MS-DOS Games [Internet Archive]
Thousands of DOS games playable in-browser. God bless the Internet Archive.
videogames  dos  nostalgia  internetarchive 
january 2015
your engineering heritage: The Road to the Wrist-Wearable Electronics from Radio to Computer
"Where, then, did Gould get his inspiration, and was he the first person to imagine such a device? The answer is rather complicated but worth exploring as a reminder of the long and winding roads by which an idea reaches the market. Between an original concept sketched for a comic or scribbled on a napkin, and a common object of desire or need, inventions and their backers face a variety of technological, commercial, and consumer obstacles, as well as opportunities. - See more at: http://todaysengineer.org/2013/Oct/history.asp#sthash.wbFdD0e2.dpuf"
watches  history  dicktracy 
november 2014
Buzz Andersen — Whenever a traveler from the East Coast announces...
"Yet on the question of San Francisco vs. Los Angeles, we feel compelled to advance a minority view and admit that we generally like LA, while finding San Francisco, a quaint hamlet that has somehow confused itself with Byzantium, has long benefitted from an uninterrupted stream of booster-spawned propaganda that has hornswoggled the American public. Consequently they believe that what is basically a glorified Austin, a slightly less nippy Ann Arbor, a boho Vancouver, a New Hope writ large or a seismically suspect Charlottesville is actually a first-tier municipality, one that can take its place alongside such world-class North American cities as New York, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, Montreal, and, of course, Los Angeles. Frankly we find this idea quite ludicrous. In our view, San Francisco is Quebec with more Chinese restaurants."
sanfrancisco  cities  quote 
november 2014
Designing the Good Life: The Ethics of User Experience Design
"Similarly, whatever we create as user experience designers influences others - even if we don’t intend it. And as software is eating the world, the domain of our responsibility is rapidly becoming all-encompassing. Layer by layer, question by question, this talk invites you to reflect on the moral dimensions of your work."
design  lecture  ethics 
june 2014
The Technium: A Conversation with Kevin Kelly [Edge.org]
"Every new technology creates almost as many problems that it solves. For most people that statement would suggest that technology is kind of a wash. It's kind of neutral, because if you're creating as many problems as it solves, then it's a 50/50 wash, but the difference in my protopian view versus, say, a neutral view is that all these new technologies bring new possibilities that did not exist before, including the new possibility of doing harm versus good."
kevinkelly  progress  technology  culture  future  edge 
february 2014
Every Earth view from “Gravity” identified in Google Earth | Ogle Earth
"I’ve managed to match the views of Earth in “Gravity” with equivalent views in Google Earth to reconstruct the orbital path of the astronauts. Here’s the resulting KMZ file (8.8 MB) to open in Google Earth, containing all 62 georeferenced screenshots from the movie. Double-click each one to “fly into” the shot."
googleearth  gravity  movies  space  photography 
january 2014
Which side are you on? — Medium
Despite being unable to hold back the old "I've lived in the Mission for the last ten years!" chestnut, a fairly clear-minded look at the latest Google bus scapegoat thing.
gentrification  culture  sanfrancisco  missiondistrict  googlebus  protest 
december 2013
The Soundscape [Cool Tools]
"A few years ago, while listening to the stonemasons’ hammers on the Takht-e-Jamshid in Teheran, I suddenly realized that in all earlier societies the majority of sounds were discrete and interrupted, while today a large portion — perhaps the majority — are continuous. This new sound phenomenon, introduced by the Industrial Revolution and greatly extended by the Electric Revolution, today subjects us to permanent keynotes and swaths of broad-band noise, possessing little personality or sense of progression."
sound  audio 
october 2013
How Smart Can a Watch Really Be? [The New Yorker]
"So there remains a strange undercurrent of hope that somebody—Apple—will figure out, soon, some grander vision for wearable technology, transforming it from something that people have vaguely imagined into something people intensely desire. It did it for smartphones, once, and again, for tablets. The question that Apple has been charged with, since nobody has definitively answered it yet, is whether the lack of an invention that truly carries us beyond the last five hundred years of wrist-mounted technology is the result of a failure of imagination or simply a fact of nature—that a watch will always just be a watch, no matter how smart it might think it is. The fate of wrists everywhere, stripped bare by smartphones, depends on it."
