Archive: 2005

Will the circle be unjerking - a roundup of this year's roundups of this year

As 2005 draws a close, a blogger’s thoughts inevitably turn to analysing, cataloging, listing and rating all the analysis, catalogues, lists and ratings from the preceding twelve months.

Iconographilia

‘Tis indeed the season of goodwill. Yea, verily even amongst competing browser manufacturers.

Letter from AAmerica

I’m in Arizona at the end of a well-travelled year. This is my fifth time visiting the States this year (after Austin, Alaska, Florida, and Seattle). It’s the third time that I’ve flown the Gatwick to Dallas route.

Typographilia

It’s good to talk about typography. The last few weeks have been particularly good.

Hi, desert

I’m off to spend Christmas in Arizona with Jessica and her family. A long day’s travelling awaits.

The dark side

First, a picture emerged of me using the Force to choke some minion at Yahoo a few days back.

Y! vs. G

I was asked a while back if I would speak at an internal developers’ conference being held at Yahoo’s London offices. I was more than happy to. It was only later I found out that I was going to be the only non-Yahoo employee speaking… he

Yonder on the horizon

On the flight back from Barcelona, iPod earbuds bouncing the warm sounds of My Morning Jacket against my eardrums, I attempted to relax and read The Player Of Games. Ironically, two people sitting in front of me were real-life players of a game. Specifica

Hopping to Catalonia

Hold my calls - I’ll be incommunicado for the next few days. I’m planning to spend the weekend in Barcelona.

Meta-parody

I tend to avoid reading Jakob Nielsen. This time, I made the mistake of following a link from somebody else, started reading through Why Ajax Sucks (Most of the Time) and, before I was half-way through, I was fuming at the inaccuracies and sweeping genera

Word Of The Day

After I wrote my slightly offensive little rant, I was assailed by niggling twinges of doubt. Could it be, I wondered, that I came across as being… a nit-picker? (gasp!)

Writing for the Web

There’s a wonderful article over on Digital Web called "Resurrect Your Writing, Redeem Your Soul". It’s all about how to write well, especially on the Web, and it’s the very antithesis of Nielsen’s checklist approach.

Ajax training workshop

I’m telling you this now so you’ve got plenty of time to start saving your money and you can’t say I didn’t give you fair warning…

Tubeway army

Molly has landed on the shores of this scepter’d isle. Having delivered a workshop with Andy ‘Malarkey’ Clarke, what finer way to unwind than to spend a day with some Britpackers?

One morning in York

Thanks to the good folks at Vivabit, I’ve had the opportunity to take the DOM Scripting show on the road.

Greenwich Mean Tribe

I’m back in my native time zone. The flight home went smoothly and after a day of napping, I’m feeling mostly human again.

Wireless in seattle

I’m having a grand old time in Seattle. The weather, as to be expected, isn’t exactly glorious but that’s okay. I’m experiencing authentic Northwest overcast skies.

A quick turnaround

I’m back in Brighton for less than 24 hours.

Bound for Cork

I’m going to be incommunicado for the next few days. I’m heading back to my hometown in Ireland.

Flickrism

Back in July, a Flickr member posted a photoset of a commercial he was working on. The spot involved the release of 250,000 superballs down a hill in San Francisco. Other Flickrites also documented the release.

Panamarenko

While we were in Brussels, Jessica and I paid a visit to the city’s museums. I’m more of a fan of art that isn’t prefixed with the word "modern", but I was pretty excited about seeing the Magritte collection in the Museum of Mo

Him again?

I’ve been doing a lot of talking lately. It’s mostly all about that DOM Scripting stuff.

Back from Brussels

I spent the weekend in Brussels attending the Euro IA summit… well, kind of.

OddzBallz

Internet entrepreneurship isn’t dead. After you’ve registered for d.Construct, I suggest you use your remaining PayPal balance over at OddzBallz.

d.Construct

If you’re anywhere within travelling distance of the south coast of England, be sure to keep your diary free for November 11th. On that date, Brighton will play host to Europe’s first Web 2.0 conference: d.Construct 2005.

