Friday Link List: App Edition

1. CyclePhilly hopes to record biking patterns to help plan bike lanes {technically philly}

To use the app, a rider starts the route, bikes to their destination and hits save. Then they’ll be prompted to record the purpose of the trip, such as a work commute, going to school or social. Their personal routes are stored on the device and a copy of the route they took is uploaded to CyclePhilly servers to be analyzed by planning authorities.

Unfortunately, I won’t be using the app, because an iPhone can only track one activity at a time, and I already use RunKeeper to track my rides.

You should use it though.

2. Recording the Global Soundscape {science friday}

Inspiring new app:

What is the sound of your local environment? How does it make you feel? How will it sound in the future? Ecologist Bryan Pijanowski is looking to answer these questions and create a soundscape of every ecosystem on the planet through the Global Soundscapes project.

3. Not on App Store

Smug hipsters are awful, especially when they plaster the real world with expressions of their smugness.

Via {today in tabs by rusty foster}

4. How We Love {ted radio hour}

I know I know. Just listen to it.

Friday Link List

1. The Inside Story of Aaron Schwartz and MIT {boston globe}

More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT’s handling of the hacking case persist.

See also: this documentary.


2. Sad Youtube {tldr}

YouTube’s infamous for having one of the worst comment sections on the internet. There’s no reason to ever read them. Unless you’re writer & filmmaker Mark Slutsky. Mark spends hours scouring the comments section on YouTube, and occasionally, scattered in the dross, he finds small poignant stories for his site Sad Youtube.


3. Tetris Played on 29-Story Philly Skyscraper {daring fireball}

As part of Philly Tech Week, Dr. Frank Lee’s latest creation — a two-sided game of Tetris on the 29-story Cira Centre — illuminates the Philadelphia skyline.

Saw this in person—it was pretty cool.


4. If Daily Mail Articles Headlines Were Based on the Comments Section {tldr again}

Web designer Richard Westenra has created an ingenious browser plugin that swaps out the headlines from the British tabloid The Daily Mail with user comments about them.

Bitcoin’s Philly Roots

Hardly the most interesting part of this story about the man behind Bitcoin {Newsweek}, but the one with a surprising link to my home town/states:

[Bitcoin inventor] Nakamoto has six children. The first, a son from his first marriage in the 1980’s, is Eric Nakamoto, an animation and 3-D graphics designer in Philadelphia. His next five children were with his second wife, Grace Mitchell, 56, who lives in Audubon, N.J., and says she met Nakamoto at a Unitarian church mixer in Cherry Hill, N.J., in the mid-1980s. She recalls he came to the East Coast after leaving Hughes Aircraft, now part of Raytheon, in his 20s and next worked for Radio Corporation of America in Camden, N.J., as a systems engineer.

Via fellow-Philadelphian John Gruber.

For a solid Bitcoin primer, check out this Planet Money story.


Monotype Factory {photo}


More about this building at 24th & Locust {design traveler}:

In 1887 Tolbert Lanston designed the Monotype prototype which required two pieces of equipment, a keyboard and a metal typecaster. The process began with an operator typing the text using a keyboard of 276 keys, the amount required to cover all of a font variants such as italic, bold, etc.  Each key strike triggered a number of holes punched along the length of a 4-inch wide paper ribbon. The typecasting machine used the perforated ribbon to dictate the specific order in which individual metal letters were cast from a brass a matrix.