Links from August 2015
- Links for Tuesday 4 August 2015
- Steven Shapin reviews ‘Empire of Tea’ by Markman Ellis, Richard Coulton and Matthew Mauger · LRB 30 July 2015
- Interesting history of tea, and the changes around it over the centuries. "By the 1910s, eight thousand [tea leaf] rolling machines had replaced the hand-labour of 1.5 million workers." (Subscribers only)
- Colin Kidd reviews ‘The Formation of the English Kingdom in the Tenth Century’ [and more] · LRB 30 July 2015
- On the history of describing English history, and how "England", and what makes it English, has changed. (Subscribers only)
- Steven Mithen reviews ‘Earth’s Deep History’ by Martin Rudwick · LRB 30 July 2015
- On the history of how we've explained the history of Earth and life on it. (Also subscribers only)
- Teju Cole (@_tejucole) • Instagram photos and videos
- I'm really enjoying his series of images about the Mona Lisa.
- Status Board 2
- New major version of Panic's iPad dashboard app. I've never quite got into using v1, although I love the idea.
- ukmade – UK Made Products – BRITISH MADE | Made in Great Britain – recommendations of quality products made in the British Isles – Made in the UK
- A blog with some quite exhaustive posts on different types of goods and which companies make their products in the UK.
- Links for Thursday 6 August 2015
- Timo Arnall - People using phones, today in London.
- Some lovely animated gifs from Timo. Hypnotic.
- Links for Friday 7 August 2015
- Noh-Joon Choo's answer to If Warren Buffett had to start today, could he still reach his current level of wealth? - Quora
- Nice clear explanation of how Berkshire Hathaway uses their insurance companies' funds to increase their overall rate of return.
- Russell Davies: You can't fix services with engagement
- "[Organisations have] got good at social media rather than service design. They've invested in conversations, not services, so now they spend their whole time having conversations about how shit their services are." Very good.
- Links for Saturday 8 August 2015
- Labour through the looking glass: 15 early-morning speculations on the Corbyn surge | Dougald Hine
- A (hopeful) scenario for what a Jeremy Corbyn victory might look like and how this isn't a Militant-style surge but a modern network Occupy-style one. (via @paulpod)
- Stefan Wrobel - How to make Vagrant performance not suck
- I haven't needed Vagrant to be faster but if/when I do, this seems handy. (via Infovore)
- Draw on a map, or import geo data files, and get the data out in various other formats. Beautifully simple. (via Tom Taylor)
- No Rock And Roll Fun: What the pop papers say: The last NME
- "If hip hop won - and that's not an unfair suggestion - then the NME was very much the warrior who didn't hear the war was at an end; fighting on deep in the jungle."
- Links for Sunday 9 August 2015
- Fire insurance maps and plans
- The dull title, and initial interface, doesn't do this collection justice. Really, really detailed old maps of towns - lots of London - showing individual buildings and usage, each sheet carefully overlaid onto Google maps. It's an effort to find a particular area though.
- Insurance Plan of London Vol. VI: sheet 135 – 1887 – Chas E Goad Limited – Chas E Goad Limited – Visualize
- After a lot of clicking through lists of sheets I found this 1887 map of where we live. So many buildings. Book marblers! Feather warehouse! Umbrella factory! Tranters Temperance Hotel! Nicely done, British Library.
- Jam Preserves - The Jam Journal
- This Is My Jam will be closing, but doing it right with a browsable archive and even a read-only API. Very nice. A shame though, and a shame about the changes in other services that made it difficult to carry on.
- August 2015 Update - A week with Michael (Citybound Devblog)
- The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis - The Atlantic
- Yes, yes, that's all very interesting BUT WHAT DO I DO ABOUT IT? (via Monevator)
- Rosemary Hill reviews ‘Princes at War’ by Deborah Cadbury · LRB 30 July 2015
- The Duke of Windsor, who's always used on classic menswear forums as the ultimate in style… a bit of a dick.
- Links for Tuesday 11 August 2015
- Overshare: the links.net story
- I've only watched half of this, Justin Hall's new film, so far and it's already resulted in me spending way too much time re-reading old emails, poking at web.archive.org, and being far too nostalgic for the old days.
- Links for Thursday 13 August 2015
- The Hamburger Menu Doesn't Work - Deep Design
- For next time I'm trying and failing to remember where I last read an article like this. (via Dotcode)
- Labour leadership race: How has Jeremy Corbyn galvanised so many people - young and old? - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
- Scroll down, and down, for Frank Cottrell Boyce's bit. (I haven't read the rest of it.)
- Links for Sunday 16 August 2015
- I’m having my sense of smell switched back on, and it feels like a farm went off in my nose — Medium
- Good post trying to describe what it feels like to regain a sense of smell after five years without it. (via @alicebartlett)
- Links for Monday 17 August 2015
- A way of creating WARC files of collections of pages as you browse them, which you can then download. They don't archive them permanently, although the new beta looks like maybe they will? A bit? (via One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age)
- The Jefferson Grid (@the.jefferson.grid) • Instagram photos and videos
- Lovely. Aerial shots of squares of the US as marked out by the Public Land Survey System, originally created in 1785. (via Bldgblog)
- Links for Tuesday 18 August 2015
- In Realtime: We are barely halfway done
- Amazing last minute effort to save tens of thousands of old computer manuals from destruction. I'd go and help if I was nearby.
- Beeple - the work of mike winkelmann (cinema 4d project files, free vj loops etc.)
- He's been making a new 3D science-fictiony image every day since 2007. Some lovely things. (via Bldblog)
- The Steeple Times – Crashing Assange
- From 2011, about people who repeatedly blag their way into posh parties and receptions. A little bizarre. Also read Victoria Coren's articles, linked at the bottom. And a Tumblr of photos in the comments.
- Links for Wednesday 19 August 2015
- WTF, forms?
- Some quite nice HTML/CSS form controls, but also nice because of the clear description of how they've been made. Mostly coming to Bootstrap v4 soon apparently.
- Links for Monday 24 August 2015
- New York: Conspicuous Construction by Martin Filler | The New York Review of Books
- Interesting to read something about all the new, huge, expensive, foreign-investor-owned, residential buildings going up in New York, rather than London for a change.
- Links for Tuesday 25 August 2015
- The Setup / Mel Croucher
- Lovely. (via @yoz)
- A Small Dark Detour
- On the people who posted negative commentd about Jason Scott's manual-saving effort. I'm increasingly thinking the net turns too many people into the kind of heckler who thinks they're "helping" the performer.
- Links for Wednesday 26 August 2015
- No more accordions: how to choose a form structure | User research
- I didn't link to this when I read it, but it's stuck with me. It describes changes to GOV.UK's recommended form structure guidelines, based on user testing.
- Links for Friday 28 August 2015
- Wired Style: A Linguist Explains Vintage Internet Slang - The Toast
- On the 1990s Wired style guide. 'It’s like a “no dress code” workplace where everyone miraculously shows up in the same plaid button-down: informal, but tightly conscribed.' (via Russell Davies)
- Bike Shop in East London | Isambard's Vintage Bicycles
- On Bethnal Green Road, they restore and rebuild old bikes with new components.
- Links for Sunday 30 August 2015
- A General Feeling of Disorder by Oliver Sacks | The New York Review of Books
- For that first section's description of migraines. Just right.