A brief history of space concept art—Norman Rockwell, Chesney Bonestell, Robert McCall, Pat Rawlings, David Meltzer …all the classics.
A plug-in for Craft CMS for receiving webmentions. I’ll have to tell Charlotte about this (she’s using Craft for her site).
Adrian runs through the history of well-crafted websites:
- 1990s: Dynamic websites
- 2002: All-CSS layouts
- 2003: Nice URLs
- 2005: Ajax
- 2009: Custom web fonts
- 2010: Responsive web design
I think he’s absolutely right with his crystal ball too:
What’s a big hint that a site is crafted by forward-looking web developers? I’d say it’s service workers, the most interesting thing happening in web development.
But leaving trends aside, Adrian reminds us:
Some things never go out of style. None of the following is tied to a particular time or event, but each is a sign a website was made by people who care about their craft:
- Semantic markup
- Following accessibility standards
This article on airships has my new favourite sentence in the English language:
During the First World War, Germany and its allies ceased production of sausages so that there would be enough cow guts to make zeppelins from which to bomb England.
Of course it was Simon who pointed me to this. Of course.
Everything you never knew you wanted to know about the Millennium Falcon, wrapped up in one unsurprisingly insanely detailed essay from Michael.
Kate has been hand-making Christmas cards for seventeen years.
2013’s Gizmo Stardust remains my favourite.
A fantastic new site from Ariel and Lisa: a collection of probes that are out in space right now, with oodles of facts for each mission and links through to more resources. SCIENCE!
Print out the plans, fold and glue/sellotape the paper together, and you’ve got yourself the best sci-fi robots in recent cinema history.
This is basically porn for me.
Bernal spheres, Stanford tori, and O’Neill cylinders, oh my!
Tech specs for a spacecraft that doesn’t exist (yet).
Craig recently had a piece published in the New Yorker called Goodbye, Cameras. It’s good …but this follow-on piece on his own site is truly wonderful.
Read. Absorb. Ponder.
Being close to the network does not mean being on Facebook, thought it can mean that, too. It does not mean pushing low-res images to Instagram, although there’s nothing wrong with that. What the network represents, in my mind, is a sort of ledger of humanity. The great shared mind. An image’s distance to it is the difference between contributing or not contributing to that shared ledger.
A new PHP-based content management system. It uses Twig for the templating, which I like.
A lovely piece of writing from Richard on the nature of the web.
Local music shop Resident Records ran a competition to win 20 pairs of tickets to an exclusive warm-up gig by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. To be in with a chance, you had to recreate an album cover. These are the winning entries.
You’ll spot Jessica’s creation in amongst them. We’re off to see Nick Cave tonight!
The Ballardian beauty of a dying Baikonour.
I thoroughly agree with Lea’s approach. It’s all about the craft.
The trailer for a documentary on flutemaker Patrick Olwell. The film should be done later this year.
I want to go to there!
This is what Photoshop is for. Be sure to watch the slideshow.
I am the proud custodian of one of these cute Zeldolls …I may have even nabbed a second one.
A brilliantly cool handmade iPhone case by Jane.
A gallery of all your standard space stations: the Stanford Torus, the Bernal Sphere and the O’Neill Cylinder.
I had a lovely conversation at the Update after-party with Georgie about the infographic dress she was wearing. It’s quite lovely.
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.
So long, Juno. Call me when you get to Jupiter.
A wonderfully made video on the story of A Book Apart. Mandy should have her own show.
An astonishing story from the Soviet side of the space race that is equal parts stupidity and sacrifice.
This may be one of the best pecha kuch— I mean, Ignite presentations I’ve ever seen.
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.
Of plush toys and tentacle porn.
There's some lovely Buran porn here.
An online animated spaceship and experimental aircraft art magazine. Gorgeous.
Step by step instructions for making your own Internet Explorer voodoo doll to stick pins into.
Handmade subatomic particle plushies from the standard model of physics ...and beyond!
Nice QR code patches (I don't mean something that patches code, I mean a patch that you sew).
A real time satellite tracking web application. Over 8000 satellites are tracked and can be displayed on the familiar Google Maps interface.
An abecedarium of knitted letters.
Knitted body-technology interfaces.
Plush robots. For the robot-lover in your life. You know; Ethan, Jina ...every other geek you know.
This photoset of a space shuttle' journey from assembly to launchpad is bringing back memories of that behind-the-scenes glimpse of Cape Canaveral I was lucky enough to enjoy. Thanks again, Benny!
A new WOW hero class has been unveiled: the bard! "direct damage effects like "Epic Solo" that will rock foes into oblivion while powerful Indie debuffs such as "Tape Jam" and "Shoegazer" keep them in check."
oh hai. paper cat is paper. i can haz ceiling cat?
It's easy for us to take technology for granted. This video shows how transformative technology can be. I am humbled.
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Whoosh! That's the sound of productivity being left behind. After ten years, Starcraft 2 is finally here. Simultaneous release for Mac and PC.
This Warcraft/Starcraft-style Flash game is really addictive. You have been warned.
It's an aircraft carrier. Made entirely out of Lego.
Check out the origami nazgul and alien.