George Duoblys · One, Two, Three, Eyes on Me! · LRB 5 October 2017
On the "efficient" teaching and disciplinary methods used in some London secondary schools. Sounds grim.
education  uk  schools  lrb  georgeduoblys 
yesterday
@20 (Ftrain.com)
Paul Ford on his website being 20-ish. Lovely, every word. "The things I want to do are strange, simple, and unprofitable." Hello. (via @jah)
via:jah  paulford 
3 days ago
My essential django package list — /var/
A handy list including a few handy things I hadn't heard of. Plus useful descriptions of them all. (via Simon Willison)
via:simonwillison  django  webdevelopment  seraphimpapastefanos 
6 days ago
Merely an Empire - London Review of Books
Good on Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’. “We cannot make a movie that will save us.”
lrb  kenburns  vietnamwar  davidthomson 
14 days ago
Pipenv: Python Dev Workflow for Humans — pipenv 8.1.4 documentation
I really don't want to learn yet another way to manage python virtual environment but this does sound like it might finally be The One. (via @simonw)
via:simonw  python  virtualenv  webdevelopment 
21 days ago
Understanding Uber: It's Not About The App - London Reconnections
Very good on TfL and Uber. If only newspaper reporting was anything like this good.
london  tfl  uber 
24 days ago
From Clapping to Likes, and Back Again – A Brief History of Attention – Medium
This should be good - a short series by Matt Locke on how attention has been measured.
mattlocke  attention  ratings 
29 days ago
frank lantz - don't die
Long interview that's interesting on trying (and failing) to make videogames "serious", the purpose and worth of learning about making games at university, having a shared basic knowledge of games history/culture/ideas. Needs editing.
franklantz  areacode  games  videogames  education 
5 weeks ago
Nachrichten | DW
Free daily world news podcast in slowly-read German. Great for learning.
german  news  languages 
5 weeks ago
Louis Rossetto - Pi.co
Interview. For the bits about starting Wired. And Om Malil: "Discovering Wired was like finding my Rolling Stone. With Wired, I found my cultural context more than anything else." Yup.
wired  louisrossetto  ommalik 
5 weeks ago
Ceci n'est pas un blog - Autopsy of a slow train wreck
Describing how the author shut their company and why they should have done it sooner. Good to read about mistakes.
business  russellkeithmagee  failure 
5 weeks ago
‘Bring pencils’ and 49 other things hurricane pros know | Poynter
Tips for reporting from a hurricane. Good internal "documentation" from the Miami Herald.
miami  hurricanes  journalism  martinmerzer 
5 weeks ago
'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Oral History: Larry David on Crazy Auditions, Art of Cringe | Hollywood Reporter
I enjoyed this and would like to read more. Can't be bothered to listen to a podcast for more though. (via Daring Fireball)
curbyourenthusiasm  larrydavid  tv  via:daringfireball 
5 weeks ago
Datamake:article | d3 and canvas
A clear step-by-step example of using the Canvas with D3.js to draw thousands of objects.
d3  webdevelopment  larsverspohl 
5 weeks ago
Smell of Data
File under "physical manifestations of internet activity". (via Prosthetic Knowledge)
via:prostheticknowledge  internet  smell 
5 weeks ago
Abandoned States: Places In Idyllic 1960s Postcards Have Transformed Into Scenes Of Abandonment : DCist
I'm a sucker for lined-up "now and then" photos and these of holiday spots in the Catskills are nice. (via The Online Photographer)
via:theonlinephotographer  photography  pabloiglesiasmaurer  usa 
5 weeks ago
The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial
Once you've read about premium mediocre you realise it's a thing you see everywhere but hasn't yet defined. (via a few places)
premiummediocre  venkateshrao  consumerism  culture 
5 weeks ago
GSElevator on Wall Street watches - Business Insider
I love things like this where outside of that little world you'd have no idea about the distinctions.
