A helpful overview on how coronavirus vaccines work, and the status of those currently in the pipeline.

It’s like all this conversation lately around people sharing their salaries. I think it’s very empowering to share your age, and have other people share their age, so they can see that 55 looks like a lot of different things, that 46 looks like a lot of different things. It’s a good thing.

An interview with the hosts of Everything Is Fine, a podcast about aging.

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"When national news diverges from local reality, 'suspicions about whether the epidemic was a hoax will find fertile ground.'"

Blixa Bargeld cooks cacio e pepe.

In a very entertaining (and honestly mouth-watering) quarantine activity, Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) shows you how to cook the traditional Roman dish, cacio e pepe.

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Related: Blixa Bargeld cooks risotto with calamari on German TV.

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From those outings, I have pictures of friends and blurry shots of food, but the restaurant (or bar) selfie is particularly evocative. It's like a catalog of your best individual moments—you don't take a selfie in a restaurant mirror when you feel bad about yourself.

On missing the particular quality of a restaurant bathroom selfie.

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If the US had started social distancing one week earlier in March, an estimated 36,000 fewer people would have died.
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This is what graduation looked like in 2020.
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Here's 1987 in the Hood Internet's project of mixing 50 tracks from a single year into a three-minute song.

The pandemic is bringing geo-blocked streaming shows. Laura Marling sold out her first one within days, and has announced another.
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Citing demand for streaming content and live events, analysts expect the music industry to double in value by the end of the '20s.
Winners from the AIGA's annual survey of book design from the previous year.
In less than a week, graduate student Lisa Piccirillo solves "the Conway knot," a problem that thwarted experts for decades.

An alternate recording of The Five Satins' "The Jones Girl" went viral when its abysmal sax solo—just a middle D squawked over and over and over—went viral. But it takes a surprising amount of history and music theory to understand how someone ended up recording this.

Ornette Coleman, Neil Young, Gyorgy Ligeti, and the surprisingly rich tradition of the one-note solo.