Archive: January, 2008

Waxy.org: Daily Log: The Times (UK) Spamming Social Media Sites

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.

A reasoned response to X-UA-Compatible • Gated Logic • nevali.net

A nice analysis and skewering of Microsoft's proposed default behaviour for version targeting.

Dopplr Blog » Dopplr Raumzeitgeist 2007: Where we went last year

Gorgeous visualisation from Dopplr of all the places visited in 2007.

TSA Now Requiring All Electronic Items Placed In Bins at SFO | Laughing Squid

I must remember to allow plenty of time at the airport when I'm leaving San Francisco.

Instapaper

A nice simple little app for saving URLs to read later. This kind of simplicity is remarkably hard to achieve.

Vitamin Features » Stay on :target

Brian shows some clever uses of the little-known :target pseudo-class.

The B-List: X-No-Thanks

A superbly clear analysis of the proposed default version targeting behaviour in IE8+.

The FAIL Blog

Chronicling moments of FAIL and sometimes EPIC FAIL.

» Blog Archive » Big Apple, Big Excitement

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!

Do's and don'ts with babies :: Hilarious pics

Airtoons for parents.

Understanding art for geeks - a photoset on Flickr

Normally LOL is a throwaway little phatic interjection but I really did laugh out loud at some of the pictures in this photoset.

Microsoft koan [dive into mark]

The madness of the default behaviour in IE8 explained in a beautiful koan.

Ficlets | The Insurgenceez Haz Beginned

I can haz lolficlet?

Empty Links and Screen Readers » Yahoo! User Interface Blog

Excellent research into how screen readers respond to empty links (i.e. A elements with no text between the opening and closing tags).

O'Reilly Maker - Create a funny book cover!

Create your own O'Reilly book cover. Maybe you have to be a geek to find this amusing. I find this amusing.

Katemonkey.co.uk: X-UA-Lemur-Compatible

The timeline behind Microsoft's latest announcement.... as told by stuffed lemurs.

Last.fm – the Blog · Free the Music

"As of today, you can play full-length tracks and entire albums for free on the Last.fm website."

The Existential DiSo Interview on Vimeo

Chris interviews himself about portable social networks and distributed identity.

Is the Tipping Point Toast? -- Duncan Watts -- Trendsetting

Duncan Watts works at Yahoo Research? I had no idea! Ironically, it was Gladwell's Tipping Point that first led me to Watts' work.

this is rachelandrew.co.uk » IE8 and the future of the web

Rachel adds her thoughts on Microsoft's broken implementation of version switching—and very good thoughts they are too.

How to create CSS layouts without using FLOAT

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.

If all your friends jumped off of a bridge… at Ben Brown, Internet Rockstar

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."

More regrettable incidents in a life filled with bitter remorse - a photoset on Flickr

Sketchbook pages scanned and uploaded to Flickr.

Alison on the Behance Network

A wonderful series of black and white photographs documenting the growth of photographer Jack Radcliffe's daughter Alison from childhood to adulthood.

The CandyFab Project - The Revolution will be Caramelized.

Make your own 3D printer (you know, like the replicator in Star Trek) using sugar and an air pump. The results are astoundingly cool.

CSS Gradient Text Effect

A neat new CSS effect. You don't see many of those these days.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 'Darkest ever' material created

It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.

A Day in the Life of a Turret » The Leet World

Portal machinima.

Logica Stock Icon Family debuts at Iconfactory's Stockicons.com

Clean, businesslike icons by the icon artists behind Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.

Flickr: The Commons

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?

Tweet what you eat!

Another nice barnacle app built on Twitter. Send direct messages to note what you've eaten... or tweeten.

MacHeist » Bundle

The asking price of $49 for all these apps together is a bargain. CSSEdit alone is easily worth that much.

Nanotech Used 2000 Years Ago to Make History's Sharpest Swords | Wired Science from Wired.com

Could it be that swords made of wootz steel—as described in The Baroque Cycle—were so sharp because their blades contained fullerenes?

shiyuan.co.uk

The idea I like most from this portfolio is the heat-sensitive wallpaper with blooming flowers.

KnickerPicker - online dressing room

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.

Creating Proprietary Content is Like 'Writing in Sand' | Compiler from Wired.com

Tantek talks about the importance of open media for the longevity of data.

SemanticCamp London

You can sign up to February's SemanticCamp by pointing it to a URL with an hCard (or FOAF). Nice.

John Resig - Secrets: Table of Contents

It looks like John's next book will be superb.

Yahoo!, Flickr, OpenID and Identity Projection

Looks like Flickr has some interesting plans around OpenID. Our reporter Simon Willison is on the scene.

Dean Edwards: IE7.js version 2.0 (beta)

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.

Flight thru Instruments - a photoset on Flickr

A collection of beautiful illustrations scanned from a flight-training manual.

Secret Websites, Coded Messages: The New World of Immersive Games

Reznor had stepped into a new kind of interactive fiction, one where players don't just passively consume the story.

It’s high time we moved to URL-based identifiers | FactoryCity

Chris says that URLs are people too: "You’ve got my URL, now, tell me, what else do you really need?"