Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 25th (July 2008)

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I’ve been going back and forth on the tone of how I wanted to mention this week’s Link Drop. On one hand a person could interpret the collection as just that, nothing more than a bunch of sites put together. But I also like to cluster them together to see what themes emerge and perhaps reflect what I’ve been thinking about. There’s lots of maps, mention’s of the brutal demise of BPP from NPR and some other aggressively if not slightly passive sights of expression. Not sure what next week’s Link Drop will be just yet – stay tuned.

– Michael

 Seen On The Streets Of London_1216935865308Seen On The Streets Of London
[wooster collective]

QR Code Fences in Soho | PSFK - Trends, Ideas & Inspiration_1216936049298QR Code Fences in Soho
[PSFK] EXCERPT: “The fences are sending me secret messages!!! These are not the ramblings of a paranoid schizophrenic. They are what anyone with a QR code reader on the corner of Houston and Broadway in Manhattan might say.”

[gjones] EXCERPT: “A list of ideas that Y Combinator, a ‘new kind of venture firm’, would like people to bring to them for funding. They’re all, purposefully, vague, but an interesting read.”

 5 Ways to Deal with Being the New Kid on the Block_12169360169045 Ways to Deal with Being the New Kid on the Block
[tinku tales] EXCERPT: “I am experiencing a lot of “New Kid on the Block” situations lately. I had to write my first gallery listing for Slate Art Guide yesterday, and it took me a few tries to figure out what to say about tinku gallery’s inaugural exhibition in September. All of my references – other art magazines, art blogs, etc… tend to write about art in language that is so complex that I find it impossible to do. Writing about other things — software, travel, life — is no problem, but writing about art in a way that people like me understand it, yet not scaring away the “serious” art folks, is damn hard!”

 Some Realities of the Publishing Business_1216935849279Some Realities of the Publishing Business
[publishing associates] EXCERPT: “Mark Hurst, author of the book, Bit Literacy, recently posted Secrets of book publishing I wish I had known. While Mark’s comments are jaded, the points he makes are valid. Joe Wikert, publisher of a technical imprint for Wiley and formerly Macmillan, pointed me to this post from his Publishing 2020 blog. Joe clears up some facts about Mark’s post and makes some good points about finances and contracts.”

 NPR Music_1216935874377Stages of Grief for the ‘BPP’: Denial
[NPR] EXCERPT: “In our last week at the Byrant Park Project, we’re using music to move through the stages of grief as defined by Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross.”

2008 IDEA Design Awards – BusinessWeek_12169358838252008 IDEA Design Awards
[businessweek] EXCERPT: “Europeans, Asians, and Latin Americans took more International Design Excellence Awards than ever. And students made a strong showing”

Lego Digital Designer « unformal_1216935897486Lego Digital Designer
[formal design] EXCERPT: “Lego has made a 3d program called Lego Digital Designer that allows you to build virtually. The small program is free to download from their web site, and is easy to install. The user interface is very simple, and without any training at all, you are realizing your Lego building dreams. It also has this neat feature that calculates the price of all the Lego bricks used, so you can order them by post to your home door. It took me about 20 minutes to make this Unformal Lego building, and the price for that ordered would have been 11€.”

usb jewellery_1216935907095usb jewellery
[toniawelter] EXCERPT: “The usb cufflinks BERLIN form the centerpiece of a precious usb jewellery collection. The items are both modern functional tools and high quality fashion accessories. Storage capacity is 2 GB in general, upgrades are possible. The collection ranges from necklaces (VENICE, MILANO) to bracelets (RIO, PALERMO, MÜNCHEN) and keychains (HAMBURG). All details are carefully handmade in Berlin, Germany by industrial designer Tonia Welter and jewellery designer Julia Reymann. The actual collection is made of sterling silver, available in limited edition.”

 The TiVo Remote's Untold Past, Present and Future_1216935919131Story of a Peanut: The TiVo Remote’s Untold Past, Present and Future
[gizmodo] EXCERPT: “I recently had the opportunity to learn more about TiVo’s award-winning remote control when I met with their Senior Director of Consumer Engineering Paul Newby, father of the TiVo remote. Aside from hearing the story of how the remote slowly sprouted into the “Peanut,” I found out some unknown stories behind the clicker. Stuff like TiVo butting heads with Sony.”

Atmos Clock (Monoscope)_1216935925939Atmos Clock
[monoscope] EXCERPT: “The Atmos 561 Clock, made by Jaeger LeCoultre and designed by Mark Newson, is powered entirely by changes in temperature and sits inside a block of crystal for good measure. According to The Watchismo Times, a change in temperature of one degree celsius can power the clock for two days.”

 on the topic of calendars._1216935932296on the topic of calendars
[girl in the green dress] EXCERPT: “I am a bit fixated on innovative calendars, and I love finding new methods of tracking time! Part of the Corian 40 years/40 designers event, this calendar was created by Niels Kjeldsen Design to demonstrate the design possibilities of Corian.”

