Did you know that Abby Covert’s book is available online in its gloriously hyperlinked entirety?
I’ve always loved the way that Edward Tufte consistently uses Bembo to typeset his books. Here’s a version made for screen and freely licensed.
You can think of this as a short book or a long article, but either way it’s a handy overview of typography on the web:
A concise, referential guide on best web typographic practices.
Mind you, I take issue with this assertion:
Establishing a vertical rhythm is simple.
Accessibility Matters: Meet Our New Book, “Inclusive Design Patterns” (Pre-Release) – Smashing Magazine
I think it’s a safe bet that this new book by Heydon will be absolutely brilliant.
It’s a handbook with valuable, time-saving techniques that will help you avoid hacky workarounds and solve common issues effectively.
A very handy collection:
This book contains frontend coding patterns (and anti-patterns) that will assist developers in building accessible e-commerce web pages, widgets and workflows.
I like that it contains a list of anti-patterns too.
There’s also a corresponding collection of working demos.
Download it now and watch this space for more titles around building inclusive web apps, collaboration, and maintaining privacy and security.
Did I mention that it’s free?
The history of Facebook’s attempt to steamroll over net neutrality in India …and how they failed in that attempt, thanks to a grassroots campaign.
Crucially, Facebook itself would decide which sites were included on the platform. The company had positioned Internet.org as a philanthropic endeavour — backed by Zuckerberg’s lofty pronouncements that “connectivity is a human right” — but retained total control of the platform.
Absolutely brilliant stuff from Mandy (again). A long hard at today’s tech industry’s narrow approach to bots and artificial intelligence compared to some far more interesting and imaginative approaches in fiction:
- Ann Leckie’s superb Imperial Radch series,
- Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora, and
- Alex Garland’s Ex Machina.
So in addition to frightening ramifications for privacy and information discovery, they also reinforce gendered stereotypes about women as servants. The neutral politeness that infects them all furthers that convention: women should be utilitarian, performing their duties on command without fuss or flourish. This is a vile, harmful, and dreadfully boring fantasy; not the least because there is so much extraordinary art around AI that both deconstructs and subverts these stereotypes. It takes a massive failure of imagination to commit yourself to building an artificial intelligence and then name it “Amy.”
One of these days I’m going to step outside of my PHP comfort zone and actually build something in Node. One of these days. When I do, this book looks like a good place to start (and the online version is free).
The book by Destiny Montague and Lara Hogan is online for free with a Creative Commons licence:
Learn to build a device lab with advice on purchasing, power solutions, and much more in this handy pocket guide.
Now that Five Simple Steps has closed down, the individual authors are in charge of distributing their own books. This site links to all of those books.
The street finds its own uses for colonial internet practices:
Because the data is completely free, Angolans are hiding large files in Wikipedia articles on the Portuguese Wikipedia site (Angola is a former Portuguese colony)—sometimes concealing movies in JPEG or PDF files. They’re then using a Facebook group to direct people to those files, creating a robust, completely free file sharing network.
The act of linking to this story is making it true.
“I don’t think there’s any law against this,” I said. How could there be a law against something that’s not possible?
Enduring CSS (not int the sense of “put up with” but in the sense of “long-lasting”) is a new book by Ben Frain all about writing and maintaining modular reusable CSS.
You can read the whole thing for free online or buy an eBook.
This is truly a book apart.
A delightful and informative booklet from 1928.
The ability to follow links down and around and through an idea, landing hours later on some random Wikipedia page about fungi you cannot recall how you discovered, is one of the great modes of the web. It is, I’ll go so far to propose, one of the great modes of human thinking.
A fascinating slice of ethnographic research in Myanmar by Craig. There’s no mention of the web, which is certainly alarming, but then again, that’s not the focus of the research.
Interestingly, while Facebook is all omnipresent and dominant, nobody is using it the way that Facebook wants: all the accounts are basically “fake”.
What I found fascinating are the ways that people have found to bypass app stores. They’re basically being treated as damage and routed ‘round. So while native apps are universal, app stores would appear to be a first world problem.
