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20/04/2007 12:40:53

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Daniel Epps; linkmonkey>

RE: woofffffffff.

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16/04/2007 13:51:18

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <UK User Experience>

nrtb: Chris Ware et al on Tintin

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10/04/2007 13:38:40

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <UK User Experience; linkmonkey>

London tube google maps mashup

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20/03/2007 11:10:40

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Afraid of heights?

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09/03/2007 10:13:15

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Jonathan Baker-Bates; linkmonkey>

RE: Who needs Photoshop?

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26/02/2007 18:11:11

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

IKEA hacker

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21/02/2007 14:29:44

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Declutter your desk

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21/02/2007 09:45:36

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Creative; UK User Experience>

nrtb: HDR photography

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14/02/2007 16:06:15

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

My Neighbour Totoro (and Helen McCarthy) at the Barbican, 20 Feb

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08/02/2007 13:54:14

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; UK User Experience>

Bookmark icon overload




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Daniel Epps; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: woofffffffff.

Date: 20/04/2007 12:40:53



And yet another questionable product for dog "lovers":

http://www.drinkstuff.com/products/product.asp?ID=2155



From: Daniel Epps

Sent: 19 April 2007 12:52

To: linkmonkey

Subject: woofffffffff.



http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/hotdoll-the-sex-doll-for-dogs-253334.php










From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <UK User Experience>

Subject: nrtb: Chris Ware et al on Tintin

Date: 16/04/2007 13:51:18



The "Tintin and I" series has longish interviews with Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Jessica Abel, and others:

http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2006/tintinandi/index.html

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <UK User Experience; linkmonkey>

Subject: London tube google maps mashup

Date: 10/04/2007 13:38:40



About time for something like this to appear: http://tubejp.co.uk/ Why haven't TFL done this themselves? I would really want one for the buses too. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Afraid of heights?

Date: 20/03/2007 11:10:40



Then the Grand Canyon Skywalk is not for you:

http://www.travelmole.com/stories/1116768.php?mpnlog=1

When the ambitious new attraction opens to the public on March 28, brave visitors will be able to experience the Grand Canyon from a completely new perspective. 'Skywalk' as it is known is a horseshoe shaped glass open-air walkway suspended 1,200 metres above the canyon's floor and extended 21 metres from the west rim of the Grand Canyon.

More here:

http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/home.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_Skywalk

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Francois Jordaan

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Jonathan Baker-Bates; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Who needs Photoshop?

Date: 09/03/2007 10:13:15



Note they're not the only ones doing this by any means. SnipShot (née Pixoh) launched a year ago, and Adobe is launching an online version of Photoshop before the end of the year.

http://snipshot.com/

http://news.com.com/Adobe+to+take+Photoshop+online/2100-7345_3-6163015.html

But if this has seamless integration with Flickr, I need it.

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From: Jonathan Baker-Bates

Sent: 09 March 2007 10:12

To: linkmonkey

Subject: Who needs Photoshop?


http://www.picnik.com/app

Take photos from Flickr (or anywhere else), 'shop 'em and bung them back.

Set your stopwatches now for the Yahoo! buyout.

      Jonathan Baker-Bates

User Experience Architect


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: IKEA hacker

Date: 26/02/2007 18:11:11



Not a tabloid headline about a axe-wielding shopper on the rampage in your favourite Swedish superstore (although surely it's just a matter of time), but...

Novel uses for IKEA products:

http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/ikea-hacker.html

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Francois Jordaan

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Declutter your desk

Date: 21/02/2007 14:29:44



Clever. I might just do this...

http://kooki.ca/van/

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Francois Jordaan

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Creative; UK User Experience>

Subject: nrtb: HDR photography

Date: 21/02/2007 09:45:36



[THIS IS A STREAM POST: PLEASE COMMENT RATHER THAN REPLYING BY EMAIL]

http://stream.lbigroup.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/hdr_photography/

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Photography enthusiasts amongst you would already have heard of this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_dynamic_range_imaging

a set of techniques that allow a far greater dynamic range of exposures (i.e. a large difference between light and dark areas) than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to the deepest shadows.

Here are some images by a master of HDR

http://flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/sets/72057594049344877/detail/

HDRI was originally developed for use with purely computer-generated images. Later, methods were developed to produce a HDR image from a set of photos taken with a range of exposures. With the rising popularity of digital cameras and easy to use desktop software, the term "HDR" is now popularly used[1] to refer to the process of tone mapping together bracketed exposures of normal digital images, giving the end result a high, often exaggerated dynamic range; however, in this case neither the input nor the output qualify as "true" HDRI.

It's really quite difficult to define what makes it so striking. It's not like it makes up any detail that doesn't exist in the image. Perhaps it's closer to how the eye works, which adjusts its aperture continuously in a split second depending on what you're focusing on. Your eye is less bothered by changes of light/dark in a scene.

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Francois Jordaan

User Experience Architect


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Direct: +44 20 7348 1049

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: My Neighbour Totoro (and Helen McCarthy) at the Barbican, 20 Feb

Date: 14/02/2007 16:06:15



There's probably not too many people who have yet to discover Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 animation masterpiece. But if you haven't, do yourself a favour next Tuesday evening and give it a shot:

http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/event-detail.asp?ID=5327

At the screening, Helen McCarthy (who wrote a very good book on Studio Ghibli's films), talks about the influences of Japanese animation on recent Western animation.

Part of the Barbican's Japanimation season (now mostly over):

http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/series.asp?ID=379

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Francois Jordaan

User Experience Architect


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; UK User Experience>

Subject: Bookmark icon overload

Date: 08/02/2007 13:54:14



27 icons! Spotted on

http://stateoftheunion.onetwothree.net/index.shtml


Add 'State of the Union' to SlashdotAdd 'State of the Union' to Del.icio.usAdd 'State of the Union' to diggAdd 'State of the Union' to FURLAdd 'State of the Union' to blinklistAdd 'State of the Union' to redditAdd 'State of the Union' to Feed Me LinksAdd 'State of the Union' to TechnoratiAdd 'State of the Union' to Yahoo My Web

Add 'State of the Union' to SocializerAdd 'State of the Union' to Ma.gnoliaAdd 'State of the Union' to Stumble UponAdd 'State of the Union' to Google BookmarksAdd 'State of the Union' to RawSugarAdd 'State of the Union' to SquidooAdd 'State of the Union' to SpurlAdd 'State of the Union' to BlinkBitsAdd 'State of the Union' to Netvouz

Add 'State of the Union' to RojoAdd 'State of the Union' to BlogmarksAdd 'State of the Union' to ShadowsAdd 'State of the Union' to SimpyAdd 'State of the Union' to Co.mmentsAdd 'State of the Union' to ScuttleAdd 'State of the Union' to BloglinesAdd 'State of the Union' to TailrankAdd 'State of the Union' to Newsvine

Francois Jordaan

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08/02/2007 13:44:04

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; UK User Experience; Technical>

Mashup meccano set: Yahoo Pipes

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08/02/2007 10:36:19

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

RE: Steve Jobs against DRM

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08/02/2007 10:25:38

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Steve Jobs against DRM

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07/02/2007 16:01:44

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Information Architects>

View your Google search history

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07/02/2007 09:09:48

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

A field guide to Iraq (cartoon)

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06/02/2007 16:54:02

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Creative>

Vaughan Oliver / v23 exhibition

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01/02/2007 09:04:44

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

God's inbox

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12/01/2007 13:34:22

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Francois Jordaan; linkmonkey>

RE: Typography joke, to wear

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12/01/2007 12:14:34

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Creative>

Typography joke, to wear

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09/01/2007 17:08:02

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; UK User Experience>

nrtb: Question regarding Mac/Windows networking




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; UK User Experience; Technical>

Subject: Mashup meccano set: Yahoo Pipes

Date: 08/02/2007 13:44:04



http://stream.lbigroup.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/mashup_meccano_set_yahoo_pipes/


Mashup meccano set: Yahoo Pipes


Pipes is an exciting new tool from Yahoo to make it easier for non-programmers to create mashups of several sites. It is made possible by the “rapidly-growing body of well-structured data available online in the form of XML feeds”, and is described as


Pipes is a hosted service that lets you remix feeds and create new data mashups in a visual programming environment. The name of the service pays tribute to Unix pipes, which let programmers do astonishingly clever things by making it easy to chain simple utilities together on the command line.


The visual programming environment is a lot of fun to play with, and is really pretty radical inside of a web browser. (How do they do those pipes? SVG?) But this could have far-reaching implications for how the web is perceived in future, and what you can do on/with the web. I’d love to see Pipes used in schools, alongside LOGO and Proce55ing. The site reminds me a bit of Swivel, which lets you create data mashups in the form of charts, but is much more flexible.


Despite all the talk of a malaise at Yahoo, they are probably still the most Web 2.0 of all the big players, with consistently interesting product launches that give a lot back to the commons. I also think they’re more successful at mashing up their various businesses and acquisitions in useful ways than the likes of Google, Microsoft and Ebay. Let’s hope it pays.

(Thanks for the link, Nick)

Francois Jordaan

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Steve Jobs against DRM

Date: 08/02/2007 10:36:19



Should've added:

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/02/06/will_steve_jobs_drop.html

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/02/07/imagine_no_drm_with_.html

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/02/07/xeni_on_steve_jobs_d.html



From: Francois Jordaan

Sent: 08 February 2007 10:30

To: linkmonkey

Subject: Steve Jobs against DRM


You may have seen this already (2 days old), but this is quite a bold, laudable statement (sheer pragmatism, of course):

http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/

He makes it clear that iTunes and iPod only use DRM because that was the only way deal it was possible to make with the record industry, and concludes

So if the music companies are selling over 90 percent of their music DRM-free, what benefits do they get from selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system? There appear to be none. If anything, the technical expertise and overhead required to create, operate and update a DRM system has limited the number of participants selling DRM protected music. If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies.

The Economist agrees:

http://www.economist.com/daily/news/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8660389&top_story=1

The music giants are trying DRM-free downloads. Lots of smaller labels already sell music that way. Having seen which way the wind is blowing, Mr Jobs now wants to be seen not as DRM’s defender, but as a consumer champion who helped in its downfall. Wouldn’t it lead to a surge in piracy? No, because most music is still sold unprotected on CDs, people wishing to steal music already can do so. Indeed, scrapping DRM would probably increase online-music sales by reducing confusion and incompatibility. With the leading online store, Apple would benefit most. Mr Jobs’s argument, in short, is transparently self-serving. It also happens to be right.

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Steve Jobs against DRM

Date: 08/02/2007 10:25:38



You may have seen this already (2 days old), but this is quite a bold, laudable statement (sheer pragmatism, of course):

http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/

He makes it clear that iTunes and iPod only use DRM because that was the only way deal it was possible to make with the record industry, and concludes

So if the music companies are selling over 90 percent of their music DRM-free, what benefits do they get from selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system? There appear to be none. If anything, the technical expertise and overhead required to create, operate and update a DRM system has limited the number of participants selling DRM protected music. If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies.

The Economist agrees:

http://www.economist.com/daily/news/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8660389&top_story=1

The music giants are trying DRM-free downloads. Lots of smaller labels already sell music that way. Having seen which way the wind is blowing, Mr Jobs now wants to be seen not as DRM’s defender, but as a consumer champion who helped in its downfall. Wouldn’t it lead to a surge in piracy? No, because most music is still sold unprotected on CDs, people wishing to steal music already can do so. Indeed, scrapping DRM would probably increase online-music sales by reducing confusion and incompatibility. With the leading online store, Apple would benefit most. Mr Jobs’s argument, in short, is transparently self-serving. It also happens to be right.

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Information Architects>

Subject: View your Google search history

Date: 07/02/2007 16:01:44



Here's how:

http://www.somebits.com/weblog/tech/bad/googleSearchHistory.html

This is odd (evil?): I thought this was something you had to turn on deliberately. About a year ago I considered whether to turn on Google Search History (which required me to be logged into Google throughout the day), but decided I didn't like the privacy aspects. But it seems they've been saving my searches under my account anyway, I assume by being able to associate my account with certain cookies it's tracking.

With

http://www.google.com/searchhistory

I can browse back through my search queries dating back to early 2005. There are even analysis tools like trends and graphs. For some reason, it's quite incomplete. I guess that's when I'm using a computer where the cookie hasn't been correlated to my account.

Even though the privacy aspects are worrying, I opted not to delete my history as I found the archive quite fascinating.

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: A field guide to Iraq (cartoon)

Date: 07/02/2007 09:09:48



http://cagle.msnbc.com/news/blog/BLOGgifs/FieldGuide070122/cagle00.gif f




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Creative>

Subject: Vaughan Oliver / v23 exhibition

Date: 06/02/2007 16:54:02



Free exhibition, in Kingston-upon-Thames: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/picker/vaughanoliver2.html Slightly off the Ground 18 January - 3 March 2007 Best known for his 4AD album covers, e.g. http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/eb/53/7416224128a0f48e6dfd2 010.L.jpg f Thanks for the link, Rich!








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: God's inbox

Date: 01/02/2007 09:04:44



Too good to save till Friday:

http://community.livejournal.com/randompictures/2093544.html

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Francois Jordaan; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Typography joke, to wear

Date: 12/01/2007 13:34:22



[Friday] More geekwear:

http://www.jinx.com/scripts/details.asp?affid=-1&productID=628

http://xkcd.com/store/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts/ladies/6792/images/800/ (OK, i know I sent this one round last year.)

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(Thanks for the links, Bruno!)



From: Francois Jordaan

Sent: 12 January 2007 12:17

To: linkmonkey; Creative

Subject: Typography joke, to wear


This I gotta have:

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/01/11/sweater_with_builtin.html

Thanks for the link, Owen

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Creative>

Subject: Typography joke, to wear

Date: 12/01/2007 12:14:34



This I gotta have:

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/01/11/sweater_with_builtin.html

Thanks for the link, Owen

LBi


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; UK User Experience>

Subject: nrtb: Question regarding Mac/Windows networking

Date: 09/01/2007 17:08:02



Here's a question for anyone who has both a Mac and a Windows PC, or has experience networking them together.

I want to know whether a new Mac will happily coexist in a wireless network with a Windows XP PC. Specifically, I would like it to do the following:

1. The Mac should treat the PC's hard disk as a network drive, that I can happily browse in the Mac finder

2. iPhoto on the Mac should happily browse and display photos that are kept in a folder (and subfolders thereof) on the PC's hard disk. It should not attempt to copy them to the Mac or in any way reorganise them.

