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 
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 
Closing Communities: FFFFOUND! vs MLKSHK
Comparing how the two websites are closing down.
archiving  ffffound  mlkshk  andybaio 
12 days ago
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 
17 days ago
trailofbits/algo: Set up a personal IPSEC VPN in the cloud
Another self-hosted VPN server, which they say is better than Streisand.
vpn  webdevelopment  privacy  security  ansible 
28 days ago
Loopy: a tool for thinking in systems
A simple web-based tool for drawing systems diagrams.
systems  systemsthinking  nickycase 
29 days ago
On Robert Silvers | Online Only | n+1
Memories of working with the New York Review of Books editor. (via @iamdanw)
robertsilvers  nyrb  via:iamdanw  nplus1 
4 weeks ago
Robert Silvers obituary | Books | The Guardian
I hadn't realised he'd been the NYRB's editor since it began in 1963.
robertsilvers  nyrb  obituaries  geoffreywheatcroft 
4 weeks ago
David Runciman reviews ‘Theresa May’ by Rosa Prince · LRB 16 March 2017
I haven't had much of a sense of what May is about, what makes her tick. This article seems to have an interesting set of ideas about it.
theresamay  uk  politics  conservatives  davidrunciman  lab  rosaprince 
5 weeks ago
Manor Houses + | Manor Houses, Mansions & Stately Homes for sale
Just because I like blogs that focus on one narrow field of property for sale.
property  mansions 
5 weeks ago
Why Growth Will Fall | by William D. Nordhaus | The New York Review of Books
On how the rate of increase of standard of living and economic growth in the US was greatest from 1870-1970 and will never be the same again.
economics  usa  history  williamdnordhaus  robertjgordon  nyrb 
6 weeks ago
An oral history of 'Get a Mac,' Part 1 | Campaign US
A good read, that mainly reminds me I need some more John Hodgeman in my life. (via @antimega)
via:antimega  apple  advertising  campaign  johnhodgeman 
6 weeks ago
David Letterman on Donald Trump and Late-Night TV Today
I barely saw any Letterman but this was still a fun read. (via Daring Fireball)
via:daringfireball  davidletterman  davidmarchese 
6 weeks ago
The beauty of bots – Duncan Gough interview in full – Final Bullet
Lots of lovely ideas in this interview with Duncan by Leila Johnston.
duncangough  leilajohnston  bots 
7 weeks ago
Strobist: Lighting 101
How to do photography lighting. A really nice, clear introduction.
photography  lighting  strobist 
7 weeks ago
Cameron's World
It appears that I haven't bookmarked this before, which is an oversight.
7 weeks ago
4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump – Medium
This was a good read on a segment of Trump's supporters being like, or actually, 4chan in origin.
4chan  daleberan  usa  politics  donaldtrump 
7 weeks ago
Unit test your Django views
Unit testing Django's class-based views seems difficult to do simply. This helps.
django  testing  benoitbryon 
7 weeks ago
n-gate.com. we can't both be right.
"An annotated digest of the top 'Hacker' 'News' posts". Jolly good. e.g. "Some foreigners do forex. Hackernews is not impressed with this ancient idea. They could have done it better, but they're not going to bother trying."
7 weeks ago
Ten Meter Tower - The New York Times
"we found 67 people who had never been on a 10-meter diving tower before, and had never jumped from that high." And then filmed them trying to get up the courage. Riveting. (via Kottke)
via:kottke  diving  videos  nytimes 
9 weeks ago
Massive dump of Spotify created playlists - 1.4k+ genres, 12k+ playlists! : spotify
Amazing, but it's annoying this stuff is practically impossible to discover or browse in the app itself. Even having seen everynoise.com before, I didn't realise all these playlists existed.
spotify  music  playlists 
9 weeks ago
This worked really well. And a bit of tweaking meant it also worked for importing into custom WordPress Post types and Taxonomies too.
niallkennedy  wordpress  movabletype  webdevelopment 
9 weeks ago
Sharing some process from IF – Writing by IF – Medium
A handy list of things to do to secure your Mac, iPhone, email, etc. (via Favejet)
via:favejet  security  mac  iphone  sarahgold 
9 weeks ago
Music and Social Justice / or Why Many Musicians Should Not Release Records for General Public Consumption
Equating spending money on promoting your music (or, presumably, any other art) with perpetuating your privileged position.
stlenox  music  privilege  socialjustice 
9 weeks ago
flurinduerst/WPDistillery: WordPress Setup runner for Scotch Box
Handy - create a Vagrant virtual machine with WordPress installed and configured. An oddly opinionated default config, but easily tweaked.
vagrant  webdevelopment  wordpress 
9 weeks ago
Link Review: weblogs round-up | things magazine
Summarising which of the weblogs in their sidebar are still active. Not many. Remember weblogs?
