linklog
20 January 2010Intertubes

Hugely interesting replies from a long list of eminent luminaries, thinkers, and gasbags.
Code

In some ways the Internet is just a sideeffect of the really important event of the late 20th century: the rise of Open Source. This slightly dated but excellent paper analyses data from Ohloh to show that the total amount of Open Source code out there doubles every 1214 months. Five years ago, there were many big commercial software projects with no Open Source components, today I know of none. Dirk Riehle's other work is also worth looking at.

A factor in the movement to NoSQL  I bet Chris Date feels a disturbance in the force.
Toys

A construction set for adults. I simply must have one of these. Must must.
UX
Two long UX reads in this edition of the linklog  make a cup of coffee, sit somewhere comfortable, and enjoy:

A monograph on user interface design by Bret Victor.

A thorough and entertaining survey of human colour perception, colour models, and the history of our understanding of these things.
Visualisation

The Hilbert curve is a great visualisation tool when you care about clusters of features in a sequence, but don't care about order. Look out for a few more blog posts on this subject from me in the near future.

Beautiful graph visualisation technique, which reminds me uncannily of the trunking in ant trails. I wonder what a pheromonetrail inspired algorithm for graph visualisation would look like?

A fascinating printable calendar, featuring a different nomographic method for every month.