This Week in Links 58

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • As always, we start with Hamilton: Lin-Manuel Miranda made a playlist of the songs that inspired the show. Y'all. Y'all. What a gift unto us.
  • Wired has a good explanation of what the hell was the deal with the Hugos this year, from the voting process to last week's awards show: Would sci-fi focus, as it has for much of its history, largely on brave white male engineers with ray guns fighting either a) hideous aliens or b) hideous governments who don’t want them to mine asteroids in space? Or would it continue its embrace of a broader sci-fi: stories about non-traditionally gendered explorers and post-singularity, post-ethnic characters who are sometimes not men and often even have feelings? (But, also check out @rosefox's Tweets about what the story misses, that non-white dudes have always been part of science fiction.)
  • Please enjoy this video of a bb Vin Diesel in a movie he made himself in 1995 about the difficulties non-white actors face in Hollywood. (Vin, anytime you want to be on our show, you call us.)
  • Lisa Kudrow went on stage with Taylor Swift and they performed "Smelly Cat" together. OK, 2015, sure.
  • Slate takes a look at the newest trend in book covers, the brightly colored "flat design."
  • Dee Barnes -- the woman Dr. Dre brutally assaulted in 1991 -- watched Straight Outta Compton and wrote about it for Gawker: Like many of the women that knew and worked with N.W.A., I found myself a casualty of Straight Outta Compton’s revisionist history.
  • The latest edition to the Toast's deeply excellent linguistics series looks at Wired magazine's style guide from the 1990s. Yes I'm serious, you should read an article about another publication's decades-old in-house style guide.
  • Um, this lady designed and 3D printed a pair of wedge heels with a hidden compartment for sneaking tools into places. She is an action hero, basically.
  • @PungentLove describes itself thusly: "Heroes, heroines, and the things they smelled of: the greatest olfactory sensations romance has to offer" Yup, someone's doing the Lord's work and cataloging all the ridiculous/amazing descriptions of how the heroes and heroines of romance novels smell. Bless you.