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Get Excited and Make Things

18/03/2009 @ 20:00 UTC

plasticbag : Get Excited and Make Things - I'm still here, you know. The last year has been a bit hardcore. I will write it all up at some point. In the meantime, here's the mission - thanks to Matt Jones.

God, will you look at these Microsoft TV adverts from the last ten thousand years.

22/08/2008 @ 21:00 UTC

plasticbag : God, will you look at these Microsoft TV adverts from the last ten thousand years. - Some of them are so painful, I can't watch them all the way through.

"Erik Huggers made BBC new media boss"

19/07/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

plasticbag : "Erik Huggers made BBC new media boss" - I don't know the man at all There was clearly some succession planning going on here, though, which doesn't entirely fill me with joy. Sigh.

All electronic music fans need to listen to Delia Derbyshire's "Experimental Dance Track" from th...

19/07/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

plasticbag : All electronic music fans need to listen to Delia Derbyshire's "Experimental Dance Track" from the late sixties on this BBC News story - Extraordinary. Unbelievable how contemporary it sounds.

Bloody hell the Watchmen trailer looks pretty extraordinary...

18/07/2008 @ 00:00 UTC

plasticbag : Bloody hell the Watchmen trailer looks pretty extraordinary... - The only bit that worries me is the music. Points to kind of emoish territory. Also Nite Owl and Ozymandias look kind of Batman & Robin...

Bizarro version of Life on Mars remade for America

18/06/2008 @ 19:00 UTC

plasticbag : Bizarro version of Life on Mars remade for America - It looks very, very, very different.

dConstruct 2008

9/06/2008 @ 18:03 UTC

Cameron Moll : dConstruct 2008 - dConstruct 2008. Registration begins 24 June for the "affordable one day conference" held on 5 September, Brighton, UK.

plasticbag : I wish I could be in Brighton for dConstruct 2008 - it looks like it's going to be great fun - Matt Biddulph and Matt Jones, Burka, Tantek and all on stage with the awesome and extraordinarily nice Steven Johnson. Can't go wrong really, can you. Very happy making.

The Online Shoppe of Christopher David Ryan includes some lovely bits of design involving Apple ...

21/05/2008 @ 04:00 UTC

plasticbag : The Online Shoppe of Christopher David Ryan includes some lovely bits of design involving Apple Shortcuts - Pretty much as design nerdy as you get without actually replacing your limbs with anglepoise lamps and Eames chairs.

Greg Storey : Commands. - Command-Return the buy button.

Cameron Moll : ⌘W YOUR EYES AND ⌘O YOUR MIND - ⌘W YOUR EYES AND ⌘O YOUR MIND. Via Airbag. [via]

Domestic sell all kinds of weird and awesome vynil stickers and stuff to put on walls

12/05/2008 @ 21:00 UTC

plasticbag : Domestic sell all kinds of weird and awesome vynil stickers and stuff to put on walls - I think we're going to try and get some of these for the Brickhouse office to design it up a bit. The more it feels like a teenager's bedroom, the more creative we'll be.

Plazes has added support for Fire Eagle!

21/04/2008 @ 22:00 UTC

plasticbag : Plazes has added support for Fire Eagle! - And this blog post explains all the value that they're getting out of being involved. Very excited to have them with us!

Simon Willison : Plazes adds Fire Eagle Support - Plazes adds Fire Eagle Support. The Plazer software can now automatically update your location in FireEagle based on fingerprinting your laptop’s local network.

There's a fun argument in progress over at 37 signals about whether urgency and long working hour...

16/04/2008 @ 08:00 UTC

plasticbag : There's a fun argument in progress over at 37 signals about whether urgency and long working hours are ever a good thing. - People always generalise from their own experience. You get several incredibly bright, diligent self-starting friends in a room and—shock—they're naturally productive and find their own equilibrium.

Jeremy Zawodny : Urgency is poisonous - Urgency is poisonous: very true

Jeremy Paxman's position on 'User Generated Content' should now be clear

16/04/2008 @ 08:00 UTC

plasticbag : Jeremy Paxman's position on 'User Generated Content' should now be clear - And truth be told, he's right. The last few years have seen a decent number of fairly feeble attempts to harness the wisdom of the crowds that do indeed end up schlocky and amateurish. People will get better at it in time.

Who's in the frame for Highfield's job at the BBC?

16/04/2008 @ 00:00 UTC

plasticbag : Who's in the frame for Highfield's job at the BBC? - A good list of some of the prime candidates for the job. My favourites would be Tony Ageh and Simon Nelson, both of whom I've been honoured to work with and who I have significant respect for.

