Archive: February, 2009

2Modern Design Talk - Modern Furniture & Design Blog: Designer Toast

If I could get Twitter updates burned into my toast, my mornings would become much more efficient.

Epeus' epigone: A load of Thunderer

Kevin does an excellent job of Fisking that ludicrous anti-Twitter article in The Times.

List of Words it is NOT ok to ever say.

Glad to see "webinar" on this list. Shame about "lifestream."

Jeremy Keith | Happy Webbies are like Happy Bunnies, but for web nerds. Desktops and shirts for web designers.

Sooooo.... now you can get a T-shirt of ...um... me. This feels... odd.

YouTube - Newsnight Goldacre Sigman BBC2 20090224

Behold the double awesomeness of Jeremy Paxman and Ben Goldacre! Susan Greenfield, alas, is simply embarrassing.

Lyttony

Past winners of the Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest, "where WWW means Wretched Writers Welcome."

How to run Safari 4 beta and Safari 3 on the same mac: BeatnikPad Journal

Neil explains how you can have your Safari cake and eat it.

Emergency Trammell (dot com, lulz)

No substitute for the real Trammell.

Found Cameras and Orphan Pictures

IFoundYourCamera is a continuous project dedicated to reuniting lost cameras and orphan photos with their original owners.

Make Your Own Wine » Blog Archive » Free Culture Movement - Open Source Wine?

Can the concept of free culture be applied to wine? Ryan O'Connell thinks so.

Jumpman

A platform game with a twist. Play it and see. Surprisingly intuitive and utterly addictive.

Busker Du

Busker Du (dial-up) is a recording service for buskers through the telephone (preferably public payphones hidden in subway stations).

Welcome | The Signtific Lab | Massively Multiplayer Thought Experiments

An even more speculative version of The Long Bet. Given a supposition (e.g. "What will the world be like when custom satellites are as easy to design and launch as your own website is today?"), you can add to a list of positive and negative outcomes.

theunbook.com

An approach to releasing community-driven books that is more like software than traditional book publishing. Think versions instead of editions.

Wiki Paths

A greasemonkey-driven hypertext game: get from a starting Wikipedia page to your target solely by following links in the articles.

Code: Flickr Developer Blog » Found in space

The “blind astrometry server” is a program which monitors the Astrometry group on Flickr, looking for new photos of the night sky. It then analyzes each photo, and from the unique star positions shown it figures out what part of the sky was photographed and what interesting planets, galaxies or nebulae are contained within.

CloudMade - Make Maps Differently

A set of APIs built on top of OpenStreetMap data.

FORMation Alliance | KERN

Tetris for type geeks on the iPhone.

Canvas Test

Conway's Game of Life executed using the canvas element.

YouTube - Arcattack: Faraday Fun- Imperial March

The Imperial March played through a Faraday cage. Telsa would be proud.

OK! Happy Cogaoke — Presented by Happy Cog

This year's SXSW is shaping up to be a lot of fun. Here's "a karaoke competition and party for people who lover the web... and karaoke."

The Mesmerizing Curves of Ampersands | The Design Cubicle

Ampersands. Lovely, lovely ampersands.

Drop7

An iPhone game that mashes up Sudoku with Tetris. "Drop numbered discs into the grid. Whenever the number on a disc matches the amount of discs in its row or column it disappears. Keep the board open to keep scoring, and survive as long as you can. Clear the board or set off huge chains for big bonus points."

Crowd-sourcing a "fair use" case (Lessig Blog)

The Fair Use Project needs your help in defending Shepard Fairey. Have you seen other photographs similar to the iconic Obama "hope" pose? Send 'em to shep_use@pobox.com.

Making the most of hereish and nowish on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The Possibility Jelly lives on the hypersurface of the present.

this is a working library

I love the design of this site almost as much as I love the content.

Brighton Girl Geeks

Geek girls of Brighton: don't miss Natalie's CSS talk in The Eagle on March 4th. Nat is the best front-end developer I know.

husk.org. chaff. Aggregation and the Edge.

Paul Mison shares his thoughts on moving towards a decentralised web of services rather than silos of data. "Now I'm wondering: is there a space for a piece of user-installable software, like Movable Type or Wordpress, that aggregates their data from sites across the web, and then presents it as a site? If there is, is it even possible to write it in a way that anyone who couldn't have written it themselves can even use it?"

Part 1/5, My Favorite Graph: at the Equator

"I love this graph because in one small space, it shows the time of Sunrise and Sunset across the entire world throughout all Latitudes throughout the entire year of this tilted planet."

Amanda L. French, Ph.D. » Blog Archive » Facebook terms of service compared with MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter

Social networking Terms Of Service compared and contrasted.

