Links from January 2017
- Links for Sunday 1 January 2017
- The Strange Death of Municipal England (London Review of Books)
- A good read, especially if you're feeling all full of optimism about a new year and need to be brought crashing back to earth.
- Links for Thursday 5 January 2017
- Spectacle, Speculation, Spam on Vimeo
- Lots of this went over my head so I can't quite tell if it's good, but it was interesting, (via Russell Davies)
- Links for Friday 6 January 2017
- Die, Workwear! - The Ideal Coat Wardrobe
- Nice overview, and nice examples, of a few overcoat styles.
- End of Unrealised Schemes
- "�a display of index cards and envelopes, created and collected by cinephiles to record what films they've seen�" Looks great, and makes my collection of cinema tickets seem half-hearted.
- Links for Monday 9 January 2017
- The comedy book index, part 3: Toast on Toast � Paula Clarke Bain
- The London Review of Fictional British TV Stars' Memoirs' Indexes.
- �Chasing Amy� and the Toxic �Nerd Masculinity� of the 90s
- "�a film that encapsulated the worst aspects of narcissistic nerd entitlement at its late-nineties peak�"
- I�m sorry for coining the phrase �Manic Pixie Dream Girl� - Salon.com
- From 2014.
- I wore men�s clothes for a month � and it changed my life - The F-Word
- On the liberation a woman felt wearing (not otherwise very liberating) men's suits.
- Links for Sunday 15 January 2017
- The Mind of Marc Andreessen - The New Yorker
- Long May 2015 profile of Andreessen. Very interesting, although it only sort of points in the direction of any criticism rather than being critical about anything. (via @kevin2kelly)
- Links for Monday 16 January 2017
- How I Got My Attention Back
- Craig Mod on being more careful with when and how he's online. As "I gave up the Internet" articles go, more thoughtful and realistic.
- Guide to Getting Good Gloves
- Handy summary of different kinds of men's leather gloves.
- Links for Tuesday 17 January 2017
- That One Privacy Site | Detailed VPN Comparison Chart
- What it says.
- jlund/streisand: Streisand sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenConnect, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, sslh, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge
- "It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file with instructions that can be shared with friends, family members, and fellow activists."
- Links for Wednesday 18 January 2017
- My investment-tracking spreadsheet | FIRE v London
- Fairly complex spreadsheet for tracking investments across multiple (UK) trading accounts.
- Links for Saturday 21 January 2017
- Interview with Chris Dorley-Brown | The Great Leap Sideways
- Lots of interesting things about his great photography, and about London, in this 2012(?) interview. "London is really still cleaning up after a war that ended in 1945."
- continuum | Flickr
- Although I love Chris Dorley-Brown's photos, I hadn't seen this series he'd done before. Photos, both by him, of the same London locations years, or decades, apart. Nicely done.
- Links for Sunday 22 January 2017
- 10 things I learned making the fastest site in the world
- Lots of handy, funny, tips. (via someone, a while back)
- The tech of PIXAR part 1: Piper � daring to be different | fxguide
- I liked this not just because it's amazing (every grain of sand on the beach is an individual model) but because it's not written with normal people in mind: crammed with jargon and brand names with no explanation. An almost understandable glimpse of another world.
- Rose tinted memories of BBC Backstage
- "I'm pretty sure it's no longer enough for organisations to be 'open' because no matter how hard you try, eventually that just becomes PR and marketing fluff. Much better to aim to be porous."
- Untangling the Tale of Ada Lovelace�Stephen Wolfram Blog
- Nice summary of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage. I realised how little I actually knew about them. (via @cityofsound)
- What can a technologist do about climate change? A personal view.
- From November 2015. I don't feel any less useless but it's a great way to present a piece of writing. If only every news article had such clear extra context.
- Links for Monday 30 January 2017
- The Disquiet Junto Project List (0001 � 0265 �)
- A weekly assignment for composing music. "The purpose of the group is to use constraints to stoke creativity." A nice list of all the projects. (via Russell Davies)
- The Linguistic Evolution of 'Like' - The Atlantic
- On the recent uses of "like" in English. More interesting than I expected and, thankfully, not at all condescending.
- Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich - The New Yorker
- Grimly fascinating of course. At least there are a few people quoted suggesting that maybe spending money on making society less like to collapse might be a good idea instead. (via Kottke)