Tags: blog

Pop Sonnets

Modern pop songs retold as Shakespearian sonnets.

On Blogging - Plausible Thought

If you enjoy writing, or want to enjoy writing, just do it. You’ll probably worry that you have nothing to say, or that what you write is terrible, or that you couldn’t possibly write as well as Neil Gaiman. But silence those voices, get your head down and hit publish on something. Anything. And then do it again. And again.

A Brief History of Bloggering - The Morning News

An alternative history from a parallel timeline.

He started coding his own just weeks after Tim Berners-Lee, a tunnel engineer helping to build the STERN protein collider, discovered ancient scrolls buried in the Swiss soil that revealed the secrets of HTML.

Panorama Fail

The image-stitching algorithm is trying its best.

The Camera in the Mirror

Kubrickian pictures taken by the Google robot wherein it captures its own reflection.

Hamburger Fancy: Archive

This Tumblr blog has the grandiose ambition of being “a showcase of the hottest hamburger icons on the web”, but amazingly, they’ve actually succeeded in documenting every single example of a cool hamburger icon.

Signs from the near future

We better get used to them…

2001: A Space Odyssey | Typeset In The Future

Okay, this might just be my new favourite blog:

This site is dedicated to all aspects of movie and TV typography and iconography as it appears in Sci-Fi and fantasy movies.

The first post is all about 2001, and the writing is just the right shade of fun.

I’m already looking forward to future posts. (See what I did there?)

Screen shots of computer code

There’s something very satisfying about this televisual sleuthing:

Images of the computer code appearing in TV and films and what they really are.

This is a Website – Jeffrey Zeldman

I had a lovely dinner last night with Jeffrey, Tantek, Cindy and Daniel. A combination of nostalgia and indie web chatter prompted Jeffrey to pen this beautiful ode to independent publishing.

We were struggling, whether we knew it or not, to found a more fluid society. A place where everyone, not just appointed apologists for the status quo, could be heard. That dream need not die. It matters more now than ever.

Dinosaurs! WTF?

A blog covering the conservative dinosaur readiness movement.

Tab Closed; Didn’t Read

Usually I find these kinds of name-and-shame collections to be unnecessarily mean-spirited. In this case, the sites being named and shamed are themselves guilty of far worse rudeness.

Ask About Going Home

Some examples to illustrate the UK Border Agency’s latest campaign.

WTF Visualizations

Data visualisations that make no sense.

Sigh, JavaScript

A great little Tumblr blog from Dan Mall: a collection of sites that don’t work at all if JavaScript isn’t available.

‘Sfunny, I was talking about just this kind of thing at An Event Apart today.

Blogging Ourselves to Live

The internet never forgets? Bollocks!

We were told — warned, even — that what we put on the internet would be forever; that we should think very carefully about what we commit to the digital page. And a lot of us did. We put thought into it, we put heart into, we wrote our truths. We let our real lives bleed onto the page, onto the internet, onto the blog. We were told, “Once you put this here, it will remain forever.” And we acted accordingly.

This is a beautiful love-letter to the archival web, and a horrifying description of its betrayal:

When they’re erased by a company abruptly and without warning, it’s something of a new-age arson.

They’re Using It At Coffee Shops

You can’t demo a digital product without a cup of coffee on a wooden table.

Tumblr Shuts Down Popular Blogger: Who’s Next?

Yet another cautionary tale on why you should be homesteading instead of sharecropping.

ANAGRAMATRON

There’s something quite lovely about this: pairs of tweets that are anagrams of one another.

‘Kitten kitten kitten kittens’ — I.M.H.O. — Medium

This is what Medium is for.

If you want to read some of Dan Catt’s lesser thoughts, he has his own blog.

scificorridorarchive.com by Serafín Álvarez, 2013

Corridors in science fiction films.

Own your turf - Austin Kleon

Prescient.

Posthaven is the safe place for all your posts forever

This is a breath of fresh air: a blogging platform that promises to keep its URLs online in perpetuity.

