Archive: October, 2007

Collection of unfortunately placed ads | Ads of the World

Context is everything, as this collection of unfortunate juxtapositions shows.

Dudeism.com - The Church of the Latter-Day Dude

Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world.

No random play for you, old man! « Beth Granter

Facebook is ageist. Which sucks. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, you're only as old as the [woman/man] you are interested in [random play/networking/whatever you can get] with.

Tracking the quake on Twitter | mad dog in the fog

There was a quake in San Francisco last night. The correct response to this situation is to Twitter it.

hyperpeople » Blog Archive » Mob Rules (The Law of Fives)

The text of Mark Pesce's excellent presentation at Web Directions South.

ThinkGeek :: Wi-Fi Detector Shirt

Dear Santa Claus, I have been a relatively good boy this year. Please may I have a t-shirt that actually detects and displays WiFi signal strength? No, I'm not kidding. Give my love to the elves, Jeremy.

Make My Logo Bigger Cream

Just rub it on and watch it grow. Gauranteed to satisfy your client.

3spots: del.icio.us as color tool

Did you know that you could use del.icio.us to bookmark colour palettes? Neither did I.

Surfin’ Safari - Blog Archive » CSS Transforms

WebKit continues to steam ahead. Now with CSS transforms; you can scale and rotate your elements.

"Terrorist Buster" Logo — Central Intelligence Agency

No, this is not a joke. This really is the DCI Counterterrorist Center "Terrorist Buster" logo. Un. Be. Lievable.

John Logie Baird: the home of the inventor of the medium has been reduced to rubble - Independent Online Edition > Media

With a disgusting disregard for history, the Bexhill home of John Logie Baird has been demolished. Here's a potted biography of the proto-geek who steampunked his way into our living rooms.

What the F***?

I saw Steven Pinker give a talk recently and he spent a fair amount of time talking about swearing. He has written up that part of the talk into an article for the New Republic.

YTMND - Madonna I feel like I just got pwned

See, I'm not the only one who thinks that this is what she's singing.

cumul.us

Best. Domain name and associated tagline. Ever.

CollyLogic: They found my lack of faith disturbing…

Colly is being transfered from prisoner cell-block 1138.

Scientists want to get into your pants, museum unable to locate crab louse for collection (Shake Well Before Use)

Every time you wax, God kills a crab.

Twitter / cookbook

Recipes in 140 characters or less.

My Christmas card image.

Actually, maybe this is the best picture on the internet. Take this picture brother, may it serve you well.

Unicorn. Dolphin.

Perhaps the best picture on the internet.

QuirksBlog: VTM slides

Here are the slides from PPK's talk this morning at the Voices That Matter conference. It's all good JavaScript advice.

Main Page - AskWiki

A natural language interface onto Wikipedia. More of this kind of thing, please.

Surfin’ Safari - Blog Archive » WebKit Does HTML5 Client-side Database Storage

I just learned from Kelly that Webkit is supporting local storage and database queries, as proposed in HTML5. Kinda like Google Gears. Potentially excited for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Home « Widgety Goodness

A conference all about, well, widgety goodness. In Brighton of course—home to all the best conferency goodness.

Web2Summit: Opening Up the Social Graph

David Recordon announces a new developer tool for tracking status changes on social networking sites.

The Marble of Doom

Contribute to the pool of data by inputting how much time you've wasted watching the spinning beachball of death.

Assorted

Looking for an ironic t-shirt?

Cadbury Dairy Milk - Glass and a Half Full Productions Video transcript

Remember the video of that Cadbury's ad I linked to a while back? It turns out that there's a transcript of the video on the website.

Trendwhore » Win & Regine Join Springsteen on Stage [VIDEO]

Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen together at last.

Automattic Acquires Gravatar « Gravatar Blog

This is good news. You can expect Gravatar service to get faster and better.

MOO.com | Postcards

New from Moo—postcards. Yay!

Brighton to London, leaving at 14:00 - Accessible UK Train Timetables

A new feature on Matthew Somerville's brilliant train timetable site. Just put /fares at the end of any URL to get the cheapest available fare.

Cruciforum: crucially simple

A super simple lightweight piece of forum software from Stuart in just one PHP file. Drop it in a directory and you're done.

