Links from June 2011
- Links for Wednesday 1 June 2011
- LRB · Howard Hotson · Short Cuts
- The new BPP University in the UK is owned by the Apollo Group, whose biggest US institution, the University of Phoenix, sounds very dodgy.
- Links for Thursday 2 June 2011
- Britain's Got Talent and the Ronan Parke Co... - justpaste.it
- I expect this has been everywhere, but it's a good, if depressing read.
- Links for Friday 3 June 2011
- Guest DJ Brian Eno : NPR
- Eno on 'All Songs Considered' discussing some music. I must make time to listen. (via Ted Mills)
- Links for Monday 6 June 2011
- Poor Yorick Entertainment
- Posters, graphics etc created for all the movies, brands, etc in 'Infinite Jest'. Lovely. I assume it'll be a book at some point... (via Kottke)
- Html2text: THE ASCIINATOR (aka html2txt)
- Turns a web page into Markdown-formatted ASCII. (via Preoccupations)
- Brilliant. A 30-year delayed "live" archive of Usenet. I must remember to come back when it reaches 1995. (via Tom Taylor)
- The First Year of Frames
- I completely forgot sites used to offer the choice of "Frames or No Frames".
- Links for Tuesday 7 June 2011
- Playlist for Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture - April 18, 2011
- Pretty much just listening to this one on repeat at the moment.
- AC Grayling's private university is odious | Terry Eagleton | Comment is free | The Guardian
- My thoughts: Expensive private universities were inevitable once all universities were able to charge a lot. But inevitability doesn't make it better, and there's no way to pretend this is anything but bad for inequality.
- Live Ships Map - AIS - Vessel Traffic and Positions
- Oh, nice. There's something magical about seeing live data of vehicles around the world, like the plane maps we saw during the ash cloud last year. Especially lovely having ships' names displayed. (via Preoccupations)
- Links for Wednesday 8 June 2011
- A great Tumblr blog of photos of very impressive scaffolding. Better than that sounds. (Thanks @blech)
- Beauty Through Bamboo on Vimeo
- Nice video watching John Cho Moore hand-making one of his good-looking bags, using bamboo as a frame. (via Lineage of Influence)
- Links for Thursday 9 June 2011
- Liddy Scheffknecht | iGNANT
- Photos of buildings covered in scaffolding with everything except the scaffolding removed. (Thanks James.)
- Links for Friday 10 June 2011
- Chasing a Sound in your Head (blog.thoughtwax.com)
- I love 'Red Dead Redemption' but this is exactly right. If I ever show a video game to a non-gamer there are always oddities you, even now, have to explain away with "that's just how things are in games". (via @cityofsound)
- Links for Sunday 12 June 2011
- Bike Pictures on bulgier.net
- Mainly for the "Bike Catalogs" section, full of old brochures which were handy for trying to identify poorly-described old bikes on eBay. For example.
- 'The Headbadge': Raleigh Catalog Archive Project
- Ah, even more old Raleigh bike catalogues, from 1938 to 1987. Getting closer.
- Hobbs of Barbican
- I never knew: Between 1930 and WWII the firm Hobbs of Barbican made bikes in the Barbican area of London, later moving to Dagenham.
- Infovore » Where’s @towerbridge?
- Aside from anything else: Twitter appear to have handed one person's account over to someone else, and all the original tweets have been deleted. How safe does your account feel now?
- Links for Monday 13 June 2011
- Carlhuda/janus - GitHub
- A bunch of nice vim customisations and plugins intended to be used with MacVIM. (Thanks Tom T.)
- On The Network
- Derek Powazek chronicling dumbly critical mentions of the internet in the media. If I still listened to the Today programme I bet I'd come up with some. (via Waxy)
- Playable Archaeology: An Interview with the Telehack's Anonymous Creator
- Telehack sounds amazing. I always wanted to play a Spectrum game (I forget the name) that simulated hacking, never mind something this huge.
