A collection of sci-fi short stories about oceans, featuring contributions from Madeline Ashby, Lauren Beukes, Elizabeth Bear, and more.
Sunday, June 16th, 2019
Friday, March 15th, 2019
Friday, November 23rd, 2018
Some tips for getting responsive images to work well on the Apple Watch:
- test your layouts down to 136-
300w-ish resources in your full-width
- art direct to keep image subjects legible
- say the magic
Monday, June 11th, 2018
If you don’t fancy watching this video, Eric Runyon has written down the salient points about what it means for developers now that websites can be viewed on the Apple Watch. Basically, as long as you’re writing good, meaningful markup and you’ve got a sensible font stack, you’re all set.
Or, as Tim puts it:
When we build our sites in a way that allows people using less-capable devices, slower networks and other less than ideal circumstances, we end up better prepared for whatever crazy device or technology comes along next.
Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Agile itself provides us with the ability and opportunity to correct course, it allows us to steer, but it does nothing as such to help us steer correctly.
This observation about (some) agile projects is worryingly familiar:
I was suddenly seized by a horrible thought: what if this new-found agility was used, not teleologically to approach the right outcome over the course of a project, but simply to enshrine the right of middle management to change their minds, to provide a methodological license for arbitrary management? At least under a Waterfall regime they had to apologise when they departed from the plan. With Agile they are allowed, in principle, to make as many changes of direction as they like. But what if Agile was used merely as a license to justify keeping the team in the office night after night in a never-ending saga of rapidly accumulating requirements and dizzying changes of direction? And what if the talk of developer ‘agility’ was just a way of softening up developers for a life of methodologically sanctioned pliability? In short, what if Agile turned out to be worse than Waterfall?
Monday, April 6th, 2015
100 words 015
An article in Wired highlights a key feature of the new Apple watch—to free us from the tyranny of the smartphone screen.
I’ve never set up email on my phone.
If I install an app on my phone, the first thing I do is switch off all notifications. That saves battery life and sanity.
The only time my phone is allowed to ask for my attention is for phone calls, SMS, or FaceTime (all rare occurrences). I initiate every other interaction—Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, the web. My phone is a tool that I control, not the other way around.
Sunday, March 29th, 2015
100 words 007
I’m staying at the Edgewater hotel in Seattle, an unusual structure that is literally on the water, giving it a nautical atmosphere. The views out on the Puget Sound are quite lovely.
Inside, the hotel has more of a Twin Peaks vibe. It feels less like a hotel and more like a lodge.
The hotel is clearly proud of the many rock stars it has hosted over the years. As you settle into your cosy room, you can imagine what it was like when the Beatles were fishing from their balcony, or Led Zeppelin were doing unspeakable things with mudsharks.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Anna documents the most interesting bit (for me) of her new wearable/watch/wrist-device/whatever — the web browser.
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
A cute and fun way to put together a colour palette.
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
This year’s TeleGeography map of the undersea network looks beautiful—inspired by old maps. I love the way that latency between countries is shown as inset constellations.
Friday, July 13th, 2012
Leisa nails it. The real stumbling block with trying to change the waterfall-esque nature of agency work (of which Clearleft has certainly been guilty) can be summed up in two words: sign off.
And from a client’s perspective, this emphasis on sign-off is completely understandable.
It takes a special kind of client to take the risk and develop the level of trust and integration required to work the way that Mr Popoff-Walker any many, many other inhabitants of agency world would like to work.
Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Cameron’s travelling to Ethopia to help with Charity Water, thanks to the generosity of the users of Authentic Jobs.
Friday, January 20th, 2012
This cracked me up. There are two possibilities: either this is really is very funny or I am very nerdy.
Monday, June 8th, 2009
Black ink meets water.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
Background material for Watchmen.
Friday, November 14th, 2008
The new trailer for Watchmen is out. It's still looking good. Fingers crossed.
Monday, September 22nd, 2008
At first I thought that Andy Rutledge was trying to make some nuanced satirical point here but it turns out he's just a twunt.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
I hope this doesn't pan out: "The dark heroes of Warner Brothers’ “Watchmen,” set for release next March, have a new problem on their hands: A federal judge has ruled that they may belong to 20th Century Fox."
Friday, July 18th, 2008
Side by side comparison of stills from the Watchmen trailer and the graphic novel.
Friday, June 20th, 2008
In the future, all great scientific discoveries will be conveyed in 140 characters.