Best picture on the Internets secretly plays out the epic battles of large multi-national web com...

15/04/2008 @ 20:00 UTC

plasticbag : Best picture on the Internets secretly plays out the epic battles of large multi-national web companies... - The lightning represents innovation.

veen : Brandon Bird: "Bad Day on the High Sea" - Hands-down the best picture on the entire Internet. (via Cotes)

Metacritic reviews The Sarah Jane Adventures

15/04/2008 @ 19:00 UTC

plasticbag : Metacritic reviews The Sarah Jane Adventures - Seriously, it's worth sticking with. A few of the later episodes are are better than many of the Doctor Whos of the last couple of seasons. You know, for kids. Also occasionally K9!

Dan Hill's written his thoughts on the design process and success of the Monocle website

15/04/2008 @ 10:00 UTC

plasticbag : Dan Hill's written his thoughts on the design process and success of the Monocle website - In the end, I think I'm most fascinated by this piece because of all the things I wouldn't have done and the decisions I don't really understand. Gripping combination of mental exfoliant and moisturiser.

Greg Storey : "I thought I'd pause to reflect on some of the design and strategy choices I made with Monocle" - Must read for anyone in the online magazine business.

Khoi Vinh : Dan Hill: Designing Monocle

philgyford : Cityofsound: Monocle: design notes - Dan Hill's fantastic description of the design decisions that went into the Monocle website. Lovely to see a site that manages to be distinctive but still classy.

The Breeders' Mountain Battles as seen by Metacritic

15/04/2008 @ 08:00 UTC

plasticbag : The Breeders' Mountain Battles as seen by Metacritic - It's a good album. There are a few songs that have stuck with me, which in my album-less digestathon of iPod smart playlists and ratings is my indicator that it's a great record.

Twinkle is an iPhone app that allows you to geocode Twitter messages (although the geo stuff can ...

15/04/2008 @ 08:00 UTC

plasticbag : Twinkle is an iPhone app that allows you to geocode Twitter messages (although the geo stuff can only be used in Twinkle) - I know I've been going on a bit recently, but this is precisely the problem we've been trying to fix. What you want to do is capture someone's location in one place and use it everywhere.

I've got a bit of a lust on for the DC18 Dyson Slim All Floors Vacuum Cleaner

15/04/2008 @ 07:00 UTC

plasticbag : I've got a bit of a lust on for the DC18 Dyson Slim All Floors Vacuum Cleaner - What can I say. It looks gorgeous. It's full of future technology stuff. I have to kit out my apartment from scratch. I will probably not buy it. I'll probably have spent the money on something else ridiculous.

Phil Pearson's Fire Eagle C# library

15/04/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

plasticbag : Phil Pearson's Fire Eagle C# library - Should you want to cut down the time it takes to develop Fire Eagle related goodies using C#.

Young Marshall's Django Fire Eagle package...

15/04/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

plasticbag : Young Marshall's Django Fire Eagle package... - "The django_fireeagle package contains code to handle the Fire Eagle authorisation process within Django. You can use it to manage connections between Django users and their respective Fire Eagle access tokens."

Even the ludicrous hagiography from the BBC can't dull my joy at Highfield finally leaving the BBC

15/04/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

plasticbag : Even the ludicrous hagiography from the BBC can't dull my joy at Highfield finally leaving the BBC - Okay. I'm lying. It pisses me off. My personal belief is that you'll see his name in biographies in twenty years time as the man whose lack of clue resulted in the BBC's inability to adapt to the digital age.

I'm a significant fan of Flora Grubb Gardens

15/04/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

plasticbag : I'm a significant fan of Flora Grubb Gardens - San Francisco sometimes weirds me out a bit. I've not really come across anything like a UK Garden Centre, although I'm sure they exist. There are however, these amazing little boutique places. S'weird.

here.unlike is a mash-up of berlin.unlike and Fire Eagle

15/04/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

plasticbag : here.unlike is a mash-up of berlin.unlike and Fire Eagle - It is gorgeous and unfortunately I guess only works if you're in Berlin. If you are in Berlin and you have a Fire Eagle invitation, then you should totally have a play.

Art of the Title Sequence

15/04/2008 @ 06:00 UTC

plasticbag : Art of the Title Sequence - Lovely site full of video clips of sexy TV and film title sequences.

Khoi Vinh : The Art of the Title Sequence - Blog devoted to movie titles. Via Heavy Backpack. [via]

jonhicks : The Art of the Title - Creative opening titles from TV and film!

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