Links from February 2011
- Links for Tuesday 1 February 2011
- "Satire was mostly dead in 2008 and its corpse is still cold today. What do people want in the future? I guess they want tweets."
- Maura Johnston on focus grouping news, Twitter vs blogging, consumers vs producers of media, and loads more. (via Haddock)
- Sean In Tumblr
- "For journalists, bloggers and music fans in general, there is no real way to justify listening to one thing over another..." How a music website, never mind your average punter, struggles to cope with the amount of music around today. (via Haddock)
- "The hunt for the next big thing has become a daily harvest of hundreds of next embarrassingly small things." A bit more musing about music journalism/blogging today. (via Haddock)
- When Should I Visit Science Museum?
- What a lovely idea - which museums are most or least likely to be busy today?
- Links for Wednesday 2 February 2011
- The difference between the UK, Great Britain, and England [video] - Holy Kaw!
- A very good description of the differences, which was an education to me. I can never remember all of this stuff. (via @tomcoates)
- Global Village Construction Set - Open Source Ecology
- Creating the fifty "tools/technologies for building post-scarcity, resilient communities" and open-sourcing the plans. (via Kottke)
- On River Maps Â« somethingaboutmaps
- Not so much for the Harry Beck-style interpretation of the Mississippi River System, but for the interesting explanation of the decisions and compromises involved in the exercise. (via Blech)
- The End of Blogging | The New York Observer
- Often, as here, the people noticing "the end of blogging" seem to have a very, very narrow definition of what "blogging" is. Thankfully, they're wrong. (via Waxy)
- Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding • The Register
- In case you need even more reasons why trusting your stuff to even the most well-meaning third-party services is only as good as their ability to never, ever make a mistake. (via Lee)
- Tank Auth authentication library for CodeIgniter
- It's been a while since I looked at CodeIgniter. Still no really obvious winner to the "how do I just authenticate people dammit?" question, but this looks like a front-runner.
- A Facebook story | A mother's joy and a family's sorrow | The Washington Post
- An obviously sad story, but actually bookmarked as an example of an annotated set of Facebook updates as a news story.
- Links for Thursday 3 February 2011
- The Pratfall of Penny Arcade - A Timeline
- I love catching up on drawn-out internet cultural events that are huge to a small number of people but of which I'm completely unaware. (via Waxy)
- Links for Saturday 5 February 2011
- BBC - Newsnight: Paul Mason: Twenty reasons why it's kicking off everywhere
- Really, really worth a read, about the nature of young, disparate and distributed protest movements these days. "During the early 20th century people would ride hanging on the undersides of train carriages across borders just to make links like these." (via Ben Hammersley)
- Links for Sunday 6 February 2011
- Gimme Shelter | Studio Multitracks
- Fascinating to hear the tracks in isolation. Unfortunately most of the other examples on the site only seem to have one isolated track for each song, but still. (via Daring Fireball)
- Kevin Slavin on Lift 11: Geneva - live streaming video powered by Livestream
- We watched Kevin's talk on how algorithms affect us live in the office. It's well worth a watch.
- Hangover Lounge
- Sunday afternoons at the Lexington on Pentonville Road. Sounds very nice, if I wasn't already spending Sunday afternoons agonising over having achieved nothing useful yet each weekend.
- Links for Monday 7 February 2011
- Collective2 - Find the trading strategy best for you
- A site for finding different stock market trading algorithms. Some very nice touches, but still bewildering to me. I could get so lost in this stuff if I had the time. (via Tom Taylor)
- Blimey, that's a whizzy bit of jQuery for rearranging things on a page. I'm expecting to see a whole lot of that soon. (via Daring Fireball)
- BBC - WW2 People's War
- At least one of those BBC sites, a good one, threatened with deletion/archiving/whatever is already archived by the British Library here. I haven't looked for others.