Ning unveiled

Some things just don’t go together: toothpaste and orange juice, fox news and objective journalism, creationists and reality. Here’s another pair that aren’t compatible: blogging and non-disclosure agreements.

Flickrball

This is very neat: Flickrball is a Web 2.0 game. It combines the Flickr API, some nice DOM Scripting and six degrees of Kevin Bacon.

Treehouse revised

All’s well that ends well. You can ignore my earlier rant about the editorial cruelties that had been visited upon my article in Treehouse magazine. The PDF has been updated and you can now read A Brief History Of JavaScript as it was intended.

Treehouse hatchet job

There’s a new PDF magazine on the block. Treehouse, from the folks at Particletree, should help fill the void left by the demise of the PDF magazine from Design In Flight.

He comes from a land down under

The podcasts and the photos have started coming in from Web Essentials in Syndey. Oh, how I wish I could be there!

Connecting the dots

Whilst trawling through my regular RSS feeds last month, I came across this plea from Min Jung Kim:

Belgium, man, Belgium

While I was away in Florida, an opportunity arose for a Salter Cane concert. We were offered the support slot for Holly Golightly.

Beach to beach

Hurricane Rita has swept past Florida as it heads out across the Gulf of Mexico towards Texas.

Pirate fallout

Monday, as I mentioned, was Talk Like A Pirate day. It most gratifying to see so many people using my pirate-speak page converter.

Clearleft

Most of you probably know this already, but I’ve joined forces with Andy and Richard. Collectively, we are known as Clearleft.

Talk like a pirate, me hearties

Don’t forget, ye scurvy dogs: September 19th is "Talk Like A Pirate" day. I suggest sailing the seas of the internet in the hold of my trusty ol’ piratifier, arrr…

Small world of pastry

I first met Cindy Li in Austin at South by Southwest. When she later visited England, she stayed over at Chez J&J in Brighton.

Have iPod, will travel

I’ll be travelling to Gatwick airport tomorrow morning to board a plane bound for Florida. Now that the state seems to be relatively hurricane-free, it’s as good a time as any to take a break and hang out at the beach house.

Entertaining Joe

My brief foray to Londinium is at an end. On a balmy Wednesday evening, Jessica, Joe and I went to Leicester Square to watch a captioned film: the wonderfully entertaining Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Afterwards, Jessica and I (sans Joe) enjoyed a w

Hot town, summer in the city

Southern England is experiencing some glorious weather right now. I don’t just mean that in a relativistic way, like it isn’t constantly pouring rain, I mean it’s genuinely hot, hot, hot.

A List Too Far Apart?

On the off-chance that you’ve spent the last few days living under a rock, let me be the first to tell you that A List Apart has been redesigned.

DOM Scripting: the website of the book

The countdown begins. I’ve finished writing my book. It’s being hammered into shape at the print foundries as we speak. It should hit the shelves by the middle of September.

Joe Clark in the flesh

Ryan Carson, one of the minds behind BD4D, has started putting on some pretty darn excellent one-day workshops in London. He’s already had Eric Meyer over for CSS training. Next week, Cal Henderson will be talking about the building of Flickr.

Blogging from Word

In April 2004, Tim Bray wrote:

Web 2.0

Everybody’s talking about the new meme on the block: Web 2.0. But what exactly does it mean?

Ligers, Lamarr and Eliza

When I first started reading this National Geographic article about ligers, a creature named in Napoleon Dynamite (it’s probably his favourite animal), I thought it was a parody. When the article began quoting actress Tippi Hedren about ligers and t

Rocking out

If you’re in Brighton and you’re wondering what to do with yourself on a Tuesday night, why night come along to the Hanbury Ballroom to watch my band Salter Cane raise the very ornate roof.

Web design and cultural identity

Andy "Malarky" Clarke penned an editorial a while back entitled Look out Johnny Foreigner in which he talked about web design and national identity.

Robin Cook

I just heard that Robin Cook died today. I have to say I’m somewhat shocked.

Sour Apple

Hot on the heels of the updated iBooks and Mac minis, Apple have announced an all-singing, all-clicking mighty mouse.

