Hand-Picked Links — June 3, 2024

Cotton Bureau’s Hand-Picked Links took some time off for Memorial Day, but we’re back now with five more of our favorite stories, videos, apps, and toys.

Lego Great Deku Tree

Available in September for $299. Still cheaper than a sealed, first run Legend of Zelda cartridge for NES.

Haviv Gur

Lengthy conversation between Isaac Saul (Tangle) and Israeli journalist Haviv Gur on the plausibility of a ceasefire in Gaza, the philosophy of Hamas, and what a cooperative future could look like.


New professional grade iPhone video camera app from our friends at Halide.

Apple Design Awards

Congrats to our friend Ryan McLeod on making the 2024 Apple Design Awards short list for the Apple Vision Pro version of Blackbox. Well deserved!

(Bonus link: here’s an interview with Ryan on designing Blackbox for visionOS.)

Mount St. Helens and the Red Pinto

If you’ve ever wondered how someone managed to be in just the right (or wrong?) place at just the right (wrong) time, please enjoy this story from Patrick Witty on the history of the famous photo of Mount St. Helens and the red Pinto.

Even more details available in this slightly longer piece from 2019 by Daniel Strohl, and a related story on photographer Robert Landsberg’s images of the volcano with a less happy ending.