Corridors in science fiction films.
A terrific quiz about browser performance from Jake. I had the pleasure of watching him present this in a bar in Amsterdam—he was like a circus carny hoodwinking the assembled geeks.
I guarantee you won’t get all of this right, and that’s a good thing: you’ll learn something. If you do get them all right, either you are Jake or you are very, very sad.
I’ll be speaking at this event in London on Thursday. It would be lovely if you could come along. It’s free!
A really nice short film about the Willie Clancy Summer School. It makes me want to get back to Miltown Malbay this July.
Heartbreaking and angry-making.
These are like chindogu, but they’re all available from Amazon with accompanying reviews.
The story of one site’s disgraceful handling of acquisition and shutdown (Punchfork, acquired by Pinterest) and how its owner actively tried to block efforts to preserve user’s data.
Armchair travelling to Ballardian locations.
Prepare to lose yourself for hours as you keep hitting “take me somewhere else” through these most bizarre and wonderful Google street view locations.
Now this looks like my kind of event:
A new micro-conference on science, technology, communication and fiction, organised by the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
I, for one, welcome our slime mould overlords.
The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction.
This is handy: a look at which DOM properties and methods cause layout thrashing (reflows).
Bruce takes a look at the tricky issue of styling native form controls. Help us, Shadow DOM, you’re our only hope!
A good explanation of the litany of woes that comes from Internet Explorer 8 being the highest that users of Windows XP can upgrade to. It’s a particularly woeful situation if you are a web developer attempting to provide parity. But there is hope on the horizon:
2013 will see the culmination of all these issues; support for IE 8 will drop of rapidly, users of XP will find an increasingly broken web, the cost of building software in XP organisations will increase.
A well-written white paper on time travel. Alas, it relies a bit too much on semantic nitpickery to offer any real insight.
The Fermi paradox as applied to tapeworms.
‘Sfunny; just yesterday I was revisiting this classic tapeworm tale on Fray.
The out-of-copyright books of Olaf Stapledon are available to download from the University of Adelaide. Be sure to grab Starmaker and First And Last Men.
This looks like being an excellent (free) event in London featuring three talks related to front-end web development.
The inaugural event this month features a talk on responsive design, a talk on data visualisation, and a talk on accessibility.
Don’t do it. Don’t click that button just one more time. Don’t.
There is an elephant in the Microsoft store.
Jason goes into detail describing the File Format problem that he and others are going to tackle in the effort known as Just Solve The Problem.
My last shipment from the Quaterly contained everything I need to get a sourdough starter going (thanks to Alexis Madrigal). I think I might have to get me one of these cute sourdough globes: “It’s like a Tamagotchi, but actually alive.”
Be sure to check out the the blog documenting the design and development.
Useful advice from Tim on preparing your responsive site for IE10’s new “snap mode”. Don’t worry: it doesn’t involve adding any proprietary crap …quite the opposite, in fact.
The Boston Globe’s got nothing on this!
I like this skewering of the cult of so-called-neuroscience; the self-help book equivalent of eye-tracking.
Oh, dear. Adobe Shadow gets a new name and a hefty price tag. Yesterday it was free. Today it is $119.88 per year. It’s useful but it’s not that useful.
So, lazy web, who’s working on an open-source alternative?
This looks great! It’s a CC-licensed book by Cody Lindley (whose work I’ve admired for many years) aimed at teaching DOM Scripting for modern browsers. You can read the whole thing online or wait for the paper version from O’Reilly.
There’s a communal testing lab just outside London and they’ve got a very nifty set-up for their devices.
Lance Arthur uses a tweet from Paul Ford as a starting point for a text adventure.
An evening with Lauren Beukes, China Miéville and Patrick Ness in London the week after dConstruct. Sounds like fun!
London now has its own device lab (at the Mozilla offices).
If you’re in London and you have an old phone you could contribute, please, please add it to the contribution.
This is how London looked on my birthday, as recorded by the stationary meatspace protrusion of James’s Ship Adrift.
Anna reports on her experience testing on a device we don’t often think about: the Nintendo DS …very popular with the young ‘uns.
Jessica’s doodles are quite lovely.
These lovely doodles from Carla give me Fernweh for Germany.
Harry’s 15 minute case-study presentation at UX London was excellent. He says the lesson is that we shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes, but there’s another lesson here too: testing with users will save your ass.
I had a chat with the guys from Pingdom about performance’n’stuff. If I sound incoherent, that’s because this is a direct transcription of a Skype call, where, like, apparently I don’t, y’know, talk in complete sentences and yeah.
There’s a chain of hotels, one of which is in Brighton, called “My Hotel.” I bet they have stories like this one.
Sneaking in to climb the Shard at night.
A genuinely useful service for people in different parts of London who want to meet up for a pint.
The hitherto unnoticed connection between the names of Android phones and the names of condoms.
A handy performance testing tool from Pingdom, similar to Google’s offering.
It’s a blog. It’s a bookmark. It’s a magazine.
I am the proud custodian of one of these cute Zeldolls …I may have even nabbed a second one.
Sometimes the good folk at HTML5doctor.com get asked questions that might be better suited for a real, medical doctor. These are those questions.
Adobe have launched their version of Weinre, the tool that allows you to refresh and debug iOS and Android browser views from your desktop computer.
