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"At the turn of the millennium, the internet seemed full of heartfelt pitches. Millions of users singing the praises of their favourite things - crowding around them, talking about them, calling for others to recognize their charms. Not the sturm und drang of social media: just clear-throated whoops, and echoes. Strangers like Pedro logging on to share their passions, not just once but every week, long after they had earned their Into the Grove membership rights, as if they couldn't help themselves."
internet  culture  sharing  kindness  music  taste 
17 days ago by infovore
The Cost of Living in Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet Empire - The Ringer
"The fact that I cannot remember the last time the internet made me feel, on balance, less anxious and better about other people tells you something about how much has changed online since 1999, 2001, and even 2007." This is very good, on what the Internet used to feel like for so many of us, and perhaps why I still engage, or hold out hope parts of it might be like that again.
internet  memory  privacy  facebook  nostalgia 
7 weeks ago by infovore
@20 (
Paul Ford's website is 20. I have always liked it.
paulford  writing  internet 
october 2017 by infovore
A professional book critic in praise of Amazon reader reviews.
"I’m especially intrigued by reader reviews written by people unfamiliar with the vocabulary of literary criticism. They aim to describe experiences that most of us recognize but that can be hard to articulate, and they have to make up the language for it as they go along." This is a great article on the various assets of reader-reviews, and where they set on the spectrum of criticism.
books  writing  reviews  criticism  literature  internet 
november 2016 by infovore
The Internet With A Human Face - Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk
"King Lear would have killed it in Silicon Valley." More Maciej, and yes, it's great.
internet  privacy  maciejceglowski  talk 
june 2014 by infovore
Internet machine – Timo Arnall
"In this film I wanted to look beyond the childish myth of ‘the cloud’, to investigate what the infrastructures of the internet actually look like. It felt important to be able to see and hear the energy that goes into powering these machines, and the associated systems for securing, cooling and maintaining them." Looks beautiful: Timo's customary look in enveloping, three-screen 4K. Gosh. Also: the uses of stills-as-film is really interesting to me at the moment.
internet  infrastructure  environment  photography  film 
may 2014 by infovore
Internet of Dreams - Internet of Dreams
"That is how the internet first appeared to me: as shared experience of make believe and dreams. And while much has changed in the decade since: that slipperiness, those mutable boundaries, the capacity for experimentation and imagination still is here. The internet is made of dreams."
joannemcneil  internet  culture  society 
april 2013 by infovore - the-postal-internet-office-is-shutting-down
"The most impressive request thoroughly embraced the nature of TCP/IP, and arrived in a number of packets, out of order and with some data corruption (see the missing data on the envelopes), which we had to reconstitute into the actual request within our ‘server’." Everyone involved in this post is brilliant.
gofreerange  tcpip  internet  packets  http 
february 2013 by infovore
Animated GIFs Triumphant - Anil Dash
"But to my eye, GIF is the most popular animation and short film format that's ever existed. It works on smartphones in millions of people's pockets, on giant displays in museums, in web browsers on a newspaper website. It finds liberation in constraints, in the same way that fewer characters in our tweets and texts freed us to communicate more liberally with one another. And it invites participation, in a medium that's both fun and accessible, as the pop music of moving images, giving us animations that are totally disposable and completely timeless."
culture  gifs  animation  internet 
july 2011 by infovore
dan says...
"Twenty-one years later, an anonymous software engineer pulled together various digital artifacts to create a multiplayer game for his son.

Tonight, while playing that game, I ran into my 15-year-old self."

What magic smells like.
games  history  internet  networks  timetravel  magic 
june 2011 by infovore
[this is aaronland] Towers of History
"The value of the web is in its history. The value of the web is that it grows over time and that it spiders out making connections, just as often doubling back on itself to find previously unseen patterns and connections. It is not a linear progression through time and space always discarding the near past. Or if it is then I'm sorry for wasting everyone's time because that sounds about as exciting, and about as valuable, as any given season of canned television programming."
archives  history  internet  web 
june 2011 by infovore
The Web Is a Customer Service Medium (
"That is the point that I am trying to make. The web is not, despite the desires of so many, a publishing medium. The web is a customer service medium. “Intense moderation” in a customer service medium is what “editing” was for publishing." Paul Ford is great.
wwic  writing  internet  media  paulford  opinion  curation 
january 2011 by infovore
Nick Sweeney · what Bagpuss can teach us about the internet
"...the internet’s endless pathways turn our simple discoveries into expeditions that reveal the worlds in which those things have lived, taking the role of archivists and archaeologists of pasts that overlay and intertwine." This is lovely.
bagpuss  archaeology  archives  internet  web  history  historiography 
september 2010 by infovore
On Wikipedia, Cultural Patrimony, and Historiography |
"..for the first time in history, we’re building a system that, perhaps only for a brief time but certainly for the moment, is capable of recording every single one of those infinitely valuable pieces of information. Everything should have a history button. We need to talk about historiography, to surface this process, to challenge absolutist narratives of the past, and thus, those of the present and our future."
