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This application generates a random medieval city layout of a requested size. The generation method is rather arbitrary, the goal is to produce a nice looking map, not an accurate model of a city. Maybe in the future I'll use its code as a basis for some game or maybe not.
Kin Lane discusses the current move to lock down social media APIs. He suggests that this could all have been avoided by having clearer guidelines in the beginning. Here I am reminded of Bill Fitzgerald and Kris Shaffer’s discussion of bots.
"Start by breaking off WhatsApp and Instagram."
Nilay Patel explores the idea of reimagining anti-trust laws. At the moment there is too much grey for lawyers to argue about in regards to changes in price. Tim Wu and Hal Singer suggest that we need to think of anti-trust from the perspective of competition, not just cost. This is something that has been said about Google as much as Facebook. Cory Doctorow has also written about the problems big tech.
One of the nice things about running a blog-fueled grassroots semi-funded initiative is the agility. The Digipo project has moved far and fast in the past year. But one of the bad things is all the old blogposts a just a snapshot in time, and often out of date.
Another interesting take on Mike Caulfield’s current work is his post ‘The Fast and Frugal Needs of the Online Reader‘.
If Evernote had built on open formats and protocols, now, as the company is failing, the users’ data would remain usable.
I am not against the minimalist newsletter. I would just prefer a single sentence summary associated with each post? That is my only frustration with Adam Proctor’s newsletter too.
I think there's a place for a simple RSS-based Instagram clone. Subscribe as in an RSS reader, with the URL of a feed. It displays items with
s that are images. Wouldn't have as many users as IG, but IG was fun before it had so many users.
The mysterious case of missing URLs and Google's AMP