23 Internet gems you might have missed this week


Big on the interwebs this week: goat parkour. (Reddit via the Daily Dot)

The Internet moves quickly. If you step away for even a moment — to, say, eat a meal, partake in an IRL conversation, or, God forbid, sleep — you’ll miss the latest/greatest cat video, thought-provoking essay or bizarre Internet meme. This hilarious churn is, in part, why I write this e-mail newsletter called “Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends,” which goes out every day in the mid to late afternoon. It’s also why, from now until you tire of it, I’m going to collect some of the best links from the newsletter into a weekly post for your weekend perusal/distraction.

Without further ado, these are the 23 best things I spotted on the Internet last week:

  1. This list of legitimately surprising facts about the Internet
  2. This list of every single webpage from the 1995 film “Net”
  3. The FBI’s extensive glossary of Internet slang
  4. A subreddit devoted to goats doing parkour
  5. Two experiments in color (See: A & B)
  6. Twitter adds GIFs
  7. Unicode adds emoji
  8. Match.com adds the ability to find dates that look like your ex
  9. An ode to the joy of typing
  10. An essay on the uncanniness of big data personalization
  11. A reflection on the web’s “omniscience bias”
  12. Cake-inspired comment apocalypse 
  13. Science-inspired cake cutting
  14. How dogs react to humans pretending to be dogs
  15. What tech the teens are into these days
  16. The economics of Internet cats
  17. The complete, wonderful history of “mmm whatcha say”
  18. Is it okay to check your phone at dinner?
  19. Do new emoji really matter, in the grand scheme of things?
  20. Animal Planet’s take on the World Cup
  21. The man behind the web’s most controversial video site
  22. The lure of the “Internet self-loathing spiral”
  23. Critiquing terrorists … on their fitness choices.

You can also sign up to get these links on the daily, by e-mail, here. Otherwise — until next week!

 

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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