Frank Chimero is funding his book through Kickstarter. Definitely a worthwhile investment.
Archive: January, 2011
Monday, January 31st, 2011
The New York subway schedule converted into sound by treating each line as a string.
Saturday, January 29th, 2011
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!
A proto-wikipedia from January 1749.
Visualising the Republic of Letters.
Friday, January 28th, 2011
This looks like it could be a good book: a collaborative project to find patterns and stories in the data of one city.
Oh, and the site is lovely and responsive.
Things Rules Do is twenty minutes that looks at games of all forms, and the rules and systems that make their skeleton. It’s about the weird things that rules can do, beyond “tell you how to play”, such as inspire mastery, encourage deviance, and tell stories.
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
A production of the Brighton Speculative Fiction group. It was simply wonderful.
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
Melville’s masterpiece, translated into Japanese emoticons. All 6438 sentences. Made possible with Kickstarter and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.
A great presentation by Andy on the use of progressive enhancement at Clearleft.
Monday, January 24th, 2011
I should get out there and make a few drops in Brighton.
A gorgeous visualisation of Wikipedia data from History Hack Day. Watch the shape of the world emerge over time.
A curated collection of responsive web designs.
Some beautiful pieces of data visualisation.
The difference between software and hardware; the digital and the instantiated.
Using data to help put a single death in the family into a wider perspective.
Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
Past predictions of the future.
How does an object’s character and/or behaviour tie in with communicating its purpose in life, how it looks and how it should be used?
Let’s make the Bletchley Park data machine-readable so we can start mining the stories they contain (like Old Weather).
Bletchley Park need help to catalogue and create a proper archive of these decrypts.
I want in!
HTML(5) and text-level semantics — CSS Wizardry—CSS, Web Standards, Typography, and Grids by Harry Roberts
A great round-up of some of the humbler new elements in HTML.
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
This could be an interesting tool for building a voice or SMS interface onto Huffduffer.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
New W3C HTML5 Logo: Looks Ok But Inconsistent, Fire W3C Communications Person Who Led Messaging - Tantek
Tantek is as disappointed as I am with the buzzword-compliant definition of HTML5 being pushed by the W3C.
Instead of providing precision and clarity, they’ve muddied the definition of HTML5 further with yet another “here’s our bucket of things we like which we’re going to call ‘HTML5’” message.
A nice little test page for responsive design techniques.
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Luke points to the sweet spot between creating endpoints for classes of devices, and using responsive design to allow them to adapt.
The spec previously known as HTML5 is now simply HTML. Good. The W3C are now free to abuse the term “HTML5” to mean everything under the sun.
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Good advice for generating markup with jQuery. As usual, there’s more than one way to do it.
The new HTML5 logo is quite versatile.
Curiously, though, the standards group—the very people one might expect to have the narrowest interpretation of what exactly HTML5 means—instead say it stands for a swath of new Web technologies extending well beyond the next version of Hypertext Markup Language.
Lumping everything together is as silly as a carpenter referring to every tool in their toolkit as “a hammer.”
It turns out my Boolean URL tag hacking in Huffduffer is answering a real need: Will Myddelton had already put the same functionality together using Yahoo Pipes.
PPK on the circle of life when it comes to online technology advances; innovation happens fast in proprietary platforms, but the good stuff ends up being natively supported in browsers. It’s a pretty good ecosystem, all in all.
Aaron Swartz gets technical about online digital preservation.
Preserving the papernet.
Monday, January 17th, 2011
Jeffrey points out another point of failure in our online storage: the willingness of site owners to sell their product (and your data) to a big company for a quick payout.
Mandy writes about digital preservation:
The technological means to produce an archive are not beyond our skills; sadly, right now at least, the will to do so is insufficient.
Documenting the use and abuse of fragment identifiers.
Sunday, January 16th, 2011
“And the terrorists were over-zealous, but it was sweet when they killed Ellis…”
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
A beautiful responsive design, within the confines of Tumblr.
Friday, January 14th, 2011
“Lowery? Has anyone seen Sam Lowery?”
