Links from October 2010
- Links for Friday 1 October 2010
- Human landscapes in SW Florida - The Big Picture - Boston.com
- Every single aerial photo is stunning, go look. Photos of housing developments, many undeveloped. I wouldn't want to live in any of them. (via Kottke)
- Links for Monday 4 October 2010
- London futures | images that bring ideas to life and frame the climate change debate in a way that everyone can understand
- Images of a flooded future London. (via Beyond the Beyond)
- Core77 - The True Story of Automoblox
- From 2005, about the struggles to get a toy car product line manufactured in China. A good read. (via Kottke, a while ago)
- Links for Tuesday 5 October 2010
- U B U W E B - Film & Video: John Berger - Ways of Seeing (1972)
- Ooh, all four episodes for download. I've never seen the TV version.
- Links for Wednesday 6 October 2010
- Ubu Web (ubuweb) on Twitter
- Lots of dodgy (in a legal sense) and intriguing (in an aural sense) listening on Ubu Web's stream.
- Links for Thursday 7 October 2010
- Walter Benjamin’s Aura: Open Bookmarks and the future eBook
- James Bridle again, saying and proposing wonderful things.
- Notes.husk.org: Incompetence, Malice and ereading
- Yes, this. So many iPad magazines are focusing on the whizziness. I'd just want the easy-to-read-ness.
- Links for Saturday 9 October 2010
- Workflow smart collections - John Beardsworth
- I don't need anything this complicated, but I find this ability to create complicated but very custom workflows fascinating.
- A Hyper-Organized, Smart Collection-based Lightroom Workflow
- Another complex, customised workflow.
- Links for Sunday 10 October 2010
- A radical pessimist's guide to the next 10 years - The Globe and Mail
- While my favourite Vancouver-based science fiction author (William Gibson) is writing about the present, my favourite Vancouver-based chronicler of the now (Douglas Coupland) has written this about the future. (via @moleitau)
- Links for Wednesday 13 October 2010
- The Unsorting Office
- Leaving aside the making-my-blood-boil mess of the Royal Mail, that bit at the end about recording all the knowledge of posties about short-cuts, hills, gates, etc is interesting.
- Today’s News • on iPhone & iPad • Powered by the Guardian
- An iPad app that gives you a way to read The Guardian very much like my "Today's Guardian" site. The sincerest form of flattery, I guess.
- Links for Friday 15 October 2010
- 45cat - Vinyl Database - Records - Music Reviews - Discographies, Discoveries, Discussions
- Scans, credits, etc for (currently) 73,788 UK-released seven-inch singles. Blimey. (via @dorianfm)
- Carlos Bueno: A Paper Internet
- Instructions for printing stuff out and encasing them in resin to bury in the ground, as the best way to preserve bits of the Internet. (via Tom Taylor)
- Links for Monday 18 October 2010
- Evom - Convert and Download Videos to iTunes
- "Download internet videos (YouTube and more) to iTunes and iPod." Handy. (via Ben Hammersley and more)
- "Our goal is to bring well-written articles on big data processing, statistics and statistical programming, and machine learning to one place." (via BERG)
- Saul Griffith and Jonathan Bachrach's algorithmically-designed "DARPA Hoodie" - Boing Boing
- Interesting. Want to find more modern/future-y but still wearable clothes. Any ideas? (via @GreatDismal)
- Belstaff | Official Website
- Heavily retro rather than futury, although there's still something slightly SF about some of the jackets. Also, the coat Sherlock wore.
- The Pope and the Axis of Terror
- Adam Curtis on the manufacturing of the idea of a "global terror network" from the 1970s to today. Fascinating story, worth the time to read. Shame the BBC's video clips are only in Flash though.
- Links for Tuesday 19 October 2010
- Kardashev scale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- "The scale has three designated categories called Type I, II, and III. These are based on the amount of usable energy a civilization has at its disposal, and the degree of space colonization." (via The Speculist)
- Links for Thursday 21 October 2010
- Movies, Downloads, Blu Ray, DVDs, Cinema & TV Listings | Find Any Film
- Alerts for when films you want to see appear in the formats you want. Good idea but ugly, confusing, unintuitive, Lottery-funded. Needs a slap with the Web 2.0 stick.
