Here’s a fantastic roundup of open source, tiny tools in a google doc. There are a lot of very neat things here and the list is updated on an ongoing basis.
writemd is a simple, free, and shareable tool for writing Markdown alone, or collaboratively.
Friday links, a day late.
- Kurt Ankeny creates beautiful comics.
- Where I Write is a column on cbc.ca by Corey Doctorow on how he writes.
- Here’s a great list of awesome macOS command line things.
- Inklewriter. is a web based, interactive writing tool. It’s open source and free to use. It reminds me of some of early HyperCard
- Roll20.net gives you a virtual table & tools for gaming with your friends while quarantined.
- When Warren Ellis blogs about blogging its worth paying attention.
- Fraidycat 1.1 is here. It allows you to follow people on sites like Twitter, Instagram, Github and more without an account.
- Bill Ratcliffe on Flickr. Damn
- Gatsby is another open source, free platform for building websites and apps.
- Venkatesh Rao has some characteristically insightful things to say about the the text renaissance in online media.
- Artist in the World is an enormous collection of photographs by André Smits showing artists, from behind in their studios. It’s mesmerizing.
- Magical gemstone D & D dice? Oh hell yes.
- Photopea is a free online photo editor. It can edit Photoshop, XD, and Sketch files.
- Jewelry and printmaking from Winged Lion on Etsy. This is truly beautiful work.
- Exploding Topics surfaces trends from searches, mentions, and other data.
- The Fake Science Newsletter is hilarious.
- Supper Mario Broth is a blog focused on obscure information about the Super Mario franchise.
- Citra is an open source emulator for Nintendo 3DS that runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
Robin Sloan built a messaging app for just his family. This is a pretty interesting idea. Perhaps as the tools to build small apps get more accessible, more people will opt escape the surveillance-based platforms and build small, private, closed-garden apps for family, and friends. (via the amazing RECS newsletter)
A great discussion of the merits of Wikipedia. I never knew there was a Simple English translation option for complex articles!