You should write about yourself more

Yes! Yes! YES!

Tom is spot-on here: you shouldn’t be afraid of writing about yourself …especially not for fear of damaging some kind of “personal brand” or pissing off some potential future employer.

If your personal brand demands that you live your life in fear of disclosing important parts of your life or your experience, the answer is to reject the whole sodding concept of personal brands.

Do things I write about my personal life threaten my personal brand? Perhaps. Are there people who wouldn’t hire me based on things I write? Probably. Do I give even a whiff of a fuck? Absolutely not. I wouldn’t want to work for them anyway.

I Don’t Want Your Fucking App

Doorslamming.

Google Poetics

The accidental beauty in Google’s autosuggest algorithm.

Textastrophe

These are mostly just mean …but kinda funny.

Tech companies that only hire men

Job postings that only use male pronouns.

See, this is why using “they”, while technically incorrect, can often be the least worst option.

The Worst Things For Sale » The Internet’s most horrible items. A daily blog.

These are like chindogu, but they’re all available from Amazon with accompanying reviews.

Abandonedography

Armchair travelling to Ballardian locations.

Histories Past

Documenting history through photography.

Adiphany

Clever advertising.

National Geographic Found

Celebrating 125 years of National Geographic, this Tumblr blog is a curated collection of photography from the archives. Many of the pictures are being published for the first time.

Our Incredible Journey

A collection of those appalling doublespeek announcements that sites and services give when they get acquired. You know the ones: they begin with “We’re excited to announce…” and end with people’s data being flushed down the toilet.

Ideas of March — All in the head

A wonderful rallying cry from Drew.

The problem:

Ever since the halcyon days of Web 2.0, we’ve been netting our butterflies and pinning them to someone else’s board.

The solution:

Hope that what you’ve created never has to die. Make sure that if something has to die, it’s you that makes that decision. Own your own data, friends, and keep it safe.

Posts from March 1st 2013 on Decade City

A blow-by-blow account of the Responsive Day Out by Orde Saunders who liveblogged the whole thing.

Scarfolk Council

Dispatches from the disturbing town of Scarfolk, where it is permanently the 1970s:

Scarfolk is more than its famous sewage treatment works, it’s more than its high security mental facilities; it’s more than its world renowned covens; it’s more than its fine reputation which it rebuilt after a spate of grizzly serial killings…

It’s funny and creepy in equal measure. Actually, the creepiness may be the larger measure.

Actual Facebook Graph Searches

Another Tom Scott project:

I had to take one more quick, cheap shot — and I think a Tumblr blog is the quickest, cheapest shot it’s possible to take.

Bargain Bin Blasphemy

I think there might be some subliminal messages hidden in these album covers.

Squaremans | Gaming Culture Blog

Ostensibly about gaming (and written by Matt Colville who works in the games industry), this blog actually has a lot of interesting observations on sci-fi cinema. I like it.

The Pastry Box Project | 2 January 2013, baked by Chris Coyier

I heartily concur with Chris’s sentiment:

I wish everyone in the world would blog.

Street Mogs

A part-time postman documents all the cats he meets on his round:

Includes long haired mogs, short haired mogs, lazy mogs, active mogs, bashful mogs, brash mogs, brushed mogs, grand mogs, great mogs, wee mogs, twee mogs, affable mogs, unsociable mogs, mean mogs, clean mogs, smelly mogs, incarcerated mogs, liberated mogs, liberal mogs, loud mogs and quiet mogs.

Missed High Five

Schadenlulz.

display: none; | Laura Kalbag

Laura explains the problems with hiding content for small screens, and uses this as an opportunity to elucidate why you should blog, even if you’re think that no-one would be interested in what you have to say:

The point I’m trying to make is that we shouldn’t be fearful of writing about what we know. Even if you write from the most basic point of view, about something which has been ‘around for ages’, you’ll likely be saying something new to someone. They might be new to the industry, you might just be filling in the holes in someone’s knowledge.

