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Four short links: 25 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 25, 2014

NGA Releases Hi-Res Elevation Data — 30-meter topographic data for the world. Soft Robotics — a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. From Harvard. OpenGov — In many domains, …

Four short links: 25 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 25, 2014

NGA Releases Hi-Res Elevation Data — 30-meter topographic data for the world. Soft Robotics — a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. From Harvard. OpenGov — In many domains, …

Four short links: 25 September 2014

By Nat Torkington
September 25, 2014

NGA Releases Hi-Res Elevation Data — 30-meter topographic data for the world. Soft Robotics — a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices. From Harvard. OpenGov — In many domains, …

Four short links: 10 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 10, 2014

Wolfram Language — a broad attempt to integrate types, operations, and databases along with deployment, parallelism, and real-time I/O. The demo video is impressive, not just in execution but in ambition. Healthy skepticism still necessary. Maury, Innovation, and Change (Cory …

Four short links: 16 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 15, 2014

MapGive — State Dept launches OSM contributing tool “to help humanitarian efforts”. Principles for Making Things for The Web — excellent! Traffic Studies are Simulations (Computerworld) — simulations are an important software genre, oft ignored. (via Slashdot) CodePilot — an …

Four short links: 15 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 15, 2014

Hackers Gain ‘Full Control’ of Critical SCADA Systems (IT News) — The vulnerabilities were discovered by Russian researchers who over the last year probed popular and high-end ICS and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems used to control everything …

Four short links: 24 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 24, 2013

Arduino Robot — for all your hacking needs. LIDAR for Smartphones (DIYdrones) — The device attaches to the back of a smartphone and combines a built-in laser range finder, 3D compass and Bluetooth chip with the phone’s camera and GPS. …

Four short links: 20 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 20, 2013

Innovation and the Coming Shape of Social Transformation (Techonomy) — great interview with Tim O’Reilly and Max Levchin. in electronics and in our devices, we’re getting more and more a sense of how to fix things, where they break. And …

Four short links: 22 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 22, 2013

Sir Trevor — nice rich-text editing. Interesting how Markdown has become the way to store formatted text without storing HTML (and thus exposing the CSRF-inducing HTML-escaping stuckfastrophe). Slate for Excel — visualising spreadsheet structure. I’d be surprised if it took …

Four short links: 24 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 24, 2013

Reading Runes in Animal Movement (YouTube) — accessible TEDxRiverTawe 2013 talk by Professor Rory Wilson, on his work tracking movements of animals in time and space. The value comes from high-resolution time series data: many samples/second, very granular. Best Science …

Four short links: 19 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2013

Multithreading is Hard — The compiler and the processor both conspire to defeat your threads by moving your code around! Be warned and wary! You will have to do battle with both. Sample code and explanation of WTF the eieio …

Four short links: 10 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2013

Anatomy of Two Memes — comparing the spread of Gangnam Style to Harlem Shake. Memes are like currencies: you need to balance accessibility (or ‘money supply’) and inflation. Gangnam Style became globally accessible through top-down mainstream sources (High Popularity), but …

Four short links: 15 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 15, 2013

Know Your HTTP Posters (GitHub) — A0-posters about the HTTP protocol. Crowdserfing — when a large corp uses crowd-sourced volunteering for its own financial gain, without giving back. It offends my sense of reciprocity as well, but nobody is coerced …

Four short links: 10 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 10, 2013

HyperLapse — this won the Internet for April. Everyone else can go home. Check out this unbelievable video and source is available. Housing Simulator — NZ’s largest city is consulting on its growth plan, and includes a simulator so you …

Four short links: 8 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 8, 2013

mozpay — a JavaScript API inspired by google.payments.inapp.buy() but modified for things like multiple payment providers and carrier billing. When a web app invokes navigator.mozPay() in Firefox OS, the device shows a secure window with a concise UI. After authenticating, …

Four short links: 5 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 5, 2013

Millimetre-Accuracy 3D Imaging From 1km Away (The Register) — With further development, Heriot-Watt University Research Fellow Aongus McCarthy says, the system could end up both portable and with a range of up to 10 Km. See the paper for the …

Four short links: 23 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 23, 2012

Trap Island — island on most maps doesn’t exist. Why I Work on Non-Partisan Tech (MySociety) — excellent essay. Obama won using big technology, but imagine if that effort, money, and technique were used to make things that were useful …

Four short links: 4 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 4, 2012

As We May Think (Vannevar Bush) — incredibly prescient piece he wrote for The Atlantic in 1945. Transparency and Topic Models (YouTube) — a talk from DataGotham 2012, by Hanna Wallach. She uses latent Dirichlet allocation topic models to mine …

Four short links: 26 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 26, 2012

Wearable LIDAR Sensors for Mapping (BBC) — made at MIT from commodity hardware, The system is still a prototype, but when tested in closed hallways without any Global Positioning System (GPS) signal, it was able to precisely map the environment …

Four short links: 18 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 18, 2012