Battle of the maps

Microsoft have launched Virtual Earth, their new web-based, Ajax-fuelled mapping application.

Geekend in the country

I spent the weekend in Oxfordshire in the company of my fellow geeks and Brit packers. A photo pool has been set up on Flickr so you can see exactly who was there and what merry japes we got up to.

Ajax shopping cart

I’ve been working together with Message on a couple of different projects recently. Some of the more exciting work has involved building a new back end for the award-winning Rapha website.

May the Task Force be with you

It is with great pleasure that I direct your attention to the latest press release from the Web Standards Project:

One day training in DOM Scripting

I’m going to spend Wednesday, July 20th delivering some hands-on training in DOM Scripting. If you’ve got the time and the means, please do come along to The Leathermarket in London.

I'm okay

Following the attacks in London this morning, I’ve had messages from friends abroad asking if I’m alright. Thank you all for your concern. I’m fine.

Live 8: music, politics and network theory

I have just one or two things I need to get off my chest and then I’ll stop banging on about Live 8.

That was Live 8

I couldn’t take any more punishment. The cumulative effect of Joss Stone, The Scissor Sisters and Velvet Revolver drove me out of Hyde Park. If I had stuck around to endure the pain of Robbie Williams and Mariah Carey, I fear that my exploding head

Live8blogging

I’m at the Live8 concert in Hyde Park in London. Andy had a spare ticket and kindly invited me along. I bet he’s regretting it now: he has to listen to my curmudgeony whining all day.

Crabapple

I wrote a little while back about an extremely frustrating problem I was having with Mac OS 10.4, Tiger. I know I wasn’t the only one having suffering from infuriation: Dave was in a similar pickle.

Zooming the Web

In his presentation at @media, Joe Clark set CSS designers a homework challenge, the same one detailed in his article on A List Apart: offer a high-contrast, large text version of your site.

JavaScript and the Sunday

I came across this blog entry in Spanish, El año de Malcolm Gladwell.

Die Verwandlung

As Jeremy Keith awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.

Odeo

Thanks to an invite from Dunstan, I’ve been playing around with Odeo for the past few days. I like it. I like it a lot.

Stephenson rocks it

Jessica has just finished reading the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson: Quicksilver, The Confusion and The System Of The World.

Rinse, refresh, repeat

I’ve been making some tweaks to the stylesheets ‘round here. If things look a little screwy, I’ll echo Jason Kottke’s advice:

I'm b@ck from @media

The @media whirlwind is over. Here’s the short version: it was great.

WordPl@y

Bujumbura

Off to @media

London seems to be geek capital this week.

It's good to talk

If, like me, you’ve spent most of your waking hours for the past few months living, eating and breathing JavaScript, you might welcome the opportunity to talk with some like-minded folks. Even if you’re not quite that sad, you still might like

Feline frustrations

I upgraded to Tiger a little while back. Frankly, I’m a little underwhelmed.

Second impressions of Revenge Of The Sith

I went to see Revenge Of The Sith again, this time with Andy in tow. As I suspected, I was able to concentrate on the film in its own right as opposed to the experience of viewing "the last new Star Wars film".

First impressions of Revenge Of The Sith

There are certain things that figure heavily in the psyche of any self-respecting geek: a history of role-playing games, the ability to channel Monty Python, an encyclopedic knowledge of Tolkien and, of course, Star Wars.

Shopping list

I made a brief foray into town yesterday to pick up a few items.

A musical baton

I got back from the States yesterday to find that I’ve been handed musical batons by Andy, Richard and Andrea. If I could juggle, I’d put on a show. Instead, I’m going to pass them on like hot memetic potatoes. Here goes…

Missing the summit

I’ve had an absolutely great time in Alaska…

End of the endeavour

My cruise around Alaska’s Inside Passage has come to an end. The Spirit Of Endeavour docked in Juneau and we disembarked this morning.

Greetings from Sitka, Alaska

The Spirit Of Endeavour has docked in the lovely town of Sitka. I’ve tracked down an internet cafe and I finally managed to upload some pictures to Flickr. I’ve also updated the gallery right here.

