Links from November 2010
- Links for Monday 1 November 2010
- Tony Ageh on the BBC Archive and how to remake the internet | Media | The Guardian
- A rare bit of spotlight for the wonderful Tony Ageh.
- The World's Wannabe Silicon Valleys | Foreign Policy
- "Silicon Roundabout" in 'Foreign Policy' magazine. Off-the-cuff-idea + time = international technological free trade investment zone.
- Blogging Ottinger (tim) :: Use VIM Like a Pro
- I may start working through this. I've never quite got over that vi learning hump. (via Tom Taylor)
- Django-messages - Project Hosting on Google Code
- App for allowing the sending of private messages between users of a site. Looks good at first glance.
- MapCrunch - Random Google Street View
- Really simple idea, everyone's linking to it, and it's still very lovely. Instant momentary holiday.
- Coming Home to Vim / Steve Losh
- Another handy Vim thing, this time about how one guy's set up his environment. (via Tom Taylor again)
- 100 Free High Quality WordPress Themes: 2010 Edition - Smashing Magazine
- Always handy and plenty look usable. (via Yoz)
- Links for Wednesday 3 November 2010
- Modern Two-Party System in the Senate Timeline
- Fascinating and detailed graph of shifts in Republican/Democrat senators from 1857-2006. I'd love to see something similar for the UK.
- War Cabinet (ukwarcabinet) on Twitter
- World War II told daily in tweets and links to web pages where you can add free PDFs to your shopping cart, check out, give your email address, and finally download them. Nice idea, spoiled by execution. (via @blech)
- Links for Sunday 7 November 2010
- 5 Torrent Files That Broke Mind Boggling Records | TorrentFreak
- The most data, largest swarm, longest-lived, etc.
- Our Banana Republic - NYTimes.com
- "From 1980 to 2005, more than four-fifths of the total increase in American incomes went to the richest 1 percent." And yet still many average people vote for the Republicans. (via Daring Fireball)
- Flickr: Elspeth and Evan's stuff tagged with digitalcollage
- These are very interesting, although they don't feel like they're quite there. It's almost a shame that they're based on existing photos (and that a lot are naken women (ooh, Art!)). It feels like it's close to something though. (via Kottke)
- Links for Monday 8 November 2010
- The government shouldn't hang on Google's every word | Charles Arthur | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
- Yes, it's good the government is making positive noises about technology, start-ups etc, but also, this. (Although, are you really surprised a government, especially Conservative, is taking policy advice from large companies?)
- Designswarm thoughts » Blog Archive » The politician’s handbook to East London
- Alex in very, very good form on the East London Tech City initiative. I have the same unease about equating small start-ups with providing good space and conditions for huge tech companies. Related, but different things and requirements. (via Blech)
- A Room to Let in Old Aldgate | Spitalfields Life
- Some lovely 19th century photos of the area around the City, Spitalfields, Barbican, etc.
- A Paper Internet by Carlos Bueno — Kickstarter
- Pledge money towards one of those "web pages printed out and encased in resin" time capsules. Pledge enough and you choose 500 pages to be printed. (via Beyond the Beyond)
- Links for Wednesday 10 November 2010
- Why Wikipedia beats Wikinews as a collaborative journalism project » Nieman Journalism Lab
- From Feb 2010. Wikinews' combination of deadlines and less of a formula for story structure than Wikipedia has proved challenging for collaborative writing.
- Don't know if it's good, but the method sounds interesting: "...the day's must-read media news on a single page. ... We've combined sophisticated automated aggregation technologies with direct editorial input from knowledgeable human editors..."
- Product invention workshops – Blog – BERG
- One of the things BERG does for clients. I bet they're nothing but awesome.
- Links for Thursday 11 November 2010
- Mess with the Misfits - E4.com
- This is very nicely done. Do let it connect with Facebook. I wanted it to do more, but it's very fun. (I have no connection to the 'Misfits' web stuff this series.) (via Haddock)
- Links for Saturday 13 November 2010
- Utopia London
- Awesome-looking film, about post-war modernist housing development in London. There's a screening near Farringdon on 14 Dec. Also, where's the map in the 'About' section from? (via City of Sound)
- CBRD » Histories » Ringways » Background » Wartime plans
- I like the colours of the County Of London Plan, 1943.
- Scattered Satellites - Purdom, Abercrombie, Hilberseimer, MARS - Links
- Click the thumbnail of the 1943 'The County of London Plan'. Lovely, lovely map of London's rough areas, as queried earlier (thanks Blech).
- Links for Sunday 14 November 2010
- Free Map of London (Communities and Open Space Survey) 1943 from the Probert Encyclopaedia Map Archive
- More precise than the previous 1943 map of London areas and/but very nice. (via Blech)
- How do sites prevent vanity URLs from colliding with future features? - Quora
- Just for the list of suggested blacklist terms that shouldn't be allowed for usernames, so as to avoid future URL conflicts.
