An unstructured digest of stuff that I've found on the information superhighway.


Once invoked, vim-anywhere will open a buffer. Close it and its contents are copied to your clipboard and your previous application is refocused.

Cheap and cheerful uptime monitoring

When I was setting up zzmag.org I wanted to check that everything was working as expected, part of which was ensuring that requests were responding with 200 HTTP status codes, and if not then notify accordingly.

Cheap and cheerful, indeed!

ship the shoddy
every minute change you make
is an improvement
to yourself
and to your users

David Granick: The East End in Colour 1960-1980

We are delighted to announce a new exhibition of previously unseen photographs by David Granick which depict Stepney, Mile End, Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Limehouse and the Thames riverside in the warm hues of Kodachrome film. In the decades following the end of the Second World War, the East End was a place usually captured in black and white, so these photographs present a rare chance to see views of these neighbourhoods in the 1960s and 1970s – some still familiar, many since vanished – in colour for the first time.

I went to the exhibition this morning and it was a fascinating snapshot of London in transition: warm yet melancholic shown through muted colours — if you’re in the area I’d highly recommend popping in.

The Guardian has a sample of some of the photographs.

David Granick: The East End in Colour 1960-1980
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, 277 Bancroft Rd, London E1 4DQ


Turn websites into data in seconds. Crawly spiders and extracts complete structured data from an entire website.

/thx @karlfreeman


Flash OS images to SD cards & USB drives, safely and easily.

Great (and safer!) for folk unfamiliar with the command line — cross-platform too.

How to cut a whole wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano

How did Google Talk change from a dream to a nightmare?

Years ago, I used Google Talk with almost everyone I talked to. Nowadays, I talk with almost no one on Hangouts. Google Talk has changed from “so good I can recommend to everyone” to a nightmare called Hangouts. So how did we get to this point?


Everything Easy is Hard Again

Things are so often only understood by those who are well-positioned in the middle of the current wave of thought. If you’re before the sweet spot in the wave, your inexperience means you know nothing. If you are after, you will know lots of things that aren’t applicable to that particular way of doing things.

Two pie and one mash from Maureen’s

Maureen’s Pie & Mash, 6 Market Way, Chrisp Street Market, London E14 6AQ

old fruit pictures

i’m a bot tweeting random images from the pomological watercolor collection in the usda’s national agricultural library

How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

Facebook has created a centrally designed internet. It’s a lamer, shittier looking internet. It’s just not as cool as an internet that is a big, chaotic space filled with tons of independently operating websites who are able to make a living because they make something cool that people want to see.