Ship's log

I’m on the Spirit Of Endeavour, four days out from Seattle.

Weekend in Seattle

Seattle is my kind of town. Whenever I’m here visiting, I always find myself thinking about what it would be like to live here. I think I could get used to the lifestyle.

North to Alaska

Jessica and I are flying to Seattle tomorrow. We’ll spend the weekend with her brother, Jeb, taking in the sights and sounds.

Possible Amazon redesign in the pipeline

It looks like I’ve been chosen as a guinea pig for a design that Amazon is considering. Changes like these are usually served up on a small subset of Amazon’s servers. It’s then delivered to a correspondingly small subset of visitors.

Introducing Adactio Elsewhere

I mentioned a little while back that there seems to be more and more bits of me scattered around the internet. My photos are on Flickr, my wishlist is on Amazon, my links are on Del.icio.us and my events are on Upcoming.

All of me

Warning: this is going to be meta-writing. I’m going to blog about blogging.

Fight club

There are a lot of ways of tracking up-to-the-minute memes on the Web right now. You can check out what’s hot on Technorati. You can find out what’s popular with Del.icio.us.

Gotta keep 'em separated

A little while back, Derek Featherstone started a discussion about what he called browser elitism. There were some interesting and very revealing comments.

The creative process

I took some time out yesterday to attend a little literary event. The authors Rupert Thomson and Andrew Miller were speaking and reading at The Old Market, which is right at the end of my street.

Some clarification

I’d like to just clear up a few small points just in case there is some misunderstanding.

Transparent liquid

Good design doesn’t draw attention to itself. Really good design is invisible.

Mo betta selecta

Aaron Gustafson is one smart cookie.

Fixed fashion

Slap your PayPal payment down for the latest issue of Design In Flight, the PDF magazine for design professionals and web developers.

The campaign trail of destruction

Even before the election was announced, the Tories had been actively peddling their particular breed of populism.

Junk not found

If only this were a server response instead of a message count…

Feed me

Molly’s been busy lately. Not only has she been interviewing the father of CSS, she’s also found time to put together a table of syndication link locations.

Buying music

Mark Cuban believes the countdown to the extinction of CDs is about to begin. He bases this on personal experience:

Truncated iChat status mess

iChat is a nice little application, one that I find myself using more and more each day.

RSS to hCalender with PHP

Following on from my low-tech solution for displaying Del.icio.us links here on my journal, I thought I’d apply the same technique to another RSS feed.

Quote of the day

Jeff Veen hits the nail on the head with this straightforward observation:

Small change

I’ve made a couple of small tweaks to my humble journal.

Absenter

I really like the design of Absenter. It’s a photography site where the photographs take centre-stage.

Where's Durstan?

It was Andy’s idea.

Going up

My latest submission to the Mirror Project does quite a job at capturing the spirit of South by SouthWest.

What's hot in Austin

Plenty of people have been writing about the contents of individual panels and presentations from South by SouthWest. I thought it might be interesting to give a broader overview and take a look at some recurring themes.

Split personality

I realised something while I was at South by SouthWest: I’m an online introvert.

SXSW '05 OMG! ROFLMAO 24/7

I’m back in Brighton. At least, my body is back in Brighton. I would appear to have left a good proportion of my heart in Austin, Texas.

And then, this one time at geek camp...

I’m having an absolute ball here at SXSW. By day, I’m filling up my brain with incredibly useful information and ideas. By night, I’m meeting great people and generally having a fun time.

Trial by fire

‘Tis done. Andy and I delivered our banter to a room full of unsuspecting South by SouthWest attendees yesterday. You can look through the slides if you like.

Austin update

I’ve arrived in Austin. The South by SouthWest festival hasn’t started yet and I’m already having a great time meeting some wonderful people.

Perfect timing

Just in time for South by SouthWest, the Washington post has published an article called “Texas Eat ‘Em” about barbecue in the Lone Star State:

Obligatory SxSW blather

The RSS-o-sphere is fairly humming with postings from bloggers announcing their imminent departure for Austin, Texas. Who am I to buck the trend?

