Unless they’re true
'This small slice of the material I’ve hoarded is a sliver of a much larger book project, one that will break with the conventions of commonplace books and volumes of quotations by organizing quotes by feel rather than by category.'
commonplacebook  quotes  collecting 
1 hour ago
The Rise and Demise of RSS
Before the internet was consolidated into centralized information silos, RSS imagined a better way to let users control their online personas.
internet  syndication  rss  technology  history 
3 days ago
A whole nother story – MORPH

Words do some truly inventive things when they change, and change they always do.
language  words  change  evolution 
4 days ago
Compress and compare images with different codecs, right in your browser
images  tools  compression  optimisation 
4 days ago
The emotional portmanteau pentagram
On the mastodon.social page , a posting by @Aleums of a scheme for generating a whole family of portmanteaus from a base set of five emotion adjectives: (Ultimate source not identified.) The base set, going clockwise: stressed, horny, angry, sad, hungry 1st order set, the portmanteaus of adjacent items (clockwise again, starting from stressed): strorny, horngry,…
portmanteau  language  emotions  design 
4 days ago
The Science of the Best Fresh Pasta | Serious Eats
Making your own fresh pasta at home sounds intimidating, but it's also an eminently achievable skill. Here's everything you need to know to make a light, springy, delicate fresh pasta that's as well suited to slicing into noodles as it is to making ravioli.
italian  pasta  cooking  food 
8 days ago
A year of drawing
My son Jules woke up on Christmas last year and started drawing. He was 2. (His birthday is in March.) Inspired by Sylvia Fein’s book Heidi’s Horse,
parenting  art  drawing  creativity 
11 days ago
Unlocking the commons
"The most powerful and interesting media model will remain raising money from members who don't just permit but <em>insist</em> that the product be given away for free."
media  crowdsourcing  advertising  communities  members  paywall  revenue  timcarmody  content  commons 
14 days ago
Why the Mediterranean will eventually disappear
IF YOU happen to find yourself on the Mediterranean Sea, take a minute to observe the shore. Watch closely for a while (for a year, to be precise), and you might notice it budge slightly (about 2cm, or a little less than an inch).
geography  continents  tectonics 
14 days ago
What is freemasonry?
THE literature on freemasonry does not offer straightforward explanations. Is it benign or bent on subverting government? Is it a community of knowledge or of the occult? Such questions are not new.
freemasons  communities 
14 days ago
Editorial: Why We Write: On Game Critique, Influence, and Reach
Let's think through the impact critics can have on games and culture.
videogames  criticism  influence  culture  inclusivity 
14 days ago
Life Got You Down? Time to Read The Master and Margarita
'"And what is your particular field of work?" asked Berlioz. "I specialize in black magic."' If many Russian classics are dark and deep and full of the horrors
books  reading  russia  sovietunion  bulgakov  history  literature 
15 days ago
The year of the loyal reader

At the end of the day, bigger may not actually be better when it comes to an engaged audience. Instead of chasing pageview goals this year, I’d love to see more teams focusing on how to increase time on site or pages per visit. I’d love to see more newsrooms talking about how they deliberately plan to move a user from a mobile app to a podcast to a newsletter and back to the mobile site all in the same day or week.