Typical! I leave the country and this excellent gathering gets organised while I’m away. I wish I could be there.
Let them know in advance if you have any responsive-related questions they should tackle.
Nik demos the neat interactions in Realmac’s latest piece of iOS software in this cute little video.
I love this little story of small pieces of the internet loosely joining together: NPR, Twitter, Downcast and Huffduffer.
Some very interesting results from testing background image downloads contained within media queries or overridden with media queries: it turns out that, in iOS at least, the browser is getting smarter and smarter.
Wallow in nerd nostalgia and experience the Proustian rush of rebooting old operating systems.
I’ve found myself using jQuery less and less recently. Partly to avoid the extra download and file size but also—as shown here—when it comes to DOM manipulation, there’s a lot you can do straight out of the box.
My short talk from Aral’s Update conference in Brighton last September. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. If I only I had a handheld mic—then I could’ve done a microphone drop at the end.
This helps to clarify the difference between native semantics and ARIA additions.
Put this one on speed dial.
This evolution of Tom Taylor’s microprinter looks like it’s going to be absolutely wonderful (and packed full of personality). Watch this space.
With magnetic hydrogen bonds!
To quote Jessica: “Seems stupid but it’s kind of a good idea.”
The HTML5 doctors are hosting a copy Mark Pilgrim’s Dive Into HTML5 at http://diveinto.html5doctor.com/ and they plan to keep it updated via Github.
This remains one of the greatest pieces of documentary footage ever filmed.
This is an excellent use of the Kindle as an undemanding screen. Really lovely!
This is worth reading just for Andy Budd’s answer alone. Priceless.
I think I’m having a flashback and am in need of a bit of a lie down. Wake me up when 1998 is over. I didn’t like it much the first time around, so I’m pretty sure it’s going to suck now.
It’s Opera …but it’s folk.
I’m going to try to make it along to this event in London next month.
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.
A documentary about the weekly session in Dempsey’s pub in Manhattan.
Another beautiful piece of work from James: a kaleidoscope made from Google maps.
Fnar, fnar, and indeed, fnar.
Why not become a lifetime member of the Muff Diving Club? Makes a perfect gift as you will get a Muff Diving Club membership card posted out to proove that you’re an official Muff diver.
Pitch-perfect parody of Adam Curtis’s particular style of documentary guff.
This could be handy for the editing process in my home-grown blogging system: a PHP script to convert HTML back to Markdown.
An online book about website performance by Stoyan Steganov, released into the public domain. Excellent!
A handy little tool for testing responsive designs by automatically changing your browser viewport size.
Tom’s Greasemonkey script turns any seven-syllable headline into a verse of Camptown Races.
A comprehensive look at some of the problems with taking self-hosting to its logical conclusion: running your own web server.
Ben Buchanan has a nice round-up of some of the options available when you’re switching over to HTML5.
Even more historic significance than blue plaques.
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.
The redesign of the Do Lectures site is gorgeous (and responsive).
This is why, when a child posits something ridiculous-sounding, you should encourage them.
If I were an American, I’d now be saying something like “ICANN have jumped the shark”. Instead, I’m British, so I’ll say “ICANN are fucking useless twats who need a firm kick in the bollocks”.
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!
Some nice drop-shadow effects. Generated content is the key.
Don Norman bemoans the seemingly-inevitable direction that the internet is taking; from an open system of exchange to a closed, controlled broadcast channel. I share his fear.
Main Articles: ‘Domesday Redux: The rescue of the BBC Domesday Project videodiscs’, Ariadne Issue 36
The fascinating story of the BBC Domesday Project and its subsequent fate.
The purpose of the CAMiLEON project was to demonstrate the value of emulation in preserving not only the data stored in obsolete systems but the behaviour of the systems themselves - in this case one of the very first interactive multi-media systems. The aim was to reproduce the original user experience as accurately as possible, and the CAMiLEON team argued that the slight faults in images as displayed from the analogue discs were a part of that experience, and should not be cleaned up as Andy proposed to do. Our aim was different - we wanted to preserve the data with the highest quality available consistent with longevity.
Past predictions of the future.
The classic documentary is online in its entirety, including some footage from a gig I was at: Sonic Youth supported by Nirvana at Sir Henry’s in Cork. Ah, nostalgia!
A handy template for releasing code into the public domain.
There's going to be a Culture Hack Day in January, the weekend before History Hack Day. They're like buses; you wait for ages for one to come along and then two show up at once.
London has its first data dead drop. Time to put Brighton on the map methinks.
An inspiring State Of The Web address by Tim Berners-Lee. He can't resist pitching linked data at the end, but it's mostly a stirring call to arms.
An inspiring presentation by Tom Armitage on the value of open data.
A low-tech version of Flickr's shapefiles: stopping people and asking "excuse me, what area is this?"
A fantastic talk by Craig Mod on publishing, from this year's Do Lectures. I wish that the audio was available for huffduffing.
This is a brilliant idea: a History Hackday in London. Get in touch with Matt if you can help out.
Oh yeah; hipster puppies: I remember seeing them before they sold out.
Now this is how to do a location-based app: overlays of London through time ...in the palm of your hand.
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.
This looks like being a thoroughly excellent event at The Royal Society, featuring Tim Berners-Lee and Albert-Laszlo Barabasi.
It's a shame that this clashes with dConstruct — it looks like a great event.