3. iTunes on the Mac should happily browse and play music files that are kept in a folder (and subfolders thereof) on the PC's hard disk. It should not attempt to copy them to the Mac or in any way reorganise them. (If this requires me to also run iTunes on the PC, that's OK.)

4. I'd also like to know whether Windows can be persuaded to treat the Mac's hard drive as a network drive.

Sound possible?

francois

p.s. "nrtb" is an old Wheel convention meaning Not Related To Business. So ignore if you're busy doing important stuff.

LBi


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Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Illustrations by Cali Rezo

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02/01/2007 15:07:08

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Over-the-top workstation

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21/12/2006 10:08:44

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Cool archival stuff

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15/12/2006 09:03:35

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

DC giving away free downloads of first issues of classic Vertigo comics

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13/12/2006 14:35:50

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Scarlett Johansson Recording Tom Waits Covers Album

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13/12/2006 14:27:26

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Bonuses at Google

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13/12/2006 11:52:38

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Owen Blacker; Karls; Pete Stott; linkmonkey>

RE: Interesting post on successful and unsuccessful ways of getting your users to provide answers

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06/12/2006 16:20:18

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

What the world eats

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27/11/2006 18:43:57

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Rupert Murdoch on MySpace

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27/11/2006 18:04:40

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

why I got detention




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Illustrations by Cali Rezo

Date: 02/01/2007 18:04:38



Your first thought at these photo-realistic digital illustrations, copied from photographs with the aid of a Wacom tablet, might be the same as mine: why?

http://www.calirezo.com/

Here she describes her technique:

http://www.calirezo.com/site/index.php?Makingof

which does not involve scanning or tracing over the photograph. She redraws it from scratch, directly on the computer, in a technique akin to pastel painting.

When you browse her portfolio, however, you do see the appeal of her modus operandi, and it allows her to improve greatly on the original reference pics -- simplifying and accentuating. She's very good with colour.

http://www.calirezo.com/site/index.php?Portfolio#top

Also perhaps the nicest online portfolio design I've seen. Not too fussy, all on one page, and excellent use of AJAX lightbox*. (If slightly buggy.) I especially love the keyboard shortcuts for viewing next/previous pictures.

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via

http://www.boingboing.net/2006/12/30/cali_rezos_digital_p.html

http://drawn.ca/2006/12/29/cali-rezo/

* http://www.huddletogether.com/projects/lightbox2/

LBi


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Over-the-top workstation

Date: 02/01/2007 15:07:08



http://www.flickr.com/photos/washington_dc_photographer/329177120/

"The computing equivalent of slowly driving a Ferrari around town with the top down"

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Cool archival stuff

Date: 21/12/2006 10:08:44



Old images

http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/

and more

http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/collections/

searchable by location (terrible interface though)

http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/search/

e.g. sound recordings

http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/collections/wax/

http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/collections/dialects/

http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/collections/wildlife/

and via that

http://www.tinfoil.com/

— Dedicated to the preservation of early recorded sounds —

What treasure!

f

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: DC giving away free downloads of first issues of classic Vertigo comics

Date: 15/12/2006 09:03:35



From the late 80s American comics behemoth DC introduced a more mature line of comics under the Vertigo label, and the results weren't half bad. In fact, they kept me reading comics at I time when I was giving them up. DC achieved this partially by drafting in some excellent British writers -- Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison and others. Of course, they ended up treating them all like dirt like they do all their artists and writers, but some good comics came out of it for a while.

http://www.dccomics.com/news/?nw=6186

The ones I know and would recommend are Swamp Thing, Invisibles and Doom Patrol. Sandman is very highly rated too, although I never really got into it. I don't know the others. And it's a real pity they're only giving away first issues, not the full stories.

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Scarlett Johansson Recording Tom Waits Covers Album

Date: 13/12/2006 14:35:50



Haha you Pitchfork jokers, what a hilarious hoax headline. Next, you'll tell me Sufjan Stevens is pregnant! Like, JK LOL, right dudes? No. Not kidding, and certainly not laughing. This is 4 SERIOUS, guys. According to a recent report on FOXNews.com (yes, that was the sound of a kitten dying) and confirmed by Waits' publicist, aesthetically pleasing and indie-savvy film starlet Scarlett Johansson is not only singing, but recording an album of Tom Waits covers.

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/39206/Scarlett_Johansson_Recording_Tom_Waits_Covers_Albu

Wonder if anyone was thinking of Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue? Some other reports mention duets:

http://www.google.com/search?q=Scarlett+Johansson+tom+waits

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Bonuses at Google

Date: 13/12/2006 14:27:26



Wads of cash, apparently:

http://gotads.blogspot.com/2006/12/crazy-google-cash-bonus.html

"This is all in addition to the regular bonuses that Google employees get (usually between $20k - $30k a year, and up to $800k for founders awards)."

But before you get too excited about working there, here's Steve Berkowitz, their new Senior Vice President, Online Services Group:

"I'm used to being in companies where I am in a rowboat, and I stick an oar in the water to change direction," said Berkowitz, who ran the Ask Jeeves search engine until Microsoft hired him away in April to run its online services unit. "Now I'm in a cruise ship, and I have to call down, 'Hello, engine room!' Sometimes the connections to the engine room aren't there."

http://gotads.blogspot.com/2006/12/microsoft-live-gets-vote-of-no.html

(OK, he'll be getting a bit more than a box of $100s)

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Owen Blacker; Karls; Pete Stott; ; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Interesting post on successful and unsuccessful ways of getting your users to provide answers

Date: 13/12/2006 11:52:38



Ah, cool, thanks for the article. I'm a huge fan of Ask Metafilter, perhaps the best thing about the MeFi community. It's one of the best-kept secrets on the internet, and part of me wants to keep it that way to save it from the fate of Yahoo Answers.

I've always been generally interested in Answer communities on the web, as an enthusiastic user of the long defunct WHQuestion

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=1006010803378

I was very intrigued by Google Answers when it launched, and am saddened but not that surprised by its demise. I'm still curious to see whether Yahoo Answers will be successful despite the juvenile inanity and very poor community-building by Yahoo, see e.g.

http://messages.answers.yahoo.com/answers/threadview?bn=SEA-YahooAnswers&tid=43794&mid=-1&tof=16&m=te&rt=2&off=1&p=DNbnjDDdWw--

I once asked the same question on Yahoo Answers and Ask Metafilter just to confirm my hunch which is the better place to ask:

http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/48132

Needless to say, my hunch proved correct.

I agree with Anil's analysis. I actually didn't realise that MeFi charges £5 for membership nowadays -- it must've been introduced long after I signed up. And I agree with the commenters who point out that the only way they can do that is by having a mature online community to leverage. Good lesson in that for owners of existing web communities: what else can you do with it? (In the bad old days, the answer would've been, sell them to the marketing sharks.)

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: What the world eats

Date: 06/12/2006 16:20:18



Coffee-table book for Christmas?

What an average family eats in a week in different parts of the world:

http://scienceblogs.com/worldsfair/2006/11/what_different_parts_of_the_wo.php

(Not sure whether it also represents average family sizes.)

More here:

http://www.menzelphoto.com/recent/recent.php?base=geobignutri

The book:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hungry-Planet-Peter-Menzel/dp/1580086810

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Amongst other things, it does make you marvel at the amount of packaging used in industrialised countries.

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Thanks for the link, Bruno.









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Rupert Murdoch on MySpace

Date: 27/11/2006 18:43:57



Hey, he owns it, so he's got to be on it, right?

http://www.myspace.com/murdoch_rupert

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: why I got detention

Date: 27/11/2006 18:04:40



This for real?

http://myspace-527.vo.llnwd.net/01321/72/51/1321511527_l.gif

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Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Chris Ware's New Yorker covers

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Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Lou Reed at Web 2.0 Summit 2006: podcast

3.

24/11/2006 17:35:45

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Jonathan Baker-Bates; linkmonkey>

RE: Got a GPS? Free your postcode!

4.

24/11/2006 09:42:40

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Cartoon fossils

5.

23/11/2006 10:55:18

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Flora Borgese; Framfab User Experience; Information Architects>

Wesabe: Web 2.0 personal finance community

6.

22/11/2006 13:03:30

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

MusicIP Mixer

7.

22/11/2006 12:28:13

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

FW: Grinderman video shoot (London), 30 November

8.

22/11/2006 10:26:22

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Flickr cameras

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22/11/2006 09:50:18

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Kevin Kelly enthusing about the first 10 years of the web

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20/11/2006 18:13:52

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

The Executive Coloring Book




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Chris Ware's New Yorker covers

Date: 24/11/2006 18:24:58



Fan of Chris Ware's uniquely gloomy comics, or of good illustration in general? Enjoy:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/content/articles/061127on_caption_index1

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Lou Reed at Web 2.0 Summit 2006: podcast

Date: 24/11/2006 18:00:02



Yes, you heard right:

http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2006/11/09/web2-lou.html

Day two of the Web 2.0 Summit 2006 began with conversations with Jeff Bezos and Bruce Chizen followed by a debate on Net Neutrality between Vint Cerf and Robert Pepper. GoDaddy's Bob Parsons gave the audience advice on running a company. Performer Lou Reed capped off the day with an after dinner set.

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Jonathan Baker-Bates; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Got a GPS? Free your postcode!

Date: 24/11/2006 17:35:45



And if you don't have a GPS, have a look at this:

http://simon.incutio.com/archive/2006/11/17/postcode

a few weeks ago, npemap.org.uk launched. It's an interface for browsing scans of out-of-copyright maps from the 1950s (credits at the bottom of the FAQ). The site asks people to enter post codes based on that old mapping data, which can then be placed in the public domain. #

If you haven't already done so, you should go and add any postcodes that you know about now. It takes no time at all, and is especially important if you live in one of the 230 districts for which no data has yet been collected

Fun & addictive. So no more reason not to participate! Pass it on!

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From: Jonathan Baker-Bates

Sent: 20 November 2006 13:27

To: linkmonkey

Subject: Got a GPS? Free your postcode!


http://www.freethepostcode.org/

  See also:

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Main_Page

and

http://www.opengeodata.org/

With which this project is aligned.

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Cartoon fossils

Date: 24/11/2006 09:42:40



"artist Hyungkoo Lee [...] envisions cartoon characters from Warner Bros., Disney, and other studios sans fur, feathers, and flesh"

http://wired.com/wired/archive/14.12/play.html?pg=6

Although this isn't new -- I'm reminded of these illustrations by Michael Paulus:

http://michaelpaulus.com/gallery/v/character-Skeletons/

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Flora Borgese; Framfab User Experience; Information Architects>

Subject: Wesabe: Web 2.0 personal finance community

Date: 23/11/2006 10:55:18



http://www.wesabe.com/page/faq

Wesabe is a community of people who share our experiences with our money so we can help each other make better financial decisions. We do this by aggregating and analyzing our community members' personal financial data, and showing tips — recommendations to get the most from our money. These tips and recommendations come from the collective wisdom of our entire community. When one of us figures out how to make a great decision, we all learn.

Takes a while to get you head around this (in fact, at first blush it sounds like a phishing scam), but looks pretty sensible and potentially revolutionary. And with Clay Shirky and Cory Doctorow on their advisory board, they have to be on to something.

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: MusicIP Mixer

Date: 22/11/2006 13:03:30



Interesting software:

http://www.musicip.com/mixer/index.jsp

"Acoustic search" for your music collection. This lets it generate playlists based on "sounds like". So you can generate a playlist based on the song you're currently listening to, and rediscover a lot of your music collection you don't otherwise listen to.

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: FW: Grinderman video shoot (London), 30 November

Date: 22/11/2006 12:28:13



[I didn't know it until I received this, but Grinderman is Nick Cave's new band (although all of them are also Bad Seeds): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grinderman So: anyone here with "unique ? "John Hillcoat is directing 2 music videos for Grinderman and people are needed to take part in London on 30th November. Ages 20's, 30's, 40's. People should come suitably attired / casual but cool: no logos, sportswear or loud patterns please. Any individuals prepared to disrobe down to underwear should make themselves known in advance as the request will certainly be made on the day. This is not a pre-requisite for participation however! Equally individuals with unique ? You will be needed from 11am to midnight . Dont worry your expenses will be covered and you will be fed, watered and looked after. This is the first opportunity to see Grinderman in action in the UK and you..will be captured there on celluloid for posterity. Interested parties please send recent photos, description of talents ?clothes, ? ?








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Flickr cameras

Date: 22/11/2006 10:26:22



New feature launched today -- very cool:

http://www.flickr.com/cameras/

And, of course, tied in with Yahoo Shopping.

Here's mine:

http://www.flickr.com/cameras/canon/powershot_sd300/

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Kevin Kelly enthusing about the first 10 years of the web

Date: 22/11/2006 09:50:18



http://stream.lbigroup.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/kevin_kelly_enthusing_about_the_first_10_years_of_the_web/

Powerful article by the Wired visionary, very worthwhile (but very long)

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.08/tech_pr.html

The first half I found the more gripping: a very necessary rant driving home the magnitude of the achievements of the last 10 years—and how unpredictable it all was. I don’t think enough of us think like this; we’re too jaded, and too focused on the trees to see the forest. Equally necessary is the emphasis he puts on the unprecedented culture of sharing it engendered. The second half of the article looks forward to the next 10 years, and is therefore necessarily more fluffy and debatable. I’m not sure I agree with his Matrix-like vision of the awakening of an artificial intelligence, but I do like the portentuous note on which he ends the article:

There is only one time in the history of each planet when its inhabitants first wire up its innumerable parts to make one large Machine. Later that Machine may run faster, but there is only one time when it is born.

You and I are alive at this moment.

We should marvel, but people alive at such times usually don't. Every few centuries, the steady march of change meets a discontinuity, and history hinges on that moment. We look back on those pivotal eras and wonder what it would have been like to be alive then. Confucius, Zoroaster, Buddha, and the latter Jewish patriarchs lived in the same historical era, an inflection point known as the axial age of religion. Few world religions were born after this time. Similarly, the great personalities converging upon the American Revolution and the geniuses who commingled during the invention of modern science in the 17th century mark additional axial phases in the short history of our civilization.

Three thousand years from now, when keen minds review the past, I believe that our ancient time, here at the cusp of the third millennium, will be seen as another such era. In the years roughly coincidental with the Netscape IPO, humans began animating inert objects with tiny slivers of intelligence, connecting them into a global field, and linking their own minds into a single thing. This will be recognized as the largest, most complex, and most surprising event on the planet. Weaving nerves out of glass and radio waves, our species began wiring up all regions, all processes, all facts and notions into a grand network. From this embryonic neural net was born a collaborative interface for our civilization, a sensing, cognitive device with power that exceeded any previous invention. The Machine provided a new way of thinking (perfect search, total recall) and a new mind for an old species. It was the Beginning.

