More Tabs, Please #8: Ramen Bowls, Old Inventions, and Shootouts

It’s Friday once again, so it’s time for another More Tabs, Please.

The end of January is within reach and it’s nearly not dark at 5pm. The more forward-thinking among us are already looking ahead to Post-work Bag of Tins on Some Grass Season, which frankly, can’t come soon enough.

This week’s album is the classic Debut by Bjork. Enjoy.

It practically writes itself

Let’s start off with this interactive article looking at the history of generative music.

How Generative Music Works: A Perspective” takes us step-by-step through the invention and progression of songs which essentially create themselves.

While wholly interesting in and of itself, the fact each section comes with music, videos, and interactive tools to create your own music makes this a truly great piece for procrastinating.

More than just Super Noodles

For a lot of people ramen is just the instant noodles you can get super cheap, and that you sustain yourself on when buying beer seems more important than buying vegetables. But it’s far more than that.

Ramen being one of my favorite dishes, I had to include “Super noodles: the rise and rise of ramen“, a long read on its history and cultural significance.

For an extra ramen hit, check out season 3 episode 4 of Chef’s Table, all about the chef Ivan Ramen.

 

 

The past looking to the future

It’s pretty fascinating seeing the prototypes and hints of the gadgets in our future. So imagine that feeling, but you live in the 15th century.

The Dreams of an Inventor in 1420‘ is a deep dive into the notebook and ideas of Johannes de Fontana, an engineer from close to 600 years ago.

Check out his plans which include:

 

Hire This Person: Mercedes deBellard

An illustrator from Spain, Mercedes specialises in pop culture portraits. Her previous work includes David Lynch, Finn Wolfhard, and Joaquin Phoenix. While uniquely stylized, the work is incredibly realistic. The detail and accuracy is astounding, while deBellard’s own approach brings them to life.

It’s not all well-known faces though. deBellard also does illustration on other subjects. This set of animal illustrations is a prime example.

You can find deBellard on Facebook, Instagram, and Behance. And her website is here, while she also has an online shop.

Taken From The Timeline

There’s something very weird about reading notes from thousands of years ago with people moaning just like we do today – except about chariots and stuff.

This thread is great collection of translated notes that were carved into stone thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia. Here’s an example below:

When you really want a new chariot pic.twitter.com/SD1XCRcZSm

— Paul 🌹📚 Cooper (@PaulMMCooper) January 23, 2018

Cutting bullets in half

Assault courses like Tough Mudder are very popular. But what about an assault course of shooting propane tax and axe heads with decades old rifles? For that, head to Vermont.

Harley Grice and the Great Vermont Target Shoot‘ tells the bizarre and endearing story of a yearly competition run by a retired dairy farmer.

Frankly, it sounds hundreds of times more appealing than running through a painful course of barbed wire and mud. They get pizza too.

 

 

Women and men, and casts and crews

The entire film industry hasn’t been getting the best press lately after the Weinstein scandal and a slew of other abusers coming out of the woodwork. It’s not hard to see the negative effects this has had on women who want to get into the industry themselves.

The gender imbalance in UK film casts‘ and ‘The gender imbalance in UK film crews‘ are two data analysis pieces from Nesta. They go in-depth into the UK film industry and its gender makeup over time.

Sit down with a cuppa for these two pieces. There’s a lot to take in.

What a stupid intelligent machine

Computers are coming for your job. They’re coming for my job. They’re coming for our pets probably. So if you got the chance to make them look dumb, you’ll take it.

‘How to Hack an Intelligent Machine’ looks at AI scientists testing software to make it, for example, think skiers are dogs.

Even though these tests will ultimately improve the computer’s capabilities, at least for the moment you can pretend you’re still smarter than a machine.

 

Watch and Listen: Small Beans

Just like other major publishers, Cracked laid off a bunch of their staff recently, including some of their most popular comedians and writers. Along with that, and the company’s direction changing, Michael Swaim left to start his own thing.

So he created Small Beans, a new project that would include podcasts, writing, and video. It’s early days still, but having just reached their goal on Patreon, there’s a lot of good stuff to come.

You can find all the details here. Chip in some money if you’re willing. In the meantime, check out an episode of Frame Rate, a podcast discussing films.

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