The Rapture of the Nerds (Charlie Stoss, Cory Doctorow) — available for download and purchase under a CC-A-NC-ND license. Amazon Maps API — if there is an API layer of general use to developers, Amazon will build it. They want …

Four short links: 29 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 28, 2012

NeoVictorian Computing (Mark Bernstein) — read this! I think we all woke up one day to find ourselves living in the software factory. The floor is hard, from time to time it gets very cold at night, and they say …

Four short links: 8 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 7, 2012

Reconstructing Visual Experiences (PDF) — early visual areas represent the information in movies. To demonstrate the power of our approach, we also constructed a Bayesian decoder by combining estimated encoding models with a sampled natural movie prior. The decoder provides …

Four short links: 2 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 2, 2012

Patton Oswalt’s Letters to Both Sides — You guys need to stop thinking like gatekeepers. You need to do it for the sake of your own survival. Because all of us comedians after watching Louis CK revolutionize sitcoms and comedy …

Four short links: 20 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 20, 2012

Researcher Chats To Hacker Who Created The Virus He's Researching -- Chicken: I didn’t know you can see my screen. Hacker: I would like to see your face, but what a pity you don’t have a camera. Economist on QR Codes -- Three-quarters of American online retailers surveyed by Forrester, a research firm, use them. In April nearly 20%...

Four short links: 19 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2012

Mobile Maps (Luke Wroblewski) -- In the US, Google gets about 31 million users a month on its Maps app on iOS. On average those users spend more than 75 minutes apiece in the app each month. The Importance of Public Traffic Data (Anil Dash) -- Bill Gates and Paul Allen's first collaboration was a startup called Traf-O-Data, which...

Visualization of the Week: Urban metabolism

By Audrey Watters
May 18, 2012

This week's visualization is an interactive web-mapping tool that lets you explore energy usage, material intensity and the overall "urban metabolism" of major U.S. cities.

Visualization of the Week: Urban metabolism

Visualization of the Week: Urban metabolism
By Audrey Watters
May 18, 2012

This week's visualization is an interactive web-mapping tool that lets you explore energy usage, material intensity and the overall "urban metabolism" of major U.S. cities.

Four short links: 18 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 18, 2012

CartoDB (GitHub) -- open source geospatial database, API, map tiler, and UI. For feature comparison, see Comparing Open Source CartoDB to Fusion Tables (via Nelson Minar). Future Telescope Array Drives Exabyte Processing (Ars Technica) -- Astronomical data is massive, and requires intense computation to analyze. If it works as planned, Square Kilometer Array will produce over one exabyte (260...

Four short links: 22 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 22, 2012

Stamen Watercolour Maps -- I saw a preview of this a week or two ago and was in awe. It is truly the most beautiful thing I've seen a computer do. It's not just a clever hack, it's art. Genius. And they're CC-licensed. Screens Up Close -- gorgeous microscope pictures of screens, showing how great the iPad's retina display...

Four short links: 9 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 9, 2012

Why The Symphony Needs A Progress Bar (Elaine Wherry) -- an excellent interaction designer tackles the real world. Biologic -- view your social network as though looking at cells through a microscope. Gorgeous and different. The Cost of Cracking -- analysis of used phone listings to see what improves and decreases price yields some really interesting results. Phones described...

Profile of the Data Journalist: The Visualizer

By Alex Howard
March 2, 2012

To learn more about the people who are redefining the practice computer-assisted reporting, in some cases, building the newsroom stack for the 21st century, Radar conducted a series of email interviews with data journalists during the 2012 NICAR Conference.

Profile of the Data Journalist: The Visualizer

By Alex Howard
March 2, 2012

To learn more about the people who are redefining the practice computer-assisted reporting, in some cases, building the newsroom stack for the 21st century, Radar conducted a series of email interviews with data journalists during the 2012 NICAR Conference.

Profile of the Data Journalist: The Visualizer

By Alex Howard
March 2, 2012

To learn more about the people who are redefining the practice computer-assisted reporting, in some cases, building the newsroom stack for the 21st century, Radar conducted a series of email interviews with data journalists during the 2012 NICAR Conference.

Four short links: 16 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 16, 2012

The Undue Weight of Truth (Chronicle of Higher Education) -- Wikipedia has become fossilized fiction because the mechanism of self-improvement is broken. Playfic -- Andy Baio's new site that lets you write text adventures in the browser. Great introduction to programming for language-loving kids and adults. Review of Alone Together (Chris McDowall) -- I loved this review, its sentiments,...

Visualization of the Week: AntiMap

Visualization of the Week: AntiMap
By Audrey Watters
January 6, 2012

The DIY mapping tool AntiMap lets users capture their movements via their mobile devices, then visualize and analyze their movements.

Visualization of the Week: AntiMap

By Audrey Watters
January 6, 2012

The DIY mapping tool AntiMap lets users capture their movements via their mobile devices, then visualize and analyze their movements.

