How do you set limits on client feedback? - Work clients design | Ask MetaFilter
I don't think I'm ever in this situation but there's useful stuff in these answers.
work  design 
6 days ago
In The Eternal Inferno, Fiends Torment Ronald Coase With The Fate Of His Ideas – The Yorkshire Ranter
I imagine this as a chapter in a book called "How the Modern World Works", which would make you go, "Ohhh, yes, that explains that mess."
ronaldcoase  business 
7 days ago
Louis Rossetto on Vimeo
Louis has uploaded a bunch of old Wired videos. (via @guydeboredom)
louisrossetto  wired  via:guydeboredom 
19 days ago
GitHub - kennethreitz/requests-html: HTML Parsing for Humans™
Python web requests and page scraping. Looks like it might be a bit easier than BeautifulSoup. (via @simonwillison)
via:simonwillison  python  webdevelopment  scraping  kennethreitz 
21 days ago
Bee Wilson reviews ‘The Littlehampton Libels’ by Christopher Hilliard · LRB 8 February 2018
A lovely article about a woman writing very sweary anonymous letters to her neighbours in Littlehampton in the 1920s.
lrb  swearing  beewilson 
23 days ago
Don't Be Evil
Interview with Fred Turner. 1960s New Left vs New Communalism, techno-utopianism, the politics of infrastructure, "Burning Man is to the tech world what the 19th century Protestant church was to the factory", the electronic frontier. (via @michalmigurski)
fredturner  burningman  siliconvalley  via:michalmigurski 
28 days ago
Nice long list of dictionaries and tools and things to help with coming up with names for things. (via Tom Taylor)
naming  names  via:tomtaylor 
4 weeks ago
John Perry Barlow gave internet activists only half the mission they need.
Because it hasn't quite occurred to me that all that "keep your hands out of our internet, you stupid governments" stuff meant that we left a space in which corporations could do whatever they liked. (via @michalmigurski)
californianideology  johnperrybarlow  internet  aprilglaser  slate  via:michalmigurski 
5 weeks ago
Look for the Lungfish
Some great paragraphs from a good post by Charlie Stross about questioning all assumptions when imagining what our future is like.
charlesstross  mattjones  sciencefiction  overlinks  futures  futurism  futurology 
5 weeks ago
The Online Photographer: How To Buy Lenses
A nice summary of a series of posts about camera lenses, for future reference when/if I'm feeling flush.
theonlinephotographer  cameras  photography  lenses 
5 weeks ago
How I coined the term 'open source' |
it had never occurred to me to wonder how and when the term arrived. (via Oblomovka)
via:oblomovka  opensource  christinepeterson 
6 weeks ago
Asking the Right Questions About AI – Yonatan Zunger – Medium
A good summary of the basic things to know about AI when thinking about it. (via FaveJet)
artificalintelligence  machinelearning  yonatanzunger  via:favejet 
6 weeks ago
geek old semi-formal (Danny O'Brien's Oblomovka)
For trying to write somewhere in "the hellish triangle of being readable, entertaining, and truthful".
dannyobrien  writing 
6 weeks ago
The Playboy of West 29th Street (London Review of Books)
Colm Tóibín on John Butler Yeats. For the unrequited, long-distance love in old age and the perpetually almost-but-never finished artwork. (Subscribers only)
lrb  colmtoibin  johnbutleryeats  romance 
7 weeks ago
The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence - IEEE Spectrum
From last year, on the amount of money and effort it takes to maintain archives of movies and TV shows.
archiving  film  tv  martyperlmutter 
7 weeks ago
DataFire - Build APIs and Integrations to process, serve, and sync your data
Interesting way to integrate *lots* of things. The Node-based code is open source so you can run it for free on your own server, or use the pay-for hosted version. (via @richardjpope)
nodejs  webdevelopment  via:richardjpope  apis 
7 weeks ago
Cinema Treasures
Such a nice site that keeps turning up in my searches for cinemas I went to years ago, many of them closed, split, renovated or simply renamed.
cinemas  history 
7 weeks ago
reverie and anarchy
Danny on Essex New Towns and leaving places behind.
essex  basildon  dannyobrien  colinward 
8 weeks ago
The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed - The Atlantic
On the stores that are a bunch of small pieces loosely joined in front of a Chinese dropshipper.
alexiscmadrigal  atlanticmonthly  ecommerce  shopify 
8 weeks ago
Loop | Holly Herndon on process - YouTube
A conference talk from 2016. Liked especially for describing the laptop as an intimate, personal instrument, and for trying to make music like the sound of the internet.
hollyherndon  music  talks 
9 weeks ago
Postmortem: Every Frame a Painting – Tony Zhou – Medium
Particularly for the bit that stresses the importance of independence, because that's what helps you control the balance of the "fast, cheap, good: pick two" triangle.
tonyzhou  taylorramos  movies  films 
11 weeks ago
Van der Home – Bryan Boyer – Medium
Lovely post about looking closely at the origins and details of a Mies van der Rohe apartment in order to renovate it.
