- Can newspapers do blogs right? — Good question, and some useful links (although it’s a US-centric article)
Tagged as: blogs media newspapers publishing
- Rands In Repose: 1.0 — Building companies from the ground. Really good writing.
Tagged as: business development management process startup
- Writing Domain Specific Languages — Jamis Buck on DSLs in Ruby.
Tagged as: domainspecificlanguage dsl programming ruby
- Setting Up a Rails Development Environment and Deploying to Textdrive — The stuff on SVN and proxying behind Apache is useful
Tagged as: rails rub rubyonrails textdrive tutorial
- acts_as_ferret – Trac — Nice – ferret support as a Rails plugin
Tagged as: engine lucene plugin rails ruby rubyonrails search
- HowToIntegrateFerretWithRails in Ruby on Rails — Will probably be better to go with acts_as_ferret, but we’ll see
Tagged as: engine lucene rails ruby rubyonrails search
- Dieter Steffmann @ typOasis — Lovely, lovely Steffmann fonts – and lots of them.
Tagged as: design fonts typography
17 April 2006
So I’ve been playing a lot of Guitar Hero recently. It’s good. It’s very, very good. I wrote a review for Pixelsurgeon, which you can read here. Do read it – it’s one of my favourite bits of writing about games I’ve done, and one of my favourite games I’ve ever played. It’s remarkable; it’s all about music, all about tactile control, and it leaves you with the biggest buzz. If you own a PS2 and even vaguely like music, it’s absoutely worth your time and money.
And if you’re still not sure about that… you could always, as I said, read the review. It’s a review that is mainly about music and love, and has relatively little to do with the mechanics of gaming. I enjoyed writing it hugely.
12 April 2006
Exciting news of the day: I’m going to be speaking at the Reboot conference in Denmark this summer.
Looking forward to it lots, though obviously I need to start working on the talk soon. Still, following ETech, I don’t think I’m going to let myself get quite so stressed.
What follows is the rough pitch I outlined in an email (written, as ever, in conference-abstract-ese); final version may vary, obviously, but I think it conveys the gist of what I want to discuss:
“Telling stories – what social software can learn from Homer, Dickens, and Marvel Comics”
or: “Social software as serial narrative”
Social software is playful, and much ludic analysis has been made of it. But what of narrative analysis? After all, we use this software to tell the grand serial narrative of our lives – cataloguing them via Flickr, journalling them (in whatever form) via our blogs. And then consider the wealth of parallel narratives many people have – a delicious account, a Flickr account, multiple blogs, LiveJournals, MySpace accounts, some contradictory, some anonymous, some fictional, some fact. This isn’t a bug, it’s a feature; we should encourage parallel storytelling, encourage the formation of personas, and make the interaction between these different platforms as complete as it needs to be to support this.
We should design our software around these narrative impulses. In ten, twenty, thirty years time, for good or ill, we will want to look back at the stories we told – for they are part of our greater story. So as well as encouraging parallel narrative, we need to consider how best to support the long ongoing narrative that we weave.
So: let’s look at how, over history, serial narrative has been told, distributed, and retrospectively altered, and see what it tells us about the tools we build to tell our stories.
- Brett’s Absolutely Astounding Interactive Searchable Unicode Chart — Useful. Very, very useful. Converts to/from Unicode, UTF8, Shift-JIS and English/Japanese defintions. Lifesaver.
Tagged as: characters encoding shift-jis typography unicode useful
- Simple SJISUniverter — Also useful, though only works on IE/Windows. Converts to/from Shift-JIS and Unicode encodings, yum
Tagged as: character encoding shift-jis unicode utf8
- Development – Akismet — Distributed spam-catching system. Built for WordPress, but works with anything. Will be putting this to use soon…
Tagged as: antispam api comment spam
- Akismet.rb — Ruby class for checking spam against the Akismet distributed spam-processing service. Could be useful
Tagged as: akismet heuristics ruby spam
- COMICON.com: WARREN ELLIS’ THE MINISTRY 6: PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS — Excellent Ellis piece on public intellectuals – worth a read.
Tagged as: essay intellectual philosophy warrenellis
- Vivabit | The Web’s Bollocks | Introducing DOM Builder —
- Four Modes of Seeking Information and How to Design for Them – Boxes and Arrows — Nice IA piece from boxesandarrow
Tagged as: ia informationarchitecture structure webdesign