I found this article via Fleck.com,

http://fleck.com/

a great little Firefox extension (IE coming soon) with a silly name, for annotating web pages and sharing the annotations with other people (thanks for the link, Nick). There’s been many of these in the past (anyone remember E-quill?), all defunct, but it’s a necessary tool and lets hope this one survives. View this link in Firefox to see the above article with annotations:

http://extension.fleck.com/?sh=b04e1e720fc6a8449cf88b8b5e2644f248413abe

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: The Executive Coloring Book

Date: 20/11/2006 18:13:52



A classic from the archives:

http://commercial-archive.com/theexecutivecoloringbook.html

This is me. I am an executive. Executives are important. They go to important offices and do important things. Color my underwear important.

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Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Flora Borgese; Framfab User Experience; Information Architects>

How to buy a 65" Plasma for $.99

2.

20/11/2006 18:06:55

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

How badly can Microsoft screw up Zune?

3.

20/11/2006 18:03:43

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Creative>

What has Neville Brody been up to lately?

4.

17/11/2006 12:17:05

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

200x USB Microscope

5.

14/11/2006 12:27:58

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Flora Borgese; Framfab User Experience; Information Architects>

Videojug

6.

14/11/2006 12:23:01

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Animated Da Vinci

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10/11/2006 15:58:25

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

nrtb: Love Will Tear Us Apart - best cover version competition

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07/11/2006 13:12:42

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

icon war

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31/10/2006 09:17:10

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Daily drawing; I <3 p2p

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27/10/2006 10:47:24

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

830




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Flora Borgese; Framfab User Experience; Information Architects>

Subject: How to buy a 65" Plasma for $.99

Date: 20/11/2006 18:11:29



Some white-hat cracking action:

http://www.edgeblog.net/2006/how-to-buy-a-plasma-for-99/

Note also that the shopping cart displayed above was deemed secure by VeriSign, Control Scan, BBB Online, Mastercard, & Visa. How much confidence do you have in those programs now???

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: How badly can Microsoft screw up Zune?

Date: 20/11/2006 18:06:55



Pretty badly, it seems:

http://www.applematters.com/index.php/section/comments/zune-marketplaces-absurd-pricing-scheme/

What were they thinking?

They couldn't have been thrilled with this "promotion" on CNN either:

http://spicygadget.com/blog/2006/11/20/cnnzuneno-love-can-i-show-you-my-new-ipod-shuffle/

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Creative>

Subject: What has Neville Brody been up to lately?

Date: 20/11/2006 18:03:43



http://stream.lbigroup.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/what_has_neville_brody_been_up_to_lately/

The famous designer and typographer who gave us Blur (the archetypal 90s typeface, not the band) has taken on... Times Roman:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,6-2457539.html

[...] In a move that is more evolutionary than revolutionary, the newspaper is firmly embracing the compact shape with the introduction of a new headline fount and a makeover that improves clarity.

The new fount, Times Modern, blends the traditional and functional lines of the existing Times New Roman and melds them with sharp angular details to give a condensed face that perfectly fits the smaller-sized newspaper.

Working under the direction of Neville Brody, the award-winning designer, Luke Prowse has fashioned the new fount to meet the demanding criteria of legibility and modernity that readers of The Times demand.

Mr Brody said: “Times Modern is a contemporary answer to the needs of compact newspapers. With pinched proportions, it allows more copy in the headline without compromising legibility. It is both authoritative and elegant, while robust at smaller sizes.”

You can send feedback to Brody here:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,616-2458609.html

And some background

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neville_Brody

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: 200x USB Microscope

Date: 17/11/2006 12:17:05



Great little toy: 10x ~ 200x USB Microscope for stills and video capture.


http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?nov-usbmc&P=3D2


http://images.novatech.co.uk/ev-nov-usbmc.jpg

Even cheaper at


http://www.expansys.com/p.aspx?i=138105&partner=froogle


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Flora Borgese; Framfab User Experience; Information Architects>

Subject: Videojug

Date: 14/11/2006 12:27:58



Like Instructables.com with video: http://www.videojug.com/ Great site. One of the better examples of the current wave* of user-generated video sites. Well designed too. Note each video has a text version: good example of building in accessibility right from the start. Philosophy http://www.videojug.com/film/the-videojug-philosophy f * Here's another: http://travelistic.com/ From the E-consultancy interview: http://tinyurl.com/wxkl7 "Where did the idea come from to start a travel video site? We started with the idea of creating video-driven sites for different consumer niches. A combination of passion and market research led us to travel."









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Animated Da Vinci

Date: 14/11/2006 12:23:01



http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1384_leonardo/animated_illustrations/

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(Thanks for the link, Paola)

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: nrtb: Love Will Tear Us Apart - best cover version competition

Date: 10/11/2006 15:58:25



http://www.idolator.com/tunes/coversong-showcase-showdown/the-coversong-showcase-showdown-picking-apart-love-will-tear-us-apart-213557.php

LBi


   Francois Jordaan    |    User Experience Architect    |    www.lbigroup.com


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: icon war

Date: 07/11/2006 13:12:42



In a similar vein to artist vs animation [1] http://www.xs4all.nl/~jvdkuyp/flash/see.htm f [1] http://sg.yahoo.com/s/1594








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Daily drawing; I <3 p2p

Date: 31/10/2006 09:17:10



Midweek links: http://thedailydrawing.com/ Speeded-up videos of drawings in progress. Pity it's all by the same guy. http://torrentfreak.com/sorry-blockbuster-but-i-love-p2p/ I expect to see this soon on the Prime Time on Fulham Palace Road. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: 830

Date: 27/10/2006 10:47:24



Highest ever Scrabble score

http://www.slate.com/id/2152255/

Don't think I ever got over 400.

f

LBi


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[Friday] It's a miracle

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Heatherwick - beautiful architecture

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M.C.Escher comes to New York

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Zune launched

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nrtb: The mighty Titan (with squeaky balls)

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For word nerds and trivia buffs




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Top 20 Internet Acronyms Every Parent Needs to Know

Date: 20/10/2006 13:09:32



For checking up on your kids:

http://www.netlingo.com/top20teens.cfm

(Or, for you kids out there, time to start coming up with new acronyms.)

f

LBi


  Francois Jordaan    |    User Experience Architect    |    www.lbigroup.com


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: [Friday] It's a miracle

Date: 13/10/2006 11:10:31



http://bitsandpieces1.blogspot.com/2006/09/jesus-image-found-in-dogs-but t.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Flora Borgese; Framfab User Experience; Information Architects>

Subject: FW: Incoming SMS cloud on Radio 1 home page

Date: 12/10/2006 13:03:35



BBC Radio 1 site redesigned, featuring an interesting SMS / tag cloud widget: "As listeners send in text messages from their mobile phones the cloud shows the incoming words waxing and waning throughout the day " -----Original Message----- http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1 [at the bottom] More info: http://cookinrelaxin.blogspot.com/2006/10/text-radio-watch-it-grow.html --------- Thanks for the link, Frank! f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Heatherwick - beautiful architecture

Date: 10/10/2006 09:15:04


Attachment N1: att597e2.gif



or is it sculpture?

http://www.iht.com/slideshows/2006/05/25/arts/web.0529dlede29.jpg.php?index=0

More background

http://www.thomasheatherwick.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Heatherwick


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Some animation links

Date: 09/10/2006 09:12:34



(Didn't make it in time for Friday.) South Park / WoW part-machinima mashup http://www.wowsouthpark.com/ (for all the MMORPG addicts out there.) Battle of the Bands (album covers, rather) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQaaVTBSGoU Wonderfully silly. Floating letters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsrcVV7nsb8?Nice typographic animation f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Flora Borgese; Framfab User Experience; Information Architects>

Subject: I ran over a spoon because the voices told me to

Date: 06/10/2006 11:55:05



What the hell, it's Friday.




  From: Una Carney

Sent: 06 October 2006 10:20

To: Ashley Cohen; Jessica Hewett; Media

Subject: RE: I kicked a stuffed animal because I hate myself.




From: Ashley Cohen

Sent: 06 October 2006 10:20

To: Jessica Hewett; Media

Subject: I dry humped my science teacher because I hate myself.




From: Jessica Hewett

Sent: 06 October 2006 10:17

To: Media

Subject: FW: I loved an ipod because that's how I roll!


Friday fun!



From: Laura Greenwood [mailto:]

Sent: 06 October 2006 09:41

To: Carla Caswell; Leila Thompson; Signe Seldal; Nina Blicher; Lara Ojewale; Jessica Hewett; Carolin Roessler

Subject: I ran over a spoon because I'm sexy and I do what I want




Funny, give it a try..........

This is funny - type out the sentence you end up with in the subject

linK and forward to your friends....and also, send it back to the

person that sent it to you.

Pick the month you were born:

          January-I kicked

> > > February-I loved

> > > March-I smoked

> > > April-I dry humped

> > > May-I choked on

> > > June-I murdered

> > > July-I did the Macarena with

> > > August-I had lunch with

> > > September-I danced with

> > > October-I sang to

> > > November-I yelled at

> > > December-I ran over

> > >

> > > Pick the day (number) you were born on:

> > > 1-------a birdbath

> > > 2-------a monster

> > > 3-------a phone

> > > 4-------a fork

> > > 5-------a Mexican

> > > 6-------a gangster

> > > 7-------my cell phone

> > > 8-------my dog

> > > 9-------my best friends' boyfriend

> > > 10-------my neighbor

> > > 11-------my science teacher

> > > 12-------a banana

> > > 13-------a fireman

> > > 14-------a stuffed animal

> > > 15-------a goat

> > > 16-------a pickle

> > > 17-------your mom

> > > 18-------a spoon

> > > 19-------myself

> > > 20-------a baseball bat

> > > 21-------a ninja

> > > 22-------Chuck Norris

> > > 23-------a noodle

> > > 24-------a squirrel

> > > 25-------a football player

> > > 26-------my sister

> > > 27-------my brother

> > > 28-------an ipod

> > > 29-------a permanent marker

> > > 30-------a llama

> > > 31-------A homeless guy

> > >

> > > Pick the color of shirt you are wearing:

>       White----------because I'm cool like that

>       Black-----------because that's how I roll.

> > > Pink------------because I'm NOT a homosexual.

> > > Red------------because the voices told me to.

> > > Blue-----------because I'm sexy and I do what I want

> > > Green---------because I hate myself.

> > > Purple---------because I'm cool.

> > > Gray----------because I was drunk

> > > Yellow--------because someone offered me 1,000,000 dollars

>       Orange -------because I hate my family.

> > > Brown--------because I was high.

> > > Other-------because I'm a ninja.

> > > None--------because I cant control myself

> > >

> > >

> > >

> > > Now type out the sentence you made in the subject line and forward

> > > to your friends. And don't forget to send it back to the person that sent

> >it to you.









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: M.C.Escher comes to New York

Date: 22/09/2006 14:44:06



http://tinyurl.com/garjf Brain ...hurts f Thanks, Chris!








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Zune launched

Date: 15/09/2006 09:41:43



In fetching brown, black and white. Chock full of DRM badness. http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/14/microsoft-launches-the-zune/ Brown looks like an old Nintendo Donkey Kong game 'n watch. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: nrtb: The mighty Titan (with squeaky balls)

Date: 14/09/2006 17:57:11



You have *got* to see this as a slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/themightyjimbo/sets/1676539/show/ f p.s. If you don't have time to view them all, here's my favourite: http://www.flickr.com/photos/themightyjimbo/81582674/








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: For word nerds and trivia buffs

Date: 15/08/2006 19:25:28




Language pedant?

http://answers.blogs.com/say_what/


Ace at Trivial Pursuit?

http://www.blufr.com/


Reprehensible name, I agree.


Both discovered via answers.com.


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Picasa web albums

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Beauty injection

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Microsoft PhotoSynth




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: [Friday] A moral fable

Date: 11/08/2006 16:44:51



A bit beneath my usual standard, but what the hell http://upchucky.net/~upchucky/flash-fun/farmer-donkey.swf f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Flora Borgese; Framfab User Experience; Information Architects>

Subject: Elevator pitch

Date: 09/08/2006 11:17:09



Kind of like Techcrunch or Categoriz.com in a meta kind of way. It's a list of new (Web 2.0?) websites, with community ratings, but instead of rating the sites, you rate their elevator pitches. And then, perhaps, visit the site too. http://yourelevatorpitch.com/ Also part of the 9rules network. (9rules.com have a nice new design, btw.) Check those names -- Toggl, Limundo, Incluminate... It's like 1999 all over again! I guess if you're launching a new site you'll want to pitch it here -- if only for googlejuice. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Creative; Flora Borgese; Framfab User Experience; Information Architects>

Subject: Maps

Date: 08/08/2006 09:23:37



Into maps? Or 'geowanking' as some refer to it [1] Listen to David Rumsey's fascinating presentation at last year's O'Reilly Where 2.0 conference [2]: http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail633.html """ Drawing on his personal collection of over 150,000 historical maps as well as his work with geographic information systems, David Rumsey shows how information of all kinds has been mapped and will be mapped in the future. """ On his personal website http://www.davidrumsey.com/ Rumsey shares thousands of maps from his collection under Creative Commons licenses. Or buy the book http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1589480449/davidrumsey0f-20 f [1] http://lists.burri.to/pipermail/geowanking/ [2] http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail633.html -- lots of worthwhile podcasts in this series, btw.








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Cat Parasite May Affect Cultural Traits In Human Populations

Date: 07/08/2006 17:31:37



Scary: A Common Parasite Reveals Its Strongest Asset: Stealth http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/20/science/20toxo.html?ex=1308456000?11cf30dbd04a50f? """ On paper, Toxoplasma gondii looks as if it ought to be the most famous parasite on earth. This single-celled pathogen infects over half the world's population, including an estimated 50 million Americans. Each of Toxoplasma's victims carries thousands of the parasites, many residing in the brain. As if that were not enough of an accomplishment, Toxoplasma is equally adept at infecting all other warm-blooded animals, as disparate as chickens and kangaroos. """ It's ultimate aim? To infect cats, the only creature in which Toxoplasma can reproduce. """ In 2000, British scientists demonstrated that rats infected with Toxoplasma lost their fear of cats. They proposed that this strategy increased the parasite's chances of getting into its final host. [...] How Toxoplasma incites this change is a mystery. It is possible that the parasite alters the production of certain neurotransmitters. """ Cat Parasite May Affect Cultural Traits In Human Populations http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/08/060804085444.htm """ "In populations where this parasite is very common, mass personality modification could result in cultural change," said study author Kevin Lafferty, a USGS scientist at UC Santa Barbara. "The geographic variation in the latent prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii may explain a substantial proportion of human population differences we see in cultural aspects that relate to ego, money, material possessions, work and rules." """ If you have cats, though, you already know they're in charge. f p.s. Thanks for the links, jean/IRR








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <S-J Threipland>

Subject: RE: And you thought you were bad

Date: 07/08/2006 14:57:20




She is completely nuts! Have you seen these?

http://galleries.obsessiveconsumption.com/cc/

Nuts, nuts, nuts.