smartwatch  galaxygear  newyorker  apple 
september 2013
The Irish Pub Official Trailer - YouTube
RT : There's a documentary coming out about the irish pub. We're very much looking forward to it.
from twitter
august 2013
Why journalists are afraid of covering the Corrib Gas project | Irish Oil and Gas
RT : Excellent analysis of the quite mundane reasons behind the media's failures in the Corrib Gas controversy
from twitter
august 2013
Facebook Home in in 20 minutes: Designing and prototyping UI in After Effects
My top advice to UI Designers in 2013: learn After Effects. Here, made it ridiculously easy for you:
from twitter
august 2013
Twitter / patrickc: Your US prison chart of the ...
RT : Your US prison chart of the day, presented without comment:
from twitter
august 2013
Emmet has finished Close to the machine by Ellen Ullman - Readmill
My favourite passages from Close to the Machine by Ellen Ullman:
from twitter
july 2013
Gravity - "Detached" [HD] - YouTube
Fully prepared to pin my life's hopes and dreams on Gravity being the greatest thing ever:
from twitter
july 2013
The Act of Killing essay: How Indonesia’s mass killings could have slowed the Vietnam War. - Slate Magazine
"Kennan’s attempt to stop the escalation of the Vietnam War reminds us that if you’re trapped in a narrative, you’re not interested in anything that might contradict that narrative. You’re simply not going to listen. (Doors closed; lights out.) You’re not interested in revisiting the assumptions on which your narrative is based. Kennan wrote about being “enslaved to the dynamics of a single unmanageable situation—to the point where we have lost much of the power of initiative and control over our own policy.”"
errolmorris  history  indonesia  vietnam 
july 2013
Spotify Web Player
This new Vampire Weekend song is pretty much Ladies and Gentlemen by Spiritualized with harpsichord:
from twitter
july 2013
Kaeng Karp
How to play Kaeng Karp:
from twitter
july 2013
303 See Other
“In a single stroke he had what might be safely called a complete vision of the information age.”
from twitter
july 2013
HTML5 Day of the Tentacle
RT : ScummVM was ported to JS with Emscripten! Loom, Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island in the browser: (Audio's Firefox only.)
from twitter
june 2013
Alex Payne — Letter To A Young Programmer Considering A Startup
VCs are the new record label bosses RT : "When you’re young, relationships seem like a renewable resource."
from twitter
june 2013
Snow tracks
"Not only has the world grown faster, but so, we like to think, has our ability to look into the future. After all, if we know the beat, then we need only count the steps ahead to picture where the dance will take us.

But in fact, all we really see is a masquerade: ourselves and our world dressed up in strange clothes and operating even stranger technology. Just as our imaginations cannot encompass the past, neither can they imagine a future that is the consequence of a trillion random events and odd trajectories occurring between now and then. Most of us, we cannot imagine—or simply don’t care—about a future without us.

Yet, though it too is a lie, the future offers one thing the past cannot. We can actually inhabit it."
writing  siliconvalley  future  nostalgia 
may 2013
Untitled (https://plus.google.com/102990836976265123684/posts/7XqW7zCb9dv)
I do this ALL THE TIME. Remember our visit to ILM? Same problem: . Also videogames:
from twitter
may 2013
Interface nostalgia
I do this ALL THE TIME. Remember our visit to ILM? Same problem: . Also videogames:
from twitter
may 2013
Inside Google's Secret Lab [Businessweek]
Profile of Google [x], my alma mater: "Although still young, Google X already has a tradition. As a project evolves beyond the scope of the lab or fails to pan out, the researchers gather for a formal graduation ceremony, complete with diplomas and mortarboards emblazoned with the letter X, to bid goodbye to the people who worked on the project."
