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The Weekly Jarbochov Roundup Anniversary Edition (August 13th, 2022)

It’s been…. one year since the The Jarbochov Weekly Roundup began.

I’m not sure how many people still keep up with this. But the one thing the Roundup instills in me is that there is still something great about the Internet. Even with all the noise, the monetization, BIG DATA, eroding privacy, and lack of nuance in discussion, there still remains an interesting wild world out there if you look for it, and that’s pretty neat.

I’m going to continue at this for the time being, as much as it feel like typing into a vacuum1.

Well the Roundup must go on…


Expert GeoGuessr Players Know That Google Maps Spot Instantly – The New York Times

New research into why woodpeckers don’t get concussions busts a popular myth | Ars Technica

Science at work.

New documents reveal ‘huge’ scale of US government’s cell phone location data tracking | TechCrunch

However, new documents obtained by the ACLU through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit now reveal the extent of this warrantless data collection. The 6,000-plus records reviewed by the civil rights organization contained approximately 336,000 location points across North America obtained from people’s phones. They also reveal that in just three days in 2018, CBP obtained records containing around 113,654 location points in the southwestern United States — more than 26 location points per minute.

When I discuss privacy and technology with a lot of people, their response is generally “I don’t have anything to hide.” The troubling thing is the government should not have an open right without due process to most of this information and even if it doesn’t affect you, the lack of transparency has an effect on many peoples lives.


New Emojis In 2022-2023

The goose will be loose… SOON.

And on the subject of emojis, I present to you the Emoji Kitchen Browser. Now you can finally combine your favorite emojis into something… MORE.

= 🦝 + 🐝

One of the risks of using any media subscription service is that at any time unbeknownst to you may not be able to consume something you’ve added to something called “My Library”. You don’t own it and it can leave. But I used this tip in my own Apple Music and found stuff that had left. It’s pretty rare for stuff to leave Apple Music in my experience, but it does happen.

Online Notepad – free, no ads, no login

It’s like Pastebin, but the information can be encrypted with a password. Could be useful.

Video Games

Minecraft won’t allow NFTs and blockchain anytime soon

“To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated inside our client and server applications,” Mojang said, “nor may Minecraft in-game content such as worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods, be utilized by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital asset.”

Minecraft is huge with children, and comparing their approach to the game, monetization, etc with something else like Roblox is interesting. What I’m saying is, Roblox will probably be all over NFTs as soon as they can figure out how to sell them to kids.

28 years later, Super Punch-Out!!’s 2-player mode has been discovered | Ars Technica

This sounds like one of those playground legends where the kids would claim you could play as Luigi in Super Mario 64. I only have one thing to say about this: …Yay!2

Mind Flayer – An Interactive Fan Based Artwork By Lusion

If you’ve ever wanted to simulate what it’s like to be a The Thing-like creature from the comfort of a browser window, here’s your shot. Kind of like a 3D version of Carrion.

The Apple Store Time Machine

Simulate stepping into an Apple Store in the early 2000s. This lines up perfectly with my experience of becoming a Mac user.

This only works on a Mac computer because why the hell would you try to do this on a Windows machine? A Windows user would never step foot into an Apple Store pre-iPhone.


I had never heard of this. What a weird piece of history.

I wish so hard I could travel places via train.

It makes me very happy that Excel esports is a thing. Disclaimer, I haven’t watched this entire video yet (I’m saving that for a rainy day). But one of the first challenges is to build a scoring mechanism for the results of a fake slot machine with some complicated scoring mechanics like bonuses for repeating symbols.

That’s all for the first YEAR of the roundup. Comment with your favorite roundup find over the past year. Comment with your favorite recipe involving pickles. LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE!

  1. And I usually leaving my shouting into the void on Twitter, where people get tired of me talking about Flickr, and the open web.
  2. I have been waiting literally years to share this site, and I can imagine a more appropriate time.

2 responses to “The Weekly Jarbochov Roundup Anniversary Edition (August 13th, 2022)”

  1. Lindsey Avatar

    1. Thank you for doing these- I’ve learned so much
    2. But also: I wish I knew less about woodpeckers now… I liked the view that Naturalist at a metro park gave me about their stupid tongues protecting their little peanut brains
    3. That lost/found Wicked Witch thing was super cool
    4. My favorite roundup???
    Probably the one where I get a shoutout, hahaha. No, I’ve learned something cool/interesting/frustrating from each one, which is a total cop out answer… but doesn’t make it less true
    5. Gabe’s favorite recipe is just straight pickles

  2. Chris McLaughlin Avatar
    Chris McLaughlin

    I ain’t a vacuum. I mean, I’m pretty sure I’m not…
    I learned about that lost Sesame Street episode before, so I’ll need to check it out. Margaret Hamilton felt so bad about scaring kids with it, too. I kinda wonder if it’d have the same effect anymore.
    I was far more interested in that Excel battle than I thought, watching a good 15+ minutes of it. I guess I’ll have to watch the whole thing sometime as well!

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