Declining social traffic for everyone, plus the shift to more organic/direct traffic, means loyalty and retention are increasing in priority for publishers. This could mean embracing a paid audience through subscription or membership programs. But it could also mean focusing on habit-forming products like podcasts and newsletters.
news  publishing  attention  metrics  analytics  behaviour  audience  loyalty 
15 days ago
ImageOptim — better Save for Web
A free app that makes images load faster and take less disk space, without sacrificing quality. Removes private EXIF data from photos and improves compression.
osx  mac  software  apps  images  optimisation  compression 
15 days ago
Kurt Gödel and the romance of logic
The great theory of this emaciated genius of philosophy defeated the finest minds of the 20th century—and rescued the idea that there are truths that humans can never prove
mathematics  history  philosophy  godel  logic 
16 days ago
Do You Know Your Tsukemono? A Guide to Japanese Pickles
Japanese pickles—known collectively as tsukemono—can easily go unnoticed as part of a washoku (traditional Japanese) meal. Yet they've rightfully earned their place as a cornerstone food because they serve an important purpose: Japanese food culture is heavily influenced by principles of balance handed down from kaiseki (the national haute cuisine). Here's how to tell your gari from your umeboshi.
food  preserving  japanese  pickles  pickling  vegetables 
16 days ago
Keynote Extractor
The website for Keynote Extractor, the tool to export standard-based HTML out of Keynote documents.
keynote  presentations  tools  html  osx  mac  apps  formats 
24 days ago
The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected
Visionaries thought technology would change books. Instead, it's changed everything about publishing a book.
books  ebooks  writing  publishing  audiobooks  futurism  kindle  technology  crowdsourcing 
26 days ago
Note-Taking Jujitsu, Or How I Make Sense Of What I Read
Note-taking is a problem. It's an interesting problem, but still a problem. Many people have switched over from paper books to digital copies. I am certainly one of the early adopters in this trend, having wrangled Graeme Smith and his sister into facilitating a first iteration of Amazon's Kindl
notetaking  notes  devonthink  kindle  reading  archival  serendipity  howto 
29 days ago
How Americans pretend to love ‘ethnic food’
The lie Americans like to tell themselves about "ethnic food."
food  culture  pricing  multiculturalism 
4 weeks ago
Speech-craft – Snakes and Ladders

Barnes’ self-chosen quixotic task — as outlined in his Preface Fore-Say — is to describe English speech-craft using only English words. The task is quixotic because linguists and lexicographers and grammarians typically use words borrowed from Latin and (less often) Greek.
grammar  speech  words  latinates  linguistics  latin  greek 
4 weeks ago
Remove Background from Image – remove.bg
Remove Image Background: 100% automatically – in 5 seconds – without a single click
images  editing  tools  design  photography 
4 weeks ago
What Is Globalization?
How much has the modern global economy helped or hurt American businesses, workers, and consumers? Here is a guide to this complex and much debated topic.
globalization  politics  economics  geopolitics  business  history 
4 weeks ago
Making of Byrne’s Euclid
C82 is dedicated to the personal and business works of Nicholas Rougeux. Works include data visualization, web design, and inspirational fractal posters.
geometry  mathematics  design  visualisation  euclid  css 
4 weeks ago
Why language might be the optimal self-regulating system | Aeon Essays
Bound by rules, yet constantly changing, language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge
language  linguistics  dictionary  definitions  progress 
4 weeks ago
Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free
Government seeks to prioritise environment and end some of world’s worst traffic congestion
economics  public  transport  luxembourg  environment 
5 weeks ago
Google YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts - Windows - U-M Google-170816
This is the support site for the University of Michigan's Google Apps for Education.
keyboard  shortcuts  google  youtube  accessibility  productivity 
5 weeks ago
AJ archive: Milton Keynes planning study (1969)
To celebrate Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday, the AJ has reproduced an in-depth planning study of the new town from 1969
miltonkeynes  cities  urbanplanning  architecture 
5 weeks ago
Story of cities #34: the struggle for the soul of Milton Keynes
The Long Read: Despite decades of mockery, the city’s modernist buildings and wide boulevards are now hailed as visionary. But as developers move in, could there be trouble in this urban paradise?
miltonkeynes  cities  urbanism  modernism 
5 weeks ago
Why an Age of Machine Learning Needs the Humanities | Public Books
It isn’t easy to be a citizen in 2018. We are told to watch out for bots and biased ...
algorithms  humanities  machinelearning 
5 weeks ago
On Hating ‘Love Actually’ – LOVE/HATE – Medium
I would like to say that I hate Love Actually, but the truth is that no word I possess — hate, contempt, loathing, disgust — can properly capture my rejection of this film. It’s like the onset of…
cinema  politics  brexit  nationalism  empire  history  richardcurtis  loveactually  english 
5 weeks ago
Why You Should Never, Ever Use Quora – Waxy.org
Forget about Quora's security breach. Their ongoing efforts to block access to their content, including a multi-year ban on the Internet Archive, are reason enough to never use them.
quora  api  archival  internet  platforms 
6 weeks ago