Now if there were only some kind of universally accessible distribution channel that didn’t require any kind of installation step …hmmm.
Translating Gender: Ancillary Justice in Five Languages Alex Dally MacFarlane | Interfictions Online
A fascinating look into the challenges encountered translating Anne Leckie’s excellent Radchaai novels into Bulgarian, German, Hebrew, Japanese, and Hungarian.
What is clear in all of these responses is that by examining the notions of ‘neutral’ and ‘feminine’ in grammar and gender through the lens of translation, we reveal their complexity – and some of their possible futures in languages, in both literature and speech.
This looks like being a very handy book on public speaking. I’m going to order a copy for the Clearleft office. I’ll let you know what it’s like.
Lara and her colleague Destiny Montague have published a ridiculously useful handbook on setting up a device lab. For such a small book, it’s surprisingly packed with information.
My sister-in-law is causing quite a stir. Go Helen!
Paul compares publishing on the web to publish on proprietary platforms, and concludes that things aren’t looking great right now.
Performance is the number one selling point for each of these new content platforms.
John expands on just one part of his superbly dense and entertaining dConstruct talk.
An old-school styleguide.
Lara’s fantastic book is now available online in HTML for free. Have a read and then order a copy of the print book for your library.
A fantastic piece by David Weinberger on the changing uses of the internet—apparently in contradiction of the internet’s original architecture.
Some folks invented the Internet for some set of purposes. They gave it a name, pointed to some prototypical examples—sharing scientific papers and engaging in email about them—shaping the way the early adopters domesticated it.
But over time, the Internet escaped from its creators’ intentions. It became a way to communicate person-to-person via email and many-to-many via Usenet. The web came along and the prototypical example became home pages. Social networking came along and the prototype became Facebook.
A handy little bookmarklet for doing some quick accessibility checks.
You’ll want to back this—you’ll want to back the hell out of this!
I really like Alex’s framing of best-of-breed progressively enhanced websites as “progressive apps” (although Bruce has some other ideas about the naming).
It’s a shame that the add-to-homescreen part isn’t standardised yet though.
The many benefits of an analogue detox. There’s neuroscience and everything.
It’s so important that we take the time to connect and switch on.
The next Neal Stephenson book sounds like it’s going to be great.
Here’s a lovely project with an eye on the Long Now. Trees that were planted last year will be used to make paper to print an anthology in 2114.
Margaret Atwood is one of the contributors.
Proving something that Derek Powazek told us 15 years ago:
When we clearly show what is and is not acceptable, the tone does change. People who want to share thoughtful comments start to feel that theirs are welcome, and people who want to spew hatred start to realize theirs are not.
D’hear that, Reddit?
A cute way of exploring a collection of classic works.
Rob Larsen was published a book with O’Reilly called “The Uncertain Web: Web Development in a Changing Landscape”. I like it:
A refreshingly honest look at the chaotic, wonderful world of web development, with handy, practical advice for making future-friendly, backward-compatible websites.
Brad’s writing a book.
Insert take-my-money.gif here.
You can now read Aaron’s excellent book online. I highly recommend reading the first chapter for one of the best descriptions of progressive enhancement that I’ve ever read.
A collection of performance resources: articles, tools, talks, and books.
internet.org might more accurately be called very-small-piece-of-internet.org
Stuart has written some wise words about making privacy the differentiator that can take on Facebook and Google.
He also talks about Aral’s ind.ie project; all the things they’re doing right, and all things they could do better:
The ind.ie project is to open source as Brewdog are to CAMRA.
I hope that many of you will watch me on this journey, and follow in my wagon tracks as I leave the walled cities and strike out for the wilderness ahead.
Alan Kay’s written remarks to a Joint Hearing of the Science Committee and the Economic and Educational and Opportunites Committee in October 1995.
The campaign to restore out-of-print pulp sci-fi books in electronic formats.
A handy little bookmarklet for quickly checking how a site might look at different screen sizes, and you can customise it to use whichever screen sizes you like.
