December 4th, 2020 – Christmas Edition!

Happy Friday everybody!

There are twenty one shopping days until xmas. (I know: what is “shopping”?)

I hope you are all hanging in there.

Merry Christmas!

This is the 2020 Christmas List Thingy version of the Friday links.

Obviously this year is quite different from those that came before.

One of my go-tos, kottke.org, has simply not put out a list this year. To me, that’s significant.

I decided to start by highlighting the need for donations at an unprecedented scale for food banks.

Find a food bank in Canada.

Canada, East to West, and North:

Major food bank systems in the US:

Overseas:

And then, sure, gift guides. My Xmas group is passing on gifts altogether. We might (might!) still do a dinner, but it’ll be much more frugal than usual.

Side note: I miss ThinkGeek.

It is definitely recommended that you support your local retailers as much as possible. Yes, you can get virtually anything from Amazon but we really don’t want that to be the only remaining option.

It’s links time!

Looking Glass Portrait

Looking Glass Portrait

“Your first personal holographic display. For people, real and imagined.”

Holy cow. This is actually pretty phenomenal tech.

It over-over-reached it’s goal. The device will sell next year for $349.

52 things I learned in 2020

52 things I learned in 2020

Written by Tom Whitewall.

“#31: When bar codes were patented in 1952, they were round”

h/t: Kottke.

Castles In The Sky

Castles In The Sky

“While renovating a house in San Francisco, a couple discovered a diary, hidden away for more than a century. It held a love story—and a mystery.”

Written by Christina Lalanne for the Atavist Magazine.

Includes a narrated version of the story.

Worth it!

Intercity Scooter Racing

Intercity Scooter Racing

Not particularly challenging. You have to reach a certain (unmarked) position within the available time, so you can earn more time.

The dynamic scenery is nice. 🙂

And there we are! Your pre-Christmas Friday Links!

I hope you’re all staying safe and well, and I hope your Friday is most excellent.

Hang in there. We’re getting through this.

See you next week.

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