10 weeks ago
Sleep Ambient HD - YouTube
Six-hour recordings of ambient sound and video from different games like GTA5, Tomb Raider, Mirror's Edge, etc. (via @mattb)
via:mattb  tombraider  gta  mirrorsedge  bioshock  games  videogames  sound  audio  ambient 
10 weeks ago
Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich - The New Yorker
Grimly fascinating of course. At least there are a few people quoted suggesting that maybe spending money on making society less like to collapse might be a good idea instead. (via Kottke)
via:kottke  preppers  newyorker  evanosnos  survival 
12 weeks ago
The Linguistic Evolution of 'Like' - The Atlantic
On the recent uses of "like" in English. More interesting than I expected and, thankfully, not at all condescending.
language  english  like  johnmcwhorter  atlanticmonthly 
12 weeks ago
The Disquiet Junto Project List (0001 – 0265 …)
A weekly assignment for composing music. "The purpose of the group is to use constraints to stoke creativity." A nice list of all the projects. (via Russell Davies)
music  composing  via:russelldavies 
12 weeks ago
What can a technologist do about climate change? A personal view.
From November 2015. I don't feel any less useless but it's a great way to present a piece of writing. If only every news article had such clear extra context.
bretvictor  climatechange  technology  energy 
january 2017
Untangling the Tale of Ada Lovelace—Stephen Wolfram Blog
Nice summary of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage. I realised how little I actually knew about them. (via @cityofsound)
via:cityofsound  adalovelace  charlesbabbage  history  computers  stephenwolfram 
january 2017
Rose tinted memories of BBC Backstage
"I'm pretty sure it's no longer enough for organisations to be 'open' because no matter how hard you try, eventually that just becomes PR and marketing fluff. Much better to aim to be porous."
michaelsmethurst  bbc  bbcbackstage  work  companies 
january 2017
The tech of PIXAR part 1: Piper – daring to be different | fxguide
I liked this not just because it's amazing (every grain of sand on the beach is an individual model) but because it's not written with normal people in mind: crammed with jargon and brand names with no explanation. An almost understandable glimpse of another world.
pixar  3d  mikeseymour  computergraphics 
january 2017
continuum | Flickr
Although I love Chris Dorley-Brown's photos, I hadn't seen this series he'd done before. Photos, both by him, of the same London locations years, or decades, apart. Nicely done.
photography  chrisdorleybrown  london 
january 2017
Interview with Chris Dorley-Brown | The Great Leap Sideways
Lots of interesting things about his great photography, and about London, in this 2012(?) interview. "London is really still cleaning up after a war that ended in 1945."
chrisdorleybrown  photography  london  thegreatleapsideways 
january 2017
My investment-tracking spreadsheet | FIRE v London
Fairly complex spreadsheet for tracking investments across multiple (UK) trading accounts.
finance  uk  spreadsheets 
january 2017
jlund/streisand: Streisand sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenConnect, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, sslh, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge
"It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file with instructions that can be shared with friends, family members, and fellow activists."
webdevelopment  security  vpn  tor  privacy 
january 2017
Guide to Getting Good Gloves
Handy summary of different kinds of men's leather gloves.
dieworkwear  gloves  clothes  clothing 
january 2017
How I Got My Attention Back
Craig Mod on being more careful with when and how he's online. As "I gave up the Internet" articles go, more thoughtful and realistic.
craigmod  attention  internet 
january 2017
The Mind of Marc Andreessen - The New Yorker
Long May 2015 profile of Andreessen. Very interesting, although it only sort of points in the direction of any criticism rather than being critical about anything. (via @kevin2kelly)
via:kevin2kelly  marcandreessen  tadfriend  newyorker  venturecapital  andreessenhorowitz  siliconvalley 
january 2017
I wore men’s clothes for a month – and it changed my life - The F-Word
On the liberation a woman felt wearing (not otherwise very liberating) men's suits.
feminism  clothes  fashion  clothing  lucyrycroftsmith 
january 2017
‘Chasing Amy’ and the Toxic “Nerd Masculinity” of the 90s
"…a film that encapsulated the worst aspects of narcissistic nerd entitlement at its late-nineties peak…"
oliverleebateman  chasingamy  masculinity  films  movies  kevinsmith  geeks 
january 2017
End of Unrealised Schemes
"…a display of index cards and envelopes, created and collected by cinephiles to record what films they've seen…" Looks great, and makes my collection of cinema tickets seem half-hearted.
cinema  collecting  exhibitions  russelldavies  movies  films 
january 2017
Die, Workwear! - The Ideal Coat Wardrobe
Nice overview, and nice examples, of a few overcoat styles.
