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Baby Tapir Indah Romps at the Edinburgh Zoo

25/10/2008 @ 21:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Baby Tapir Indah Romps at the Edinburgh Zoo - Tapir cuteness. [via#

TinEye Mobile - Idée Inc.

24/10/2008 @ 15:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : TinEye Mobile - Idée Inc. - Take a photo of a CD sleeve, and it'll attempt to ID it for you. Like Shazam, but for product photos. Since I use my iPhone as a way of remembering books I've seen in Borders to buy off of Amazon, that'd be a handy app. #

Poladroid

23/10/2008 @ 22:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Poladroid - Gorgeously playful app which takes your digital photos and makes them look like old Polaroid snaps. Features loving touches like having to wait for the photo to "develop". [via#

John Hodgman's brief digression | Video on TED.com

23/10/2008 @ 09:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : John Hodgman's brief digression | Video on TED.com - Lovely and heart-warming fifteen-minute talk by John Hodgman on his "close encounters" #

Callie Shell - Obama - Digital Journalist

23/10/2008 @ 01:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Callie Shell - Obama - Digital Journalist - Some really outstanding photos of Barack Obama and the hubbub surrounding him in the lead-up to him winning the party nomination. [via#

ZIP File Quine

22/10/2008 @ 10:00 UTC

Andy Baio : ZIP File Quine - just keep unzipping  [via]

nelson : zip file quine - A zip file that contains itself

Rod Begbie : zip file quine - A .zip file which contains itself. Fun! [via#

Campaign: Atheist Bus

22/10/2008 @ 02:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Campaign: Atheist Bus - In response to offensively fire-and-brimstoney religious groups' ads on the sides of London buses, a comedian started a campaign to run ads saying "There's probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." After 24 hours, they've exceeded their de [via#

Stay Puft French Bulldog

21/10/2008 @ 21:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Stay Puft French Bulldog - Amazing! And, perhaps, an example of why The Terrorists hate our freedoms. [via#

Up, Up and Away! on Vimeo

21/10/2008 @ 21:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Up, Up and Away! on Vimeo - One last bit of balloonery -- a brief snippet of video from our trip. #

House whiteboard font

21/10/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : House whiteboard font - Looking for a good "handwritten" font to create some deliberately sketchy-looking UI sketches, I discovered this one, based upon Hugh Laurie's handwriting captured from whiteboards on House: A winning combination of legibility, scrawliness, and weird obse #

FriendDA -- Slightly more than a hearty handshake

21/10/2008 @ 01:00 UTC

wearehugh : FriendDA -- Slightly more than a hearty handshake - all legal documents should find a way to include the phrase "don't be a douche"

Rod Begbie : FriendDA -- Slightly more than a hearty handshake - Rands formalizes the contractual obligations of the FrieNDA. [via#

Hot Air Balloon Trip slideshow on Flickr

20/10/2008 @ 15:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Hot Air Balloon Trip slideshow on Flickr - A handful of photos from Joy's and my trip in a hot-air balloon, high above "wine country". #

The Bugle

20/10/2008 @ 03:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : The Bugle - WHY was I not aware of this sooner‽ A *THOROUGHLY* splendid satirical weekly podcast featuring John Oliver (off of The Daily Show) and the man who I described as his "erstwhile" UK comedy partner (until I discovered they were doing this podcast togethe #

How to Get an Official Nintendo Seal of Quality

19/10/2008 @ 11:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : How to Get an Official Nintendo Seal of Quality - "Works extra good when blown-on" #

The Things He Carried

19/10/2008 @ 11:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : The Things He Carried - Great piece on the "security theatre" at airports that inconvenience travellers, but do nothing to improve security. Particularly enjoy the author going through screening wearing a "beer belly", but having his bottle of water confiscated. [via#

Everything your grandparents need to know about the analog/digital switchover

17/10/2008 @ 07:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Everything your grandparents need to know about the analog/digital switchover - Courtesy of "Talkshow with Spike Feresten", which is apparently still on the air. Who knew? [via#

Lexical analysis of the 2008 presidential and VP debates

16/10/2008 @ 08:01 UTC

Andy Baio : Lexical analysis of the 2008 presidential and VP debates - word usage statistics and clouds, with parts of speech and word pairs; Atom feeds available for the whole dataset  [via]

Rod Begbie : Lexical Analysis of 2008 US Presidential and Vice-Presidiential Debates - Who's the Windbag? - All manner of interesting statistics and visualizations drawn out of the presidential debate transcripts. [via#

RjDj, reactive generative music app for the iPhone

15/10/2008 @ 13:00 UTC

Andy Baio : RjDj, reactive generative music app for the iPhone - reacts to sensory input from the microphone and accelerometer

Rod Begbie : RjDj - Echoing Andy Baio's advice on Twitter: "If you have an iPhone, go install RjDj Single (it's free), pop in your headphones, start it up, and go back to whatever you were doing." S'bloody AMAZING! [via#

New York Magazine's long profile of FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver

15/10/2008 @ 10:00 UTC

Andy Baio : New York Magazine's long profile of FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver - if you haven't, spend a little time reading about his methodology to understand how he's totally changed the game

gleuschk : How Nate Silver Went From Forecasting Baseball Games to Forecasting Elections -- New York Magazine - 538.com is burning a hole in my screen

Rod Begbie : How Nate Silver Went From Forecasting Baseball Games to Forecasting Elections - Great profile in New York Magazine of Nate Silver and the sterling work he's been doing at fivethirtyeight.com. Got to love anyone who can make a living from a combination of baseball, politics and obsessive number-crunching. [via#

Greg Storey : Tom, forget Ann Coulter you need to follow this guy. - FiveThirtyEight is about as unbiased as it gets.

Upside Down Dogs

14/10/2008 @ 23:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Upside Down Dogs - Dogs, which are upside-down. Duh. [via#

Yahoo! Releases OpenID Research

14/10/2008 @ 18:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Yahoo! Releases OpenID Research - Yahoo! Releases OpenID Research. Extremely valuable research, conducted with a group of typical Yahoo! users. OpenIDs usability remains bad, and if we don’t get it right soon something centralised like Facebook Connect will take over and the Web will

Rod Begbie : Yahoo! Releases OpenID Research - Spoiler: OpenID usability SUCKS MASSIVE DONKEY COCKS IN HELL FOREVER. The mental model is completely broken. Its one use that I can see: an open backend for "Login to this site with your foo.com account" style buttons [via#

Tarvuism - The official international internet website for the Tarvuist faith

14/10/2008 @ 13:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : Tarvuism - The official international internet website for the Tarvuist faith - Peter Serafinowicz and Robert Popper's follow-up project to "Look Around You", a religion and series of religious shows for Adult Swim. Say Hebbo to Tarvuism. [via#

World of Goo is released to the public

13/10/2008 @ 17:00 UTC

Andy Baio : World of Goo is released to the public - the best game I've played this year; coming to Steam and WiiWare later today

Rod Begbie : 2D Boy: World of Goo - Stonking little indie game, finally officially released. Filled with bizarreness and imagination, I've been having a blast with it. #

ThinkGeek :: Pac-Man Hoodie

13/10/2008 @ 05:01 UTC

Rod Begbie : ThinkGeek :: Pac-Man Hoodie - I might need to own this. #

Is Sarah Palin as racist as her supporters?

13/10/2008 @ 03:00 UTC

Rod Begbie : Is Sarah Palin as racist as her supporters? - Unashamed racist waiting in line outside a Sarah Palin rally. McCain/Palin may not be being outwardly racist themselves, but they're certainly creating an atmosphere where racists feel comfortable sharing their abhorent views. [via#

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