Links from January 2014
- Links for Saturday 4 January 2014
- Adactio: Journal—In dependence
- Jeremy Keith collects a bunch of thoughts and quotes on the importance of hosting your own stuff, not posting to silos owned by companies that disappear with it all. (via Paul's Mison)
- Links for Sunday 5 January 2014
- Diary by Peter Pomerantsev (London Review of Books)
- Starts as a fascinating brief description of sistema, the pervasive Russian corruption, ends up starting to show how London is now a place where this is legitimised. Laundering crookedness.
- Diary by Lynn Visson (London Review of Books)
- A shortish piece on being an interpreter at the UN.
- Success by Benjamin Markovits (London Review of Books)
- I'm not into sport but love articles like this, which ponders why England/GB has been successful in recent years at some sports. Business, statistics, culture, etc.
- The Logic of Nuremberg by Mahmood Mamdani (London Review of Books)
- On the differences between the Nuremberg Trials and the Convention for a Democratic South Africa, and how they compare to the International Criminal Court. Which isn't really selling it, but I hadn't thought about these fundamental differences. (Subscribers only)
- Sold Out by Stefan Collini (London Review of Books)
- On how the UK's universities have changed over recent decades, becoming bigger, more beholden to private interests, more expensive for students... the LRB's best current affairs articles are all so depressing.
- Counter-Counter-Revolution by David Runciman (London Review of Books)
- On whether 1979 was the most significant year of the 20th century. Either way, an interesting look at a handful of people and occasions that had a profound effect. Suggests we don't know yet who our current era's most impactful people will be.
- Forms of Delirium by Peter Pomerantsev (London Review of Books)
- Russia's an odd place. Nationalist, Christian biker gangs etc.
- Links for Tuesday 7 January 2014
- jeffknupp/sandman · GitHub
- Python thing that takes an existing database, creates a REST API for it, and provides you with a nice web admin interface. Handy. (via Infovore)
- Links for Sunday 12 January 2014
- Where will we live? by James Meek (LRB)
- Linked to by everyone, for good reason. A good, long piece about the UK's history of council and social housing, the architecture and planning, and where we are now. As with so many policy areas, I wish one of the main parties wanted to do something bold, different and good.
- Photography, hello — Software ate the camera, but freed the photograph by Craig Mod
- So many quotable bits. And it's about more than cameras. About the uncomfortable but fruitful position of straddling technological shifts. About the value of a new product that simplifies only a tiny number of steps. About the importance of the network to story-telling.
- Links for Wednesday 15 January 2014
- Traveller Denim Co. shop visit :: Austin, TX | Carryology
- Bespoke jeans, including custom pockets.
- Outside Influences :: Outlier ~ Part 1 | Carryology
- Two-part interview with Outlier about clothes and bags, fabrics, etc. Long, but I'd love to read more details about fabrics, patterns, technologies, etc. US-made fabrics are very limited in colours because the manufacturers' main customers are the military.
- Twelve-Factor WordPress App | Roots
- How to develop on and deploy WordPress in a sensible way (eg, no more FTP). Handy, on the day I started a new WordPress site at work. (via Tom Taylor)
- Links for Friday 17 January 2014
- Bulkr: Backup, download flickr photos, videos, sets & more
- For backing up all your Flickr stuff. not sure how the free and pro versions differ. (via @revdancatt)
- Christians aren’t being driven out of public life – they’re just losing their unfair advantages
- "Just as some men bleat that they are the oppressed because of feminism, Odone confuses a loss of advantage with an act of oppression. This is the shock of those who are losing their divine right to dominate." (via @tomstuart)
- Links for Tuesday 21 January 2014
- Kiln = Journalism + Data + Technology + Design
- Small London company making interesting looking visualisations, maps, graphs etc. Ex-Guardian folks. (via CreativeJS)
- Which asset allocation is right for you?
- Some nice summaries of different balances of passive investment portfolios.
- Links for Wednesday 22 January 2014
- Undergrad, Cooper, KABK — One Student’s Route to Learning Type Design
- One person's experience of three typography courses, from a part-time, one term course to a full-time, one year course, Australia, NY and the Hague.
- Links for Saturday 25 January 2014
- Loden top coat from Vergallo
- Nice coat (as you'd expect for €2000). I like the idea of lapels that button up like this, but this one looks somehow unfinished when done up.
- Links for Sunday 26 January 2014
- Oxford Bags (Put This On)
- Blimey, look at the size of some of those 1920s trousers! They make, say, "Madchester" baggy jeans look like drainpipes.
- The relationship between the frequencies of men’s beards and the width of women’s skirts… (Put This On)
- …charted over time from 1823 to 1970. Click through to the paper (from 1976) for more beard-related charts. I'd love to see this extended from 1970 to 2014 though.
- Links for Monday 27 January 2014
- Good Postcard Club
- A nice thing from Giles Turnbull - send and receive nice postcards. Post is nice.
- Links for Thursday 30 January 2014
- AWS Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
- Some handy tips for securing and using Amazon Web Services better. (via @simonw)