- Johann Hari: A colder, crueller country – for no gain - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent
- I've just been trying to avoid the news, pretend it's not happening. I was lured into reading this. Fuckers.
- Links for Saturday 23 October 2010
- Rejectamentalist manifesto
- China Mieville with questions addressed to a hypothetical Liberal Democrat voter who still believes in a progressive agenda. "So it has to be asked of you: WTF?"
- K-punk: The Great Bullingdon Club Swindle
- Trying to find some optimism for the left from this almighty mess. (via @moleitau)
- The Participant Observer » Blog Archive » Cyborganic and the Birth of Networked Social Media (It’s here!)
- PhD thesis from a couple of years ago, on Cyborganic and other things (like Wired/Hotwired) that its members were involved in.
- Links for Sunday 24 October 2010
- Facebook News Feed Settings: Random or Not, Biggest Secrets Revealed - The Daily Beast
- Reverse engineering how Facebook's Top News feed decides what to show you. (via Kottke)
- Some thoughts on Lightroom Keywords – Chuqui 3.0
- I'm fascinated, amused and horrified that people have to spend so much time on thinking about the kind of thing that was once a relatively obscure part of a small profession. (via John Beardsworth)
- Will Bad CGI Breath Cost The Social Network a Visual Effects Oscar Nomination? | Movieline
- Glad it wasn't just me that found that weird CGI breath distracting. It looked like some weird Harry Potter-esque evil spirits escaping from their mouths.
- Links for Monday 25 October 2010
- Mac Bundy Said He Was ‘All Wrong’ by William Pfaff | The New York Review of Books
- About the Vietnam War, but also good on parallels with Iraq/Afghanistan, and how only one or two ideas can shape events that affect continents, very similar to that Adam Curtis article about a "global terror network".
- Gallery - Brilliant SF books that got away - Image 1 - New Scientist
- I've only read one of these. So much to read! (via @GreatDismal)
- Links for Tuesday 26 October 2010
- Diagrams: What are your favorite complicated diagrams? - Quora
- An already promising thread. More pictures! More!
- Links for Wednesday 27 October 2010
- Google LatLong: History in the Unmaking
- Very nice - Google Earth layers of London and Paris in 1945. I also didn't know Google Earth had lots of different post-2000 layers (for London at least). (via Booktwo)
- Monbiot.com » Toxic Brew
- [Slight 'Rubicon' spoiler ahead.] Interesting, scary stuff about Koch Industries, the Tea Party, and astro-turfing. But, pessimistically, I can't help thinking of 'Rubicon's Spengler saying: "Make your report Will. Knock 'em dead ... Do you really think anyone is going to give a shit?" (via @edmittance)
- Links for Thursday 28 October 2010
- ASCII by Jason Scott / Archiveteam! The Geocities Torrent
- There will be a 900GB torrent of all of the Geocities content that Archiveteam managed to save before the idiots at Yahoo turned it off. Wonderful. Wonderful. Could archive.org host it...? (via @antimega)
- Flipboard | Beyond The Beyond
- Bruce Sterling on Flipboard, magazines, etc. "Why not send me [Lady Gaga's] Flipboard? Why not sell me that? By subscription. Then it’s magazines all over again. What fun!"
- Nathansearles's Faded at master - GitHub
- "A super simple fading image and content viewer for jQuery" Looks good. (via Infovore)
- Links for Saturday 30 October 2010
- Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior
- Sounds like an awesome read. Just look at that table of contents: it reads like something John Hodgman would write, but it's real! (via Beyond the Beyond)
- Links for Sunday 31 October 2010
- Actroid F Female Telepresence Robot Looks Super Real, Creepy (video)
- Watch the videos. Yes, a bit creepy but also amazing progress with making human-like expressions with machines.