Links from January 2011
- Links for Monday 3 January 2011
- LRB · Vol. 33 No. 1 · 6 January 2011 · letters
- I must have missed the government's embarrassment and apologies over its peaceful citizens being treated like this by the police in the student protests.
- Links for Wednesday 5 January 2011
- Old maps of Southwark - Southwark Council
- Not just maps of Southwark, but good resolution PDFs of historical maps of London. Good. (via @alanconnor)
- Flickr: The Broad Street & old Liverpool Street station, London Pool
- Some good old pics. I should remember a lot more of the old Liverpool and Broad Street stations than I do.
- How to represent a pension investment account? / Questions / Discussion Area - Moneydance Support
- It's currently impossible to represent UK pensions in Moneydance, which is otherwise quite good.
- Christmas on the high street: retail winners and losers | Business | guardian.co.uk
- 2011's award for 'Most Pointless And Over The Top Use Of Flash' has already been won by the Guardian! Horrifyingly hilarious. (via @dracos)
- Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdowns of Season 1 on Vimeo
- I love watching these kinds of effects reels. It's amazing what you see these days that's so realistic you don't really notice the effects. (via Kottke)
- URL Design — Warpspire
- Links for Thursday 6 January 2011
- Staging Servers, Source Control & Deploy Workflows, And Other Stuff Nobody Teaches You: MicroISV on a Shoestring
- Handy description of git and staging/production environments and workflow. In like reading how other people do things. (via mildlydiverting)
- Links for Friday 7 January 2011
- Rory Hyde Projects / Blog Â» Blog Archive Â» âKnow No Boundariesâ: an interview with Matt Webb of BERG London
- Nice interview with Webb about design and BERG and stuff. (via Preoccupations)
- ThinkUp: Social Media Insights Engine
- Looks fascinating - a PHP/MySQL project you can install which then grabs your Twitter and Facebook network info and processes and graphs it al. (via Preoccupations)
- Cyberspace When You’re Dead - NYTimes.com
- Long article about what happens to peoples' online lives after they die. Good stuff, although I find so many companies' focus on safeguarding passwords odd; it doesn't seem like the big problem in this area. (via Haddock)
- That Gormandizer Man: How London buses are numbered - TfL come up trumps!
- A lovely and interesting email from TfL. I love how historic numbers are maintained/adapted. It's the kind of thing that has no direct benefit to a company's profit, but it makes the world a better place.
- Simon Reynolds' 2010 (Playlist by philgyford - Spotify)
- I made a playlist of all of the albums and tracks Simon Reynolds liked most from 2010. Well, those I could find on Spotify, around 50%.
- And Now Presenting: Amazing Satellite Images Of The Ghost Cities Of China
- I skipped this link the first couple of times seeing it, but I'm glad I finally looked. Amazing, stunning amounts of development, largely uninhabited. (via BERG)
- Links for Saturday 8 January 2011
- The Web Is a Customer Service Medium (Ftrain.com)
- "The web is not, despite the desires of so many, a publishing medium. The web is a customer service medium. 'Intense moderation' in a customer service medium is what 'editing' was for publishing. ... Turn your readers into members. Not visitors, not subscribers; you want members."
- Links for Sunday 9 January 2011
- YouTube - The London Nobody Knows (Part 1 of 4) Documentary
- 'The London Nobody Knows' has found its way to YouTube. Watch, if you haven't seen it, and you like/know London, in case it disappears.
- Django-syncr: Synchronize Django with the web | JesseLegg.com
- Introduction to django-syncr, which grabs Twitter, Flickr, Delicious, etc stuff from your accounts to your own Django-powered website.
- Django-syncr - Project Hosting on Google Code
- The "official" django-syncr source, but not updated since December 2008.
- Danfairs/django-syncr at danfairs - GitHub
- What looks like the most active copy of django-syncr around. Dan's adding stuff to the 'danfairs' branch.
- From zero to coder hero: Synchronizing django with twitter using django-syncr
- How to fix the out-of-date django-syncr to work with Twitter's OAuth.
- Cyclists in the City: HGVs - Time to make common cause with pedestrians and motorcyclists?
- Some figures on how pedestrian and cycle casualties are caused in the City. Only 5% of pedestrian casualties are the result of cyclists, although pedestrians generally feel cyclists are dangerous.
- Links for Monday 10 January 2011
- Exquisite Tweets
- Really handy way of being able to point at an entire Twitter conversation, or a hand-curated selection of tweets, from James Wheare.
- Obama London: Inexplicable Edits on Sarah Palin's Facebook Page
- It's fascinating how quickly Palin's team remove comments (and fair enough; it's their page). It's annoying how many people shout that this is "censorship", as if they wouldn't do the same if the tables were turned.
- Who killed the Intel microprocessor? | asymco
- I never knew about the difference between Intel (who design, manufacture and sell microprocessors) and ARM (who license microprocessors which designers use as part of a chip which is then manufactured by a fabricator).
- New Lightroom plug-in – CaptureTime to Exif - John Beardsworth
- Bascially a Lightroom-plugin front-end for Exiftool. Lets you easily update the Date Time Original EXIF field (eg, for setting the date a scanned photo was taken) but also add other arguments manually.
- LRB · job
- Now that's a job advert. No faffing. "The 'London Review of Books' is looking for an editor, preferably one with an interest in politics and history. Would suit a young, disaffected academic."
- Links for Tuesday 11 January 2011
- Matt Webb's Interconnected (it's all confused and beautiful.)
