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Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

A wonky barter (Phil Gyford’s website)

I don’t know how we got to a point where chatting and sharing with friends means having to pick through adverts, and agreeing to being tracked and marketed at, and risk being exposed to, or abused by, terrible people. Our conversations and holiday snaps have become darkly marketed events. You could say this is a fair exchange but it feels wrong to me. The things being exchanged are too different, a kind of category error. It’s a wonky kind of barter in which I feel powerless and used. It’s not why I came here, to the internet.

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Pasta!

Pasta!

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

This page is a truly naked, brutalist html quine.

What you see really is what you get. I like this style!

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Hot ’Dam!

Hot ’Dam!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The Lost tags of HTML

I’ll be in my bunk.

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

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Barrafina feast.

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Mackerel sandwich.

Mackerel sandwich.

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Fantastic pop-up from @mestiza.filipina at @hollertap: ox tongue with pickle and banana ketchup!

Fantastic pop-up from @mestiza.filipina at @hollertap: ox tongue with pickle and banana ketchup!

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Goblin of Fire

Goblin of Fire

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

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1st course: asparagus with bagna cauda.

2nd course: gnocchi sardi with pork ragu.

Going Critical — Melting Asphalt

This is an utterly fascinating interactive description of network effects, complete with Nicky Case style games. Play around with the parameters and suddenly you can see things “going viral”:

We can see similar things taking place in the landscape for ideas and inventions. Often the world isn’t ready for an idea, in which case it may be invented again and again without catching on. At the other extreme, the world may be fully primed for an invention (lots of latent demand), and so as soon as it’s born, it’s adopted by everyone. In-between are ideas that are invented in multiple places and spread locally, but not enough so that any individual version of the idea takes over the whole network all at once. In this latter category we find e.g. agriculture and writing, which were independently invented ~10 and ~3 times respectively.

Play around somewhere and you start to see why cities are where ideas have sex:

What I learned from the simulation above is that there are ideas and cultural practices that can take root and spread in a city that simply can’t spread out in the countryside. (Mathematically can’t.) These are the very same ideas and the very same kinds of people. It’s not that rural folks are e.g. “small-minded”; when exposed to one of these ideas, they’re exactly as likely to adopt it as someone in the city. Rather, it’s that the idea itself can’t go viral in the countryside because there aren’t as many connections along which it can spread.

This really is a wonderful web page! (and it’s licensed under a Creative Commons Zero licence)

We tend to think that if something’s a good idea, it will eventually reach everyone, and if something’s a bad idea, it will fizzle out. And while that’s certainly true at the extremes, in between are a bunch of ideas and practices that can only go viral in certain networks. I find this fascinating.

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Currywurst und Rothaus.

Currywurst und Rothaus.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

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Ramen and gyoza.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Pork chop with balsamic glaze.

Pork chop with balsamic glaze.

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Bream on samphire with sauce grenobloise.

Bream on samphire with sauce grenobloise.

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Ostern.

Ostern.

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

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Sauerkraut prep.

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Pork!

Pork!

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Catching up with Tiff.

Catching up with Tiff.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

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Happy birthday, World Wide Web!