This is what happens when Ads are not relevant to your content « Joker_1216935939824This is what happens when Ads are not relevant to your content
[jokerred] EXCERPT: “I came across this while reading Jeff Jarvis’s blog. It doesn’t appear at the top URL, but you can see the displayed ad when you visit any permalink. Notice the top right side of the blog. I was quite surprised to find this image on his blog at first because I thought this was his profile image. Then I saw the captions attached below the picture that said: “Buy Buzzmachine blogads now!”.
Oh, it was an ad. But you know, whether it’s an ad or not, it did hurt his image a little at least. I wonder if he’s aware of this. That ad is apparently transmitting a sexual message, and not many people who read his blog should appreciate it.”

 city engine | serial consign_1216935949214city archive / city engine
[serial consign] EXCERPT: “Over the last few days I’ve discovered a pair of interesting projects that explore urban form through computation. The first is an interactive map of Rome that locates and contextualizes a number of 18th century perspective drawings, the second is a software application that utilizes procedural modeling to generate expansive 3D cities.”

 Thanks, But No Thanks_1216935957505NPR to Non-Old People: Thanks, But No Thanks
[huffington post] EXCERPT: “National Public Radio announced last week that it has canceled its Web-radio hybrid, The Bryant Park Project, after less than one year of broadcasting. (Actually, The New York Times announced it. That’s where most of the show’s staffers discovered last Monday that their jobs will soon be no more.) In the history of Things That Are Stupid, the move falls somewhere between CBS booting Bob Schieffer from the Evening News and The New Yorker asking the reanimated corpse of Jesse Helms to draw its cover illustration.”

Picture 29Mercury Prize 2008 nominations: have they got it right?
[guardian] EXCERPT: “Female solo acts and Music Weekly podcast guests make up this year’s nominations. Do you agree with them? Another year, another set of Mercury (or Nationwide Mercury Prize, to give it its full title) nominations for everyone to get angry about in the pub. But before we start spilling Old Speckled Hen on each other, the list… ”

Razor Apple » Lia Halloran, Skater in the Dark_1216935993328Lia Halloran, Skater in the Dark
[razorapple] EXCERPT: “White lines of light crisscross and circle the Los Angeles skate parks and ditches of photographer Lia Halloran. Skating these locations at and capturing the image at night, she lets her light trail be the self-portrait and record of the evening. Tonight, ten of Halloran’s photographs are featured in Dark Skate, her second New York solo show, at DCKT Contemporary (195 Bowery at Spring St, New York, NY) from 6 to 8 PM, and stays up through September 13.”

 Welcome to NASA Earth Observations_1216936002292NEO: Welcome to NASA Earth Observations
[NASA] EXCERPT: “New dataset: Solar Insolation. See the ‘Energy’ tab below.”

 Pound the pavement_1216936008741Pound the pavement
[google-latlong] EXCERPT: “It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and when it’s not too hot, it feels like a waste of gorgeous weather to get behind the wheel or hop in a cab. Doubly so when you’re traveling to a city you’d love to explore, and you’re pretty sure that you could walk from your hotel to the aquarium, if only you could figure out the way.”

 safe bike routes made easy_1216936023413Ride the City: safe bike routes made easy
[ride the city]EXCERPT: “Welcome to Ride the City, a website that helps you find the safest bike route between any two points in New York City. The concept is pretty simple. Just like MapQuest, Google, Microsoft, and other mapping programs, Ride the City finds the shortest distance between two points. But there are two major differences. First, RTC excludes roads that aren’t meant for biking, like the BQE and the Queens Midtown tunnel. Second, RTC tries to locate routes that maximize the use of bike lanes and greenways.”

Aza’s Thoughts » Mobile Firefox and Designing Without Modal Overlays_1216936030727Mobile Firefox and Designing Without Modal Overlays
[azarask] EXCERPT: “In the concept video I recently did for laying out the interface paradigms for Firefox Mobile, I listed five guiding principals. 1. Touch it with your finger, 2. Large targets are good, 3. Visual Momentum and Physics are compelling, 4. Typing is difficult, 5. Content is king, It’s these principals that inform the design of new features long after the original design as been coded, released, and iterated on. In discussions with the perspicacious Mike Beltzner, another design principal emerged. 6. Use modal overlays sparingly, if at all.”

19 Cool Watches that Require a PhD to tell Time | Cool Material_121693603778319 Cool Watches that Require a PhD to tell Time
[cool material] EXCERPT: “If your the kind of guy that likes to “figger things out” and never have to be anywhere on time, perhaps one of these ultra-geek (yet cool) watches should be on your shopping list.”

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