Archive: 2009



The future of the tradition

Personally speaking.

Understanding Huffduffer

Brad Colbow is my co-pilot.

HTML5 watch

All I want for Christmas is a lint tool.


Those who forget the past are doomed to take a cab ride.

The Scenius of Brighton

The geeky events just keep coming.

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Three near-future predictions.

Cause and effect

I don’t want to start any blasphemous rumours.


Google’s behaviour.

Collective action

Ajax feedback inspired by video games.


Social(ist) networking.

Burge Pitch Torrent

Even more perfect pitch.

Perfect Pitch

In which I lose my DMCA virginity.

Talking the talk

Shooting the breeze in MP3s.

Tears in the rain

All of these moments will be lost in time.

The Chalkboard of the Fourth Wall

Life? Don’t talk to this anthropomorphised inanimate object about life.


Optimise for ugly bags of mostly water, not your plastic pal that’s fun to be with.

Password unmasking

Borrowing a smart UI feature from Apple.

Small pieces, loosely joined by machine tags

Screen-scraping to make API calls.


A gentle reminder from


In Brighton, no-one can hear you geek out.

Full Frontal

Be in Brighton on November 20th.


Listen to me natter on about HTML5.


Abbreviations, ampersand cetera

Sign up and log in

Form follows… another form.


I like what I don’t see in the new iPhone.

The devil in the details

The HTML5 spec has been updated again.

Wayfinders keepers

I want you to show me the way.

HTML5 test results

Tabulating the results from a workshop.


One Friday in September.

Testing HTML5

A dConstruct workshop reveals some issues with the HTML5 spec.

HTML5 and me

My petitions to the makers of markup.

Re-finding five numbers

A more permanent home for some excellent audio.


Add a memento to the dConstruct time capsule.

Plug in and huffduff

A Firefox extension for Huffduffer, courtesy of Glenn Jones.

The HTML5 Equilibrium

Inside the troubled mind of HTML5.


I’m so two-dimensional.


dConstruct is coming up. You should be there.


Ligatures from beyond the grave.

I don’t care about UX

I know! Let’s spend the next few years defining exactly what UX design is …that worked great for Information Architecture.

Misunderstanding markup

The death of XHTML has been greatly exaggerated.

Building Reprieve

Popping my Django cherry.

Thatmedia 2009

A great line-up.

From Boston to London

Straight from An Event Apart to @media.

An Event Apart Boston, Day One

Wrapping up a day’s liveblogging and speaking

DIY UX: Give Your Users an Upgrade (Without Calling In a Pro)

Liveblogging Whitey Hess at An Event Apart Boston 2009.

Designing with Psychology in Mind

Liveblogging Joshua Porter at An Event Apart Boston 2009.

Thinking Small

Liveblogging Jason Santa Maria at An Event Apart Boston 2009.

Content First

Liveblogging Kristina Halvorson at An Event Apart Boston 2009.

Revealing Design Treasures from The Amazon

Liveblogging Jared Spool at An Event Apart Boston 2009.


Conference are like buses. Here come three at once.

Designing for the street

The death and social life of great American cities’ small urban spaces is here for you to use.

Wired for sound

Don’t you wonder sometimes ‘bout sound and vision?


Good times for geolocation hacking.

Past visions of the future

Designing for tomorrow, yesterday.

Machine tag browsing

Visualising machine tags on Huffduffer.


Microformats go marching on. Now with more options.

September 1913

Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone.

The Medium is the Mess

Scribbling in the margins of the rule book.


Reports of the death of liquid layouts have been greatly exaggerated.

Hyphen Nation

Battling the emdashculation of the internet.

Dyson ball

When is a ball not a sphere?

The Death and Life of Geocities

Geocities is no longer here for you to use.

All Our Yesterdays

Opening up Bamboo Juice 2009.

Righting copywrongs

Fighting the good fight in Europe.


Loving the Hazards of Love.

Blast from the past

When rabbit holes become memory holes.

Revving up

rev=”canonical” has a posse.


Moving from the denial phase into anger.


Avoiding short URL link rot.

Let the right tweet in

Horror and cosiness.


HTML5 and ARIA: not so different after all.


I’m mobile. Fly me.


Ich fliege nach Deutschland.

The Austin Report

Ess Ex Ess Doubleyou Eye Oh Nine


South by Southwest bound.


Say it with me.

£5 slides

Talking about Huffduffer.


Everybody down.

See me speak

Past and future.

Small world, loosely joined

Surfacing serendipity.


Speaking and travelling.

To protect and to preserve

Is it safe?


Back up before your data goes down.

Microprinter has a posse

Get your hack on.


The importance of transparency.

Creative Commons Q&A

15 questions on Creative Commons.

Machine-tagging Huffduffer some more

Hacking’s API.

Machine-tagging Huffduffer

Hacking Amazon’s API.


Liveblogging the first ever PaperCamp in London.

Longevity, morphology, incept dates

The flame that’s Creative Commons licensed burns twice as long.

97 Bottles

I’ll need to see some OpenID.

Authors On Tour — Live!

For your huffduffing pleasure.


A spoiler-free appraisal of Neal Stephenson’s latest work.

The Audio of the System of the World

For your listening pleasure.

The Rise of HTML5

All the cool kids are doing it.

Antipatterns for sale

Is it safe?

Oh Nine

Obligatory New Year’s post.