Simply Jonathan

Archive for 2009

Put This On 

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‘A web series about dressing like a grownup’.

Jesse Thorn and Adam Lisagor have made this wonderful blog and small-scale tv series about how to properly dress yourself. The first episode (published 2 November) is about denim, and is very well-done. The blog is well-written, and whilst I don’t agree with all the advice (a tweed vest? No thanks), most of the advice is pretty sound.

(Also, they’re looking for funding to continue the series. Yes, I am considering turning this into a Kickstarter promotion blog.)

Merlin Mann's House Hacks 

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Why would you use a screwdriver?

Coudal's 1999 

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Coudal Partners are celebrating their 10-year anniversary, and are having a contest: send an email. From 1999.

I would’ve liked to contest, but I find it would be rather anachronistic: in 1999, I was 10 years old, and at this point in time I had been taught English in school for some two months.

The 100 oldest .com domain names 

I learned some years ago that was the first ever domain name – I never understood why that name was chosen, though.

The first domain of a company I’d heard of was (And while all this internet, domain stuff is still considered very new, I find it worth noting that the last one from that list was registered one and a half year before I was born.)

(Via Rands).

Mark Pilgrim on Free Software Publishing 

A very thoughtful and philosophical post by Mark Pilgrim on the case of his Dive Into Python being published by someone other than Apress, and listed on Amazon.

This is a great post, because it really shows that Pilgrim isn’t afraid to take the consequence of his choices, and he demonstrates how this can be a superior way to publish books.

Great iTunes behaviour

I don’t know when they changed this, or if it was in fact part of iTunes DJ from the start, but I love this:

A screenshot of an iTunes window highlighting the track 'No-One But You' By Queen', and playing it at 0:32 into the song

Then choosing the ‘Play in iTunes DJ’ option from the right-click menu will start the number in iTunes DJ, at the same time in the track:

A screenshot of an iTunes window showing that its currently playing at 0:32 into the song

That is very clever.

Arial vs Helvetica 

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Comparing the most famous font rivals ever.

Designing Obama 

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I’m late to the game, but please do support what I think will be an interesting case study, if nothing else. (I say please support it, because if people don’t, I won’t get one either.)


Permanent location of 'iCheckMovies'

I had this idea all set up, including code and domain, and then I discover this. Oh, well, then I won’t have to maintain it, and focus on watching all those films. (My list is also publicly available.)

(Via barklund.)

Aral Balkan's Sys-Con Nightmare 

That sounds awful. I can only echo what Simon said:

Don’t speak at or attend Sys-Con conferences (which include AJAXWorld, the Cloud Computing Expo and Ajax in the Cloud), don’t write for or buy their journals (including AJAXWorld Magazine, JDJ and .NET Developer’s Journal), and don’t visit or advertise on any of their sites.

This is Simply Jonathan, a blog written by Jonathan Holst. It's mostly about technical topics (and mainly the Web at that), but an occasional post on clothing, sports, and general personal life topics can be found.

Jonathan Holst is a programmer, language enthusiast, sports fan, and appreciator of good design, living in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. He is also someone pretentious enough to call himself the 'author' of a blog. And talk about himself in the third person.