Links from August 2012
- Links for Wednesday 1 August 2012
- BuzzFeed’s strategy - Chris Dixon
- "Many publisher sites ... are Frankenstein products bolted together by a tech team that integrates other people’s products instead of building their own." (via Kottke, bookmarking because I've needed it twice now)
- Links for Thursday 2 August 2012
- Building workers stories
- Free PDFs containing oral histories from the men who built the Barbican, the M1, Sizewell A, the South Bank and Stevenage.
- Melissa Price
- Topographic maps of (only) London's rivers or London's hills. Nice idea, although monochrome relief seems rather dull after seeing Stamen's terrain maps. And the labels seem rather OTT.
- Links for Friday 3 August 2012
- Exquisite Tweets from @ftrain, @thelancearthur
- Lovely little improvised text adventure. (via @blech)
- 34 People You Probably Didn't Know Were On Seinfeld
- I still don't recognise a whole bunch of these. But the other night I noticed A.J. Langer, Rayanne off of 'My So-Called Life', looking much more grown-up than in MSCL, which was only a year or so earlier. The suit helped. (via Kottke)
- Underworld's brief to 'frighten people' at the London 2012 opening ceremony | Music | The Guardian
- "The contrast between this summer’s two uber-spectaculars – the diamond jubilee concert and the Olympics opening ceremony – couldn’t be starker." Yes, it felt like we've moved on from big events requiring 1980s musicians. (via Blech)
- London 2012: Danny Boyle's story of Britain was a celebration of freedom | Shami Chakrabarti | Comment is free | The Guardian
- "Humility", "democratic", "optimistic". Words Shami Chakrabsti uses in association with Danny Boyle, which also help explain the appeal of the Ceremony itself. (via Alex Balfour)
- Links for Sunday 5 August 2012
- D'Blog of 'Israeli: Lowlife: Creation Part Five: All The Joy I See Through These Architect's Eyes
- Brief looks at many of the ways different artists have drawn Judge Dredd's Mega City One. (via Haddock)
- Why the Southbank Centre redevelopment plan is sheer folly | Art and design | The Observer
- What is it that makes people want to change pleasant, distinctive locations into chain-filled, plate-glass-fronted, shopping centres? (via everyone with any sense)
- Some Practical Writing Advice From Douglas Coupland | LitReactor
- Number one in these lists should probably be, "Don't spend all your time reading lists of writing advice," but I still like this.
- How low (power) can you go? - Charlie's Diary
- Charlie Stross takes Moore's Law and Koomey's Law (improving power consumption) for a walk and imagines a very, very conmected city. (via blech)
- Links for Monday 6 August 2012
- Orbe.us | ReKognition
- A replacement for the Face.com API? But, judging by the demo, it seems much, much worse at face detection than Face.com.
- Links for Tuesday 7 August 2012
- Responsive Web Design Frameworks, Grid Systems and Starter Kits
- Good summary of lots HTML/CSS frameworks. (via mildlydiverting)
- Links for Friday 10 August 2012
- Yesterday, I Went to the American Idol for Startups. It Made Me Want to Die. | Slog
- "Everywhere I look, I see tiny little ideas, ideas that are almost petty in their inconsequentiality." (via Tom Taylor)
- Links for Sunday 12 August 2012
- London 2012: we've glimpsed another kind of Britain, so let's fight for it | Jonathan Freedland | Comment is free | The Guardian
- A nice piece on what the Olympics have shown us about what Britain can be. (via Stellar)
- Links for Monday 13 August 2012
- Not just shit but dangerous « Chris T-T
- This is angry but, yes, unfortunately I agree with pretty much of all of it. We should look at the closing ceremony as epitomising what the opening ceremony, and the brilliant subsequent two weeks, were encouraging us to move away from. (via @blaine)
- Is any of us fit to pick up the Olympic baton? | Snowblog
- "I am not alone in detecting a yearning to turn the extraordinary Olympic achievement into an engine for pulling together to deliver Olympic scale achievements with and for the wider Team GB, ourselves no less." Easier said than done but, yes, this. (via @matlock)
- Warren Ellis » Closing
- On the Olympic closing ceremony. Exactly right.
- Links for Tuesday 14 August 2012
- Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others | Informed Comment
- Brilliant. One for the asymmetry file. (via Daring Fireball)
- Links for Wednesday 15 August 2012
- Testing and Django by Carl Meyer — Marc's PyCon 2012 Notes 1.0 documentation
- Good, useful, notes on a presentation about testing in Django. (Actually, go up to all of Marc's PyCon 2012 notes for loads more good stuff.)
- Links for Sunday 19 August 2012
- 10 Classic English Shoemakers, Part 1: Introduction | What Makes a Man
- Nice series of posts about shoes. (via @cityofsound)
- Links for Thursday 23 August 2012
- Create Your Own @font-face Kits | Font Squirrel
- Upload an OTF etc font and it's turned into a lovely package of webfonts. Like magic.
- A Martian Sends A Postcard Home by Craig Raine
- Lovely poem.
- Links for Tuesday 28 August 2012
- Ten Rules for Creating Awful Scenarios
- Good (bad) tips from Jamais Cascio
- Links for Wednesday 29 August 2012
- An alternative to Datejs, the name of which I will otherwise forget.
- Links for Thursday 30 August 2012
- Iain Sinclair · Diary: My Olympics · LRB 30 August 2012
- He's usually an entertaining read, despite his relentless talking-down of even incidental things (I'm not sure Zara Phillips' Olympic horse can be described as a "sore-hoofed nag"). But, more and more, I wonder, "What does Iain Sinclair *want*? I know what he's against, but what is he *for*?"
- David Conn · Follow the Money · LRB 30 August 2012
- Not following football -- the sport or the business -- I enjoyed this article about how the leagues have changed, and the effect of vast sums of money flowing in and out of the clubs.