- Headdress for OS X — Headdress helps you run multiple Apache vhosts with its simple graphical interface
Tagged as: apache apple macosx osx utility server development
- anti-mega: sociology as free jazz — "the strength of social contact between people cannot be measured by frequency or intensity; a better measure is the number of communication channels used by people" – I like Chris’ ideas, but need to think a bit harder on them.
Tagged as: communication social society design sociology dunbar
- Letterbox: Widescreen Plugin for Mail.app | aaron.harnly.net | Aaron — Might come in handy should I ever get one of them widescreen notebooks.
Tagged as: mail osx application plugin email mac layout
- The Big Ideas Behind Nintendo’s Wii — "The classic controller was something […] gamers had become comfortable with. It had many important elements. But it also had come to dictate a lot of what went into games… Creativity was being stifled, and the range of games was narrowing."
Tagged as: games innovation play creativity wii nintendo inputdevices controllers
- Gamasutra.com – Converging: An Interview With Henry Jenkins — "Every artform, every storytelling tradition needs the ability to represent violence because aggression, trauma, and loss are a fundamental aspect of the human condition. The idea that game violence is in and of itself bad is an absurdity."
Tagged as: games henryjenkins play education video violence society
- Digit news – Casino Royale title sequence stirs — Short article on some of the details of the – frankly stunning – title sequence to Casino Royale. Surprisingly, done by the same designer as the last four movies.
Tagged as: motion graphics film movie casinoroyale titles
- Stupid htaccess Tricks « Perishable Press — Fantastic collection of stuff to do with your .htaccess file, not just copied+pasted, but explained well, too.
Tagged as: htaccess apache security rewrite mod_rewrite urls
- Shirky: Ontology is Overrated — Categories, Links, and Tags — Read it a long while ago, but great to come back to – a fantastic piece of Clay Shirky on fuzzy classifications.
Tagged as: essay folksonomy ia classification critique ontology knowledgemanagement
- The Seven Core Practices of Agile Work (Agile Advice) — Agile Work consists of seven core practices. These practices form a solid starting point for any person, team or community that wishes to follow the Middle Way to Excellence.
Tagged as: agile management development process xp scrum
- Dirt simple .rcss templates — Dirt simple indeed. More importantly, it actually serves the CSS as text/css , which is usually the kicker for me.
Tagged as: css rubyonrails rails erb templating for:dotcode
- Re: Case statements and ERB — Jamis Buck explains how to use case statements in ERB. Useful, given I’d just assumed it wasn’t possible.
Tagged as: ruby rails rubyonrails erb
- Riding Rails: Rails 1.2: Release Candidate 1 — No ActiveResource, but still some interesting patches to the RESTful behaviour in responds_to. Also… the beginnings of multibyte UTF8 support, which is great.
Tagged as: rails ruby unicode rest utf8
21 November 2006
A few days ago, I ran into my college friend Dave, who (amongst other things) is now running a small, independent record label called Kids. Kids release limited-edition, short-run 7″ singles (at the moment); they’ve got a solid lineup (including Paul Hartnoll’s debut single) and, as I bumped into him, Dave was off to a launch party for KIDS009, the latest Wombats single.
We caught up quickly, and he handed me their previous release, the double A-side of It’s Magnetic and Out on 24s (on clear plastic) from Assembly Now. When I got home, I stuck the 7″ on the record player and listened to both sides – really great stuff, and a band I’ll be keeping my eyes on.
What was really interesting, though, was the piece of paper that fell out of the single when I opened it.
On it was written a small note to say that because I’d bought the single, I was entitled to email somebody at Kids who’d send me details of how to obtain the MP3s of that track – for free.
I love this idea. The short runs of 7″ singles that Kids put out are ideal for a small record label trying to find its feet – reasonably cheap to press, I’d imagine, and which can turn a reasonable profit-per-unit. And for their target market, 7″ are still an acceptable distribution format for singles. But their target market also own iPods – and nothing’s more tedious than ripping vinyl to mp3.
So this pattern really works in their favour: people pay money for the music they want to hear on a format convenient for home, and get the mobile format thrown in – because let’s face it, they’re going to find a way to do that anyhow. The convenience of doing things this way around is a huge bonus, though. I hope other small labels do this sort of thing – it’s relatively little effort and cost on top of the pressing, but it’s a smart idea that’s in tune with exactly how people like to listen to music.
And, of course, I hope Kids continues to thrive as a label.
- The Rails Way: Tracks: Part 1 — Various good tips on avoiding acts_as macros…
Tagged as: ruby rails rubyonrails programming metaprogramming
- New Statesman – City of illusions — "The map is an idealisation, a beautiful illusion of symmetry and grace. It gives form and order to the formless and disordered appearance of the capital." – Peter Ackroyd in the New Statesman, on the exhibition of London’s Maps at the BL.
Tagged as: maps cartography culture peterackroyd london cities planning urban architecture
- Liminal Existence: Announcing Jabber::Simple — Dead simple Jabber library for ruby
Tagged as: ruby jabber chatbot chat
- Basic User Authentication in Rails | aidanf.net — I can never have too many authentication crib sheets…
Tagged as: authentication rails ruby programming howto
- Pete Lacey’s Weblog :: The S stands for Simple — "I trust that the guys who wrote this have been shot. It’s not even internally consistent. And what’s with all this HTTP GET bindings. I thought GET was undefined."
Tagged as: rest webservices api architecture software
- Category:Alcoholic Beverages – Achewiki — Alcoholic Beverages are a major part of the Achewood scene. All of the major characters (save Philippe) are known to indulge in alcohol, and each character’s choice of beverage often serves to reveal a bit about their personality.
Tagged as: achewood comics humour beer alcohol cocktails
- Atom 1.0 for WordPress —
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- Marriage is like a wrestling match… (kottke.org) — Despite the sentiment, the love nelson remains an illegal hold of endearment in our household.
Tagged as: funny love wrestling marriage