YOU CHOSE WRONG

Documenting all the ways you could die in a choose-your-own-adventure book.

Guardian Truncation Team

Celebrating the work of the tireless men and women who shorten headlines so they’ll fit on your iPhone.

Scott Jenson | Exploring the world beyond mobile

Excellent! Scott has his own URL now. If you haven’t read everything he has written so far, start from the start and read every single post.

Your words are wasted - Scott Hanselman

Amen, Scott, A-MEN:

You are not blogging enough. You are pouring your words into increasingly closed and often walled gardens. You are giving control - and sometimes ownership - of your content to social media companies that will SURELY fail.

We could make history — I.M.H.O. — Medium

I quite the look of Medium, but Dave Winer absolutely nails it with this feature request:

Let me enter the URL of something I write in my own space, and have it appear here as a first class citizen. Indistinguishable to readers from something written here.

I think it might get a tattoo of this:

There’s art in each individual system, but there’s a much greater art in the union of all the systems we create.

Your Logo Is Not Hardcore

Quadrants created by two crossed lines in an X formation. Hardcore.

80’s Touch

The Old Aesthetic. It’s eighties-tastic!

Scripting News: How future-safe was the first Harvard blogging site?

A cautionary tale from Dave Winer of not considering digital preservation from the outside. We must learn the past. We must.

Monday 31 May 1669 (Pepys’ Diary)

Nine years and five months after he began publishing every entry in Samuel Pepys’ diary, Phil Gyford posts the last entry.

CONSUME CONSUME

I’m sure there’s a theme connecting all of these pictures. I just haven’t figured out what it is yet.

A City Like Ours - Street Photography – St. John’s, Newfoundland

I’m in St. John’s right now. Once you start perusing this excellent photoblog, you’re going to feel like you’re there too.

Context-Free Patent Art

This is wonderfully random: illustrations used to illustrate patent applications but without the context.

inspiring toilets

Inspired by the recent .net magazine article on “20 leading web designers’ desks for your inspiration”, here’s a blog dedicated to the place where the real web design magic happens: the designer’s poostation.

mariobatalivoice

I am very disappointed that the internet didn’t tell me sooner that Steve Albini has a food blog.

So just in case you didn’t already know: Steve Albini has a food blog.

Deutsch Doodles

These lovely doodles from Carla give me Fernweh for Germany.

The Daily Torygraph

There’s two years(!) of doctored headlines here. Yes, it’s puerile but it’s also very funny (to my puerile sensibilities).

THE MEW AESTHETIC

You can’t have a zeitgeisty internet meme without cats.

Things Real People Don’t Say About Advertising

Yeah, it’s an easy target …but the cumulative effect is very funny.

Holy sh!t. Did you see that interstitial? That was dope. Refresh, refresh!!

flux machine

Beautiful, funny, and disturbing Gilliamesque animated .gifs.

Screenshots of Despair

Existential ennui delivered through interface copy.

It’s a bookmark. But it’s also a magazine.

It’s a blog. It’s a bookmark. It’s a magazine.

dawdlr

A twitter for the Long Now from Russell Davies. You can submit an answer to the question “What are you doing, you know, more generally?” to:

Dawdlr, c/o RIG, 32-38 Scrutton Street, London, EC2A 4RQ

HTML5 nurse

Sometimes the good folk at HTML5doctor.com get asked questions that might be better suited for a real, medical doctor. These are those questions.

audiolibre.net | Free sound anthology

A lovely sound blog from Steve Bowbrick (one of the curators of the sadly decommissioned Speechification). Here, he gathers found sounds of all kinds together: great audio grist for the huffduffing mill.

Did I ever tell you about the time….

There’s something zen-like about these banal stories of celebrity encounters.

MOUSTAIR

Funny but creepy. Freepy.

Where men meets moustaches meets hair meets moustaches meets hair meets MOUSTAIR.

