Life after iPod

The night before I left for NYC my iPod died. It’s four years old so I suppose I should be grateful it lasted this long. It went to consumer appliance heaven with a horrible grinding and whining noise, finished off by the sort of goose-sucked-into-jet-turbine howl-and-crunch that you’d think would require an actual goose. Standing… Continue reading Life after iPod

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Matt’s links

Lots of good stuff over at Matt’s place lately: the wonders of Amazon’s new visual yellow pages, the Wikification of everything (and a very thought-provoking application of del.icio.us tags to BBC content) and links to some amazing Flickr art.

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Sterling’s green links

Bruce Sterling has this fantastically useful list of green (and green-ish) resources at Wired Blogs. Did he dig these links out for himself?

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Reading

Things I’d have read before if I hadn’t been so busy nodding off in front of Hell’s Kitchen. The Economist’s encouraging survey of eCommerce from a couple of weeks ago. Another nice piece from The Economist, this one about the imminent transit of Venus. Freeman Dyson on theoretical science and a fascinating review of a… Continue reading Reading

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Finding fonts

Ivan Pope (yes, Ivan Pope) sent me a link to this very useful (and apparently infallible) typeface identifier. I could seriously have done with something like this about fifteen years ago when I was trying to make my living from ‘Desktop Publishing’ (remember ‘Desktop Publishing’?). It also reminds me of ageless Nico Macdonald, who worked… Continue reading Finding fonts

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A handy colour scheme generator

This is very groovy, although, since ‘pixy‘, who created it, apparently retains copyright in schemes generated, I wonder what the status of a site (or anything else) created using one would be (thanks Ant for the link).

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Things I’d have blogged if I’d been blogging properly lately

Like Freeman Dyson’s excellent review of Vaclav Smil’s ‘The Earth’s Biosphere: Evolution, Dynamics, and Change‘ from the NYRB and Richard Florida’s Boho Britain report, ranking Manchester as Britain’s most creative city (I’m reading Florida’s ‘The Rise of the Creative Class‘) and The Observer’s nice piece about Paul Newman’s other great passion and The New Statesman’s… Continue reading Things I’d have blogged if I’d been blogging properly lately

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Blunkett’s ‘coiled spring’ interview in The New Statesman

“Britain, says the Home Secretary, is now “like a coiled spring”, febrile and tense, and ominously on the lookout for scapegoats. David Blunkett interviewed by John Kampfner. Pity anyone whose daily in-tray begins with terrorists making weapons in bedsits, continues with asylum-seekers being housed in hotels and ends with gangs on shooting sprees in city… Continue reading Blunkett’s ‘coiled spring’ interview in The New Statesman

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New Scientist on 2003

New Scientist’s twelve expected scientific milestones for 2003. The list is behind a log-in but you can get a free trial and, if you subscribe to the print edition, the archive is free.

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Quotas for BBCi

Owen Gibson in The Guardian wants the BBC to be compelled to apply the 25% independent production quota to the web.