Cinesift: A movie database site that combines Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Letterboxd and Metacritic scores, with Netflix, Amazon Prime and DVD availability, to quickly help users find what to watch.
- Jheronimus Bosch – the Garden of Earthly Delights
- Full cast radio adaptations of The Big Sleep, The Lady in the Lake, Farewell My Lovely, The Long Goodbye, The High Window, and three more Raymond Chandler mysteries.
- 60 Free Film Noir movies
- Reading Design
Reading Design is an online archive of critical writing about design.
- booktwo.org | Literature + Technology
The blog of James Bridle: literature, technology and the network, since 2006.
- You Can't Understand American Politics Without Reading This Study
"Let’s put this clearly: the stressor at work here is the perceived and real loss of the social and economic advantages of being white."
- Web Design – The First 100 Years
"Let’s reclaim the web from technologists who tell us that the future they’ve imagined is inevitable, and that our role in it is as consumers."
(What kind of weird recursive shit happens if you save @pinboard’s writing to Pinboard?)
"Drawing from his love of punk rock and swiss modernism… Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, new wave, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters."
- The Pulp Magazines Project
An archive of all-fiction pulpwood magazines from 1896-1946
- National Climate Assessment
The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.
- The Life of Air – Books
Dwelling, Communicating, Manipulating
- Biosemiotics – Nature | Culture | Science | Semiosis
Living Books About Life
- The Status Project.
"The status project is surveying these class systems of human being management and is producing maps of influence, flow charts of intergrated logic and personal portraits for both comprehension and mobility."
- transitionsf | Transition San Francisco
"To promote and inspire an abundant, local and resilient San Francisco by unleashing the collective genius of our community to dramatically reduce carbon emissions – in response to climate change; to significantly rebuild resilience – in response to peak oil; and to greatly strengthen our local economy -in response to economic instability."
- What Could Disappear – NYTimes.com
- A Stand-up Desk (Ikea hack) : Kelli Anderson
- The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies | Serious Eats: Sweets
- Lead Masks Case – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Climate Change: Index
- Flying Lotus: Until The Quiet Comes | What Matters Most
A short film by Kahlil Joseph featuring music from the Flying Lotus album.
Filmed on 35mm in Los Angeles, CA
- SFMOMA | Rauschenberg Research Project
"The Rauschenberg Research Project provides free worldwide access to a wealth of scholarly research and documentation relating to artworks by Robert Rauschenberg in SFMOMA’s permanent collection."
- Finding the Quiet City
- Patricia Lockwood, "Rape Joke"
- The Perils of Perfection – NYTimes.com
Thus, forgetting and inconsistency become ?problems? simply because we have the tools to get rid of them ? and not because we?ve weighed all the philosophical pros and cons.
- Tumblr Noise
"This blog provides everything from Harsh Noise, Ambient Noise, Power Electronics and pretty much anything in between."
- Museum of American Packaging – a set on Flickr
- The Nature of Code
"This book focuses on the programming strategies and techniques behind computer simulations of natural systems using Processing."
- iPhone 5? Yawn. What Will the ‘Phone’ of 2022 Look Like? – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic
- Eastgate: hypertext and the linearity of history
"Others simply fear that there is no place for links within a coherent narrative, that hypertext is the exclusive province of technical manuals on the one hand and incoherent postmodernism on the other."
- What happened to hypertext fiction? | MetaFilter
"If you think that the flowering of the movement occurred too soon for the technology to carry it off successfully, turn to page 34."
- Why the book?s future never happened – Salon.com
"If you were alive and literate in the 1990s, you may remember the hype with which hypertext was touted as the next big thing: a medium that had the potential to transform storytelling in the post-Gutenberg era… And then ? nothing happened."
- Interactive Fiction In The iOS Age: A Text-Based Love Story
Resources for making and consuming interactive fiction, on Mac and iOS. Better interfaces needed all around.
