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The Blast Shack

23/12/2010 @ 02:00 UTC

Linkorama : The Blast Shack

Andy Baio : Bruce Sterling on Wikileaks - long, brilliant

philgyford : The Blast Shack - Bruce Sterling on WikiLeaks, Cablegate and Julian Assange. Worth a read, especially if you can do so with Sterling's weary drawl as your interior voice.

nelson : The Blast Shack - Absolute must-read on WikiLeaks, the cypherpunks history

Eric Meyer : The Blast Shack - "Here it is; a planetary hack."

Austin Seraphin's first week on the iPhone

18/09/2010 @ 08:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Austin Seraphin's first week on the iPhone - a blind user's emotional response to Apple; also, he switched from Linux to Mac last week

Rod Begbie : My First Week with the iPhone - A blind user describes the power of using an iPhone with VoiceOver. "I can safely say that the iPhone represents the most revolutionary thing to happen to the blind for at least the last ten years." [via#

nelson : iPhone as a blind user - He loves it; didn't know Apple had bothered to build voice navigation

philgyford : My First Week with the iPhoneBehind the Curtain | Behind the Curtain - I've seen this ecstatic report by a blind person about their new iPhone linked to from a few places. Forget your iPhone-fatigue and skip to the last few paragraphs where he describes using an app (Color ID) which speaks the colours the device's

Simon Willison : My First Week with the iPhone - My First Week with the iPhone. A blind user describes the experience of using VoiceOver on the iPhone, including the joy of discovering the Color Identifier app which speaks the names of colours picked up by the iPhone’s camera. “ I used color cues

tr.im shutting down

10/08/2009 @ 03:00 UTC

nelson : tr.im shutting down - First big URL shortener to go away; what happens to the links?

Rod Begbie : tr.im R.I.P. - Another URL shortener gets shuttered. As it turns out, unless you slap frames and shite over the links you bounce users to, there's no business model. Another example of why I run rdbgb.us: I am solely responsible for keeping the links in my Twitter post [via#

jcgregorio : tr.im URLs | tr.im R.I.P. - One down, all the rest to go.

Andy Baio : Tr.im shuts down, breaking millions of shortened links by year's end - we were warned; someone should call Archive Team

Simon Willison : tr.im is "discontinuing service" - tr.im is “discontinuing service?. “However, all tr.im links will continue to redirect, and will do so until at least December 31, 2009.Your tweets with tr.im URLs in them will not be affected.?—these statements seem to contradict themselves. W

The pushbutton Web

24/07/2009 @ 17:00 UTC

nelson : The pushbutton Web - Anil breaks down some of the recent work around realtime messaging

Simon Willison : The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real - The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real. Anil Dash is excited by the potential for PubSubHubBub and Webhooks to make near-real-time scalable event publishing accessible to regular web developers. So am I.

jimray : Anil's thoughts on the "pushbutton web" are really smart - And really well written, to boot. This is the future.

Andy Baio : Anil Dash on the Pushbutton Web - the best articulation of the current real-time web trend I've seen

Greg Storey : Pushbutton. - Forgot to link to this earlier. Go. Read. Now.

Anil : The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real - tweetcount_url = 'http://dashes.com/anil/2009/07/the-pushbutton-web-realtime-becomes-real.html#comment-661209'; tweetcount_title = 'The Pushbutton Web, about realtime messaging getting real'; tweetcount_src = 'By @anildash:'; tweetcount_

Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames

10/06/2009 @ 22:00 UTC

Anil : Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames - The whole world A small number of super-geeky obsessives is abuzz over the upcoming launch of Facebook Usernames, an exciting new feature that will let you put some parts of your name into a web address. Since its announcement yesterday, there's been a l

Eric Meyer : Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames - Anil lays it all out for you in clear, simple terms.

