Random Notes

Undergoing a public redesign. Please excuse the state of undress.

On app stores, Crazy Frog, and building blocks…

Ringtones introduced the concept of a digital store selling digital things made by a variety of creators. Today we call it an app store, a concept that didn’t exist 20 years ago but that has since become a fundamental building block of the digital world.

How the Custom Ringtone Industry Paved the Way for the App Store — and Then Vanished
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Business + Economy

Outstanding in the field of LinkedIn crap.

Crap on LinkedIn
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Humour

On photography…

Photographs, which fiddle with the scale of the world, themselves get reduced, blown up, cropped, retouched, doctored, tricked out. They age, plagued by the usual ills of paper objects; they disappear; they become valuable, and get bought and sold; they are reproduced. Photographs, which package the world, seem to invite packaging. They are stuck in albums, framed and set on tables, tacked on walls, projected as slides. Newspapers and magazines feature them; cops alphabetize them; museums exhibit them; publishers compile them.

Susan Sontag
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Photography

MS Chrome auto-update.

Auto update of TikTok someday soon?

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Software

Which DJ solves a Rubik’s Cube in the middle of a set?

Ross from Friends, that’s who.

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Music

The web before the walled gardens…

Maybe that’s another reason I’m okay with the web beating out Gopher. I don’t have things like Facebook and its weaponized surveillance platform on my conscience directly… None of the people who invented this technology are happy with how the social media played out.

Gopher creator Mark P. McCahill
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Internet + Web

The Keynote feature for COVID-19.

In Keynote 10.1, it is finally possible to run Keynote presentations within a window, which is great for screen sharing and recording.

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Software

Deadwood Dick.

The Life and Adventures of Nat Love Better Known in the Cattle Country as "Deadwood Dick" by Himself; a True History of Slavery Days, Life on the Great Cattle Ranges and on the Plains of the "Wild and Woolly" West, Based on Facts, and Personal Experiences of the Author.
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Books

Football Behind Closed Doors.

An iconic photo of Eric Cantona re-imagined in today's empty stadiums

Iconic footballing photos re-imagined in today’s empty stadiums.

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Football,Photography

This may be satire.

It's a miracle

With the news these days, it’s hard to say what’s real.

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Modern Life Is Rubbish

Aerial kerning analysis.

Pretty solid kerning, yes?

Very good.

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Typography

I’m a normal person.

Whether to round up or down paralyses me a little.
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Language,Mathematics

BBC Sport in Y2K.

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Internet + Web,Sport

Life, right in front of you, right now…

To spend time with a child is to dwell under the terms of an uneasy truce between the possibility of the present and the inevitability of the future. Our deepest hope for the children we love is that they will enjoy the liberties of an open-ended destiny, that their desires will be given the free play they deserve, that the circumstances of their birth and upbringing will be felt as opportunities rather than encumbrances; our greatest fear is that they will feel thwarted by forces beyond their control. At the same time, we can’t help poring over their faces and gestures for any signals of eventuality — the trace hints and betrayals of what will emerge in time as their character, their plot, their fate. And what we project forward for the children in our midst can rarely be disentangled from what we project backward for ourselves.

Does Who You Are at 7 Determine Who You Are at 63?
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Family

Ways of Seeing , Episode 1.

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Art,Photography

Columnist.

Stylish columns
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Ideas

W.K.W.H.M.W.T.D.

Facebook is too big to govern responsibly. There will always be more work to do because Facebook’s design will always produce more hate than anyone could monitor. How do you reform that? You can’t.

Facebook Can’t Be Reformed
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Internet + Web

The second waves of the 1968-69 influenza pandemic.

The 1968-69 influenza pandemic (sometimes called the Hong Kong flu) had a noticeable second wave which was pretty deadly

Bloomberg: What a Century of Disease Outbreaks Can Teach Us About Covid-19

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Science,World