Posts tagged useful_things

Best of the Web Week

I had totally overlooked this, but for a full week in April guestblogger Tim Carmody made a serious of posts that, seriously, should be in a museum; or at least on everyone’s bookmark bar: An unrelentless positive account of Web goodness, against all the darkness the net seems to have unleashed in later years. Carmody’s posts include a fitting praise of Flickr, the best tweets (including, of course, @horse_ebooks which ‘wrote’ the bestest), a very useful list of very useful tools and websites, another list of funny stories, and another of hidden gems, and yet another of life-changing websites, and, to top it all off, a great tribute to Prince.

Carmody also proposes the notion of Digital Humanism as an expression of digital archivism, which I think might be a bit too narrow, despite the unarguably Great Works listed. I’d say that much in the same way the Renaissance humanists fought (often unconsciously) against theocentrism, digital humanists too bring the human to the fore while fighting that god of our age, Finance/corporatism. Archivism is a sure expression, but I’d say the Indie Web is the Greatest Work of digital humanists.

Having some time for casual (i.e. non-PhD) , I'm taking suggestions from Brett Victor's 2013 picks —

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A list of fifty art & photography that seem worth checking out —…

File under : Scott Hanselman's 2014 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows —…

If This Then That

This is a impressive and (deceptively) simple webapp that allows you to route actions in a service (eg. liking a video on YouTube) to another (eg. tweeting about it). Granted, many sites offer this ability already, but I like IFTTT because it provides a central dashboard for all your routing while often being more customizable. Sure you could use Yahoo Pipes or Tarpipe, but those are just too excessive. Here’s a list of IFTTT recipes.

Mathematics Illuminated

This site explains math really, really well. Topics range from prime numbers to non-euclidean geometry; from topology to chaos theory. Love it.

I wish I had read this back when I was in high school. I’d have been a successful geek.