Four short links: 4 November 2010

Better Travel, Incidental Media, Social Switch, and Crumbling Cookies

  1. The Journey (Matt Jones) — an incredible reimagining of what travel could be if we used technology subtly, playfully, and helpfully. This is beautiful and brilliant. Read the explanation of the different elements in the video, there’s a month’s worth of sparking ideas in just a few paragraphs.
  2. Incidental Media (Jack Schulze) — beautiful playful visual demonstration of what happens when surfaces are active but do not claim our full attention. From the same BERG London work that prompted The Journey above. I don’t normally put two links to the same site in the one edition of Four Short Links, but these are both mindbuggeringly good.
  3. 1st Fans Shifts to Meetup — Brooklyn Museum’s online connection to their community moves from Facebook+Twitter to Meetup. There’s a wonderfully honest and informative explanation of why the two big social sites didn’t work for them. Great to see them sharing what they learned.
  4. HTTP Cookies, or How Not To Design a Protocol — detailed deconstruction of the deeply broken state of web site cookies. (via Matt Biddulph on Delicious)
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  • Andrew O

    The incidental media piece is thought-provking and inspiring. I love this line at the end: “‘making future magic’ instead of the attention arms race that the near-future of urban screens and media could potentially devolve into”

  • daniel

    Multiple surfaces showing active graphic content is part of Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age. In that book, those cultures that allow such surfaces in their living spaces are described as supremely passive, sitting around watching during all their waking hours in that space. Before we get so enthusiastic about the idea we should consider what it might mean beyond ourselves and people like us (as Charles Murray points out, that group is increasingly and dangerously homogeneous).