Brian Aldiss: ‘These days I don’t read any science fiction. I only read Tolstoy’ | Books | The Guardian
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 is a great idea from A Book Apart—the more different books you buy at the same time, the more of a discount you get.
Got to get ‘em all!
This is a great idea—the Brighton Cookbook Club:
You know when you get a new cookbook, but you only ever end up using two or three recipes from it? Coming along to Cookbook Club means that you’ll get to try a whole range of recipes from one book to see what you fancy, maybe broaden your palate, and have a jolly fun evening meeting others while you’re at it!
You can download the PDF of Anton’s graphic novel Gather for free.
Stuart nails it: the real problem with delegating identity is not what some new app will do with your identity details, it’s what the identity provider—Twitter, Google, Facebook—will do with the knowledge that you’re now using some new app.
This is why I want to use my own website as my identity provider.
A superb piece by Marco Arment prompted by the closing of Google Reader. He nails the power of RSS:
RSS represents the antithesis of this new world: it’s completely open, decentralized, and owned by nobody, just like the web itself. It allows anyone, large or small, to build something new and disrupt anyone else they’d like because nobody has to fly six salespeople out first to work out a partnership with anyone else’s salespeople.
And he’s absolutely on the money when he describes what changed:
RSS, semantic markup, microformats, and open APIs all enable interoperability, but the big players don’t want that — they want to lock you in, shut out competitors, and make a service so proprietary that even if you could get your data out, it would be either useless (no alternatives to import into) or cripplingly lonely (empty social networks).
I share his anger.
Well, fuck them, and fuck that.
Francis Spufford—author of the excellent Backroom Boffins—writes a cover story for the New Humanist magazine remembering Iain Banks with the middle initial M firmly to the fore: it was Iain M Banks—and his creation, The Culture—that took the seemingly passé genre of space opera to new heights.
It’s great to see the changes that Facebook’s four-person accessibility team have managed to push through.
Aw, my l’il ol’ book is three years old!
To celebrate, you can get 15% off any title from A Book Apart with this discount code for the next few days: HAPPY3RD.
Just as every instance of “the cloud” can be replaced with “the moon” or “my butt”, so too can every instance of the word “markets” in business reporting be replaced with the word “dragons”.
James has got you covered with this bookmarklet to do just that.
The dragons reacted strongly to the news.
If you’re coming along to the Responsive Day Out and you’ve got some tech books you no longer need, bring them along. We’ll collect them and distribute them to schools.
I like the sound of the book that Chris is writing for Smashing Magazine. It sounds like a very future-friendly approach to front-end development.
Another Tom Scott project:
I had to take one more quick, cheap shot — and I think a Tumblr blog is the quickest, cheapest shot it’s possible to take.
The latest project from Tom Scott is like many Facebook-authenticated apps that ask you to sell your soul, but this one is literal. I think I might offer my soul (worth 56gigaMorgans) to Cthulhu.
Eight of Jan White’s excellent books on graphic design are now available for free online, licensed under CC0 …they’re in the public domain now.
All he asks in return is that you might buy one of his books still in print, and maybe make a donation to the Internet Archive.
Jan V. White is a mensch.
A lovely new service from Mike Stenhouse: install the bookmarklet and then when you come across a website with a nice combination of fonts, you can save a snapshot of the page (and its fonts) for later perusal. You can then browse those fonts on Typekit, Fontdeck, MyFonts or Google Fonts.
Documenting all the ways you could die in a choose-your-own-adventure book.
It’s all about the signalling.
Smashing Magazine are publishing a book on mobile and the web. I’m writing the foreword. I should really get on that.
This looks like an excellent deal: buy eight sci-fi books for as much money as you think is fair. Lauren Beukes, Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow …all good stuff.
A great in-depth explanation by Aarron on why Mailchimp dropped their Facebook and Twitter log-in options. Partly it was the NASCAR problem, but the data (provided by user testing with Silverback) also brought up some interesting issues.