gselevator  goldmansachs  watches  fashion  banking 
6 weeks ago
8 Lessons from 20 Years of Hype Cycles | Michael Mullany | LinkedIn
Reviewing past Gartner Hype Cycles. They could do with an alternative line that forks from the trough of disillusionment down into the abyss of failure. (via @tomtaylor)
futures  overlinks  predictions  gartnerhypecycle  technology  michaelmullany  via:tomtaylor 
7 weeks ago
Paul Regan - Artist
I love my friend Paul's paintings of mundane urban/suburban scenes at night.
paulregan  art  painting  london 
7 weeks ago
kbaum/heroku-database-backups: Heroku database backups and copies to S3
I tried three versions of "back up your Heroku postgres database to S3" and this is the one that works.
heroku  webdevelopment  postgresql  karlbaum  s3 
7 weeks ago
A Year in the Metabolist Future of 1972 — Failed Architecture
Mostly good because it's so nice to read architecture writing based on having spent a year living in the building. More of this kind of thing.
analuisasoares  filipemagalhaes  architecture  metabolism  japan  tokyo  kishokurokawa 
8 weeks ago
CASH Music - The Secret Lives of Playlists
On how record labels make and influence Spotify playlists. In case you want to feel a little bit used. (via Buckslip)
spotify  lizpelly  via:buckslip 
8 weeks ago
Creative Alibis | Daniel Brook
Being critical of Richard Florida's Creative Class stuff. Impossible to tell when this was published. (via Buckslip)
via:buckslip  urbanism  richard  florida  creativeclass  gentrification  cities  danielbrook 
8 weeks ago
Django Service Objects
I like keeping stuff like this out of views and models, and this seems like a nice way to do it. (via @simonwillison)
via:simonwillison  django  mitchelcabuloy  webdevelopment 
8 weeks ago
OpenBenches - by @edent & @summerbeth
I’m so glad this exists because (a) it’s a lovely thing and (b) I just had the same idea and now I don’t have to make it.
benches  uk  terenceeden  elizabetheden 
9 weeks ago
HyperCard On The Archive (Celebrating 30 Years of HyperCard) | Internet Archive Blogs
Like magic. If only I'd Stuffit'd my HyperCard stacks... the only two I have may have lost their resource forks over the past 25 years.
hypercard  archiving  internetarchive  mac 
9 weeks ago
Surging Seas: Risk Zone Map
I don't think I'd seen these sea-level rise maps by Stamen before. Nice. Scary, but nice.
stamen  climatechange  sealevels  maps  mapping 
10 weeks ago
So, about this Googler’s manifesto. – Yonatan Zunger – Medium
Aside from the sense about that Googler's document, this is good on what being a high-level engineer means. Confirms for me that, really, I'm a hobbyist.
yonatanzunger  google  diversity  development 
10 weeks ago
Considerations On Cost Disease | Slate Star Codex
On why (American) housing costs, teaching, healthcare, universities, etc cost much, much more than they did a few decades ago, but are, if anything, worse. (via @genmon)
scottalexander  economics  education  via:genmon  usa  healthcare 
july 2017
Inappropriate Gavels
A relentlessly-focused campaign. I approve! (via @gwire)
via:gwire  uk  law  gavels 
july 2017
Nighttime
Nice illustrations, sold as prints, of some mostly London buildings.
illustration  london  printing  liamdevereux 
july 2017
edent/SuperTinySocialIcons
"Under 1KB each! Super Tiny Social Icons are miniscule SVG versions of your favourite logos." The completist in me would like to see these for every major corporate logo. (via @simonw)
via:simonw  logos  webdevelopment  icons  svg 
june 2017
Walton’s Telephone Exchange | Walton Tales
Nice reminisces of an Essex telephone exchange in the 1960s.
