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Phil Gyford
Stefan Collini · From Robbins to McKinsey: The Dismantling of the Universities · LRB 25 August 2011 - http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33...
On the higher education White Paper: The gradual movement of responsibility for higher education within government towards business departments; the tortuous attempts to balance a free market and a command economy; the odd language ("the mission-statement present", "the dogmatic future tense"); that studying something often isn't wholly enjoyable; that choosing a university "cannot primarily be price-sensitive, adaptive, feedback-governed consumer behaviour; the 1963 Robbins Report's emphasis on intellectual inquiry rather than "meeting the needs of employers." - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Xdissent/ievms - GitHub - https://github.com/xdissen...
"Automated installation of the Microsoft IE App Compat virtual machines." So you can test web stuff in IE on your Mac. (via Tom Taylor) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
How can safety at advanced stop zones be improved for cyclists? | Jorren Knibbe | Environment | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/environ...
Interesting if you're a little too obsessed with cars and cyclists who break the law at junctions. I hadn't realised cars are allowed to stop in ASZs if they're already there when the light turns red. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Vincent van Gogh The Letters - http://vangoghletters.org/vg/
When the (£450) book of letters came out I thought "that'd make a great website." I didn't imagine anything as good as this. Amazing, beautiful stuff. (via @holgate) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
What was daily life like before almost everyone had cell phones? - Quora - http://www.quora.com/What-wa...
I love the responses to this question. I remember it all of course, and it's not that long ago, but it still seems like another world. (via @tomcoates) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Voices Of East Anglia: Inside the Oxford Street HMV Store in the Sixties - http://voicesofeastanglia.blogspot.com/2011...
Lots of great photos of what it used to look like. I love that sweeping staircase. (via @antimega) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
First Watch: The Decemberists, 'Calamity Song' : All Songs Considered Blog : NPR - http://www.npr.org/blogs...
Music video based on the Eschaton tennis scene from David Foster Wallace's novel 'Infinite Jest'. Totally. Awe. Some. My insides have been touched all over. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Camelbak Urban Assault Pack Preview - http://milspecmonkey.com/weargea...
For future reference. Looks like a nice backpack that's thankfully less military than its silly name suggests. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
This looks very nice. Making a stretchable grid for web pages, that changes the number of columns depending on the page width. I want to play with this. (via Waxy) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Rentzsch.tumblr.com: HOWTO Use UTF-8 Throughout Your Web Stack - http://rentzsch.tumblr.com/post...
A couple of things for future reference. (via Daring Fireball) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Scripting Languages: PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby - Hyperpolyglot - http://hyperpolyglot.org/scripti...
Handy comparison of features of Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby, for when my brain has trouble switching. (via Kottke) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Fleet street fox: 43 and never been spanked. - http://www.fleetstreetfox.com/2011...
Other people have made similar points, but it bears repeating over and over. That Gove and co can get away with stealing taxpayers' money while normal people get months in prison for doing very little is obscene. (via @megpickard) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
The Living City (1970) - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
The Living City (1970) - YouTube
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I haven't watched it all yet, but looks interesting: a 1970 half hour film about the post-war rebuilding of the City of London, from the London Metropolitan Archives. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Martin Woodhouse - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news...
"Martin Woodhouse, who has died aged 78, was a psychologist and medic, but worked variously as a novelist, scriptwriter, engineer, programmer, government planner, artificial intelligence researcher and perfumer." That's a life.  (via Infovore) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Stop Coddling the Super-Rich - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2011...
Billionaire Jim Andrews in 'Doonesbury' won't be pleased when he reads Warren Buffett's latest article. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Why Twitter’s Oral Culture Irritates Bill Keller (and why this is an important issue) | technosociology - http://technosociology.org/...
Very good, and worth some time. On how Twitter is conversation, and how that compares with written language that some people are concerned is threatened by social media. (via @blech) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Twitpic, Twitter, Lockerz, YFrog, Mobypic – good or bad? | Jon Boyes - Photographer - blog - http://www.jonboyes.com/blog...
A comparison of the T&Cs of five Twitter-oriented image hosting sites. Avoid Twitter, Lockerz and Twitpic; use YFrog or Mobypic. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
'I have lived over half of my life' | Society | The Observer - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society...
"I felt like something beautiful was rushing at me, moving past and around me at breakneck speed, and I couldn’t gather it in and I didn’t want to see it go." All this, although the end of the article feels dully clichéd. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom – Telegraph Blogs - http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news...
I've read lots of good things about the many causes of the riots. But I can't help but think they all come back to this kind of thing. I am fucking angry. (via everyone) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
BBC News - One word we don't hear enough: 'Erm' - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2...
From January 2010, Michael Blastland shows how wrong the Bank of England's GDP projection fan charts can be. (Also, that daft "The face of uncertainty..." stock photo and caption is priceless.) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
The Battle of Mare Street « Viceland.com - http://www.viceland.com/wp...
A decent report and photos by a style mag from the London riots, #1. (via @alanconnor) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Hackney London Riots | Stylenoir - http://www.stylenoir.co.uk/blog...
A decent report and photos by a style mag from the London riots, #2. (via @catfunt) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
How to Build a Newsroom Time Machine - http://journoterrorist.com/2011...
A student journalism class puts together a newspaper using manual typewriters, scalpels, glue, analogue photography, etc. Sounds like a good exercise and not just because I'm old(ish). (via Waxy) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Cataloguing the walls covered in photos, newspaper clippings, string, etc by obsessive men in movies and TV shows. Because no one else seems to have done this yet. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Planning Application Details - 149-157 Whitecross Street, EC1Y - https://www.islington.gov.uk/onlinep...
For turning half of the row of empty buildings on Whitecross Street into four commercial units and nine flats, in a  faux Victorian/Georgian style. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Alternatives to the Singularity - "Google Docs" - https://docs.google.com/present...
"A collaborative presentation for/by grumpy futurists" (via @yoz) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
A Billion Dollars Isn’t Cool. You Know What’s Cool? Basic Human Decency (TechCrunch) - http://techcrunch.com/2011...
Yes, good, read. Just because dotcom folks might be lovely, and their site may, on balance, be a good thing, they're still a business trying to raise as much money as possible, not a charity trying to make the world a better place. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Chosen - a JavaScript plugin for jQuery and Prototype - makes select boxes better - http://harvesthq.github.com/chosen...
That's a lovely, nicely done thing. (via Infovore) - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
Design View / Andy Rutledge - News Redux - http://andyrutledge.com/news-re...
For completeness, I might as well link to the post that started this flurry of digital news design posts, Andy Rutledge's attempt to redesign a page of the New York Times. - Phil Gyford
Phil Gyford
4 key pieces of audience engagement missing from Andy Rutledge’s news redux - http://www.currybet.net/cbet_bl...
Also, Martin Belam's good critique of Andy Rutledge's unofficial redesign of a New York Times page. - Phil Gyford
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