Never mind the effort, doesn't she care about her privacy?


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Google protects from malware

Date: 07/08/2006 14:05:16



Google warns on 'unsafe' websites http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5251742.stm Partnered with http://www.stopbadware.org/ Bad news for http://www.siteadvisor.com/ Example -- click the first link here: http://www.google.com/search?q=seriall Haven't found any pages on Google about it. And that interstitial page brazenly uses a transparent PNG version of the Google logo without caring IE can't display it. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Picasa web albums

Date: 07/08/2006 12:14:33



I know everyone's impatient for Picasa to integrate with Flickr, but unfortunately they have other plans... http://picasaweb.google.com/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Beauty injection

Date: 03/08/2006 09:44:45




Some ineffable images for a Thursday morning:


Flocks of starlings [1]

\\T:\francois\sortsolsum-05042006-hw


Dreams of flying -- photo series

http://www.janvonholleben.com/dreams_of_flying/


Paper craft genius -- see what can be done with a sheet of A4

http://www.petercallesen.com/


Passages for lost clouds

http://passages.kenart.net/

series of drawings by Ken Wong -- see also his portfolio


f


[1] the URL for the starlings is

http://epod.usra.edu/archive/images/sortsolsum-05042006-hw.jpg

but I don't want to overload their bandwidth, so don't click this link.









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical; Flora Borgese; Framfab User Experience; Information Architects>

Subject: September 15 is World Firefox Day

Date: 02/08/2006 15:32:55



http://www.worldfirefoxday.com/en/ """ Share Firefox with a friend. If your friend downloads Firefox before September 15, you'll both be immortalized in Firefox 2. """ Immortalized? http://www.worldfirefoxday.com/en/faq.php#q8 """ The Firefox Friends Wall is a digital wall that will display the names of everyone who participates in Firefox Day. """ They'll get a lot more takers if they don't just display people's names, but also link them to the URL of their choice. That'll get them milliondollarhomepage-like googlejuice. f Wheel Group, Beaumont House, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London W14 8TS T +44 (0)20 7348 1000 F +44 (0)20 7348 1111 D +44 (0)20 7348 1049 francois.jordaan www.wheel.co.uk








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Microsoft PhotoSynth

Date: 31/07/2006 18:38:22




Very interesting technology that gives an idea what becomes possible with the proliferation of digital photos on the internet. Relationships and navigation way beyond tagging…


http://throwawayyourtv.com/2006/07/microsoft-photosynth.html


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[Friday] Kaleidoscope

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Yahoo Tech

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Enplanement

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Preloadr -- optimise your Flickr pics online

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Interesting architecture

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Syd Barrett R.I.P.




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: New approach for Japanese to learn English

Date: 31/07/2006 09:08:26



...and get fit (or tittilated) at the same time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5qoMfBJUeI Here's a full episode, including the situation sketches: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxnGa84voGY And with the tables turned (the final episode): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7kpnQ7yoPQ The phenomenon of Zuiikin English. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative; linkmonkey>

Subject: Free movie/music/game fonts

Date: 28/07/2006 17:54:38



http://www.typenow.net/themed.htm Don't all rush at once and overload the server... f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: The silly shapes of international timezones

Date: 28/07/2006 16:45:29



Revealed in all their glory: http://www.timezonecheck.com/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: [Friday] Kaleidoscope

Date: 28/07/2006 09:39:34




Lovely little flash toy from the inimitable zefrank:

http://www.zefrank.com/byokal/kal2.html


Just in case you haven't already discovered The Show:

http://www.zefrank.com/theshow/

(The exceptional videoblog that proves the rule.)


Oh heck, while I'm at it, broaden your mind:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/elegant/program_d.html


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Rob Hobson; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: La Sin Cite

Date: 26/07/2006 11:26:54




You sure it's hand-painted? I assumed it was a variant of the rotoscoping technology used on films like Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly.


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Information Architects>

Subject: Yahoo Tech

Date: 24/07/2006 16:24:31



New Yahoo site: http://tech.yahoo.com/ Packed with trendy bells and whistles. I find it very interesting how they are putting layers of community (Q?*on top* of a shopping site. (At the higher level pages, before you get to the products.) This is quite similar to what I wanted to do on BLG, but the problem if you're not Yahoo is getting good content and critical community mass. Also easier to do when you're independent. Buzzword check: Tag cloud, saved products, quick compare, facets, Ajax page refreshes, sliders, sprinkling of flash (homepage), community, comments, animation effects, screen width toggle, business bloggers / advisors [1] (looks like personas dragged into service): http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs;_ylt=AlQVH7rEzW5ZBIkxJgjAVPgXL5A5 Yahoo continues to demonstrate their eagerness to mash up their various web services. And they're pretty good at it. This one integrates Shopping, Answers*, Avatars (and probably your related 360 profile), that I've seen so far. Also product reviews from partners like PC World. Yahoo Trip Planner went further, mashing up Travel, Maps, Avatars/360, Flickr/Photos and lots of brochure content. They're also demonstrating how much more they can do by having millions of *registered* users. Using Yahoo Mail, Messenger, Flickr and Photos as trojan horses, they've probably been more successful in making their account ubiquitous than Microsoft (Passport) and Google have been. OK, just on Yahoo properties, but as long as they're buying up the web... f * Mashing up Answers content does not always work very well. Not only are 90% of Yahoo Answers users drooling idiots, but check the Q?product category like "scanners": http://tech.yahoo.com/sq?prod=Scanners








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Enplanement

Date: 18/07/2006 14:48:08




While looking at Expedia.com for travel site research, I noticed US air fares includes something called the "September 11th Security Fee"


It's explained on the Transport Security Administration page here:

http://www.tsa.dot.gov/public/interapp/editorial/editorial_0215.xml



…which is the first time I've ever heard the word "enplanement". I must try and work it into conversation one day.


They're currently at "elevated" threat level, according to the cute color-coded terror alert system at top right. For more on this, see


http://www.schneier.com/essay-055.html



The TSA is part of the Department of Transport, whose URL must cause occasional problems when given out over the phone:

http://www.dot.gov/

…reminiscent of the McSweeney's list of "E-mail Addresses It Would Be Really Annoying to Give Out Over the Phone"

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/lists/27MichaelWard.html


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Preloadr -- optimise your Flickr pics online

Date: 17/07/2006 16:21:27



The desktop keeps moving to the web. Preloadr does for Photoshop what Writely does for Word: """ Preloadr is a free service providing image manipulation functions linked with your Flickr account. It is designed to pre-process photos uploaded to Flickr. """ http://preloadr.com/ This looks great. I don't really have time to do an Auto Levels in Photoshop on most of my photos before they go up to Flickr, and Picasa continues to stubbornly refuse to work with Flickr in a sensible way. (You have to Export any Picasa modifications first.) So I may well use Preloadr occasionally. And it seems "Early" is the new "Beta". What does that mean, anyway? "Full of bugs"? "Be gentle"? "Under construction"? "New!"? f Thanks for the link, Pete.








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Interesting architecture

Date: 13/07/2006 20:22:05




The Aqua building in Michigan -- very sculptural.


http://www.chicagoarchitecture.info/Building/913/Aqua.php

http://www.lakeshoreeast.com/aqua/design.html


(Via Paul's link below.)


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Syd Barrett R.I.P.

Date: 11/07/2006 16:13:46



Can't believe it... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/5169344.stm f









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Francois Jordaan

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Oneredpaperclip succeeds

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07/07/2006 18:45:05

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Those were the days

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30/06/2006 19:07:11

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Information Architects>

FW: UIEtips: Lifestyles of the Link-Rich Home Pages

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30/06/2006 18:22:23

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Google Earth: Rooftops in Niger

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02/06/2006 17:29:06

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Information Architects; Producer Group>

Podcast transcripts: mechanical turk to the rescue

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30/05/2006 15:20:11

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Rummage in the web's trash

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18/05/2006 19:35:19

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

[Friday] Guitar face

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18/05/2006 19:35:15

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

[Friday] VU live '72

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17/05/2006 09:31:55

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Information Architects>

Dropdowns are back

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04/05/2006 19:51:52

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Oneredpaperclip succeeds

Date: 11/07/2006 08:09:57



I last sent this link around when he had traded up to a year's free rent. Now, he's successfully traded (starting from a paperclip) his way up to a house*: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5167388.stm * In Kipling, Saskatchewan, pop. 1,140. A great interweb story. Now, how far (and how thin) has the guy walking across America got? http://www.thefatmanwalking.com/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Those were the days

Date: 07/07/2006 18:45:05



I'd have given my right arm to go to this... http://upcoming.org/event/70646/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Information Architects>