- Like very year, I meant to start blogging more frequently. Webb's actually doing it. I just caught up on his January over lunch and feel like I've eaten too well.
- Oops on Vimeo
- Found footage of video cameras being dropped. So much more absorbing than you'd imagine. Beautifully done. (via Waxy)
- The Online Photographer: OT: The Worst Remuddling Job in the History of the Universe
- Amazing that someone could prefer the second over the first, but a reminder of how very different people are to what seems "normal" to me/you/whoever. But even so. (Also, click through "the 'Ouch' post".)
- Links for Wednesday 12 January 2011
- trendwatching.com: Join our team
- TrendWatching have two full-time jobs going in London. A decade ago I expect I would have been super keen on these.
- Movieos - London again
- Tom Insam, ex of Dopplr, is back in London and looking for a job. You should try to hire him, because he is good.
- In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek
- Wonderful essay about science fiction movie corridors, with lots of pictures. The internet gives generously. (via @moleitau)
- YouTube - "Fuck you" Sign language performance
- You know the song, and it's just a girl in a classroom doing sign language, how good can it be... Watch it! It's my favourite thing I've seen in a while and makes me all smiley. Brilliant!
- Links for Thursday 13 January 2011
- Requiem for a Dream
- Still one of my favourite websites promoting a film. Tries to convert the feeling of the film into something more about the web (of ten years ago) (in Flash). Also, it's great to see that it's still online.
- Links for Saturday 15 January 2011
- Avatron Software: Air Display
- Six quid for this, but I had to give it a go (two screens aren't enough!). Feels like magic: a wireless screen! But updating (eg, dragging windows) is pretty jerky and it can use 10-25% of my MacBook's CPU when I'm dragging stuff on it, 15% if something is updating frequently (like Activity Monitor). Around 2% when idle. But could be very handy for some things.
- Links for Sunday 16 January 2011
- Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine
- For future arguing reference. But also, I don't understand why monospaced typewriter folk wanted two spaces either; I still type emails monospaced, and two spaces looks ugly. (via Preoccupations)
- Pepys' Shows: Samuel Pepys' Theatre Reviews
- The remarkable Matthew Somerville and Clare Lovell made a lovely little thing at Culture Hack Day: a random review of a play as seen by Samuel Pepys, also linking to Theatricalia.
- Links for Monday 17 January 2011
- Irvinebrown » Music for Shuffle
- I'm listening to this now. It's lovely. Little snippets of music that can be played in any order. Clever Matt.
- Links for Wednesday 19 January 2011
- Exquisite Tweets from @candicecbailey...
- Whoops! One careless word and suddenly people think there's a shooting in Oxford Circus. @candicecbailey appears to have deleted her original tweet now, although it's not really her fault. (via @abscond)
- Philgyford | Share Spotify Playlists at ShareMyPlaylists.com
- Here are my Spotify playlists, in case anything takes your fancy. i'll update it when I make new ones worth sharing.
- Links for Thursday 20 January 2011
- Is Mobile Affecting When We Read? « Read It Later Blog
- Interesting graphs of when ReadItLater users read stuff online, whether on desktop, iPhone or iPad. I definitely read less on my computer now I have an iPad. (via Kottke)
- iPad View Source Bookmarklet - Ravelrumba
- What it says. Could be handy. (via Daring Fireball)
- Links for Saturday 22 January 2011
- Vice Style » News » Riot Girls, Literally
- Wondering if VICE's next fashion shoot will be in a war zone. Or maybe, yeah, like in Africa, you know, like with all the famines and that? Amazing light! (via @benhammersley)
- Links for Monday 24 January 2011
- In English « Haluan nähdä muutakin
- 1458 people donated money to keep 21 bus and tram stops in Helsinki free of advertising for a week. A shame the posters still had big text on though. (via @antimega)
- Implementing a Fixed Position iOS Web Application - Google Mobile Developer Products - Google Code
- Brilliant: how to (a) make page elements fixed on iOS Safari (which doesn't acknowledge position:fixed, grrrr) and (b) do scrolling with momentum. Gmail in iOS Safari is very swish.
- Trustworthy Digital Repository - Chronicle of Life
- Really interesting description of an organisation to keep peoples' data safe forever. This organisational stuff must be at least half the battle, aside from technical things. Rest of site seems a bit... clunky though. (via Haddock)
- Little Big Details
- Examples of nice little UI touches. Some a bit obvious but others that are lovely. (via @paulpod)
- Links for Thursday 27 January 2011
- LRB · Iain Sinclair · The Raging Peloton
- He has a nice turn of phrase but Iain Sinclair is a gloomy, misanthropic reactionary who thinks the only people who can ride bikes authentically are the 1950s working class and eccentric poets. One wonders why he still lives in London.
- Grenson | Men's Shoes, Men's Brogues, Mens Boots, Handmade Shoes, British Shoes
- Some nice shoes, the name of which I'll forget. (via Antimega)
- Links for Sunday 30 January 2011
- A (Complete) Guide to Running Django on Joyent Shared Accelerators using Virtualenv, pip, git, and NginX | ecarmi.org
- Brilliant. I've been waiting a long, long time for instructions like this.
- Links for Monday 31 January 2011
- Barbican - Images | Jamie Smith
- Some nice photos of the Barbican by a student who's doing a project on it. They'd be even nicer if they didn't have a copyright statement stamped across their middles though.