Monument: Home

A beautiful video created on London's Monument. "The installation provides a live stream of continually modified time-lapse images 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. A computer controlled digital camera provides a 360-degree panoramic view from the top of the Monument."

Populating forms with YQL, jQuery and Microformats

Demo for a neat piece of code that will auto-populate form fields from an hCard-carrying URL.

polaroiderizer - a slideshow from your flickr tags

A great little Flickr slideshow from Phil Hawksworth.

Facebook's New Terms Of Service: "We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever."

Facebook's terms of service used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire. Not anymore.

Our Goal: No Guilt Upon Accusation Law — Creative Freedom Foundation (creativefreedom.org.nz)

New Zealand is enacting one of the most draconian unfair ISP policing policies in the Western world. "Section 92 of the Copyright Amendment Act assumes Guilt Upon Accusation and forces the termination of internet connections and websites without evidence, without a fair trial, and without punishment for any false accusations of copyright infringement."

Us Now - Home

A film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet.

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Specify your canonical

There's a new rel value in town: "canonical". It looks like an awful lot like "bookmark".

Thai curry and chocolate heaven at racheldorman.co.uk

Detailed instructions for a delicious-sounding meal from a fellow Brightonian.

ZX81 BASIC Programming by Steven Vickers

The manual that came with the ZX81 has been lovingly converted to HTML. This was my first contact with programming (or computers, for that matter).

Don't Give Your Account Passwords Away, a Mission on PMOG

A PMOG mission where players learn about the password anti-pattern.

isolani - Web Standards: IE8 Blacklist: forcing standards rendering opt-in

Bend over 'cause Microsoft is about to stick it to us standards-savvy developers. Again.

Bespin » Code in the Cloud

An in-browser code editor from Mozilla Labs.

The Particle Zoo: Subatomic Particle Softies

Handmade subatomic particle plushies from the standard model of physics ...and beyond!

BBC - Radio Labs - How we make websites

Michael Smethurst runs through the process used in his bit of the BBC. It's all good.

App Shopper: WhatTheFont (Reference)

Like Shazam, but for fonts. Snap a picture of some text on your iPhone and this app will phone home to the WhatTheFont mothership in order to identify it for you.

passive-aggressive (and just plain aggressive) notes — no, your mother doesn’t work here

Dear internet, Please keep throwing up sites like this because no, I don't have anything better to do with my time than scroll and click through the entire archive. Thank you.

Localization Problems: A Cellphone's Missing Dot Kills Two People, Puts Three More in Jail

When localisation attacks. This is like a more morbid Douglas Adams vignette.

[ws] Color Scheme Designer

A handy tool for putting colour palettes together.

Cooper Journal: One free interaction

Small interactions that serve no useful purpose but are nonetheless satisfying. "Design this interaction such that: It's “free,” i.e. having no significance to the task or content, It's discoverable in ordinary use of the product, It's quick and repeatable (Less than half a second.), It's pleasant"

Adam Franco.com » Blog Archive » Twitter Export Script

Archive your Twitter updates with this PHP script.

This is why you're fat.

Looking at the pictures here feels like the gastronomic equivalent of rubbernecking. It's horrifying, I can't look away and I can't help thinking "that could be me..."

SitePoint : The Bushfire Relief Sale

For three days you can buy 5 PDF books for the price of 1 from Sitepoint and your money will go to the victims of the bushfires.

Jacob Nadal

The blog of the preservation officer at the University of California.

Яolcats

In Soviet Russia, cat LOLs you.

Quantum Random Bit Generator Service

There's no such thing as a good CAPTCHA but if there were, these would be ...Best. CAPTCHAs. Ever!

A Postmodern Crime at TED2009 - James Duncan Davidson

Someone tried to mug James Duncan Davidson to get his TED pass.

SugarDash Pocket Log

A paper app—like a web app, but for the papernet—that provides a DIY portable log book for diabetics.

Bruce Lawson’s personal site : Is mobile web development compatible with the One Web?

An excellent write-up by Bruce of a talk he gave at the Betavine birthday party. Down with .mobi! One Web FTW!

Quotes on Design

Like a crowdsourced version of Eno's oblique strategies.

Why you should have a Web Site (and other Web 3.0 issues)

This presentation by Steven Pemberton increases in value over time.

A daily diary of Depression-era life, told on Twitter.: The Social Path

This is wonderful: a line-a-day diary from the 1930s turned into a Twitter account. It's like a microblogging version of Pepys's journal via RSS.

neologasm: antfucker

I'm being credited with hauling this wonderful phrase over from the original Dutch.

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

The entire text of this seminal work is online in HTML, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

140 Characters » How Twitter Was Born

Dom Sagolla tells the story of Twitter.