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Phil Gyford
Our Universities: How Bad? How Good? by Peter Brooks | The New York Review of Books - http://www.nybooks.com/article...
I'm not sure why I keep finding these articles about universities so interesting. Maybe because it's so hard to pin down what they're *for*, never mind how to achieve that. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
The Mad Men Account by Daniel Mendelsohn | The New York Review of Books - http://www.nybooks.com/article...
"…even as it invites us to be shocked by what it's showing us, it keeps eroticizing what it's showing us too." Yes, all this. I've never understood why the show's supposed to be great. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
James Lasdun · Diary: Police procedurals · LRB 8 September 2011 - http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33...
Really interesting account by a curious writer of using a (US) police department's Firearms Training Simulator. (Subscribers only) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Custom Fit Jeans by Sam & Leona — Kickstarter - http://www.kickstarter.com/project...
Project to make custom-fit jeans for only $60 a pair. I am very sceptical that the material and manufacture can be much good, computerised cutting or not. (via Charles Stross) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
The Wrong Trousers - Charlie's Diary - http://www.antipope.org/charlie...
Charles Stross on his M&S trousers and Scottevest many-pocketed fleece, plus many comments. (via @GreatDismal) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
The New Pants Revue | Beyond The Beyond - http://www.wired.com/beyond_...
Bruce Sterling comparing old and new 5.11 Tactial Pants. I love this SF-writer/fashion crossover point. I tried some of these on recently and they seemed oddly baggy. Maybe I'm too used to jeans. (via @GreatDismal) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Views Differ on Shape of Earth, Climate Edition - http://motherjones.com/kevin-d...
How few Americans have any idea what percentage of scientists think climate change is real. Depressing, and why the BBC (and others) shouldn't try to be "balanced" about the issue. (via Daring Fireball) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
BBC News - A Point of View: The revolution of capitalism - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
John Gray on how capitalism is destroying the bourgeoisie, and how Marx was right about the evils of capitalism, but wrong about communism being the solution. (via Stellar) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Teach our kids to code - e-petitions - http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitio...
Not sure if it's just me, but isn't it only tech people who refer to "computer programming" as "coding"? I can imagine many people, those who matter, having no idea what this petition wants. "Coding? Is that about secret codes? Codebreaking?" - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
My speech to the IAAC | Ben Hammersley's Dangerous Precedent - http://www.benhammersley.com/2011...
Ben's speech to the UK's Information Assurance Advisory Council on how the world has and is changing, how two generations see it differently, and what it means for security. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
I liked the drawing in a 'New Yorker' cartoon of this chap's, Googled him, and lots of his other cartoons are funny too. Nice. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Laptop bags > laptop backpacks > STM Bags - http://www.stmbags.com.au/catalog...
Some nice laptop-friendly, pocket-laden backpacks, for future reference. (via Haddock) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Opinion - Image - NYTimes.com - https://www.nytimes.com/imagepa...
Graphs and charts showing how inequality and household debt in the USA have risen since 1980, especially compared to the more equitable period from 1945-80 (even though productivity was still rising then too). (via Daring Fireball) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Crossword blog | Crosswords | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/crosswo...
I don't play crosswords (yet) but I'm really enjoying Alan Connor's crossword blog. Fascinating and funny. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Wild things: 16 films featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls | Film | Inventory | The A.V. Club - http://www.avclub.com/article...
I'm one of those sensitive boys who has to remind himself when watching these films that the Manic Pixie Dream Girl does not exist. Only in the movies. (via John August) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
The Technium: The Futurist's Dilemma - http://www.kk.org/thetech...
"Any believable prediction will be wrong. Any correct prediction will be unbelievable. ... the sweet spot that science fiction authors aim for" is the point on the cusp of "plausibility and fantasy". - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Three different definitions of retirement and the resulting confusion Early Retirement Extreme: — when more time > more money - http://earlyretirementextreme.com/three-d...
I'm not sure how accurate or generalisable this is, but I like the suggested generational distinctions between what "retirement" means. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Scott Chacon on the Interwebs - GitHub Flow - http://scottchacon.com/2011...
How GitHub manage their own git workflow. Sounds good to me. (via Tom Taylor) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Pret A Manger, With New Fast-Food Ideas, Gains a Foothold in United States - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2011...
That Taco Bell article reminded me of this one about Pret A Manger from a month ago, about how they motivate their staff. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Taco Bell and the Golden Age of Drive-Thru - BusinessWeek - http://www.businessweek.com/print...
On the processes and efficiencies in fast food restaurant kitchens. I had no idea 70% of US fast-food business was drive-thrus. (via Tom Taylor) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Charlie's Diary: The High Frontier, Redux - http://www.antipope.org/charlie...
Charles Stross on why space colonisation is a ridiculous idea. Colonising our own deserts and oceans is much, much easier but we're in no rush to do that. (via Tom Taylor) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
William Gibson's wallet, made of Cuben Fiber CT9K.5. (via @GreatDismal) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Jezdez/django_compressor - GitHub - https://github.com/jezdez...
"Combines and compresses linked and inline Javascript or CSS in a Django templates into cacheable static files by using the compress template tag." Can work with Sass CSS I believe. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Compass Home | Compass Documentation - http://compass-style.org/
"An open-source CSS Authoring Framework" which uses Sass. There's always more to learn. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Sass - Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets - http://sass-lang.com/
"Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more." Compiles sass files into CSS files. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Populations: End of history and the last woman | The Economist - http://www.economist.com/blogs...
Taking projections of declining birth rates literally results in Hong Kong's population dying out in 2798, Brazil by year 5000. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Ulmon Offline Maps and Tourist Travel City Maps & Guides - http://ulmon.com/offlinemaps
Meant to link to this a while back. CityMaps2Go was a really nice offline map viewer for iPhone while I was on holiday. Vector-based, so good detail, and no roaming charges. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Making the Perfect Listing - Gidsy - http://gidsy.com/handboo...
A very nice guide to how to list something on this "community marketplace". Scroll down and things move... (via @mattb) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Some nice looking (printed, not electronic) city maps. (via @antimega) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
The Grim Threat to British Universities by Simon Head | The New York Review of Books - http://www.nybooks.com/article...
A description of the business-derived practices now standard in UK universities, alluded to in the previously-linked LRB article, including the Balanced Scorecard, Key Performance Indicators and Research Assessment Exercise. - Phil Gyford
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