An interpunct is, of course, a vertically centered dot originally used to separate words in Latin and ancient Greek. (Spaces weren’t invented until several centuries later.) The interpunct is still in use today—it’s the official decimal point in British currency (£9·99), and is used to represent the dot product of two vectors in mathematics (x · y). Most relevantly, it’s used in Japanese to separate titles, names, and positions, as in “課長補佐 · 鈴木” (Assistant Section Head · Suzuki). It is therefore entirely appropriate as the separator in WALL·E, which is short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter · Earth Class.
typography  design  cinema  monorail  futurism  pixar 
6 weeks ago
What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?
Miranda Carter draws comparisons between President Donald Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II, whose touchiness, unpredictability, and narcissism helped precipitate the fall of the German Empire.
firstworldwar  donaldtrump  politics  history  germany 
7 weeks ago
What happened after thousands of Gurkhas moved to an English town?
“LITTLE KATHMANDU” is how some locals refer to Aldershot, south-west of London. A walk down the high street shows why. Some road signs have been translated into Nepalese. Shopfronts bear notices in the same language, including Namaste Travel and Tours, which advertises cheap shipping to the Himalayas.
migration  nepal  england  gurkha  community  integration  multiculturalism 
7 weeks ago
Did the end of the Great War come too soon?
This month, 100 years ago, the war ended. But had it lasted into 1919 the future of the world might have been very different.
history  firstworldwar  european  war  politics 
7 weeks ago
The World’s Scariest Fonts – Magenta
Seriousness. Humor. Quirkiness. Friendliness. Godliness. Sophistication. Immaturity. Typefaces are called upon by designers to instill all sorts of characteristics in text. But what about horror? Can…
typography  design  horror  movies 
7 weeks ago
Neoliberalism: the idea that swallowed the world

In short, “neoliberalism” is not simply a name for pro-market policies, or for the compromises with finance capitalism made by failing social democratic parties. It is a name for a premise that, quietly, has come to regulate all we practise and believe: that competition is the only legitimate organising principle for human activity.
politics  economics  neoliberalism  competition  capitalism 
7 weeks ago
When Mid-Century Met Modernism – SOM – Medium
Is modernism endlessly relevant, or a thing of the past? Design writer Karrie Jacobs delves into the origins of the term “mid-century modern” and considers what it means for us today.
7 weeks ago
Milton Keynes (a long read) – Andrew Hyams – Medium
Milton Keynes is not Los Angeles. Believe it or not, the comparison is as old as the town itself. The Times drew it in a 1970 editorial, as did even some of the original planners. True, both are…
miltonkeynes  cities  modernism  architecture  urbanism 
7 weeks ago
In the Web’s Hyperreality, Information Is Experience
A neighbor was sweeping his sidewalk, pushing tiny white rocks back into his rock garden. The sky was an uninterrupted blue. A mailman worked his way up the empty street. There were no signs of “Sharia Law.” The migrant caravan was still hundreds of miles away in Mexico. Antifa protesters had yet to descend on…
politics  literacy  news  reality  misinformation  psychology  information  conspiracies  social  facebook 
8 weeks ago
Opinion | Why Sex Is Not Binary
The complexity is more than cultural. It’s biological, too.
gender  sex  identity  science  biology  anatomy 
10 weeks ago
A Quick Guide to Decoding English Place Names
It's generally quite easy to guess the etymology of an English place name, and quite pleasant too, as you get to sound clever. The system...
etymology  geography  england  language 
12 weeks ago
The Best Books on World War I | Five Books Expert Recommendations
Historian Jonathan Boff recommends the best books on World War I, and discusses how societies and individuals respond to the challenges of modern warfare.
war  firstworldwar  books  history 
12 weeks ago
Kitchen revolution: how Nigella Lawson changed food writing
Funny, literary and irreverent, How to Eat reinvented the cookbook. Twenty years on, Bee Wilson explores how Nigella Lawson’s evocative, appetite-driven food writing influenced a generation
food  writing  nigellalawson  beewilson  cookbooks 
october 2018
How to Develop Mediocrity
Here are a list of things you can do so that you’ll never be truly, truly exceptional or standout at anything, but you’ll be mediocre to decent at a lot of things: First, don’t stick with anything for too long. Dive into it enough to learn the fundamentals, but don’t spend any more time thanContinue Reading...
generalist  learning  development 
october 2018
The real victims of campus activism are the students
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. By Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. Penguin Press; 352 pages; $28. Allen Lane; £20.
AFTER John McCain died, a clip from his run for the presidency in 2008 resurfaced on social media.
university  education  society  inclusivity  activism  equality 
october 2018
How a growing market for citrus fruit spawned the mafia | Aeon Essays