This (free!) PDF looks like it could be a nice companion piece to Chris and Nathan’s recent book:
Human-computer interaction in science-fiction movies and television.
It’s a work in progress. You’ll notice a lot of placeholders where the images should be. That’s because the studios are demanding extortionate rates for screenshots.
These short pocketbooks from Five Simple Steps look like they’ll be very handy indeed. Shame they won’t be available in dead-tree format: I bet they’d be really cute.
Chris and Nathan’s book is finally out. I’m going to enjoy reading through this.
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.
James muses on the physicality of ebooks in this week’s Observer.
Craig describes the many different ways he’s publishing his book, including putting the whole thing on the web for free:
Why do this? I strongly believe digital books benefit from public endpoints. The current generation of readers (human, not electronic) have formed expectations about sharing text, and if you obstruct their ability to share — to touch — digital text, then your content is as good as non-existent. Or, in the least, it’s less likely to be engaged.
I also believe that we will sell more digital and physical copies of Art Space Tokyo by having all of the content available online.
Frank has published his book online in HTML. Very lovely it is too.
Tim’s book is ready for pre-order. Looks like it’s going to be good one.
This in-depth map tale really works as a way of exploring Kerouac’s most famous work.
A grab-bag of public updates on Facebook.
Robin Sloan compares Facebook and Google in an interesting way:
Really, Facebook is the world’s largest photo sharing site—that also happens to be a social network and a login system.
Google is getting good, really good, at building things that see the world around them and actually understand what they’re seeing.
Like the Web Standards Project but for ePub. I approve of this message.
This looks like a really handy service from Readability: gather together a number of related articles from ‘round the web and then you can export them to a reading device of your choice. It’s like Huffduffer for text.
Anton is a fantastic artist. Therefore, this graphic novel will be fantastic. Therefore, you should back the hell out of it.
Well, that’s my reading list sorted then.
I really like what Tom has done here, printing out his bookmarks.
They capture a changing style of writing. They capture changing interests – you can almost catalogue projects by what I was linking to when. They capture time – you can see the gaps when I went on holiday, or was busy delivering work. They remind me of the memories I have around those links – what was going on in my life at those points.
Notes in manuscripts and colophons made by medieval scribes and copyists …in 140 characters or fewer.
An interview with George Dyson, whose next book—Turing’s Cathedral—sounds like it’ll be right up my alley.
It’s a blog. It’s a bookmark. It’s a magazine.
A superb scathing piece by Andy, who has a personal perspective on Yahoo’s massively dick move in deploying the patent nuclear option against Facebook.
Well, this looks clever: a self-updating bookmark (that’s an actual bookmark for books, not browsers).
A bookmarklet version of that handy multiple-iframe page I linked to the other day. Even more useful for testing responsive designs!
This is really handy: a bookmarklet that will disable any CSS3 on a page so you can check that your fallbacks look okay.
What would Google+, YouTube and Facebook have looked like in 1997?
Everyone has their bullshit. You can simply decide whose you’re willing to tolerate.
Jon gives us a run-through on what to expect from his new book. I’ve had a sneak peek and it looks amazing—I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
The perfect Christmas gift for the web geek in your life: get a discount of 30% when you buy all six books apart.
Turning text into hypertext. Pivot on people, places and things mentioned in books. I really, really like this.
A rallying cry from James: since when did we decide that text couldn’t stand by itself without extra layers of “interactive” shininess?
A truly excellent article outlining the difference between share-cropping and self-hosting. It may seem that the convenience of using a third-party service outweighs the hassle of owning your own URLs but this puts everything into perspective.
Craig has written down his dConstruct talk, the one that completely polarised opinion. Personally, I loved it.
The first book by this publisher is “HTML For Babies.”
What a great way to sell a book with “explorations” in the title—play around with the font size, leading, alignment (and browser window size).
A bookmarklet to help you figure out what files you might want to put in your cache manifest for offline storage.
