Links for 26th January 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. cufón – fonts for the people

    Hmmm… server-side javascript font-replacement system, works with all browsers worth working with and can use any font you have a license for. Some juggling in the header required, but could be very useful indeed.

    Tagged with: webdevcsstypographyfontreplacementgeneratorcufon

  2. DIY Bio: A Growing Movement Takes on Aging

    "It‘s not just enhancement technology that can benefit from DIYbiology. As the popular distrust of doctors grows, people will want to understand and monitor their own body. Likewise, as personalized medicine becomes a reality, we will probably see a rise in the number of hobbyists who treat their own bodies as machines to be worked on — like a radio or a car — branching out from personalized genomics to things like DIY stem cell extraction and manipulation, DIY prosthetics, DIY neural prosthetics and sensory enhancements (infrared vision, anyone?), immune system testing, and general tweaking of whatever system strikes the hobbyist‘s fancy. This hacker‘s paradise has not yet come to pass, but it is, perhaps, our exciting future." Some posthuman optimism right here.

    Tagged with: open-sourcebiologybiotechDIYgeneticshackingposthumanismageing

  3. The New Hotness: Using CSS3 Visual Effects

    Hmmm… border-image looks like tons of fun, for a start.

    Tagged with: CSS3webdevdesignborderborder-imagetechniquestutorial

  4. Engineering a stripped-down bacterial drug factory

    "One of the challenges of engineering bacteria to produce natural compounds is that the chemicals involved in the production process—the biosynthetic pathway, as it's called—may come from many different parts of a cell's metabolism. So, for example, the biosynthetic pathway may stitch together a piece of a sugar, part of a broken-down protein, and some lipid in order to make a useful drug compound. So, it's not simply enough to identify the enzymes that catalyze the steps in a biosynthetic pathway; you have to identify the raw materials, too, and ensure that your engineered bacteria makes all of those."

    Tagged with: biologybiotechdrugspharmacologybacteriamanufacturesynthesis

  5. In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms Are the New Bits

    "With the tools in place, the second part of this new industrial age is how manufacturing has been opened up to individuals, letting them scale prototypes into full production runs. Over the past few years, Chinese manufacturers have evolved to handle small orders more efficiently. This means that one-person enterprises can get things made in a factory the way only big companies could before.

    Two trends are driving this. First, there’s the maturation and increasing Web-centrism of business practices in China. Now that the Web generation is entering management, Chinese factories increasingly take orders online, communicate with customers by email, and accept payment by credit card or PayPal, a consumer-friendly alternative to traditional bank transfers, letters of credit, and purchase orders. Plus, the current economic crisis has driven companies to seek higher-margin custom orders to mitigate the deflationary spiral of commodity goods." Chris Anderson.

    Tagged with: Chris-Andersonlong-tailbusinesseconomicsindustrymanufacturingfabricationhardwaretrendsoutsourcingChinaopen-source

  6. Woven Spaces

    "Ordinarily, legal and physical architecture work in concert. You aren’t allowed into a certain area, so they helpfully wall it off and lock the doors. They’d prefer you to be in some other area and so offer you bright lighting and wide aisles. But there are times when the two work at cross purposes, either when some architect is being clever (as in the walkway and escalators) or when the subtleties of legal distinction are too much for dumb mortar and brick to implement. I’ve started thinking of these areas as woven spaces." Tim Maly.

    Tagged with: Tim-MalyarchitecturetopographyspaceswovenlegalphysicalpsychologicalterritoryinterstitialTAZ

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