Starring Rob Weychert as Mr. Maplegate.
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!
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Visualisations of the history of controversial Wikipedia articles.
Anna’s redesign is beautiful, no matter what browser or device you’re using.
Monday, January 10th, 2011
Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe — a digital preservation initiative based at Stanford.
Brendan giving one of the “inspired sessions” at last year’s Flash On The Beach one evening in the Brighton Dome.
This code editor for OS X looks interesting.
A great little jQuery script to automatically assign ARIA roles to HTML5 elements with the corresponding semantics.
Sunday, January 9th, 2011
An accurately-downbeat look at digital preservation.
Saturday, January 8th, 2011
Douglas Rushkoff on the repeating circle of life that all big online companies live through.
French schoolchildren are given technological tools that are less than thirty years old and asked to describe what they do.
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.
Friday, January 7th, 2011
Steven nails exactly why I’m so excited about the increasing diversity of devices accessing the web; not so that we can build more silos, but so that we can sure our content is robust enough for the multitude of different devices:
To be honest, I can think of a few, but not many use cases of web sites or apps which are or should be exclusively mobile. It seems like the Mobile Web allows us to revisit all of the talk of inclusion, progressive enhancement and accessibility from years ago.
A nice website for Brighton’s own Duke of York’s cinema, which will celebrate its 100th year of continuous operation.
This is the webpage of a great presentation on HTML5 and CSS3. It is also the presentation itself.
This is a lovely little piece of work from Mike: see a Flickr picture of yours from a year ago.
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
PPK has switched off comments for much the same reason that I hardly ever have comments on adactio.com: our sites are places for us to broadcast rather than have a conversation.
An excellent piece of writing on the fundamental question of the web: Why Wasn’t I Consulted?
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
This presentation-sharing site looks like it could be a good alternative to Slideshare (which has become distinctly more cluttered and crappy over time).
An excellent little service: give it your Last.fm username and it finds music blogs you’ll probably like. I’ve found a treasure trove of Huffduffer sources through this.
David Lowery is chronicling the history of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, song by song …with accompanying MP3s. It seems too wonderful to be true
A thoughtful piece on how Twitter can complement blogging, but is far too often used as an impermanent substitute.
…if you didn’t blog it, it didn’t happen. In fact, I first wrote about this idea a bit on Twitter a few years ago. See if you can find it.
A handy browser-based way of previewing the fonts installed on your computer.
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
Pitching Orwell against Huxley in an argument that is ironically shallow: it only holds up if you accept the premise that activities involving the web, television and video games are inherently “bad” and anti-social: a pathetically, narrow-minded and condescending worldview.
Could it be that the current penchant for quick, real-time bursts of content could actually be beneficial for more thoughtful, long-form content?
An attempt to turn psychohistory into reality using a “Knowledge Accelerator.”
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
A heated discussion around the decision in Firefox 4 to remove the RSS icon from the address bar.
This script adds user-agent information in class names to the document’s root element so that those user agents can be targeted with CSS. It could be useful, but only in direst need.
Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
A speech given by Isaac Asimov on the future of humanity in space.
Implications of Molecular Nanotechnology Technical Performance Parameters on Previously Defined Space System Architectures.
This paper, delivered at the 1995 Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology (sponsored by Apple Computers) shows the practical applications of diamondoid and fullerene materials not just in constructing a space elevator, but in the subsequent construction of orbital colonies
There’s still plenty of room at the bottom.
Foresight Institute’s mission is to ensure the beneficial implementation of nanotechnology.
A space elevator, for example.
The dream of SSI is of a humanity free of the constraints of the Earth. In expanding outward into space, we can not only help to preserve our present biosphere, we can also seed other independent biospheres elsewhere, ensuring the continued survival of life despite any kind of planetary disaster.
Saturday, January 1st, 2011
Design fictional biohacking.
RORY HYDE PROJECTS / BLOG » Blog Archive » ‘Know No Boundaries’: an interview with Matt Webb of BERG London
Matt is, as usual, eloquent and inspiring.
Science, suspense, humour and horror combined into one truly superbly-written article.