Thanks to lots of help, this is now pretty much what I hoped it would be: A big list of patterns from A Pattern Language that can be easily shortened to a small list, it is a single portable file, and prints very nicely.

What I think this needs (and I don't often ask for hep, but this is way out of my ability set) is some script that adds [-]/[+] actions to each of the patterns - so you can go through the document and reduce the set to just the subset pattern language you actually need.

Then when the user prints/PDFs the file, all the unwanted patterns vanish completely and you end up with a good looking and *short* reference document.

That's it, I don't think it needs anything fancy like persistence etc. END/

Unfortunately this Pattern Language companion is really ugly (see picture).

This can be fixed. But what really needs is a little bit of scripting to make it really useful. 4/

But, I have this thing, it is a single HTML page consisting of the headings and summaries from A Pattern Language, scraped from a defunct website years ago:

Importantly it has all the cross-references as internal links, so it is a great companion to the book (though obviously all the explanatory text is missing) 3/

The idea of the book, is that, although there are 253 patterns, most building projects only require a handful of patterns. So you are supposed to construct a subset pattern language for each project and use that.

Unfortunately A Pattern Language is 1200 pages long and very unwieldy, so this doesn't work so well as a practical matter. 2/

I have a small OSS side project that I'm clearly never going to complete, so I'm asking for some javascript/CSS help.

It is basically an interactive companion to Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language.
This book has 253 'patterns', each one a particular aspect of the built environment at different scales, all extensively cross-referenced. Together they describe a humane, sustainable world. 1/

Someone ought to set up an online business selling £5 notes, as these are otherwise unobtainable

"For centuries, Islamic designers and craftsmen have made geometric patterns just by drawing straight lines and circles with a compass and straight edge... Tilemaker lets you build layers of lines and circles, mimicking their actions. As you experiment drawing different intersections of line segments and circles you will discover new patterns, just as they did!"

This (free) app is super fun and it seems it was created to share a bit of Islamic culture/history.

UK politics 

Disaster From the Greek for “bad star” (dys aster).
Influenza Italian for “influence”, thought to be caused by the influence of an evil star.
Consideration A big decision demanded careful consultation with the stars (Latin: con sidus).
Desire You know when you wish upon a star? That’s when you wish de sidus.

[found in the Observer]

History is written by the victors.
Modernist architecture can be scaled-up profitably, so it was a vital part of the massive growth of the post-war era.

So it was necessary to sweep its authoritarian origins under the carpet and replace them with a story that modernism was an inevitable 'progressive' evolution from the Arts and Crafts movement.

To this day, the imagery of Modernism is interchangeable with the very idea of Liberal Democracy.

French Modernist architect Le Corbusier was a fascist who thought that Vichy France would be his opportunity, but eventually they rejected his plans for being too authoritarian.
In 1940 he wrote: "Hitler can crown his life with a great work: the planned layout of Europe."

Philip Johnson (himself a talented architect) who brought Gropius and van der Rohe to America, was literally a card carrying Nazi.

Johnson managed to exclude the most interesting early Modernist architect, Erich Mendelsohn (Mendelsohn was Jewish).

Mendelson had to make do with working in Britain, designing the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea.

Modernist architects Gropius and van der Rohe were not chased out of Germany in the 1930's, they tried to work with the regime, but were out-manouvered by other Modern architects like Albert Speer.

(if you doubt that Albert Speer was a Modern architect, consider that he practiced exactly the classicism-without-ornament that Loos promoted)

Additionally, what I took away from reading this book is that the idea that Modernist architecture was somehow a 'left-wing' idea is myth.

Adolph Loos' Ornament is Crime, the foundation text of modernism, is basically a white supremacist rant - ornament was something for 'inferior races' and women.

[reposted from Twitter]
A review by Nikos Salingaros of Curl's Making Dystopia (a history of architectural Modernism)

As a professional working in industry I have no practical access to the Acta Mechanica journal. The distribution model of the journal specifically excludes myself and the wider community of people who actually make things. So I must decline the offer to review this paper, and I strongly recommend the author resubmit to a forum where their interesting research may benefit society as a whole.

The following is false:

‘The only thing we can do is to improve our critical thinking & media literacy, & learn what we must be on guard against … we can learn tools to defend ourselves in this era of rapid falsehood. We need to marshal our ability to think critically‘

Critical thinking, media literacy, etc. are very poor tools for defending against viral falsehoods.

It’s also awful & condescending to believe that viral believers lack critical thinking or are stupid.

#BlenderBIM can now do construction documentation, clash detection, and proxy materials and objects. We can do commercial projects completely without any proprietary software. Version controlled with Git. 100% free and open source pipeline to build buildings.

See all the latest updates now:

This. This changes things. A lot.

Go #opensource. Go #OpenBIM. Quit #Revit. Quit #Autodesk.


Read this three times, Murray Bookchin on futurism and utopianism, from forty years ago, but it could have been said yesterday:

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