Archive: October, 2008

BBC NEWS | Wales | E-mail error ends up on road sign

An automated e-mail response reading in Welsh: "I am not in the office at the moment" is mistakenly put on a road sign.

Bacon Lamp Shade - a set on Flickr

Make your own lampshade. Out of bacon.

BBC NEWS | England | Sussex | Giant Lego man appears on beach

"Mystery surrounds the appearance of a giant Lego man on a beach in Brighton ... In August 2007 a giant Lego toy, bearing a close resemblance to the Brighton figure, mysteriously appeared on Zandvoort beach in Holland."

http://google.com/robots.txt

User-agent: zombies Disallow: /brains

cafe scientifique brighton

Philip Ball (author of the excellent Critical Mass) is coming to Brighton to speak at the Café Scientifique on the third Thursday of November. Excellent!

Code: Flickr Developer Blog » The Shape of Alpha

Flickr has amassed tons of geotagging data and Aaron has been playing with it.

northtemple - JavaScript and screen readers

An in-depth look at the intersection of JavaScript and screen readers, concentrating on events in particular.

gist: 20758 — GitHub

A huffduffer plugin for Ubiquity: "This simple script allows you to huff duff any mp3 file simple by invoking Ubiquity and typing 'huff-duff-it'."

JSSpeccy

Holy crap! A ZX Spectrum emulator built entirely in JavaScript. I cannot adequately describe the Proustian sensation I get from playing Manic Miner in a browser.

QuirksBlog: Slides from acessible Ajax workshop at Fundamentos Web

Download a PDF of PPK's slides from his JavaScript workshop at Fundamentos Web. There's some good advice contained therein.

Our First Labs Project: A Microformats Toolkit Called "Oomph" - Lab - MIX Online

A handy microformats toolkit from Microsoft(!) making it easier for developers to write, style and find microformats (hCard and hCalendar in particular). Neat!

Brighton geek cafe

Trying to find the perfect geek venue for meetups, coworking, networking and boozing in Brighton. I love the smell of scenius in the morning.

Magnum Photos: The Places We Live

A photography exhibition and book by Jonas Bendiksen of densely populated urban areas around the world.

OpenID usability is not an oxymoron | FactoryCity

Chris has written an in-depth critique of the state of OpenID, focusing strongly on usability.

Yahoo! Application Platform - YDN

This sounds like Yahoo's answer to Facebook Platform for single web pages or (spit!) widgets. We'll see if the reality matches the hype. "The Yahoo! Application Platform allows you to build and launch open-social applications to the largest daily …

Cursebird: What the f#@! is everyone swearing about?

Cursebird is a realtime feed of people swearing on Twitter. Fuck, yeah!

United States Patent: 6941562

A wonderful example of why the patent system is so totally b0rked and completely unsuited to software. Someone patent Ajax (or Remote Scripting, if you prefer) back in 2001. Un. Bel. Eeeevable.

Web Security Horror Stories: The Director's Cut at

The slides from Simon's excellent full-length presentation at the head conference. Every web developer needs to be aware of these issues.

ThoughtCafe » Online Magazine

I like the look of this, both visually and idealistically. "ThoughtCafe is a crowdsourced online magazine, written by the internet community for the internet community."

Fonts available for @font-face embedding - Webfonts.info

A wiki for tracking which fonts have licenses that allow for @font-face embedding with CSS.

The Pownce Blog » Blog Archive » Pownce Powered Beer Pouring Robot

Robots. Beer. Pownce. Three of my favourite things, together at last.

Everything You Know About CSS Is Wrong! - SitePoint Books

Rachel and Kevin's new book looks very interesting indeed. It is about just one thing: CSS tables.

soxiam portfolio - a set on Flickr

A comprehensive set of sketches, diagrams and screenshots from Soxiam showing the evolution and iteration of interfaces on Vimeo and other sites.

web.without.words

Weekly gallery of popular websites reconstructed by removing all words and images, replacing them with blocks.

Ubiquitous web font embedding just got a step closer | Web Directions

John has come to the same conclusion as Richard with regards to font embedding. In short, the font foundries are missing a huge revenue stream. They could be offering fonts on a per-domain basis (a la Google Maps or any other third-party API). Rem…

Sad Guys on Trading Floors

The cumalative effect of these captioned pictures will ease you through any financial crisis.

paulhammond.org: Conditional classnames

Here's a handy little trick from Paul: use conditional comments to add a class to your BODY element, allowing you to target IE without a separate stylesheet.

Welcome - Playful: Game Design London, 31st October 2008

A one-day event in London all about games and play. Looks like it could be fun, and all for £25.

PalinAsPresident.com

Satire through mystery meat navigation in Flash: "Can you imagine? We can."

Comfort T ~

"But who the hell is Jeremy Keith anyway?" No, I have no idea either.

Validifier: Turn Flash embed code into valid XHTML

A handy little tool to turn video embedding markup into valid XHTML.

Scroll Magazine

How awesome is this? A real-world "print'n'paper magazine" for web developers. "An elegant, timeless, collectable magazine for people who love web design and are intrigued by the possibility of the web"

Getting Semantic With Microformats, Part 4: hCalendar ~ A Blog Not Limited

A good, detailed hands-on article about implementing hCalendar.

Shatner Hasselhoff '08 Presidential Election Campaign Blog

William Shatner and David Hasselhoff (circa 1984) are righting wrongs and taking Obama and McCain to the mat for the biggest brass ring in the country. From yesterday's tomorrow, for a better today!

Flickr: Panda

This makes me literally LOL.

Tweetersation

The last project from Simon and Nat is essentially a way of viewing groups (slices of activity) on Twitter ...and it exposes a security flaw in the JSON-P API too.