Right now someone who works for Facebook is getting tens of thousands of error messages and frantically trying to find the problem before the whole charade collapses. There's a team at a Google office that hasn't slept in three days. Somewhere there's a database programmer surrounded by empty Mountain Dew bottles whose husband thinks she's dead. And if these people stop, the world burns. Most people don't even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn't make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants.
How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio
 actually makes a case against austerity
 and for redistribution, but also for money printing
(and, arguably, for bailouts), while stressing the need to keep making productivity-improving public
investments. However, it could be equally entitled: How The Industrial Age Political-Economy Doesn't Work Anymore
, viz. Surviving Progress (2011)
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offers similar interactive tutorials that will teach you the basics, and hold your hand along the way. Perhaps you'd rather learn at a more even pace; CodeAcademy's CodeYear
will introduce you to one new concept every week throughout 2012. [more inside]
, the creator of the JSLint
data-interchange format, talks about what he says is simultaneously the worlds most popular
(sadly video linked by the FPP is down, try here
). Previous Maniac Mansion
. More video from MIX Online
. A similar, more in depth talk at Google
January 14th marks the 4th birthday of jQuery
and also the release of jQuery 1.4
the jQuery team has created the 14 Days of jQuery
site, which will be updated each day with a new announcement or release. There’s also prizes
to be had for the coolest use of jQuery.
is perhaps the internet's most infamous hack
, digi/net artist
. His work
stands for a growing culture
of artists who run wildly
through animated GIF landscapes populated
with corrupted data-compressed
bunny rabbits and tinny, MIDI renditions
of Savage Garden ballads. As the Lisson Gallery
, London, opens its archives to Arcangel's curatorial eye, could digi/net art
be set to infect
the real, fleshy world
, like a rampant Conficker Worm
? Has YouTube become
the truest reflection of our anthropological
selves? Are we destined to roam the int3erw£bs like the mythic beasts of yore
, hoping, in time
, that digi art can free us
from the confines of this fleshy void?
The Personality Forge.
Create an AI bot, and set it loose.
ding-dong, html is dead.
the w3c finally approved the xhtml spec
. it'll be interesting to see the chaos that html4, xml w/ css, & xhtml create in the coming months.
Ted Nelson rocks!
This article from Interactive Week is a month old or so, but it was so enjoyable, I re-read it recently and had to post it. The HyperTextual Man writes and rants about breaking free from the conceptual shackles of interfaces and metaphors. Let the web do its own thing. Let anyone program. Of, course he's talking in terms of his Xanadu
project, but nevertheless, some provoking commentary.