This comic is the result of a collaboration between Warren Ellis and BERG. It must, therefore, be splendid. I’ve ordered mine.
Take some time out to read this. Read all of this. Craig’s thoughts on the nature of publishing today:
Digital’s effect on how we produce, distribute and consume content.
An online book about website performance by Stoyan Steganov, released into the public domain. Excellent!
Mark, Richard and Jon are writing a book together (on web typography, of course). It will undoubtedly be excellent.
Rioting in the age of Facebook.
Rejoice! For Kevin Cornell’s new book is available to you through the power of print on demand. I’ve ordered mine. And should you.
A peek behind the scenes of the printing of the Korean version of HTML5 For Web Designers.
The dominance of the desktop browser is over – the web has become wider. After so long painting in a tiny corner of the canvas, it’s time to broaden our approach.
It’s understandable that the community is somewhat nervous about the changes ahead. So far, we’ve mostly responded by scratching around for device-specific tips, but this isn’t sustainable or scalable. We should transcend “platformism” and instead learn to design for diverse contexts, displays, connectivity, and inputs by breaking devices down into first principles. Instead of the defective dichotomy of the “desktop” and “mobile” web, designers should aim to create great user experiences using the truly fluid nature of the web.
Brewster Kahle explains how and why the Internet Archive is keeping physical copies of the books it digitises.
A wonderfully made video on the story of A Book Apart. Mandy should have her own show.
China Miéville gives a rundown of some underrated classics of the alternative history subgenre …including Richard Curtis’s Notting Hill.
Buy. This. Book.
I mean it.
This looks like a beautiful way to present information, although it seems a real shame that the information is locked to just one class of device.
The threat to Google Videos shows businesses are not suitable cultural custodians — they can’t be held accountable to the public.
I got your work/life balance right here. Merlin means it, man.
I love him.
Kevin Kelly asks “What is a book?” and provides some thought-provoking answers. There’s some inspiring crystal-ball gazing in here.
You can now borrow HTML5 For Web Designers through the Open Library. Nice one, George!
A handy bookmarklet that allows you to examine any piece of text on a website to determine what font it is set in.
Adrian Hon’s Kickstarter project has already reached its goal. I can’t wait for the podcasting to start.
Cruel in a subtle sort of way: re-posting slightly tweaked Facebook photos of one poor guy.
A browser-based ePub reader. ‘Cause it’s (X)HTML all the way down, baby.
Everything is worth preserving and protecting.
James’s talk from Tools Of Change. Great stuff!
I wish I could’ve attended James’s talk at Tools of Change. It sounds like it was great.
As of today, every single public event on Facebook is marked up using hCalendar. Take the Great British Booze-up, for example…
What a brilliant idea! This book on dreams uses physical threads as hyperlinks. The result is a gorgeous object.
This is kind of mean, but it made me laugh. Out loud.
Brilliant; just brilliant. Connor O’Brien remains skeptical about the abstract permanence of “the cloud.” The observations are sharp and the tone is spot-on.
If your only photo album is Facebook, ask yourself: since when did a gratis web service ever demonstrate giving a flying fuck about holding onto the past?
Frank Chimero is funding his book through Kickstarter. Definitely a worthwhile investment.
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.
Melville’s masterpiece, translated into Japanese emoticons. All 6438 sentences. Made possible with Kickstarter and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.
Douglas Rushkoff on the repeating circle of life that all big online companies live through.
Paul has some further thoughts on self-hosting bookmarks while trying to retain the social aspect.
A blog documenting printed visions of space exploration in the form of children's books.
All of this year's 24Ways articles are available as an £8 book with all the proceeds going to UNICEF.
A delightful online book that makes excellent use of HTML5's history API.
Pervy little stories made entirely from children's book titles.
One web page for every book. I love this project.
James Bridle propsed Open Bookmarks during a presentation at Tools of Change in Frankfurt today: "Open Bookmarks is not a thing, it’s a proposal, a flag in the ground. We need to agree on a way of sharing and storing annotations and bookmarks, reading attention data and everything around the book: that aura."
