Links from July 2012
- Links for Monday 2 July 2012
- Twitter / mattb: @philgyford those "estimat
- "@philgyford those "estimates" always upset me. I didn't estimate, I wrote down the first 15 companies I could think of in half an hour." Exactly.
- Demos | Publications - A Tale of Tech City
- Free download PDF of the report. Page 53 includes the "15 companies in 2008" meme as only one of several unreliable figures. (via @jwheare)
- Olympic Park legacy plan threatens Tech City growth, report warns | Business | guardian.co.uk
- "That compares with an estimated 15 companies as recently as 2008." The Guardian trotting out that ridiculous stat yet again. Even the Demos report the article is about (but doesn't link to) says that figure is only one of several unreliable ones.
- Links for Wednesday 4 July 2012
- A successful Git branching model » nvie.com
- Good-sounding group workflow for using Git. (Last year I apparently already linked to the modified version they use at GitHub.) (via Haddock)
- Pimping out git log - Bart's Blog
- Very nice and super-easy to implement. See the Update for the most recent command. (via Haddock)
- Links for Thursday 5 July 2012
- Facebook should make a camera ( 3 Jul., 2012, at Interconnected)
- I'm still amazed how unprogressive the camera market is. Aside from lack of product design innovation, cameras are so unconnected. Here we are in 2012 and very, very few even have wifi or GPS, never mind 3G, slick interfaces, integration with third-party services, etc.
- Building and dismantling the Windows advantage | asymco
- Blimey, those are quite some graphs, showing ratio of Windows:Mac, and Windows:Apple sales over time. (via Daring Fireball)
- Links for Friday 6 July 2012
- Automated setting up of Microsoft's virtual machines for testing versions of Internet Explorer, using VirtualBox. (via @mattb)
- Links for Sunday 8 July 2012
- Peity • progressive
- Nice jQuery plugin for turning lists of numbers into little pie charts, graphs or bar charts. Sparklines. (via Brett Terpstra)
- Even if just as a source of handy bash bits and pieces, rather than installing the whole thing, handy. (via Brett Terpstra)
- Home - Annotator - Annotating the Web
- Links for Monday 9 July 2012
- Samuel Pepys, Swedish Tweets and the craziest photo app yet (ft. Phil Gyford, Samuel Pepys Diary blog) | Off The Wall Post
- I'm on this podcast talking about Pepys and Pretend Office and, you know, stuff. It was fun!
- Links for Tuesday 10 July 2012
- The physical constraints of London’s streets | As Easy As Riding A Bike
- Countering the "London's streets are two narrow for proper Dutch-style cycling lanes" idea with many, many photos of London's wide main roads. (via Cyclists in the City)
- Origin of the @reply – Digging through twitter’s history | Anarchogeek
- Nice bit of digging. (via Kottke)
- Another Studio - MONUmini Barbican Tower
- 10cm tall stainless steel sheet model of a Barbican tower.
- Links for Friday 13 July 2012
- Chrome Web Store - Pendule
- I stumbled across this Chrome add-on yesterday which provides lots of very handy things that the standard developer tools don't.
- WordPress › Toolbox « Free WordPress Themes
- "A semantic, HTML5, canvas for CSS artists and an ultra-minimal set of super-clean templates for your own WordPress theme development."
- WordPress › Boilerplate « Free WordPress Themes
- "A merger … of the HTML5 Boilerplate and the Starkers theme." Handy for starting theme development with. I imagine.
- The full story and conclusion of Tim and Freya #traintales (with image, tweets) · JaneyGodley · Storify
- Blimey. A really good read - must have been even more gripping in real time.
- Links for Sunday 15 July 2012
- Advanced Projects Series // Eiger Waterproof Field Jacket || Mission Workshop
- Mmmmm, nice (sold out) jacket.
- Links for Monday 16 July 2012
- "1. generate random polygons. 2. feed them into a face detector. 3. mutate to increase recognition confidence." All done in-browser. Lovely stuff from Philip McCarthy. Code on Github.
- Links for Wednesday 18 July 2012
- Noisy Typer – a typewriter for your laptop. | F.A.T.
- Enjoying using this a bit too much. The audio feedback is surprisingly nice. Not sure how much longer the novelty will last, and it wouldn't be too good in the office... (via Haddock)
- Google Maps - 3339 California 121
- Google Streetview of the hill from the Windows XP desktop wallpaper. The actual hill, not just "looks a bit like the hill".
- Indietracks Festival
- Jolly nice, virtually free, 52-track compilation of twee/indiepop tunes. How can you go wrong, unless you hate nice things?
- Links for Saturday 21 July 2012
- I do like this Tumblr. (via @iamdanw)
- Links for Wednesday 25 July 2012
- Thinking out loud in paragraphs
- Yes, there's something here, between Twitter and blogging. See also Matt Webb's "Instagram for Webpages"
- Road Test :: Boreas Bolinas
- Interesting looking backpack, with plenty more if you click through to Boreas's site.
- Links for Thursday 26 July 2012
- Pin pages to the wall and examine them with binoculars
- Lovely, like a mini, themed David Markson.
- Dissent Magazine - Online Features - The White Negro (Fall, 1957) -
- Norman Mailer's essay on the hipster. Which I've only read through Adam Curtis, so I should probably read the actual thing.
- The Entrepreneurial Generation - NYTimes.com
- This is good - this generation's "thing" is starting small businesses. "Our culture hero is not the artist or reformer, not the saint or scientist, but the entrepreneur." Although it falls apart a bit when suggesting hipsters have only been around for 15 years. (via Waxy)
- Links for Friday 27 July 2012
- London 2012: Beware billions bollocks. Ceremony to be huge TV hit, but not that huge « Sporting Intelligence
- This is needed for every major TV event. And this doesn't even take into account that NBC in the US isn't showing the opening ceremony live.
- Links for Saturday 28 July 2012
- BBC News - How to read London
- Paul Mason, brilliant on the nature of London. Well worth a read.
- Olympic Games opening ceremony: irreverent and idiosyncratic – a very British coup | Marina Hyde | Sport | The Guardian
- "I'm still reeling that a country that can put on a show that hilariously bonkers is allowed nuclear weapons."
- (326) Pushpendra Mohta's answer to India: What are some English phrases and terms commonly heard in India but rarely used elsewhere? - Quora
- I love this. To my eyes it reads entirely like language from science fiction. Brilliant. (via Kottke)
- Olympic opening ceremony a Labour party broadcast? Yup, that's about right | Sport | The Guardian
- "This is it. This is Britain. Any idiot can industrialise. It takes a giant of a nation to make its healthcare provision free at point of need." via @D_Nye_Griffiths
- Links for Sunday 29 July 2012
- The night we saw our mad, fantastical dreams come true | Frank Cottrell Boyce | Comment is free | The Observer
- On writing the wonderful opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics,
- The Daily Mail, And How An NHS Death Means… Racism Is Fine? - Botherer
- The Daily Mail is the kind of dangerous thing that needs exposing, protesting against, fighting. Horrible. (via @D_Nye_Griffiths)
- Links for Tuesday 31 July 2012
- Collective Joy « LRB blog
- Alos on the opening ceremony: "It was love as sentiment, a nostalgic cry for what has been lost. And it is lost. There is no party of the left with a different attitude towards the economy, privatisation and cuts in benefits and the NHS."
- Britain: this is for everyone - newsmary
- On the Olympic opening ceremony: "The opening, pastoral and construction scenes showed clear class delineations; the joyous riot of music and popular culture that grew from it showed disparate, distinct but equal individuals. There’s a vision of utopia there, and it is neither homogenous nor segregated." (via Blech)