Rod Begbie : Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames - Anil Dash - Anil Dash predicts the future of Facebook vanity URLs. Who's going to be the first to register "mikearrington", I wonder. [via#

Milo Vermeulen : Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames - Anil Dash

Andy Baio : Anil Dash on the future of Facebook usernames - frighteningly realistic predictions

on url shorteners

3/04/2009 @ 23:00 UTC

Jeremy Zawodny : on url shorteners - on url shorteners: they are fail

nelson : URL shorteners bad - Thoughtful essay on how tinyurl, etc are bad for the Web

deusx : joshua's blog: on url shorteners - "So there are clear benefits for both the service (low cost of entry, potentially easy profit) and the linker (the quick rush of popularity). But URL shorteners are bad for the rest of us.I feel that shorteners are bad for the ecosystem as a whole. B

Andy Baio : Joshua Schachter on the dangers of URL shorteners - interesting that Archive Team is already working on crawling the TinyURL db

cobra libre : joshua schachter on url shorteners - Besides, there are plenty of services that are intended to be used for publicly pointing to links -- unlike Twitter. #

Clay Shirky on the death of newspapers and reinvention of journalism

14/03/2009 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Clay Shirky on the death of newspapers and reinvention of journalism - the single best essay on the topic I've read

nelson : Journalism revolution - Well reasoned, calm essay about the coming end of newspaper journalism and how to approach replacing it

jcgregorio : Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky - Shirky nails it.

Eric Meyer : Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable - Everyone else is linking to it, so I might as well. Besides, it's incredibly insightful and intelligent stuff.

joshua : Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable - clay sighting

carlfish : Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable - Clay Shirky on the ongoing demise of print media, and why we can't point at anything specific that can replace it: "The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place."

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

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.

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.

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.

Reputation patterns in the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library

10/06/2008 @ 13:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Reputation patterns in the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library - Reputation patterns in the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library. Pragmatic advice from Yahoo! on encouraging community participation.  [via]

joshua : Reputation Design Patterns

43folders : Reputation Parent - Yahoo! Design Pattern Library - via Waxy

Andy Baio : Design Patterns for Reputation - nicely summarized research on feedback and incentives in online communities  [via]

veen : Reputation - Yahoo! Design Pattern Library - "A person participating in a social structure expects to develop a reputation and hopes for insight into the reputations of others, but each designed model of participation and reputation embodies its own set of biases and incentive structures. Balan

Guitar Hero is dead.

28/05/2008 @ 17:01 UTC

Greg Storey : Guitar Hero is dead. - I would have been more impressed if they tried to bring back the Nintendo Power Glove.

Andy Baio : Trailer for Guitar Hero: World Tour on the Nintendo DS - a terrible use of the license, Activision should be embarrassed

nelson : Guitar Hero DS - Corporate committee makes a video "hip" to the "kids"

deusx : Guitar Hero: On Tour: R.I.P. Guitar Hero (2005-2008) - "Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle - Yeah!"

Rod Begbie : Guitar Hero: On Tour: R.I.P. Guitar Hero (2005-2008) - Activision stares down that delicate "So bad it's good" line, before pissing all over it. "Wiggle wiggle wiggle YEAH!" [via#

Yahoo! Internet Location Platform

12/05/2008 @ 20:00 UTC

joshua : Yahoo! Internet Location Platform - nice -- yahoo opens the Where On Earth dataset. what's with the goofy url syntax tho?

Andy Baio : Yahoo! opens its geo location database to the world - I'm stunned and thrilled they finally opened it up; this powers Flickr and Upcoming's geo features

Simon Willison : Yahoo! Internet Location Platform - Yahoo! Internet Location Platform. As an ex-Yahoo! this is really exciting—WhereOnEarth (a London company acquired by Yahoo! in 2005) provide the incredibly detailed geographical data used by Flickr, Upcoming and FireEagle—and now it’s available a

nelson : Free geocoding - Yahoo makes their geodatabase available for free, 50,000 queries / day

bmilleare : Yahoo! Internet Location Platform - YDN

Processing.js

9/05/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

nelson : Processing.js - A heroic project, the design Java framework ported to run in Javascript

Andy Baio : John Resig ported Processing to Javascript, using the Canvas element - one of the most amazing hacks I've ever seen; don't miss the demos further down the page

Rod Begbie : Processing.js - John Resig has ported the Processing visualization language to JavaScript, using the tag. John is officially one of the most scary-smart people I know. [via#

Simon Willison : Processing.js - Processing.js. John Resig’s outstanding port of the Processing visualisation language to JavaScript and Canvas. Runs amazingly well in Firefox 3. One hell of a hack.

jcgregorio : John Resig - Processing.js - "I've ported the Processing visualization language to JavaScript, using the Canvas element." Whoa.

Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Waxy.org

18/04/2008 @ 05:00 UTC

deusx : Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Waxy.org - "From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the "Infocom Drive" — a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989."

wearehugh : Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Waxy.org - holy fucking shit!

Andy Baio : Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the "Infocom Drive" — a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989. This is one of the most amazing archives I've ever seen, a treasure chest documen

cobra libre : Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - "From an anonymous source close to the company, I've found myself in possession of the 'Infocom Drive' -- a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989. This is one of the most amazing archives I've ever seen, a treasure chest documenting [via#

Rod Begbie : Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Waxy.org - Andy Baio has the scoop on the great text-adventure sequel that never was. Fascinating stuff. #

Mail Trends, IMAP-based email analysis and visualization

25/03/2008 @ 19:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Mail Trends, IMAP-based email analysis and visualization - works great with Gmail; for a sample dataset, Mihai used the Enron email archive  [via]

joshua : mail-trends - analyze and visualize your email as extracted from an IMAP server

Rod Begbie : mail-trends - Analyzes your email corpus and displays nice graphs. Currently only works with GMail, but support for all IMAP servers is planned. [via#

philgyford : Mail-trends - Google Code - "Mail Trends lets you analyze and visualize your email (as extracted from an IMAP server)" Haven't tried it, but it looks purty. (via Haddock)

Jeremy Zawodny : mail-trends - mail-trends: "Mail Trends lets you analyze and visualize your email (as extracted from an IMAP server)."

Niall's technique for sniffing browser history to customize pages

8/02/2008 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Niall's technique for sniffing browser history to customize pages - very clever; instead of showing 50 bookmarking site buttons, only show the ones they actually use

43folders : Sniff browser history for improved user experience - That sound you just heard? That's a couple million people scurrying to hit "Clear History." Terrific work, though, Niall -- totally clever!

Rod Begbie : Sniff browser history for improved user experience - Clever hack -- sniff a user's browser history, work out what blogreading/bookmarking/OpenID sites they use, and reduce clutter by only display options for those sites. [via#

factoryjoe : Sniff browser history for improved user experience - The social web has filled our websites with too much third-party clutter as we figure out the best way to integrate content with the favorite sites and preferences of our visitors. Intelligent websites should tune-in to the content prefe

deusx : Sniff browser history for improved user experience - "In this post I will teach you how to mine the rich treasure trove of personalization data sitting inside your visitor's browser history for deep personalization experiences."

Dan & Kathryn's Apple //c unboxing

4/02/2008 @ 09:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Dan & Kathryn's Apple //c unboxing - related: another vintage computer fan who bid for the same auction

deusx : Apple //c - a photoset on Flickr - "It's never been opened. Ever. It hasn't seen the light of day since before it was shipped on May 5th, 1988."

Matthew M. Boedicker : unboxing a never opened Apple //c - (via del.icio.us/popular) [via]

veen : Apple //c unboxing - "It's never been opened. Ever. It hasn't seen the light of day since before it was shipped on May 5th, 1988."

Khoi Vinh : Opening an Untouched, Sealed Apple IIc for the First Time - “It’s never been opened. Ever. It hasn’t seen the light of day since before it was shipped on May 5th, 1988.”

Radiant Core: Blog: Deconstructing Facebook Beacon JavaScript

25/11/2007 @ 07:01 UTC

factoryjoe : Radiant Core: Blog: Deconstructing Facebook Beacon JavaScript - Deep write up about Facebook's Beacon from a technical perspective. Saved By: Chris Messina | View Details | Give Thanks Tags: beacon, facebook, f8, radiantcore

Simon Willison : Deconstructing Facebook Beacon JavaScript - Deconstructing Facebook Beacon JavaScript. How Facebook’s new Beacon service (also known as “Facebook ruined Christmas?) actually works.

deusx : Radiant Core: Blog: Deconstructing Facebook Beacon JavaScript - "This post is going to dig deep in Beacon and see what makes it tick from a purely technical perspective"

Andy Baio : Technical overview of how the Facebook Beacon works - this could have been fun and useful, if it was only opt-in on a site-by-site basis  [via]

nelson : Facebook beacon - Detailed tech article on what it does

Announcement: I'm leaving Upcoming to work on Waxy.org full-time!

