Friday Links!From C. Lee, and this is a tremendously courageous story: Tyrus Wong, ‘Bambi’ Artist Thwarted by Racial Bias, Dies at 106. Also, and this is surprisingly interesting, it's Japanology Plus - Toilets. This is a poignant and bittersweet story: After My Dad Died, He Left Behind Thousands of Hours of Civilization Save Files.
From David Yellope, and wonder about this no more: How light pens and light guns work NES Zapper.
From Meg McReynolds, and this is so well done (WARNING: a few Rogue One spoilers): LEIA ORGANA: A CRITICAL OBITUARY. Next, and these are utterly spectacular: The year's most wondrous space photography. This is a great little time-waster: LAND LINES: Start with a line, let the planet complete the picture.
From Wally, and this is fascinating: WATCH: What happens when a bullet hits an 'unbreakable' Prince Rupert's drop. Here's an endlessly interesting database of traffic fatalities and whatnot. Look at the state level and find the pattern: Car Accident Fatalities by Location. Explore this until you're exhausted: If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel.
From Steven Davis, and this is amazing: A sonata played on the earliest known surviving piano. Next, and this is terrific, it's Yolanda Baker, last of the disco ball makers.
Finally, from Eric Higgins-Freese, and this is a wonderful read: One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die: How B.J. Miller, a doctor and triple amputee, used his own experience to pioneer a new model of palliative care at a small, quirky hospice in San Francisco.