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Sunday sampler


☝️ The mapmaking company East of Nowhere created this fantastic view of the Bay Area.

The high level of detail was accomplished with data from multispectral satellite instruments, which record information undetectable to the human eye. The topography is also exaggerated for effect. One result is a great visualization of the Bay Area's fault lines, including the San Andreas. (See the location). It's marked by the dramatic plunge between the Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Clara Valley, parallel to Interstate 280. With each earthquake, the portion to the west of the fault continues its slow journey north — eventually, it's presumed, to be plastered onto Alaska.


"Excuse me, is that apple for sale?"

"Yeah, we're about to put it on sale right now actually."

"Well, I'm in the market. So tell me about your apple. Why should I buy it?"

"Heh. Nice try."

This video by the comedian Shaun Johnson is a spot-on parody of what buying a home is like right now: @johnsonfiles


The Linda Lindas got a record deal with Epitaph Records.

The all-girl teen punk band lit up the internet late last week with their song “Racist Sexist Boy,” about an upsetting experience one of the girls had at school. They performed it for a sparse crowd as part of an AAPI Heritage Month program at the Los Angeles Library, which posted the video to social media last Thursday. By the weekend, the group with fewer than 10 shows to their name was arguably the most talked about band in America. The video has been viewed more than 8 million times. Variety | L.A. Times


The N.Y. Times reconstructed how a 17-year-old's birthday invitation on TikTok snowballed into what teenagers believed would be the party of the century. Before mayhem broke out in Huntington Beach late Saturday, Adrian Lopez, a high schooler from Riverside County, was panicked. "My parents don’t know and they’re going to find out,” he said, “so, Mom and Dad, I’m sorry but I don’t know what to do.”


Andrea Smith

Tom Zasadzinski/Cal Poly Pomona

Native American scholars have been calling out the ethnic fraud of Andrea Smith, a UC Riverside professor who has falsely claimed to be Cherokee, for 13 years. Yet she is still getting work as a Cherokee scholar, author, and activist. The N.Y. Times Magazine published a jaw-dropping account of white academics outed for pretending to be scholars of color, and how Smith simply forged ahead with the lie.


Bolinas has long attracted creative residents.

Bolinas, the scholar Lytle Shaw wrote, was the “only instance I could think of where a town was essentially governed by poets.” In the 1960s, a vibrant literary community grew in the coastal enclave in Marin County, among them Joanne Kyger, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, and Lloyd Kahn, an editor at the “Whole Earth Catalog.” One of the most durable cultural products to emerge was the City Lights classic "On the Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing." An an expanded edition has just been published on the work's 50th anniversary, and the New Yorker has a beautiful review.


Some visitors to Yosemite read summer novels in hammocks and roast marshmallows by a campfire. Others rig a rope to the top of 3,000-foot El Capitan and launch themselves over the valley. It's called the Porch Swing, and it's epic. The adventurer Steven Donovan won an award from GoPro last year for this terrifying video of his swing: YouTube (~1 min)


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