stml  jamesbridle  historiography  publishing  internet  history  perspective 
september 2010 by infovore
The Collapse of Complex Business Models « Clay Shirky
"Diller, Brill, and Murdoch seem be stating a simple fact—we will have to pay them—but this fact is not in fact a fact. Instead, it is a choice, one its proponents often decline to spell out in full, because, spelled out in full, it would read something like this: “Web users will have to pay for what they watch and use, or else we will have to stop making content in the costly and complex way we have grown accustomed to making it. And we don’t know how to do that.”"
clayshirky  media  business  press  tv  video  internet  online 
april 2010 by infovore
The day the music died - Vox
"10 years ago, on this Friday in March of 2000, the Dot.Com bubble burst in the UK." [This is very good, Simon Wistow!]
uk  dotcom  bubble  internet  crash  newmedia  simonwistow 
march 2010 by infovore
Raiding Eternity - Myspace - Gizmodo
"Somewhere in the future, a picture of David Minor—in jeans and a tie, face beatific under a studio light, sleeves rolled up to expose the Eugene Debs quote tattooed on his arm—is berthed in a database table in off-system storage, waiting to be remade." Lovely, sharp, writing from Joel Johnson.
joeljohnson  memory  internet  technology  writing 
march 2010 by infovore
Do these people have no idea? — the folly of the Internet Filter | acidlabs
"My 12 year old daugh­ter uses a com­pletely unfil­tered Inter­net con­nec­tion. She also has root access to the net­work at home and to the com­puter she uses. Yet she’s never encoun­tered any of the prob­lems Sen­a­tor Con­roy and the likes of Sen­a­tor Field­ing seem to believe are ram­pant — no nas­ties, viruses, stalk­ers or any other unde­sir­able in sev­eral years of using the Inter­net unfil­tered and mostly unsu­per­vised. And you know why? _Good rules and decent par­ent­ing_ (well, cer­tainly the first and hope­fully the second)." Man, Australia's conservatism is getting rather scary.
censorship  internet  filtering  parenting  australia 
december 2009 by infovore
Lost in the Filth Simulacrum | h+ Magazine
"4chan is, I contend, the most interesting angle we have on the evolution of human consciousness. It is a shamanic experience, a bardo of becoming, where the soul is detached from the body, set free to wander in the wilderness of banality until it encounters the epic lulz of meeting itself... and finding that it, itself, is the most disturbing thing on 4chan." o_O. Just worth linking to for the eyeball-expanding prose; there may be something in there, but I'm not sure.
4chan  internet  culture  society  people 
december 2009 by infovore
The Rise of Ugh-Meck | Edge Online
"But what if you make personalisation easier? Consider a game that brings your real world into your game world, all on its own. It could to grab data from the internet about the real world and the gamers that live in it, and weave it into the game experience, for an effect that is both surprising and personally meaningful. You would see yourself in a game without having to put yourself there. It’s not user-generated content: it’s user-generated, machine-mediated content – UGMMC, or as I like to say it, “Ugh-Meck.”" I am super-happy at how well Chris's writing for Edge Online is turning out.
ugmmc  ugc  games  internet  creativity  creation  edgeonline  chrisdahlen 
october 2009 by infovore
Arduino Tower Bridge on Vimeo
"Designed by Oliver Rokison a teacher at St Paul's School. This project connects to the Tower Bridge twitter account and mimics the movements of the real tower bridge." Fun.
towerbridge  arduino  hardware  electronics  internet 
september 2009 by infovore
chewing pixels » Best Thing I Saw Today #49: Three Frames
"...the ongoing charm and usefulness of the animated .gif lies in this very economy. Like a good one-liner, the animated .gif can tell a joke with the impact of a one-inch punch, trimming away the fat of unnecessary frames to deliver its message with streamlined effectiveness." All too true. And Simon gives me my own discovery of the day
simonparkin  internet  culture  animatedgif  threeframes 
august 2009 by infovore
Nick Sweeney · the spoken word, written down
"They preserve them as best they can, perhaps without even knowing that’s what they’re doing, but in the understanding that no archives may be kept, no histories written, and that what sustains their digital lives is the lived-out, written-down, spoken word." Reminds me of the "what five pages would you print out" conundrum, and the end of Fahrenheit 451; walking the woods, chanting entries from Encyclopedia Dramatica
internet  history  archive  writing  nicksweeney  culture  historiography 
may 2009 by infovore
Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: a little bit of future goes a long way
"Cracking the bus network is really the key to most cities, and we’re nearly at the point of directed bus serendipity. In London, at least."
londonbus  london  buses  transport  infrastructure  internet  serendipity  future 
may 2009 by infovore
Dead pixel in Google Earth
"82 x 82 cm burned square, the size of one pixel from an altitude of 1 km."
art  google  internet  mapping  aerialphotography  visual  joke  pixelation  via:brandonnn 
april 2009 by infovore
Internet records to be stored for a year - Telegraph
This is not good. And the worst part: "Hundreds of public bodies and quangos, including local councils, will also be able to access the data to investigate flytipping and other less serious crimes." It's not the police having this that's the big worry; it's the incompetent lower echelons of civil service. who shouldn't need this.