This might just be the best bookmarklet ever created. Use it to turn any page into an asteroid-like game of destruction.
A well-argued piece by Malcolm Gladwell on the relative pros and cons of weak-tie networks and strong-tie hierarchies ...although, as always, Gladwell relies on anecdotes more than data to make his point.
Liza and co. did a fantastic job converting my book. I doff my cap.
Zoot alors! Mon book is high in the iTunes Store Français. Quelle surprise!
Maureen's book is out and about. Get over 1000 bite-sized recipes.
Erin is writing about content strategy for A Book Apart. This is good news for everyone.
"Tuna Casserole Ingredients: 1 large casserole dish Place the casserole dish in a cold oven. Place a chair facing the oven and sit in it forever. Think about how hungry you are. When night falls, do not turn on the light."
A fascinating look at hypertext in illuminated manuscripts.
Jonathan Stark's book is available online, in HTML, for free.
A lovely bit of unboxing porn.
A handy little tool to help you get started with building offline apps by suggesting which files should go in your cache manifest.
A free-as-in-beer book on jQuery from Rebecca Murphey, released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.
Use Gowalla? Want a copy of my book? Jeffrey has the details.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.
I had a lot of fun chatting with Dan Benjamin and Jeffrey Zeldman about HTML5 for Web Designers. Now you can watch the video or listen to the podcast.
Blaine outlines the vision for Webfinger.
Margaret Atwood is all kinds of wonderful.
Excellent news: Brian is writing a book.
Mark's superb book is available in HTML for free. Read it now but be warned: it will only make you want to buy the real deal.
James Bridle's lovely notebook for his first visit to South by Southwest.
A detailed look at traditional and digital publishing, considered from the content out.
Before we point the finger and laugh at the Facebook users leaving confused comments on Read Write Web, we should look to our own experiences with Google Buzz.
A medium-zoom view of shifts in publishing.
Cute covers for Macbooks to give them that bookish look.
Coming soon to a bookshelf near you.
The bottom-up appeal of netbooks in all their cheap, crappy glory.
A quick way of leaving Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and MySpace. It uses the password anti-pattern but after using this, I guess you won't be needing that password again.
If you want to see this book published (and you should), why not pledge a little something to the cause?
An in-depth study mapping all the permutations in "choose your own adventure" books.
An aerosol e-book enhancer.
An interesting take on the business models of social networking sites.
Best. Appropriate domain name. Ever.
A $15 PDF book on jQuery from Cody Lindley.
Watch this space for Mark Pilgrim's dive excursions into HTML5.
Josh is writing another book. Part copywriting manifesto, part psychology handbook, part design manual.
Double the awesomeness: Dan and Ethan made a book ...and a DVD ...and a workshop.
A free PDF of the inside story of George Lucas, his intensely private company, and their work to revolutionize filmmaking. Discover the birth of Pixar, digital video editing, videogame avatars, THX sound, and a host of other icons of the media age.
Make your own papernet projects.
A beautiful PDF literary magazine, designed to be printed out and read away from the computer. I'd still love to see an HTML version.
Now *this* is how you explain technical concepts.
Lawrence Lessig's newest book, Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy, is now available as a free PDF download.
This looks like a nice book reading app.
The perfect person for the job—George will be working on the Internet Archive's Open Library project: a webpage for every book ever published.
A sobering article on the cost of being a truly global website. This gives some context to Last.fm's recent pricing model decision.
A good piece from Steven Johnson on the future of e-books but alas, it completely ignores DRM which is a show-stopper to the bright future he imagines.
A lovely set of letterpress printing
I know this sound uncharitable but there's a good chance that the reason why Bruce Sterling's books aren't selling is because he's just not a very good writer. And I say that as a big sci-fi fan. I mean, really... have you read Distraction? I tried ...and failed.
An excellent bookmarklet designed to help you read more easily on the web (by hiding all that filthy, filthy advertising).
danah boyd addresses the Microsoft Research Tech Fest.
