Archive: April, 2008

Facebook In Real Life is Today's BIG Thing - APR 30, 2008

This isn't just funny, it also encapsulates a lot of the ridiculousness of Facebook interactions.

Update on WebKit accessibility support (Re: WebKit release cycle and dep

The last piece is falling into place. IE8 has ARIA support, Mozilla has ARIA support ...and now WebKit is getting there. Excellent!

Pownce can haz a LOL API

The Pownce API, like Flickr, can now return response in LOLspeak should you so wish.

font is dead, vive le style - W3C Q&A Weblog

About freakin' time! The FONT element, whose presence until now in HTML5 was an utter embarrassment to all concerned, is finally gone. Thanks, Hixie.

Rethinking the blog comment policy | Eloquation

Weighing up the pros and cons of allowing comments on blog posts.

Designing for the Social Web: the Book - Bokardo

Joshua has just finished writing his book. Mazel tov! It's bound to be a good one.

Science Fiction Citations for OED

Put all those years of reading science fiction to use. Help track down first usage of sci-fi terms.

Nina Katchadourian

The Sorted Books project: using book titles to create short narrative pieces.

twistori

Realtime visualisation of feelings on Twitter. I can't help but think that present continuous emotions would have yielded better results; loving, hating, thinking...

Gin, Television, and Social Surplus - Here Comes Everybody

Clay Shirky's talk at the Web 2.0 Expo — how contributing to the Web allows to use our intelligence far better than watching TV.

The Sea Forts - a set on Flickr

A collection of photographs of the otherworldly sea forts that were built in the Thames Estuary during World War Two and later used by pirate radio stations.

Stop using Ajax! - Opera Developer Community

Ignore the attention-grabbing headline. Brothercake is something more nuanced here (and he's backing it up with examples).

Make me pulse - Making a better life for web developer since 2006 » Blog Archive » Alternativa 3D : a new awesome 3D engine for flash

Ridiculously impressive demo of a 3D engine in Flash.

Speechification

A blog of all the best bits of Radio 4.

OAuth support for Google Accounts and Contacts API - OAuth | Google Groups

As promised by Kevin Marks in the Q&A after my panel at South by Southwest, the Google Contacts API now supports OAuth. w00t!

Is Mike Arrington a Dick?

Best. Single-serving site. Ever!

Star Wars: Collecting | Noriyoshi Ohrai: Star Wars Illustrator

Strikingly different illustrations of the Star Wars pantheon from Japan.

Headshift :: Twitter scepticism: justified or not?

Lee is a Twitter sceptic. Shun the unbeliever, shhuuuunnnnn!

Seed Conference | Chicago | 6 June 2008

A version of the beautiful Seed Conference one-sheet Website that has been reworked to use ems instead of pixels.

Silvio Berlusconi: Did I say that? | Politics | The Observer

The collected wisdom of Silvio Berlusconi. I can't believe this prick is going to be the running Italy ...again.

blog.plazes.com » Blog Archive » Plazes adds Fire Eagle Support

A match made in heaven: update your Fire Eagle location from Plazes.

The Acorn Electron Haven - Usborne Publishing Section

Prompted by my post on adventure games, Relly sent me this link to a wonderfully archaic series of books from 1983.

SimonSingh.net

Simon Singh's newest book is released today. Huzzah! It's called Trick or Treatment? and it's all about "alternative" medicine. Somewhere, Ben Goldacre is smiling.

BBC NEWS | Magazine | Innocent photographer or terrorist?

The police in the UK seem to have problems distinguishing between "tourists" and "terrorists". East mistake to make, I guess.

Camino. Releases. 1.6

Camino 1.6 is out. Get it while it's hot.

GameCamp | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Aleks and Bobbie are putting on GameCamp in London on May 2nd. Should be fun.

Get Out And Play

The loading screen is the first game. Then there's a stop-motion video with the second game in the middle. Both games are clever variations on Breakout. Fun!

Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone | The New York Sun

The heartening story of a mother who allows her child some independence instead of living in fear of a Black Swan.

Museum home

The Museum of Computing ("committed to the preservation and display of examples of early computers") needs a new home. Do you know of anywhere that might be a good fit?

Bulletproof Ajax by Jeremy Keith on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

I guess there's a Chinese version of Bulletproof Ajax (nicely spotted, Nate). I would have thought this is exactly the kind of thing my publisher would want to tell me about.

Bulletproof Ajax by Jeremy Keith

Cheesophile : What a friend we have in Cheeses!

Jon's demo site for his talk at The Future of Web Design. It's all about cheese. I wish it were real.

How Egypt, U.S. got all a-Twitter over Cal student - Inside Bay Area

Twitter for great justice!

Flickr Code

Hurrah! Flickr are sharing their code and here's the central repository.

The Rather Difficult Font Game

I scored 27 and frankly, most of that was pure luck.

Sternlab.

Knitted body-technology interfaces.

Candy Should Not Be Mean | Slog | The Stranger | Seattle's Only Newspaper

Play Russian Roulette with Jelly Beans. This is a real product.

Letters to Walken

Christmas letters to Christopher Walken.

Planet BNM

The homepage of the local Brighton New Media mailing list has had a facelift. It's now a very nifty aggregator of Brighton geek content.

Heavy Artillery Graffiti

These are the guys that painted the walls across from the Clearleft office. Every day, at least 10 people take pictures of their work.

