Josh has been teaching HTML and CSS schoolkids. I love the pages that they’ve made. I really mean it. I genuinely think these are wonderful!
A beautiful piece by James on the history of light as a material for communication …and its political overtones in today’s world.
What is light when it is information rather than illumination? What is it when it is not perceived by the human eye? Deep beneath the streets and oceans, what is illuminated by the machines, and how are we changed by this illumination?
Armchair travelling to Ballardian locations.
It’s a big ask, but if you can action these ten tips from Anil, your startup will crush it.
Prepare to lose yourself for hours as you keep hitting “take me somewhere else” through these most bizarre and wonderful Google street view locations.
A lovely way of demonstrating the differences between map projections. Drag for extra fun.
I think it’s a bit of a shame that Brett is canning his mobile-first device-detection library, but I totally understand (and agree with) his reasons.
There is a consensual hallucination in the market, that we can silo devices into set categories like mobile, tablet, and desktop, yet the reality is drawing these lines in the sand is not an easy task.
Brent Simmons pens a love-letter to RSS, a technology that you use every day, whether you realise it or not.
If you’re coming along to the Responsive Day Out and you’ve got some tech books you no longer need, bring them along. We’ll collect them and distribute them to schools.
This year’s TeleGeography map of the undersea network looks beautiful—inspired by old maps. I love the way that latency between countries is shown as inset constellations.
Communal satellite eyes. A Mac screensaver is also available.
I really like Dan’s take on using Photoshop (or Fireworks) as part of today’s web design process. The problem is not with the tool; the problem is with the expectations set by showing comps to clients.
By default, presenting a full comp says to your client, “This is how everyone will see your site.” In our multi-device world, we’re quickly moving towards, “This is how some people will see your site,” but we’re not doing a great job of communicating that.
This is fun. Drag the red country outlines around and slot them into place on the map. Sounds easy, right? But the distorting effect of the Mercator projection makes it a lot tougher than it looks.
The latest project from Zooniverse is, as you would expect, an extremely enjoyable and useful way to spend your time: classifying animals that have captured in camera trap images.
The opening tutorial is a lesson in how to do “on-boarding” right.
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.
A nifty little mashup from Music Hack Day London 2012.
A great short talk from Clare about Code Club.
A new project from James, keeping track of the sites of illegal drone strikes.
And this is why Code Club is such a great initiative.
Let’s be polite. Especially when starting relationships.
Celebrating the work of the tireless men and women who shorten headlines so they’ll fit on your iPhone.
A well-executed sci-fi short film on augmented reality and gamification.
I like this suggestion. If you’re using minified CSS in production, it would be a nice gesture to have an easily-discoverable unminified version for people to view source on.
I like this! Andrew Johns found a thread in this year’s dConstruct that ran parallel to its official tagline of “Playing With The Future”: Education.
Note’s from Joanne’s presentation at Improving Reality.
Tom describes his Foursquare ghost.
A thoroughly addictive use of the Instagram API (along with Node.js and Socket.io): see a montage of images being taken in a city right now.
It’s worth remembering sometimes just how amazing Twitter can be.
People who don’t know us wanted to send their friendship to a 15 year old learning-disabled girl who was sad. For no reason other than their own humanity. This is a beautiful thing.
A nifty little Mac app from Tom: it changes your desktop wallpaper to a satellite view of your current location.
Alas, it requires Lion, an operating system I’ve been trying to avoid installing.
Stamen have extended Walking Papers into Field Papers: a virtuous cycle of mapping in the real world and online.
I think I might volunteer my services.
Recreations of movie stills at filming locations around the world (like I did in Sydney for The Matrix). There’s something quite addictive about looking through these.
A great step-by-step tutorial from Brad on developing a responsive site with a Content First mindset.
This is an excellent idea: get a whole bunch of after-school code clubs going to teach kids how to code in Scratch.
You can’t have a zeitgeisty internet meme without cats.
A day devoted to exploring unusual places all over the world. I couldn’t find anything for Brighton but it looks like there will be some stuff happening in London.
A genuinely useful service for people in different parts of London who want to meet up for a pint.
I like this simple idea, nicely executed: see Instagram photos taken near you.
Beautiful new map tiles from Stamen for use with OpenStreetMap data. The “watercolor” tiles are particularly pretty.
Earth Station: The Afterlife of Technology at the End of the World - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic
The wonderful story of an odd place:
The Jamesburg Earth Station is a massive satellite receiver in a remote valley in California. It played a central role in satellite communications for three decades, but had been forgotten until the current owner put it up for sale, promoting it as a great place to spend the apocalypse.
Andy sounds a cautionary note: the password anti-pattern may be dying, but OAuth permission-granting shouldn’t be blasé. This is why granular permissions are so important.
A one-stop-shop with links to the authentication settings of various online services. Take the time to do a little Spring cleaning.
Re-examining Von Neumann probes, reconciling their apparent scarcity with the Fermi paradox.
A trojan horse for plagiarised college papers, much like the fakery on maps (“Lie Close”, “Arlington”) and in dictionaries; traps to be sprung on the hapless copy’n’paster.
