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