Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction

12/01/2009 @ 18:00 UTC

Linkorama : Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction - We know that our readers are distracted and sometimes even overwhelmed by the myriad distractions that lie one click away on the Internet, but of course writers face the same glorious problem: the delirious world of information and communication and commu

deusx : Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction - "I think I've managed to balance things out through a few simple techniques that I've been refining for years. I still sometimes feel frazzled and info-whelmed, but that's rare. Most of the time, I'm on top of my workload and my m

wearehugh : Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction

jcgregorio : Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction - "As a co-parenting new father..." Great article, just sad that we have to have a new word to inject into the language to describe what should really be the default.

ASCII by Jason Scott / Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse

2/01/2009 @ 19:00 UTC

deusx : ASCII by Jason Scott / Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse - "A terrible thing happened recently. You might have missed it. AOL Hometown, which itself was actually a combination of a bunch of previously acquired websites, shut down. It shut down on October 31 of this year. If you try to go to a site that used

Andy Baio : Jason Scott on the closure of AOL's online communities - like physical evictions, there need to be laws protecting community data in the event of closure

Simon Willison : Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse - Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse. Jason Scott on AOL’s closure of Hometown, their hosting service. In related news, Lycos just announced they are closing Tripod, which has been providing free hosting for 13 years.

philgyford : ASCII by Jason Scott / Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse - Catching up on stuff... AOL Hometown shut down and wiped all its users' sites with four weeks' notice. It's bad enough when chunks of the web disappear, but worse like this. (via Simon Willison)

Television Tropes & Idioms

29/12/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

joshua : Television Tropes & Idioms - wjw

Rod Begbie : Television Tropes & Idioms - "This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction." Tell your Checkov's Gun from your Deus Ex Machina. [via#

philgyford : Television Tropes & Idioms - Home Page - Big wiki cataloging "devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations". Big, big time sink.

deusx : Home Page - Television Tropes & Idioms - "This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. We dip into the cauldron of story, whistle up a hearty spoonful and splosh it in front of you to devour to your heart's content. "

Achievement Unlocked

20/12/2008 @ 11:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Achievement Unlocked - meta-game where unlocking achievements is the goal  [via]

nelson : Achievement Unlocked - Clever little game

Rod Begbie : Achievement Unlocked | Armor Games - The game where unlocking achievements is the only point of the game. Hint: Clicking the Hint link gets you a "Cheater" achievement. [via#

joshua : Achievement Unlocked

Spock Proxy

9/12/2008 @ 19:00 UTC

joshua : Spock Proxy - Spock Proxy supports range-based horizontal paritioning of a large MySQL database. The proxy intercepts SQL queries from the client, sends queries to the correct databases based on how the database is partitioned, then aggregates the results from each dat

deusx : Spock Proxy - "Spock Proxy supports range-based horizontal paritioning of a large MySQL database. The proxy intercepts SQL queries from the client, sends queries to the correct databases based on how the database is partitioned, then aggregates the results from ea

Simon Willison : Spock Proxy - Spock Proxy. A MySQL Proxy fork (no Lua) that concentrates solely on sharding, by parsing incoming SQL statements and redirecting them across multiple databases. There are some limitations on the SQL that can be handled (no nested queries, joins across

Rod Begbie : Spock Proxy - Proxy for transparent(-ish) sharding of MySQL databases. [via#

Mark Boulton, one of the smartest web designers around, has written a book.

1/12/2008 @ 18:00 UTC

Greg Storey : Mark Boulton, one of the smartest web designers around, has written a book. - Available for twelve Monopoly dollars sometime next February.

jonhicks : Five Simple Steps | Books - This looks like a MUST HAVE.

