Thursday’s links are good tippers, bad inventors and rap historians.
Behind the Scenes: This stunning video gives us a beautiful view of how ink is made. The painstaking process, paired with an uplifting soundtrack, shows how often we take the littlest things for granted. (Gizmodo)
Educational Enmity: With the release of the documentary Waiting for Superman, many people are blaming teachers for education’s problems. But is this the right way to go? (The Daily Beast)
Gone Too Soon: With the recent cancellation of Lone Star after just two episodes, take a look back at TV shows that were canceled too quickly. (EW)
Tipping Tips: People tip waiters based on their service, right? Wrong. It comes down to social norms and plain old guilt. (Salon)
Funky Fun: Do you miss the times when Justin Timberlake actually made music? His appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, in which he chronicles the history of rap, can hold you over. (Kottke)
Tech History: Back when Facebook got started, it had a major competitor: Campus Network, developed on campus at Columbia University. Here’s why it failed. (Slate)
Crazy Contraptions: Inventors come up with the darndest things. Check out photos of weird science in action. (LIFE)
Essential Knowledge: In Japan, they call Jersey Shore “Macaroni Rascals.” There, you’re now smarter for the day. (TheDailyWh.at)
Elsewhere on TIME.com: It’s the 50th anniversary of The Flintstones. Take a look back at the 10 best cartoon theme songs.
Must-See: Comedic couple Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, also known as Ben Stiller’s parents, finally make it to the Internet in this endearing web series.