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Today a group of privacy-focused developers plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign for Anonabox. The $45 open-source router automatically directs all data that connects to it by ethernet or Wifi through the Tor network, hiding the user’s IP address and skirting censorship. It’s also small enough to hide two in a pack of cigarettes. Anonabox’s tiny size means users can carry the device with them anywhere, plugging it into an office ethernet cable to do sensitive work or in a cybercafe in China to evade the Great Firewall. The result, if Anonabox fulfills its security promises, is that it could become significantly easier to anonymize all your traffic with Tor—not just Web browsing, but email, instant messaging, filesharing and all the other miscellaneous digital exhaust that your computer leaves behind online.


When to Use Which User-Experience Research Methods by Christian Rohrer

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The curvature of curves.

  1. sin(x)
  2. exp(x)
  3. Normal distribution (y=exp(-x²/2))
  4. Ellipse
  5. r=5/2+cos(3τθ)
  6. x=(t-1)(t+1), y=t(t-1)(t+1)
  7. Archimedes’ Spiral
  8. Logarithmic spiral

If you want to try your own curve, try on Desmos graphing calculator!



Is Adobe process-shaming designers now? 

Is Adobe process-shaming designers now? 

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The Pronunciation of European Typefaces



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An archival record of a first edition NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual designedby Massimo Vignelli of Unimark International. 

An archival record of a first edition NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual designed
by Massimo Vignelli of Unimark International. 

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A video essay from delve.tv

It was the change that no-one saw coming: the idea that we could take a book, a painting or a song and send it through cables and wires and even thin air to the other end of the world - and it would be identical on the other side. But this idea underpins everything about the Information Age we live in.

How did we make such a mind bending transition into the digital world? And how does it work? It turns out it’s all based on a concept that is surprisingly beautiful in its simplicity. This short video essay explores what that idea is and tells you about the man who figured it all out.

Computers are everywhere and control almost every aspect of our lives. In the next 6 minutes you’ll find out how they really work.


Curious? Read Andrew Lih’s quick explanation of Information Theory

Even more interested? Spend an hour learning Information Theory with this Cambridge Professor videolectures.net/mackay_course_01/

Super interested? Read “Information: a history, a theory, a flood” by James Glieck

A maths person? Read Shannon’s original 1948 paper which changed the world: magmamater.cl/MatheComm.pdf


The Long Game Part 1 - delve.tv/the-long-game-part-one/
The Long Game Part 2 - delve.tv/the-long-game-part-2/

Spanish translation by Ana Ribera Molinos


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STOCK VIDEO: Beachfront B-roll / Dissolve.com / Mitch Martinez
ARCHIVE: Prelinger Archives, San Francisco / Charles and Ray Eames
IMAGES OF CLAUDE SHANNON: MIT Museum Boston / Nixdorf MuseumsForums, Paderborn
PIANIST: Steph O’Dea
ANIMATION: Adam Westbrook
MUSIC: James Brett, Min-Y-LLan, Hugo ‘Droopy’ Contini
PUBLISHED BY: delve.tv

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Due to N.O. Brown’s remark that syntax is the arrangement of the army, and Thoreau’s that when he heard a sentence he heard feet marching, I became devoted to nonsyntactical ‘demilitarized’ language.
John Cage as quoted in David Grubbs Records Ruin the Landscape. (via notational)

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The first aspect of the hidden computing curriculum to note is that ‘coding’ carries into the classroom a specific set of assumptions about ways of knowing and doing things. Writing code is not just a technical procedure but is related to systems of thought about the way the world works, and about how it might be modelled in order to further shape people’s interactions with it. As Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge have argued in Code/Space, coding is a ‘disciplinary regime’ with established ‘ways of knowing and doing regarding coding practices.’ Writing code projects the ‘rules’ of computer science and its system of computational thinking into the world. It captures assumptions about how the world works and translates them into formalized models that can be computed through algorithmic procedures.


User Experience Design from A-Z by Wouter de Bres

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Christopher Alexander made a great diagram, a spectrum of privacy: street to sidewalk to porch to living room to bedroom. I think for many of us Twitter started as the porch—our space, our friends, with the occassional neighborhood passer-by. As the service grew and we gained follwers, we slid across the spectrum of privacy into the street.

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This bubble chart is killing me by David Mendoza. 
A useful and necessary critique of the chart junk (shown above) designed by Vox.

This bubble chart is killing me by David Mendoza. 

A useful and necessary critique of the chart junk (shown above) designed by Vox.


Start with the small screen first, then expand until it looks like shit. Time for a breakpoint!
Stephen Hay


LayerCam: a camera that takes pictures that have already been taken.