An extract from Mark Kermode's new book. I purchased the Kindle version (my review is on Goodreads) but not without jumping through a few hoops. Listen here, Amazon: Ireland (for all intents and purposes) is part of the UK book market, so please fix your regional restriction nonsense. #link
Related to the previous entry. I'm convinced that when people are confronted with the real-time effects of their behaviour in an open setting (such as with dynamic speed displays, which are pretty common here) it does prompt a change for the better. #link
Another epic post from Dan Hill, this time on the concept of the 'smart city', relaying real-time metrics of the city to its inhabitants through various means, as well as the problems inherent on a municipal level with that kind of big thinking. #link
My view? There's nothing wrong with being a dilettante if you engage faithfully with the things you pick and choose. Also, the distinction must be made between things that people like because they're good, albeit an acquired taste, and things that everyone says they like but are really rubbish. But yeah, that thing about missing the last episode of Treme? I dropped off The Wire before the end of season 4, and I've just kept missing that train ever since. #link
"The idea that the internet is a place that’s separate from reality has faded. People generally have online identities that map to who they really are. Outside of a few legitimate edge cases and the occasional sci-fi fantasy, who we are online is simply who we are." True, true. Yet I still think there's a place for pseudonyms. I think most people forget that there are genuine reasons why some people don't want to be easily identified (describing them as 'edge cases' characterises them as being less common than I suspect they really are). And the case of Google+ is such an important one because of its integration with other services (e-mail, calendar, etc) that have little-to-nothing to do with identity as such. #link
Co-signed. There's no reason why Apple has to be the only company making stuff that everyone wants. Why isn't the Android platform on a level pegging with iPhone apps? Just get it done already so the rest of us can buy cheap tablets and join in the future party. #link
I've just started using a No 16 (yellow grid) with a cover and pen loop and I love it already. It's so much lighter (and cheaper) than the Moleskine I was using, and the paper quality is more suited to my tastes, too (I use a Pilot G-2, which used to bleed and smear on the Moleskine but writes with a finer, drier line on the Rhodia). Plus when I'm finished, I just swap in a new pad -- no more worries about filling my pages with nonsense. #link
View how your site appears across various mobile and desktop browser widths (see also: 1140 CSS Grid). I'm gonna have to redesign now, aren't I? Hmm. If only there was some way I could re-order the content... #link
Interesting thoughts from Tom Armitage. But to add my own: there's a fine line between "designing games to fit into the fabric of everyday lives", and having those games become a chore, making me feel guilty for not playing (I'm looking at you, Animal Crossing). #link
The commenters are right: you can't judge the whole continent based on the South Africa experience alone. But it's important to talk about these things, as there are obvious kernals of universal truth (there is loads of money in Africa, for instance, but it's being spent on weapons and backhanders, not food). #link
"Kiruna has few natural resources beyond a rich vein of iron ore stretching more than a mile below the ground. It’s not a skiing destination, and there are few cultural attractions. There’s an ample supply of reindeer, but otherwise little charismatic wildlife. Yet the town has been gifted with something less tangible: a willingness to bet on seemingly crazy ideas -- and brilliant marketing." #link
Stuck for something to have for dinner the other evening, and realising we had a tub of Greek yogurt and some leftover feta in the fridge that needed using, Bee and I improvised this quick bean salad which turned out to be very delicious indeed. It’s the gherkins that give it that special kick, I think.
We had it with steamed chicken and mangetout, but it would be equally good with fusilli as a pasta salad. Serves three or four, depending on how greedy you are.
Inverting the usual pattern of discovering when visiting a new city. How many places could this work for? I can't imagine it would be too interesting walking to town from Dublin Airport, unless you like industrial estates. #link
"To watch even a day of Fox News -- the anger, the bombast, the virulent paranoid streak, the unending appeals to white resentment, the reporting that is held to the same standard of evidence as a political campaign attack ad -- is to see a refraction of its founder, one of the most skilled and fearsome operatives in the history of the Republican party ... Ailes has used Fox News to pioneer a new form of political campaign -- one that enables the Republican party to bypass sceptical reporters and wage an around-the-clock, partisan assault on public opinion. The network, at its core, is a giant soundstage created to mimic the look and feel of a news operation, cleverly camouflaging political propaganda as independent journalism." The rest is even worse. What a scumbag. #link