3D animation treats

One of my favorite Instagram follows is Esteban Diácono. He’s a motion graphics designer who posts spellbinding “animation experiments” of humanoid dancing figures made of feathers, metal plates, outrageously long fur, and vegetation. They look real and impossible at the same time. — MF

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Gallery of magazine covers

I don’t read many paper magazines nowadays, but I appreciate good magazine covers. I’ve been working for magazines for decades and have learned that coming up with eye-grabbing, meaningful covers is the most challenging aspect of publishing. CoverJunkie collects the best covers from magazines all over the world. They have an Instagram account, which is the best way to browse the gallery. — MF

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Kottke

Not enough people know about Jason Kottke’s blog, Kottke. Jason’s official full time job is to surf around the web looking for truly interesting stuff, which he posts along with a paragraph of why he found it remarkable. He creates a handful daily, and has for 18 unbelievable years! No clickbait, no barrage of ads and no soap box. Just old-school blogging about neat things. — KK

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LiarTown USA

Designer Sean Tejaratchi’s website LiarTownUSA contains Sean’s profoundly absurd (and occasionally R-rated) parody book covers, TV show credits, collectible plates, store signs, and advertising ephemera. He’s a genius. — MF

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Only in Asia

I get my LOLs by following the “Only in Asia” twitter feed. They pass along all the weird and crazy stuff from Asia. Clips from Japanese game shows, web cams from China, funniest phone videos from Indonesia. You can’t make this stuff up. — KK

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Japanese trends

The curiously named blog “Spoon & Tamago” is the best way to keep up with the latest art, design, fads, and lifestyle innovations from Japan. They also offer a nice feature: curated “guides” to Tokyo via interesting long-term residents. Well crafted well-designed site, as might be expected. Add ‘em to your RSS feed. — KK

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Near future must read

The juiciest source I know for what’s new in the world of artificial intelligence, biotech, and the near future is the free weekly newsletter from Azeem Azhar called “Exponential Review”. His succinct list of links, annotated with his remarks and degree of confidence of its importance, are a telegraphic way to keep up easily and quickly. I’ve found much more good stuff from him that no one else is pointing to. — KK

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