On procrastination

The other day, Jessica said:

Progressive enhancement with Ajax

The excitement over Ajax shows no signs of dying down anytime soon. The Man In Blue has weighed in with his thoughts on the matter:

S'more DOM Scripting

Speaking of cool JavaScript applications…

Applied Ajax

Finally, I no longer have to use the tongue-twisting phrase XMLHttpRequest every time I want to talk about a web app that uses JavaScript to make calls to a web server. Jesse James Garrett has coined the term Ajax: Asynchronous JavaScript and XML.

Age++

That Richard Rutter is a jolly good egg. He found himself with a spare ticket for a Wedding Present concert and kindly offered it me.

Another day, another micropayment

Jason Kottke has given up his day job. He is now attempting to make a living from personal publishing.

Something for the weekend

Oh, mighty LazyWeb, I beseech thee. How about integrating Address Book with Skype so that I can dial telephone numbers without cutting and pasting?

Geekend IV: The Revenge

London was the setting for another geekend get-together on Saturday.

The web is a many-splendoured thing

About a week ago, I was having a chat with Andy about all things web related. It seems that Andy and I use the web in very different ways.

Betamaps

Google Maps is in Beta. Normally, a Beta phase doesn’t last all that long. It’s a time to test, tweak and get things ship-shape before a final release.

17th century boy

I’m jealous of Jessica.

JavaScript slideshow

I’ve released my latest little DOM Scripting experiment into the wild here at adactio. It’s a simple little animation that responds to mouseovers in a list of links.

Breaking news

Last year, the New York Times ran a story about the iPod’s shuffle feature. "Is it really random?", they wondered.

Almost there...

This is pretty cool: Panic Software, makers of fine mac apps, have opened up a little store called PanicGoods. It sports a very nifty drag’n’drop interface.

Gilding the Apple

When Apple released the G5 iMac, I professed my hope that we would soon see some third-party armatures:

Best. News story. Ever.

In his seminal 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language, George Orwell outlined some simple guidelines for writing. These include:

No comment

Paul Haine got in touch with me and asked:

An email to Wired News

Hello Wired News people,

It was 21 years ago today...

When I was back in Ireland for Christmas, I helped a friend to clean his parent’s PC of spyware. There were about 30 separate pieces of malware lurking inside the computer. His cousin’s computer had over 100.

Yub nub!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that Jamie, head-honcho at Message, has a brother who is a famous act-ohr.

Delicious raw materials

It is no coincidence that industrial manufacturing plants aggregate close to sources of raw material. The North of England and the Ruhrgebiet in Germany were both rich sources of coal and centres of industry.

Portfolio piece

I’ve been tinkering with my portfolio. I decided that rather than having a long list of all the work I’ve done, it would be better to highlight just a few pieces that I’m particularly proud of.

DHTML is dead. Long live DOM Scripting.

Just in case I haven’t completely hammered the point home lately, I have a feeling that 2005 is going to see a big surge in the use of the Document Object Model with JavaScript.

Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking...

Waterloo: Napoleon did surrender. What better way to commemorate that event of 1815 than naming a train station after it?

It's a small world network after all

I’ve been spending most of my time over at Message lately working on a big intranet project. It’s not just a website behind a firewall. It’s more like a desktop application on the web that happens to reside in a walled garden.

Free as in beer

A few weeks ago I spent a most pleasant Sunday evening in a Dublin bar called Solas. Myself and my friends were enjoying the free WiFi and the excellent range of cocktails and beers on offer.

Stepping out of the page

While I was relaxing in Ireland over Christmas, I was blissfully cut off from my usual diet of a constant stream of RSS feeds. I didn’t mind missing the latest news stories, magazine articles and blog entries but I did feel a twinge of guilt when I

Divination of the DOM

As one year wanes and another waxes, it’s traditional for newspapers, television programmes and websites to post lists. Usually those lists offer a backwards-over-the-shoulder look at the year gone by as they posit the best movies and music of the l

The turning of the year

Belated Happy New Year