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Season 3, Issue 18: 📺🐔🐄🎾
TV, Printer, Invisible Cow, Prey
1. Sometimes we watch videos on the internet
You may remember a while back that we put up a little project on our homepage called Good Enough TV. It’s still going strong, with a number of new videos in August. We keep adding to it, hoping some folks out there find it to be a useful filter on the world wide internet. We are also curious if it will become a remototem for our team.
Recently we discovered two new trailers: The Killer from David Fincher and FERRARI from Michael Mann (!). There are also new movies coming soon from Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott. Combined with a summer of Greta Gerwig, Christopher Nolan, etc, it seems we’ve run into a very good year for movies. Hooray for us! —BH
2. The Week That Was
A reader sent us this wonderful chicken drawing! Would you like to draw something for our little printer?
This week James helped Lettini with his printer (yes, each of us have a little thermal printer set up so we can send each other secret messages). And they improved the drawing interface, which made me very happy. We have some more fun ideas for the printer, but it’ll have to wait as everyone but Barry & I are taking next week off.
We’re also turning our attention back to LogLogLog, a small little web-app we made back in May. We’d like to improve it a bit and share it with the world, and you’ll hear more about it in the coming weeks.
Last but not least: tomorrow is Barry’s birthday! Write him a joke or a poem? —SL
4. Sharing is Caring
Here are some recent discoveries that are too good to keep to ourselves. ––SL
Barry shared this interview with designer Matt Stevens, creator of the Good Movies as Old Books series, for which he reimagined films as vintage books. My favorite book covers: Fargo, Get Out, Alien, and Fight Club. If you like those covers, consider supporting his Kickstarter project!
The folks at Panic are publishing another beautiful game: Despelote. I love how it looks (also love how the website cuts up that background image on top so that when you scroll the page there’s a surprising layered effect).
This Buttondown’s breakdown of all the software it uses to run itself is very useful. We’ll remember to share our stack when we start making some money.
Lettini shared this CSS meetup that he plans to attend in September. I love the design of that website: nice font, pretty color combination, and fun logo sketches!
Barry shared this a while ago, but it’s worth sharing again: The Judd Library website, designed by Chips. The site navigation design is so well done, and the breadth of data is mind-boggling. There’s no way that Judd read all them books, right?
My younger son shared this ridiculous and hilarious site with me: Find the Invisible Cow (from 2013, but I’ve never seen it till now).
And if you’re looking for something to read this weekend, may I suggest this fascinating investigation about a foot bridge in Minneapolis? Both James and I came across the article and shared it with Barry twice. Happy birthday, Barry!
3. Lettini Screeni
Would you believe that a straight-to-streaming movie would be a Lettini Screeni? Because that’s what we got this week with Prey.
Prey is built off of one of the best movie ideas I’ve heard in years: Take a monster movie and set it 300 years in the past for no good reason. It’s the fifth installment in the Predator franchise, and like many monster movie franchises, those have gone consistently downhill after the second one. So to revitalize it, rather than make yet another sequel, this one is a prequel, though not in the traditional sense: it doesn’t go into any lore or origins. It’s just a really cool fight between a young Native American warrior girl and a predator, harkening back to what made the first movie so potent.
But it’s good! I think that’s due to having a solid director in Dan Trachtenberg, who also did 10 Cloverfield Lane, another fantastic evolution within a monster movie franchise (which you should also watch, it could be its own Lettini Screeni). Anyway, this is a Hulu Original movie, so you’ll annoyingly need Hulu to watch it, but I promise it’s worth that. —ML
4. In Conclusion
The US Open is my favorite sporting event in New York City (I love basketball but Steph Curry only comes into town a few times a year), and I’d like to remind you of this delicious moment from four years ago when a young brash player named Medvedev embraced the booing crowds (two years after that he won the US Open).
We hope you have a tasty and breezy weekend. ––SL