Archive: 2008



Sparklining Huffduffer

Graphing data at Christmas time.

Welcome to the machine tag

More Flickr API methods to play with.

The tragedy of The Commons

Something is rotten in the state of Yahoo.

Hacking Huffduffer with

Better podcasting with microformats.

Shape shifting

Fat Pipe, Always On, Get Out of the Way.

Feedback loopy

Gonna, shonna, wonna.

Iron Man and me

The story of how one of my Flickr pictures came to be used in a Hollywood movie.

Preservation and design

Design, context and embarrassing old websites.


Word of the day

Rating and launching

Rate My Area has launched.

Big in Japan

Adventures in the land of the rising sun.


I’m going to Japan.

Audio ga-ga

Safari is being a bit too clever with the audio element from HTML5.


A virtual conference is a real success.

Mad Libz, Yo!

A cross-cultural miscommunication.

Chuff Chuff, Huffduff

Podcasts make train journeys bearable.


Geeking out on the printing press.

Announcing Huffduffer

I maded you a website.

London to Boston

Another day, another conference.


Where am I?

Reading immaterial

Something for your digital bookshelf.


Carla Diana talks about robots at Flash on the Beach in Brighton.

Anti-pattern recognition

The password anti-pattern refuses to die.

The Invention of Air

The next book by Steven Johnson.

Self loathing for Sumo

I’m a cheap and dirty little blogslut.

Beauty at BarCamp Brighton

My small contribution to an excellent geek gathering.


The best one yet.


Almost there…

hCard Wizard

Matthew Levine is an overlord of the Lazy Web.

An Event Apart, Day Two

Speaking and listening in San Francisco.

An Event Apart, Day One

Wrapping up a day’s liveblogging in San Francisco.

Implementing Design: Bulletproof A-Z

Liveblogging Dan Cederholm at An Event Apart San Francisco.

The Framework Age

Liveblogging Liz Danzico at An Event Apart San Francisco.

Shepherding Passionate Users

Liveblogging Heather Champ at An Event Apart San Francisco.

Web Application Hierarchy

Liveblogging Luke Wroblewski at An Event Apart San Francisco.

Storytelling by Design

Liveblogging Jason Santa Maria at An Event Apart San Francisco.

The Lessons of CSS Frameworks

Liveblogging Eric Meyer at An Event Apart San Francisco.

Understanding Web Design

Liveblogging Jeffrey Zeldman at An Event Apart San Francisco.

Automatic eagle

I’m going a long way to test this feature.

Finding five numbers

Off-site Pownce metadata for my future self.

Geek out and about

Say it loud and say it proud.

The Dark Knight on the silver screen

The popcorn, the people, the crappiness.

That sound

Moved to tears by the voice of a robot.


The Mac app from Clearleft that might further the cause of usability testing.

Funny how?

It’s not clever because it’s a snowclone, it’s clever because it looks like it’s clever because it’s a snowclone.

Sound and vision

Data visualisation killed the video star.

Open Tech 2008

A day of geekiness in London.

Open Tech schedule

An hCalendar schedule for your subscribing pleasure.


Get your ticket while the server’s up.

The Copenhagen Report

Another successful Reboot.


Copenhagen and again and again.

Supernova 2008

A different kind of conference.


Voices that natter.

City Hopping

Brighton to Nashville to San Francisco.


XHTML Enemies Network


Preserving computer history.

Making contact

Deathwatch for the password anti-pattern.


The land of the midnight sun.


North to Alaska.

You are iPlayer

This URL will self-destruct in seven days.

Great escaping

Brighton rocks and/or rolls.

XTech 2008

One week in Baile Átha Cliatha.

Orangutans, Oxen and Ogham Stones

Liveblogging Sean McGrath’s closing keynote at XTech 2008 in Dublin

Why You Should Have a Web Site

Liveblogging a presentation by Steven Pemberton at XTech 2008 in Dublin.

Data Portability For Whom?

Liveblogging a talk by Gavin Bell at XTech 2008 in Dublin.

Ni Hao, Monde: Connecting Communities Across Cultural and Linguistic Boundaries

Liveblogging a presentation by Simon Batistoni at XTech 2008 in Dublin.

