Link roundup – mega edition
Dec 19, 2010
Sorry for this screed, but it appears I haven’t had my Delicious links properly linked up lately. It’s worth it, I swear, if only for the casu marzu.
- The Suits of James Bond - Well, just that, really. Good fetishism.
- Clive Thompson: Will the word processor destroy our ability to think? - Looking at the impact of cut and paste on writing, and asking the question: has it changed the way we think? I can't really imagine writing anything fully structured in one pass, but I must have done so when I was at school and early university. It's strange to realise how alien the concept is now.
- Designing Media: Interviews - Hyper interesting - a series of fantastic four-minute interviews with leading editors, designers and writers about the changing form of media, all to publicise Bill Moggridge's new Designing Media book. Includes Neil Stevenson on making PopBitch, Chris Anderson on Wired's relationship with its website, Ira Glass on telling narratives and Mark Zuckerberg on sharing and social connections.
- The Twitter Hulks - From Feminist Hulk to Cross-dressing Hulk, Lit-crit Hulk to Film-crit Hulk.
- Paleo-Future Blog: Dawn of the Wireless Phone - Professor William Edward Ayrton wondered in 1901 what it would mean to have portable, wireless telephones: "Think of what this would mean, of the calling which goes on every day from room to room of a house, and then think of that calling extending from pole to pole, not a noisy babble, but a call audible to him who wants to hear, and absolutely silent to all others. It would be almost like dreamland and ghostland, not the ghostland cultivated by a heated imagination, but a real communication from a distance based on true physical laws."
- Chris Burden's Metropolis II - "It includes 1,200 custom-designed cars and 18 lanes; 13 toy trains and tracks; and, dotting the landscape, buildings made of wood block, tiles, Legos and Lincoln Logs. The crew is still at work on the installation. In "Metropolis II," by his calculation, "every hour 100,000 cars circulate through the city," Mr. Burden said. "It has an audio quality to it. When you have 1,200 cars circulating it mimics a real freeway. It's quite intense.""
- Batman symbols - Must be most, if not all of the Batman symbols. A remarkable range of shapes, but all maintain its distinctive identity.
- NYT: The Attention-Span Myth - "At some point, we stopped calling Tom Sawyer-style distractibility either animal spirits or a discipline problem. We started to call it sick..." What exactly is an attention span? And is it really good to have one? Great piece of assumption busting.
- Nine Eyes of Google Street View - Jon Rafman's cuts of Street View, showing beauty and ugliness, humour and horror in momentary, sliced, sections of the world. Makes you realise that, though public, streets tend to go often unobserved. And it's a project that seems rooted in a kind of compulsive madness of panning and zooming. Deckard surely has nothing on Rafman.
- The Atlantic: The 12 Timeless Rules for Making a Good Publication - The Atlantic's mid-20th century exceedingly elegant and thoughtful editorial guidelines. My favourite: "Always remember that the fastidious element in the Atlantic audience is its permanent and valuable core."
- Clay Shirky: The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics - Guess what! Shirky doesn't think it's been an enormous success. Expanding on that, the venture "suggests that paywalls don’t and can’t rescue current organizational forms".
- On Set: Empire Strikes Back - Vanity Fair - Pictures from the set of Empire Strikes Back show the wonderful mundanity of making fantasy. Mattresses scattered beneath the platform during the climatic scene between Vader and Skywalker, model makers towering above AT-ATs. Also, check the way they created the yellow scrolling text at the start - they actually filmed it.
- Human landscapes in SW Florida - Patterns amid natural forms in new housing estates in Florida.
- Cheese I'm afraid of #43: casu marzu - Maggot-riddled casu marzu from Sardinia doesn't sound like my thing. It's eaten with thousands of maggots still in it, maggots which are not only able to jump six inches but also have mouthhooks which they can use to tear up your insides.