waltononnaze  walton  waltononthenaze  history  uk 
june 2017
A breach of trust | MinnesotaPlaylist.com
On the mistakes of a small theatre company. "There's a big difference between pushing boundaries artistically ... and pushing boundaries ethically." (via @alexforey)
via:alexforey  theatre  derekleemiller  minnesota 
june 2017
Who’s killing the (self-driving) electric car? – Startup Grind – Medium
Good on predictions about self-driving and/or electric cars, and why the two improvements may not happen together. (via @cityofsound)
via:cityofsound  cars  peterw  overlinks 
june 2017
How we make a game called Hidden Folks - Album on Imgur
Really nice description of how parts of this game are put together, from graphics to translations. (via Kottke)
via:kottke  games  hiddenfolks  design  adriaandejongh 
june 2017
Gerhard Steidl Is Making Books an Art Form - The New Yorker
Profile of the German book-maker, a description that undersells this article. (via Russell Davies)
via:russelldavies  gerhardsteidl  bookmaking  newyorker  rebeccamead  art  photography 
june 2017
traintimes.org.uk performance notes
A good write-up of making the fast, simple site even faster.
webdevelopment  javascript  matthewsomerville 
june 2017
Binky: The App That Does Nothing - The Atlantic
Brilliant. Social networking app with no content and no social network. (via Waxy)
via:waxy  ianbogost  dankurtz  iphone  apps  socialnetworks  atlanticmonthly 
june 2017
Flexbox Froggy - A game for learning CSS flexbox
Very nicely done. Although, even having completed it, I'm still pretty much guessing at how to do anything.
css  webdevelopment 
june 2017
Blackhorse Lane Ateliers | Selvedge & Raw Denim Jeans | Made In London
Jeans (and more) made in London, plus workshops to make your own. (via Die Workwear)
jeans  clothes  uk  fashion  clothing  london  via:dieworkwear 
june 2017
BEM 101 | CSS-Tricks
Pragmatic summary of the Block, Element, Modifier CSS style that wasn't around last time I went down this rabbit hole.
css  sass  webdevelopment  robinrendle 
june 2017
prosthetic knowledge
This tumblr of design/art/tech right now is very, very good. (via @iamdanw I think)
via:iamdanw  art  design  technology  blogs 
june 2017
The Deleted City 3.0
Zoomable map of the GeoCities filesystem. (via FlowingData)
via:flowingdata  geocities  maps  mapping  richardvijgen 
june 2017
Medieval Fantasy City Generator by watabou
"This application generates a random medieval city layout of a requested size." (via FlowingData)
via:flowingdata  maps  cities  generative 
june 2017
Algorithm-Driven Design — How AI is Changing Design by Yury Vetrov
Really good list of examples of… what it says. (Aside from annoying hijacking of cursor keys, but anyway.) And a nice mention of Guardian Headliner too. (via Noisy Decent Graphics)
via:noisydecentgraphics  algorithms  design  yuryvetrov 
june 2017
Cody Cobb
Lovely landscape photography. (via The Online Photographer)
codycobb  via:theonlinephotographer  photography  photographs  photos 
june 2017
Compound interest applied to learning
Yes, this makes sense. Plus I often think that people who get, or take, an opportunity early on that gives them time to explore their field end up exponentially further ahead than peers.
kottke  learning  careers  work 
june 2017
Bildnerische Formlehre - Bildnerische Gestaltungslehre - Paul Klee - Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
3900 pages of Paul Klee's notebooks on sculptural form and design theory, scanned and transcribed.
paulklee  bauhaus  design  notebooks  art  education 
june 2017
The Exquisitely English (and Amazingly Lucrative) World of London Clerks - Bloomberg
A good insight into a world I knew nothing about. Now I know who those people are pushing carts of boxes of papers, who I see on the way to work. (via @iamdanw)
law  business  businessweek  simonakam  london  via:iamdanw 
june 2017
Instagram created a monster – A no bullshit guide to what’s really going on! – Behind The Quest
Another piece demonstrating the horror that is The Other Instagram (and The Other social media generally probably), the one that isn't just people showing friends what they're doing.
instagram  aaramelotti 
june 2017
James Wolcott reviews ‘Making It’ by Norman Podhoretz · LRB 18 May 2017
A very fun, lively-written read, even though most of the people mentioned mean little to me. Reminded me of reading The Modern Review, how I enjoyed it without understanding so many of the references.
