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The Pipwick Papers

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It's time for a weekly wander outside the confines of videogaming to take a look at what all of those OTHER people have been getting up to. Think of this as a Mother's Day bouquet delivery, except the flowers are URLs, you're not my mother and no-one's charging you the best part of twenty quid for emergency last-minute delivery.

This is not the Sunday Papers.

  • The Wikimedia Foundation and other organisations have filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice in the US:
  • Privacy is the bedrock of individual freedom. It is a universal right that sustains the freedoms of expression and association. These principles enable inquiry, dialogue, and creation and are central to Wikimedia’s vision of empowering everyone to share in the sum of all human knowledge. When they are endangered, our mission is threatened. If people look over their shoulders before searching, pause before contributing to controversial articles, or refrain from sharing verifiable but unpopular information, Wikimedia and the world are poorer for it.

  • Google's Cultural Institute has created a Chrome extension which drip feeds art masterpieces into your new browser tabs
  • Daniel Duane profiles climber Alex Honnold for the New York Times. As someone who occasionally gets scared climbing tiny baby walls at the local climbing centre I cannot even begin to fathom dealing with 2,500 feet of rock face
  • Honnold has free-soloed the longest, most challenging climbs ever, including the 2,500-foot northwest face of Half Dome in Yosemite Valley, where some of the handholds are so small that no average climber could cling for an instant, roped or otherwise. Most peculiar of all, even to elite rock climbers, Honnold does this without apparent fear, as if falling were not possible.

  • I've been trying to find a piece about the death of author Terry Pratchett to include - there's this heartfelt one from Kieron over on Vulture - but I think the most moving thing I've seen was the sequence of tweets his daughter Rhianna posted to mark his passing:
  • Rosie Cima on the history of Lorem Ipsum filler text over on Priceonomics:
  • And this, Latin professor Richard McClintock says, is a big factor in how Lorem Ipsum must have become filler text. McClintock is credited with tracking down the original excerpt from De Finibus and identifying it with Lorem Ipsum. This is how he thinks it was transformed: "At some point, likely in the middle ages, a typesetter had to make a type specimen book, to demo different fonts, and he got the idea that if the text should be insensible, so as not to distract from the page’s graphical features."

  • President Obama reads mean tweets about himself:
  • Mashable has a collection of pictures of ladies and gentlemen using gyms aboard RMS Titanic and other ocean liners
  • And finally, someone managed to produce a poo so smelly that a plane had to turn back to Heathrow rather than continue to Dubai.
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