An approach to releasing community-driven books that is more like software than traditional book publishing. Think versions instead of editions.
Amanda L. French, Ph.D. » Blog Archive » Facebook terms of service compared with MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter
Social networking Terms Of Service compared and contrasted.
Facebook's terms of service used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire. Not anymore.
There's a new rel value in town: "canonical". It looks like an awful lot like "bookmark".
For three days you can buy 5 PDF books for the price of 1 from Sitepoint and your money will go to the victims of the bushfires.
Chris Heathcote's notes from his PaperCamp talk on guidebooks.
Pride and Prejudice told through Facebook.
Follow the adventure of this group of artists from around the world, in a Japanese fold Moleskine sketchbook exchange.
A thoughtful post from Ben on how the flow of OAuth, OpenID and Facebook Connect can be improved.
This looks like being an excellentâ€”and freeâ€”resource "...meant to provide web application developers, browser engineers, and information security researchers with a one-stop reference to key security properties of contemporary web browsers."
"Facebook has rolled out an identity system â€” Facebook Connect â€” with a slick UI that trains a gazillion tech-naÃ¯ve users to slap their identity credentials into any old website."
Mark's book is almost ready. Really. It's got its own site and everything so it must be true.
A huffduffer plugin for Ubiquity: "This simple script allows you to huff duff any mp3 file simple by invoking Ubiquity and typing 'huff-duff-it'."
Rachel and Kevin's new book looks very interesting indeed. It is about just one thing: CSS tables.
Here's a nifty little mashup from Simon: create Moo cards with book details from Amazon.
Oh McSweeney's, does your satisfyingly smug brand of dry wit know no bounds?
Judging from the research information collected on Delicious, Flickr and Last.fm, this book proposalâ€”tying together informatics, music and gamesâ€”could blossom into a great read.
Kevin points out why you might want to keep your pictures on Flickr rather than Facebook. Like you needed a reason.
Joe's new book will be ready soon. I expect nothing less than the finest wittertainment.
Words cannot describe how brilliant this is. In response to a whinging Twitter post I made, Matthew Levine created a bookmarklet to quickly and easily create simple hCards for easy adding to blog posts. It works beautifully.
I never thought I'd find myself linking to and agreeing with a post on TechC*nt but it's good to see somebody pointing out Facebook's hypocrisy with using the password anti-pattern.
A cute little Mac app that exports your address book contacts in multiple formats ...including an HTML file with hCards!
An excellent rant by Jeff Atwood that explains just why the password anti-pattern is such an abhorrent practice: "How did we end up in a world where it's even remotely acceptable to ask for someone's email credentials?"
You can know use an API (with BBAuth) to get contact Yahoo account contact details. There really is no excuse now for still using the password anti-pattern.
This isn't just funny, it also encapsulates a lot of the ridiculousness of Facebook interactions.
Joshua has just finished writing his book. Mazel tov! It's bound to be a good one.
The Sorted Books project: using book titles to create short narrative pieces.
Prompted by my post on adventure games, Relly sent me this link to a wonderfully archaic series of books from 1983.
Simon Singh's newest book is released today. Huzzah! It's called Trick or Treatment? and it's all about "alternative" medicine. Somewhere, Ben Goldacre is smiling.
I guess there's a Chinese version of Bulletproof Ajax (nicely spotted, Nate). I would have thought this is exactly the kind of thing my publisher would want to tell me about.
David Recordon shares his first impressions of Google App Engine.
Aleks pointed me to this sort-of ARG involving authors in London. Could be good fun.
Here's the first initiative from the WaSP Street Team: labeling outdated webdev books in libraries as hazardous material.
I really need to get 'round to reading this.
A nice simple little app for saving URLs to read later. This kind of simplicity is remarkably hard to achieve.
Create your own O'Reilly book cover. Maybe you have to be a geek to find this amusing. I find this amusing.
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."
Sketchbook pages scanned and uploaded to Flickr.
It looks like John's next book will be superb.
