If I could get Twitter updates burned into my toast, my mornings would become much more efficient.
Archive: February, 2009
Saturday, February 28th, 2009
Friday, February 27th, 2009
Kevin does an excellent job of Fisking that ludicrous anti-Twitter article in The Times.
Glad to see "webinar" on this list. Shame about "lifestream."
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
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.
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
Behold the double awesomeness of Jeremy Paxman and Ben Goldacre! Susan Greenfield, alas, is simply embarrassing.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
Past winners of the Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest, "where WWW means Wretched Writers Welcome."
Neil explains how you can have your Safari cake and eat it.
No substitute for the real Trammell.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
IFoundYourCamera is a continuous project dedicated to reuniting lost cameras and orphan photos with their original owners.
Can the concept of free culture be applied to wine? Ryan O'Connell thinks so.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
A platform game with a twist. Play it and see. Surprisingly intuitive and utterly addictive.
Busker Du (dial-up) is a recording service for buskers through the telephone (preferably public payphones hidden in subway stations).
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.
An approach to releasing community-driven books that is more like software than traditional book publishing. Think versions instead of editions.
A greasemonkey-driven hypertext game: get from a starting Wikipedia page to your target solely by following links in the articles.
Saturday, February 21st, 2009
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.
A set of APIs built on top of OpenStreetMap data.
Tetris for type geeks on the iPhone.
Conway's Game of Life executed using the canvas element.
The Imperial March played through a Faraday cage. Telsa would be proud.
Friday, February 20th, 2009
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."
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
Ampersands. Lovely, lovely ampersands.
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Possibility Jelly lives on the hypersurface of the present.
I love the design of this site almost as much as I love the content.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
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.
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?"
"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.
Monday, February 16th, 2009
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."
Demo for a neat piece of code that will auto-populate form fields from an hCard-carrying URL.
A great little Flickr slideshow from Phil Hawksworth.
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.
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."
A film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet.
Sunday, February 15th, 2009
There's a new rel value in town: "canonical". It looks like an awful lot like "bookmark".
Detailed instructions for a delicious-sounding meal from a fellow Brightonian.
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).
Saturday, February 14th, 2009
A PMOG mission where players learn about the password anti-pattern.
Friday, February 13th, 2009
Bend over 'cause Microsoft is about to stick it to us standards-savvy developers. Again.
An in-browser code editor from Mozilla Labs.
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
Handmade subatomic particle plushies from the standard model of physics ...and beyond!
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
Michael Smethurst runs through the process used in his bit of the BBC. It's all good.
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.
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
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.
When localisation attacks. This is like a more morbid Douglas Adams vignette.
A handy tool for putting colour palettes together.
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"
Archive your Twitter updates with this PHP script.
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..."
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.
Monday, February 9th, 2009
The blog of the preservation officer at the University of California.
In Soviet Russia, cat LOLs you.
There's no such thing as a good CAPTCHA but if there were, these would be ...Best. CAPTCHAs. Ever!
Sunday, February 8th, 2009
Someone tried to mug James Duncan Davidson to get his TED pass.
Friday, February 6th, 2009
A paper app—like a web app, but for the papernet—that provides a DIY portable log book for diabetics.
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
An excellent write-up by Bruce of a talk he gave at the Betavine birthday party. Down with .mobi! One Web FTW!
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
Like a crowdsourced version of Eno's oblique strategies.
This presentation by Steven Pemberton increases in value over time.
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.
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
I'm being credited with hauling this wonderful phrase over from the original Dutch.
The entire text of this seminal work is online in HTML, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Dom Sagolla tells the story of Twitter.