I have no practical application for this, but find it fascinating nevertheless.
I have no practical application for this, but find it fascinating nevertheless.
Who didn’t have this on their computer around the turn of the century? And the project is still going! Best of the web, no doubt.
Guidelines and principles that are surely applicable across other visual disciplines.
A set of CSS classes for advanced typography, like ligatures. Overcomplicated for most users, but would probably be handy if such fine control over appearance is ever required.
Bees are the best.
On a related note to my last post, here’s Mishaal Al Gergawi’s digest of what he learned from reading modern history. (The thing he notes about people from a distance being less compromising rings true for me, as an Irish person who sees Irish-Americans venerate the Republican armed movement without ever having to face the consequences up close.)
Bill Wurtz covers the history of the entire world in under 20 minutes. [c/o Kottke.org]
On the psychological benefits of being alone. Which, y’know, being an introvert, I can vouch for. But it’s not that I never want to connect with others, as Jason Kottke lays out pretty well.
The most concise reference guide to DIY bicycle tyre changing I’ve found yet. Still need to practice this before I ever have to try it on the road.
This brand of obsessiveness is nothing new, but the way the internet breaks down so many barriers — between online celebrities and their fans; between private data and, well, anyone who wants it bad enough — lends a far creepier edge than ever before.
Another automatic transcription service (not that I’ve tried the others I’ve linked here yet) but this one’s based in DCU’s start-up incubator, where they’ve got some top notch machine learning talent. Also they charge, about €5.40 for an hour of audio, so the quality had better be good.
“…the feeling of anxiety cast by an impending appointment over the free time that precedes it.” Yes, I know this feeling well.
At time of posting, the Storify ends in August, but the tale continues on Adam’s Twitter account… [c/o Lowbrowculture]
I like art with an eye for the uncanny in the mundane, and the work of London-based painter Paul Regan fits that bill to a T.
Mine isn’t particularly deep, but diverting enough to warrant a share.
What an incredible story; might this be only step one towards helping unlock such people’s minds from their prisons of their bodies?
This is it. I can’t say it was my experience growing up as such, but one can’t avoid these toxic sentiments in society at large.
It’s a maddening catch-22 situation. Such mass preservation of knowledge is the kind of thing governments should be doing, but they can’t justify the expense. Private enterprises like Google can, but the fear of proprietary ownership of knowledge shuts the whole thing down. Gah! The best we can hope for is that Google (or someone else) continues the project for a future generation that will see its value to the whole over the objections of the few.
…and if you’ve been following my own links here and there, you’ll understand why I’m in agreement.
…and these are the results.
He’s right, you know. [c/o Kottke.org]
“This year especially there’s an uncomfortable feeling in the tech industry that we did something wrong, that in following our credo of ‘move fast and break things’, some of what we knocked down were the load-bearing walls of our democracy.” The collateral damage of building for the reality we hope to create, rather than the one we live in, to paraphrase my previous link. But Cegłowski goes a lot deeper that that in this tech conference talk from earlier in the year. And it doesn’t get more damning, more cyberpunk dystopian than this: “The algorithms have learned that users interested in politics respond more if they’re provoked more, so they provoke.”
“The problem with connecting everyone on the planet is that a lot of people are assholes.” That’s it right there. I don’t subscribe to the notion that people in general are fundamentally decent; there’s too much evidence to the contrary. Social media — in ushering in an era where everyone is online, not just a self-selecting proportion — reveals that much. Does Facebook care about that? It’s a different kind of caring, to be charitable; rooted in head-in-the-sand techno-utopianism that strives for solutions to problems no one really has, while ignoring the actual problems people have right now. As Mat Honan writes: “You have to build for the reality we live in, not the one we hope to create.”
One for the aul’ trivia file.
“A subreddit around interactive explanations, thinking tools, concept visualizations, and other media for communicating and generating ideas.” Even at that, much of this goes way over my head. But it’s still worth a browse.
MeFite kliuless put in the hard work, here.
Read the whole thing. Patriarchy, toxic masculinity, etc is so fucking damaging, and men who can’t see that simply haven’t been looking hard enough in that particular closet. I guess for me, the door’s always been slightly ajar, not conforming as I do to the usual ‘man’ stereotypes (I don’t drink beer, I don’t like football, etc). But I still raise my voice and yell when I’m frustrated by situations, and I do not like that about myself.
“The future will not have the nine till five. Instead, the whole day will be interspersed with other parts of your life. Scheduling will become freeform.” Ah, the privilege of having a career one loves to the point where work/life balance is no longer a relevant concern.
I had indeed been confused about this, and will keep in mind when reviewing my CSS, which probably has more PX definitions than is strictly necessary.
Filing this for future reference.
Dublin at night, as seen from the International Space Station.
Tower Bridge is but the latest in a long line. There’s something here about the experience of buildings and objects in their environment, and the nature of reality, that makes me think of Blade Runner: the synthetic animals, ‘More Human Than Human’, etc. You get my drift.
Watercolour sunset, as seen from a rapidly moving bus on the M1 northbound.
Wired tasked a neuroscientist to explain a new concept in his field at five levels of understanding — from a peer to a five-year-old. [c/o Kottke.org]
“For the bullshitter, it doesn’t really matter if he is right or wrong. What matters is that you’re paying attention.” The proximity of that sentiment to the Deepak Chopra references further on did not go unnoticed. But he’s a sideshow to the real danger of the anti-vaxxer scourge. [c/o LinkMachineGo]
Ross Andersen on a fascinating project in Siberia, already decades old, that’s attempting to resurrect the Mammoth Steppe ecosystem. It’s not just the scale of the biome itself in terms of both the space and time required (it’s a ‘Long Now’ kind of deal, for sure, when we’re talking about “a global land war” between grasses and forests over tens of millions of years) but the mind-boggling accelerated futurism involved in creating the approximation of an extinct species that might be the key to such a biome thriving beyond human hands. That’s not to mention the intersections of and implications for climate science and geopolitics and biotechnology and ethical philosophy. Wow, just wow.
Whatever the perceived benefits of wearing a helmet (which I do) or high-vis clothing (which I don’t), let’s be honest here: drivers are getting off scot-free on this ‘debate’. We in Ireland and the UK live in a car-centric culture, not to the extent of the US but real enough to stymie any real investment in and commitment to cycling safety via proper infrastructure and legislation. By the way, how about also factoring into safety studies the kind of driver that passes closely: in my anecdotal experience, it’s usually a taxi or similar professional road user, or a private individual in an expensive saloon like a Mercedes or a BMW. Let the sociologists unpack that one.
Those are some badass bees right there.
Pick a map, style it up, get a print. Simple.
I don’t even know where to start, there’s so much to explore. What a resource.
A veritable treasure trove of techie tools, right here.
Too many good nuggets in here to pick just one. Read it for yourself, it’s well worth the half hour or so.
Of course I remember Fisher’s K-punk blog from back in the day and it was impenetrable for me at the time but reading it now, I think I finally get it.
For those of you who might be in or around New York, he’s got a show at the New Gallery till 9 April as previewed by the Guardian.
Free CSS and PNG gradients for use as website backdrops. Which might come in handy sometime.
For the #IWD2017 that’s in it.
Osaka cityscape, taken by Pedro Szekely. Apropos of nothing.
An amazing breakthrough if it scales.