Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 11th (July 2008)

 Urban Versioning System 1.0 by Matthew Fuller, Usman Haque (Book) in Arts & Photography_1215727357699

Looking back on the sites the caught my attention this last week for Link Drop one of the themes I noticed was that they lacked a lot of images (for what’s that worth). There’s nothing wrong with that of course though it was noticeable that I was jumping around a little less and reading more. On another note, it felt like I just finished typing my last Link Drop yesterday. Hopefully you survived the week, see you same time next week.

– Michael

 Urban Versioning System 1.0 by Matthew Fuller, Usman Haque (Book) in Arts & Photography_1215727357699Situated Technologies Pamphlets 2: Urban Versioning System 1.0 [lulu]
EXCERPT: “Download FREE: The Situated Technologies Pamphlets series explores the implications of ubiquitous computing for architecture and urbanism. How are our experience of the city and the choices we make in it are affected by mobile communications, pervasive media, ambient informatics and other “situated” technologies? The second volume in the series asks the question: what lessons can architecture learn from software development, and more specifically, from the Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) movement? Written in the form of a quasi-license, Urban Versioning System 1.0 posits seven constraints that, if followed, will contribute to an open source urbanism that radically challenges the conventional ways in which cities are constructed.”

Cities and Ambition_1215727018276Cities and Ambition [paul graham]
EXCERPT: “Great cities attract ambitious people. You can sense it when you walk around one. In a hundred subtle ways, the city sends you a message: you could do more; you should try harder. ¶The surprising thing is how different these messages can be. New York tells you, above all: you should make more money. There are other messages too, of course. You should be hipper. You should be better looking. But the clearest message is that you should be richer.”

EXCERPT: “Granta magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, student badinage and student literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town.”

A Photo Editor - Photographers and Blogs_1215727234436Photographers and Blogs [a photo editor]
EXCERPT: “If you’re a professional photographer there are 4 reasons to have a blog and 1 good one not to…”

Half The Followers In Five Months_1215739135639Friendfeed v. Twitter: Half The Followers In Five Months [TechCrunch]
EXCERPT: “Twitter is still far larger than its much younger competitor Friendfeed in aggregate terms. But an interesting trend is developing – many longtime Twitter users are noticing that the number of followers they have on Friendfeed is growing far more rapidly than on Twitter. And the conversations at Friendfeed are better, too.”

 the best career advice ever ... by Charlene Li_1215727569668the best career advice ever … by Charlene Li [Jobster Blogs]
EXCERPT: “I’d love to say that a wise mentor told me to do XYZ and that it changed my entire career. It was much more blasé. ¶At a career management course for HBS alumni, I learned that a person typically gets sick of a job after 18 months. This is a natural cycle, as you go through the excitement of learning a new job, become expert at it, and then gradually, it gets routine. So the advice I got was to plan for job obsolescence every 18 months. This didn’t mean that I had to leave the company and go to a new place – it had more to do with redefining my current job first to incorporate new challenges.”

 Feeding The Lions_1215727677432Feeding The Lions [paul isakson]
EXCERPT: “Seems that the snubbing of Big Spaceship by BBDO in regard to the gold Cyber Lion for the HBO Voyeur site is causing a bit of a stir. After reading the above two quotes by Mr. Rosenshine (from earlier this year) it starts to make a little sense. When you read the response of BBDO’s current chairman and CCO, David Lubars, it becomes even more clear:”

 Ingram 2.0 - Gawker and the economics of blogs_1215727744783Gawker and the economics of blogs [the globe and mail]
EXCERPT: “If you’re any kind of online publisher — a traditional outlet looking to learn about online media, or a blog network looking to grow — you could do a lot worse than to follow the career of Nick Denton, a former traditional journalist (or at least the British version of same) who has become a new-media mogul thanks to the Gawker Media network of blogs. Nick has been conducting a kind of ongoing media workshop for the past couple of years, right out in the open (more or less). In the latest installment, the Dark Lord of the blogosphere has chopped the pay rate for bloggers at Gawker, for the second time in the last six months.”

Design Observer_1215728014418Mad Men: Pitch Perfect [Design Observer]
EXCERPT: “One of my first bosses taught me an important lesson. ¶Good designers are a dime a dozen, he said. Coming up with a great design solution is the easy part. The hard part, he said, is getting the client to accept the solution. ¶”But if the work is good, don’t the clients know it when they see it?” I asked. ¶My boss just looked at me silently for a long time. And then, with gentleness and no small amount of pity, he reached out and patted me on the head: Poor kid.”

Douglas Rushkoff’s Comments On BoingBoing | PSFK - Trends, Ideas & Inspiration_1215727982435Douglas Rushkoff’s Comments On BoingBoing [PSFK]
EXCERPT: “Media commentator and author, Douglas Rushkoff, left some interesting comments on a recent BoingBoing post in a discussion about the role of blogs; the relationship between the readers and authors; and the impact of turning a hobby into a business:”

Picture 4Creativescrape
EXCERPT: “Creativescrape is an inspiration utility. ¶we hand-picked a number of RSS feeds and Flickr sets in order to deliver a random smattering of beautiful, ugly, inspiring things. ¶“we” are amy hoy and thomas fuchs. we are design junkies. we are also ninja-like consultants. hire us. ¶ps: creativescrape is like a feed reader. we do not copy, store or manipulate any images.”

CR Blog » Blog Archive » Infographic of the Week_1215729078976Infographic of the Week [creative review]
EXCERPT: “Quick – call the fashion police! It’s a crack down! Apparently it’s not a hoax but police in Flint, Michigan are attempting to enforce a seemingly crazy ruling, based on indecent exposure law, whereby sagging trousers could result in a stern warning, a fine, or even a prison sentence, depending on just how much buttock is on show. This helpful infographic appeared in the Detroit Free Press so that readers could be fully aware of the legality of their, er, position.”

 Seamless Technology in Design_1215738157121Light based communication networks [architectradure]
EXCERPT: “I attended the talk by the Talking Lights company at the MIT Media Lab. They work on light based communication networks associating information with specific locations in a building and then use that information to guide, monitor and get information to people as they move from place to place. I was fascinated by their inexpensive way to enable context aware computing and the idea of associating information in a building directly through the components already existing in the building, in this case a common light source.”

Amit Gupta from Photojojo ( Gupta from Photojojo [HatchThat]
EXCERPT: “How important is it for individuals in the tech/web industry to go to events like BarCamp (which you brought to New York) and Jelly? ¶I think it’s really crucial to stay in tune with what’s going on in your local tech scene and to meet with as many people doing interesting work as possible. You can get a lot from reading blogs and keeping track of what’s going on via the net, but if you really want to know what people are working on now – not what they’ve been working on for the past 6 months and are ready to show the world now – you gotta talk to ‘em.”

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