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  1. What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

    About how to, or whether it’s possible to, enjoy the art of people like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen, and whether you have to be selfish, to be an “art monster”, in order to make great art. (via Kottke)

  2. Just Another Blog: CSV Parser for PHP

    The PHP code in this 11-year-old Blogspot post succeeded in reading a CSV file where PHP’s built-in method failed. Web development, eh.

  3. The Online Photographer: LR Replacement Photo Editing Software

    Lots and lots of thoughtful comments discussing replacements for Lightroom. The closest to a consensus might be Capture One, with Affinity Photo as a Photoshop replacement.

  4. The Great Diary Project

    Archiving personal diaries. (via Things mag)

  5. Adobe unveils all-new cloud-based Lightroom CC, rebrands old application ‘Lightroom Classic’

    This doesn’t make me feel good. Wondering if I should jump from Lightroom now (to what?) before becoming stuck in something harder to get out of. (via The Online Photographer)

  6. The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare | Fast Company

    The interaction between the internet and “the real world” (i.e. selling objects) has become odder than I would have imagined.

  7. How Civilization Started | The New Yorker

    John Lanchester on re-evaluating the ease of life for hunter gatherers vs settled societies. (via @cityofsound)

  8. Statistical NLP on OpenStreetMap: Part 2 – Al Barrentine – Medium

    On getting computers to recognise the parts of all formats of street addresses from around the world. Amazing, even/especially the bits I don’t understand.

  9. Fuck You And Die: An Oral History of Something Awful - Motherboard

    I’m not sure I was ever really aware of these forums at the time but I do like a good early-days-of-web oral history.

  10. A WordPress & Git workflow – Marc Jenkins

    Seems to make sense, and WP Migrate DB Pro is the bee’s knees.

  11. George Duoblys · One, Two, Three, Eyes on Me! · LRB 5 October 2017

    On the “efficient” teaching and disciplinary methods used in some London secondary schools. Sounds grim.

  12. @20 (Ftrain.com)

    Paul Ford on his website being 20-ish. Lovely, every word. “The things I want to do are strange, simple, and unprofitable.” Hello. (via @jah)

  13. My essential django package list — /var/

    A handy list including a few handy things I hadn’t heard of. Plus useful descriptions of them all. (via Simon Willison)

  14. Merely an Empire - London Review of Books

    Good on Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’. “We cannot make a movie that will save us.”

  15. Pipenv: Python Dev Workflow for Humans — pipenv 8.1.4 documentation

    I really don’t want to learn yet another way to manage python virtual environment but this does sound like it might finally be The One. (via @simonw)

  16. Understanding Uber: It’s Not About The App - London Reconnections

    Very good on TfL and Uber. If only newspaper reporting was anything like this good.

  17. From Clapping to Likes, and Back Again – A Brief History of Attention – Medium

    This should be good - a short series by Matt Locke on how attention has been measured.

  18. frank lantz - don’t die

    Long interview that’s interesting on trying (and failing) to make videogames “serious”, the purpose and worth of learning about making games at university, having a shared basic knowledge of games history/culture/ideas. Needs editing.

  19. Nachrichten | DW

    Free daily world news podcast in slowly-read German. Great for learning.

  20. Louis Rossetto - Pi.co

    Interview. For the bits about starting Wired. And Om Malil: “Discovering Wired was like finding my Rolling Stone. With Wired, I found my cultural context more than anything else.” Yup.

  21. Ceci n’est pas un blog - Autopsy of a slow train wreck

    Describing how the author shut their company and why they should have done it sooner. Good to read about mistakes.

  22. ‘Bring pencils’ and 49 other things hurricane pros know | Poynter

    Tips for reporting from a hurricane. Good internal “documentation” from the Miami Herald.

  23. ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Oral History: Larry David on Crazy Auditions, Art of Cringe | Hollywood Reporter

    I enjoyed this and would like to read more. Can’t be bothered to listen to a podcast for more though. (via Daring Fireball)

  24. Datamake:article | d3 and canvas

    A clear step-by-step example of using the Canvas with D3.js to draw thousands of objects.

  25. Smell of Data

    File under “physical manifestations of internet activity”. (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

  26. Abandoned States: Places In Idyllic 1960s Postcards Have Transformed Into Scenes Of Abandonment : DCist

    I’m a sucker for lined-up “now and then” photos and these of holiday spots in the Catskills are nice. (via The Online Photographer)