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  1. How bad can it get? (London Review of Books)

    Good, but not much hope about UK politics. But I learned an excellent word: “rhodomontade”, extravagant boasting. Word of the year.

  2. warren’s collection | Bandcamp

    Occasionally while working I want some weird, dark, ambient noise and…

  3. Francis Gooding reviews ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’ by David Wallace-Wells · LRB 1 August 2019

    On the plus side, I’ll be dead by 2100. I suspect my 80s+ won’t be great though. Sometimes I wonder why young people and folks with kids aren’t demonstrating *all the time*. (No, I know why.)

  4. do I need to make coffee for coworkers when I don’t drink it… — Ask a Manager

    For the comments about the first question. “The British obsession around tea/coffee making, hierarchy and passive aggressiveness really knows no bounds in some workplaces.”

  5. John Lanchester · Good New Idea: Universal Basic Income · LRB 18 July 2019

    Seems like a decent overview of the options, nicely written as ever.

  6. The web without the web - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻

    Nice piece on the pros and cons of “modern front end development” (React). (via Adactio)

  7. The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work | Zapier

    I haven’t read this but it sounds useful, given how often I hear people ask about how to cope with remote working/workers. (via @RandomEtc)

  8. Die, Workwear! - The Amazing Style of British Cyclists

    Lovely photos, and story, of off-road cyclists in the 1950s in the UK, members of The Rough-Stuff Fellowship. Nice normal clothes.

  9. Ruining a country near you soon: the beta males who think they’re alphas | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

    I could link to every Marina Hyde column, so take this excellent example as a placeholder for all of them.

  10. Developing an intro-level music theory course | The Ethan Hein Blog

    I want to read all the resources linked to here. (I’d like to attempt the projects too, but that seems unlikely.) (via Disquiet)

  11. How to run a small social network site for your friends

    A really good description of running something like your own Mastodon server for a few dozen people and, more importantly, handling the social side of things. (via Waxy)

  12. Die, Workwear! - The Spotlight Effect & Style Anxiety

    I don’t think I knew that the feeling of “I’m wearing something very slightly different than usual and now everyone’s staring at me” had a name.

  13. 80’s students, what films were your film society showing then? | Ask MetaFilter

    I like the idea of working out, or remembering, what films were considered classic/interesting at a specific point in the past.

  14. The invention of Essex: how a county became a caricature | News | The Guardian

    Where I’m from. I’m wondering if this is a Zazzle strategy by the Guardian — they’ll now produce a clickbaity article on every UK county.

  15. On Nighttime

    Hanif Abdurraqib’s lovely essay on being awake at night (which I happened to read at 1.20am when I couldn’t sleep). (via Buckslip)

  16. Feature Toggles (aka Feature Flags)

    I’ve never worked on a project with these, but this is a great description of the ideas behind them, and the different categories of feature flags. (via Simon Willison)

  17. The Online Photographer: Ten Iconic Photographs: No. 10

    I’m enjoying this series of posts. The background and context is always more interesting than I expect writing about a single photo to be.

  18. The Barbican Estate: An Architectural Masterpiece Under Threat

    The “A History of Continual Expansion” document is fascinating, to see how the school has incrementally expanded over decades.

  19. blissblog: link think

    Simon Reynolds, for the first section on the sociality, or not, of blogging. (via Warren Ellis Ltd)

  20. reading-activitypub

    “This document is for programmers who take one look at activitypub.rocks, click on through to the documentation, and can’t make heads or tails of it.” I did that, so maybe this will be handy if I try again. (via @mdales@mastodon.me.uk)

  21. Ionaru/easy-markdown-editor: EasyMDE

    I’ve tried several textarea-improving things and this one is just the ticket for my needs.

  22. What I Learned Trying To Secure Congressional Campaigns (Idle Words)

    Entertaining and interesting. “You will fare especially badly if you have written an app to fix politics.” (via @gwire)

  23. FiveFilters.org

    Tools for turning web pages into newspaper-style PDFs, generating RSS feeds for sites that don’t have them, etc. (via Ask MetaFilter)

  24. The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones - Scientific American Blog Network

    Clickbaity title, but interesting on sociological vs psychological storytelling. (via Buckslip)

  25. things magazine (Kicks Condor)

    A new favourite web explorer interviews an old (and still) favourite web explorer about the past and present of blogging etc.

  26. 1MB

    Free hosting for static sites up to 1MB in size, no images, simple database, custom domains, SSL. (via Kicks Condor)

  27. Kicks Condor

    Not just an unusual blog design but loads of good writing about the web and interesting links. (via Things Magazine)

  28. Little Printers | Nord Projects - a design and technology consultancy

    A new iOS app and platform for bringing your Little Printer back to life.

  29. OdleForums

    A small forum for WebFaction users to discuss where to go, now that GoDaddy owns WebFaction.