Info pages: publishing data about user needs and metrics | Inside GOV.UK
RT : Real talk: Gov.uk’s info pages might be one of the most profound innovations for gov delivery ever.
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2 days ago
Rainbow Plane 002: Kiev | booktwo.org
RT : "Rainbow Plane 002" - a 1:1 outline of an aircraft, as seen by a satellite - installed in Kiev
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2 days ago
ongoing by Tim Bray · Security Problems
Key out-take: “I tried to teach GPG to Green­wald but I had the same prob­lem Snow­den had en­coun­tered when he reached out in De­cem­ber, that Green­wald was busy and couldn’t fo­cus on it.” No­body has ev­er said Green­wald is dum­b.
2 days ago
Flickr: Discussing Tags for Imported and/or Duplicated Photos in Machine Tags
I'm wondering whether anyone has come up with standard (or at least popular) machine tags for photos that are imported from or duplicated at some other online gallery or social network.
2 days ago
A colophon for bias | Cooper Hewitt Labs
"...but they can act as an important shorthand to indicate the arc of an answer’s motive" –
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4 days ago
Rev Dan Catt
tangentially related in the if-pixels-could-tweet department / is 's
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7 days ago
@sevensixfive/First Person Buildings on Twitter
RT : Here's a list of buildings who tweet. Help me add to it, won't you?
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7 days ago
Internal R&D Project #1: Netflix-O-Matic | Good, Form & Spectacle
I’ve planted a flag in the sand with Good, Form & Spectacle. It’s declaring my territory of interest in the world of cultural heritage. To me, that’s at once a strong direction (libraries, museums, archives), and a broad remit (support open data, encourage exploratory interfaces, promote open access, develop interested community). It might be slightly odd to call Netflix-O-Matic a cultural heritage project, but let me explain why I think it is.

Netflix is a repository of objects that happen to be movies
Each movie has a bunch of metadata about it (directors, actors, genres etc)
Movies are collected together in genres and their variants (Slapstick Comedies; Feel-Good Slapstick Comedies). And Alexis Madrigal wrote an interesting article in The Atlantic Monthly about How Netflix Reverse-Engineered Hollywood, well worth a read.

This sounds a bit like a library. It’s a library.
glo  netflix  library  visualization 
8 days ago
Escape from Microsoft Word by Edward Mendelson | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
A friend at Microsoft, speaking not for attribution, solved the mystery. Word, it seems, obeys the following rule: when a “style” is applied to text that is more than 50 percent “direct-formatted” (like the italics I applied to the magazine titles), then the “style” removes the direct formatting. So The New York Review of Books (with the three-letter month May) lost its italics. When less than 50 percent of the text is “direct-formatted,” as in the example with The New Yorker (with the nine-letter month September), the direct-formatting is retained.

No writer has ever thought about the exact percentage of italics in a line of type, but Word is reduced to this kind of arbitrary principle because its Platonic model—like all Platonic models—is magnificent in its inner coherence but mostly irrelevant to the real world. In order to make a connection between heavenly ideas and tangible realities, Plato himself was reduced to inventing something he called the Demiurge, an intermediate being who translates the ideal forms in heaven into something tangible in the world. The Demiurge is an early instance of what programmers call a kludge—a clumsy and illogical expedient for dealing with a problem that seems too intractable to solve more elegantly. Word’s 50-percent rule for applying styles is a descendent of the Demiurge, and just as much of a kludge.
microsoft  publishing  motive 
9 days ago
pywb is a python implementation of web archival replay tools, sometimes also known as 'Wayback Machine'.

pywb allows high-quality replay (browsing) of archived web data stored in standardized ARC and WARC.

pywb can be used as a traditional web application or an HTTP or HTTPS proxy server.
python  archive  internetarchive  warc 
9 days ago
Park or Bird?
The brand creative technology implications of are LIMITLESS
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10 days ago
thisisaaronland 2014 draft : Aaron Straup Cope : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
it is october which means that I have posted a draft of all the blog posts from 2014 to the internet /
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11 days ago
Chef Solo tutorial: Managing a single server with Chef
“The Chef documentation assumes you have an entire server farm to manage, so it hits you with a lot of complexity. If all you want is to set up and maintain a single VM, this tutorial will help.

