Much of our courage and support comes from the people we read and talk to and love online, often on the very networks that expose us—and our friends—to genuine enemies of freedom and peace. We have to keep connected, but we don’t have to play on their terms.
In which I attempt to answer some questions raised in the reading of Resilient Web Design.
Matt takes a look at the history of scheduled broadcast media—which all began in Hungary in 1887 via telephone—and compares it to the emerging media context of the 21st century; the stream.
If the organizing principle of the broadcast schedule was synchronization — millions seeing the same thing at the same time — then the organizing principle of the stream is de-contextualization — stories stripped of their original context, and organized into millions of individual, highly personalized streams.
Most of these dystopian scenarios are, after all, post-apocalyptic: the bad thing happened, the tension broke, and now so much less is at stake. The anxiety and ambivalence we feel toward late-stage capitalism, income inequality, political corruption, and environmental degradation—acute psychological pandemics in the here and now—are utterly dissolved. In a strange, wicked way, the aftermath feels fine.
Well, this is nice! Susan has listed the passages she highlighted from Resilient Web Design.
In the spirit of the book, I read it in a browser, and I broke up my highlights by chapters. As usual, you should read the book yourself, these highlights are taken out of context and better when you’ve read the whole thing.
Here’s an interesting Kickstarter project: a book about owning your notes (and syndicating them to Twitter) to complement the forthcoming micro.blog service.
I’m really touched—and honoured—that my book could have this effect.
It made me fall back in love with the web and with making things for the web.
Anna has just published a lovely new version of her excellent little book on pattern libraries. EPUB, MOBI, and PDF versions are yours for a mere $8.
Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life, now available for pre-order | Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
Adam Greenfield’s new book is almost here at last, and it sounds like it has pivoted into quite an interesting beast.
Reviews of twentieth century science fiction novels and anthologies by women writers.
Did you know that Ilya’s book was available in its entirety online? I didn’t. But now that I do, I think it’s time I got stuck in and tried to understand the low-level underpinnings of the internet and the web.
A profile of Stanisław Lem and his work, much of which is still untranslated.
The Robot Life Survey is an alternative-history from design company After the flood, where mechanical intelligence is discovered by man, noted and painted for posterity and science.
Here you go: a free book on icon design in three parts, delivered via email.
A list of books that have been published in their entirety on the web. If you know of any others, please contribute.
Adam Silver has written a free online book all about writing maintainable CSS. It dives straight into naming things and takes it from there.
MaintainableCSS is an approach to writing modular, scalable and of course, maintainable CSS.
Lara’s new book really is excellent. I was lucky enough to get an early preview and here’s what I said:
Giving a talk in public can be a frightening prospect but with Lara Hogan at your side, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish. This book is your shield and sword. Speak, friend, and conquer!
Sci-fi book covers and posters from the 1970s.