Last Week's Links 1

July 28th, 2019

The most interesting stories, videos, and podcasts I've found over the past week.


Darknet Diaries, episode 43: PPP - This episode of Darknet Diaries explores alternate reality games and capture the flag tournaments at Defcon. Very interesting!

PicoCTF - A beginners-level CTF contest hosted by Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

The Australians making music with computer code - I love the intersection of code and art, obviously.

They said you could leave electric scooters anywhere — then the repo men struck back - I've seen multiple stories about these scooter repo men and I enjoy every one. Call me an old curmudgeon but I hate the dockless scooters and bikes!

Breath of the Wild glitch-hunters figured out how to ride Sidon anywhere - So clever! Too bad the person who discovered the glitch didn't reveal how it was done.

The Automat - 99% Invisible - I never really knew about Automats until this, but I love the concept. Unless I'm doing the cooking, I want as few steps between myself and my dinner as possible. I'm already a big fan of self-order kiosks at fast food places... when they work.

After Automats Died in New York, They Flourished in the Netherlands - Another reason to visit the Netherlands. I would love some quick Dutch Automat food!


LightSail 2 Mission Control - A dashboard to track Lightsail 2's location and data.

SpaceX succeeds with first untethered StarHopper low altitude ‘hop’ test - And then they accidentally set a forest on fire.

These Incredible Real Tattoos Change Colour as Biomarkers Like Glucose Levels Shift - This is amazing, but because it's so disruptive I doubt the FDA will approve it 😑.

@mikamckinnon: Well, actually... No. All table salt is rock salt, or in geology-talk, halite. All halite is formed as an evaporite, precipitated out of evaporating saline solution such as an ocean or a lake. Y'know, like Utah's Great Salt Lake. - A geologist "Well, ackchually"s Neil deGrasse Tyson and drops so much salt knowledge in a huge Twitter thread.

Movies & TV

Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema - The Lion King was actually filmed within a VR environment so they could get realistic camera movements within an animated scene.

Jon Favreau Breaks Down The Lion King's Opening Scene | Vanity Fair - A fantastic breakdown of an iconic scene.

@Jon_Favreau: This is the only real shot in #TheLionKing. There are 1490 rendered shots created by animators and CG artists. I slipped in one single shot that we actually photographed in Africa to see if anyone would notice. It is the first shot of the movie that begins The Circle of Life. - I could've sworn there were more real shots in The Lion King.

Stranger Things 3’s Mind Flayer was played by a stuntman in red spandex and a shiny helmet - A look at the behind-the-scenes special effects magic that went into Stranger Things season 3.

@1MnOnSetOf1: 1 mn on the set of: "Hercules" (1997) "Zero to hero" song side by side storyboard and final product. Via @OhMyDisney - I'll never get tired of watching reference footage of hand-drawn animation.


How Capicola Became Gabagool: The Italian New Jersey Accent, Explained - An oldie but a goodie, I stumbled upon this article again this week.

Duolingo partnered with Twitch to help you learn languages better - You can't escape The Owl.

Interesting people

Justice Ginsburg: 'I Am Very Much Alive' - The Notorious RBG is life goals.

@hellresidentNY: The only thing better than RBG's quote on how she outlived some asshole senator who was far too happy about her cancer diagnosis? Vincent D'Onofrio using his Kingpin voice from #Daredevil to read that very same quote. - Related to the above interview.

Redditors Are Stapling Bread to Trees in Sheffield, England - I very much enjoy random acts of harmless weirdness.

The Man with the Golden Airline Ticket - The fascinating story about a man who had an lifetime airline ticket, the airline that ripped it away, and the devastating reason why he was "abusing" his airline pass 😢.

How Scorned Women and a Casanova Cop Caught L.A.’s ‘Dine-and-Dash Dater’ - This story has so many twists and turns it's ridiculous. I couldn't stop reading.

This college dropout was bedridden for 11 years. Then he invented a surgery and cured himself - Amazing story of tenacity.

One Night Wonder - A really cool story about two guys who had a musical on Broadway for one night, and where they are 10 years later.

Faye Dunaway fired from Broadway-bound ‘Tea at Five’ for slapping crew member - I don't care much for celebrity drama, but I'm always here for Broadway drama.

The Life And Death Of An Instafish - The weird and fascinating story of how an ugly fish became an Internet star.