I like Matt’s observation here that the simple combination of a barebones data format like HTML delivered over HTTP is a good-enough low-level API for joining up all kinds of internet-connected things.
In the last 60 years, the biggest software platform for interop and integration – for new products, services, businesses, and value creation – has not been Android, or iOS, or Windows, or the PDP-11. The biggest and best platform has been the web.
One implication is that successful products are not necessarily those with seamless, beautiful, tightly-controlled “experiences”, but rather the ones that are capable of talking to each other.
Small things, loosely joined.
Just like in the Borges short story, you can now see everything at once …from Project Gutenberg, or from Twitter, or from both.
This may be the only legitimate use case for (truly) infinite scrolling.
Beautiful thoughtful work from the BERGians.
Dan makes a very good point about Little Printer: it’s not the “printer” part that matters; it’s the “little”.
A lovely piece from Matt examining agency and behaviour in the things we surround ourselves with: frying pans, houseplants, pets, and robots.
These are the droids you are looking for.
This evolution of Tom Taylor’s microprinter looks like it’s going to be absolutely wonderful (and packed full of personality). Watch this space.
A nice project from BERG that aligns numbers from your own world (like the number of people you follow on Twitter) to numbers in the larger world.
This is an excellent use of the Kindle as an undemanding screen. Really lovely!
Those lovely BERG chaps profiled in the New York Times.
This comic is the result of a collaboration between Warren Ellis and BERG. It must, therefore, be splendid. I’ve ordered mine.
New from BERG: superimposing historical events onto familiar landscapes.
Matt Jones on sociality, data, radio and time.
In praise of Gutenberg's contribution to typography.
Help keep your culture error-free by proof-reading small pieces of literature from Project Gutenberg.
Camille Seaman's stunning pictures of icebergs and clouds make me feel small and insignificant. But in a good way.
The classic Kurt Vonnegut short story Harrison Bergeron has been turned into a film. I hope it doesn't suck.
"£5000 in £10 and £20 notes were individually dropped around the streets of London with a removable sticker." Clever.