Microlog//2009.12

Microlog entries posted in December 2009

Falling out of love with Murakami
I love Murakami, and I don’t care about the clichés (the enigmatic women, the jazz, the pasta), nor that his stories are one-off experiences (as I never re-read books anyway). #   ·

MUJI & LEGO
This is lovely. I can haz it now? #   ·

Why progress-bar traffic lights are long overdue
This is a great idea (more about it here) akin to the countdown timers for pedestrians on many traffic lights here in Dublin. Those certainly work for me — but then my mammy raised me right. #   ·

How to buy on eBay
I thought this was how everyone did it. #   ·

‘These videogames are not art. They are extreme pornography’
O RLY? Actually this might be one of the few instances where the comments section is better than the article itself — which needless to say is hideously ill-informed. #   ·

Khoi Vinh on the tradeoff between convenience and high-definition
“The essence of [the] argument is dead on: superior fidelity and resolution is terrific but overrated in comparison to convenience… Actually, it’s the content that really matters.” Hear, hear! Fidelity is great and all, but there comes to a point when I care less about the quality and more about the content. Actually, it’s more a spectrum of appreciation than any fixed point on a graph. #   ·

Google Zeitgeist 2009
The annual Google Zeitgeist seems like the only time of year when us English-speaking Westerners realise that there’s a whole other world out there using the web just like we are. #   ·

Inside the topsy-turvy world of record label royalty reporting
Do people really still believe that (the vast majority of) artists get anything like a fair deal from major labels? #   ·

Trailblazing
Courtesy of the Royal Society, a pretty neat timeline of cultural and scientific achievements from 1650 to the present (and beyond…) #   ·

Man ‘finishes’ World of Warcraft
I thought this was an Onion story for a minute. #   ·

Lou Albano obituary
Nice of the Guardian to pay tribute to Captain Lou. #   ·

Immaterials
Matt Jones of BERG describes the company’s work in the tangible-ness of intangible things. I particularly like the idea of raw data as a material to tell real stories that are ‘human readable’, for lack of a better expression. #   ·

Is modern web design too like print design?
“If I was standing in 1995 and looking ahead to 2009 and was told how all of those technical restrictions would be lifted, of what would be technically possible, I’d imagine 2009’s web to look a lot more exciting than it does. I’d expect it to look less like a magazine or a newspaper and to look more like what the web could be.” Agreed. But I think that the fact that this question is even being asked is a sign that we might see a more exciting web in the near future. The last few years have mostly been about function, about what’s under the hood. But we’ve got that sorted, more or less; now’s the time to have some fun with the web again. #   ·

This page is a reverse chronology of Microlog entries by MacDara Conroy published in December 2009. You will find many more in the Archives.