NCSE Resource

To counter the creationists' lists of "scientists who doubt evolution" here's a list of scientists named Steve who support Darwin's theory. (via Steven Pinker's Q&A after a lecture last week)

Last.fm – the Blog · Spot the difference

Compare and contrast Last.fm's chart with the "official" UK chart. It's as if Radiohead doesn't even exist in meatspace.

Validator S.A.C. - Stand-Alone W3C HTML Validator Application for Mac OS X

For those times when you need to validate your markup but you don't have a 'net connection.

Welcome to Bleep Labs!

I want a thingamagoop.

Google

What would happen if Google tried to apply SEO techniques to itself?

Humanized Messages for jQuery at Binary Bonsai

A nice little extension to jQuery from Michael Heilemann for displaying unobtrusive feedback messages.

Sussex Police Uncovered - H900 - The Eye In The Sky

Click on the "What's the helicopter doing over my house?" link to get the latest eye-in-the-sky reports. The latest is: "Person trampled by cows" on the South Downs.

Microformats Bookmarklet › Left Logic

Have I told you lately how much I love this microformats bookmarklet? Yes? Well, I'm telling you again.

AssistiveWare - Videos on computer accessibility

It's easy for us to take technology for granted. This video shows how transformative technology can be. I am humbled.

Preoccupations: Life, the web all a tangle

David Smith has written a brilliant overview of how the perception of the Web is converging towards Tim Berners-Lee original vision of a read/write environment.

'Lobbyconners' crash tech conferences to schmooze, cut deals

Lobbycon: The practice of schmoozing in lobbies at expensive technology conferences, often without paying. The term is inspired by the lingo of conference names, the titles of which sometimes end with "con."

Words to the Wise: Language and the Journal Sentinel

A language blog from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Huckleberry

A clever little periscope-like device that allows you to use your Macbook's iSight facing outwards.

Is it Christmas?

The definitive response to continuous partial Christmas.

Get Lat Lon - find the latitude and longitude of a point on a map

A handy tool for grabbing the geocoordinates for a location.

Apple - Web apps

Looks like Apple are trying to redefine the term "web app" to mean sites created for the iPhone. The revisionism is completely barefaced.

Right Brain v Left Brain | Herald Sun

I can only see the dancer going clockwise. Jessica saw anti-clockwise at first but was then able to change direction. I can't do that.

Chinese Culture Versus German Culture » Adino Online

A series of infographics comparing Chinese and German culture. Amusing and astute.

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

Yes, you have to be a bit of a database geek to find this funny but if you are, this is very funny indeed.

Entoptic Phenomena - a photoset on Flickr

Put a sheet over someone and then photograph them jumping into the air. The result is startling.

YouTube - Microformats in Google Maps + Operator

Ian Lloyd gets search results for curry houses in Swindon from Google Maps to his phone in less than 60 seconds. All thanks to hCard.

GrammarBlog: My biggest "US English" peeve.

Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes. I'm glad it's not just me.

Bad Science » Madeleine McCann, the Observer, and their special magic quantum DNA box (with secret energy source)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Bad Science blog deserves a medal.

BarCamp wiki / BarCampLondon3

It's baaa-ack!

TG Video: X-Wing rocket interview and in-flight disintegration

Even though it breaks up after just two seconds in the air, the moment of take-off is pretty awesome.

RSS Reader for Mac - NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire now supports microformats.

CSS Eleven | Malarkey Rides Again

Here's the in-depth lowdown on the CSS Eleven supergroup announced by Andy at Web Directions South last week.

Download : Happy Webbies

I'm a cartoon, which feels kinda weird. Brits... collect 'em all: Budd, Hicks, Malarkey and me.

Faces in Places

Your brain is hardwired to respond to the shape of a face.

The Bygone Bureau » "Rainbows" Reveals a Brighter Tomorrow

Radiohead are distributing their next album themselves. You'll be able to download it for the princely sum of... whatever you feel like paying.

Microformats: Toward a Semantic Web

An excellent overarching article looking at the current state of microformats adoption.

Snipplr - Code 2.0

One of many code-snippet sharing sites out there but this one has some nice features like tagging and popularity. The interface is yuck though. dpaste,com is nicer but more ephemeral.

Design View / Andy Rutledge - quiet structure

A nice overview of avoiding clutter in web design. It's not just about whitespace; the number of edges and gradients can also add up to an undifferentiated design.