normanpodhoretz  jameswolcott  lrb  commentary 
may 2017
Tom Crewe · What will be left?: Labour’s Prospects · LRB 18 May 2017
Slightly out of date opinion poll-wise, but I liked this as a summary of where Labour is and how we, as a country, got here.
labour  tomcrewe  uk  politics  lrb 
may 2017
Introducing Stack Overflow Trends - Stack Overflow Blog
Fascinating, particularly as the popularity of languages and frameworks over time is something one is vaguely aware of but never with much certainty. (via Daring Fireball)
via:daringfireball  stackoverflow  programming  webdevelopment 
may 2017
Choose your own business adventure – Buckley Williams
Transcript of Nat Buckley's talk about why you should quit your job and start your own company, which is very good.
natbuckley  work  life  business  buckleywilliams 
may 2017
Servers for Hackers by Chris Fidao [Leanpub PDF/iPad/Kindle]
Every time I think about buying this I forget the name and have to hunt around next time I think of it.
chrisfidao  webdevelopment  books 
may 2017
My Year in San Francisco’s $2 Million Secret Society Startup - Motherboard
And a third one from the "things I read in 2016 about weird cultish American groups and didn't bookmark at the time but have stuck with me" file.
latitude  sanfrancisco  motherboard  vice  lydialaurenson  cults  clubs 
may 2017
Fitness Isn’t a Lifestyle Anymore. Sometimes It’s a Cult | WIRED
I didn't bookmark this when I read it but I've since mentioned it to 2 or 3 people, so. The November Project. (via @ph)
via:ph  novemberproject  fitness  exercise  cults  sanfrancisco  meaghenbrown 
may 2017
#Vanlife, the Bohemian Social-Media Movement - The New Yorker
But that previous Guardian article is nothing compared to these people and their lives as brand and product pushers. Ugh.
instagram  advertising  rachelmonroe  newyorker  emilyking  coreysmith 
may 2017
Putting you in the picture: yes, you can earn a living on Instagram | Money | The Guardian
After arguing about this… it annoys me a lot because I wanted the internet to give individuals the power of the media's reach so they could share their thoughts, passions, views, etc, and didn't realise they'd also ape the media's more dubious methods of making money by shilling for brands.
emmalunn  guardian  instagram  advertising 
may 2017
Portfolio Charts – a picture is worth a thousand calculations
Mainly saving this simply because, rarely for a personal finance site involving data and charts, it looks reasonably designed.
charts  finance  portfolios  investing 
may 2017
Savings Rate - the four pot solution - 7 Circles
An interesting spreadsheet for planning savings for retirement that I hadn't seen before. UK based.
mikerawson  retirement  investing  spreadsheets 
may 2017
Speculating Futures
A reading list. "Speculating Futures looks at past speculative narratives, like those of Ursula K. Le Guin, and past attempts at creating technological utopia, like Chile's Cybersyn."
reading  books  futures  futurism  futurology  overlinks  sciencefiction  francistseng 
may 2017
Podcast Out – The New Inquiry
"A sense of ennui and overdetermination binds the audience of NPR podcasts together in a bloc of obnoxious explainerism." I don't listen to many podcasts but this sounds right to my fact-free prejudices. (via Buckslip)
via:buckslip  podcasts  davidabanks 
april 2017
Best VPN Services 2017 Has to Offer (+ Reviews) - TheBestVPN.com
Looks like a good review of which VPNs to choose. They *sound* unbiased... (via Brett Terpstra)
via:brettterpstra  vpn  security  privacy 
april 2017
Closing Communities: FFFFOUND! vs MLKSHK
Comparing how the two websites are closing down.
archiving  ffffound  mlkshk  andybaio 
april 2017
The Last London - London Review of Books
I usually find Iain Sinclair a bit much, too grouchy, but the start of this is very good on modern London, around Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Liverpool Street.
lrb  iainsinclair  london 
april 2017
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