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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
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
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