Vintage Space | A work in progress as I read, research, and write in pursuit of the still-unclear path towards professional spaceflight historian.

A terrific blog devoted to the space race.

Film on Paper

A blog that takes a detailed look at the art of the film poster.

Yelping with Cormac

Because Yelp needs Cormac McCarthy.

Hello Again | Rob Weychert

Rob is back.

Everything I Make With My Makerbot

Brendan is posting pictures of everything he fabs. Fab!

Cream of tag soup - Ramblings about frontend stuff

Jake Archibald has a blog now. Subscribed.

Blackboards in Porn

Celebrating pornographers who go the extra mile when set dressing classroom porn and actually write something on the blackboard. What do they write, and is it correct?

Future of Science

As part of her with the Institute For The Future, Ariel is maintaining this great blog dedicated to open science and all-round nerdy goodness.

Gavin Rothery - Directing - Concept - VFX - Gavin Rothery Blog

This blog by the visual effects supervisor on Moon is packed full of wonderfully geeky sci-fi movie stories.

Responsive Web Design! | Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische has redesigned her site in a lovely and responsive manner.

Journal // One

It’s very gratifying to know that I encouraged someone to write something.

The Song

Matt is wearing his musical heart on the sleeve of the web.

Unqualified and unabashedly personal remarks on those bits of sound that make it all worthwhile.

jayzombiegram

Jessica is gathering all her Instagram photos into one blog. She really has quite an incredible eye.

The last post - Penmachine - Derek K. Miller

The final post in ten years of blogging. Derek is dead. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to write this.

LukeW | An Event Apart: All Our Yesterdays

Luke’s notes from my talk about long-term thinking and online preservation at An Event Apart in Boston.

danah boyd | apophenia » Tumblr disappeared me…

Yet another reason to host your own content instead of sharecropping; danah boyd wakes up one morning to find her Tumblr account has been moved to a different URL.

kim jong-il looking at things

There appears to be an endless supply of subject matter for this.

Ten Sexy Ladies

I think that I too will begin rating all my experiences on a scale from one to ten sexy ladies.

This is genuinely hilarious stuff from the genius behind Fireland.

Weekend Reading: Responsive Web Design and Mobile Context « Cloud Four

Jason Grigsby pulls together a bunch of links related to responsive design, mobile web and that tricky context problem.

F*ck Yeah Headlines

Each weekday I find a headline on a major news site, and illustrate it without reading a word of the story.

Shady Characters

The secret life of punctuation.

Sad Star Trek

Life isn’t always happy and jolly in The Future.

[Citation Needed]

What a wonderful idea for a blog: “Collecting Wikipedia’s finest [citation needed] prose.”

Stephen Caver

A beautiful responsive design, within the confines of Tumblr.

Scripting News: Upcoming: The minimal blogging tool

Dave Winer is putting together technology to battle share-cropping and enable the Pembertonisation of your content: you host the canonical copy and distribute to third-party services.

No comment - QuirksBlog

PPK has switched off comments for much the same reason that I hardly ever have comments on adactio.com: our sites are places for us to broadcast rather than have a conversation.

The Super Awesome Music Blog Finder Thingy ™ - exfm labs

An excellent little service: give it your Last.fm username and it finds music blogs you’ll probably like. I’ve found a treasure trove of Huffduffer sources through this.

300 Songs

David Lowery is chronicling the history of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, song by song …with accompanying MP3s. It seems too wonderful to be true

If You Didn’t Blog It, It Didn’t Happen - Anil Dash

A thoughtful piece on how Twitter can complement blogging, but is far too often used as an impermanent substitute.

…if you didn’t blog it, it didn’t happen. In fact, I first wrote about this idea a bit on Twitter a few years ago. See if you can find it.

Clive Thompson on How Tweets and Texts Nurture In-Depth Analysis | Magazine

Could it be that the current penchant for quick, real-time bursts of content could actually be beneficial for more thoughtful, long-form content?