- Why I Stopped Pirating Music | Cult of Mac
A few nice insights into how the frictionless ease of amassing a collection of music changes your relationship to it:
"…but it?s the hallmark of someone who is approaching art as a commodity that comes from a faucet. I wasn?t investing in music with either my time, my money or my attention: I was just turning it on."
And how services like Spotify ("a way of listening to vast quantities of new music that didn?t break the bank, but also didn?t need to be hidden or equivocated around") can change it back, by removing the weird, Pavlovian satisfaction that comes from simply acquiring and storing things:
"Instead of collecting digital music files, Spotify made me sit down and listen. Before, merely downloading an album had, in some small sense, fulfilled me, whether I listened to it or not. But now I approached each album singly, not as a commodity to be pilfered in bulk and hoarded, but as something I was setting out to experience, right then and there."
- Digital Divide: Contemporary art and new media – artforum.com / in print
"So why do I have a sense that the appearance and content of contemporary art have been curiously unresponsive to the total upheaval in our labor and leisure inaugurated by the digital revolution? While many artists use digital technology, how many really confront the question of what it means to think, see, and filter affect through the digital??"
Um, I’m fairly certain you have this "sense" because you deliberately push aside new media art and inexplicably refuse to group it with the rest of contemporary practice:
"There is, of course, an entire sphere of ‘new media’ art, but this is a specialized field of its own: It rarely overlaps with the mainstream art world (commercial galleries, the Turner Prize, national pavilions at Venice)?"
…and then proceed to ignore it for the rest of the article. Such an unbelievably strange (and symptomatic) essay to write after all that annoying talk of the New Aesthetic this past spring. If what you’re looking for are paintings (hanging in a traditional gallery, of course) that address augmented reality vision or something, there’s plenty of that bullshit, too.
- The Rise And Fall Of Grunge Typography
What would 90s web design have looked like without Raygun magazine? What would 00s web design have looked like without 90s web design?
- How CNN and Fox screwed up the Supreme Court Obamacare decision
"I told him: ‘We?re not racing you’; in a decision this long and complicated, ‘no one will remember if you move this story first or we do,’ but the ‘only thing anyone will ever remember is if we f*** it up.’"
Satisfyingly wonky timeline of how this particular news sausage got made (and made wrong).
- Flickr: x-ray delta one’s Photostream
Scanned ephemera from advertising, etc.
- Novels set in San Francisco and the Bay Area
- Test Cards from the analog TV era
What would it be worth to you if I recreated these in HTML?
- Outside Influences: Of Crime And The City | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
- On The Market
"Here are some more qualities that make a work of art valuable: it is ?representative? (it looks like?and was executed in the same era as?other valuable works by the same artist); it has ?a good provenance? (important people have owned it before); it is ?included in the literature? (critics or historians have written about it in a museum catalogue or book published by a university press). Adolph Gottlieb paintings should have sun-discs in them. Cy Twomblys are best with squiggles. When it comes to Ellsworth Kelly, the more ?totemic? the better."
- Urban Forest Map
A fairly exhaustive inventory of each tree in San Francisco
- Anatomy of Norbiton: prospectus – otium liberale
"And so to provide myself with some new co-ordinates by which I could situate myself, I found myself using the Classical distinction between otium and negotium (disengagement from and engagement with the world, respectively; see glossary) to rough out the zones of my life, give it some sort of broad form: like scratching out the perimeter of a new city in the dry earth with a pair of oxen and a plough."
As with every chapter of Anatomy of Norbiton, which I graze through slowly on Instapaper, this is a goddamn joy to read.
- Feet In Smoke: A Story About Electrified Near-Death
- (3) Stealth Mountain (stealthmountain) on Twitter
I alert twitter users that they typed sneak peak when they meant sneak peek.
- Sentient City Survival Kit
artifacts for survival in the near-future sentient city
"Serendipitor is an alternative navigation app for the iPhone that helps you find something by looking for something else. The app combines directions generated by a routing service… with instructions for action and movement inspired by Fluxus, Vito Acconci, and Yoko Ono, among others."