Web Roundup 5/18/21


Here’s a few interesting links from around the web I’ve stumbled on.

Target is no longer selling Pokémon or sports trading cards after a brawl in a parking lot

Target suspended sales of all Pokemon and sports trading cards at all 1,900+ of their stores “out of an abundance of caution.”

David Bowie’s Advice To Artists: “It’s Dangerous For An Artist To Fulfill Other People’s Expectations”

The video, an excerpt from the 1997 documentary Inspirations, is just a minute long, but in that minute, Bowie offers three succinct and timeless insights into what it takes to become an artist who leaves a mark in their field.


Starr said that “producing a great many pictures in a short period of time,” meant that he needed to use an opaque projector “by means of which … you can project a photograph of a locomotive, or an ocean liner, or the NY skyline onto your drawing paper in the size you want.” 

This working method might disillusion some who’d prefer that a strip was produced with no mechanical aids, but Starr– winner of the Ruben award for outstanding cartoonist of the year as well as repeat winner of the NCS award for the best strip of the year– would’ve scoffed. “This is a business,” he said. “Anything [the artist] can use to help him is all to the good.”

How the YouTube Algorithm Works (Or Why Your Videos Aren’t Getting Views)

Many video creators, whether professional YouTubers or brands on YouTube, regard the YouTube algorithm as a complete mystery—a higher power that rules over their view counts, completely outside of their control.

They believe there’s no understanding how the YouTube algorithm works. It’s one of the platform’s most carefully guarded secrets, after all.

Except it isn’t. 

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