Context is everything, as this collection of unfortunate juxtapositions shows.
Archive: October, 2007
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world.
Facebook is ageist. Which sucks. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, you're only as old as the [woman/man] you are interested in [random play/networking/whatever you can get] with.
There was a quake in San Francisco last night. The correct response to this situation is to Twitter it.
The text of Mark Pesce's excellent presentation at Web Directions South.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
Dear Santa Claus, I have been a relatively good boy this year. Please may I have a t-shirt that actually detects and displays WiFi signal strength? No, I'm not kidding. Give my love to the elves, Jeremy.
Just rub it on and watch it grow. Gauranteed to satisfy your client.
Did you know that you could use del.icio.us to bookmark colour palettes? Neither did I.
Monday, October 29th, 2007
WebKit continues to steam ahead. Now with CSS transforms; you can scale and rotate your elements.
No, this is not a joke. This really is the DCI Counterterrorist Center "Terrorist Buster" logo. Un. Be. Lievable.
John Logie Baird: the home of the inventor of the medium has been reduced to rubble - Independent Online Edition > Media
With a disgusting disregard for history, the Bexhill home of John Logie Baird has been demolished. Here's a potted biography of the proto-geek who steampunked his way into our living rooms.
I saw Steven Pinker give a talk recently and he spent a fair amount of time talking about swearing. He has written up that part of the talk into an article for the New Republic.
Saturday, October 27th, 2007
See, I'm not the only one who thinks that this is what she's singing.
Best. Domain name and associated tagline. Ever.
Friday, October 26th, 2007
Colly is being transfered from prisoner cell-block 1138.
Scientists want to get into your pants, museum unable to locate crab louse for collection (Shake Well Before Use)
Every time you wax, God kills a crab.
Recipes in 140 characters or less.
Actually, maybe this is the best picture on the internet. Take this picture brother, may it serve you well.
Perhaps the best picture on the internet.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
A natural language interface onto Wikipedia. More of this kind of thing, please.
I just learned from Kelly that Webkit is supporting local storage and database queries, as proposed in HTML5. Kinda like Google Gears. Potentially excited for the iPhone/iPod Touch.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
A conference all about, well, widgety goodness. In Brighton of course—home to all the best conferency goodness.
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
David Recordon announces a new developer tool for tracking status changes on social networking sites.
Friday, October 19th, 2007
Contribute to the pool of data by inputting how much time you've wasted watching the spinning beachball of death.
Looking for an ironic t-shirt?
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
Remember the video of that Cadbury's ad I linked to a while back? It turns out that there's a transcript of the video on the website.
Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen together at last.
This is good news. You can expect Gravatar service to get faster and better.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
New from Moo—postcards. Yay!
A new feature on Matthew Somerville's brilliant train timetable site. Just put /fares at the end of any URL to get the cheapest available fare.
A super simple lightweight piece of forum software from Stuart in just one PHP file. Drop it in a directory and you're done.
To counter the creationists' lists of "scientists who doubt evolution" here's a list of scientists named Steve who support Darwin's theory. (via Steven Pinker's Q&A after a lecture last week)
Compare and contrast Last.fm's chart with the "official" UK chart. It's as if Radiohead doesn't even exist in meatspace.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
For those times when you need to validate your markup but you don't have a 'net connection.
I want a thingamagoop.
What would happen if Google tried to apply SEO techniques to itself?
Monday, October 15th, 2007
A nice little extension to jQuery from Michael Heilemann for displaying unobtrusive feedback messages.
Click on the "What's the helicopter doing over my house?" link to get the latest eye-in-the-sky reports. The latest is: "Person trampled by cows" on the South Downs.
Have I told you lately how much I love this microformats bookmarklet? Yes? Well, I'm telling you again.
It's easy for us to take technology for granted. This video shows how transformative technology can be. I am humbled.
David Smith has written a brilliant overview of how the perception of the Web is converging towards Tim Berners-Lee original vision of a read/write environment.
Lobbycon: The practice of schmoozing in lobbies at expensive technology conferences, often without paying. The term is inspired by the lingo of conference names, the titles of which sometimes end with "con."
Sunday, October 14th, 2007
A language blog from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
A clever little periscope-like device that allows you to use your Macbook's iSight facing outwards.
Saturday, October 13th, 2007
The definitive response to continuous partial Christmas.
Friday, October 12th, 2007
A handy tool for grabbing the geocoordinates for a location.
Looks like Apple are trying to redefine the term "web app" to mean sites created for the iPhone. The revisionism is completely barefaced.
Thursday, October 11th, 2007
I can only see the dancer going clockwise. Jessica saw anti-clockwise at first but was then able to change direction. I can't do that.
A series of infographics comparing Chinese and German culture. Amusing and astute.
Yes, you have to be a bit of a database geek to find this funny but if you are, this is very funny indeed.
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
Put a sheet over someone and then photograph them jumping into the air. The result is startling.
Ian Lloyd gets search results for curry houses in Swindon from Google Maps to his phone in less than 60 seconds. All thanks to hCard.
Monday, October 8th, 2007
Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes. I'm glad it's not just me.
Bad Science » Madeleine McCann, the Observer, and their special magic quantum DNA box (with secret energy source)
I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Bad Science blog deserves a medal.
Even though it breaks up after just two seconds in the air, the moment of take-off is pretty awesome.
Saturday, October 6th, 2007
NetNewsWire now supports microformats.
Here's the in-depth lowdown on the CSS Eleven supergroup announced by Andy at Web Directions South last week.
Friday, October 5th, 2007
I'm a cartoon, which feels kinda weird. Brits... collect 'em all: Budd, Hicks, Malarkey and me.
Monday, October 1st, 2007
Your brain is hardwired to respond to the shape of a face.
Radiohead are distributing their next album themselves. You'll be able to download it for the princely sum of... whatever you feel like paying.
An excellent overarching article looking at the current state of microformats adoption.
One of many code-snippet sharing sites out there but this one has some nice features like tagging and popularity. The interface is yuck though. dpaste,com is nicer but more ephemeral.
A nice overview of avoiding clutter in web design. It's not just about whitespace; the number of edges and gradients can also add up to an undifferentiated design.