Category: Sunday links

Fashion-bloggers then and now. Interesting to see how their style has changed as they’ve become more successful.

Will the sound of coffee shops make you more productive?

Picmonkey, a great web application that allows you to edit your photos online. I’m tired of using Gimp on my macbook, so this looks great.

Down to a Sunless Sea. A brand new short story by Neil Gaiman in the Guardian.

Earnest Hemingway’s nobel prize speech.

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.

For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.

Author Kirsty Logan creates Pinterest boards for all her stories. Such a great idea.

Will Vice be the next CNN? – an interview with founder Shane Smith.

Sunday links

I recognise myself in a lot of this. A typical day of a teenage girl in the 90s.

The Boston Globe’s great big picture site showcases the work of photojournalists under 25.

Lifehacker has a guide to how to brew the perfect cup of coffee. It’s actually quite complicated.

A brilliant and moving article by Nigerian writer Chika Unigwe about what it’s like to move to a new country.

Four years later, with a postgraduate degree from a Belgian university, I went to an employment office to register for work. Without asking for my qualifications, the lady at the counter smiled brightly and offered me a job on the spot. ‘We need cleaners, you can start today.’ Her smile slipped when I assured her that I needed a cleaner more than she did. ‘If you do find one, please send them to me,’ I told her.

But that was in the future, after I had regained my voice

Her story is very different to mine, but I know some of the fear she is writing about. I know what homesickness feels like, actual, physical homesickness. I know what it feels like to be lost in the subtleties of a new culture. Actually staying abroad means adapting and changing. It happens slowly.

Stonehenge is getting a make-over.

Over the next year, the nearby A344 will be closed and grassed over. A new visitor centre will be built a mile and a half from the monument and tourists will be encouraged to explore the ancient landscape around the 5,000-year-old complex.

I’m so excited about this, I can’t actually put words on it except for WEEEEE! There will be a sequel to two of the best immersive computer games ever made The Longest Journey and Dreamfall. The Kickstarter campaign has been funded and in November next year the Dreamfall chapters will be released. The story is set in two interesting and complex worlds, Stark (a dystopian world of logic and big corporations) and Arcadia (a world of magic and mystery). I wont be able to describe the games in a way that will do them justice. Just watch the trailer.

Sunday links

Image via Spitalfields Life.

The Londonist put together an alphabetical list of cool and unusual London facts.

L = London Eye: on average, the London Eye receives more visitors per year than the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramid of Giza (Lizzie May)

For more interesting glimpses into London check out Spitalfields life. The blog is full of amazing local stories. Like this one about the master raven keeper at the Tower of London.

A blog full of closed down shop fronts.

Ideastap offers some advice on how to crowdfund.

If you followed the mysterious story about businessman Neil Heywood who was murdered in China, Channel 4 Dispatches tried to find out what really happened. The documentary is up on Youtube, so anyone can watch it.

The Guardian has complied a list of their favourite up-and coming Scandinavian pop acts.

The comments led me on to South African rap phenomenon Die Antwoord, which made me slightly nostalgic as they were becoming quite popular when I was in the country for the second time. Apparently they’ve done a documentary for Vice about African demon Tokoloshe (looks a bit like an African version of the chupacabra).

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Image via SgtSalt’s Flickr.

According to a column in the Guardian our lives would be so much better if we modelled them on the Helsinki bus station!

Two powerful and successful women in the US tech & business world are fighting over if women can have it all or not? Can they? Does it maybe depend on our personal definitions of what having it all means? Phew. Who knows. Although this is a good comment by PandoDaily editor Sarah Lacy.

Brainpickings talks about how the stories we tell ourselves can help us stay sane.

You may find that you have been telling yourself that practicing optimism is a risk, as though, somehow, a positive attitude will invite disaster and so if you practice optimism it may increase your feelings of vulnerability. The trick is to increase your tolerance for vulnerable feelings, rather than avoid them altogether.

If we practice detachment from our thoughts we learn to observe them as though we are taking a bird’s eye view of our own thinking. When we do this, we might find that our thinking belongs to an older, and different, story to the one we are now living.

They also have a great post on how to deal with trolls.

I don’t necessarily agree with everything in the video and it gets a bit confusing towards the end with all the candle wax (yes, really). But the creator of the video probably wouldn’t care what I or anyone else thinks and in the end that’s pretty cool on the internet.

How to make crime-writing pay?

An interview with Ruth Rendell in the Guardian about ageing and writing.

Sunday links

Image via The Hometrotter.

I saw someone posting about frozen lighthouses on Facebook and thought it was pretty awesome, but couldn’t remember what blog they’d linked to. Turns out there are lots of pictures of frozen lighthouses online. Which isn’t so surprising as they’re pretty damned cool

A good comment in The Guardian on why there’s so much fascination surrounding the Oscar Pistorius case. Because it’s an empty vessel for our own prejudices.

If you’re in the UK (or can access the BBC iPlayer) I can highly recommend the excellent Storyville series which showcases documentaries from around the world. If you like watching really out there stuff, there is a documentary about a billionaire couple trying to build a copy of the Versailles in the States, and then the financial crisis hits the country.

There is also a brilliant documentary about Anonymous and the history of hacktivism.

And an equally good one about drug laws in the US, which I can’t recommend highly enough.

I’ve been obsessing over design blogs recently, which culminated in a trip to Ikea today. My Ideal Home is a good source of inspiration. As is Interiorsporn.

And look at this awesome house in Sweden. Someone living in an old forge in Gotland.

Have you ever thought about mixing almond milk, tahini and agave syrup? According to Door Sixteen it’s delicious (and I kind of want to try it out!)

If you haven’t seen this yet, you should.

Sunday links

Image via Will Storr.

I love long-form journalism. I’d like to do more of it myself. One writer who is very good at it is Will Storr. Here is his harrowing report from Palm Island, a reservation for aborigines in Australia.

Great interview in the New York Times with Brainpicker and online curator Maria Popova about her life and work and why she doesn’t want to write books.

Former The Guardian editor Tim Radford has put together 25 great commandments for journalists.

Is being a workoholic really that bad? Not if you love what you do, writes Lifehacker.

An interesting article in xoJane about the difference between how our bodies are perceived online and in real life.

Money expert blog Wise Bread explains why it’s good to splurge every now and then. I treat myself to good food, good coffee and good cakes whenever I can. It makes life a little bit better.

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Image via Brain Pickings.

And finally here is a picture of a squirrel dropping a nut. Awww.

Sunday links