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 
13 days ago
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 
14 days ago
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 
15 days ago
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 
17 days ago
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 
17 days ago
#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 
17 days ago
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 
17 days ago
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 
17 days ago
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 
18 days ago
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 
20 days ago
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 
29 days ago
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 
29 days ago
Closing Communities: FFFFOUND! vs MLKSHK
Comparing how the two websites are closing down.
archiving  ffffound  mlkshk  andybaio 
5 weeks 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 
6 weeks 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 
8 weeks ago
Loopy: a tool for thinking in systems
A simple web-based tool for drawing systems diagrams.
systems  systemsthinking  nickycase 
8 weeks 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 
8 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 
8 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 
9 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 
9 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 
10 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 
10 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 
10 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 
11 weeks ago
Strobist: Lighting 101
How to do photography lighting. A really nice, clear introduction.
photography  lighting  strobist 
11 weeks ago
Cameron's World
It appears that I haven't bookmarked this before, which is an oversight.
geocities 
11 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 
11 weeks ago
Unit test your Django views
Unit testing Django's class-based views seems difficult to do simply. This helps.
django  testing  benoitbryon 
11 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."
hackernews 
11 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 
february 2017
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 
february 2017
niallkennedy/Movable-Type-WordPress-export
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 
february 2017
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 
february 2017
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 
february 2017
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 
february 2017
Link Review: weblogs round-up | things magazine
Summarising which of the weblogs in their sidebar are still active. Not many. Remember weblogs?
weblogs 
february 2017
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 
february 2017
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 
january 2017
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 
january 2017
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 
january 2017
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
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