A few interesting links that I’ve been meaning to post for a while now.
Geography and History
- Live map of wind patterns across the continental US. Someone linked to this during Hurricane Sandy. It’s still fascinating to look at.
- How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s? Great maps showing how far you could get from New York in a given time period in 1800, 1830, 1857 and 1937 as faster and faster transportation became available.
Using and Building the Internet
- Warren Ellis has given up on Facebook and Google+ because it’s just so hard to reliably reach or listen to people. Think of how many posts in your news feed you miss each day just by not being online at the right time, never mind the pre-filtering Facebook does to the firehose.
- Page Weight Matters – an engineer at Google led an effort to cut Youtube’s bandwidth requirements by a factor of ten. Strangely enough, when they started a live test, average page load time went up. It turned out that people on low-speed connections had found out about it and started using it even though it took two minutes to load where they were…because even that was still better than the 20 minutes they’d been stuck with before. (Via Raymond Camden)
- If you run an email newsletter, keep in mind that many of your readers will try to read it on a phone. Keep that in mind when designing your format. Giant images with no text aren’t going to be too helpful.
- How to keep electronics going when you lose power for days: Generators, batteries, car chargers, solar or kinetic chargers, etc.
- Some of the earliest UNIX daemon art was drawn by none other than Phil Foglio of Girl Genius fame.
- Saturday Morning in Front of La Salle De Justice is a painting by Rey Taira in DC Comics’ gallery show, inspired by Seurat’s famous painting Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (the painting at the center of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George), but recast with the Justice League and other DC Comics heroes. It’s making the rounds again now, but I first saw it on Firestorm Fan a few months back.