- Links for Tuesday 8 February 2011
- Press Complaints Commission >> Adjudicated Complaints >> Adjudicated - Ms Sarah Baskerville v Daily Mail
- Things you tweet from a public account are public shock. (via @suegyford)
- Links for Wednesday 9 February 2011
- IS Parade
- Lovely, lovely Flash thing that shoes all your twitter followers following you in a big parade. Charmingly done and you must try it. (via Interconnected)
- [Everyone] COMPULSARY: Very important message to all associates
- Important Nokia-esque email to all Pretend Office employees. Excuse the formatting -- you'll need to copy and paste -- but their IT department is a bit rubbish.
- Links for Thursday 10 February 2011
- Paul Haggis Vs. the Church of Scientology : The New Yorker
- Long, long article about Scientology, focused on the screenwriter/director Paul Haggis who left after 34 years. Fascinatingly weird.
- How did WordPress win?
- Byrne Reese, ex of Six Apart, on why WP has won out over Movable Type. A shame, but then I always start new blog projects in WP these days. (via Waxy)
- Links for Saturday 12 February 2011
- Fuck Yeah Free Interns
- A hall of shame for (UK?) companies advertising for (possibly illegal) unpaid interns. TechHub and the Telegraph the only culprits listed so far. There must be more...
- LRB · Vol. 33 No. 4 · 17 February 2011 · letters
- My second letter in the LRB, this time quoting Yoz.
- Testing Multiple Versions of IE on One PC - IEBlog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
- Run IE 6, 7, 8 and 9 on one machine by running Windows XP within Windows 7. (via Mildlydiverting)
- Links for Sunday 13 February 2011
- Reading Markson Reading
- Brilliant: scans of pages of books owned by David Markson which ended up in the Strand bookstore after his death. His annotations are explained and examples of corresponding passages in his own work are given. (via @jamesbridle)
- File:Bill of Mortality.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Grim government statistics for 1665. No pretty graphs.
- Links for Monday 14 February 2011
- The Economics of Blogging and The Huffington Post - NYTimes.com
- "One reason that The Huffington Post gets a lot of criticism for not paying its bloggers is because most people think of it as a publishing company, when really — like Facebook — it is more of a technology company." (via Daring Fireball)
- Links for Tuesday 15 February 2011
- A List Apart: Articles: A Simpler Page
- A bit about the problems of formatting long-form stuff for different screens, and then his solution, Bibliotype, an HTML/CSS/JS template, which is really gorgeous.
- Who Is Arcade Fire??!!?
- If I ever feel out of touch for not knowing who some young pop star is, I can feel comfort that people who know who young pop stars are often don't know who Grammy-winning bands are. (via Kottke)
- Links for Thursday 17 February 2011
- London’s first aerial walkways | News | Property news | Homes & Property
- I'm assuming it's just the Standard's subeditor who thinks these are the "first aerial walkways" in London, rather than architecture writer Ruth Bloomfield. That would be silly...
- Help Center | Facebook
- How to download all of your "information" from your Facebook account. (vi Preoccupations)
- Links for Sunday 20 February 2011
- Married and moving to Hollywood
- I just like John August's suggestions on how to maintain a good relationship if you both move somewhere because one of you has a new, all-consuming new job.
- David Long :: Hidden City
- "The Secret Alleys, Courts and Yards of London's Square Mile" Sounds like a good read.
- CV Dazzle by Adam Harvey
- "Camouflage from face detection." Good stuff. By a student at ITP. (via @GreatDismal)
- Links for Monday 21 February 2011
- Albert Einstein Institution - Publications - 005 From Dictatorship to Democracy
- Full PDF text of this 1993 book by Gene Sharp, who was interviewed on 'Today' this morning. It's apparently been cited by some of those in the current revolutions.
- Links for Tuesday 22 February 2011
- Programming Amazon EC2 - O'Reilly Media
- This book's just come out. Anyone read it? Any good? Any other recommendations for getting up to speed with hosting on AWS? Ta.
