Garamond Powerline

24/10/2008 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Garamond Powerline - gorgeous type experiment made from photos of electrical cable lines

Milo Vermeulen : Garamond powerline [via]

CSSHttpRequest - Hacks - nb.io

23/10/2008 @ 20:00 UTC

wearehugh : CSSHttpRequest - Hacks - nb.io - deliciously evil

Simon Willison : CSSHttpRequest - CSSHttpRequest. Devious cross-domain Ajax hack that uses CSS for transport (@import rules with data URIs, but it still works in IE). Similar to JSONP but safer, since JSONP can cause arbitrary JavaScript to execute.  [via]

A Whole Lotta Nothing: How to get my nerd vote

22/10/2008 @ 19:00 UTC

deusx : A Whole Lotta Nothing: How to get my nerd vote - Yes. "Broadband Everywhere. Universal Healthcare. No federal taxes on internet purchases. Renew a commitment to Education. Renew a commitment to Science. Real changes to transportation. Allow early voting by mail. Revamp Copyright/IP law. Fund the p

Andy Baio : Matt Haughey explains how to get the nerd vote - some good suggestions in the comments, along with some idiotic strawmen

LatencyTOP

22/10/2008 @ 17:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : LatencyTOP - LatencyTOP: "LatencyTOP is a Linux tool for software developers, aimed at identifying where in the system latency is happening, and what kind of operation/action is causing the latency to happen so that the code can be changed to avoid the worst late

nelson : LatencyTOP - Shows you where user processes are waiting on the kernel

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#

Derek Powazek shuts down Pixish

22/10/2008 @ 09:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Derek Powazek shuts down Pixish - a promising startup killed, at least partly, by bowing to the no spec crowd

Cameron Moll : Pixish closing October 31, lessons learned - Pixish will be closing its doors October 31, and founder Derek Powazek offers a few lessons learned from the experience. A good read for startups and entrepreneurs. We need to do more of this as an industry, that of talking candidly about "failures" and l

WTF, Broccoli?

22/10/2008 @ 03:00 UTC

Andy Baio : WTF, Broccoli? - my sister found tiny people living in her broccoli

gleuschk : bread & honey : a food blog.: WTF, BROCCOLI? (UPDATED) - creeps me right the heck out

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#

Huffduffer

20/10/2008 @ 11:00 UTC

jonhicks : Huffduffer - Jeremy Keith creates am easy way to setup a found sounds podcast, with enclosures in the RSS feed. Yay!

Andy Baio : Huffduffer, podcasting found audio around the web - I've been loving it lately; it's like Give Me Something to Read for audio

Joe Gregorio | BitWorking | Bloom Filter Resources

19/10/2008 @ 22:00 UTC

jcgregorio : Joe Gregorio | BitWorking | Bloom Filter Resources

Simon Willison : Bloom Filter Resources - Bloom Filter Resources. A continuation of the discussion about how to transfer information about a large number of recently updated resources around in an efficient way, Joe provides working code illustrating a simple approach using bloom filters.

MAGHOUND - A magazine membership service featuring hundreds of magazines from major publishers

18/10/2008 @ 01:00 UTC

joshua : MAGHOUND - A magazine membership service featuring hundreds of magazines from major publishers - like netflix for magazines?

deusx : MAGHOUND - A magazine membership service featuring hundreds of magazines from major publishers - "MAGHOUND is an exciting new online membership service that allows you to choose, change, and manage all the magazines delivered to your home for one low monthly fee."

Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy

17/10/2008 @ 17:04 UTC

Linkorama : Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy - As those examples suggest, a recession may not be such a bad time to start a startup. I'm not claiming it's a particularly good time either. The truth is more boring: the state of the economy doesn't matter much either way.

veen : Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy, by Paul Graham - "If we've learned one thing from funding so many startups, it's that they succeed or fail based on the qualities of the founders. The economy has some effect, certainly, but as a predictor of success it's rounding error compared to the

Why is everyone saying "fail" all of a sudden?

17/10/2008 @ 17:01 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : Why is everyone saying "fail" all of a sudden? - Why is everyone saying "fail" all of a sudden?: Salon takes a look at the history of FAIL.

Linkorama : Why is everyone saying "fail" all of a sudden? - what? no mention of the Failwhale?

