This is why the Internet Archive matters. It is now the public record of Obama’s broken promise to protect whistleblowers.
I feel very bad for the smart, passionate, talented people who worked their asses off on change.gov, only to see their ideals betrayed.
Remember when I linked to the Github repository of The Guardian’s front-end team? Well, now—if you’ll pardon the mixing of metaphors—you can start to kick the tyres of the fruits of their labour. This beta site shows where their experiments with responsive design might lead.
Thoughtful points from Chris, delivered on the closing day of this year’s Brooklyn Beta.
So, the next time you feel like you’re missing out, stop it. Zoom out a little bit and give yourself some space and some perspective, so you can focus on what matters.
Song-a-day Mann closed out this year’s Brooklyn Beta by singing this song (number #1381 in his ongoing series). We all sang along. It was pretty damn great.
Dan writes about how data saved his life. That is not an exaggeration.
He describes how, after receiving some very bad news from his doctor, he dived into the whole “quantified self” thing with his health data. Looking back on it, he concludes:
If I were still in the startup game, I have a pretty good idea of which industry I’d want to disrupt.
The Long Now blog is featuring the bet between myself and Matt on URL longevity. Just being mentioned on that site gives me a warm glow.
The most useful site on the web.
Take all the fonts on your operating system, superimpose them, and whaddya get? This.
Two fine songwriters. Only one of them is still with us.
This is my prediction. If you think it’s wrong, challenge it. We shall then partake in a wager.
A wonderful history of our alphabet. Set aside some time to read this.
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.
Kanji characters that transform into the animal they represent.
A nice explanation of the ruby element in HTML5: very handy for marking up phonetic pronunciation.
Allow your Twitter location to be automatically updated from FireEagle. The process of connecting you, FireEagle, and Twitter is beautiful: 1 x OpenID + 2 x OAuth.
A paper app—like a web app, but for the papernet—that provides a DIY portable log book for diabetics.
Could it be that the inability of 8-bit computers to render Kanji had a direct influence on the direction of Japan's electronic product design and economy?
Brian and Josh are organising a Long Bet style gathering for the day before dConstruct. To participate, choose a timescale and enter your prediction. What an excellent way to kick-start some discussion.
The Last.fm beta redesign is now available for the great unwashed masses to test.
If you want to install the beta of Firefox 3 on OS X but you still want to keep a copy of Firefox 2, John will show you how.
Charmr is a design concept for diabetes management devices proposed by Adaptive Path following a process of research and iteration.
"In addition to assessing bonding and bridging social capital, we explore a dimension of social capital that assesses one's ability to stay connected with members of a previously inhabited community, which we call maintained social capital."
Danah Boyd's essay is required reading for anyone with even a passing interest in social networks.
"You can’t “semi-release” your 1.0 just because you want it out there but aren’t yet finished. Being semi-released is like being semi-pregnant."
Who says the W3C don't have a sense of humour? Check out the logo of the Web API Working Group (who are doing great work, by the way).
This is still experimental, but Technorati now allow you to search for snippets of content that has been marked up with microformats. My egosearching returns suitably satisfying results.
"wankr will be a place for web 2.0 people to gather together in one humongous circlejerk so they can masturbate each other into a sticky frenzy over useless, meaningless bullshit."
A web app for reading RSS feeds. Pretty nice, but I'll stick with Adactio Elsewhere for now.
Quite nice, but a bit too cluttered for my taste. I still prefer Odeo.
Looks like Google is getting into the WiFi game.
Google gets into instant messaging.