Global Adaptation Index enables better data-driven decisions

By Alex Howard
September 15, 2011

Speed, accessibility and open data have come together in the Global Adaptation Index, a new data browser that rates a given country's vulnerability to environmental shifts.

Four short links: 1 September 2011

By Nat Torkington
September 1, 2011

A Chart Engine -- Android charting engine. The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight -- we are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others. Urban Mapping API -- add rich geographic data to web and non-web applications. Tell Us A Story, Victoria -- a university science story-telling contest....

Four short links: 31 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 31, 2011

OSMdroid -- The OpenStreetMapView is a (almost) full/free replacement for Android's MapView class. Also see this tutorial. (via Simon Gianoutsos) 10 Immutable Laws of Security (Microsoft) -- an oldie but a goodie. Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it's not your computer anymore. What's in The Trough? (BERG London)...

Four short links: 1 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 1, 2011

paper.js -- The Swiss Army Knife of Vector Graphics Scripting. MIT-licensed Javascript library that gives great demo. TileMill for Processing -- gorgeous custom maps in Processing. (via FlowingData) Research Assistant Wanted -- working with one of the authors of Mind Hacks on augmenting our existing senses with a form of "remote touch" generated by using artificial distance sensors, such...

Four short links: 8 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 8, 2011

A Practical Guide to Varnish -- Varnish is the http accelerator used by the discerning devops. Ferrofluid Sculptures (New Scientist) -- hypnotic video of an iron-based fluid that is moulded by magnetic fields, which I include for no good reason than it is pretty pretty science. (via Courtney Johnston) Twisted Highscores List -- clever leaderboard for tickets, reviews, commits,...

Four short links: 5 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 5, 2011

The Big Map Blog -- awesome old maps, for the afficionado. (via Sacha Judd) sshuttle -- poor man's VPN built over ssh. (via Hacker News) Remembering LineDrive -- I, too, am bummed that LineDrive never became standard. And Maneesh, one of its cocreators. Check out his publications list! Websockets Pacman -- multiplayer Pacman, where players take the role of...

Four short links: 7 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 7, 2011

DigitalKoot -- Playing games in Digitalkoot fixes mistakes in our index of old Finnish newspapers. This greatly increases the accuracy of text-based searches of the newspaper archives. (via Springwise and Imran Ali on Twitter) Some Things That Need To Be Said (Amanda Hocking) -- A.H. is selling a lot of copies of her ebooks, and she cautions against thinking...

Four short links: 3 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 3, 2011

Guangzhou City Map -- Chinese city maps: they use orthographic projection (think SimCity) and not satellite images. A nice compromise for usability, information content, and invisible censorship. (via Hacker News) Broken Windows, Broken Code, Broken Systems -- So, given that most of us live in the real world where some things are just left undone, where do we draw...

Four short links: 8 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 8, 2010

Send Us Your Thoughts (YouTube) -- from the excellent British comedians Mitchell and Webb comes this take on viewer comments in the news. (via Steve Buttry's News Foo writeup) Amazon proves that REST doesn’t matter for Cloud APIs -- with the death of WS-* and their prolix overbearing complexity, the difference between REST and basic XML RPC is almost...

Four short links: 25 November 2010

By Nat Torkington
November 25, 2010

A Day in the Life of Twitter (Chris McDowall) -- all geo-tagged tweets from 24h of the Twitter firehose, displayed. Interesting things can be seen, such as Jakarta glowing as brightly as San Francisco. (via Chris's sciblogs post) British Library Release 3M Open Bibliographic Records) (OKFN) -- This dataset consists of the entire British National Bibliography, describing new books...

Four short links: 23 November 2010

By Nat Torkington
November 23, 2010

Goodbye App Engine -- clear explanation of the reasons why Google AppEngine isn't the right thing to build your startup on. Don't read the comments unless you want to lose faith in humanity. (via Michael Koziarski on Twitter) Neato Robotics XV-11 Tear-down -- the start of hackable LIDAR, which would enable cheap and easy 3D mapping, via a Roomba-like...

Strata Week: Life, by the numbers

Strata Week: Life, by the numbers
By Edd Dumbill
November 11, 2010

This issue of Strata Week follows the path of data through cities, streets and border conflicts. We conclude our journey with a little brain work, as a programming challenge is announced to automatically identify topics and trends in Twitter and Facebook updates.

Welcome Laurel Ruma to Where 2.0

Welcome Laurel Ruma to Where 2.0
By Brady Forrest
October 21, 2010

Laurel Ruma and Brady Forest will co-chair Where 2.0 2011, running April 19-21, 2011 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Strata Week: Grabbing a slice

Strata Week: Grabbing a slice
By Julie Steele
September 23, 2010

In this edition of Strata Week: The 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi is calculated with an assist from Hadoop and MapReduce; a new technique uses iPads to extrude light paintings across a long exposure shot; Historypin links historical photos to Google Street View shots; and this is the last week for Strata Conference proposal submissions.


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