Conditional classnames

17/10/2008 @ 15:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Conditional classnames - Conditional classnames. Yahoo!’s internal coding standards still recommend CSS hacks over conditional comments because a separate stylesheet for IE imposes an additional HTTP request. Paul Hammond points out that you can use conditional comments to wr

Eric Meyer : Conditional classnames - True 'nough.

deusx : paulhammond.org: Conditional classnames - "If you use this HTML: <!--[if IE ]> <body class="ie"> <![endif]--> <!--[if !IE]>--> <body> <!--<![endif]--> with CSS that looks something like: div.foo { color: inherit; } .ie div.foo {

philgyford : Paulhammond.org: Conditional classnames - An easy way to apply Internet Explorer CSS hacks. So simple that, in retrospect, it's hard to believe no one's thought of it before. Smashing.

Best Practices for OAuth with Fire Eagle

17/10/2008 @ 01:01 UTC

Simon Willison : Best Practices for OAuth with Fire Eagle - Best Practices for OAuth with Fire Eagle. “We insist that you must NOT use embedded rendering controls to present the OAuth process with Yahoo! and Fire Eagle?—that’s a clear nod towards the iPhone development community.

factoryjoe : Fire Eagle: Best Practices for OAuth with Fire Eagle - "Fire Eagle supports multiple methods of OAuth authentication that we tentatively name ‘web’, ‘desktop’, ‘mobile’ and ‘plugin’. However, the power of modern development tools rather blurs those definitions. Techniques th [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#

Scraping Wikipedia data with Google Spreadsheets and Yahoo! Pipes

15/10/2008 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Scraping Wikipedia data with Google Spreadsheets and Yahoo! Pipes - solid tutorial; for this kind of thing, I'd also consider Freebase

Simon Willison : Data Scraping Wikipedia with Google Spreadsheets - Data Scraping Wikipedia with Google Spreadsheets. I hadn’t played with =importHTML in Google spreadsheets, which lets you suck in data from an HTML table or list somewhere on the web. This tutorial takes it further, bringing Wikipedia, Yahoo! Pipes an

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#

Frotzophone, making music with interactive fiction

15/10/2008 @ 11:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Frotzophone, making music with interactive fiction - don't miss the MP3 of him playing Zork  [via]

deusx : Frotzophone - "The Frotzophone is an interface for making music with interactive fiction. The topography simulated in the game is used to generate sound, as is the player's path through the game. A Frotzophone "performance" looks just like playing a

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.

New York Times releases Campaign Finance API

15/10/2008 @ 03:00 UTC

Andy Baio : New York Times releases Campaign Finance API - totals for each candidate by state or ZIP code and lookup by donor name, with JSON, XML, or serialized PHP output  [via]

joshua : Announcing the New York Times Campaign Finance API - Open - Code - New York Times Blog

Simon Willison : Announcing the New York Times Campaign Finance API - Announcing the New York Times Campaign Finance API. The New York Times have released their first data API, exposing campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission.  [via]

Minimal nginx conf to split get/post requests

14/10/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

Simon Willison : Minimal nginx conf to split get/post requests - Minimal nginx conf to split get/post requests. Interesting idea for master-slave replication balancing where GET v.s. POST is load-balanced by nginx, presumably to different backend servers that are configured to talk to either a slave or a master. This

deusx : Django snippets: minimal nginx conf to split get/post requests - "After a point the sql server becomes the bottleneck in lots of web application, and to scale, master-slave replication with single master, multiple slave is recommended. This setup with nginx can be used to accomplish traffic distribution between ma

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#

Jeremy Freese's Violet, entry for the IF Comp 2008

14/10/2008 @ 08:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Jeremy Freese's Violet, entry for the IF Comp 2008 - best entry I've tried so far from the competition; hit enter a couple times to start playing

deusx : Violet - Parchment - First place winner in the 2008 Interactive Fiction Competition, playable in a browser thanks to Parchment.

Academic paper studying knowledge sharing in Yahoo! Answers (PDF)

13/10/2008 @ 17:02 UTC

Andy Baio : Academic paper studying knowledge sharing in Yahoo! Answers (PDF) - the community's split between answer people and discussion people, and the categories can be clustered accordingly

joshua : Knowledge Sharing and Yahoo Answers

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