Saturday Morning Links

That’s Veneto, Italy.

Photo by Giammarco Boscaro on Unsplash

1. I didn’t know who Rafer Johnson was before this week. Johnson died at the age of 86 and was the world’s greatest athlete in the 1960 Olympics winning the decathlon. There were so many great parts to Johnson’s life, including competing against C.K. Yang, his UCLA teammate and competitor in the 1960 Olympics where Yang competed for Taiwan, the decathlon being decided by Johnson needing to finish within 10 seconds of the 1500 meter, wrestling the gun from Sirhan Sirhan who murdered Robert F. Kennedy, and co-founding the Special Olympics in California.

2. Texas Monthly’s Jose R. Ralat with his list, no, it’s a guide, definitely a guide, of the different types of tacos and where to find them.

So we took our cues from the state’s taco chefs and cooks—most of them Latinos, one of the groups hit hardest by the coronavirus—who reimagined and reinvented themselves this year. Instead of a best-of list, we’ve assembled the “Ultimate Texas Tacopedia,” a compilation of the state’s favorite and most exciting taco styles that spells out where to find the best specimens of each dish. You’ll also find links here to our “Taco Trails,” featuring dozens of recommended taquerias in six regions of the state, as well as taqueria spotlights, tips on “How to Taco,” and more. ¡Buen provecho!

3. One of the largest collections of prehistoric rock art has been discovered in Columbia.

Their date is based partly on their depictions of now-extinct ice age animals, such as the mastodon, a prehistoric relative of the elephant that hasn’t roamed South America for at least 12,000 years. There are also images of the palaeolama, an extinct camelid, as well as giant sloths and ice age horses.

These animals were all seen and painted by some of the very first humans ever to reach the Amazon. Their pictures give a glimpse into a lost, ancient civilisation. Such is the sheer scale of paintings that they will take generations to study.

4. David.Sri Seah designs productivity tools and I have been a fan for years, particularly the Compact Calendar and Emergent Task Planner. I use the Compact Calendar every day and have created my own Compact Calendar based off of his design, basically a way for me to track my day and how it is spent (and it’s color coded).

5. Charley Harper was an artist who was born in West Virginia and in the 1970s and 1980s he designed National Park Posters that are nothing short of amazing.

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