AMEE — The World’s Energy Meter

Liveblogging a talk by Gavin Starks at XTech 2008 in Dublin.

Building the Real-time Web

Liveblogging a spontaneous panel from XTech 2008 in Dublin.

Browsers on the Move: The Year in Review, the Year Ahead

Liveblogging a talk by Michael Smith at XTech 2008 in Dublin.

Using socially-authored content to provide new routes through existing content archives

Liveblogging a talk by Rob Lee at XTech 2008.

David Recordon’s XTech keynote

David delivers a state of the Web address to the geek nation.

Open Audio

Take my audio file. Please.

Loosely joined

What to do with those small pieces.

Open Data and Accessibility

I delivered the keynote presentation at the Accessibility 2.0 conference.

Accessibility 2.0

The closing panel at the Accessibility 2.0 conference.

Tools and Technologies to Watch and Avoid

A presentation by Ian Forrester at the Accessibility 2.0 conference.

A case study: Building a social network for disabled users

A presentation by Stephen Eisden at the Accessibility 2.0 conference.

User-generated Content

A presentation by Jonathan Hassell at the Accessibility 2.0 conference.

Rich Media and Web applications for people with learning disabilities

A presentation by Antonia Hyde at the Accessibility 2.0 conference.

Fencing in the Habitat

A presentation by Christian Heilmann at the Accessibility 2.0 conference.

Making Twitter Tweet

A presentation by Steve Faulkner at the Accessibility 2.0 conference.

Eight random things

Warning: meme.


Get hard drive. Examine hard drive.

Wrapping up The Future of Web Design

A long day out in London draws to a close.

Iteration and You

Liveblogging a presentation by Daniel Burka at The Future of Web Design.

From Design to Deployment

Liveblogging a presentation by Jon Hicks at The Future of Web Design.

Print is the New Web

Liveblogging a talk by Elliot Jay Stocks at The Future of Web Design.

Photoshop Battle

Liveblogging a Photoshop tennis match at the Future of Web Design.

Getting Your Designs Approved

Liveblogging a presentation from Larissa Meek at the Future of Web Design.

Demo hell

The air gets sucked out of the room at The Future of Web Design.

The User Experience Curve

Liveblogging a talk from Andy Budd at The Future of Web Design in London.

User Experience vs. Brand Experience

Liveblogging a session from Steven Pearce and Andy Clarke at the Future of Web Design.

Jelly Bed

Things that are rolled.


It’s the small things that irritate and delight.

App Engines of Creation

When does web development become systems administration?


Links to pretty pictures of data.


Moving bookmarks.

Moral panic

Gaming, social networking, whatever.


Voxpop videos from the Social Graph Foo Camp.


The power of radio.

Next to

A half-baked idea for a mashup.

No fooling

Worst day ever for announcements.


Epic meme win.

Sand E. Eggo

A conference in California.


Arduino hacking is the new Werewolf.


Power goes to my head.

South by secularity

Once upon a lunchtime in America.

Southby gone by

Another year, another South by Southwest.

Anti-pattern begone

Google answers my prayers.


How Erin and Peter saved South by Southwest.



Vegas by Southwest

I have good cause to celebrate in Las Vegas and Austin.

Siam I am

One week in Thailand.

Thai-ing the knot

Going east.


The search on Upcoming has been fixed.


The world of Iain M Banks.

Fanning the flames

Version targeting again. And again. And again.


Even better than Werewolf.

Something for the weekend


The L words

Oh, what a difference an Oh makes.

Foo through

A most pleasant way to spend a weekend.

Foo fighting

Kung-Foo fighting. It was a little bit frightening.

SG Foo Camp schedule

You can take it with you.

Foo camping

Socialising around the social graph.


I’m off to San Francisco. Again.


You can’t play that here.

Still broken

The default behaviour of Internet Explorer’s new version switching is still very, very wrong.


The default behaviour of Internet Explorer’s new version switching is very, very wrong.


How a badly implemented feature made me scared to search.

Common people

The wisdom of crowds, congress and Flickr.

Ten songs titles that could be Twitter updates

The kind of list that’s too geeky for McSweeney’s.


It serves you right for breathing.


The year in (p)review.