Sorry I haven’t been updating much lately! I’m going to try to do these weekly in 2023, even if I don’t have a lot of things to link.
New year means new works entering the public domain! This year’s big get is Sherlock Holmes, which has been under the thumb of a shitty estate for ages. Other works that stood out to me looking at the list include Goodnight Moon, The Jazz Singer, and Metropolis. Also, the designs of the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge are now in the public domain, so I guess you can, uh, make more of those?
Sorry I’ve not been posting Monday updates for a bit! Preparing for Black Friday and then having Black Friday was a lot.
Defunctland has a great new video out about the Disney Channel 4-note sting that plays at the end of their self-promo commercials. This, like most Defunctland videos, sounds kind of boring. It’s actually extremely interesting. I know it’s hard to sell a 1 and a half hour YouTube documentary about the Disney channel but I swear to god this is worth it.
I finally caught up with Friends at the Table. Now is a good time to jump in with Partizan, since the sequel season, Palisade, is starting soon. It’s a mech anime actual play podcast, meaning they play a Dungeons and Dragons style game that tells a story. If you like giant robots, drama and feelings, it’s a great jumping in point.
I decided not to let Elon Musk ruin Iain Banks books for me and reread Player of Games. I was surprised at how affecting it was, and how relevant.
I found Musopen a while back while looking for background music for some of my streams. There’s some nice royalty free recordings of various public domain classical music pieces. (Most classical music is in the public domain, but recordings aren’t.)
Jenny Nicholson has a new video out. It’s 4 hours and it’s about a Utah theme park you’ve never heard of but it’s great.
Back at the beginning of the pandemic, Friends at the Table released my favorite season for free. It’s called Bluff City, and it’s about a fictional Atlantic City told through a series of short games. It’s a really good jumping off place for Friends at the Table, which is my favorite podcast.
Michael Hobbes of Maintenance Phase and Peter of 5-4 have a new podcast, If Books Could Kill, about shitty airport books. The first episode is about Freakonomics, which I read at an impressionable age and later learned was full of shit, but I’ve never had it laid fully out before, and that was real useful for me.
Welcome to Nora’s Monday Roundup! My goal for this blog/newsletter is that every Monday, I’ll post a bunch of things that I thought were cool, interesting, or worth looking at. Some will be new, some will have been on the internet for a while.
Why am I doing this? Well, I miss going to websites. I miss having blogs that were mostly links to other blogs. I think the web right now has enormous accessibility for ordinary people making things, but there’s a discoverability problem; almost every social media platform is a walled garden that makes it hard to link out to interesting offsite content.
I don’t think that I can solve that problem on my own, obviously, but I can find a bunch of cool stuff and share it with you.
The first real post will come tomorrow. I’m still in the process of setting up the site, so expect it to change in appearance a fair bit.