- How Andy Carvin debunked the "Gay Girl in Damascus" hoax
- Some things to watch out for here if you were ever going to try and create a fake person online. (via Waxy)
- Links for Tuesday 14 June 2011
- Human Cloning in Japan
- Wow. Scroll down... and down... until you get to the dolls with the scary, amazing, horrible, wonderful heads based on scans of real people. Imagine having a collection of one of these for every year of your life... (via @wonderlandblog)
- Links for Wednesday 15 June 2011
- Twitter Ye Not – why this geek went back to the real world | Sarah Angliss
- On why she's stopped using Twitter. I've been going through a love/hate thing with it all myself the last few weeks and most (but not all) of this captures some of my feelings. (via @FinalBullet)
- Daniel Rosenthal's answer to Why is U2 so popular? - Quora
- "You’re not only dancing and reminiscing – you’re spreading freedom and reasonably-priced medicines to distant lands!" (via Shaun at Ruby Pseudo)
- The Wire: A Brief History Of Grime Tapes
- Some streams/MP3s of recordings of early(?) grime sets on pirate radio. I'm enjoying the first one so far. (via Shaun at Ruby Pseudo)
- Grime_tapes : grimetapes.com : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
- Grimetapes.com (which was archiving loads of old grime cassettes) appears to have disappeared, but it looks like they put some(?) of the files on archive.org.
- Links for Thursday 16 June 2011
- Choose how unique you want your t-shirt to be - ONE of a TEE
- Cunning. Pay progressively more for being the only one in your city/country/continent/world owning a particular t-shirt design. (Presumably until Urban Outfitters rips off the design, anyway.) (via @hiutdenim)
- Total recall: why retromania is all the rage | Music | The Guardian
- This is all very good, on retro of many kinds. "How come the very kind of people who would have once been in the vanguard of creating new music (bohemian early adopter types) have switched roles to become antiquarians and curators?"
- Links for Saturday 18 June 2011
- UseTheSource | Newest Jobs
- John Graham-Cumming's tech job board for Hacker News folk, the name of which I'll never remember, hence bookmarking it here.
- Links for Sunday 19 June 2011
- Early Retirement Extreme: — written by Jacob Lund Fisker, Freelancer
- Fascinating to read something like this (save 70-80% of your income, invest it, spend little, retire after five years) written by someone who has the perspective to know it's not for everyone. (via Oliver Burkeman's Guardian column)
- Links for Wednesday 22 June 2011
- How To Run A News Site And Newspaper Using WordPress And Google Docs - 10,000 Words
- Describing how the 'Bangor Daily News' (Maine, USA) uses Google Docs and WordPress to publish its website and then send the text to InDesign for laying out the print paper. Includes a list of WP plugins used. (via @benhammersley)
- "A quick hack to present your Flickr contacts' recent photos as a flat list for iPhone" a la Instagram, by Tom Insam. Is handy and nice.
- 10 Myths About Introverts || CarlKingCreative.com || Los Angeles, CA
- Yes. (via Kottke)
- Week 315 – Blog – BERG
- Epic week notes from Matt Webb on growing and nurturing BERG. It's an honour to work just the other side of a door from these folks.
- Links for Friday 24 June 2011
- London Tubemap - A new angle on the London Underground
- I like the original, but this compromise does feel more usefully connected to the geography of the city, rather than a complete abstraction. (via @benhammersley)
- For 2 weeks only – alternative tube maps on display
- Photos of the work of Max Roberts on the tube map. Photos, rather than decent graphics unfortunately. Can't find better versions of his stuff online, so london-tubemap.com "wins".
- Links for Sunday 26 June 2011
- Comment Challenge plugin
- Apparently is (still) effective at stopping Movable Type comment spam. I feel like I've gone back in time several years.
- Henry Beck Rules, not OK? Breaking the Rules of Diagrammatic Map Design (PDF)
- A thoughtful essay by Max Roberts, from 2009, about the rules used in Beck's diagrammatic London Underground map, and when they're worth breaking. Well worth a read. (via Blech)
- YouTube - Talking Funny Part 1 Of 4
- Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Louis CK talking about comedy. Part 2 didn't work for me in the UK, others OK. I'd love something like this involving Stewart Lee. (via Ted Mills)
- Links for Monday 27 June 2011
- LRB · Daniel Soar · Short Cuts
- Fascinating, brief, look at the US government's interest in analysing metaphors in foreign languages for security purposes. Well worth a read if you write, talk or think.
- Links for Wednesday 29 June 2011
- Fear And Monocles — Broken Toys
- Mainly for the video of the "Jita Microtransaction Riot, 6/24/11". Future. (via Tom Insam)
- Flickr: Faces illuminated by Displays
- I love seeing faces lit up by screens at night. A beautiful and only modern sight. (via The New Aesthetic)
- The Eternal Shame of Your First Online Handle - Technology - GOOD
- Kids today are going to go through so many handles, unless they're all just using their names. Which is what I do these days. I'm just me now. (via Kottke)