This talk from Peter—looking at the long zoom of history—is right up my alley.
Monday, October 1st, 2018
Sunday, September 9th, 2018
It turns out that a whole lot of The So-Called Cloud is relying on magnetic tape for its backups.
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
The headline is terrible but this interview is an insightful look at evaluating technology.
I remember Kevin Kelly referring to the Amish as “slow geeks”, and remarking that we could all become a little more amish-ish.
It’s not that the Amish view technology as inherently evil. No rules prohibit them from using new inventions. But they carefully consider how each one will change their culture before embracing it. And the best clue as to what will happen comes from watching their neighbors.
Thursday, March 8th, 2018
I share many of these concerns.
The web is huge. Even bigger than Google. I love that the web preserves all the work. I don’t think anyone has the right to change the web so they no longer work.
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
I love, love, love Sam’s comparison’s between cooking and front-end development.
We should embrace the tools we have access to and appreciate our ability to learn, but also realize that maybe a gas stove or a certain design tools might not be for everyone. We have to find what works for our cooking or designing/coding style or the project/meal at hand.
Sunday, January 29th, 2017
The (literally) hidden dangers of copying code snippets from the web and pasting them into the command line.
This cautionary tale backs up a small tip I heard for getting to understand how found code works: deliberately type it out instead of copying and pasting.
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Ever been on one of those websites that doesn’t allow you to paste into the password field? Frustrating, isn’t it? (Especially if you use a password manager.)
It turns out that nobody knows how this ever started. It’s like a cargo cult without any cargo.
Sunday, January 10th, 2016
Monday, December 7th, 2015
A subset of one of my favourite sites on the web:
Explore the Arctic of the past from the deck of a whaling ship.
Choose your vessel and get transcribing.
Sunday, November 29th, 2015
Sounds from our collective technological past.
(I’ll look past the fact that the sound labelled “ZX Spectrum” is using an image of an Amstrad PCP 464)
Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Empathy is for everyone:
No matter how many times I go through this journey, it never stops surprising me how easy it is to lose perspective in the heat of a project and forget that there is no difference between a user, a client and a designer. It shouldn’t be so hard to remember that no matter the title, we’re all just people trying to get things done.
A nice reminder from Viv.
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Preach it, Karen!
“Why would someone ever want to do that?” is the wrong question. It doesn’t matter why they want to do it. The fact is that people do. The right question, the one that we all should be asking, is “how can we make a better experience for them?”
Sunday, March 4th, 2012
A trip to Buzludzha in Bulgaria, a derelict monument to an abandoned ideology.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
Atemporality can be very moving.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
More brilliant and useful code from Glenn: copy and paste contact details from one URL into a form on another URL.
Monday, February 14th, 2011
Revisiting and recreating old family photos.
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
A very useful tool for getting character entities (use the "as HTML" option) in one click.
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
I keep coming back to this recipe. Simple and delicious.