We will be creating “throwaway” VMs that we can recreate with a single call. If you need to have a single server system persist for years across all changes, you should perhaps check out Puppet for a less cloudy solution.

Using Amazon EC2?

Any fresh instance of an Ubuntu AMI will do, for example ami-06ad526f (11.04, 32-bit EBS in us-east-1).

Hint: The EC2 API tools are (by nature) complex and error-prone, so I recommend you stay with the point-and-click web interface for as long as possible, instead of trying to automate launching new instances.

Hint 2: Create a separate EBS volume as a data partition to hold your databases, etc.

Hint 3: Use Elastic IPs for all your instances.

All you need is

a laptop with Bash and SSH (no need to even install Chef), and

any vanilla Linux server that you can SSH into.

Why do we run against vanilla servers? In my opinion, the system your deployment scripts run against should be as minimal possible, essentially straight from the vendor. So instead of manually installing packages like Chef and then creating a snapshot to instantiate our VMs from, we will use a freshly installed system and make the entire process scripted. On the downside, we need some bootstrapping code (~30 LOC), but on the upside we get more repeatability and less maintenance overhead, and we stay independent from any specific cloud or virtualization provider.”
chef  tutorial  devops  linux  sysadmin  aws  ec2  via:migurski 
11 days ago
[this is aaronland] interpretation roomba
Brilliant work. Inspiring. RT : (Littlenets references this talk: )”
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13 days ago
Ethermap makes heavy use of WebSockets to synchronize the map editor between all clients. socket.io as a library has been chosen for the automatic fallback to Long-Polling.

Within Leaflet, the L.stamp function has been adapted to provide unique layer id's which are required to synchronize the map content between different clients. Based on the Leaflet.Draw events, all changes are sent to the server, where they are stored in CouchDB and distributed again via WebSockets. Leaflet.Draw has however been modified to allow only one feature to be edited at a time. In addition to that, every change will be transmitted. Usually Leaflet.Draw only applies changes after hitting "Save". The feature properties views are adapted from the JSON categories of the iD editor to provide OSM like feature properties. Changes to the feature properties will also be directly transferred. Features are transferred as GeoJSON objects.

To watch users or show there current workarea, all movements (panning/zooming) are also transferred with the current bounding box of the map window. To prevent feedback, custom event listeners have been used instead of the existing Leaflet events.
maps  geo  community 
13 days ago
RT : Aaron talks about the future, and large pens. @ Makeshift Society Brooklyn
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14 days ago
The Ins and Outs of the Yahoo Flickr Creative Commons 100 Million Dataset | code.flickr.com
"Some photos and videos (3,350,768 to be exact) carry machine tags. Noteworthy machine tags are those having the “siwild” namespace, referring to photos uploaded by scientists of the Smithsonian, and the “taxonomy” namespace, which refers to photos in which flora and fauna have been carefully classified. The most frequently occurring namespace, “uploaded,” refers to the applications used to share the photos on Flickr, which are principally the Flickr and Instagram iOS apps. Other interesting machine tags are those referring to the different filters that can be applied to a photo, or roughly 750,000 photos. Overall, most machine tags are related to food and drink, events, camera and application metadata, as well as locations."
flickr  machinetags 
15 days ago
What Does the US Military's New Space Plane Really Do? | VICE News
But there is one area in the Air Force that is getting money. It's the new hot and sexy trend for those in love with the technological bleeding edge: hypersonics. As other countries chip away at the stealth advantage, there's been more and more interest in going faster and faster. If stealth technology is based on the idea that you can't hit what you can't see, hypersonics go with the idea that you can't hit what you can't catch. A hypersonic missile could reach out and hit a target very quickly, not only evading defenses but nailing elusive targets before they have a chance to get away.
hypersonices  voicefromabove  whosonfirst  space 
15 days ago
The Ins and Outs of the Yahoo Flickr Creative Commons 100 Million Dataset | code.flickr.com
1.17M machine tags have the "siwild" namespace referring to photos uploaded by scientists of the
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16 days ago
Electric Objects - Artist Interview Series - Jenny-odell
RT : We’re excited to announce Jenny Odell as the EO x Net Artist in Residence.
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17 days ago
Make geometries editable in Leaflet.
geo  maps  leaflet  javascript 
18 days ago
the astronauts turned the computers off and guided the moon lander to the surface by touch and feel
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20 days ago
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