Subject: FW: UIEtips: Lifestyles of the Link-Rich Home Pages

Date: 30/06/2006 19:07:11



When the issue of "number of clicks to destination" comes up with naïve clients, I'm fond of saying "you could always put the site map on the homepage, and all pages would be 1 click away". In the article below, that's pretty much what Jared Spool is recommending! Fact is, (with the usual "it depends" caveats,) I agree. It reminds me of the number of battles I've lost against designers who insist my homepage wireframes are "too busy", or just have "too many links". Anyway, don't have time to really talk about this now. But worth reading. f -----Original Message----- From: Jared M. Spool [mailto:] Sent: 15 June 2006 20:10 To: Francois Jordaan Subject: UIEtips: Lifestyles of the Link-Rich Home Pages UIEtips: Lifestyles of the Link-Rich Home Pages 6/15/06 Contents: - Letter from the Editor - UI11 Conference: Register by 6/20 for Free Proceedings - Feature Article: Lifestyles of the Link-Rich Home Pages - UIE Virtual Seminar: Register for 6/29 - Initial Scent - UIE's Blog: What's exciting UIE's researchers these days? - o - o - o - --> Letter from the Editor Greetings, There are few things more frustrating in life than trying to get a drinking glass in someone else's kitchen. You have to open every cabinet door to figure out where they put the empty glasses. For a few moments, we feel like we're invading a very private space, searching for something innocuous by opening every nook and cranny. It's an interesting phenomena, since, in our own house, we have a cabinet with glasses. Chances are the glasses are in a cabinet near the kitchen sink. Yet, when we're in unfamiliar territory, we're on a search and rescue mission of immense proportions. In the 21st century, innovation has finally arrived. Cabinet manufacturers have come up with an amazing invention: windows. Yes, they now put windows in the cabinets so you see the glasses without opening every door. Simply brilliant. I wish I'd thought of it. Searching for something on a web site isn't too far distant from the glass-in-the-kitchen hunt. Except, instead of opening cabinet doors, users click on links and pogostick their way through the site. Yet, it's just as frustrating as the kitchen experience. In this UIEtips issue, I talk about the web site equivalent to putting windows in the cabinet doors: creating link-rich home pages. This emerging approach to home page design lets users see more of what is inside the site without having to click on every link. It's changing the way we think about successful home pages. Is your organization moving towards link-rich designs? What have your experiences been? We'd love to hear from you. Post your thoughts on the BrainSparks blog, here: http://tinyurl.com/ljfy9 Link-rich home pages are just one of the topics I'm covering in June 29th's UIE Virtual Seminar: Initial Scent - The Latest Thinking on Home Page Design. This 90-minute session is packed with UIE's latest research on designing quality home pages. Registrations are coming in much faster than we expected, so you'll want to sign up soon. Details here: http://www.uie.com/events/virtual_seminars/ Enjoy today's article, Jared M. Spool Editor, UIEtips - o - o - o - --> UI11 Conference: Sign up by 6/20 for Free Proceedings Our eleventh annual conference is being held October 9-12, 2006 in Cambridge, MA. /www.uiconf.com > We've lined up fantastic speakers, we're giving away amazing presents, and we've put together our best program yet. You'll be exposed to today's most important design topics, from experts like Luke Wroblewski, Nathan Shedroff, Rolf Molich, Sarah Bloomer, David (Heller) Malouf, Susan Wolfe, Jeff Patton, Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffrey Eisenberg, and Gerry McGovern. Plus, when you sign up by June 20th, you'll get an additional gift: a free set of our full conference proceedings with your registration. > What's So Great About the Proceedings? Every year, attendees tell us that the proceedings are one of their biggest take-aways from the entire conference. With the complete set, you'll receive 11 books in all, a total value of $279. We work closely with every speaker to design the most useful materials possible. In the full proceedings, you'll receive: - In-depth presentation slides for each of the 8 full-day seminars with articles, exercise handouts, and reading lists - Handouts for the 90-minute featured talks by speakers, plus my keynote address - Comprehensive presentation slides for the UIE Showcase Seminar Day This offer is only available until June 20th, so sign up today at http://www.uiconf.com - o - o - o - --> Lifestyles of the Link-Rich Home Pages Jared M. Spool The Dove home page /tinyurl.com/zkzbu > is like many home pages on the Internet. It contains a handful of links (23 to be exact), a couple of pulldown menus and some nicely designed graphics. It's certainly very pleasant to look at and matches the brand expectations Unilever has set up for the Dove product line. Yet, does it work for the users? If the user is coming to get a new tote bag, wants a free deodorant sample, or is interested in seeing this month's special offers, then it probably works well. Those links are the Featured Content and, chances are, only a small number of people visiting the site are coming specifically to see them. In fact, our studies show, on most sites, users come less than 5% of the time for featured content, even when heavy marketing campaigns are promoting that content. The Dove site has hundreds of pages of content, describing the very wide selection of offerings in their product line and many potentially valuable resources for Dove's customers. However, most of this content is invisible on the home page. Users can't tell, when arriving on the site, if there are 20 pages or thousands. How does someone whose skin reacts to the harsh chemicals found in most soap find out what Dove has to offer? The home page gives no indication Dove offers products for this, even though sensitive skin has been a mainstay of Dove's product line since its early days. > The Dove Site Map Contrast the Dove home page to the Dove site map. Using 5 times as many links, this page gives a real picture of the content of the site. Even with 148 links, it is well designed and organized nicely. It's easy for users to find what is available quickly. /tinyurl.com/h4agz > Someone looking for a gentle soap can quickly find the sensitive skin products. A quick scan of the page reveals several choices for the user to explore. What's the difference between the home page and the site map? The site map makes the content transparent, whereas the home page's design makes the content opaque. The design of Dove's Site Map is what we'd call Link Rich, while the Dove home page is Link Poor. > Keeping Things Simple Nobody starts their design with the objective, "We need our home page to be as complex as we can possibly make it." On the contrary, everybody wants to build simple designs. Yet, somewhere along the line, simplicity translated into "Provide as few links on the home page as possible." News sites understand this. One could imagine a home page for a news site with only these links: + Top News + Local News + Sports News + Financial News + Funny News + Brad Pitt / Angelina Jolie News On a simplified news site, that's all that would be required. It would make home page maintenance a dream. You'd never have to change it. However, it wouldn't make for a good news reading experience because users want to see what headlines are under each category. Instead, they make the news transparent by providing a link-rich environment. Recently, the New York Times redesigned the home page on NYTimes.com. /tinyurl.com/fe8m6 > Did they opt for the simple Link-Poor approach we outlined above? No. Instead they went very Link-Rich, weighing in at a whopping 397 links on an average day's page. That's a lot of links to update and maintain, but they must feel it's worth it, since it provides every visitor with a solid picture of the news they are reporting. > The BLS Evolution A few years back, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics came to us with their simple home page. /tinyurl.com/oldzl > The simple design managed to encompass the thousands of pages of available statistical data into 11 links. This design approach proved to be very frustrating for users. After working with them on what we'd been seeing, they tried a revised page. This page added 60 more links, making the most important content transparent. The result: users loved it. /tinyurl.com/r4flu > This only encouraged the BLS design team. They've revised their design a couple more times, with the current page logging in at more than 180 links. /tinyurl.com/opyuh > The BLS site is for statisticians, analysts, and economists. It's not a site for consumers. If you look closely at the links, you may find it hard to work through. However, chances are, you're not a member of the site's target audience. The audience loves the latest Link-Rich design, which is all that matters in the end. The BLS users found the site had become simpler with each revision, even though the team was dramatically increasing the number of links on the page. Exposing the underlying information enhanced the simplicity of the site. > The Extremely Link Rich: McMaster-Carr If you're thinking 397 links on the New York Times site is a lot, you should check out the more than 700 links provided on McMaster-Carr's home page. /tinyurl.com/p22u6 > This design is a link-rich transparency at its most extreme. Even with all these links, the target audience of this site loves it. Like the BLS site, they are a niche group: people who buy building materials and tools for very large construction and building- maintenance projects. A typical user may use the site multiple times each day to order unique items. They are very familiar with McMaster- Carr's 4,000 page catalogue, often looking items up by the page number in the book. The secret to the McMaster-Carr site is the link clusters. Users look at each cluster and quickly decide whether the cluster is likely to contain their content or not. By focusing on just one or two clusters, the user winnows down their choices to just a handful of links. If the design team doesn't make the clusters right, users won't succeed. This site wouldn't work if the links were in random groups. Over the years, the design team has added more and more links, without hurting the design of the site. This suggests to us that, with a good design, the upper limit of links is much higher than we might've originally suspected. > Other Link-Rich Designs Most sites can't go to the extremes McMaster-Carr has. Their design calls for an audience that is very familiar with all the site's terms, including the ones they know they are not interested in. Many sites don't fall into that category. Yet, other sites have demonstrated that link-rich designs can work. Staples.com, /tinyurl.com/hfq7x > an office supply e-commerce site, just relaunched with a 156-link design. Analog.com, /tinyurl.com/gfvw3 > an electronics component manufacturer, now has a 199 link site. Guru.com, /tinyurl.com/h3xve > a job site for technical freelancers, rings in at 127 links, while the infamous Craigslist.org, /tinyurl.com/epecw > a classifieds site, has 130 links on their home page. Each site has a radically different design, with very different looks and styles. Yet, all of them share the same objective: make the content of the site very transparent. > Making the Move to a Link-Rich Home Page Dramatically increasing your content's transparency on your home page is not a simple thing to do well. It takes research and experimentation. You need to understand the content your users desire. You need to know how to organize the links into the right clusters. And, you need to have a process that permits you to make the transition through multiple iterations. To understand the content desired by your users, you need to know their trigger words -- the word or phrase they'll click on for the content they seek. Just populating a page with every possible keyword probably won't get you the effect you want. The teams at Staples, Analog, and McMaster-Carr spent tremendous resources learning how their users thought about their content, through extensive site visits, interviews, and usability testing. In addition to knowing the trigger words, you need to know how to cluster them together. Link-rich pages only work when users can quickly eliminate the stuff they don't want and hone in on the few links that match their target. Card sorting and related techniques are critical to create quality clusters. An iterative development process is critical to the success of these radical home page designs. The BLS design team made multiple iterations of their page, putting each one in front of users and collecting feedback. Each revision gave them more feedback on the trigger words, the clusters, and the transparency of the underlying content. We've yet to see anyone successfully build the right design in a single try. Building a process that allows for feedback and revision is key. It's no surprise to us that we're seeing home pages everywhere moving to a link-rich design. The need for more transparency drives sites to add more links and as designers find creative ways to display all this rich information, users are finding the sites more useful. Link Poor home pages will become a thing of the past. + + + Jared's article is also available on our web site at: http://tinyurl.com/zx3ue Have you noticed an increased focus on innovation in your organization? Share your thoughts in our Brain Sparks blog: http://tinyurl.com/ljfy9 + + + Want to learn more about successful home page design? Tune in to the UIE Virtual Seminar on June 29th where Jared will deliver his presentation: Initial Scent -- The Latest Thinking on Home Page Design. More details at http://www.uie.com/events/virtual_seminars/ - o - o - o - --> New Program: UIE Virtual Seminars - 6/29 As you are probably aware, every year we offer live in-person events, such as our the upcoming User Interface Conference or our recently completed UIE Roadshow. While hundreds of people attend these great sessions, many people (maybe you?) can't participate. Distance or funding issues prevent them from getting the benefits of our research. That's why we're very excited to announce our latest program offering, the UIE Virtual Seminars. This new monthly program will give you the chance to hear the latest perspectives in the world of design from the field's premier experts. We're kick-starting the program on June 29th with a 90-minute seminar on UIE's latest research on Home Page Design. Jared be sharing our newest thinking on what makes an effective home page and how to best ensure your users accomplish their objectives. See all the details at http://www.uie.com/events/virtual_seminars/ - o - o - o - --> UIE's Blog: What's exciting UIE's researchers these days? Since we started the UIE Brain Sparks blog last year, we've had some interesting posts. Here are some of our most recent musings: > Eyetracking: Worth The Expense? We began to question what the eyetracker was actually trying to tell us. It seemed to us that what the user focused their gaze on was not necessarily what they were seeing. So, if the eyetracker doesn't tell us what a user sees, what does it tell us? Jared's not sure. http://tinyurl.com/ogypv > The Experience Vision When everyone on the team shares the same stake, the entire team can move together. They can hold discussions where someone asks, "Is this new idea getting us closer to our vision or not?" They can try out ideas and then decide, "Wait, that didn't get us in the direction we wanted to go at all." http://tinyurl.com/qb7p9 > The Vision Statement Trap The problem with a vision statement like this is that it's too generic and it doesn't talk about the users' experience. An experience vision describes both the current experience (what users do today) and the experience the team would like to aspire to (what users could do with the right products). http://tinyurl.com/qfq74 You can subscribe to the Brain Sparks blog's feed here: http://www.uie.com/brainsparks/subscribe/ + + + Do you have feedback or comments on any of UIE's articles? Send us your thoughts on the UIE Brain Sparks blog at http://tinyurl.com/ljfy9 --------------------------------------------------------------- This message was sent to you as a result of your previous business interactions with User Interface Engineering. You are currently subscribed to uietips as: francois.jordaan To change this email address go here: http://www.uie.com/uietips/change/?cEmail=francois.jordaan? To unsubscribe go here: http://www.uie.com/uietips/unsubscribe/?cEmail=francois.jordaan? Did a friend forward this email to you? Would you like to get your own copy? It's easy. Just visit: http://www.uie.com/uietips/ ------------------------------------------------------------------- User Interface Engineering 510 Turnpike St., Suite 102 North Andover, MA 01845 Phone: (978) 327-5561 or (800) 588-9855 Fax: (978) 327-5568 http://www.uie.com








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Google Earth: Rooftops in Niger

Date: 30/06/2006 18:22:23





Accidental discovery last night in Google Earth*: a couple of super-high resolution patches in Niger. Pleased that they're on Maps too:


http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&t=h&om=1&ll=19.003495,12.894205&spn=0.007476,0.009978


Unfortunately you can't zoom in as closely. In Google Earth you can see people and animals clearly, a palm tree inside a house, baskets, rugs, etc.


*In this thread:

http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthreaded.php?Number=251561


And for those of you super-interested in Google Maps/Earth and related mashups, and have 2 hours to spare, check out the video of the recent Google Geo Developer Day:


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7524776252092369816


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Information Architects; Producer Group>

Subject: Podcast transcripts: mechanical turk to the rescue

Date: 02/06/2006 17:29:06




Here's a worthwhile download for people interested in improving their JavaScript:

http://domscripting.com/blog/display/62


Here's a transcript:

http://adactio.com/articles/1119/


Here's how the transcript was made:

http://adactio.com/journal/1120/



Cost?



Why?



It's also good for accessibility. We should perhaps start factoring in this cost to our clients when we produce podcasts for them, or when they put webcasts and the like on their sites.


A friend also recently told me about a service he signed up for that transcribes all his voicemails for him. Again, using outsourced human labour. He finds it very useful. Can't remember the site name, though.


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Rummage in the web's trash

Date: 30/05/2006 15:20:11




You may argue that the web's already a trashcan, but if the web was a building, the contents of its trashcans would probably look a bit like this:


http://sebsauvage.net/webgobbler/


Links to more computer-generated art projects at the bottom.


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: [Friday] Guitar face

Date: 18/05/2006 19:35:19



Last year I linkmonkey'd a site paying tribute to rock star feet --

http://www.votos.de/FEET_ME/default.htm

In the same vein, here's "a tribute to the facial expressions that squeeze those notes out of guitars"

http://blog.wfmu.org/photos/guitar_face/index.html

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: [Friday] VU live '72

Date: 18/05/2006 19:35:15



The gems you can find on YouTube... http://www.boingboing.net/2006/05/17/video_lou_reed_and_j.html """ In this 1972 video, John Cale and Lou Reed perform the Velvet Underground tune at a Paris club called Le Bataclan: Link. See also this video of Nico singing "Femme Fatale" from that same show. """ Previously on the rock milestones/nostalgia (depending on your point of view) channel, Careful with that Axe, Eugene: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4488671888968650349 1973-05-18 at Earl's Court Nice to be able to post links to videos without worrying about landing some poor fan with a massive bandwidth bill. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Information Architects>

Subject: Dropdowns are back

Date: 17/05/2006 09:31:55



Flickr launched their new navigation system yesterday, and it's a pretty radical revamp: http://www.flickr.com Too many changes to go through now (but the Flickrblog gives an overview) http://blog.flickr.com/flickrblog/2006/05/changes_afoot.html http://blog.flickr.com/flickrblog/2006/05/alpha_beta_gamm.html Anyway, despite my subjectline, I wouldn't say this heralds a full-scale endorsements of dropdown menus in websites. Essentially, Flickr is a web application, and the new menus are making it explicitly more application-like. They even behave like application menus, requiring a click rather than just rollover. They're well implemented -- responsive and quick, good affordances and visual feedback, with suitable delays to avoid accidentally losing them. One thing that's very important, is that this marks something of a departure from Flickr's "no global navigation" approach. This approach reduced navigational clutter on the page, but often made certain tools difficult to find. Another important change is that they are cramming more photos onto typical pages. I think that's good. Will have to see how the changes affect my usage of Flickr. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006

Date: 04/05/2006 19:51:52



[Friday link] Amazing pixel art and animation by Australian animator Paul Robertson: http://probertson.livejournal.com/18096.html Noisy, 12min long and slightly NSFW, so you may want to save it for the weekend. Puerile, violent and manga-inspired, it may also not be your cup of tea. Hi-res (122MB) downloadable from http://www.selectparks.net/modules.php?name=News? If you don't want to download 122MB right now, here's a streaming version: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5208311714700987326 """ Not strictly a work of Machinima; Paul Robertson's Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006 is a masterpiece animation based on the graphic look and feel of platform handhelds. A kind of machinima recursion; where animations inspired by games have inspired animations. Paul's style did actually get him a job in the games industry, but he was obsessively animating these seductively disturbing game-inspired tales before making games. His work has been shown in many galleries in Australia, but until now hasn't found a big exposure online. For me, his non-interactive animations are more about what games ought to be than what a lot of games are. The kind of indulgence which triggers all the soft spots of delicious wrongness in a way Reality just doesn't appreciate. Pirate Baby has an awesome metal-electro sound track by Cornel Wilczek. You just *know* its going to be a classic because it's Black and White. """ For an idea of the style, check the stills en incidental gifanims here: http://probertson.livejournal.com/ And other stuff from there, e.g. http://www.myspace.com/paulsanimations http://probertson.deviantart.com/gallery/ Older work: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1044566535591250331 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3150726719493814325 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5805461883934897361 And of course the music http://www.quamusic.com/ f









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little giant / The Sultan's Elephant / Royal de Luxe

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19/04/2006 18:57:41

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Those darn kids vandalising phone booths

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19/04/2006 18:57:31

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Audio-only game

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18/04/2006 19:40:45

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Hooray for nature

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18/04/2006 09:15:18

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Great Flash animation

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13/04/2006 17:55:57

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

RE: Yahoo! Maps update

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12/04/2006 15:10:48

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Information Architects; linkmonkey>

Amazonwatch: new features

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12/04/2006 14:22:31

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Yahoo! Maps update

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12/04/2006 13:58:51

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Snoil

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10/04/2006 09:48:25

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Royalty-free icons




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: little giant / The Sultan's Elephant / Royal de Luxe

