The Thursday Ten

Some of these are older links I’d forgotten to share before. Also, the Vincent van Gogh link is very long, but fascinating. There are also some pretty great links, like the one about cats and then there’s that one about Thor’s hammer.

  • NCIS: Provence: The Van Gogh: Mystery For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario—that Van Gogh was killed—only to find themselves under attack. Now, with the help of a leading forensic expert, the authors take their case a step further. (Vanity Fair)
  • Why Banksy Is (Probably) a Woman: The world’s foremost street artist is a social justice warrior and a viral media master. She could be anyone. (City Lab) Note: Aside from a failure to understand what graffiti (street writing) is (it is not catcalling, fyi), this article is interesting. I wouldn’t call it good, but the author makes a decent argument for Banksy’s gender.
  • William Gibson: I never imagined Facebook The brilliant science-fiction novelist who imagined the Web tells Salon how writers missed social media’s rise (Salon) Note: My favorite article of the week because William Gibson. If you don’t understand … you don’t know me very well.

Tuesday Links


If you need a hard drive, they’re in plentiful supply. (c) Charles Arthur

Inside Shenzhen: China’s Silicon Valley: Just 30 years ago this Pearl River Delta megacity was a mere fishing village. Now home to up to 15 million people it hopes to become a tech nirvana for the world’s hardware startups (Guardian)

Huaqiangbei: the mega market with every smartphone part – in pictures: Huaqiangbei is a gigantic electronics parts market in the middle of Shenzhen, China. To explore it is to enter an Aladdin’s cave where almost everything you need to build a computer or smartphone – or 100 or 1,000 of them – is available (Guardian)

‘Super’ banana to face first human trial: A super-enriched banana genetically engineered to improve the lives of millions of people in Africa will soon have its first human trial, which will test its effect on vitamin A levels, Australian researchers said Monday. (Yahoo/AFP)

Photographer Captures Drought Turning California Farms Into Kingdom of Dust: Photographer Matt Black isn’t just covering a story when he’s capturing the lives and landscapes of California’s historic drought. He’s showing us how modern farming and natural forces are irrevocably altering his own childhood home. (National Geographic)

Sherlock lives in public domain, US court rules in case of the heckled brand: Judgement closes copyright loophole in US limiting right to bring detective back to life. (Guardian)

SAD FOOTBALLERS: The World Cup: Making grown men cry since 1930 (Tumblr, possibly created by the Guardian)

What If Billboards Advertised Art Instead Of Stuff You Don’t Need?: The largest outdoor art show that has ever happened will roll out across the United States this August. Watch for it, coming to a mall, roadside, or bus stop near you. (Co.Exist/Fast Company)

This Artist Is Filling In Chicago’s Potholes With Mosaics: If you can’t beat a bad pothole season, you might as well beautify it. (Co.Exist/Fast Company)