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


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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.


John Gruber’s review of the new Apple HomePod:

HomePod does exactly what Apple says it does, doesn’t do anything more than what Apple says it does, and costs $349. There.

The White Darkness: A Journey Across Antarctica

The man felt like a speck in the frozen nothingness. Every direction he turned, he could see ice stretching to the edge of the Earth: white ice and blue ice, glacial-ice tongues and ice wedges. There were no living creatures in sight. Not a bear or even a bird. Nothing but him.

This is an epic article — needs a cup of tea and at least two biscuits.

DJ Premier & The Badder Band: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

A packed house of head-nodding journalists grooved through their lunch hour to a nine-song medley of iconic Premier productions while decompressing from the unrelenting grind of the news cycle. The set list rested on the undeniable footprint of Preemo’s classics, but this was more than just another DJ mix.


A good Bloody Mary is always shaken.

Borough Market is remarkably busy despite the terrible weather.

Double chorizo roll from Brindisa

Brindisa Chorizo Grill
Stoney Street, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF

The Awl, 2009-2018

If you’re willing to sacrifice you never have to compromise, and I’m proud to say we did very little compromising over the last nine years. That does unfortunately mean we did a lot of sacrificing, and after a while that becomes unsustainable.