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Weekend Links: A Crocheted Playground

Positively brilliant - The Sound and the Fury as William Faulkner imagined, in color. (Thanks Frances for this link!)
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From Dekalb, an exceptionally in-depth consideration of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" (and yes it's a PDF but it should display in your browser).
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“One Steinway Place” is an exploration of the famed piano factory in Astoria, Queens, by the photographer Christopher Payne. With more than twelve thousand individual parts, including those made of Canadian maple, Bavarian spruce, and Swedish steel, each piano takes nearly a year to assemble before being subjected to a final hand inspection by Wally Boot, a fifty-year veteran of the factory. Payne was granted unfettered access to the factory, allowing him to document every step of the process. Here’s a selection of his work.
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This is fantastic for the gif alone, but the concept is so true - from Drew, "By Riker’s Beard!"
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Something to knit towards - an artist crochets fabulous playgrounds for children.
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I have a very short attention span for TED videos, so any under five minutes appeal. This one on the art of the imperfect struck a chord. It's dedicated to everyone suffering from writer's block right now.
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Even though the layout of this webpage for making science toys may give you a headache, the tips and projects they include are pretty cool, and definitely make for some good rainy-day activities with kids!
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So what exactly is the deal with pruney fingers? Why do they happen, and what do they mean?
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When faith in humanity falters, at least we have animals to rely on. Here are 14 incredible stories that reveal their hidden depths.
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A big thanks to everyone who sent in links this weekend - keep it up! Send your flossy finds and submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com, or you can Tweet me @keeneTV.

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Tips For Baking Perfect Cookies
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Perfect cookies are within your grasp. Just grab your measuring cups and get started. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"
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