- Annotator | Open Knowledge Foundation
- Looks good. jQuery and python (or other backend) for annotating HTML pages. (via Infovore)
- Links for Tuesday 16 November 2010
- Google-refine - Project Hosting on Google Code
- Looks very nice - an interface to sort, search, cluster, refine, and generally tidy up large datasets. (via Waxy)
- Links for Wednesday 17 November 2010
- Jon Rafman (9Eyes)
- Amazing collection of Google Streetview images from around the world. Fascinating. Streetview is going to be an *incredible* historical document. (via Crackunit)
- Music Â« Devil's Pie
- Some fine looking R&B/Soul type mixes for free download. (via Soul Sides)
- LRB Â· Glen Newey Â· Is it really so wrong?
- This article, on the nature of evil, was apparently really good, as I turned the corner on it, but it was two weeks ago and I remember nothing about it now. (Subscribers only)
- LRB · James Davidson · Flat-Nose, Stocky and Beautugly
- This article, about the changes in names given to children over the years was fascinating, at least (for me) until it gets round to the main subject, ancient Greek names.
- Apres Garde
- Another Tumblr blog of scenes from Google Streetview, this time more "artistic"/beautiful shots, rather than quirky. Stunning. (via Blech)
- LRB · Carl Elliott · The Mild Torture Economy
- Fascinating article about medical trials, how the market for patients willing to take part for small amounts of cash has shifted around the world, and how very dodgy they are. (Subscribers only)
- LRB · Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen · Which came first, the condition or the drug?
- Interesting article about Bipolar Disorder and how the definition of the condition has changed over the decades. (Subscribers only, again, grr.)
- Links for Thursday 18 November 2010
- Burn Fat, Lose Weight, and Gain Muscle - DailyBurn
- I couldn't remember what gym-tracking site I used to use. Finally found it, but it didn't help that it had changed from Gyminee to DailyBurn since I last used it.
- You Can't Innovate Like Apple — Pragmatic Marketing
- About how Apple designs products, but particularly for the bit about designing 10 very finished designs, and the brainstorm/production meetings. (via @paulpod)
- Links for Saturday 20 November 2010
- We Made This Ltd - Ministry of Stories & Hoxton Street Monster Supplies
- Very lovely - London's own version of 826 Valencia (the "Pirate Shop") and similar. (via Chrisdodo)
- Links for Tuesday 23 November 2010
- Stratigraphies of Infestation
- For both the anecdotes about New York's rats and the anecdotes about the levels of underground old New York where the rats live.
- Mashup Breakdown - Girl Talk - All Day
- This is a wonderful visualisation, as I can never pick apart the samples of mashups, even if I recognise them. More please. (via Cal)
- Links for Wednesday 24 November 2010
- The OS X Spatial Stack :: Drive-by Digressions
- Looks very handy, if my OS X system wasn't already a complete mess of historic and forgotten installs of various things.
- How do I force Python to be 32-bit on Snow Leopard and other 32-bit/64-bit questions - Stack Overflow
- The post from "cogg" about virtualenv saved my sanity. Thanks cogg.
- Links for Thursday 25 November 2010
- Why the iPad Newspaper is Doomed
- I'm no fan of Murdoch, but I suspect this article is all wrong: Daily editions could be good; Unfocused content can be interesting; News Corp is often right; Linkability may not matter to normal people. (via @revdancatt)
- Warren Ellis » Guest Informant: Moon Wiring Club
- Some interesting-sounding music here, although obscurity and lack of bloody links makes it a bit annoying to listen and/or buy.
- The Wire: The ASDA mix - a Moon Wiring Club exclusive
- Fun, free mix of 1970sish British TV music type hauntology malarkey.
- Moon Wiring Club – The Jayston Mix | Pontone
- Another free mix, this time devoted to actor Michael Jayston. (If I could find Moon Wiring Club's album to download and pay for anywhere, I would...)
- Coderholic's django-cities at master - GitHub
- Models, with data from GeoNames, for countries, regions, cities and districts, for Django. Haven't used it yet, but looks very useful.
- Links for Saturday 27 November 2010
- Call for participation for PDA 2011
- Ooh: Personal Digital Archiving 2011 Conference. Sounds very interesting indeed. Hmm, San Francisco in February... (via Blech)
- 2010 Videos
- Videos of sessions from the Personal Digital Archiving 2010 conference. Haven't watched anything yet. Did anyone reading this go? How was it?
- PDAWG | Digital Curation Exchange
- New to me, the Personal Digital Archives Working Group: "addresses opportunities and challenges associated with the stewardship of born-digital materials that are created or received by individuals."
- Links for Sunday 28 November 2010
- Optimistontour.com - Pragmatic Idealism for the future
- 'An Optimist's Tour of the Future' sounds like an interesting book. Today's future needs more optimism. (via @thestory2011)