clothes  coats  dieworkwear 
january 2017
Spectacle, Speculation, Spam on Vimeo
Lots of this went over my head so I can't quite tell if it's good, but it was interesting, (via Russell Davies)
via:russelldavies  alanwarburton  art  videoart  computergraphics 
january 2017
The Strange Death of Municipal England (London Review of Books)
A good read, especially if you're feeling all full of optimism about a new year and need to be brought crashing back to earth.
lrb  tomcrewe  politics  uk  localgovernment 
january 2017
Death and Treasure – Matter – Medium
About Zak Smith, painter, porn star and player of, and writer about, role-playing games. The arguments about modern RPGs that are alluded to sound even more interesting than the art and porn. (Oct 2014)
zaksmith  art  porn  rpg  matter  vanessaveselka 
december 2016
Jonathan Ive and the Future of Apple - The New Yorker
Long profile and interview with Ive from around the launch of the Apple Watch.
ianparker  apple  jonathanive  stevejobs  newyorker  design 
december 2016
Headshot Hunter | Compare Actor Headshot Photographers
I'm not sure why I'm surprised this exists, but it does. The search/browse form's a bit confusing, but still.
headshots  photography  uk  acting 
december 2016
Simple Django error logging configuration for Heroku | chrxr.com
For future reference. Just because it seemed harder than necessary to work out how to get Django errors to display in Heroku's console.
django  webdevelopment  chrisrogers  heroku 
december 2016
50 weeks to learn film | Mark Cousins’ Dispatches | Sight & Sound | BFI
I liked this brief year-long curriculum for learning about films. A year ago. But it wasn't online then for reasons best known to S&S.
markcousins  education  film  movies  sightandsound 
december 2016
Prince’s Closest Friends Share Their Best Prince Stories | GQ
A good read. "He would have loved to see Finding Dory." (via Kottke)
via:kottke  prince  gq 
december 2016
finishability - Word Spy
"n. The characteristics or qualities that enable something to be read, watched, or listened to completely." Citing me as the earliest usage! (via @hugovk)
philgyford  finishability  via:hugovk 
december 2016
Radio Garden
Really nice way to browse international radio stations via a globe. (via @undermanager)
via:undermanager  radio 
december 2016
A GDS Story | Government Digital Service
Really nice as a chronicle of an evolving service's history. It's so easy to lose this stuff. Especially great that it has lots of old screenshots, sketches, photos etc. It'd be good if more organisations and companies found time to do this kind of thing. (via @gilest)
via:gilest  gds  government  uk 
december 2016
U.K. Cinemas : London
Seating capacities of different screens. (via antimega)
via:antimega  cinema  london  uk 
november 2016
Who Will Command The Robot Armies?
Loads of good stuff in this transcript of Maciej Ceglowski's latest talk. The section taking the piss out of silly IoT things seems like a trivialising distraction though.
maciejceglowski  politics  technology  robots 
november 2016
Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?—Stephen Wolfram Blog
On helping with the science stuff for the movie. "In the end I basically had just one evening to invent how interstellar space travel might work." (via Infovore)
via:infovore  arrival  movies  films  stephenwolfram  science 
november 2016
How I Wrote Arrival (and What I Learned Doing It) - The Talkhouse
What it says. On writing the film script. I love reading about the process of writing these things.
ericheisserer  arrival  film  cinema  scriptwriting  movies 
november 2016
Simon Stålenhag Art Gallery
Really lovely illustrations. To quote one review, "the deeply creepy, robot-and-monster-haunted alt-Sweden". (via Paul Pod)
simonstalenhag  art  illustration  via:paulpod 
november 2016
You Are Still Crying Wolf | Slate Star Codex
Good on keeping some of the Trump stuff in perspective. Yes, he's terrible but the media tends to focus on certain things out of all proportion to their actual importance or relevance.
donaldtrump  usa  politics  scottalexander 
november 2016
The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release
Brilliant transcript of a talk by Audrey Watters on predictions about the future of technology, what they mean, why they're wrong, etc. Very good. (via Russell Davies)
audreywatters  futures  overlinks  futurism  futurology  predictions  education  via:russelldavies 
november 2016
The Agas Map
Really nicely done zoomable, clickable, searchable perspective map of London from the 16th century. Very good.
maps  london  history  16thcentury 
november 2016
Tufte CSS
Some nice things in this example of CSS that styles things in a web parallel of Edward Tufte's books. (via Russell Davies)
via:russelldavies  edwardtufte  css  webdevelopment  daveliepmann 
november 2016
Snob Cuts (London Review of Books)
A fun, brief piece about snobbery and class.
lrb  rosemaryhill  class  snobbery 
november 2016
Rocket—Slack-style emoji everywhere on your Mac
Makes it easy to type emojis. I'm surprised typing emojis on OS X is such a pain. (via @benhammersley)
software  matthewpalmer  osx  mac  emoji  via:benhammersley 
october 2016
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