12/11/2007 @ 20:01 UTC

Andy Baio : Announcement: I'm leaving Upcoming to work on Waxy.org full-time! - a friend said I should cross-post this to Waxy Links since they didn't see the main blog post

Jeremy Zawodny : Outgoing - Outgoing: Andy is leaving Yahoo... best of luck!

nelson : Waxy is leaving Yahoo - Good luck, Andy!

deusx : Waxy.org: Daily Log: Outgoing - "Next year, I'm focusing exclusively on Waxy.org and related coding projects. What does that mean? Yes, more links, but also the same flavor of original research and investigative journalism I've done in the past, though on a daily basis instead of t

Greg Storey : Waxy is the new Kottke. - I think you have to travel to Vietnam now, or something.

Adrian Holovaty releases templatemaker, a Python library for smart screen scraping

6/07/2007 @ 16:01 UTC

Andy Baio : Adrian Holovaty releases templatemaker, a Python library for smart screen scraping - given a large set of HTML documents, intelligently extracts the strings that change between them

Matthew M. Boedicker : templatemaker, Python screenscraping library - (via waxy) [via]

joshua : Introducing templatemaker - back out templates from similar documents

Rod Begbie : Introducing templatemaker - Python library that analyses a corpus of web pages, works out where the dynamic values are in the template, then allows you to scrape out the juicy details. I can think of oh, so many uses for this. [via#

philgyford : Introducing templatemaker | Holovaty.com - Python thing. Point it at some HTML files and it will make a template with holes for the unique strings in the pages. (via Daring Fireball)

telekinesis - Google Code

5/07/2007 @ 22:00 UTC

43folders : telekinesis - Google Code - What if the "applications" for iPhone lived back on your home Mac? Promising-looking demo from Google.

Khoi Vinh : Telekinesis - Google hacks for iPhone.

Rod Begbie : telekinesis - Google Code - Remote control for your Mac, designed to be accessed by Safari on an iPhone. [via#

factoryjoe : telekinesis - Google Code - Remotely access your Mac through a collection of mini web apps on your phone Tags: telekinesis, quicksilver, iphone, opensource, remote, macosx

Andy Baio : Telekinesis, an open-source iPhone remote - remote desktop, streaming video, and application server, all running in iPhone's Safari

Outrageous

15/05/2007 @ 23:01 UTC

Isofarro : Outrageous - Mark's story about how he was effectively pressurised against his will into applying for a patent. Mark's unsettled me because its one of my fears of working for a US company with a known patent portfolio, particularly when I've created an idea that could

nelson : Patent shame - Mark shares his feelings about being caught up in the stupid US patent system

Andy Baio : Mark Pilgrim on the US patent system - "an institutionalized form of madness, outrageous, all-consuming, and incurable"

deusx : Outrageous [dive into mark] - "It’s an institutionalized form of madness, outrageous, all-consuming, and incurable. I’m ashamed to have been a part of it."

kaninka.net : Outrageous [dive into mark]

Derek and Heather leave JPG Magazine

15/05/2007 @ 08:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Derek and Heather leave JPG Magazine - erased out of existence by the company they started  [via]

jimray : Derek Powazek and Heather Champ leave JPG magazine - Their partner at 8020 decided to rewrite the history of the mag so they left. Sad, indeed, but can't wait to see what they do next.

Eric Meyer : The Real Story of JPG Magazine - Sad, sad, sad.

nelson : The real story of JPG magazine - Founder troubles mean the ouster of the original JPG magazine editors

plasticbag : Derek Powazek on "The Real Story of JPG Magazine" - Derek provides his side of the story about how he left the company that he co-founded, and the reasons behind it.

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