Archive for the ‘Cool sites’ Category

Wales Coastal Footpath opens

Excellent news that Wales has got its act together, on the idea of a continuous coastal footpath around the whole of the British Isles. The new 870 mile continuous path around Wales was officially opened yesterday, and has cost a mere £14-million (probably less than the price of a new leisure centre, and with an […]

London Typographica

London Typographica, mapping the typographies of the capital…

Pinteresting growth

The stunning rise of Pintrest, already ranking fifth in terms of pushing genuine traffic to sites… Might be interesting to see where is, in that ranking of “time spent”.

10,000 years

Designing a marker system to last 10,000 years for warning of radioactive storage facilities… “A marker system should be chosen that instills awe, pride, and admiration, as it is these feelings that motivate people to maintain ancient markers, monuments, and buildings.” It has to be not valuable enough to be stolen, either. No giant crystal […]

A guide to buying flat caps of quality

Is your head feeling a little chilly on these cold mornings? With the men’s vintage flat-cap decidedly back in fashion, here’s my selection of the best four places to buy quality flat-caps online. I’ve used Village Caps, Hanna, and Kangol a number of times, and the Harris Tweed people look like genuine Scottish crofters… Village […]

Not your grandpa’s conference photos

Amazing set of 148 photos from FILE in Brazil. “FILE Sao Paulo 2011 happens between July 19 and August 21, at the FIESP Cultural Center – Ruth Cardoso. In the program: immersive and interactive installations, tablets, animations, games, machinimas, besides works of web art, video, documentary, music clips and sound experiments.”

Newspaper Club

Newspaper Club is a welcome addition to the range of print-on-demand publishers such as Lulu (paperbacks) and Blurb (photobooks and art books). The market appears to be schools and local groups, but there’s no reason you couldn’t do a newspaper sized ‘zine. They allow PDF upload. The front page says the print-on-demand service has been […]

Hipster animals

Lovely set of hipster animals, currently being drawn by Dyna Moe. T-shirts and blog at present, but I’d love to see these as a print-on-demand postcard book with a PayPal button to order it from.

Two Saints Way

The Two Saints Way, a major one-person retirement project to make a long-distance footpath that links the cathedrals of Lichfield and Chester, via Stoke-on-Trent. A superb idea. There’s also a long newspaper article on the path and the man behind it, David Pott of Stone (near Stoke-on-Trent).

The Corner Shop

The Corner Shop… “The Corner Shop Project is a social history project documenting Black Country shops from 1950 — 2010.” Above: 1976 picture by Nick Hedges, for the Community Development Project based in Saltley, Birmingham. (Yes, I know that’s not Black Country — but it’s on The Corner Shop website).

A quick round-up of April Fools Day 2011

Labour’s secret plans to order street parties for the Miliband wedding, in order to out-shine the Royal wedding (Daily Telegraph) Gorillas being given iPads to use, in a ‘Planet of the Apps’ experiment (The Sun) Space flights from Scotland to boost tourism (Express) Gang of feral chickens terrorise a small village near Southport (Daily Mail) […]


Learnable. Sell educational courses online, or take a course. Nice idea, good web design, but they might have usefully bought in a hundred professional courseware courses to pre-load the Directory and give a better and more academic initial impression. At present it’s mainly coding and new-age/old-hippy stuff.

Project Finder – a crowdfunding project search-tool

Project Finder. My new simple search-engine to help you find projects to fund, searching across 14 crowd-funding websites.

Black Country Mash

The museums and archives of the Black Country are inviting coders to their WAG Hack Day on Saturday 16th April 2011 (10am-6pm) at The Public in West Bromwich. The aim of the day is to mash or filter the metadata that’s powering the new Black Country History website, which offers complete online access to records […]

Google Art Project

Just launched, Google Art Project. Use Google Maps / Street View technology to view the collections of 17 of the world’s top art galleries.


SparePlace… “A map of spaces across the UK which can be used for temporary and pop-up projects: it includes empty shops, church halls, fields, shopping precincts and old offices. All spaces can be legally occupied by agreement with the owner.”

JURN max

My JURN academic search-engine is coming up to two years old, and has been given a thorough link-checking. I used some ‘dark-side’ SEO software to automatically check if my web addresses were still showing up in Google Search. It worked a treat, and was very reliable. A lot of repairing followed. I’d say there’s a […]


Wirify is a free service that lets you turn any web page into a ‘wireframe’, so you can see the underlying structure without being distracted by the content. It’s packaged as a bookmarklet that links to the service.


Boilerpipe. It does what the Instapaper service and the Readability bookmarklet do — tries to strip away the sidebars, ads and all other clutter from around a long article or a blog’s front page, to leave the core article(s). Useful when you’re abroad and using a slow public computer on which you’re not allowed to […]

Arcade Barn

The Arcade Barn is a vintage videogame museum of coin-operated cabinets. Its rather far away from the Midlands — in Exeter, Devonshire — but it’s great that such a museum is even happening in the UK. It’s apparently been featured in a recent issue of Retro Gamer. All proceeds go toward keeping the cabinets running, […]