Random Notes (3)

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

On the idea of a computer language…

Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.

Preface to the Wizard book
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Software

End of Ventura.

After 10 Years, Ventura Projects, which presented mind-bending installations during Milan Design Week, is shuttering
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Art

Believe It or Not!

A reminder of how profoundly the virus has changed the world that was

More Covid-19: Believe It or Nots

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Design,Humour

Let’s circle back to this when you have the bandwidth.

Why do corporations speak the way they do?
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Business + Economy,Language

Beetle patrol in 1973.

Volkswagen Beetles outside the Police Radio Division at Eu Tong Sen Street in 1973.
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History,Home,Motoring

System 8827485526.

System 8827485526 (Beautiful generative art)
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Art,Software

Modern CSS solutions for old CSS problems.

Elegant modern ways to do old shit in CSS

Modern CSS Solutions is a wonderful resource by Stephanie Eckles. From position: sticky to doing a Ken Burns in CSS, there are so many cool, new things to learn.

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Design,Internet + Web

Shelter in space with Air Khruang.

Generating a playlist curated by Khruangbin
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Music

Today is a good day.

I don’t worry about the wheezing, or whether I’ll ever see the inside of a gym again, or the long term ramifications of school closings and sickness on my daughter’s higher educational prospects. I don’t even think about November. We are alive. It’s a good day.

The recovering Jeffrey Zeldman
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World

Every video call ever.

“Is everyone here? Can you hear me?”
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Humour

Food delivery services, markups, margins and the social divide.

A view of the roads just outside Little India in Serangoon Road taken by Yusuf Abdol Hamid

The Two Sides of Singapore, As Seen By A Food Delivery RiderSometimes, when I’m starting to feel tired and I’m smelling the fried food of my deliveries, I get tempted. I think, maybe tonight I’ll dabao something back instead of cooking for myself. Then I’ll look at the price of food and think, no way man.
When I do a string of delivery, it averages out to $4.50 a delivery. That’s not even an à la carte Zinger at KFC.
Can you imagine cycling half an hour uphill to get a Zinger burger? I don’t think anybody would. Spending money on a mass produced burger that costs more than my effort to send someone a coffee? It doesn’t add up.

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Business + Economy,Home

An addiction metaphor for social media…

Twitter [is] the digital equivalent of cocaine. People first do it because everyone else does. Then it makes them feel witty, confident and popular. Over time, it turns them into obnoxious creeps. In the end, it leaves them out of a job and feeling very sorry about all the people they’ve hurt.

Coronavirus Is Making Us Nostalgic for 1999
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Humour

Popcorn.

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Ideas

Good layout is good layout in any language.

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Design,Language

Replay Gain scan utility for macOS Catalina.

ReplayGain Scan will add tags to music files for playback at a reference loudness on those players that support the tags. It runs on macOS and tested on macOS Catalina

After giving up my Ubuntu laptop recently, I’ve been back on OS X¹ as my primary computer. And it’s been incredibly hard to find a decent ReplayGain scanner tool (to replace my old foobar-on-Wine setup) until I discovered the excellent ReplayGain Scan Utility for Mac OS X by Martin Scott in a Blogger corner of the interweb.

The program does one thing and does it well. Just drag your files and drop it to the app, and it’ll scan and save album gain metadata. Works like a charm on FLAC, M4A, and MP3 files. (Doesn’t work on Lossless AAC if that’s your jam.) If you’re on Catalina, you need the recently updated Version 0.3.

¹Turns out that since 2016, one does not say ‘OS X’.

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Modern Life Is Rubbish

Lost Wheels.

An abandoned 1950 Porsche 356 photographed by Dieter Klein and compiled into his book, Lost Wheels
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Motoring

Waiting for the Sibyl.

William Kentridge's Waiting for the Sibyl
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Art

Hand-drawn New Deal logo from the ’90s.

The original hand-drawn logo for New Deal Skateboards in the 90s.
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Art,Design