Everything you never wanted to know about conveying elevation information on maps, delivered in Peter’s always-entertaining style and illustrated with interactive examples.
I always loved Matt’s light cone project—it was a big influence on the Radio Free Earth hack that I made with Chloe. Now it has been reborn as a Twitter bot. Here’s Matt’s documentation for his future self:
I haven’t made a habit of project write-ups before, but I’m taking an increasingly “long now” approach to the tech I make and use. How will I remember what I made in a decade? By reading this post.
This looks like it’s going to be a great evening event. Charlotte and Rosa are both speaking at it, which makes it unmissable in my book.
The very affordable tickets go on sale on Friday, and all the proceeds go to charity.
James takes a tour through the English countryside, while venturing into areas of the electromagnetic spectrum that may as well be labelled “Private Property. No Trespassing. Keep Out.”
You can catch a glimpse of my Daft Punk impression in this video of Seb’s frickin’ lasers.
James talks about his latest project, The Right To Flight.
Lighthouse are putting on their Improving Reality conference again this year. It’s the day before dConstruct. Come to both!
Watch the skies: James Bridle’s balloon will be hovering above London distributing wifi.
A superb bit of sleuthing by James:
From London to the Mediterranean, to Malta and back again, over multiple countries and jurisdictions, through airspace and legal space. The contortions of G-WIRG’s flight path mirror the ethical labyrinth the British Government finds itself in when, against all better judgements, it insists on punishing individuals as an example to others, using every weasel justification in its well-funded legal war chest. Using a combination of dirty laws and private technologies to transform and transmit people from one jurisidiction, one legal condition and category, to another: this is the meaning of the verb “to render”.
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?
There’s going to be mini Science Hack Day at Lighthouse as part of this month’s Science Festival in Brighton. Come along — it’ll be fun.
Beautiful thoughtful work from the BERGians.
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.
A short piece on the experiment that James conducted with Lighthouse in the foyer of the Cleareft office building, trying to show some kind of physical representation of coding.
James is giving a talk here in Brighton next month. I’ll be there with robot-actuated bells on.
What happens when your SR-71 Blackbird falls apart at 3.18 times the speed of sounds at 78,800 feet?
The class of device formerly known as mobile.
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.
Timo Arnall has some fun mapping WiFi signal strength with long exposure photos.
Visualising the Republic of Letters.
Gorgeous photos of Arabic calligraphy drawn in light.
"Now, there are signs â€œRADIOACTIVITYâ€� written with big white letters on the approaching paths to the structure but they donâ€™t stop the abandoned exotics lovers."
A super-simple lightweight PHP class by Kellan for calling the Flickr API and receiving back an array of results.
There will be an evening games in the foyer of the Clearleft office building on Thursday, August 21st.
A zeppelin over London. No, this isn't some steampunk flight of fancy; it's for real.
It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.
A collection of beautiful illustrations scanned from a flight-training manual.
A new twist on the lightbulb.
Click on the "What's the helicopter doing over my house?" link to get the latest eye-in-the-sky reports. The latest is: "Person trampled by cows" on the South Downs.
This is very good news for me and my Wii.
Beautiful visualisations of flight data.
Brian Suda has a theoretical solution to real-time interplanetary communication: "I get on my tachyon voip phone and make a call from mars to earth at 9:00am it takes 10 minutes to travel there, but the tachyons travel backwards (so i think) that would be
Use your Mac laptop's motion sensor to get lightsaber sound effects.
"The moment of electrocution is hard to describe. One instant I was running up a hill, the next moment I saw only white. What I heard was massive and ear-splitting. I felt nothing and sensed utter disorientation."
A blogger who was on a flight that lost cabin pressure blogs about it... with pictures.
This excellent little plug-in allows you to search your Del.icio.us links from Spotlight.