Archive: August, 2010

Lanyrd | the social conference directory

The latest creation from Simon and Nat. It's surprisingly addictive and useful — play around with it for a bit and you'll see what I mean. Lovely stuff.

Hipster Dinosaurs - Imgur

Yeah, seen it. It's not as funny as the first meme.

The Wilderness Downtown

A nifty interactive video for Arcade Fire's "We Used To Wait." It claims to be built in HTML5 but actually uses XHTML 1.0 and HTML 4.01 doctypes throughout. *sigh*

Flickr: NASA on The Commons' Photostream

NASA is now part of Flickr Commons: loads of wonderful science-related pictures with no known copyright restrictions.

Sweet Talking Your Computer - WSJ.com

Personality in software. Pieces of technology are people too.

URBAGRAM

A nifty exploration of architecture and urban planning that describes itself as "a set of interlinked concepts, models, speculations, probings, essays and artefacts based on urban systems."

Big Questions Online

A site that aims to ask and explore the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality, with a focus on science, religion, markets and morals.

Mule Design Studio’s Blog: Why We Don’t Deliver Photoshop Files

Yes, yes, yes: "A PSD is a painting of a website.” We don’t spend weeks or months understanding a client’s complex needs and issues to make them paintings.

BBC - Radio 4 Blog: Some changes to the Radio 4 web site

A few notes on the recent re-align of the Radio 4 website by Clearleft.

HTML5 Pour Les Web Designers – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report

Zoot alors! Mon book is high in the iTunes Store Français. Quelle surprise!

MPEG LA’s AVC License Will Not Charge Royalties for Internet Video That Is Free to End Users Through Life of License | Business Wire

Well, well, well. It looks like h264 is not going to be torpedoing us with any submarine patents anytime soon ...but this only applies to end users, not browser makers. Sigh.

The Box

Excellent huffduffing fodder: "The Box is a series of short interviews with people who make cool stuff, hosted by Tim Van Damme."

Periodic Table of the Elements - Josh Duck

Cute illustration of different content types in HTML (though, personally, I would put sectioning content — section, article, nav, aside — into their own group).

Eat Tweet | a twitter cookbook

Maureen's book is out and about. Get over 1000 bite-sized recipes.

Polymaps

A JavaScript/SVG library for displaying maps in a variety of interesting ways.

PaintbrushJS v0.1 Demo Page

A fantastic bit of image manipulation JavaScript from Dave.

Frank Chimero

A whole bunch of Jenny Holzerisms for you to turn into bumper stickers.

Webtype

The newest web fonts delivery service is a collaboration between five foundries: The Font Bureau, Ascender, Roger Black, Petr van Blokland and DevBridge.

HTML5 Reference | Metal Toad Media

HTML5 resources, gathered together in one place.

Comma quirk irks Rogers - The Globe and Mail

Punctuation matters.

A Content Book Apart : Incisive.nu

Erin is writing about content strategy for A Book Apart. This is good news for everyone.

What's Wrong With 'X Is Dead' - Science and Tech - The Atlantic

An excellent long-zoom rebuttal by Alexis Madrigal of the whole "The web is dead" guff on Wired right now.

BBC - Dimensions - Index

New from BERG: superimposing historical events onto familiar landscapes.

Unicorn Being a Jerk : C. W. Moss

That unicorn is such a jerk.

Journalism Warning Labels « Tom Scott

Excellent! Warning labels for bad journalism for you to print off and stick on.

The origins of abc | I love typography, the typography and fonts blog

A wonderful history of our alphabet. Set aside some time to read this.

Article vs. Section: We've Finally Gone Mad - Opinions - MIX Online

A great post from the frontline of markup. This is just a taste of the confusion to come.

prettymaps

Beautiful map visualisations by Aaron Straup-Cope.

Unsuck It

An excellent resource for deciphering corporate business-speak gibberish (I'm going to need this when I'm eavesdropping on Andy Budd making phone calls).

Yakuza 3 reviewed by Yakuza - Boing Boing

The game Yakuza 3 as reviewed by 3 Yakuza.

HTML5 Boilerplate - A rock-solid default for HTML5 awesome.

Another set of default HTML/CSS/JS templates with some very clever ideas built in (courtesy of the always-brilliant Paul Irish).

Web science a new frontier - Find Events - The Royal Society

This looks like being a thoroughly excellent event at The Royal Society, featuring Tim Berners-Lee and Albert-Laszlo Barabasi.

Google Public Policy Blog: A joint policy proposal for an open Internet

Google reaffirms its commitment to net neutrality ...except when it comes to wireless broadband, of course, because that's *totally* different, right? This disgusts me.

Surfin’ Safari - Blog Archive » The HTML5 Parsing Algorithm

The latest Webkit nightly includes the HTML5 parsing algorithm. Now it's a race between Firefox, Safari and Chrome to see which will be first (non-beta) browser to ship with the new parser.

HTML5 Reset

Barebones templates for HTML5 documents. It needs a bit of work but it's a nifty idea.

On Digital History- - Georgian London

Lucy Inglis, curator of Georgian London, on the role she and other bloggers play.

Science Online London 2010 - Home

It's a shame that this clashes with dConstruct — it looks like a great event.

CaptchArt - captchart's posterous

Captchas reinterpreted into art.

The Beauty of Semantic Markup, Part 2: strong, b, em, i ~ A Blog Not Limited

A great bit of research from Emily. She correctly values data more than opinion.

Early History of HTML - 1990 to 1992

A wonderful document outlining the earliest history of the tags we know and love today.

CS404

This looks like an excellent event: learn about programming without being a programmer.

The Jean-Paul Sartre Cookbook

"Tuna Casserole Ingredients: 1 large casserole dish Place the casserole dish in a cold oven. Place a chair facing the oven and sit in it forever. Think about how hungry you are. When night falls, do not turn on the light."

Red Eye - Abstract City Blog - NYTimes.com

An excellent way to document a journey.

HTML Resource Packages

An interesting performance proposal from mozilla that will degrade nicely in legacy browsers.

A Hundred and One Wankers

A blog chronicling one cyclist's encounters with wankers on the road.

Interesting Letterhead Designs | Letterheady

A fantastic blog of letterheads. Some of the typographic choices are perfect.

What The Fuck Is My Social Media Strategy?

Making it up so you don't have to — somewhat like my New Media Company Name generator from a few years back.