google  googlex 
may 2013
A Real-Life Tricorder That Lets You Scan Your Vitals At Home [Co.Design]
"Scout differs from other trackers by drawing our attention outward: “Everyone in the market is making clips or bracelets or watches like Basis. And now Apple is too. But in the end all these devices are very narcissistic because they continuously track, but they do not bring out the healer or the empathy in us.” Even if the person you’re healing is you, the process is more action-oriented than checking your daily calorie count."
scanadu  health  quantifiedself  biometrics 
may 2013
Bootstrapping the Industrial Age [The Technium]
"This is also the explanation of why we should not confuse a good clear view of the future with a short distance. We can see the perfect outlines of where technology is going, but we tend to overestimate how soon it will come. Usually the delay (in our eager eyes) is due to the invisible ecology of other needed technologies that aren’t ready yet.  The invention will hang suspended in the future for many years, not coming any closer the now. Then when the ignored co-technologies are in place it will appear in our lives in a sudden, with much surprise and applause for its unexpected appearance."
inventions  culture  future  technology  kevinkelly 
may 2013
Learning From Los Gatos — The Peer Society — Medium
Steven Johnson refutes that SV is packed with libertarians: "The whole premise of stakeholder capitalism offers a powerful and distinct message, because it gets at both our desire to be competitive in the global marketplace, but also to be more fair and equitable in the way we share our wealth. True libertarians would be repulsed at the thought, but the success of Silicon Valley even suggests that governments could do much more to encourage these kinds of internal compensation structures, in the name of better business and social cohesion. (Not to mention old-fashioned fairness.)"
stevenjohnson  siliconvalley  libertarianism  politics  georgepacker  newyorker  medium 
may 2013
George Packer: Can Silicon Valley Embrace Politics? : The New Yorker
RT : George Packer has a great piece on Silicon Valley & its slogans in the latest New Yorker (alas subscribers only)
from twitter
may 2013
Biomass (ecology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Right, it surely must be just animal biomass. Wikipedia says there’s 1000× more plant life than animal:
from twitter
may 2013
Accelerate the Contradictions!: The Ideological Animal
Humans and domesticated animals 10,000 years ago: 0.1% of all biomass on earth. Today: 98%! That's a lot of cows.
from twitter
may 2013
HERE IS TODAY
RT : Two beautiful, simple, powerful time visualizations: and
from twitter
may 2013
BOLIDES - Visualizing meteorites
RT : Two beautiful, simple, powerful time visualizations: and
from twitter
may 2013
On Thingpunk [Ideas For Dozens]
"It’s easy to fetishize Brutalist buildings when you don’t have to live in them. On the other hand, when the same Brutalist style is translated into the digital spaces we daily inhabit, it becomes a source of endless whinging. Facebook, for example, is Brutalist social media. It reproduces much the same relationship with its users as the Riis Houses and their ilk do with their residents: focusing on control and integration into the high-level planning scheme rather than individual life and the “ballet of a good blog comment thread”, to paraphrase Jane Jacobs."
design  modernism  urbanism 
may 2013
Hack Your Own Adventure Tours [Cool Tools]
This is exactly how I plan trips to interesting places.
travel  adventure  cooltools 
may 2013
Untitled (http://i.imgur.com/CK6aONG.jpg)
RT : One of the most simple but mind-blowing population maps that I've ever seen:
from twitter
may 2013
Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth Catalog, the book that changed the world | Books | The Observer
RT : "Stewart Brand has continued to evolve and change and at 74, he's still out there at the intellectual cutting edge"
from twitter
may 2013
History of San Francisco Place Names
Guerrero St: "He was murdered at the corner of 12th Street & Mission Street in 1851 by a man on horseback who struck him with a slingshot. He was scheduled as a witness in a high-profile fraud case and the killing may have been to silence his testimony."
sanfrancisco  history  street  names  etymology 
april 2013
30 Days of animation on Vimeo
Love the economy of these little animation sketches:
from twitter
april 2013
Blackstrap - Home
"You choose the articles you want to read later using Instapaper, Pocket, or favoriting them on Twitter. We print and bind them in a book and mail it to you, for $15."
