History of Type – five part series – link starts at the beginning. Probably only interesting to type and design geeks (of which I am one). (from I love typography.)
DIY String Art – I’m going to do this in my dining room. I’ve seen other tutorials but this particular result is really cute. (from Hellobee)
Encyclopedia of Tie Knots – a breakdown of every possible way to tie a tie, based on topology.
Fiction Into Reality: Why We Borrow From What We Love (from Tor.com)
You can see more of my favorited art on DeviantArt (I just can’t link it all here).
It occurs to me that if I’m going to use weird words for these, I should define them.
Anodyne is a pain reliever or anything that relieves distress. It was also Madelyne Pryor’s codename in the rather forgettable X-men/Alpha Flight crossover where Loki was going to give everyone in the world super powers, at the cost of their imaginations. Her costume was terrible.
Last time’s word, serendipity, means to stumble unto desirable discoveries, from a story called The Three Princes of Serendip (more info). And it was a series of really adorable (if sometimes slightly twee) kids books.