I like this idea and have probably liked similar ideas before.
6 days ago
Simon Willison on Twitter
"Anyone know of a web hosting provider where I can pay a lump sum of money to host a file at a reliable URL essentially forever? Is this even remotely feasible?" Lots of thoughts.
simonwillison  archiving 
14 days ago
DSHR's Blog: Another endowed data service launches
Analysing the costs for a different long-term archiving host (which later shut down). (via @simonw)
via:simonw  archiving  davidrosenthal  longaccess 
14 days ago
Minimal Long-Term Storage Economic Model
"A minimal model of the endowment needed to store one terabyte on disk 'forever'..." (via @simonw)
via:simonw  archiving  davidrosenthal 
14 days ago
Optimizing Django Admin Paginator – Haki Benita – Medium
Not only for this tip but for the other posts this links to. Lots of handy customisations for Django Admin. (via Simon Willison)
via:simonwillison  django  hakibenita 
14 days ago
Your Twitter Trend Analysis Is Not Deep, and It’s Probably Wrong
I didn't understand the thing where people on twitter 👏 write 👏 things 👏 like 👏 this. Now I guess I know where it comes from but still don't know why most people who use it do so.
twitter  emoji  karabrown 
15 days ago
I Miss Staging — Postlight — Digital product studio
"We are six months old and we have more media platforms than we have employees." Lots of good stuff about this stupid (my view) multi-platform world. (via Infovore)
via:infovore  paulford  postlight  webdevelopment 
21 days ago
GeoCities Oral History. Interview #2 | One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age
A nice interview with someone about the site they made on GeoCities in the 1990s.
olialialina  geocities 
24 days ago
Tom Crewe reviews ‘How to Survive a Plague’ … · LRB 27 September 2018
If you were too young, straight, insulated or ignorant to fully grasp what Aids meant and means, this is a long and sobering read.
aids  lrb  tomcrewe 
27 days ago
Monitoring and fixing 404 errors with Google Analytics
The kind of simple, useful report that I always wonder why Analytics doesn't include by default.
4 weeks ago
Audio and Video Hardware Recomendations and Advice.
Simple explanations and recommendations. Very nice. (via Ask MetaFilter)
via:askmetafiilter  speakers  headphones  audio  hifi  zeos 
5 weeks ago
You Don't Need WordPress: Create A Blog With Google Docs
What it says, which is an interesting idea. (via Giles Turnbull)
blogging  googledocs  via:gilest 
6 weeks ago
The Online Photographer: The Remarkable Persistence of 24x36
Really good history of why "full frame" digital cameras have a sensor size of 24mm x 36mm, dimensions set in 1913.
theonlinephotographer  photography  history  mikejohnston 
6 weeks ago
Working late, responsibly •
Good advice, given well. Although written for people in a team, the same goes for freelancers. (via Alice Bartlett)
work  dancarley  via:alicebartlett 
6 weeks ago
“is death for WEB sites as us” | One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age
"it just kills me that they took a wonderful, friendly community like Geocities and just smashed it to bits. Yahoo, you STINK!"
geocities  olialialina  yahoo 
6 weeks ago
Elizabeth Gilbert on Distinguishing Between Hobbies, Jobs, Careers, & Vocation - YouTube
Good. Hands up who's confused all four of those things and doesn't know what they're doing any more. (via Russell Davies)
via:russelldavies  elizabethgilbert  jobs  hobbies  work  life  videos 
7 weeks ago
What I Think About When I Think About Buying Clothes
Lovely post about wondering whether to buy a particular jacket.
clothes  graciaventus  therosenrot 
8 weeks ago
Planet parts: Global data streams
"Near-realtime Earth observation resources" A good collection, for future reference.
data  charlieloyd  climate  earth  weather  maps 
9 weeks ago
Notes on some artefacts | The Monthly
"It is impossible to say whether this is a bot account, though, because conservatives appear to be modelling their online presences on bots." Good stuff. Like pointing out how much stuff around now is Gibson-esque.
richardcooke  internet  futures  overlinks  politics  usa  twitter 
9 weeks ago
The Online Photographer: Best Comment Ever
“The endless upgrade cycle, the more and more laborious and tedious mastery of imaging software, the solid belief in technical improvement and control as a means to achieve success, all of this leads one further and further away from any possibility of making original or authentic work.”
theonlinephotographer  photography  technology 
10 weeks ago
Crotch Shots Galore | by Joan Acocella | The New York Review of Books
I don't know much about the history of musicals or Bob Fosse and this was an interesting read.