Sicily’s mafia sprang from the growing global market for lemons – a tale with sour parallels for consumers today
economics  italy  lemons  citrus  crime  mafia 
september 2018
Britpop is back! What's behind the 90s music revival?
This summer’s Cool Britannia festival showed there is a huge appetite for re-formed 90s bands, including the Bluetones, Echobelly and Sleeper. Was the music really that good – or do people just want nostalgia during uncertain times?
music  culture  1990s  nationalism  identity  britpop  nostalgia  revival 
september 2018
Annelieke's Analytics: How to create a Google Search Console dashboard • Yoast
Want to easily visualize your Google Search Console data with a Google Data Studio dashboard? Annelieke explains how it can be done!
Agency  google  data  visualisation  analytics  seo  dashboard 
september 2018
Why Brutalism and Instagram Don’t Mix
A new exhibition of Yugoslav architecture at MoMA is a refreshing antidote to the online world's obsession with minimalism.
brutalism  architecture  social  instagram  criticism  appropriation  european 
august 2018
An Oral History of ‘GoldenEye 007’ on the N64 – MEL Magazine
The Nintendo 64’s GoldenEye 007 — or GoldenEye 64, as it’s often known — is seen as one of the system’s all-time classics. Aug. 25, 2018, will be the game’s 21st birthday (allowing Bond to finally…
videogames  nintendo  rare  n64  goldeneye  1990s 
august 2018
tactical tip: embedding a vertical reference line in Excel
Today's post is a step-by-step Excel “how-to” inspired by a reader question we received following a recent post on using dotted lines in data visualizations. Dave asked: “Do you know of a trick for drawing vertical lines to delineate years (or actuals/historical vs forecast/future segments of th
excel  howto 
august 2018
Academics explain David Foster Wallace to me
A report from the 5th-annual David Foster Wallace Conference, where the author’s most devoted readers are wondering how to approach him in 2018.
literature  davidfosterwallace  infinitejest  academia  conferences 
august 2018
Common webpage design mistakes
Simple layout and design tips to help you create a stunning webpage
design  ux  blog  howto 
august 2018
How to make seafood paella – recipe
Felicity Cloake’s masterclass It may not be the traditional Valencian way, but follow these steps for a surefire crowdpleaser
food  cooking  recipes  seafood  spanish  rice  paella 
august 2018
Introducing Homer's Iliad
This free course, Introducing Homer's Iliad, focuses on the epic poem telling the story of the Trojan War. It begins with the wider cycle of myths of which the Iliad was a part. It then looks at...
classics  homer  literature  courses 
july 2018
Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD by Martin Aston
My thoughts on the book about 4AD records, plus a 556 track playlist.
music  labels  4ADRecords  playlists  indie 
july 2018
From bedtime stories to bribes: how to get your child reading more
Summer is the perfect time to get children reading, but what if they refuse? Authors and experts reveal tips and tricks for every age group
parenting  reading 
july 2018
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