Play You Have To Burn The Rope, a free online game on Kongregate

Burn the rope, kill the baddies and save the entire planet. Well, not really. But it's worth winning this game (by burning the rope) to hear the song.

YouTube - Over the Air: Future Platforms - OctoBastard

Tom Hume demos Octobastard: a robot arm controlled from a mobile phone.

Monkeyformats

Microformats + Greasemonkey = Monkeyformats. Is there a site that you wish used microformats? Write a userscript and share it here.

bn14aj - Google Maps

There is an undocumented feature in Google Maps: add "&output=html" to the URL to get the accessible, non-Ajax version.

Twitter Friends Network Browser

Browse trough your twitter friends, and your friends' friends, and your friends' friends' friends...

THINKING ABOUT NETWORKS

They never taught this in my school.

App Engine, Facebook Platform, OpenSocial, and the Future of the Web - O'Reilly Radar

David Recordon shares his first impressions of Google App Engine.

Black Cab Sessions

This is the very definition of an intimate gig: a song in the back of a London cab.

OpenID for Google Accounts

Every Google account can now be an OpenID login thanks to this app built with the Google App Engine.

Flickr: Photos from Powerhouse Museum Collection

The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney—who have been doing some great stuff with public tagging already—have joined the Library of Congress in putting their photographic collection online for crowdsourced tagging.

.CSV » group think

Emergence, network theory, behavioural science ...these things have been occupying my mind a lot lately.

What Is Google App Engine? - Google App Engine - Google Code

Infrastructure just got even cheaper. Between this and Amazon's EC2/S3, the barrier to entry to getting an app up and running is getting lower and lower.

Stuffed Robot - Handmade Plush Robots

Plush robots. For the robot-lover in your life. You know; Ethan, Jina ...every other geek you know.

Tweet Clouds

My Twitter folksonomy. I'm glad to see that present continuous verbs are the most used.

doesyourapi - user generated API design guidelines

Gareth is putting some wisdom of crowds behind the design of APIs. Vote on the principles that you think are important in a good API.

BMWSportTouring Forums: Space Shuttle Processing: Rarely seen by the general public

This photoset of a space shuttle' journey from assembly to launchpad is bringing back memories of that behind-the-scenes glimpse of Cape Canaveral I was lucky enough to enjoy. Thanks again, Benny!

HTTP errors - a photoset on Flickr

Friendlier HTTP errors.

Wufoo: UI That Really Cares

A nice piece of UI design. I think Kathy Sierra would like this.

Morethanseven » Why the webstandards world appears to be choosing Django

Gareth tries to figure out why Django seems to strike a chord with standardistas. It may that the separation of concerns resonates with the methodology of progressive enhancement. Some good comments follow

The Escapist : The Myth of the Media Myth

A piercing article by Brenda Brathwaite examining people's attitudes towards gaming. Substitute "videogames" for "social networking sites" for equal slices of moral panic.

Design Idea » Twitter and the Crystal Goblet

Good design is invisible. Rebecca points out why Twitter is very good social design indeed.

The browser and beyond - that was Highland Fling 2008 (Yahoo! Developer Network blog)

Christian's round-up from The Highland Fling. Sounds like a good time was had by all.

Amazon Web Services Developer Connection : Problems with XSLT and large ...

If anybody out there has some experience with the Amazon Associates Web Service API and XSLT, I could do with some help.

CSS Compatibility and Internet Explorer

A very handy table of CSS support for versions of Internet Explorer from 5 to 8. Note that IE8 Beta 1 is listed separately to IE8.0.

The Highly Extensible CSS Interface

Cameron has put all the materials from his four-part series together in one handy spot.

Grubbin' - Garlic Prawns

This recipe from Ted looks like a keeper.

Home of the Geotag Icon Project

An attempt to create a standardised icon for geotagged content, much like the standardised icon for RSS.

Life Before Death at the Wellcome Collection | Society | guardian.co.uk

A haunting series of portraits taken before and after the subjects' deaths.

Welcome to Game Neverending

Game Neverending is back. For real. Get nostalgic with this blast from the past.

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

A new WOW hero class has been unveiled: the bard! "direct damage effects like "Epic Solo" that will rock foes into oblivion while powerful Indie debuffs such as "Tape Jam" and "Shoegazer" keep them in check."

Seed Conference | Chicago | 6 June 2008

The typography on this page is simply gorgeous. And the event looks good too.

Traces of Inspiration » Blog Archive » URL as UI

The importance of good URL design.

MOO.com | Sneaky peak of MOO’s latest product: The MightyCard

The latest from Moo: the MightyCard.

Radiohead/ Remix/ Nude

Ever wanted to remix a Radiohead song? Me neither. But for those who do, they now can.

Captioning Sucks!

Joe's latest project is deliberately garish.

New Initiative in Hyper-Localized Social Tagging - The Web Standards Project

The WaSP kicks it up a notch. Putting bookmarks in books was just the beginning. Now you can tag bad developers with the web standards equivalent of the scarlet letter.

John Resig - Classy Query

You have to be really, really geeky to find this funny. I find this funny.

Gmail: Google's approach to email

New from GMail: send email back in time. "Gmail utilizes an e-flux capacitor to resolve issues of causality." In all seriousness though, remember when GMail launched on April 1st, 2004 and everyone that it was a joke?

Flickr: Find your friends

Now this is how to do the "find your friends" trick. For GMail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail, Flickr never once asks for your password. Bravo!