Cameron Moll : Designing for the Web by Mark Boulton available Feb 2009 - Mark Boulton has announced his self-published Designing for the Web will be available February 2, 2009. I recall Mark and I chatting in London a couple years ago about self-publishing, as both of us were kicking around the idea at the time. Good to see hi

Douglas Bowman : Boulton’s Designing for the Web now available - The practical, down-to-earth, and beautifully-designed book, A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web, written and self-published by Mark Boulton, is available for purchase and download (as PDF) as of today. -archive link-

Helvetireader, a minimal interface theme for Google Reader

27/11/2008 @ 00:00 UTC

Cameron Moll : Helvetireader, a minimal interface theme for Google Reader - If you use Google Reader for RSS feeds, have a look at Helvetireader by Jon Hicks. "I was going for minimal, inspired partly by Times, a newspaper style RSS reader, and the postcards that came with the (Deluxe!) Helvetica Film DVD." More about it on Jon's

Rod Begbie : Helvetireader - Rather gorgeous minimalistic skin for Google Reader, by Jon Hicks. Had to tweak it to get my all-important "Mark All as Read" button, but apart from that, perfet. [via#

Andy Baio : Helvetireader, minimal Google Reader redesign with Greasemonkey - very sexy, though maybe a bit too minimal

veen : Helvetireader - A minimal interface theme for Google Reader.

Get Your War On: New World Order

7/11/2008 @ 23:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Get Your War On: New World Order - the earnestness of this comment made me giggle  [via]

Greg Storey : New World Order. - "...all black people are Muslim, we just weren't allowed to say that before the election."

Rod Begbie : Get Your War On: New World Order - "America's new flag is just a white flag, but there's a picture of a burning American flag on it." #

Eric Meyer : Get Your War On: New World Order - Uh oh.

Flickr: Lessons Learned while Building an iPhone Site

3/11/2008 @ 21:00 UTC

Cameron Moll : Flickr: Lessons Learned while Building an iPhone Site - Flickr Developer Blog: Lessons Learned while Building an iPhone Site. Worth reading, as I've said before that the Flickr Mobile is one of the more impressive web experiences I've seen on iPhone.

philgyford : Code: Flickr Developer Blog " Lessons Learned while Building an iPhone Site - Great practical advice for building a website for iPhones. (via Infovore)

Rod Begbie : Lessons Learned while Building an iPhone Site - Some great thoughts on mobile website development from Flickr, whose iPhone-friendly site is a thing of beauty. #

Eric Meyer : Lessons Learned while Building an iPhone Site - These lessons don't apply solely to mobile sites, as it happens.

JSSpeccy

29/10/2008 @ 19:00 UTC

Simon Willison : JSSpeccy - JSSpeccy. A ZX Spectrum emulator written in Javascript.

Rod Begbie : JSSpeccy: A ZX Spectrum emulator in Javascript - Officially the best thing in the entire history of the internet today. [via#

deusx : matt.west.co.tt » Blog Archive » JSSpeccy: A ZX Spectrum emulator in Javascript - "I’m really typecasting myself here. If there were an international “Person most likely to write a Spectrum emulator in Javascript? award, I’d have taken it for the last five years running. So here it is - probably the most stereotypical proj

Andy Baio : JSSpeccy, a ZX Spectrum emulator in Javascript - double-click a game to run it

typeface.js -- Rendering text with Javascript, , and VML

27/10/2008 @ 16:00 UTC

wearehugh : typeface.js -- Rendering text with Javascript, <canvas>, and VML

Andy Baio : Typeface.js, rendering Truetype fonts with Javascript, Canvas, and VML - awesome hack lets you deliver custom fonts on the web without Flash; works on the iPhone, too  [via]

Rod Begbie : typeface.js -- Rendering text with Javascript, <canvas>, and VML - Amazingly clever piece of hackery. Embed fonts seamlessly in your pages in a manner that works with all released major browsers (including iPhone), but degrades gracefully. Need to do some playing with this… [via#

Simon Willison : typeface.js - typeface.js. Outstanding hack—renders custom fonts using VML in IE and canvas in everything else, using fonts that are defined as a set of vector paths stored using JSON.

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.

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.

Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Waxy.org

10/10/2008 @ 18:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Waxy.org - Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Waxy.org: very cool work by Andy and Joshua

deusx : Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Waxy.org - "While most political blogs are extremely partisan, their biases aren't immediately obvious to outsiders like me. I wanted to see, at a glance, how conservative or liberal the blogs were without clicking through to every article. With the help

nelson : Political link colouring - Interesting hack: categorize blogs by conservative / liberal, then colour links accordingly

joshua : Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - I did the heavy lifting on the math side

wearehugh : Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Waxy.org

Greg Storey : Visualizing political bias with Greasemonkey. - Waxy is the Bill Nye of the Internet.