Date: 04/05/2006 01:23:13



Last year I emailed about this amazing theatrical experience, that completely takes over a town over a number or days (see forwarded message, especially for the great pictures.) Many people were subsequently very disappointed to learn that the Londen event was cancelled. However, it will now happen. For 3 days from this Friday, 4-7 May, large parts of the city will come to a standstill for the spectacle of the Sultan's Elephant: http://www.thesultanselephant.com/ "...it tells the story of a sultan from far-off lands and his magical, time-travelling mechanical elephant. Forty feet high and 42 tonnes in weight, this beautiful creature will capture the hearts and minds of everyone who sees it." Very brave of the mayor and all authorities involved! f > >-----Original Message----- > >From: Francois Jordaan > >Sent: 16 August 2005 15:36 > >To: Wheel Group > >Subject: little giant > > > > > >http://www.livejournal.com/users/jwz/488113.html > > > >Coming to London (UK) the 8, 9, 10 and 11 of September. > > > >f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Those darn kids vandalising phone booths

Date: 19/04/2006 18:57:41



This calls for a clever caption, but all I can think is "awwww, poor thing..." http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/index.html f also made me smile http://www.banksy.co.uk/indoors/images/newfullsize/CCTV.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/indoors/images/newfullsize/incident.jpg http://www.banksy.co.uk/indoors/images/newfullsize/waterlilies.jpg Wheel Group, Beaumont House, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London W14 8TS T +44 (0)20 7348 1000 F +44 (0)20 7348 1111 D +44 (0)20 7348 1049 francois.jordaan www.wheel.co.uk








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Audio-only game

Date: 19/04/2006 18:57:31



In The Pit http://www.studiohunty.com/itp/ Anyone got an Xbox controller who wants to give it a go? I don't. f Wheel Group, Beaumont House, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London W14 8TS T +44 (0)20 7348 1000 F +44 (0)20 7348 1111 D +44 (0)20 7348 1049 francois.jordaan www.wheel.co.uk








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Hooray for nature

Date: 18/04/2006 19:40:45



"No trespassing" sign swallowed by tree: http://www.dailysonic.com/eviltree/ That is just beautiful. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Great Flash animation

Date: 18/04/2006 09:15:18



(Pretend it's still Friday) By John Su aka Mousekliks: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/304212 Shoo Fly -- ~1 minute animation http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view.php?id=177120 Excellent little Flash game based on the old classic Joust. But especially notable for the fantastic Zelda-style player customisation options. Can almost serve as a lesson in manga caricaturing. f p.s. I advice you visit Newgrounds.com with a browser condom or Firefox. Some nasty pop-up ads in those parts.









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Yahoo! Maps update

Date: 13/04/2006 17:55:57



It seems I missed probably the most significant aspect of this update: """ Yahoo! now has the best medium resolution dataset for the entire continental US. """ http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2006/04/yahoo_releases.html Via that post, I also learned that Google Earth now sports some areas at 3 inches/pixel! http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2006/03/google_releases.html ...as well as a new "cloud map" overlay. f > -----Original Message----- > From: Francois Jordaan > Sent: 12 April 2006 14:24 > To: linkmonkey > Subject: Yahoo! Maps update > > > Yahoo! Maps (beta) had a major update yesterday, not only > including Hybrid and Satellite views, but -- at last -- > finally featuring a world outside of the USA. At least for > satellite and coarse roadmaps. Not a replacement for Google > Maps, Multimap or Streetmap yet. Satellite data over Europe > is also not as detailed as Google's. > > f >








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Information Architects; linkmonkey>

Subject: Amazonwatch: new features

Date: 12/04/2006 15:10:48



As usual, Amazon.com's introduced a few new features since I last looked. Here's a typical page: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0789723107/ ...which, oddly, seems to be the new URL structure for what was always http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789723107/ (which also still works.) Last I checked, you were able to create and name multiple wishlists, via a DHTML panel appearing over the Add to Wishlist button. Now there's also an extra button, "Add to Shopping List", explained as To make it easier to locate and keep track of items you purchase routinely--products such as coffee and tea, shampoo and conditioner, diapers, detergent, makeup, fragrances, things you'd find in your medicine cabinet, and things you like to eat It seems Amazon aims to become everybody's favourite grocery store. You have your normal headings for Details, Look Inside, Citations (quite cool), Customers who viewed this also viewed, Reviews, Listmania, So You'd Like to..., etc. "Tag this product" we've talked about before. I'm still *very* skeptical about it catching on. New features I haven't seen yet: "Customer Discussions / This product's forum" "ProductWiki / Customer-editable product information" With the former, they're actually not innovating. Many other stores, e.g. Ebuyer, have it. Curious to see whether ProductWiki will work. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Yahoo! Maps update

Date: 12/04/2006 14:22:31



Yahoo! Maps (beta) had a major update yesterday, not only including Hybrid and Satellite views, but -- at last -- finally featuring a world outside of the USA. At least for satellite and coarse roadmaps. Not a replacement for Google Maps, Multimap or Streetmap yet. Satellite data over Europe is also not as detailed as Google's. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Snoil

Date: 12/04/2006 13:58:51



What a nice word. Snoil. It's also a "display based on Ferrofluid": http://www.digital.udk-berlin.de/en/projects/winter0405/main/hauptprojekt/sn oil.html Snoil. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Royalty-free icons

Date: 10/04/2006 09:48:25



http://www.iconbuffet.com/ """ IconBuffet is a leading provider of royalty-free stock icons and digital artwork for web designers and software developers. Our icons grace the interfaces of popular web applications, blogs, and traditional desktop software. """ f









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Google Circles -- what are other people searching for?

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14/03/2006 17:56:50

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Spore -- SimEverything?

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13/03/2006 11:47:59

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Ever heard of OpenLaszlo?

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10/03/2006 12:55:52

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Internet Success Story: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

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08/03/2006 01:56:57

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

FW: Greetings from the Creative Archive Licence Group

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23/02/2006 09:54:09

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Pete Stott; Karl Sabino>

RE: Cute overload

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22/02/2006 14:48:07

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Sketches

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21/02/2006 21:50:02

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

.com monopoly: Shame on Verisign

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20/02/2006 18:35:46

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Manhole covers

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20/02/2006 18:06:52

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Digital Consumer Bill of Rights




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Google Circles -- what are other people searching for?

Date: 04/04/2006 15:17:56



Google big brother scenario come true: http://www.googlecircles.com/ E.g. "The following are the statistically significant queries being performed more frequently in the whitehouse.gov circle than by the average Google searcher" http://www.googlecircles.com/circle/whitehouse.gov Well, OK, not exactly, but their point is it could: http://www.googlecircles.com/explanation.php Overheard on the web: """ I presume this is Google's 'warning shot across the bows' to government... ie "if you insist on knowing what people are searching for, remember we can also tell them what YOU are searching for...." """ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Spore -- SimEverything?

Date: 14/03/2006 17:56:50



Next from Will 'Sim' Wright -- possibly the most ambitious video game ever: http://www.wimp.com/spore/ 45m video, but worth it. I started out skeptical, but it left me slackjawed with amazement. More background and synopsis here (but it's worth watching the video a bit first): http://www.gamespy.com/articles/595/595975p1.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spore_(game) I've long believed in the potential of both procedural and user-generated content to solve the content scaling problem with ever more complex games. The connection with the 'demoscene' approach is an especially interesting insight. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Ever heard of OpenLaszlo?

Date: 13/03/2006 11:47:59



Just discovered this by chance on the IBM website. The main feature on the homepage links to this: http://tinyurl.com/gq734 ...which delivers quite a lot of good content, in quite an engaging framework, but generally I'd consider this an example of content that *shouldn't* be Flash. (I'm open to debate on this.) But look what you get when you right-click: - About OpenLaszlo - View Source This leads to http://www.openlaszlo.org/ "the premier open-source platform for rich internet applications" It struck me at first glance a bit like Processing, an open-source markup language geared towards graphics and interactivity. Processing compiles to Java, whereas this compiles to SWF. Although it seems just as happy to compile to DHTML. And like Processing, and unlike Flash, it encourages knowledge sharing by allow anyone to "View Source". There is very little mention of accessibility on the site, but googling the forums shows that there are people working on it: http://tinyurl.com/l3f4d Wonder how big a niche it'll find? francois p.s. I have a suspicion I've heard of OpenLaszlo years ago, so there'll probably be people telling me it's old news. First I've seen it used in a high-profile setting, though.








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Internet Success Story: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Date: 10/03/2006 12:55:52



How a new band can attain rapid recognition ?internet. Nice trace of the meme: http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/49844 Never mind the comments of the usual squabbling MeFites. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: FW: Greetings from the Creative Archive Licence Group

Date: 08/03/2006 01:56:57



More free goodies from the BBC: -----Original Message----- From: Creative Archive [mailto:] Sent: 28 February 2006 16:15 To: Creative Archive Subject: Greetings from the Creative Archive Licence Group Hello and welcome to another update from the Creative Archive Licence Group. * THE OPEN EARTH ARCHIVE LAUNCHES * The BBC, under the terms of the Creative Archive Licence, launched the Open Earth Archive, on 27th February. The Open Earth Archive [WWW] http://www.bbc.co.uk/calc/sn/ offers exclusive unseen content from the brand new BBC One series "Planet Earth", real-time video previews, a web-based edit suite, video postcards and much much more. The BBC have worked hard to make the content as accessible as possible to the average user and to break down some of the barriers to entry with features like the Easy Edit Suite. The wealth and accessibility of this content should see first time users making the jump and engaging with media in a way that they never thought possible. Find out more here: [WWW] http://creativearchive.bbc.co.uk/news/archives/2006/02/open_earth_arch.html The Open Earth Archive was featured on BBC One's Breakfast show Watch clip: http://news.bbc.co.uk/nolavconsole/ukfs_news/hi/newsid_4750000/newsid_475510 0/nb_wm_4755138.stm?scope=nolavconsole?tion=ukfs? * NEW CREATIVE ARCHIVE MEMBERS TO BE ANNOUNCED* We will very soon be able to announce new members joining the Creative Archive Licence Group. These new members will be releasing exciting content to the public and really extending the reach of the archive. More details to follow soon! * EXCITING USES OF CONTENT * We were delighted to receive a DVD in the post from artist Alex Hetherington. Alex has been using the material released in the Open News Archive to work with children at Dunecht Primary School. He has captured their reactions to some of the video clips and helped them to undertake some video remixing of their own. It was fantastic to see how engaged the children were with the content and how responsive they were to working with video. Responses to the Open Earth Archive have also started to pour in thick and fast. We were particularly pleased to hear from Nina Porter, a MSc student in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University. For her final project Nina has been creating a DVD about Cusuco National Park in Honduras, which she has filmed herself. However, Nina couldn't get any footage of Capuchin monkeys while she was in Honduras and so she was delighted to find some excellent clips of these monkeys in the Open Earth Archive. We wish her every success with her project! If you are currently working on an exciting project do let us know using this form: [WWW] http://www.bbc.co.uk/calc/sn/overview_feedback.shtml And feel free to tell us anything that will help us better understand your requirements, concerns and priorities using this form [WWW] http://creativearchive.bbc.co.uk/archives/tell_us_what_you_think/index.html. If you wish to unsubscribe from this newsletter please visit [WWW] http://creativearchive.bbc.co.uk/archives/2005/03/newsletter.html and enter your email address in the unsubscribe box. If you have trouble unsubscribing, please email us at "[MAILTO] [MAILTO] ", and we will get back to you as soon as we can.









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Pete Stott; Karl Sabino>

Subject: RE: Cute overload

Date: 23/02/2006 09:54:09



Fame! > -----Original Message----- > From: Pete Stott > Sent: 23 February 2006 09:48 > To: Karl Sabino; Francois Jordaan > Subject: Cute overload > > > I'm on it today! Well not a photo of me, but the one of the puppy. > > http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/ > >








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Sketches

Date: 22/02/2006 14:48:07



Lotte Klaver makes beautiful little sketches of children: http://www.lotteklaver.nl/log/ Some favourites: http://www.lotteklaver.nl/log/gameboy.jpg http://www.lotteklaver.nl/log/whitedress.jpg http://www.lotteklaver.nl/log/voetjes2.jpg (More in the monthly archives.) f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: .com monopoly: Shame on Verisign

Date: 21/02/2006 21:50:02



Most of you already know they're pretty slimy. But things are set to get worse: http://www.bobparsons.com/dotcomscam.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Manhole covers

Date: 20/02/2006 18:35:46



...of Japan http://frangipani.info/photography/v/manholes_of_japan/?set_albumName=manhol es_of_japan? ...of London http://ruavista.com/gallery.htm ...everywhere http://www.drainspotting.com/ Actually, the latter 2 links are a bit blah. I just wanted to link to the nice Japanese ones. It's funny, the Japanese often decry the lack of beauty in their modern cities (compared with Europe), but I often found the opposite. http://japan.fjordaan.net/design.html Lots more great photos of Japan on the site. Nice travel writing too. http://www.frangipani.info/blog/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Digital Consumer Bill of Rights

Date: 20/02/2006 18:06:52



Sanity: http://www.digitalconsumer.org/bill.html Why? http://www.digitalconsumer.org/overview.html f









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The things you see when you don't have a camera

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14/02/2006 18:21:18

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <James Theophane; linkmonkey>

RE: UX Magazine

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14/02/2006 17:25:40

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Designed for Windows (and all those other annoying little stickers plastered on your new laptop)

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14/02/2006 17:07:31

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

First microseconds of an atomic blast

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13/02/2006 10:09:33

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

RE: Hands-on digital interaction

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13/02/2006 09:49:38

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

[Fwd: [IRR] 888-8888]

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12/02/2006 17:51:27

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

Web 2.0 mashup matrix

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12/02/2006 17:10:49

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Pete Stott; Karl Sabino; linkmonkey>

RE: round spikey circles

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12/02/2006 16:53:27

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Hands-on digital interaction

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12/02/2006 16:51:18

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Karl Sabino; linkmonkey>

RE: Do nothing evil part II




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: The things you see when you don't have a camera

Date: 19/02/2006 16:19:34


Attachment N1: philcollins.jpg




In the lunch queue at the village ming, I'm idly gazing at VH1 pap on the big plasma screen. According to some titling at the top of the screen the programme we're watching is "The world's biggest no.2s"


It's playing a Phil Collins video. His facial grimaces (not to mention the music) gave a whole different meaning to that title.



