Andy Baio does a nice bit of investigative journalism in exposing the social network spammer hired by The Times. The internet treats crass marketing as damage and routes around it.
Archive: January, 2008
A nice analysis and skewering of Microsoft's proposed default behaviour for version targeting.
Gorgeous visualisation from Dopplr of all the places visited in 2007.
I must remember to allow plenty of time at the airport when I'm leaving San Francisco.
A nice simple little app for saving URLs to read later. This kind of simplicity is remarkably hard to achieve.
Brian shows some clever uses of the little-known :target pseudo-class.
A superbly clear analysis of the proposed default version targeting behaviour in IE8+.
Chronicling moments of FAIL and sometimes EPIC FAIL.
Tiki Bar TV's Johnny Johnny saves a woman from being killed on the New York subway. This is incontrovertible proof that outlandish cocktails can make you superhuman. Seriously though... bravo, Johnny Johnny, bravo!
Airtoons for parents.
Normally LOL is a throwaway little phatic interjection but I really did laugh out loud at some of the pictures in this photoset.
The madness of the default behaviour in IE8 explained in a beautiful koan.
I can haz lolficlet?
Excellent research into how screen readers respond to empty links (i.e. A elements with no text between the opening and closing tags).
Create your own O'Reilly book cover. Maybe you have to be a geek to find this amusing. I find this amusing.
The timeline behind Microsoft's latest announcement.... as told by stuffed lemurs.
"As of today, you can play full-length tracks and entire albums for free on the Last.fm website."
Chris interviews himself about portable social networks and distributed identity.
Duncan Watts works at Yahoo Research? I had no idea! Ironically, it was Gladwell's Tipping Point that first led me to Watts' work.
Rachel adds her thoughts on Microsoft's broken implementation of version switching—and very good thoughts they are too.
An interesting CSS technique that uses table-layout instead of float.
Easy as Pie Ajax Requests - Create compelling ajax in minutes with simple examples. | Notes from Phazm
This is a good straightforward hands-on explanation of Ajax: succinct and clear.
Ben Brown outlines the reasons why he left Facebook: "I think it is important to note that Facebook, though they claim to be a tool for staying connected, is actually a software tool designed *primarily* to deliver marketing messages to its audience."
Sketchbook pages scanned and uploaded to Flickr.
A wonderful series of black and white photographs documenting the growth of photographer Jack Radcliffe's daughter Alison from childhood to adulthood.
Make your own 3D printer (you know, like the replicator in Star Trek) using sugar and an air pump. The results are astoundingly cool.
A neat new CSS effect. You don't see many of those these days.
It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.
Clean, businesslike icons by the icon artists behind Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.
Here's a fantastic collaboration with the Library of Congress. We are being asked to collectively tag historic pictures with no known copyright restrictions. Wonderful idea! Are you watching, British Library?
Another nice barnacle app built on Twitter. Send direct messages to note what you've eaten... or tweeten.
The asking price of $49 for all these apps together is a bargain. CSSEdit alone is easily worth that much.
Could it be that swords made of wootz steel—as described in The Baroque Cycle—were so sharp because their blades contained fullerenes?
The idea I like most from this portfolio is the heat-sensitive wallpaper with blooming flowers.
A Flash interface that allows you to interact with lingerie models when shopping for knickers. I point this out purely for reasons of interaction research, of course.
Tantek talks about the importance of open media for the longevity of data.
You can sign up to February's SemanticCamp by pointing it to a URL with an hCard (or FOAF). Nice.
It looks like John's next book will be superb.
Looks like Flickr has some interesting plans around OpenID. Our reporter Simon Willison is on the scene.
A new version of Dean's IE7 script is available. Given my daily frustrations with IE6, I hope its marketshare declines enough that I can use this as a magic bullet in front-end development.
A collection of beautiful illustrations scanned from a flight-training manual.
Reznor had stepped into a new kind of interactive fiction, one where players don't just passively consume the story.
Chris says that URLs are people too: "You’ve got my URL, now, tell me, what else do you really need?"