Links from April 2014
- Links for Friday 4 April 2014
- Social Change - BKM TECH
- About which services the Brooklyn Museum is going to stop using (incuding Flickr and iTunes U) due to decreasing engagement with users. I like the explicitness of this. Stop it if it's not working. (via @thisisaaronland)
- Links for Saturday 5 April 2014
- Summer Style When You’re Not Gary Cooper I don’t know if you...
- For this: "on clothing forums … an argument erupts, a bunch of random strangers weigh in, some vociferous poster throws down a 1930s illustration from 'Apparel Arts' or a photo of the Duke of Windsor, and everyone simmers down."
- Put This On • The Seven-Shoe Wardrobe The longer I write about...
- I was wondering what something like this would look like yesterday, then came across this.
- Put This On - Fit
- Put This On's posts on getting suits, shirts, etc to fit well.
- mbrochh comments on How do YOU deploy to Webfaction?
- Nice description of deploying a Django site to WebFaction, although not that WebFaction-specific.
- Interesting… Django app that stores location data from Foursquare, iCloud and Runmeter.
- Links for Sunday 6 April 2014
- Citation Needed – blarg?
- Got round to reading this, about why arrays are indexed from zero, which is also an illustration of how history can be effectively lost when old academic papers cost a lot of money to read.
- Links for Monday 7 April 2014
- Adactio: Journal—The tragedy of the commons
- All of this. On the Brooklyn Museum, who haven't just moved on from Flickr Commons, but deleted all their stuff from it as well.
- Links for Tuesday 8 April 2014
- Five Reasons Not To Raise Venture Capital, by Rachel Chalmers | Model View Culture
- Very good. (via Waxy)
- Where Brooklyn At?
- Some digging into the metadata Aaron Straup Cope saved before Brooklyn Museum deleted their Flickr stuff. It makes me so mad and sad that they did this, not just the images but thousands of comments, tags, notes, too. On Flickr, you don't own your own words.
- A nation of slaves
- Charlie Stross on the Conservatives' target of "full employment". I hate their (and Labour's) "hardworking families" rhetoric as if work, any work at all, no matter how it's achieved or what the alternatives might be, is an end in itself.
- Links for Thursday 10 April 2014
- The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain — Overthought
- For future reference. (via Daring Fireball)
- Top Ten Words I Am Sick of Seeing on Artists Statements - Andrea Liu
- And more.
- Links for Tuesday 22 April 2014
- Amazon unpacked - FT.com
- From February 2013, on the poor-quality jobs Amazon is creating and the disappointment of many local people near their Rugeley warehouse. There is, though, something to be written about people disliking Amazon's working conditions and fondly remembering… coal mining. (via Dan W)
- Udacity's Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
- Interesting to read about them trying to work out what kind of education MOOCs are best suited to (university? Pre-university? Professional training?). I start to think the traditional boxes are less and less useful.
- The Task Rabbit Economy
- (Oct 2013) Suggestions for fixing non-Nordic Western (specifically US) economies. It's not technology, TaskRabbit et al, increasing inequality, but capitalism.
- Andrew O’Hagan · Ghosting: Julian Assange · LRB 6 March 2014
- This very long piece about failing to ghost-write Julian Assange's biography is as good as everyone said it was.
- They’re Taking Over! by Tim Flannery | The New York Review of Books
- About how jellyfish are filling the oceans, destroying everything else, and are really hard to fight (they're still a problem when they're dead). A bit longer and more interesting than the LRB review of the same book.
- Adam Green: The Spectacular Thefts of Apollo Robbins, Pickpocket : The New Yorker
- (Jan 2013) Not only good on how Apollo Robbins does his amazing pickpocketing but I also liked its description of the different things he tries to make a paying (legal) career out of it.
- How Britain exported next-generation surveillance — Matter — Medium
- Finally got round to reading James's piece on Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras. It's odd to think of this vast network of vision and computation churning away monitoring live and historical movements of people, invisibly.
- John McPhee: Structure : The New Yorker
- About ways to structure non-fiction, and the text editor he's always used, Kedit. A really good read. (via Migurski)
- Happiness Is a Worn Gun | Harper's Magazine
- Thinking about what it's like to carry a gun around, and pondering the arguments for/against gun ownership and open or concealed carry.
- Roger Angell: Life in the Nineties : The New Yorker
- Really lovely piece by 93-year-old Roger Angell about being 93. Have a read. (via Kottke)
- Links for Wednesday 23 April 2014
- How to support full Unicode in MySQL databases · Mathias Bynens
- Don't use utf8, use utf8mb4. I wonder sometimes. (via @mattb)
- Links for Sunday 27 April 2014
- Sneaking through U.S. Customs with Converse All-Star invention - GazEtc
- Adding fibres to the rubber soles of Converse All Stars means they qualify as slippers rather than sneakers, and so attract a much lower import duty. (via Put This On)
- Ivory Tower Style, Online discussion forums are like fish colonies -...
- Some of the most useful or funny old threads on Style Forum. (via Put This On)
- Reading Markson Reading, The poet Laura Sims is writing a piece about...
- Tyler Malone on his experience of going through Strand Books' entire stock, twice, to find hundreds of books from the late David Markson's library.
- Links for Tuesday 29 April 2014
- Country statistics — DataMarket
- Lots of nice statistics, presented in a decent, usable way. So many of the international organisation sites with this stuff are appalling. (via @johndodds)
- Links for Wednesday 30 April 2014
- Thomas Piketty's Capital: everything you need to know about the surprise bestseller | Books | The Guardian
- Paul Mason's good (I assume) summary of 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'.