Overflow, Here’s How, Photomontage and On On!

I’m blogging to deal with overflow.

Here’s How is a great toast.

Interactive Digital Photomontage.

On on! Was a thing my father always used to say when we were jogging or running – all comes from the Hash House Harriers.


Handwritten Oblique Strategies, Sony CCD’s, Gravity Waves, Tommy Flowers and Doing

The original hand-written Oblique Strategies from 1974. Via Richard Kadrey.

New Sony CCD’s.

Gravity waves in Venus’ atmosphere.

“After the war, Flowers was granted £1,000 by the government, payment which did not cover Flowers’ personal investment in the equipment and most of which he shared amongst the staff who helped him build and test Colossus. Ironically, Flowers applied for a loan from the Bank of England to build another machine like Colossus but was denied the loan because the bank did not believe that such a machine could work. He could not argue that he had already designed and built many of these machines because his work on Colossus was covered by the Official Secrets Act. His work in computing was not fully acknowledged until the 1970s.”

Tommy Flowers. Designer of the world’s first programmable electronic computer, the Colossus. Quiet British genius.

“If we’re already going to go through the trouble of doing something, then let’s do something that no one else can do.”

Good words from Errolson Hugh.


Pi Camera, Julia, A Coding Book for Children and Tarkovksy

A camera for the Raspberry PI.

Why Evan Miller is betting on the Julia programming language.

A coding book for children.

All of Tarkovksy’s films are now available online for free.



Work, Systems and Minsky on Music

Does “Do What You Love” devalue workers and work?

Make systems not goals.

Marvin Minsky on Music.


Under the Skin, Death Marches, Going Meta on XKCD and How to Build a Fictional World

I can’t wait for “Under the Skin“. Via Trevor Jackson. Good interview with Trevor on DesignBoom.

Stross on how to survive (coding) death marches.

Regex Golf and a rabbit hole. Meta xkcd in other words. Always go meta!

How to build a fictional world – Kate Messner.




Self-Knowledge Impregnator, 40 Maps, Music Genres and El Topo

I’ve recently been reading Stewart Lee’s excellent autobiography/self critique “How I Escaped My Certain Fate”. It’s great. One of the best bits wasn’t actually about Stewart, but rather the genius that is Simon Munnery and his “Self-Knowledge Impregnator”, deployed at the Cluuub Zarathustra. I won’t ruin the joke, just read. Bonus! Plagarism, in both directions. Double bonus! How to do stand up.

40 maps that explain the world.

Automatically generated new music genres.


Phrases that Pay, Kerbal Space Program, Jaguar Shoes, SLA

The phrases that pay on Kickstarter.

Kerbal Space Program looks great. xkcd’s advice about it, if you work at NASA.

Fusion propulsion IAmA on Reddit. Is IAmA the future of interviews?

“Like The Wickerman sacrificing Bill Oddie to the gods of Countryfile,” Jaguar Shoes said, “Hand of Glory is a pop-up pub that unites a collective of artists in a disquieting, but colourful exhibition of British folk culture.”

New Folk bar in Dalston.

The Pegasus Touch is an SLA 3d printer that looks promising. Things are getting very interesting in the 3D printing space, with several key patents expiring soon.


China, Morozov, Documentaries

What China is like:

Morozov on Makers.

300 documentaries of varying interest.


What’s wrong with TED, House Number Identification and Redditviz

How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View. Via Golan Levin.

An Interactive Map of Reddit.

It’s interesting to realise that Reddit largest stockholder is Condé Nast‘s parent company, Advance Publications. Will iama beat Vanity Fair in the long run? Has it already?


Raspberry PI Motion Detector/Photo Frame, Face Substitution in JS, Cool Tools Book, Light Table is open source, Open Source Match Moving

Building a living photo frame using Raspberry-Pi, by Samuel Clay.

Face Substitution in JS by Audun Mathias Øygard via Stephane Allary.


I read about the Cool Tools Book success with interest. I’ve always wanted to do a super thick magazine on low quality paper with just tons and tons of open content – Wikipedia articles, TV schedules, weather forecasts, doodle pages, everything.  Perhaps everything on a persons hard drive?

Light Table, a promising new kind of IDE is now open source.

Open Source Match Moving.