nybooks  nyrb  bobfosse  musicals  theatre  movies  joanacocella 
august 2018
Shirky: A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy
Clay's 2003 ETech talk about online communities is still a good read.
clayshirky  community  etech 
august 2018
General Magic: Oral History of the Influential Tech Company
"Oral history" seems to mean "interviews broken into tiny snippets to give the impression of a conversation" but this excerpt of a book is still good. I remember that interface from an early Wired article.
apple  generalmagic  siliconvalley  history  oralhistories  adamfisher 
august 2018
Making <time> safe for historians - QuirksBlog
Detailed and fascinating look at the issues with trying to make the time HTML element work for dates hundreds or thousands of years old. (via:tominsam)
ppk  peterpaulkoch  html  webdevelopment  history  via:tominsam 
august 2018
American-on-American Action Abroad: Sorry For Travel Writing At You
"Watching two British people run into one another in America is a wholly different type of delight, like watching two grifters trying to run the same scam in a small town instantly clock one another and freeze during a game of high-stakes poker."
america  travel 
august 2018
How did you find your passion? - career work motivation | Ask MetaFilter
A great answer (from 2008) that's realistic and emphasises that you don't need to (sometimes shouldn't) turn your passion, if you even have one, into your career.
askmefi  passion  theatre  acting  work  life  grumblebee 
august 2018
Olympus PEN-F
Purely because it's a lovely review of a camera. Nicely written, detailed without being nerdy-in-a-bad-way, and open to a change of mind.
photography  olympus  penf  cameras  mariusmasalar 
august 2018
BBC - Press Office - Studio fast facts
2002 press release about the BBCi studio. (via @mattb)
via:mattb  bbc  bbci 
august 2018
Joel Simon - Evolving Floorplans
I really like this idea, and the results, as a first experiment with something. (via Kottke)
architecture  joelsimon  via:kottke 
august 2018
that unsolvable lack
Interesting background about celebrity PR,and thoughts on that profile of Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP (looked from this piece).
annehelenpetersen  gwynethpaltrow  goop 
july 2018
Stacking the Bricks: How the Blog Broke the Web
I don't agree with this - that the chronological format, and blogging software - somehow "broke" what was good about the early web, but it's still interesting to consider.
blogging  web  amyhoy 
july 2018
What Cracking Open a Sonos One Tells Us About the Sonos IPO
Comparing the innards of a Sonos One with an Amazon Echo Plus. Surprisingly fascinating.
sonos  amazon  hardware  beneinstein 
july 2018
Retirement Investing Today: Resignation in
I've been reading RIT for a few years and, after One More Year or two, he's retired. Good work.
july 2018
You don’t have to live in public
Lots of good advice about working (as opposed to living) in public online.
austinkleon  work  life  socialmedia 
july 2018
All Things Linguistic
A blog about linguistics, by Gretchen McCulloch, focusing on the net and space and that kind of thing. Loads of fascinating posts. (via Ask MeFi)
gretchenmcculloch  via:askmefi  linguistics  blogs 
july 2018
"Blot is a blogging platform with no interface. It creates a special folder in your Dropbox and publishes files you put inside." (via Warren Ellis)
via:warrenellis  blogging 
july 2018
Vintage Home Plans
A tumblr of artists' impressions and floor plans for "20th century houses from around the world".
july 2018
Retrobatch, from Flying Meat
Really nice batch image processing tool for Mac. I love the visual workflows.
software  mac  macosx 
june 2018
CSS Grid Layout Interface Builder | LayoutIt!
Very nifty thing for constructing a grid and getting the HTML and CSS for it using CSS Grid. (via FaveJet)
via:favejet  css  webdevelopment 
june 2018
Tapes - The Mckenzie Tapes
Lots of digitised cassettes of rock gigs in New York from the '80s and '90s. It'd be nice to have a list of artists, but I'm getting picky. (via Things Magazine)
music  newyork  via:thingsmagazine 
june 2018
django-bakery documentation
“A set of helpers for baking your Django site out as flat files” made and used by the LA Times Data Desk. (via Simon Willison)
django  webdevelopment  via:simonwillison 
june 2018
Mithering about the unmodellable
On the difficulties of modelling how Parliament works, and the pros and cons of doing so. (via @markhurrell)
via:markhurrell  michaelsmethurst  parliament  webdevelopment  uk 
june 2018
D3.js Charts: Towards Updatable Code | Toptal
A useful variant on the D3.js modular pattern, allowing you to pass updated data (or other things) into an already-rendered chart.
