weekly reel June 24, 2014
Damon Albarn tells us about our Photographs:
And this week, a batch of news from-the-internets-and-about-the-internets:
- This Is Phil Fish, good mini-documentary about internet culture and celebrity.
- Two beautiful StillDrinking articles:
- On TL;DR: The Big Truth.
- One Space, Two Space, Shut Up, #@$% You, on human exchanges and the impossibility of real discussion on the web:
"As a species, we've been pretending for centuries that the content of our conversation is the important thing. There is an intense form of conversation where this is true, but it's a taxing way to relate. The better part of our dialogue is a way to get to know people, pass time, and feel closer to each other, and this is the bedrock upon which to have the taxing kind of conversation, the occasional argument, and exchange complicated or sensitive information. The internet wars remove this bedrock, to better document the fragility of our egos, and their volcanic responses to challenge."
weekly reel June 16, 2014
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality, funny and informative, via waxy links.
- Flight mode on, Chris Heilmann sounding like an old fart and saying true things about our web:
We call this web of now social. We have amazing connections and collaboration tools. We have feedback channels beyond our dreams. But we rush through them. Instead of commenting and giving feedback we like, share and +1. Instead of writing a thought out response, we post a reaction GIF. Instead of communicating, we play catch up.
- Tickets for Restaurants.
- ArnoldC, the Schwarzenegger-quote-based programming language. Via waxy links.
weekly reel June 01, 2014
In my ears this week, a lot of the sublime Audiorama by Mermonte, thanks Bertrand!
In the news,
- Slot antennas for amateur radio bands - Calculations & simulation with OpenEMS (direct link to PDF), new paper from my bro about making accessible antenna designs that traditionnally require heavy research and material investment. Awesome.
- Faking Cultural Literacy, via kottke. Excellent read.
"The information is everywhere, a constant feed in our hands, in our pockets, on our desktops, our cars, even in the cloud. The data stream can’t be shut off. It pours into our lives a rising tide of words, facts, jokes, GIFs, gossip and commentary that threatens to drown us. Perhaps it is this fear of submersion that is behind this insistence that we’ve seen, we’ve read, we know. It’s a none-too-convincing assertion that we are still afloat. So here we are, desperately paddling, making observations about pop culture memes, because to admit that we’ve fallen behind, that we don’t know what anyone is talking about, that we have nothing to say about each passing blip on the screen, is to be dead."
- Anti-vaxx? How about pro-disease?, the U.S. are scary.
- TrueCrypt.org doing weird things. Via HN, where good geek-speculation happen.
- The Internet With A Human Face, Maciej Cegłowski on privacy, "Investor Storytime" and the grim state of the modern Internet. Via waxy links.
- SMBC #3370, on technology vs. privacy.
weekly reel May 26, 2014
- The Emerging Global Web, wow.
- My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria-Rich Hygiene Experiment, want. Via my bro.
- Maybe you should be afraid of Google, Rafe Colburn commenting on the recent classification of Metacritic as content farm by Google: "Google is to Internet businesses like weather is to farmers. You can have fertile soil, plant the right crops, and run your farm incredibly well, but if it doesn’t rain, you’re not going to have anything to harvest in the end. By the same token, if Google makes a change that directs traffic away from your site, you’ll find yourself in the same situation as MetaFilter".
- Aug(De)Mented Reality , via waxy links.
weekly reel May 19, 2014
And in the wild wild world,
- No Time or "How did we get so busy?", via Hipster News.
- Why cyclists should be able to roll through stop signs and ride through red lights.
- Loving what I used to hate, another wisdom nugget by Derek Sivers.
- Amazing Military Infographics, via waxy links.
- If Internet Providers Ran Public Services, net-neutrali-what?
weekly reel May 11, 2014
weekly reel May 04, 2014
Derek Sivers tells us The Meaning of Life:
News news news:
- Goodbye, Net Neutrality; Hello, Net Discrimination, shame on FCC.
- Drowning in problems, a Ludum Dare game by Notch. Via waxy links.
- Burying the URL, unsure what to think of that: URLs are ugly, but they sure "are the entire point of the web". Also, Improving the URL bar focuses on the security benefits of the approach. Via HN.
- Artist Creates Incredible Photographs Out of Mold . Via kottke.
- Gerry Conway: The ComiXology Outrage.
weekly reel April 13, 2014
- Ducks, thoughtful comic about our devastating not-my-business attitude towards environment. Via waxy links.
- Re: Your Ire Is Misdirected, best post on the Mozilla / Brendan Eich debacle. Via Planet Mozilla.
- That Pretty Much Wraps it Up for C, Brent Simmons arguing in the light of Heartbleed that do-whatever-you-want languages like C are no longer desirable. Via rc3.
- WTF: Wiretap Proponent Condoleezza Rice Joins Dropboxs Board.
- Who Needs Clicks? Blogger Vi Hart Goes Wildly, Dramatically Dull. Via waxy links.
- Five Reasons Not To Raise Venture Capital, via waxy links.
weekly reel April 06, 2014
Salut à toi. This week, Serengeti + Son Lux + Sufjan Stevens = Sisyphus. Darn good:
- The end of polio declared in India.
- Web Hosting For App Developers, concise, sane advice from Marco Arment: stick to boring, interchangeable, stable tools.
- Dustin Curtis on Facebook's (but could be Google) addiction on metrics to the detriment of UX: Whatever goes up, thats what we do.
- Slow Life, crazy underwater images. Via kottke.
- The shoe master.
- The Daily Routines of Geniuses, via kottke.
- How to Be a Successful DIY Artist. Via waxy links.
- Web Fiction, Serialized and Social, on Wattpad, novel publishing platform.
- Busting the mattress racket and More on the mattress racket.
- Imitone, app that converts voice to synth instruments. Via waxy links.
- SMBC #3310.