Links from June 2012
- Links for Friday 1 June 2012
- About HTML semantics and front-end architecture – Nicolas Gallagher
- Really good in-depth thoughts about writing HTML/CSS. Reminds me a bit of that SMACSS style guide (which I can *never* remember the name/acronym for). (via Dotcode)
- Links for Sunday 3 June 2012
- The guide to implementing 2D platformers | Higher-Order Fun
- I enjoyed this understandable description of different basic ways of constructing the basic physics of platform games. (via CreativeJS)
- ifttt / Log tweets to a Dropbox file
- Nice idea for making a backup of your tweets and @replies. (via Stellar)
- FIRECalc: A different kind of retirement calculator
- It amazes me someone could go to this much effort to create a very complex tool (scroll down...) but leave the interface so bafflingly impenetrable. (via Mr Money Mustache)
- Soul Sides / Sliced: Breaking Down: The Emotions' "Blind Alley" (Stax, 1972)
- I like this way of discussing a song, displaying annotations while it plays.
- Links for Monday 11 June 2012
- Timoni.org - Why I wear the same thing every day, and what I wear.
- Great stuff. And yet I still found myself thinking "this is so complicated!" (via Stellar)
- qTranslate | www.qianqin.de
- Translation plugin for WordPress (maybe simpler than WPML?).
- 76 Premium WordPress Themes With Over 100k Customers
- Some more shiny happy themes.
- Themes | Kriesi.at - Wordpress Themes and HTML Templates
- Look alright. For future reference.
- Timeless Modern Tactile Functional
- Cos - some nice simple, not too expensive clothes. (via @joroach)
- Links for Tuesday 12 June 2012
- Killing Our Citizens Without Trial by David Cole | The New York Review of Books
- On drone killings: "As long as the Obama administration insists on the power to kill the people it was elected to represent -- and to do so in secret, on the basis of secret legal memos -- can we really claim that we live in a democracy ruled by law?"
- Escape into Whiteness by Brent Staples | The New York Review of Books
- Some of the details of 19th and early 20th century courts etc deciding whether specific mixed-race individuals count as white or coloured are bizarre, as if part of some kind of epic theatre piece.
- The Brilliant Music of Ravel by Charles Rosen | The New York Review of Books
- As someone who's only awareness of Ravel is what I think of as the flouncy Torville & Dean 'Bolero', I love the descriptions here (especially in section 3) of exactly why Ravel's music was avant-garde. Unfortunately, subscribers only.
- Predators and Robots at War by Christian Caryl | The New York Review of Books
- "The US Air Force now trains more UAV operators each year than traditional pilots." "There are already more [military] robots operating on the ground (15,000) than in the air (7,000)." "...a pilotless aircraft ... 'has the same rights as if a person were inside it, ... official policy.'"
- The Court: A Talk with Judge Richard Posner by Eric J. Segall | The New York Review of Books
- Interesting (and subscribers only) but saving it for this quote: "We have a political system in which the definition of a gaffe is telling the truth." Also, for some reason I love reading about the American judicial system.
- What Happened at the Macondo Well? by Peter Maass | The New York Review of Books
- I like the parallels drawn between the oil and banking industries: "lax government regulation, corporate profits despite the risks, a fawning press", disasters blamed on rogue companies rather than industry-wide problems.
- School ‘Reform’: A Failing Grade by Diane Ravitch | The New York Review of Books
- I suspect much of this angry-making article applies to UK education too. Surely anyone working on, or funding, policies for education really should spend at least a few weeks with a variety of teachers and children.
- Elif Batuman · Diary: Pamuk’s Museum · LRB 7 June 2012
- I hadn't heard of this. Orhan Pamuk made a museum of objects belonging to characters from his novel 'The Museum of Innocence', which he'd originally intended to be written as a museum catalogue. Now he's writing the catalogue for this museum.
- Links for Wednesday 13 June 2012
- Safety is an Expensive Illusion
- For the middle bit in which he calculates the lifetime cost (in money and time) of driving a larger, very sliightly safer, car.
- Fume Finder
- Can't remember where I read it recently, but I noticed that Katie Puckrik, once awesome on 'The Word', now blogs and YouTubes (that's a verb now, right?) about perfume. This is her tool to help you choose fragrances.
- Disquiet about confidentiality clauses - Portas Pilots
- If having a TV celebrity manage the regeneration of a handfull of high streets didn't sound like a dumb enough way of implementing government policy, it's sounding like turning the process into a reality TV show -- with all the secrecy, fakery and manufactured conflict that involves -- is even worse. Also, #portaspilots on Twitter.
- Links for Monday 18 June 2012
- Doonesbury Comic Strip, June 17, 2012 on GoComics.com
- I just cried at an eight-frame comic (well, eight frames plus the previous x years).
- The Online Photographer: Set Those Expectations Low
- "Photography is a superb hobby, one of the best. It's when you try to make a living at it that it is so likely to resist you. I don't think other hobbies have this problem. I mean, consider, say, fly-fishing, or building plastic model planes. Very few people who do those things assume they're going to 'go pro' someday. Very few people try. It doesn't generally come up."
- Republicans for Revolution by Mark Lilla | The New York Review of Books
- "People who know what kind of new world they want to create through revolution are trouble enough; those who only know what they want to destroy are a curse." Also for the definitions of "liberal" and "conservative" half-way through, and the potted history of the origins of neoconservatism.
- Links for Wednesday 20 June 2012
- Satellite Eyes
- Tom Taylor made a really lovely thing. If you use a Mac you should try it.
- Links for Tuesday 26 June 2012
- Play This Thing! | Game Reviews | Free Games | Independent Games | Game Culture
- "By the end, you feel as if you have experienced a form of art; it feels like poetry, though it is not, and like the best poetry, it expresses something meaningful about the human condition." Nice review of the site I helped make a while back. (via Infovore)
- Links for Wednesday 27 June 2012
- Infrastructure for Startups
- Even without the talk itself, Paul Hammond's slides are a good, sensible read. (via @infovore)