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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <James Theophane; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: UX Magazine

Date: 14/02/2006 18:21:18



Wow. That has to be some of the cleverest use of floats in a layout I've ever seen. Adapts beautifully for large or small window sizes. May I just say that I think this is a great case study in making text-based informational sites look good. Great typography and only a sprinkling of graphics. It's about knowing what you can do with HTML ? They've set themselves a challenging task, though. Does the web need another design magazine? Do they have the content and the authors? There's already http://www.alistapart.com http://www.sitepoint.com http://www.stylegala.com (very similar -- also sports a spiky circle) http://www.boxesandarrows.com (which has been petering out a bit lately) http://netdiver.net/ and so on... f > -----Original Message----- > From: James Theophane > Sent: 14 February 2006 12:47 > To: linkmonkey > Cc: Creative > Subject: UX Magazine > > "UX Magazine http://www.uxmag.com, about 'User Experiences' has an > incredibly well-designed, standards-compliant page, interesting content, > and a refreshing approach to discussion about design. Very serious, very > beautiful." > > > James Theophane > The Pixel Doctor will see you now... > > > > t +44 (0)20 7348 1000 f +44 (0)20 7348 1111 > m +44 (0)7803 750337 d +44 (0)20 7348 1022 > > Wheel: 360 Degrees of digital gumption > > wheel ltd, beaumont house, kensington village, avonmore road, london w14 > 8ts > > www.wheel.co.uk > > This transmission is intended only for the party to whom it is addressed > and may contain privileged and confidential information. If you are not > the intended recipient, any use, dissemination, or copying of this > transmission is prohibited. This email has been virus scanned. >








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Designed for Windows (and all those other annoying little stickers plastered on your new laptop)

Date: 14/02/2006 17:25:40



Good idea: http://www.paulgraham.com/designedforwindows.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: First microseconds of an atomic blast

Date: 14/02/2006 17:07:31



Photos taken with high shutter speed: http://www.rapidnewswire.com/atom.htm Funny, Akira led me to imagine it as a perfect sphere. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Hands-on digital interaction

Date: 13/02/2006 10:09:33



A clever colleague pointed out that PC laptops have always interpreted movement along the right-hand and bottom edges of the touchpad as scrolling. I didn't know that. The fact that he's the only one to point this out suggests not many other people do either. f > -----Original Message----- > From: Francois Jordaan > Sent: 10 February 2006 15:47 > To: linkmonkey > Subject: Hands-on digital interaction > > > I was pretty impressed recently by Apple's new Powerbook > touchpads that interpret 2-finger movements on the pad as > scrolling. Absolutely fantastic, deserves to be standard, > wonder if it's something that could be added to PC laptops > with a driver update. > > But anyway, this is even cooler: > http://mrl.nyu.edu/~jhan/ftirtouch/ > Multi-Touch Interaction Research > """ > While touch sensing is commonplace for single points of > contact, multi-touch sensing enables a user to interact with > a system with more than one finger at a time, as in chording > and bi-manual operations. [...] It is a rich area for > research, and we are extremely excited by its potential for > advances in efficiency, usability, and intuitiveness. It's > also just so much fun! > """ > > This is something we'd previously seen here: > http://tactiva.com/ > > ...but the video demo on the multi-touch site includes far > more interesting applications. Very promising indeed. > > (The video may be temporarily down due to slashdotting.) > > f > > (Thanks for the link, Raf) >









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: [Fwd: [IRR] 888-8888]

Date: 13/02/2006 09:49:38



Lovely geeky story for a grey Monday morning: -------- Original Message -------- Subject: [IRR] 888-8888 Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 09:36:33 -0500 From: Eric S. Johansson To: irReGUlARs http://wiredblogs.tripod.com/cultofmac/index.blog?entry_id=1408908 The other thing I'd like to have included in the column is the delightful story Gary Wolf tells at the end of his insightful Wired magazine profile of Woz from 1998. The tale is the most appropriate I've read about the man: "Among his other activities, Woz collects phone numbers, and his longtime goal has been to acquire a number with seven matching digits... after more months of scheming and waiting, he had it: 888-8888. This was his new cell-phone number, and his greatest philonumerical triumph. The number proved unusable. It received more than a hundred wrong numbers a day. Given that the number is virtually impossible to misdial, this traffic was baffling. More strange still, there was never anybody talking on the other end of the line. Just silence. Or, not silence really, but dead air, sometimes with the sound of a television in the background, or somebody talking softly in English or Spanish, or bizarre gurgling noises. Woz listened intently. Then, one day, with the phone pressed to his ear, Woz heard a woman say, at a distance, "Hey, what are you doing with that?" The receiver was snatched up and slammed down. Suddenly, it all made sense: the hundreds of calls, the dead air, the gurgling sounds. Babies. They were picking up the receiver and pressing a button at the bottom of the handset. Again and again. It made a noise: "Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep." The children of America were making their first prank call. And the person who answered the phone was Woz." _______________________________________________ Irregulars mailing list http://tb.tf/mailman/listinfo/irregulars --- By the way, if you're sympathetic to the cult of Woz, you'll enjoy this 2-part interview at ITConversations: http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail214.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

Subject: Web 2.0 mashup matrix

Date: 12/02/2006 17:51:27



One of the integral aspects of the Web 2.0 phenomenon is the "mashup", or web application hybrid*, which combines the data or functionality from several sites or web applications in order to create a new application. Many sites encourage this by providing APIs** (if mashups become popular it strengthens their market share), while sometimes the data has to be scraped from sites. In the last year I've bookmarked 36 such sites, but there are many more interesting examples, and we're well advised to stay abreast of this trend. Here's a site that should be very helpful: http://www.programmableweb.com/matrix It cleverly incorporates a submission system to help it stay up to date. (Renders really slow in IE. Probably better in Firefox.) f * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashup_%28web_application_hybrid%29 ** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0#New_Web_protocols (Thanks for the link, Ade)








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Pete Stott; Karl Sabino; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: round spikey circles

Date: 12/02/2006 17:10:49



The article is a bit too adulatory and the "common features" often meaninglessly vague ("simple layout", "cute", "sparingly"), but I generally agree -- we've often laughed about the recurrence of certain design features in new sites. Some others I'd add: - Subtle diagonal stripe background texture - Enormous form fields (perhaps covered under "big text") - Fixed-width layout centered in middle of screen - Sites optimised for resolutions of at least 1024px wide f > -----Original Message----- > From: Pete Stott > Sent: 10 February 2006 16:03 > To: Francois Jordaan; Karl Sabino > Subject: round spikey circles > > > we are not the only ones to have noticed them: > > http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/current-style.cfm >








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Hands-on digital interaction

Date: 12/02/2006 16:53:27



I was pretty impressed recently by Apple's new Powerbook touchpads that interpret 2-finger movements on the pad as scrolling. Absolutely fantastic, deserves to be standard, wonder if it's something that could be added to PC laptops with a driver update. But anyway, this is even cooler: http://mrl.nyu.edu/~jhan/ftirtouch/ Multi-Touch Interaction Research """ While touch sensing is commonplace for single points of contact, multi-touch sensing enables a user to interact with a system with more than one finger at a time, as in chording and bi-manual operations. [...] It is a rich area for research, and we are extremely excited by its potential for advances in efficiency, usability, and intuitiveness. It's also just so much fun! """ This is something we'd previously seen here: http://tactiva.com/ ...but the video demo on the multi-touch site includes far more interesting applications. Very promising indeed. (The video may be temporarily down due to slashdotting.) f (Thanks for the link, Raf)








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Karl Sabino; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Do nothing evil part II

Date: 12/02/2006 16:51:18



> -----Original Message----- > From: Karl Sabino > Sent: 10 February 2006 15:11 > To: linkmonkey > Subject: Do nothing evil part II > > hot on the heels of it's chinese deployment, more google bad news. > > Google desktop will allow you to search across computers, storing copies > of text-based documents on it's servers, where they may be vulnerable to > legal action. > > "said EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston. "Unless you configure Google > Desktop very carefully, and few people will, Google will have copies of > your tax returns, love letters, business records, financial and medical > files, and whatever other text-based documents the Desktop software can > index." > > Love letters? Who writes their love letters in Word? > > http://www.eff.org/news/archives/2006_02.php#004400 > > > Karl Sabino > Information architect > > t +44 (0)20 7348 1000 f +44 (0)20 7348 1111 > m +44 (0)7968 056010 d +44 (0)20 7348 1131 > > wheel: insight thinking creativity > > wheel ltd, beaumont house, kensington village, avonmore road, london w14 > 8ts > > www.wheel.co.uk > > This transmission is intended only for the party to whom it is addressed > and may > contain privileged and confidential information. If you are not the > intended recipient, > any use, dissemination, or copying of this transmission is prohibited. > This email has been virus scanned. > >









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Best blonde joke ever

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25/01/2006 16:42:08

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Google Local improvements

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25/01/2006 16:34:04

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Pandora vs Last.fm (music recommendations)

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25/01/2006 16:34:04

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Pandora vs Last.fm (music recommendations)

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25/01/2006 09:38:39

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Careful with that axe, Eugene

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18/01/2006 12:06:33

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure

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16/01/2006 14:00:10

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Could algae save the planet?

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16/01/2006 09:54:34

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

The prejudice map

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03/01/2006 17:10:07

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative; linkmonkey>

Ad/design blog; Intel

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03/01/2006 17:00:04

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Multiple monitors and productivity




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Best blonde joke ever

Date: 30/01/2006 10:54:24




I've resisted the temptation too long. This has to be the geekiest blonde joke ever.




















If you want to know how geeky, read

http://artiloop.blogspot.com/2006/01/how-many-blondes-does-it-take.html

I'm surprised it hasn't made this page yet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_phenomena


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Google Local improvements

Date: 25/01/2006 16:42:08



We've gotten used to steady data improvements in Google Earth (e.g. Cape Town last August, London last November), but without seeing a change on Google Maps a.k.a. Google Local. Anyway, it's updated now. London available in its full glory, e.g. Buckingham Palace: http://tinyurl.com/brdx8 They've actually added 2 EXTRA ZOOM LEVELS allowing you to zoom in closer than you ever could before. Here's the info on the Google Blog: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/01/new-year-new-imagery.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Pandora vs Last.fm (music recommendations)

Date: 25/01/2006 16:34:04



Here's a recent comparison between the two: http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/01/23/655/ We've talked about them in the past, see conversation below. Last.fm has been steadily rolling out new features, by the way, including making it much easier to publish your playlists to your website: http://www.last.fm/onyoursite/ f -----Original Message----- From: Francois Jordaan Sent: 14 November 2005 13:57 To: Rob Hobson; linkmonkey Subject: RE: Love Music? There is now a free, ad-supported version of Pandora: http://www.techcrunch.com/2005/11/10/pandora-now-offers-free-option/ -----Original Message----- From: Francois Jordaan Sent: 21 October 2005 10:06 To: Rob Hobson; linkmonkey Subject: RE: Love Music? ...but prefer Last.fm http://www.last.fm/ (Does pretty much the same thing, but is free and geekier.) Join fellow Wheelies http://www.last.fm/user/francoisj http://www.last.fm/user/OwenBlacker/ http://www.last.fm/user/RobGreen/ http://www.last.fm/user/wheelstudio -----Original Message----- From: Rob Hobson Sent: 20 October 2005 17:36 To: linkmonkey Subject: Love Music? Love pandora... http://www.pandora.com/ Rob Hobson abstract of all faults t +44 (0)20 7348 1000 f +44 (0)20 7348 1111 d +44 (0)20 7348 1239 wheel: insight thinking creativity wheel ltd, beaumont house, kensington village, avonmore road, london w14 8ts








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Pandora vs Last.fm (music recommendations)

Date: 25/01/2006 16:34:04



Here's a recent comparison between the two: http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/01/23/655/ We've talked about them in the past, see conversation below. Last.fm has been steadily rolling out new features, by the way, including making it much easier to publish your playlists to your website: http://www.last.fm/onyoursite/ f -----Original Message----- From: Francois Jordaan Sent: 14 November 2005 13:57 To: Rob Hobson; linkmonkey Subject: RE: Love Music? There is now a free, ad-supported version of Pandora: http://www.techcrunch.com/2005/11/10/pandora-now-offers-free-option/ -----Original Message----- From: Francois Jordaan Sent: 21 October 2005 10:06 To: Rob Hobson; linkmonkey Subject: RE: Love Music? ...but prefer Last.fm http://www.last.fm/ (Does pretty much the same thing, but is free and geekier.) Join fellow Wheelies http://www.last.fm/user/francoisj http://www.last.fm/user/OwenBlacker/ http://www.last.fm/user/RobGreen/ http://www.last.fm/user/wheelstudio -----Original Message----- From: Rob Hobson Sent: 20 October 2005 17:36 To: linkmonkey Subject: Love Music? Love pandora... http://www.pandora.com/ Rob Hobson abstract of all faults t +44 (0)20 7348 1000 f +44 (0)20 7348 1111 d +44 (0)20 7348 1239 wheel: insight thinking creativity wheel ltd, beaumont house, kensington village, avonmore road, london w14 8ts








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Careful with that axe, Eugene

Date: 25/01/2006 09:38:39



Classic Floyd: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4488671888968650349 1973-05-18 at Earl's Court f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure

Date: 18/01/2006 12:06:33



Dubya in danger of being eaten by a grue. http://www.defectiveyeti.com/archives/001561.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Could algae save the planet?

Date: 16/01/2006 14:00:10



Algae - like a breath mint for smokestacks http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0111/p01s03-sten.html This sounds great: """ Fed a generous helping of CO2-laden emissions, courtesy of the power plant's exhaust stack, the algae grow quickly even in the wan rays of a New England sun. The cleansed exhaust bubbles skyward, but with 40 percent less CO2 (a larger cut than the Kyoto treaty mandates) and another bonus: 86 percent less nitrous oxide. After the CO2 is soaked up like a sponge, the algae is harvested daily. From that harvest, a combustible vegetable oil is squeezed out: biodiesel for automobiles. """ See also http://groovy.movingtonz.com/type/?p=251 Hmm, it was already mentioned in this CNN article from 2000: http://archives.cnn.com/2000/NATURE/07/31/algae.carbon.enn/ which "expects the technology could be implemented in about five years" f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: The prejudice map

Date: 16/01/2006 09:54:34



More fun with Google wildcard queries: http://blog.outer-court.com/prejudice/ f p.s. Other stuff along this line: http://diveintomark.org/archives/2002/08/16/google_makes_baby_jesus_cry http://www.googlism.com/ ...and lots of others I've forgotten.