A thorough hypertext report from those good folks at the Institute For The Future on our fabrication overlords.
Sheer brilliance: taking the street grid of Manhattan and extending it to cover the entire world. For the record, I live near the intersection of east 11,303rd avenue and 63,475th street.
Richard would like your help. Take a few minutes to run through a card-sorting exercise to help classify fonts in a more meaningful way.
This is great idea! A website for putting the digital makers of Brighton in contact with the city’s student population.
Dana has put together an excellent grab-bag of data on people’s password habits.
IM conversations between a cat and its so-called owner.
Some interesting questions (and one or two answers) about how responsive design affects publishing on the web.
Having just seen Anna Debenham’s superb but scary presentation at Update about the shocking state of UK schools, this is a timely piece of journalism.
Naz shares his advice for up-and-coming designers …and the institutions that educate them.
This is not as linkbaity as the title might suggest.
I’ve suggested the term “exploitationware” as a more accurate name for gamification’s true purpose…
Another beautiful piece of work from James: a kaleidoscope made from Google maps.
These lovely visualisations of geotagged photos and tweets are almost indistinguishable from aerial views of cities at night.
Atemporality can be very moving.
The entire archive of the Reith lectures is now online for your huffduffing pleasure.
I want one! An ambient signifier (in lamp form) to let you know when the ISS is flying overhead. Geekgasm!
Testing James Joyce: this is like the Seven Bridges of Königsberg puzzle but with Guinness.
Ben documents the improvements in Twitter’s OAuth flow. Maybe this will help to stop people blindly giving permission to dodgy third-party sites to update their Twitter stream.
An excellent design technique from Samantha that allows you to nail down a visual vocabulary without using something as wishy-washy as a mood board or as rigid as a fully-blown comp. Brilliant!
The style tile is not a literal translation of what the website is going to be, but a starting point for the designer and the client to have a conversation and establish a common visual language.
Freaky stuff. If you’ve seen Kevin Slavin or James Bridle talking about the increase in property prices on Wall Street as the buildings get closer to the network hub …that’s nothing—these are the new centres of world power; places where the speed of light interferes least with the speed of transactions.
A dataviz demo of creepiness: displaying the movements of Malte Spitz by correlating her phone activity and web usage.
A handy papernet tool for emergency situations. “Zombie apocalypse” is not, alas, one of the default options.
A very pretty visualisation of tweets on a map using canvas.
I may have to start using this for placeholder images—it won’t be distracting, right?
A beautifully readable subset of the HTML spec, with an emphasis on writing web apps (and with information intended for browser makers has been removed). Very handy indeed!
This URL displays a picture of a sunset (from Flickr) taken wherever the sun is setting right now.
This was one of my favourite hacks at History Hack Day: enter a location anywhere in England to find out if it’s located on a ley line of mystical magical energy, man!
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.
Bobbie Johnson dot org : Ian Hickson on HTML5: “The W3C lost sight of the fact that they have no power”
Bobbie is publishing the interviews he conducted with various HTML5 bods when he was researching his Technology Review article. First up: Hixie.
An examination into the legibility of labels on online mapping services.
A blog documenting printed visions of space exploration in the form of children's books.
This is an excellent idea: buy up a communications satellite and use it to provide free internet. I kinda wish it were a Kickstarter project though.
This W3C document is done and dusted: proposed recommendation. Every one of the guidelines for optimising for mobile also holds true for "desktop" sites.
A low-tech version of Flickr's shapefiles: stopping people and asking "excuse me, what area is this?"
Now this is how to do a location-based app: overlays of London through time ...in the palm of your hand.
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*
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."
New from BERG: superimposing historical events onto familiar landscapes.
Beautiful map visualisations by Aaron Straup-Cope.
A great Fisking by Ben of (very silly, IMHO) morally panicked Guardian article on Foursquare.
Aaron's lovely visualisation of Flickr's shapetiles.
Old photos placed on a map. Quite engrossing.
A nice collection of free apps for your mobile device. No app store required, thanks to offline storage.
An excellent way to do geolocation even in browser that don't support it natively.
When memes collide: chat roulette meets cats.
Hixie is proposing a new addition to HTML but separate from HTML5, "to enable video conferencing from HTML applications."
A beautifully designed location-based web magazine.
An interesting take on the business models of social networking sites.
The official word on that darned space.
Lovely representation of OpenStreetMap data using canvas.
Foreheadslappingly stupid behaviour from the Associated Press.
An alternative to the space elevator, an inflatable tower nine miles tall and tethered to a mountain top, could be made of commercially available materials.
Courtesy of Remy. Doesn't he ever sleep?
This is wonderful: maps that travel from the internet to the papernet and back to the internet again. Print out from OpenStreetMap, annotate in the real world, and scan the annotated map.
A sweet little Skyhook/FireEagle desktop app from Tom. It updates your FireEagle location every five minutes by pinging Skyhook's API to triangulate your position. A small piece, loosely joining two small pieces.