individual content available on demand. It was a somewhat premature experiment in the days of slow Internet connections.”

(via The History of The Web)

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Here’s what the f**k you should eat for dinner

food

A pseudorandom dinner generator. Old and profane but good. (But pear, walnut and bacon muffins?)

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Black Britain through the eyes of Vanley Burke

African Liberation Day, Handsworth Park, 1977. Photo © Vanley Burke

“It’s about how do we preserve some idea of history within this space to make it clear that we’re not just passing through?”

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