security  privacy  uk  europe  internet  data 
april 2009 by infovore
Links » More Banking Stupidity: Phished by Visa
"in other words: Please ensure that there is absolutely no way for your customer to know whether we are showing the form or you are. In fact, please train your customer to give their “Verified by Visa” password to anyone who asks for it." Eesh. I knew I never licked VBV, but this just proves, accutely, *why* I don't like it.
internet  security  phishing  verifiedbyvisa  banking  online 
march 2009 by infovore
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky
"For the next few decades, journalism will be made up of overlapping special cases. Many of these models will rely on amateurs as researchers and writers. Many of these models will rely on sponsorship or grants or endowments instead of revenues. Many of these models will rely on excitable 14 year olds distributing the results. Many of these models will fail. No one experiment is going to replace what we are now losing with the demise of news on paper, but over time, the collection of new experiments that do work might give us the journalism we need." Late to link to this, but as everyone else who has done already would point out: it's great.
technology  media  publishing  printing  journalism  newspapers  internet  clayshirky  businessmodels 
march 2009 by infovore
brandonnn’s Profile // Rock Band®
Oh gosh, the Rock Band 2 community site is lovely. Lovely URLs, lovely public-facing site with no wall, lovely. (Thanks, Brandon).
brandonnn  community  social  games  web  internet  design  crossover 
october 2008 by infovore
WIRED 1.01: The Age of Paine
"Paine does have a descendent, a place where his values prosper and are validated millions of times a day: the Internet. There, his ideas about communications, media ethics, the universal connections between people, the free flow of honest opinion are all relevant again, visible every time one modem shakes hands with another." Fantastic article
wired  tompaine  wireduk  journalism  internet  media  publishing  freedom 
october 2008 by infovore
The Insane True Story Behind the Birth of the Internet - Funny Videos |
"You forgot one thing, Dr. Roberts. You forgot that people are dicks." Aheheh.
video  technology  internet  meme  humour 
september 2008 by infovore
Fiddler HTTP Debugger - A free web debugging tool
"Fiddler is a HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP Traffic, set breakpoints, and "fiddle" with incoming or outgoing data."
http  ajax  debugging  web  internet  browser 
july 2008 by infovore
The Medium - Stet - The Internet's Typographical and Grammatical Morass -
"I am stumped by how to excerpt the language on message boards and blogs... My problem with message-board language brings up a prior problem in journalism: the difficulty of translating spoken language into written language."
quotation  language  writing  internet  online  journalism  transcription  dialogue  speaking 
july 2008 by infovore
Twenty Sided » Blog Archive » My Comment on a Comment on Your Comments
"The comments on this site stand in stark contrast to the childishness and idiocy that flourishes elsewhere on the net. I know it, and I know I’m fortunate in this regard." A nice thank-you note from a really rather good writer and gamesblog.
writing  comments  blogging  internet 
june 2008 by infovore
Official Google Blog: Yahoo! and the future of the Internet
"We believe that the interests of Internet users come first -- and should come first -- as the merits of this proposed acquisition are examined and alternatives explored."
google  yahoo  microsoft  takeover  business  acquisition  internet  openness  freedom 
february 2008 by infovore
[this is aaronland] Things I Am Not Talking About
Aaron had two talks turned down; both, from their abstracts alone, sound fascinating; from his fuller explanations, they sound like they had the potential to be fantastic. Still reeling from some ideas. Disappointed there's not space for this in the world
internet  making  art  culture  craft  talk  presentation  abstract 
december 2007 by infovore
Face value | The Skype hyper |
"All three—the internet telephone firm, the video site and the social network—make almost no money. EBay's disappointment with Skype is a timely reminder of where this fad might lead." The Economist on EBay's Skype "issue"...
business  internet  web20  skype  ebay  economist  analysis  stock 
october 2007 by infovore
Microsoft is Dead
"I'm glad Microsoft is dead. They were like Nero or Commodus—evil in the way only inherited power can make you. Because remember, the Microsoft monopoly didn't begin with Microsoft."
microsoft  web20  business  essay  paulgraham  internet  software 
april 2007 by infovore
Rupert Murdoch tells all to Press Gazette - exclusive interview | Press Gazette
The internet is changing, very disruptive technology and there are new inventions coming along every month. One has to stay awake and race to stay up with it, or if you get enough brilliant people around maybe you can get ahead of it.
interview  journalism  internet  murdoch 
july 2006 by infovore
Critical Miss: Issue 10 (Grammar Fascist)
"Grammar Fascist is a game for everyone who has ever despaired at the pitiful standard of writing displayed on Internet forums. It's a game for everyone who's ever wanted to get in touch with their inner intellectual snob. It's a game for anyone who's eve
game  grammar  funny  internet  forums  idiots 
february 2006 by infovore
O'Reilly Network: What Is Web 2.0?
Very good, alltold: Tim O'Reilly on what "Web 2.0" is - and is not.
web2.0  internet  web  services 
february 2006 by infovore

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