Links from May 2014
- Links for Thursday 1 May 2014
- GOV.UK elements
- HTML/CSS elements and how to use them on GOV.UK. Really useful, even if you're doing differently, as a checklist of stuff to consider. (via @jamesweiner)
- Links for Monday 5 May 2014
- Adactio: Journal—URLy warning
- Jeremy Keith is, as usual, right. Chrome removing the URL bar makes me much sadder, and a bit angrier, than any UI tweaking should.
- ntlk's blog: Chrome obfuscates the URLs, Google benefits
- More good words on why a Google Chrome hiding URLs is bad. "Removing the URLs from the browser is an attempt to expand and consolidate centralised power." (via Stellar)
- Links for Thursday 15 May 2014
- A Brief History of the Corporation: 1600 to 2100
- (June 2011) Really good look at corporations in a very broad sense, from East India Company, Smithian Growth, Mercantilist Economy (1600-1800), to Schumpterian Growh, Industrial Economy (1800-2000), and now Coasean Grown and the Perspective Economy. (via Interconnected I think)
- [this is aaronland] The "Drinking Coffee and Stealing Wifi" 2012 World Tour
- (December 2012) Aaron Straup Cope's keynote. Museums online, archiving, Flickr, Foursquare, unique IDs... so much stuff, so good.
- Eve: The most thrilling boring game in the universe | Polygon
- (February 2014) A good long look at the world of Eve Online. Interviews with people involved. Fascinating. (via iamcal)
- Jeremiah's Vanishing New York: On Spike Lee & Hyper-Gentrification, the Monster That Ate New York
- A look at the gentrification of New York. Lots of good stuff, and interesting. But it feels a little too biased towards the author's personal experiences of the recent wave. It may well be true that this is more important and destructive than previous waves but this needs more objective data.
- The Making of Pulp Fiction: Quentin Tarantino’s and the Cast’s Retelling | Vanity Fair
- My reaction to Tarantino these days is always to roll my eyes, but I got over myself and really enjoyed this long look at how Pulp Fiction was made. Lots of interviews with those involved. (21 years ago!)
- Joshua Foer: John Quijada and Ithkuil, the Language He Invented : The New Yorker
- (December 2012) This is mostly an interesting look at invented languages and one in particular. And there's quite a sudden unexpected turn towards the end. A good read.
- Links for Friday 16 May 2014
- Ian Hickson - Google+ - Discussions about DRM often land on the fundamental problem…
- DRM is not about preventing unauthorised copying. It's about giving content publishers power over companies who make reading/viewing/listening devices, and restricting what users are able to do with the content they've bought/rented to use on those devices.
- Links for Sunday 18 May 2014
- Picture This: U.S. Cities Under 12 feet of Sea Level Rise | Climate Central
- Altered photos showing what parts of some US cities will look like. Always reminds me of that bit in one of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars books where they go back south-east England, chimney tops poking out of the sea. (via @greatdismal)
- User Onboarding | A frequently-updated compendium of web app first-run experiences
- Really, really good detailed step-by-step look at how various services get users signed up. (via Tom Taylor)
- Links for Tuesday 20 May 2014
- 4618602 (d3.js Multiline chart with brushing and mouseover)
- Because I'll want to see this again sometime and will forget where it is. Now it's here.
- Links for Friday 23 May 2014
- Hysteria (1/2) - YouTube
- It's not seen at its best in this video, but this is one of my favourite ever pieces of theatre.
- Links for Sunday 25 May 2014
- The Oral History of Freaks and Geeks | Vanity Fair
- Lovely, long description of making the show by cast and crew, fourteen or so years on. Must have been brilliant to be a part of something like that.
- The Invention of the AeroPress
- About the invention of the Aerobie (I had no idea the tiny lip around its edge makes a huge difference), the Aeropress, the inventor and the company. Lots of interesting tidbits.
- Links for Tuesday 27 May 2014
- The Internet With A Human Face - Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk
- Text of a great, if depressing, talk about privacy, internet advertising and business models by Maciej Cegłowski. "Investor storytime is when someone pays you to tell them how rich they'll get when you finally put ads on your site." (via @antimega)
- Links for Wednesday 28 May 2014
- BLDGBLOG: 100 Views of a Drowning World
- I love these images; click through to the Tumblr for more, but linking to this for the nice commentary too. Love them.
- Diary of a Corporate Sellout — The Message — Medium
- Andy Baio on what it means to sell a site to a larger company. When you give up ownership, you're selling the community.