Comments written on other sites from June 2010

Noisy Decent Graphics: In praise of Stack, again

I can see that Stack “exposes me to things I would never look at any other way” but they’re still magazines you could probably find in any decent bookshop or newsagent. The selection looks relentlessly stylish.

It would be great if Stack (or a similar service) found magazines that you’d never find in high street shops. Really niche magazines, journals from industries you know nothing about, newsletters you’ve never seen or even heard of. That would be much more eye-opening and horizon-expanding.

On 2 June 2010. Permalink

Today’s Guardian is The Guardian re-imagined for the iPad

Thanks for the post and the kind words Mike, but three quibbles:

The headline is misleading: the site isn’t “for the iPad”. If anything it’s “for the web”, and tries to make a website that is as easy and quick to use as an iPad app.

Second, describing the site as “a new app” is also confusing as it’s definitely not an “app”. It’s an old-fashioned website.

Third, my name is “Phil”, not “Phyl”.

On 9 June 2010. Permalink

Less Glass, FEWER CO2 Emissions on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

I saw this and got annoyed too. But I’m not 100% sure about the LESS vs FEWER thing now.

When people talk about “reducing CO2 emissions” aren’t they talking about reducing the total amount, rather than the number of individual emissions? In which case shouldn’t it, rather awkwardly, be less emissions? Would anyone actually say “We need fewer CO2 emissions”?

“CO2 emissions” as a thing to be improved seems to have become a single thing, something you can have less of, rather than, as one would think purely grammatically, many things you can have fewer of.

On 14 June 2010. Permalink

On Bookmarking, Dog Ears and Marginalia | booktwo.org

I haven’t read a non-fiction book for ages unfortunately, but for a while I was sticking post-its in the front and making page-numbered notes on those as I went: http://www.flickr.com/photos/philgyford/9499585/

I’d later type those up, so more recently I’ve tried typing notes directly into my iPhone (in Simplenote) while reading. It’s more efficient but turns the whole thing into much more of a chore — one too many devices, and the extra screen feels more disassociated from the book. Writing on the post-its was no quicker, but seemed more part of the flow of reading.

When I’m reading the LRB or NYRB I turn over a corner to mark a page and make a small tear to indicate roughly where on the page the interesting passage is. Remembering to go back and note these down before I give the paper away is another problem though.

On 14 June 2010. Permalink

The case for reimagining data | Public Strategist

Thanks for the kind words Mr Strategist. I don’t expect the site to be to everyone’s taste because, as you say, people read the news in many different ways. Hopefully it’s just right for a number of people who couldn’t find anything that satisfied them before. I expect there are other possible solutions for other groups of people who are currently not served well. There should be (and could be, thanks to the API) many different ways of reading the same content.

Better mobile phone action should be done soon — I’m working on it at the moment — although as I only have an iPhone, it’ll be luck if it also works well on Android…

On 15 June 2010. Permalink

Jolly Bootstraps « LRB blog

Bagshawe … cheers despondent Conservatives on from her regular blogs for conservativehome.

I assume these are actually “blog posts” on the conservativehome blog, and Bagshawe doesn’t maintain several separate “blogs” on that site?

On 15 June 2010. Permalink

Rabble.rule: Detecting a swipe in WebKit

Thanks for this, it’s nice and simple but works!

One thing though. I have a site where I want the user to be able to swipe left/right to move between articles, but swiping up down should use the default scrolling action. (It’s probably easier to see than describe.)

This seems to work fine on an iPad, but on my iPhone 3G the vertical scrolling ends up being very jerky. Something is interrupting the default action from happening, but I can’t work out what to tweak to fix this. Any ideas?

On 22 June 2010. Permalink

The arrow of WordPress time « Jon Udell

Interesting to see the issues you’ve wrestled with. Although Movable Type works well with very old dates, it did require some slight hacking on my part to make things work well when newer dates were expected.

For example, I want to give each entry of the diary the correct 17th century date, but I also want the system to publish the entries automatically on the correct 20th century day. So I had to add something to the MT code for that specific blog to add 343 years to each entry when working out what to automatically publish.

I’ve been meaning to write up what I’ve done on that front for years; I’ll try and do so this week.

On 28 June 2010. Permalink