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I bring you the finest Internet reading in my weekly Linkfest

Clive Thompson


“Large Squiggle in Glow” by Emily Van Hoff

Every week I comb the endless hallways of the Internet, finding the best reading — and packing it up into a Linkfest.

I’ve done 62 of these so far.

To begin …

1) 🧵 The gorgeous curved wall-quilts of Emily Van Hoff

I’m a huge fan of quilting art and its geometric patterns. It’s a genre that looked incredibly modern, and even digital, hundreds of years before computers existed: Vector graphics, created with scissors and stitching!

Emily Van Hoff’s work really caught my eye. The undulating curves of her work really do something cool when counterposed with the square-edged lines of quilting. As Colossal writes …

Emily Van Hoff merges her background in graphic design with the practical crafting skills she picked up as a child in her vibrant wall hangings. From her home studio in Chicago, Van Hoff pays homage to women crafters of generations past as she stitches geometric quilts in bold color palettes of bubblegum pink, lavender, and cobalt. Thick stripes, bisected circles, and clean rows of stitches comprise many of the curved pieces, which the artist describes as a translation of “my digital design into a beautiful tactile object.”

You can see more of her work on her Instagram feed and buy works from her store, though in practice it appears they sell out rilly fast.

2) 🚁 An edible drone, for rescue missions

A picture of the edible drone. It looks like a toy airplane, with a small black propeller and white stabilizer wings at the end of the plane; the wings are long and wide and brown and visibly made of what looks like rice-cake material

Drones are being increasingly used these days for search and rescue missions; if someone’s stuck on a mountain after getting lost or injured, say, it’s a much faster way to make contact. There are even search-and-rescue drones that can bring medicine, food and water.

The only problem is that standard drones typically can’t carry much of a payload — typically no more than 10% to…



Clive Thompson

I write 2X a week on tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer at NYT mag/Wired; author, “Coders”.