Andy Baio : Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey - Like the rest of the world, I've been completely obsessed with the presidential election and nonstop news coverage. My drug of choice? Gabe Rivera's Memeorandum, the political sister site of Techmeme, which constantly surfaces the most controversial stori

Stay on Target: Real Life Tron on an Apple IIgs

8/10/2008 @ 16:00 UTC

wearehugh : Stay on Target: Real Life Tron on an Apple IIgs

Eric Meyer : Real Life Tron on an Apple IIgs - These new-fangled operating systems just take all the wonder out of programming.

Rod Begbie : Real Life Tron on an Apple IIgs - What happens when a Tron lightbike exits the grid, and heads into the lands of unprotected memory. [via#

Andy Baio : Real-Life Tron on an Apple IIgs - a cycle that escaped the playfield into system memory  [via]

Nintendo's Wario Land meta-ad destroys YouTube UI

23/09/2008 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Nintendo's Wario Land meta-ad destroys YouTube UI - watch until the 15 second mark; inspired by the HEMA ad?

nelson : YouTube / Wii - Clever video ad

deusx : YouTube - experiencewii's Channel - "Sweet gameplay footage from the new Wii release “Wario Land: Shake It!?"

Rod Begbie : Wario Land - Shake It! YouTube ad - Brilliantly-done ad for the new Wario game for Wii. Seems dull to start, but worth continuing with! [via#

Simon Willison : Wario Land: Shake It - Amazing footage! - Wario Land: Shake It—Amazing footage!. Some virals really do deserve linking to.

Boxer: Mac-Friendly DOS Emulation

22/09/2008 @ 18:01 UTC

deusx : Boxer: Mac-Friendly DOS Emulation - "Boxer is a DOS game emulator for OS X, built around the powerful DOSBox. Boxer aims to make it easy and painless to play your DOS games. "

joshua : Boxer: Mac-Friendly DOS Emulation

Andy Baio : Boxer, Mac-friendly DOS emulation - built on DOSBox, perfect for playing classic DOS games  [via]

Rod Begbie : Boxer: Mac-Friendly DOS Emulation - Nice wrapper for DOSBox, which allows you to bundle up DOS games on OS X. I look forward to a little light "Jones in the Fast Lane" this evening. [via#

Google's browser

1/09/2008 @ 19:00 UTC

nelson : Google's browser - Google pushing browser UI in interesting directions. Based on Webkit?!

Linkorama : Google Chrome, Google's Browser Project - Yet Another Browser

Andy Baio : Google leaks details on Google Chrome, new open-source browser - with a comic book drawn by Scott McCloud; but really, do we need another new browser?

Rod Begbie : Google Chrome, Google's Browser Project - Technical details from Google (in comic-book form) for their upcoming browser. Some good ideas in there (splitting out tabs as separate processes definitely makes a lot of sense), but does the world really need another web browser? #

The Big Picture on CERN's Large Hadron Collider

1/08/2008 @ 19:00 UTC

Andy Baio : The Big Picture on CERN's Large Hadron Collider - The Economist explains the LHC's importance for the layman

nelson : Large Hadron Collider - Great pictures

Simon Willison : Large Hadron Collider nearly ready - The Big Picture - Large Hadron Collider nearly ready—The Big Picture. Stunningly beautiful set of photographs of the LHC. I love Big Science.

jonhicks : Large Hadron Collider nearly ready - Beautiful photos of the device that will swallow us all up in a black hole

Rod Begbie : Large Hadron Collider nearly ready - The Big Picture - I'm bored of "beauty in nature" -- Hurrah for The Big Picture covering beauty in science! Enjoy these photos before they turn the collider on, and we all get sucked into black hole. #

Greg Storey : If for some reason the Earth gets sucked into a black hole this weekend... - here's why.

