There is a lot of stuff on the internet. And according to a study we just conducted in our heads, most of it is annoying. From pop-up ads to your uncle's truther Facebook posts to the fact that you can't even watch a cat video without people calling each other Hitler in the comments, it seems like the shiny new world our Silicon Valley overlords created for us is just like the real one, only more irritable.
But that's not to say the thing is completely devoid of quietude, if you know where to look. For instance: The Joinery is a Twitter account (bear with us) that only posts animated GIFs of Japanese wood joints slotting calmly into place.
The account was created by an anonymous animator who discovered a rare book on Japanese wood joinery – an ancient practice that involves creating complicated interlocking joints that form bonds without the need for nails or glue. So, why the anonymity? Apparently the techniques he uncovered are highly guarded by Japanese carpenter guilds, who don't take kindly to their secrets being exposed to rival joiners.
Understandable, but these diagrams are simply too hypnotising not to make public. And if all these divine jigsaws are making you feel a little too sated with the chaos of the universe, there's always this GIF of the most frustrating game of Tetris ever played. And now we're back right where we started.
三方組仕口 Sampo-gumi-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/OdgpaTBvcs— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 3, 2016
隠し金輪継ぎ Kakushi-kanawa-tsugi pic.twitter.com/BdAs5vUOw5— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) March 20, 2016
土台隅目地入れ仕口 Dodai-sumi-meji-ire-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/4xHJXXk4ef— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) October 19, 2016
通し違い枘差し枘鼻栓仕口 Toshi-chigai-hozo-sashi-hanasen-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/1ToumLNXMM— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) September 30, 2016