instapaper  books  printondemand 
april 2013
Public Books — Errol Morris, Forensic Epistemologist
"But I’d go so far as to say it’s better to be skeptical about the nature of vision than to accept it uncritically. I once came up with this line that I still like very much: “Better to be a Humean than a human.” And by that I simply express my enthusiasm for David Hume who was one of the great skeptics about the nature of experience."
errolmorris  interview  photography 
april 2013
Class-Divided Cities: San Francisco Edition [The Atlantic Cities]
"The map above charts the geography of class for the city of San Francisco. The creative class lives in the areas that are shaded in purple, the red areas are primarily service class, and the blue are working class."
sanfrancisco  gentrification  mapping 
april 2013
Untitled (http://fplus.me/dvu)
RT : A fun list of tech-induced gestural contortions.
from twitter
march 2013
Project CAT820 – Joy Divisualization
Processing.js version of the Unknown Pleasures album cover.
processing  javascript  joydivision  unknownpleasures  albumcovers  music 
march 2013
What Your Culture Really Says - Pretty Little State Machine
RT : New blog post: What Your Culture Really Says, and the toxic lies afoot in Silicon Valley
from twitter
february 2013
Untitled (http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/we-are-so-very-very-very-small.html)
RT : We are so very, very, very small. The known planets and the suns they orbit
from twitter
february 2013
nepal: un álbum de Flickr
Finally uploaded some photos from our trip to Nepal last year:
from twitter
february 2013
Las Vegas fine-food supplier Brett Ottolenghi : The New Yorker
Although Vegas, a huge resource-hungry city in the middle of a desert, is a GREAT research project for a lunar outpost:
from twitter
january 2013
Gospel of Intolerance - Video - The New York Times
Intriguing new format in these NTY "Op-Docs": American but global, journalistic but opinionated: ,
from twitter
january 2013
Death of a Prisoner - Video - The New York Times
Intriguing new format in these NTY "Op-Docs": American but global, journalistic but opinionated: ,
from twitter
january 2013
Fitness by design [Domus]
"But I saw that I was faced with a body that was in bad shape because of the "software" that was running on its brain. There is a movement — at the moment a weak signal among "alpha geeks" predisposed to obsessive tendencies — preoccupied with measuring and quantifying the self. The idea itself isn't new: notice and measure things about your "software" and your "hardware" and then try to affect them. But as ever, technology trickles down to the consumer and makes what used to be difficult easy, and what was once obscure accessible."
quantifiedself  fitness  health  domus 
january 2013
File:Lockstitch.gif - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In SF, here for next two weeks. Ping me if you want to talk about sewing machine or lock GIFs · ·
from twitter
january 2013
cineraria, How locks work - Animation - YouTube
In SF, here for next two weeks. Ping me if you want to talk about sewing machine or lock GIFs · ·
from twitter
january 2013
Untitled (http://i.imgur.com/PdJUk.gif)
RT : I've stared at this for five minutes and it's still magic to me... How does sewing work?
from twitter
january 2013
President Obama Would Choose to Fight the Horse-Sized Duck - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic
“He came to realize that it would be politically disastrous for Obama to fight the duck-sized horses.”
from twitter
january 2013
Kentucky Route Zero
Kentucky Route Zero. Looks like Limbo meets Superbrothers, plays like a Lucasarts point and click. Get this game.
from twitter
january 2013
The Dronenet
Starting work on my new dystopic sci-fi novel about how Amazon gets into dealing and turns evil.
from twitter
january 2013
GameStick: The Most Portable TV Games Console Ever Created by GameStick — Kickstarter
It's just collecting dust. Tempted to try something more lightweight instead, like or .
from twitter
january 2013
OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console by OUYA — Kickstarter
It's just collecting dust. Tempted to try something more lightweight instead, like or .
from twitter
january 2013
How low (power) can you go? [Charlie's Diary]
"The logical end-point of Moore’s Law and Koomey’s Law is a computer for every square metre of land area on this planet — within our lifetimes."
future  ubicomp 
january 2013
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