Facebook's Misrepresentation of Beacon's Threat to Privacy: Tracking users who opt out or are not logged in. - CA Security Advisor Research Blog - CA
An excellent piece of research that shows how Facebook affiliates' cross-site scripting (Beacon) sends information back to the mothership regardless of whether the user has opted out.
The site that sparked my love affair with the web returns as a quarterly book.
A superb skewering of Kindle and just about any other attempt to make book distribution digital that involves ludicrously restrictive terms of service (or worse, DRM).
I don't think the end of Catcher In The Rye will have quite the same impact after browsing through the signs on display here. This is big and it is clever.
Chris mocks up an interface idea for Apple.
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.
Did you know that you could use del.icio.us to bookmark colour palettes? Neither did I.
Recipes in 140 characters or less.
Have I told you lately how much I love this microformats bookmarklet? Yes? Well, I'm telling you again.
A clever little periscope-like device that allows you to use your Macbook's iSight facing outwards.
An interesting product designed to catch the thieves after your Macbook gets stolen.
Dan is claiming that these notebooks could be moleskin killers. I am intrigued and I do like the nice use of Futura.
A collection of books with beautiful typography.
Somebody needs to buy this book for Eric Meyer.
Arsebook is an anti-social utility that connects you with the people YOU HATE.
Another take on social network portability.
Et tu, BBC?
The need for portable social networks hits the mainstream press: Professor Michael Geist writes an article for the BBC website.
The Benefits of Facebook "Friends:" Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Network Sites
"In addition to assessing bonding and bridging social capital, we explore a dimension of social capital that assesses one's ability to stay connected with members of a previously inhabited community, which we call maintained social capital."
Here's a handy little bookmarklet that overlays a grid on a web page—very handy for tweaking vertical rhythm and aligning to a baseline.
A blog devoted entirely to reshelving books in their correct categories in bookstores, specifically the science and religion categories. I approve.
Forget fan fiction. This is the best piece of Potter-related writing you'll read in a while.
DOM Scripting... now also available in Korean.
Danah Boyd's essay is required reading for anyone with even a passing interest in social networks.
This is a brilliant idea by Aaron: printing QOOP books of Flickr pics where each picture is accompanied by a map. It's all about the context, baby!
My mission while I'm in San Franciso is to get a hold of a copy of this book for Jessica. 25 Punk, Rock, and Goth Knitting Projects.
A gorgeous 1923 specimen book from the American Type Foundry.
Paul's book will be out in a few weeks. Looks like it'll be a good one.
Andy showed me some pages from the book over video iChat today. It looks great.
Magnolia is providing microformat feeds: simple HTML documents marked up with xFolk, hReview or hAtom. It's basically a simple sort of API. Very nice.
It's very childish of me, but I got a kick out of the reviews here.
Mark Boulton is self-publishing a PDF book on design. Let the eager anticipation begin.
A lint tool for microformat values on the rel attribute, courtesy of Drew. It works via a bookmarklet making it really easy to use. Excellent work, that man.
Cameron is writing a book. You know it's going to be good.
Brian's PDF book on microformats is now available from O'Reilly for $9.99. Congratulations, Mr. Suda!
Read the first two chapters of Tim Eldred's graphic novel online.
The successor to the iBook is here and it looks sweet.
Gareth Rushgrove has launched a site devoted to web design books.
A beautifully shot pop-up book style video.
The PDF book of the T-shirt of the philosophy from 37 Signals. There are 4 chapters online for you to sample.
Mobtagging: Discreetly move all copies of 1984 to a more suitable section, such as "Current Events", "Politics", "History", "True Crime", or "New Non-Fiction."
The book that changed how websites are designed is back in a smart new second edition.
A nice app for browsing and buying audiobooks - but why isn't it a website?
This excellent little plug-in allows you to search your Del.icio.us links from Spotlight.
Dan's new book will be out soon. I predict it will be great: the subject matter is exactly what CSS coders need to know.
Cory Doctorow's new novel is out. Buy the dead tree version or download and enjoy, it's your choice.