Monthly Archives: January 2010

Caroline Flyn | 25 Jan 2010

What We’re Reading

1. Alan Rusbridger Hugh Cudlipp memorial speech. Paywalls are only a “hunch”, we must consider other business models.

2. The top 10 government data visualisations and applications

3. Ethical considerations of contacting extraterrestrials“I dislike seeing my children’s destiny being gambled with by a couple of dozen arrogant people who cling to one image of the alien”. (See also, the New Scientist’s short history of ET communication attempts. Quite alarmed at idea of ‘vaginal contractions’ broadcast to the galaxy, but perhaps it will break the ice.)

4. I am delighted about this zoomable paper map of London. It’s pretty and also slightly nerdy, I love it.

5. High School Musical: The College Years.

6. Haiti 360 degree video.

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Caroline Flyn | 21 January 2010

What We’re Reading

1. Where have you been all my life? #12. Highbrow false dust-jackets (“Perfect for the aspirational reader”)

2. Rickets makes a comeback among the computer generation. (Also, interestingly: “Half of all adults in the UK have Vitamin D deficiency in the winter and spring, one in six having severe deficiency.”)

3. If money were no object: luxury treehouses. Swiss Family Robinson-style; spherical tree-dens, straight out of Where the Wild Things Are; ten-storey treehouse; spiral staircases one and two; around an invisible tree.

4. American football fans can look forward to 11 minutes of action and three seconds of cheerleaders each game.

5. HP to enter the 3D printer market. Watch the video, it’s pretty exciting.

6. Gift ideas for nerds #33: new parents. Prenatal music systemNom nom nom bib; ‘Why Cry’ analyser; ‘loading…’ maternity shirt; Sci-fi baby names book.

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Caroline Flyn | 20 January 2010

1. Crayola’s Law: number of colours doubles every 28 years. (And aren’t they beautiful. Reminds me of this)

3. Fingernail modification: pinking shears-style, fingernail removal, fingernail etching, nail art competition.

4. Rubik’s Cube lesson plan. And a how to: solve a Rubik’s Cub in under a minute.

5. Selection of electrical plug concepts: rambler socket, folding plugs, thin plug, secret wall socket pocket.

6. Boots hit by homeopathy ‘overdose’ protest.

7. Make your own David Cameron poster. And some inspiration (I like: “We can’t go on like this, I don’t think we should see each other any more”)

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Caroline Flyn | 13 January 2010

What We’re Reading

1. VVVVV: New indie video game from the creator of Don’t Look Back with only arrow keys and a gravity toggle. Remarkably compelling for such an interface – and you can rack up thousands of lives per run its so difficult.

2. “2010: Living in the Future” – an annotated look back at this delightful 1972 children’s book. (“The clothes may look odd, but they are sensible. The jumpsuits and shoes are made in thousands of colors, from a material so light you can hardly feel it.” Nevertheless, the Skype style lecturing is spot on) H/t Boing Boing

3.Gift ideas for nerds #32: iPhone apps. Dice Bag (ideal for Dungeons and Dragons players), Genetic Decoder, Scientific calculator, Stargazer’s map, Mobile Trader for the serious financier, Light Saber, Text to Binary coder.

4. Relative price of liquids: HP printer ink twice relative price of human blood, several orders of magnitude times that of crude oil.

5. Coal formed during Earth’s worst extinction event brings death, disease to present.

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Caroline Flyn – 11 January 2010

What We're Reading

1. Evgeny Morozov: New law being debated in France that would allow online users to have information about themselves deleted from public domain after certain time period. Already small industry in salvaging online reputations.

2. The desaturated Santa, for when Photoshop is just too simple.

3. Michel de Broin has an excellent online portfolio of conceptual art. I love his burglar alarm silencer, socialising fridges and bicycle with exhaust pipe.

4. Comment central: competition for most pedantic graffiti. My personal favourite, in a pub toilet in Oxford:

"Fuck the Polis"
(the above crossed out and written underneath) 'Fuck the POLICE'
(the above crossed out in turn and written underneath) 'Perhaps they do mean 'polis' and are in fact refering to the Graeco-Roman concept of city state?'

5. Collection of Victorian infographics, h/t Kottke.

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Caroline Flyn – 10 January 2010

What We're Reading

1. "Why I don't have a girlfriend": An application of the Drake equation to love in the UK

2. Fantastic aerial shot of extreme weather conditions across UK – remind you of anything?

3. Don't stop getting flu jabs or anything, but this is one of the most terrifying neurological conditions I've seen.

4. Tauntaun costume. (Even better than the tauntaun sleeping bag)

5. The Americanization of mental illness.

6. One year in 120 seconds – almost seamless timelapse.

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Caroline Flyn – 4 January 2010

What We're Reading

1. Placebos for sale. Get that placebo effect at a very affordable price!

2. The Awl's 'End of the Noughties' project, collected. I like the illustrated 'Tiny Moments of Varying Significance' and the 'Debt-Regret Matrix' ("Oh hai, it's me! The girl Suze Orman warned you about.").

3. Decoder card for Gibberish English-Chinese tattoo font

4. The most important events of the decade, as recorded in the comics

5. Portrait of the Decade 'infographic' from the BBC

6. Gift ideas for nerds #31: toasters. Printer/toaster, transparent toaster (the end of burnt toast), dot-matrix toaster, headlines on toast, Darth Vader toast, USB toaster, hot-dog toaster, hood toaster, flying toasters!

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