A great series of articles on the sci-fi films of the ’60s and ’70s:
The Laser Age examines a rich period in the history of science-fiction filmmaking that began in the late 1960s and faded away by the mid 1980s.
…all wrapped up in a nice responsive design too.
A profile of Brian Aldiss in The Guardian.
I still can’t quite believe I managed to get him for last year’s Brighton SF.
This history of hacking.
Information doth wish to be free.
The story behind the classic arcade game Missile Command and the toll it took on its creator:
Theurer’s constant strides for perfection left him working his body to the point that Missile Command’s premise started to manifest itself in his subconscious, sneaking into his dreams and turning them to nightmares.
There was something about the sound of those explosions, the feeling of the trackball in your hand, and the realisation that no matter how well you played, you could only delay the inevitable.
This a great proposal: well-researched and explained, it tackles the tricky subject of balancing security and access to native APIs.
Far too many ideas around installable websites focus on imitating native behaviour in a cargo-cult kind of way, whereas this acknowledges addressability (with URLs) as a killer feature of the web …a beautiful baby that we definitely don’t want to throw out with the bathwater.
I wish to cover the entire Brighton Pavilion in Bakelite for my own amusement.
Let’s be polite. Especially when starting relationships.
This wouldn’t be appropriate for every site but I still think it could be a damned fine use of otherwise-neglected 404 pages: including information about missing children.
Another beautiful timelapse video made from photographs taken from the International Space Station.
The music from Sunshine gets me every time.
Yet another piece of brilliance from Tom:
Click to make the Olympic Mascots fire their roof-mounted missiles! Aim for terrorists, protestors, and any illegal advertising!
Beautiful time-lapse photography from Don “we’ve got a Dragon by the tail” Pettit, taken from the International Space Station.
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.
Gorgeous time-lapse footage from the astronauts in the International Space Station.
I want one! An ambient signifier (in lamp form) to let you know when the ISS is flying overhead. Geekgasm!
Hooky never looked so good.
Erin is writing about content strategy for A Book Apart. This is good news for everyone.
This web conference in July in St. Petersburg, Florida looks great — the line-up is excellent and tickets cost just $99. Bargain!
Purely for my own benefit because I keep needing this URL, here are the current outstanding issues registered at the W3C for HTML5.
Best. Bug report. Ever.
A PMOG mission where players learn about the password anti-pattern.
Eric Reiss takes a stab at defining User Experience.
The spread of happiness, obesity and smoking habits through social networks.
Starbucks has opened a branch in Brighton by disregarding planning permission, ignoring planning laws, and by asserting is not in fact a cafÃ© or coffee shop but a retail outlet.
A real time satellite tracking web application. Over 8000 satellites are tracked and can be displayed on the familiar Google Maps interface.
Check out the redesigned site for the podcast from Jon and John. Acknowledge the divinity in its gloriously liquid splendour. Smashing work, chaps!
Science-fiction author Lews Shiner is releasing many of his short stories online for free (HTML or PDF).
A nice well-illustrated article from Larissa Meek pointing to some design trends that can be applied to the Web.
An ongoing comic on Flickr where the subject matter comes from the "missed connections" posts on Craigslist.
I need to get some noise-cancelling headphones for the flight to Vancouver. Those Sennheisers are looking good for the price.
Here's a mashup for ya: Google Maps meets young love.