1. Google demands developers pay them $5 for the privilege of letting people put extensions on the Chrome Store.

    I think not.

  2. Physics of emotions — some convert easily between each other (e.g. frustration is easy to turn into positive creative energy), others are much harder to change and require significant outside energy (e.g. jadedness)

    Are those even emotions, in the strictest sense? More thought patterns or alignments?

  3. Charles Stanhope: @BarnabyWalters Is Facebook's behavior different from Twitter's t.co in this regard? (I don't use Facebook, so genuinely curious.)

    @cstanhope Twitter do indeed shorten all links, they’re just a little bit more honest about it. But I’m certainly going to make the extension unshorten them all too (there’s enough info in the HTML do to that without extra HTTP requests).

  4. Facebook use shady javascript to replace legit-looking link URLs with their own tracking endpoint.

    I made a browser extension which removes this: facebook-anticlickjack.

    It uses javascript to remove javascript from what should just be HTML. I call it “aggressive degredation”.

  5. What good fiction is available about dealing with emergent systems and behaviour?

    Most of our culture teaches us to look at figureheads and individuals — cut off the villain’s head and the story ends happily. But life is too complex to be reasoned about like this.

    Off the top of my head, the only non scifi work of fiction I can think of which talks about this is Grapes of Wrath. Any others spring to mind?

  6. Found this interesting piece of from my GCSE Geography project whilst digging through site archives whilst trying to fix some dead URLs:

    Apart from the obvious flaw of hard-to-read text, and the more subtle distortion of the results due to them being overlaid onto a contoured 3D landscape, it’s actually not that bad.

  7. Why not to make assumptions about where your site visitors come from send to do a hyperlink’s job:

    (That link didn’t work, obv)