There are some delightfully dark touches to this Cory Doctorow coming-of-age near-future short story of high school students seizing the means of production.
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Here’s a fun premise for a collection of sci-fi short stories:
Flight 008 through a temporary wrinkle in the local region of space-time. What these passengers will soon find out as they descend into SFO is that the wrinkle has transported them 20 years in the future, and the year is now 2037.
Read the stories of the passengers from Flight 008, imagined by the world’s top science fiction storytellers, as they discover a future transformed by exponential technologies.
Authors include Bruce Sterling, Madeline Ashby, Paulo Bacigalupi, and Gregory Benford.
Monday, April 10th, 2017
A small black mirror.
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Monday, December 12th, 2016
CSS Shorthand Syntax Considered an Anti-Pattern – CSS Wizardry – CSS, OOCSS, front-end architecture, performance and more, by Harry Roberts
Sensible advice from Harry—only style what you mean to style.
Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Fight the scourge of performance-killing redirect-laden t.co links in Twitter’s web interface with this handy Chrome extension.
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Mistakes on a plane
I’m in Seattle. An Event Apart just wrapped up here and it was excellent as always. The venue was great and the audience even greater so I was able to thoroughly enjoy myself when it was time for me to give my talk.
I’m going to hang out here for another few days before it’s time for the long flight back to the UK. The flight over was a four-film affair—that’s how I measure the duration of airplane journeys. I watched:
- Steve Jobs,
- The Big Short,
- Spectre, and
I was very glad that I watched Joy after three back-to-back Bechdel failures. Spectre in particular seems to have been written by a teenage boy, and I couldn’t get past the way that the The Big Short used women as narrative props.
I did enjoy Steve Jobs. No surprise there—I enjoy most of Danny Boyle’s films. But there was a moment that took me out of the narrative flow…
The middle portion of the film centres around the launch of the NeXT cube. In one scene, Michael Fassbender’s Jobs refers to another character as “Rain Man”. I immediately started to wonder if that was an anachronistic comment. “When was Rain Man released?” I thought to myself.
It turns out that Rain Man was released in 1988 and the NeXT introduction was also in 1988 but according to IMDB, Rain Man was released in December …and the NeXT introduction was in October.
The jig is up, Sorkin!
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
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?
Friday, February 12th, 2016
Y’know, all too often we’re caught up in the latest techniques and technologies. It’s easy to forget that there are people out there trying to learn this whole web thing from scratch. That’s why I think blog posts like this are so, so important!
Based on her experience teaching CSS at Codebar, Charlotte describes how she explains margins. Sounds simple, right? But is that because we’ve internalised this kind of thing? When was the last time we really thought about the basic building blocks of making websites?
Anyway, this is by far the best explanation of margin shorthand properties that I’ve seen.
More of this kind of thing, please!
Saturday, December 5th, 2015
A wonderful sci-fi vignette from Matt.
Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Gavin Rothery’s wonderfully grim and atmospheric short film.
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
This web series is better than most big-budget hollywood films; witty, entertaining, and perplexing in equal measure.
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
A beautiful sci-fi short from the European Space Agency, inspired by the Rosetta mission.
Friday, May 9th, 2014
A short story set in a science-fictional future that just happens to be our present.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
There are echoes of “the footage” from Gibson’s Pattern Recognition in this strange tale of a cold war radio signal.
Saturday, July 9th, 2011
A classic (very) short science fiction story that posits an interesting solution to the Fermi paradox.
Friday, December 24th, 2010
A gorgeous sci-fi short film with some fine interface porn.
Friday, August 28th, 2009
Some very handy Textmate tips from Emil ....especially the bit about doing calculations for vertical rhythm.
Monday, April 13th, 2009
Blaine is doing his bit to battle the great linkrot apocalypse with an archive of short urls and their corresponding endpoints.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Un film du Garrett Murray.