Librarian responds to complaint about "Uncle Bobby's Wedding"

31/07/2008 @ 21:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Librarian responds to complaint about "Uncle Bobby's Wedding" - incredibly thoughtful and well-reasoned defense of a mildly controversial children's book  [via]

philgyford : Myliblog: Uncle Bobby's Wedding - Imagine if every complaint about anything received a reply this thoughtful. (via Kottke)

wearehugh : myliblog: Uncle Bobby's Wedding - librarians can say "fuck you" better than anyone else

Eric Meyer : Uncle Bobby's Wedding - Now that is one fantastic response.

Telescopic Text

28/07/2008 @ 16:00 UTC

jonhicks : Telescopic Text - simple but hypnotic!

Cameron Moll : Telescopic Text - I made tea.

Andy Baio : Telescopic Text - like Blueful, another playful experiment with storytelling on the web  [via]

deusx : Telescopic Text © Joe Davis 2008 - "I made tea."

DEFENDER of the favicon | Mathieu 'p01' Henri | July 2008

15/07/2008 @ 19:01 UTC

deusx : DEFENDER of the favicon | Mathieu 'p01' Henri | July 2008 - "The idea was to push the concept of generated favicons further and pack a thrilling retro shooter in 16×16 pixels using JavaScript, canvas and data: URIs."

Andy Baio : Defender of the favicon - staggering hack puts a playable Defender clone in your browser's 16x16 favicon; Firefox and Opera only

Rod Begbie : DEFENDER of the favicon - The classic arcade game Defender, implemented as a Firefox favicon! A bit of a silly hack, but the idea of updating favicons dynamically (to alert users when they're looking at a different tab) has some milage. [via#

fastclemmy : Defender of the Favicon - Defender of the Favicon by fastclemmy DEFENDER of the favicon is a JavaScript remake of Eugene Jarvis' brilliant arcade game Defender written by Mathieu 'p01' Henri and inspired by Scott Schiller's experiment with generated favicons VU meter. The id

Handwritten Typographers

8/07/2008 @ 17:01 UTC

Cameron Moll : Handwritten Typographers - "The handwriting of typographers intrigues me because it raises so many questions, big and small: Do typographers exert some extraordinary control of the pen that laypersons don't? ... So, to satisfy my own curiosity I asked a number of prominent typograp

veen : Handwritten Typographers - "So, to satisfy my own curiosity I asked a number of prominent typographers to send me a scan of their handwriting. This is the result."

Andy Baio : Handwritten Typographers - comparing type designers' handwriting to the typefaces they created

Milo Vermeulen : Handwritten Typographers [via]

Eric Meyer : Handwritten Typographers - Very interesting. Especially for someone like me, whose handwriting isn't very attractive.

The Paper Version of the Web -- early sketches of website designs

25/06/2008 @ 22:01 UTC

joshua : The Paper Version of the Web -- early sketches of website designs - too bad there's none of these for delicious. i sketch in code.

mmb : The Paper Version of the Web at Deeplinking - The Paper Version of the Web at Deeplinking via joshua’s favorites on del.icio.us [via]

Andy Baio : The Paper Version of the Web - early paper prototypes for Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and others  [via]

veen : The Paper Version of the Web at Deeplinking - "We don’t usually get to see this handmade stage of the web, but some folks have been thoughtful/narcissistic enough to upload photos of their UI sketches, and I find them fascinating."

Interview with Alan Taylor, Creator of Boston Globe's The Big Picture

21/06/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Interview with Alan Taylor, Creator of Boston Globe's The Big Picture - With its vibrant oversized photographs and minimalist design, the Boston Globe's The Big Picture weblog launched on June 1 to instant global acclaim. It's designed, programmed, and written by Alan Taylor, an old-school web programmer and blogger, in his

Milo Vermeulen : Waxy.org - Interview with Alan Taylor, Creator of Boston Globe's The Big Picture [via]

nelson : The Big Picture - Andy does a great interview with the guy behind the awesome Boston Globe photo site. Why did it take 15 years for a newspaper to publish 1000 pixel wide images?

Khoi Vinh : Waxy.org: Interview with Alan Taylor, Creator of Boston Globe's The Big Picture

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