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Phil Gyford
James Meek · It’s already happened: The NHS Goes Private · LRB 22 September 2011 - http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33...
Long, good, interesting, righteous-anger-inducing article about the ongoing privatisation of the NHS, and how the service compares to other options. I am struggling not to swear. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Infovore » A quick guide to Inspector Spacetime - http://infovore.org/archive...
A lovely account of an amazing runaway myth created by fans out of a single throwaway joke in an episode of 'Community'. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
A Story of GameLayers, Inc. - http://links.net/vita...
Justin Hall's lengthy account of starting, running and then closing his startup GameLayers. A good read. (via @jah) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
The Army Rumour Service - http://www.arrse.co.uk/forum...
Next in my occasional series titled "I love good forums dedicated to particular careers." This one's about the British army. (via Soldier Systems) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
BBC Dimensions: How Many Really? - http://howmanyreally.com/
Lovely thing from BERG that "compares the number of people involved in key historical events or situations to the people you know through Facebook or Twitter." Very good. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
LR-iTunes – Lightroom to iTunes plug-in - John Beardsworth - http://www.beardsworth.co.uk/lightro...
A handy, free Adobe Lightroom plugin that makes it simple to export albums of photos to a folder that iTunes can then sync with your iPhone/iPad. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Association of Professional Futurists - V-Gathering Futures Festival - http://profuturists.org/events...
A bit tempted by paying to watch the sessions from this. (via @wendyinfutures) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Organize anything, together. | Trello - https://trello.com/
Really, really nicely done web app for managing tasks, lists, projects, teams, collaboration. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Jason Scott has been busy importing loads of old computer magazines into Internet Archive. Great stuff (and a great job!). - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
[Noisebridge-discuss] update on the shrine! - https://www.noisebridge.net/piperma...
Brilliant email from Danny O'Brien about the San Francisco hacker space Noisebridge's problems with a lama using one of their rooms for meditation. - Phil Gyford
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
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