That time I guest edited

A year ago today, I was starting a week as guest editor of OG blogger Jason Kottke. Since then, I’ve been meaning to archive links to all the posts I did that week and never got around to it. Finally, for this “anniversary” here they are. Even though I’m mostly posting these for my own archiving purposes, they hold up quite well so have a look.

Tim Carmody’s mention and recap in the Noticing newsletter

“Since we didn’t have a newsletter last week, I’m going to grab a cluster of guest editor Patrick Tanguay’s remarkable set of posts. (Seriously, hats off to Patrick, who nailed the Kottke voice and style while still retaining his own flavor of it.)

Why humans need stories seemed to encapsulate Patrick’s week. The short version is: stories connect us to our past and each other, helping us imagine other minds across space and time. This carries us from cave painting, to oral traditions (where stories persist across dozens of languages), to new modern variations, like the Twitter walking history thread , the eternal text-cities of Joyce’s Dublin or Döblin’s Berlin , or even the smartphone-optimized, socially-networked pseudo-stories of Facebook and Instagram. Somewhere, at their core, the same codes are replicating the themselves. The same functions, lightly transformed, are being served.”


(Favourites in bold.)

Cities flowing like liquids or organized like crystals

AIs, predictions and judgment

A Mobile Tabletop Shape Display for Tangible and Haptic Interaction

15 Patents That Changed the World

City Everywhere by Liam Young

Luxurious irony

On Margins 005 with Jason

Eternal text-cities

Awaken Akira

Pure CSS Francine

Charging speed is no longer an obstacle for electric cars

Animated sketches to teach drawing

Facebook announced some things, including Clear history

Jeff Bezos sees space as the “only” option to spend his money on

The Bering Sea’s ice is falling off a cliff

Humble, it means humble!

New Science from Jupiter

Unknown twisted blood-red squid

Divine Discontent

Connecticut silk

Gang Drones swarm FBI hostage raid

Athanasius Kircher, “the master of hundred arts”


Stories are taking over

Why humans need stories