- ASCII by Jason Scott / A Valentine from Archive Team
- Surprise! Yahoo is deleting even *more* user-created content. This time Yahoo Video. It's like Yahoo! doesn't feel hated enough yet. But I keep loving Archive Team more. (via Tom Taylor)
- One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age | Digging through the Geocities Torrent
- A blog outlining some peoples' explorations of the torrent of all the archived GeoCities data. Some lovely old bits of early web archaeology in there.
- The Sartorialist: On the Street....London Color Story, London
- Some Londoners appear to be dressing themselves after that Hollywood movie teal-and-orange colour grading craze.
- The REAL Death Of The Music Industry
- Some good graphs and stats about the US recorded music industry. I'm amazed at how few albums and singles per capita are bought, even at the industry's peak (now: 1.25 albums, 3.7 singles, per year). (via Daring Fireball)
- Hundreds of Tourist Photos Weaved into One (18 total) - My Modern Metropolis
- Really stunning images of tourist sites made out of hundreds of overlaid tourist snaps. Beautiful. I want these on my walls. (via Blech)
- C21Media: C21Media to launch Silicon Roundabout Insider
- Oh dear oh dear. Makes me feel punchy. That must also be a candidate for most unbearably animated page on the Internet. (via @mattb)
- Links for Wednesday 23 February 2011
- DJ Matthew Africa - I Wish You Would - Ninety-Now
- I'm far from a connoisseur, but I really enjoyed these four podcast mixes featuring 1990s east-coast indie-label rap.
- Links for Friday 25 February 2011
- Virtualenv and pip Basics | Jontourage
- Nothing I didn't already know, but explained simply and clearly, which will be handy if I have to describe this stuff to anyone else.
- Dancarroll / django-activitysync / source – Bitbucket
- Django app for aggregating activity from different services, currently Twitter, Google Reader and Reddit.
- MySociety » Blog Archive » Seeking to Contract an Interactive Designer for FixMyTransport
- The good folks at mySociety are looking for a freelance designer to make their new project beautiful and lovely.
- Links for Saturday 26 February 2011
- Pattern, a Python module for mining web data
- Lovely looking module for grabbing data from a variety of web sources, analysing it, and displaying results in different ways. (via Waxy)
- LRB · Benjamin Kunkel · How Much Is Too Much?
- "Harvey observes these contradictions sharpening over time, as finance capital becomes ever more mobile while beds of infrastructure grow increasingly Procrustean: ‘The disjunction of the quest for hypermobility and an increasingly sclerotic built environment (think of the huge amount of fixed capital embedded in Tokyo or New York City) becomes ever more dramatic.’"
- Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey » Reading Capital
- "David Harvey has been teaching Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume I for nearly 40 years, and his lectures are now available online for the first time. This open course consists of 13 video lectures of Professor Harvey’s close chapter by chapter reading of Capital, Volume I." I bet that's good. Also, CC-licensed.
- SamKnows - Telephone Exchange Search
- Handy thing that shows you lots of information about your nearest telephone exchange, and the broadband services, LLU operators, etc available.
- Links for Sunday 27 February 2011
- Wilderness to brothels to Apple store: the History of Development in one block
- I like this description of one spot of Manhattan and how it changed over the centuries. Although calling the block's current state "the ultimate culmination of centuries of development" assumes nothing's going to change ever again. (via @GreatDismal)
- Thoughts of a Bohemian » Blog Archive » The fire this time
- It's not just digital archives that are being destroyed: The liquidator in charge of the defunct Corbis Sygma agency is planning to destroy an archive of 12 million photos. We need a real world Archive Team. Grrrrrrrrr. (via The Online Photographer)
- Sohei Nishino - Diorama map London (Detailed info)
- Stunning photographic collage photo-maps of cities. Currently at Michael Hoppen Gallery, SW3 3TD until 2nd April. (via Blech)
- BBC iPlayer - Click: 26/02/2011
- Pepys' Diary gets a little plug around the 23 minute mark in the current edition of 'Click' on BBC News 24. (UK only I expect.)