d3  javascript  webdevelopment  robmoore 
june 2018
Modernist Architecture: The Barbican Complex: Exploring London's Radiant City
Nice picture essay about the place. Helped that he had good weather!
barbican  darrenbradley 
june 2018
How is this speedrun possible? Super Mario Bros. World Record Explained - YouTube
A better watch than I expected. Quite amazing. (via Kottke, a while back)
via:kottke  games  gaming  mario 
june 2018
David Thorpe - YouTube
Camera reviews (of Micro Four Thirds cameras) by a sensible-sounding British man, as opposed to an over-excited “Hi guys!” American describing cameras as “sexy puppies”. (via The Online Photographer)
via:theonlinephotographer  photography  davidthorpe  microfourthirds  cameras  reviews 
june 2018
Smart kids eventually grow up | A Candle in Sunshine
I don't know you, how do you know me?! Although I wasn't even that smart back then anyway. Still, good advice. (via FaveJet)
health  valerievaldes  via:favejet 
june 2018
jdrama relationship chart - Google Search
I'd never heard of these before, but kind of fascinating. (Someone thought I'd be interested because of Crazy Walls.)
crazywalls  japan  tv 
june 2018
Second Life: Rethinking Myself Through Exercise, Mindfulness, and Gratitude – MacStories
Detailed and honest article about using the Apple Watch as an aid to getting mentally and physically healthier.
federicovittici  macstories  exercise  applewatch  health 
may 2018
No Home Like Place
Fun. Photos from AirBnB listings. Furniture in each one are replaced with matching objects (e.g. a chair for a chair) in a different photo. Click to go to that. Better than it sounds. (via Brutalist Websites)
via:brutalistwebsites  airbnb 
may 2018
Brutalist Websites
A nice collection of websites that look a lot more interesting than most, to remind us that the interesting web isn't dead. (I don't like the term 'brutalist' for these, but still.) (via @gilest)
via:gilest  web  webdesign 
may 2018
The Eudora™ Email Client Source Code – Core+ – Medium
Release of the source code and an all-too brief history of Eudora. (via Daring Fireball)
via:daringfireball  eudora  email  lenshustek 
may 2018
The spectacular power of Big Lens | The long read | News | The Guardian
On the Italian company that makes a large proportion of the world's glasses frames merging with the French company that makes a large proportion of the world's glasses lenses. Fascinating. (via @antimega)
glasses  via:antimega  business  samknight 
may 2018
The cultural shift from not selling out to blowing up
"…hip hop won and indie rock lost (culturally speaking) and as a result, blowing up has become preferable to not selling out."
may 2018
Zno - next gen photobooks, Layflat Photo Books...
Because I came across these a couple of weeks ago and then forgot the name, unsurprisingly. (via The Online Photographer)
via:theonlinephotographer  photography  books 
may 2018
An Algorithmic Investigation of the Highfalutin 'Poet Voice' - Atlas Obscura
Trying to nail down exactly what makes a Poet Voice. (via Buckslip)
via:buckslip  voices  poetry 
may 2018
Bloomberg Opinion - Money Stuff
Matt Levine's weekdaily email is so good. US-focused business/finance, clearly written (some of it a bit over my head), a personality, some great lines, and lots of it.
mattlevine  bloomberg  finance  business 
may 2018
Travel on paper
Lots of nice old transport and holiday posters for sale. (via Things Magazine)
via:thingsmagazine  posters 
may 2018
Local by Flywheel | Local WordPress development made simple
Seems like a nice way to do this, but I'll forget what it's called within a day, so.
wordpress  webdevelopment 
may 2018
The best of Python: a collection of my favorite articles from 2017 and 2018 (so far)
Some useful stuff for me. But also, more generally, a great example of a useful collection of recent articles around one topic. Lovely. (via @simonw)
programming  python  gergelyszerovay  via:simonw 
april 2018
How to work with Londoners: a guide for foreigners.
Alex's good matter-of-fact guide to the practical realities of getting started with making contacts and generating work.
alexandradeschampssonsino  work  london 
april 2018
Does everyone appreciate how much attention to detail goes into Beyoncé’s work?
I marvelled at the practicalities of her Coachella show, quite aside from the more obviously marvel-worthy aspects of it. Logistics. How do you do that?
matthaughey  beyonce 
april 2018
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