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Cool links

I am remiss that websites these days don’t just link to cool things anymore. Of course, when I wrote that article, this website didn’t do that either, so let’s right that wrong.

Here’s some lesser known neat webbed sites I like.

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Of course, I’m not responsible for the content of any of these sites, which might change at any time without me noticing. I feel like I shouldn’t need to clarify that.

Last updated: 26 January 2024

Blogroll

Blogs that I actively keep tabs on and read at least some quantity of the posts.

  • Adam Silver quite literally wrote the book on form design and his blog is one of the first places I tend to look when wondering how best to word a question or structure a form.
  • Adrian Roselli is a specialist in web accessibility, unafraid of doing deep dives into the nitty-gritty and loudly calling out the failures of major corporations alike. Truly an inspiration.
  • Dhole Moments mostly writes about cryptography, technology, the furry fandom, and all the ways those things frequently intersect.
  • Food is Stupid. This blog is cursed. This food is cursed. None of you are without sin. (Half the posts are behind a paywall, such is the business of blogging, but the rest of them are still excellent.)
  • Xe Iaso writes about all sorts of software things that I barely understand but find interesting anyway. Also where I stole the idea of having character callouts in blog posts, though my reasons are far less Socratic.

Friends (and acquaintances) sites

Personal websites are the bomb. In an era where so much self-expression has moved to social media, having a website that is entirely your own is almost like an act of individual defiance. There are no linktrees or Squarespaces here.

Here’s some websites belonging to people I am at least vaguely familiar with, because they deserve some link love. (And yes, quite a lot of them are furries.)

Neat, niche YouTube channels

These channels are neat, and most of them don’t even have a million subscribers, which is somehow not a lot these days.

  • Auto Schenanigans has a bloke drive around the UK and sardonically tell you things about roads and petrol. He’s kinda like one of those train YouTubers but for motorways.
  • Chain Bear makes video essays about Formula 1 and motorsport, usually to explain some piece of technology or weird application of the rules. They’re pretty calming, and proved quite useful when I was first getting into F1.
  • FUNKe makes cool, animated video essays about video games (and somehow the band Weezer without ever actually making a video about Weezer). I can’t say I play games (or Weezer) enough to really get it, but the presentation style is da bomb y’all.
  • The Infinite Review seeks to make a review about everything in the universe ever. It might take a while.
  • Jago Hazzard has a bloke train around London and sardonically tell you things about railway lines and rolling stock. He’s kinda like one of those car YouTubers but for the London Underground.
  • Junkball makes video essays about stupid things in Star Trek and if that doesn’t sell you then there’s probably nothing here for you.
  • Linus Boman makes videos about design and typography, ranging from history lessons to conceptual redesigns. Videos don’t come often, but they’re always exceptionally well produced and presented.
  • Marcel Vos explains and breaks the RollerCoaster Tycoon games of my youth.
  • Noodle, like FUNKe, makes hella enjoyable animated video essays about video games (and sometimes other things).
  • Planet Clue makes deep dive essays into technology and game franchises from the 90s and 2000s.

Other neat spots

Miscellany, &c.

  • The Cutting Room Floor documents all the parts of video games that made it into the files but didn’t make it into the final game. It’s a fascinating insight into how popular games were developed and refined.
  • Every Noise at Once is a journey through the history of music genres all the way from Russian choir to ‘deep deep tech house’, all of them with example clips and a huge array of artist information and statistics.
  • Meet Me In The Woods is a sci-fi mystery webcomic. It’s also indirectly the source material for my fursona. I’m totally not biased.
  • The 88×31 GIF Collection hoards all of those cool linky buttons the websites of yesteryear used to have.