Archive: March, 2008

Silicon Valley meetings go 'topless' - Los Angeles Times

A report on the growing trend of banning laptops from meetings. We never have laptops at the Clearleft Monday morning meetings but it wasn't a policy: it's just common sense/courtesy.

San Diego Web Standards Group

Live in San Diego? Interested in web standards? Come along tomorrow to the inaugural San Diego Web Standards Group meetup. You won't regret it.

ScreenReader.net: freeware freedom for blind and Visually impaired people

A free screen reader. If this turns out to be any good, it could be a game-changer: a long overdue kick in the behind for Freedom Scientific.

Thriving Office

Worst. Business Idea. Ever. A CD of office sounds so that homeworkers can impress clients on the phone with the sounds of industriousness. "Instant credibility for home businesses!"

It's just you.

A handy little RESTful ping service to answer the eternal question: "is it just me or is my site really down?"

Jeremy and Eric on the Acid 3 race - Slightly ajar - by David Storey

David has no sense of humour.

Vitamin Features » The thrill of launch

A great narrative by Peter Nixey detailing the ups and downs of launching a web app (Clickpass in this case).

UIE 2008 | Links from Andrew DeVigal's Presentation

Andrew gave a peak under the skirts of The New York Times in his presentation at the Web Apps Summit. Here's a list of the demos he showed.

Muxtape

This looks like it could be a fun simple little service: upload MP3s to make an online mix tape ...that's it.

Metafilter comments vs. Youtube comments

Not all communities are created equal. The web needs Metafiltering and less YouTubing.

Jeremy Keith's twitter conversations - Quotably.com

Quotably offers a nice well-ordered interface onto Twitter conversations.

Activate The Death Ray | A demonstration site by Andy Clarke

A holding page for Malarkey's upcoming series of workshops. Add you name if your interested.

Edge to edge alignment with CSS | Matt Wilcox .net

Here's a very handy CSS technique for floating a group of objects edge to edge. I've been in this situation quite a few times in the past.

960 Grid System

Here's another CSS framework for grids. It could prove to be very useful for wireframing.

Apostrophe Atrophy

Documenting typographical abuse, specifically when single primes are used instead of apostrophes.

Welcome | Ben Saunders | North Pole Speed Record

Intrepid adventurer Ben Saunders is off again. This time he aims to to set a new world speed record from Ward Hunt Island to the Geographic North Pole. He is armed with a beautiful website courtesy of Colly and the lads at Erskine.

sneeu.com // Fuck.

I know it's childish but I think this may be my favourite 404 page ever.

Extenuating Circumstances – SXSW: The Web That Wasn’t

Dan Hon's very extensive notes from Alex Wright's great talk at South by Southwest, The Web That Wasn't.

Pharyngula: EXPELLED!

The story of Professor Myers' foiled attempt to see the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled.

We Tell Stories - 'The 21 Steps', by Charles Cumming

The first of the We Tell Stories series is online. It's a clever piece of storytelling using Google Maps to full effect.

Translation From MS-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Joel Spolsky’s “Martian Headsets” [dive into mark]

Mark Pilgrim fisks Joel Spolsky. He's not greedy either: there's still plenty of straw men left in Spolsky's screed for the rest of us to skewer.

Twitter / SouthByScurvy

Quite a few people got sick after South by Southwest. There seems to be some kind of virus going around. Inevitably, the virus now has a Twitter account.

Spokeo? More like Spooky-o; bad practice taken to the extreme. at Aral Balkan

Aral points to what is possibly the most egregious password anti-pattern implementation yet: a new startup called Spokeo http://www.spokeo.com/public/join

George Clooney - Interview with George Clooney - On Career, Sex, and Politics - Esquire

George Clooney watches '2 Girls, 1 Cup': "Clooney puts his hand over his mouth like he's going to throw up. He bolts from his chair and walks out of the room."

Tony Haile - Own Your Identity

Tony Haile—erstwhile traveling companion to Ben Saunders—has started a new project called Chi.mp which already has Josh Porter and Brian Oberkirch on board. Here's the accompanying blog.

The Disney Princess Desk Project - a photoset on Flickr

Revenge is a dish best served pink.

Viddler.com - Merlin Mann - Worst Website Ever - SXSW 2008 - Uploaded by rooreynolds

This was the best part of the best presentation at South by Southwest this year: Merlin Mann gives his spiel during Andy Baio's "Worst website ever."

Tubbypaws

oh hai. paper cat is paper. i can haz ceiling cat?

Plants that Twitter when they need to be watered | Geek Gestalt - A blog by Daniel Terdiman - CNET News.com

Check out this cool arduino project: input from the moisture level of a plant sends an SMS to Twitter so you know it needs to be watered.

thecourtsofchaos » Blog Archive » BarCampLondon2 - Visualisation Presentation

A recap of an excellent presentation at BarCamp Brighton 2 on data visualisation.

We Tell Stories

Aleks pointed me to this sort-of ARG involving authors in London. Could be good fun.

Licence to Roam » BarcampBrighton - Portable Information

Liveblogged notes from a discussion I participated in at BarCamp Brighton 2 about Social Network Portability.

Yahoo! Search Blog: The Yahoo! Search Open Ecosystem

Yahoo is now actively indexing microformats. You are now permitted to throw your hat into the air and cry "Hurrah!"

NOSCRIPT for nerds. Stuff that disappears. -

Okay, you have to be a real JavaScript/HTML geek to find this funny but check this out: document.write('<noscript>...'); Madness!

kottke.org is ten years old today (kottke.org)

kottke.org is 10. Many happy returns, Jason.

Exploring Methods of Accessing Virtual Worlds - AccessWorld® - March 2008

This is pretty freakin' awesome: an accessible interface onto Second Life.

Coding Horror: A Question of Programming Ethics

A cautionary tale that explains just why the password anti-pattern needs to die. Coding horror indeed: in this case, 1,777 GMail accounts were compromised.

4 Technologies for Portability in Social Networks: A Primer - ReadWriteWeb

A nice summary of the technologies presented at my SXSW panel.

Join Jeremy Keith, author of "Bulletproof Ajax" as he discusses the Web today

A short video Q&A I did with New Riders. The camera does not flatter.

DOTHETEST

A brilliant piece of mindhacking for a good cause. Take the test for yourself and see if you can figure out where it's all leading.

Street Team: Make Your Mark - WaSP Street Team

Here's the first initiative from the WaSP Street Team: labeling outdated webdev books in libraries as hazardous material.

IEBlog : Microsoft's Interoperability Principles and IE8

Praise Jeebus! The IE team are doing the right thing regarding the default behaviour of version targeting in IE8. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Google Static Maps API - Google Code

Google Maps now provides static (IMG-based) alternatives to the JavaScript API.

SXSW 2008 Interactive Schedule

An iPhone-optimised schedule for South by Southwest.

StrawPoll—Tiny polls in 140 characters or less

Another "barnacle app" built on Twitter: answer a question, view the results. Cute.

hCardMapper - How to use hCards to fill in forms

An open source project for parsing hCards to add to sign-up forms.

SCHED: SXSW 2008 Schedule for Friday March 7 in Austin, TX

Look what Taylor made: a handy schedule of everything going on at South By Southwest. Smart kid.

Twitter / Greg: @stefsull - ok. for the res...

I've seen plenty of engagement announcements but I believe this may be the first ever proposal via Twitter. She said "yes".