It was a different time, indeed.
It was a different time, indeed.
Phil’s debrief on his recent website redesign is inspiring stuff. And I missed it on the first pass, but he even published a reference style guide for all the design elements. That’s dedication.
A text-based adventure (made with Twine) guiding an interstellar spacecraft full of colonists to a new home.
As part of her Bureau of Suspended Objects art project, Jenny Odell investigates the nature of one particular faux-premium item through the unlikeliest of paths.
This is the kind of curiosity about the world I like.
This is incredible stuff. But I’m not the only one given pause by the scale of detail here, am I?
Fortean goings-on beneath the surface of London; a ghost story for the modern age, and creepier than any of your creepypasta.
Amazing what the body can do to compensate for changing circumstances.
And why that’s bad. One reason: “Many of the sites they will label as ‘not secure’ don’t ask the user for any information.” This website included; it doesn’t even serve cookies to anyone other than myself (to access my CMS).
Reminds me, it’s been a while since we’ve played any of the games we actually have. Android: Netrunner is on deck, since I’m determined to learn how to play it. See also: Matthew Baldwin’s always dependable Good Gift Games, 2017 edition, while The Guardian put together a guide for newbies looking to avoid that battered Monopoly box in the cupboard.
Everything you always wanted to know about colours for the web in one handy, beautifully designed spot.
I’m (very slowly) learning Japanese with Duolingo, and this is a great resource to keep fresh on the relevant alphabets. Maggie Sensei is another source for info, when I’m ready to step up my game. (Not any time soon.)
Tim Carmody on the humanity of information records and retrieval. It makes me think… at one point in my life, I could have been a librarian; with the benefit of hindsight, I wish I’d given in a shot.
Research for the upcoming season, now that spring training is on. (Sucks that Wired’s gone behind the paywall, mind.)
Daryl watching me work this morning.
A deep dive into what appears to be some very shady goings-on within the stupidly expensive mattress business.
Well worth a read, and more heartwarming than that headline suggests.
Saw this place in a YouTube video the other month and yes, I want to go to there.
For titling projects, etc. Can you tell I'm procrastinating?
The contrast between the American and European concepts in the original contest is striking, to say the least.
Insanely geeky best-of-the-web stuff, here. And as an aside, proof positive that you can’t automate everything and need humans for discrete knowledge. [c/o Pinboard/fakeisthenewreal]
A few quibbles with this piece: I think Shenzhen, Harbin and Qingdao are as familiar place names as Shanghai and Beijing in the west these days. But I’ve thought about the general notion a lot this year: cities around the world, cities with millions of people, that I’ve never heard of before. You don’t need to think about the cosmos to make yourself feel small.
Had this issue for a couple of weeks over the summer; interesting to know the probable culprit.
It’s an individual’s subjective selection, of course, but better to start here than get lost in the App Store.
Matt Webb on the return of his communal short fiction blog, and how it fits on the internet today: “It seems to me that, sometime in the last 17 years, the web forgot the simple pleasure of making, and appreciating what’s made, together.” (Cynical old me thinks that’s because ‘the web’ isn’t a thing anymore; it’s all smartphones and social media and clickbait and humanity’s worst tendencies laid bare. Sigh.)
“For Tinsley, the spiritualist, the metaphor of checkers as a well without end was both poetic and true. But Schaeffer, the engineer, knew that no well is bottomless. And humans will always sound the depth.”
Aggretsuko (who is pretty funny, as it happens) represents part of a new wave for the people behind Hello Kitty, with characters that are “more in sync with the ambivalent humor of memes or the antihero characters of prestige television”. Like an egg yolk with ennui.
Black holes could delete the Universe, apparently. But they’re also the ultimate hard drive. My head is spinning. [c/o Kottke.org]
“More than 90 percent of GoFundMe campaigns never meet their goal.” And for those who are successful, it’s as much a matter of luck as careful planning — even more so for those raising crisis funds, to pay for medical bills and the like.
Even the examples that look like simple remixes of extant art are striking.
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.