SKYLON Users’ Manual (PDF)
Tech specs for a spacecraft that doesn’t exist (yet).
Tech specs for a spacecraft that doesn’t exist (yet).
Design fiction from a NASA scientist.
This is quite exciting: the Endnote project is sponsoring Science Hack Day globally—not just an individual event.
James re-imagines the Barbican as an airship drifting free of central London.
Honestly, if you value the content you create and put online, then you need to be in control of your own stuff.
A fascinating discussion on sharecropping vs. homesteading. Josh Miller from Branch freely admits that he’s only ever known a web where your content is held by somone else. Gina Trapani’s response is spot-on:
For me, publishing on a platform I have some ownership and control over is a matter of future-proofing my work. If I’m going to spend time making something I really care about on the web—even if it’s a tweet, brevity doesn’t mean it’s not meaningful—I don’t want to do it somewhere that will make it inaccessible after a certain amount of time, or somewhere that might go away, get acquired, or change unrecognizably.
When you get old and your memory is long and you lose parents and start having kids, you value your own and others’ personal archive much more.
The next Science Hack Day in San Francisco will be at the start of November. It would undoubtedly be a great event …but it needs sponsorship.
Do you know anyone who could help out?
Strangers on a train.
This is how London looked on my birthday, as recorded by the stationary meatspace protrusion of James’s Ship Adrift.
I love Tim Bray’s idea for naming the response code for censored content on the internet in honour of Ray Bradbury.
This beautiful piece of writing from Steph is making me hungry.
Google’s datadump makes for a fascinating—and worrying—bit of data dumpster diving.
Albert-László Barabási and Robin Dunbar are among the authors of this paper — it’s the scale-free network equivalent of the Avengers.
I want to go to there!
This is what Photoshop is for. Be sure to watch the slideshow.
Fred touches on the same issues that Frank highlighted in his dConstruct talk last year: what do we do with all of this wealth of material we’ve been collecting/ffffinding/scrobbling/liking/favouriting/plus-one-ing.
The network will interpret SOPA as damage and route around it …with SCIENCE!
A superb piece of writing from Jeffrey, scorching the screen with righteous anger. THIS. IS. IMPORTANT!
SOPA approaches the piracy problem with a broad brush, lights that brush on fire, and soaks the whole internet in gasoline.
If you live in the States, please, please, for the love of the internet, write to your representative at fightforthefuture.org/pipa
A joint effort by the Tau Zero Foundation and the British Interplanetary Society to research the design of an interstellar spacecraft.
Now this looks like a fascinating project …and there’s a symposium happening in Florida at the end of September with Jill Tartar, Stewart Brand and more. I want to go to there.
This looks like it might be worth investigating as one potential solution to the sharecropping problem: code for decentralising your data; you allow apps to access your data but you get to decide where that data lives. Intriguing.
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.
A great piece about the changing nature of content ownership and distribution. And now I share it with you, validating its central premise.
There's some lovely Buran porn here.
And the award for Best Euphemism In An Online Column goes to...
Organisers of BarCamps â€” and other geek gatherings â€” take note: Campaign Monitor will provide sponsorship in the shape of pizza and drink.
A lovely article from Anna on friendship and the internet.
This guy is sooooo busted.
A zeppelin over London. No, this isn't some steampunk flight of fancy; it's for real.
Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes! "A new generation of environmentally friendly 'hybrid airships' could be just about to take off." Anything that makes everyday life more like Steampunk must be good.
The Mars Phoenix probe is twittering its journey to the red planet.
The story of Professor Myers' foiled attempt to see the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled.
This is great news! Brad Fitzpatrick and Kevin Marks have built a new Google API that will spider XFN links.
Ben Brown outlines the reasons why he left Facebook: "I think it is important to note that Facebook, though they claim to be a tool for staying connected, is actually a software tool designed *primarily* to deliver marketing messages to its audience."
Facebook is ageist. Which sucks. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, you're only as old as the [woman/man] you are interested in [random play/networking/whatever you can get] with.
David Recordon announces a new developer tool for tracking status changes on social networking sites.
Sounds like Prince is being a bit of a twat. And Flickr have become complicit with the twattiness, to a degree.
Here's an API for accessing material that is censored in countries like China or Iran.You can use this API to republish that information on other sites, circumventing the censorship.
It's an aircraft carrier. Made entirely out of Lego.
Anina, the blogging model, is told by her agency to stop blogging because "fashion and technology do not go together". Asshats.