bryanboyer  architecture  miesvanderrohe 
12 weeks ago
Is 1024×768 showing more or less than 800×600? | One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age
“800×600 is like a beauty filter for web pages of all ages. Looking at the web through it you get sentimental. ... On a bigger screenshot you see how the amateur web was shrinking and shriveling...”
geocities  olialialina  archiving 
12 weeks ago
Learn ES2015 · Babel
"A detailed overview of ECMAScript 2015 features." (via FaveJet)
via:favejet  javascript  webdevelopment 
12 weeks ago
The Problem with Muzak | Liz Pelly
Although I love having so much music available in Spotify, I'm increasingly aware how often I use it unthinkingly just for "background music for working" which I'm not very proud of. So even aside from these odd industry-changing effects, I'm feeling uneasy about Spotify.
spotify  music  lizpelly  thebaffler 
12 weeks ago
Future Historians Probably Won't Understand Our Internet - The Atlantic
On the impossibility of archiving the experience of using social media, even if ignoring the fact, like this article seems to, that so much of social media is private to some degree. (via @kevin2kelly)
alexiscmadrigal  via:kevin2kelly  archiving  facebook  twitter  atlanticmonthly 
12 weeks ago
Using pyvenv (venv) With Django on WebFaction. :: Solid Ether
Also for the earlier post it links to. Django-type sites on WebFaction (as opposed to standard Apache sites) do sound a bit messy though.
django  webdevelopment  webfaction  danjewett 
december 2017
52 things I learned in 2017 – Fluxx Studio Notes – Medium
So many interesting things leading to more interesting things to read. (via Kottke)
via:kottke  tomwhitwell  2017 
december 2017
Citizen Code of Conduct | A project of Stumptown Syndicate
A sample code of conduct, to use as a basis for your own community's.
december 2017
Tips for in-house teams in a free market software culture
Alice's really good description of how to develop and improve in-house software tools that people will want to use.
alicebartlett  financialtimes  webdevelopment 
december 2017
What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?
About how to, or whether it's possible to, enjoy the art of people like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen, and whether you have to be selfish, to be an "art monster", in order to make great art. (via Kottke)
via:kottke  woodyallen  romanpolanski  art  clairedederer  writing 
november 2017
Just Another Blog: CSV Parser for PHP
The PHP code in this 11-year-old Blogspot post succeeded in reading a CSV file where PHP's built-in method failed. Web development, eh.
webdevelopment  php  csv 
november 2017
The Online Photographer: LR Replacement Photo Editing Software
Lots and lots of thoughtful comments discussing replacements for Lightroom. The closest to a consensus might be Capture One, with Affinity Photo as a Photoshop replacement.
theonlinephotographer  photography  lightroom  photoshop  software 
november 2017
The Great Diary Project
Archiving personal diaries. (via Things mag)
diaries  london  uk  via:thingsmagazine 
november 2017
Adobe unveils all-new cloud-based Lightroom CC, rebrands old application 'Lightroom Classic'
This doesn't make me feel good. Wondering if I should jump from Lightroom now (to what?) before becoming stuck in something harder to get out of. (via The Online Photographer)
lightroom  photography  via:theonlinephotographer 
october 2017
The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare | Fast Company
The interaction between the internet and "the real world" (i.e. selling objects) has become odder than I would have imagined.
davidzax  fastcompany  mattresses  casper 
october 2017
How Civilization Started | The New Yorker
John Lanchester on re-evaluating the ease of life for hunter gatherers vs settled societies. (via @cityofsound)
via:cityofsound  johnlanchester  newyorker  socialchange  history 
october 2017
Statistical NLP on OpenStreetMap: Part 2 – Al Barrentine – Medium
On getting computers to recognise the parts of all formats of street addresses from around the world. Amazing, even/especially the bits I don't understand.
albarrentine  openstreetmap  addresses  mapping 
october 2017
Fuck You And Die: An Oral History of Something Awful - Motherboard
I'm not sure I was ever really aware of these forums at the time but I do like a good early-days-of-web oral history.
somethingawful  internet  taylorwoffard  forums 
october 2017
A WordPress & Git workflow – Marc Jenkins
Seems to make sense, and WP Migrate DB Pro is the bee's knees.
wordpress  git  webdevelopment  marc  jenkins 
october 2017
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 
october 2017
@20 (
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 
october 2017
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 
october 2017
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 
october 2017
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 
september 2017
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 
september 2017
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 
september 2017
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 
september 2017
Nachrichten | DW
Free daily world news podcast in slowly-read German. Great for learning.
german  news  languages 
september 2017
Louis Rossetto -
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 
september 2017
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 
september 2017
‘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 
september 2017
'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 
september 2017
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 
september 2017
Smell of Data
File under "physical manifestations of internet activity". (via Prosthetic Knowledge)
via:prostheticknowledge  internet  smell 
september 2017
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 
september 2017
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 
september 2017
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 
september 2017
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 
august 2017
Paul Regan - Artist
I love my friend Paul's paintings of mundane urban/suburban scenes at night.
paulregan  art  painting  london 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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 
august 2017
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