Links from December 2012
- Links for Sunday 2 December 2012
- Why People Really Love Technology: An Interview with Genevieve Bell - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
- Very interesting interview with the Intel researcher. Some good bits on demographics of the internet; fear (or not) of robots; physical vs digital; tactility; fear of the TV red button. (via @annegalloway)
- How a high-rise craze is ruining London's skyline | Art and design | The Observer
- "Strata waddles into the background from stage left, like SpongeBob SquarePants in a production of Hamlet." Yes, all this. (via @cityofsound)
- Links for Thursday 6 December 2012
- Times Higher Education - This could be huge...
- Good article on online courses, a bit more practical than Clay Shirky's (also good but different). Challenges of teaching one, how can they make money, what are the implications of universities recognising the qualifications, etc. (via @annegalloway)
- Links for Friday 7 December 2012
- Old Street – putting the genie back in the bottle? | The power of the network
- Yes (except when he says "Old Street" he means "Old Street Roundabout"). Putting a big building in the middle of a horrific, people-unfriendly space won't help much. I'd go further: pedestrianise everything from the Foundry to the roundabout. (via @cityofsound)
- Links for Saturday 8 December 2012
- Buyer’s Guide – Work Backpacks
- Yet another list of nice backpacks that don't look like they're designed for mountaineering.
- Fund directory - Investment Management Association
- Compared to other fund searching tools, this is quite quick and simple, and has an "Ethical" filter. (via Monevator)
- Links for Sunday 9 December 2012
- Diary (London Review of Books)
- Lovely article by Emily Witt about online dating in New York and San Franciso. "The mind contains very few truths that the body withholds. There is little of import in an encounter between two bodies that would fail to be revealed rather quickly. Until the bodies are introduced, seduction is only provisional."
- At Hyde Park Corner (London Review of Books)
- Jonathan Meades on fine form, on the newish Bomber Command Memorial. "The failure of British modernism and of today’s synthetic modernism to devise a memorious idiom provides an ample justification for the mongers of easy-viewin’ classicism to dump their stuff indiscriminately."
- Links for Monday 10 December 2012
- Jones the planner: Hackney Hipsters
- Ignoring the hipster stuff, a good look at some of the developing and developed parts of Hackney. "There is a fundamental mismatch between what ‘regeneration’ does and the sort of organic development that resulted in the Shoreditch of today. ... Most developers do exactly the opposite of what makes Shoreditch successful." (via @amcewen)
- Links for Tuesday 11 December 2012
- [Updated] The rise and fall of personal computing | asymco
- Just spent a while trying to find these graphs, having seen them once before. So now they're here. Really interesting, market share of computing platforms since 1975.
- How London’s Silicon Roundabout really got started — European technology news
- Brilliant - really glad this got written up. Matt Biddulph's timeline of how "Silicon Roundabout" became a thing.
- Links for Friday 14 December 2012
- If I May Speak Procedurally, Sir: Building The British Countryside Generator | BIG ROBOT
- Lovely to read something like this about the British countryside rather than, say, futuristic cityscapes.
- The Pinboard Investment Co-Prosperity Cloud
- Because small, profitable, slow-growing businesses are start-ups too,
- The Quiet Wikideath of BBS History
- Wikipedia is not a source, it's "reality slash fiction".
- Links for Monday 17 December 2012
- Stuff from 2012 – best Bridle piece
- Best Ben Terrett blog post of 2012.
- Light Entertainment (London Review of Books)
- Andrew O'Hagan on Jimmy Savile etc. Quite good on the general difference in TV and radio culture in the 50s/60s/70s, although it still feels like a very brief skim over the hard-to-grasp era/topic/atmosphere. (A bit late to this, catching up.)
- Links for Wednesday 19 December 2012
- Philgyford's 2012 Jam Odyssey
- Brilliant thing. I put more stuff on ThisIsMyJam than I thought I had. And this makes me want to do more in 2013.
- Ethical Funds - Ethical Fund Directory, Ethical Investment, Ethical Financial Advice
- Another list of UK ethical funds, rated by someone else's criteria.
- Ethical investment: failing to keep up? | FairPensions
- A recent survey of ethical fund providers in the UK. (I'm scrabbling for anything to go on, because you'd have to spend weeks researching this stuff to actually have a real clue.)
- Links for Saturday 22 December 2012
- 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person | Cracked.com
- Advice for life aimed at young men, bit probably useful to more. "Saying that you're a nice guy is like a restaurant whose only selling point is that the food doesn't make you sick." (via Monevator)
- Links for Tuesday 25 December 2012
- Makeshift // Catalogue // Pylons of Great Britain
- Paricularly for the spotter's guide image of different pylon designs, and the construction diagrams. (via notes.husk.org)
- Links for Thursday 27 December 2012
- 'A Few Sordid Details'
- The "Doomed Bourgeois in Love" tumblr has been going well over Christmas. I love that it finds so many little things to riff off in the world of a very simple film ('Metropolitan').
- Links for Friday 28 December 2012
- Complete Single Server Django Stack Tutorial | Apreche.net
- Really clear and comprehensive guide to setting up a Django site on Ubuntu.