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative; linkmonkey>

Subject: Ad/design blog; Intel

Date: 03/01/2006 17:10:07



Examples of interesting advertising/design around the globe http://www.frederiksamuel.com/blog/ Seems to be fairly frequently updated. This is the first I've seen that Intel is rebranding. With a lame swoosh straight out of eNormicon. http://www.frederiksamuel.com/blog/2005/12/intel-rebranding.html http://www.37signals.com/enormicom/09.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Multiple monitors and productivity

Date: 03/01/2006 17:00:04



http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000012.html A study (on developers) has shown: """ After multiple monitors were introduced: - Productivity in lines of code per day increased 10%. - Defect levels decreased by 26%. """ Study is here: http://codebetter.com/blogs/darrell.norton/archive/2003/11/11/3432.aspx The findings also agree with this 2001 Microsoft paper: http://www.research.microsoft.com/research/coet/Multimonitor/CHI2001/paper.p df """ A second monitor improves efficiency in ways that are difficult to measure yet can have substantial subjective benefit. """ f









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Clik Clak

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28/12/2005 17:37:22

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Techy webcomic: Bug Bash

3.

23/12/2005 12:56:18

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Pimp my RAM

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23/12/2005 12:53:42

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Person finds self on Google Earth

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16/12/2005 14:27:14

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Google Earth data update

6.

16/12/2005 10:20:45

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

More wacked-out visuals from Ren & Stimpy artist

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16/12/2005 09:34:10

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Turking around

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15/12/2005 15:13:53

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

For trivia buffs: company names

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13/12/2005 18:13:09

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Oh no robot -- Web comic search engine

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12/12/2005 19:18:26

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Samorost 2




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Clik Clak

Date: 28/12/2005 18:02:02



Cute little animated film http://www.milkandcookies.com/links/37819/details ...that'll be my last link for this year! Let's be careful out there, f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Techy webcomic: Bug Bash

Date: 28/12/2005 17:37:22



Hans Bjordahl's Bug Bash http://www.bugbash.net/ You may be more familiar with his work as Program Manager for Microsoft Outlook. Here's a podcast interview with him (and some more cartoons) on MSDN's JobsBlog http://blogs.msdn.com/jobsblog/archive/2005/04/08/406600.aspx f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Pimp my RAM

Date: 23/12/2005 12:56:18



http://www.crucial.com/uk/ballistix/content.asp?key=tracer """ Ballistix Tracer memory is a piece of high-performance eye candy that will have gamers "ooohhing" and modders "aaahhing." Its black PCB, black integrated heat spreaders, two rows of activity-indicating LEDs, and ground effects lights can add flash appeal to your rig. """ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Person finds self on Google Earth

Date: 23/12/2005 12:53:42



First such story I've seen (probably not the first): http://www.theregister.com/2005/12/20/google_earth/ "That smudge's me!" Colour me unconvinced. There's not even a KML link. By the way, you Mac users won't have much longer to wait: http://www.edparsons.com/?p=135 f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Google Earth data update

Date: 16/12/2005 14:27:14



http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthreaded.php/Cat/0/Number/219154/an/currentEv ents/page/0#219154 Better vector data (roads) for the UK. (The other updates on this page is the Dec 2 update I've already written about.) f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: More wacked-out visuals from Ren & Stimpy artist

Date: 16/12/2005 10:20:45



"I've come to the point where I can't stand being art directed anymore" http://www.boingboing.net/2005/12/15/ren_and_stimpy_artis.html http://williamwray.com/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Turking around

Date: 16/12/2005 09:34:10



http://strom.com/awards/417.html Some interesting speculations around Amazon's Mechanical Turk. The Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Mechanical_Turk has some interesting links, including 'turking' blogs, ones with tips on speeding up your turking, and the interesting sights you see while turking: http://www.mturk.laurenmayeux.com/blog/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: For trivia buffs: company names

Date: 15/12/2005 15:13:53



http://thekaran.com/iStuff/companyNames.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Oh no robot -- Web comic search engine

Date: 13/12/2005 18:13:09



http://www.ohnorobot.com/ Search the text of over 17,000 webcomics. How does it work? Low-tech. Not OCR. Publishers of webcomics put a "Transcribe this comic" button on their pages, like this one here http://chrisbishop.com/her/archives/her167.html and the well-meaning public (that's you) type in the transcription in the popup window that appears. I guess if scanlation* can work, this can. * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scanlation The main problem I can see is that 99% of the webcomics signed up so far are total crap. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Samorost 2

Date: 12/12/2005 19:18:26



Wonderful new online game from the creators of the Polyphonic Spree game Quest for the Rest*: http://www.samorost2.com/ See their other work at http://www.amanitadesign.com/ * http://questfortherest.com/ Classic Eastern European animation aesthetics. Also slightly reminiscent of Vectorpark http://www.vectorpark.com/ f









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battle pencils

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09/12/2005 00:08:30

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Robin Bates; Pete Stott; linkmonkey>

RE: nice rack

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05/12/2005 20:14:15

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Naomi Watts in the Uncanny Valley

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30/11/2005 13:47:15

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Smoking manners

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30/11/2005 09:14:23

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Technical; linkmonkey>

Identity 2.0

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25/11/2005 09:56:57

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

ambigrams

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22/11/2005 18:10:46

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

del.icio.us redesigned

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21/11/2005 16:23:16

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Google's new London digs

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21/11/2005 11:08:42

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Usability reviews ...by frogs

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17/11/2005 11:07:19

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

[Flickr users] Vote for your favourite Engrish




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: battle pencils

Date: 09/12/2005 17:12:54



Will it be bigger than Pokemon? http://www.revecess.com/index.php?p=172? f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Robin Bates; Pete Stott; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: nice rack

Date: 09/12/2005 00:08:30



And a bookmark from back in '01: http://unixsex.com/admins/ > -----Original Message----- > From: Robin Bates > Sent: 08 December 2005 10:00 > To: Pete Stott; linkmonkey > Subject: RE: nice rack > > I'm just off to the server room... > > -----Original Message----- > From: Pete Stott > Sent: 08 December 2005 09:54 > To: linkmonkey > Subject: nice rack > > http://hwpr0n.se/








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Naomi Watts in the Uncanny Valley

Date: 05/12/2005 20:14:15



Or, King Kong on the Xbox 360, and the paradoxical problem of ever-more "realistic" avatars in computer games: http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,69739,00.html """ In some ways, her avatar is an admirably good replica, with the requisite long blond hair and juicy voice-acting from Watts herself. But the problem begins when you look at her face -- and the Corpse Bride stares back. The skin on virtual Naomi is oddly slack, as if it weren't quite connected to the musculature beneath; when she speaks, her lips move with a Frankensteinian stiffness. And those eyes! My god, they're like two portholes into a soulless howling electric universe. "Great," I complained to my wife. "I finally get to hang out with a gorgeous starlet -- and she's dead." """ f p.s. The "Uncanny Valley" [...] concept comes from the Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori, who argued that simulacra of humans seem lively and convincing so long as they're relatively low-resolution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_Valley








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Smoking manners

Date: 30/11/2005 13:47:15




Lessons in etiquette from Japan Tobacco:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/highglosshighs/2252798/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fjordaan/9690968/in/set-212530/


Interestingly, this poster featured in the You Are Here exhibition earlier this year at the Design Museum.


I commented,


That's one of the few things I dislike about Japan -- far too many people smoke. But the poster's earnest and unironic appeal to people's considerateness and community-mindedness also demonstrates one of my favourite things about Japan. This sort of approach just won't work in the West. Here you have to appeal to people's vanity or self-esteem.


Also check out Smokers' Style -- Japan Tobacco's website, which has a gallery of all the posters

http://www.jti.co.jp/sstyle/manners/ad/change/gallery/index.html


And even statistics of people's attitudes to it

http://www.jti.co.jp/sstyle/manners/ad/change/index.html

(click the links in the middle of the page)


Lots of other information on the site, including TV ads, and a more recent poster campaign.


francois









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Technical; linkmonkey>

Subject: Identity 2.0

Date: 30/11/2005 09:14:23



Very worthwhile podcast from the O'Reilly Open Source Convention held in Portland, Oregon August 1-5, 2005. http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail708.html The presentation's pretty entertaining too. Antidote to bulletpoints. http://www.identity20.com/media/OSCON2005/ f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: ambigrams

Date: 25/11/2005 09:56:57



Creative lettering ?http://www.johnlangdon.net/ambigrams.html Check the examples, e.g. http://www.johnlangdon.net/symmetrical.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: del.icio.us redesigned

Date: 22/11/2005 18:10:46



Finally -- I was wondering what they're doing with all that VC money: http://del.icio.us No longer monochrome! Less geeky! No longer assumes you know what it is, what it does, and what's a tag! "Popular" now on homepage! Proper help! http://del.icio.us/help/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Google's new London digs

Date: 21/11/2005 16:23:16



Around the corner from Victoria station: http://zdnet.com.au/insight/software/soa/Photo_gallery_Inside_the_GooglePlex /0,39023769,39223136,00.htm (photo gallery) f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Usability reviews ...by frogs

Date: 21/11/2005 11:08:42



Not sure if this'll catch on: http://www.frogreview.com/m/05/11/ticketmaster/ Sensible comments, but the issue they're focusing on is way too easy ...like shooting fish in a barrel. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: [Flickr users] Vote for your favourite Engrish

Date: 17/11/2005 11:07:19



http://www.flickr.com/groups/engrish/discuss/121429/ Some of these are priceless. E.g. British cuisine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/petitshoo/22986996/in/pool-engrish/ But check the others too, and vote for your favourite! f









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Interactive Fiction 2005 competition winners announced

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15/11/2005 14:46:26

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Nostalgia dose for the day

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15/11/2005 09:59:19

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Make a statement with your iPod Shuffle

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15/11/2005 09:55:59

Francois Jordaan

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Yahoo Shoposphere

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14/11/2005 19:12:51

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Creative>

Another colour palette tool

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14/11/2005 13:53:17

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Rob Hobson; linkmonkey>

RE: Love Music?

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11/11/2005 09:16:49

Francois Jordaan

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Definition of Web 2.0

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08/11/2005 09:14:24

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

I got laid on Halloween

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04/11/2005 16:35:46

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

RE: Speaking of recursion (was: RE: Infinate flickr)

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25/10/2005 18:33:12

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

SKLIZZORCH!




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Interactive Fiction 2005 competition winners announced

Date: 16/11/2005 17:36:41



For the last eleven years, the readers of the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.int-fiction have held a yearly interactive fiction competition. For fans of the old Infocom games as well as for newcomers to the genre, the competition is a chance to enjoy some of the best short adventure games available anywhere. http://ifcomp.org/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Nostalgia dose for the day

Date: 15/11/2005 14:46:26



http://www.flickr.com/photos/78362749N00/sets/1352356/ I guess some people here weren't even born in 1982... f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Make a statement with your iPod Shuffle

Date: 15/11/2005 09:59:19



...a religious statement: http://www.devoted1.com/ Now all it will take is one celebrity to wear it, and it'll be the season's must-have. Madonna perhaps? f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Yahoo Shoposphere

Date: 15/11/2005 09:55:59



Yesterday I wrote about Amazon borrowing from Yahoo (tags -- well, from Flickr). Today Yahoo's borrowing from Amazon: http://shopping.yahoo.com/shoposphere/ User-created lists, just like Amazon's Listmania. Except this is tied into your Yahoo identity, your Yahoo 360 pages and so on. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Creative>

Subject: Another colour palette tool

Date: 14/11/2005 19:12:51



And a very nicely-designed site too: http://www.colorschemer.com/ All-CSS semantic markup goodness. Check the scheme gallery http://www.colorschemer.com/schemes/ and inevitable tag cloud http://www.colorschemer.com/schemes/tags/ In fact, the site ticks nearly all the boxes for the emerging aesthetic of the new little Web 2.0 sites popping up like mushrooms: - Fixed-width centred layout with shadows either side - Usually some gradient going on in the background - Not afraid to bevel, emboss ?- Rounded corners - Diagonal stripe texture - Images that seem to "reflect" against the surface of the page - Lots of green Have a look whether you agree: http://www.fruitcast.com/ http://www.suprglu.com/ http://www.techcrunch.com/ (OK, a site *about* Web 2.0 sites) http://tapeitofftheinternet.com (see here: http://tinyurl.com/8y2qk) http://www.imeem.com/ http://9rules.com/ http://www.microformats.org/ http://www.puppylab.com/ (OK, an agency) http://blog.chalk.it/ http://www.technorati.com http://www.tagalag.com/ Aah, I'm sure there are dozens of others. f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Rob Hobson; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Love Music?

Date: 14/11/2005 13:53:17



There is now a free, ad-supported version of Pandora: http://www.techcrunch.com/2005/11/10/pandora-now-offers-free-option/ > -----Original Message----- > From: Francois Jordaan > Sent: 21 October 2005 10:06 > To: Rob Hobson; linkmonkey > Subject: RE: Love Music? > > ...but prefer Last.fm > http://www.last.fm/ > > (Does pretty much the same thing, but is free and geekier.) > > Join fellow Wheelies > http://www.last.fm/user/francoisj > http://www.last.fm/user/OwenBlacker/ > http://www.last.fm/user/RobGreen/ > http://www.last.fm/user/wheelstudio > > -----Original Message----- > From: Rob Hobson > Sent: 20 October 2005 17:36 > To: linkmonkey > Subject: Love Music? > > Love pandora... > > http://www.pandora.com/ > > Rob Hobson > abstract of all faults > t +44 (0)20 7348 1000 f +44 (0)20 7348 1111 > d +44 (0)20 7348 1239 > > wheel: insight thinking creativity > > wheel ltd, beaumont house, kensington village, avonmore road, london > w14 8ts >








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

Subject: Definition of Web 2.0

Date: 11/11/2005 09:16:49



Web 2.0, proper noun The name given to the social and technical sophistication and maturity that mark the- Oh, screw it. Money! Money money money! Money! The money's back! Ha ha! Money! (Devil's Dictionary, where else :) http://eod.com/devil/archive/web_20.html And a few other new ones: AJAX, noun An acronym for the phrase "Accessibility Just Ain't eXciting." BitTorrent, proper noun Looting implemented as a communications protocol: the more people stealing something, the easier it is. podcast, verb The audible form of "blog," in much the same way that a series of unhappy grunts and splashes is the audible form of "stomach flu." And some old ones Flash, proper noun A technology that almost - not quite, but almost - allows advertisements to punch you in the face. sunshine, noun Nuclear radiation, meaning it will kill you. "Sunshine! Noooooo!"








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: I got laid on Halloween

Date: 08/11/2005 09:14:24



Sobering post reminiscent of 2001: """ Some of you are still virgins and wondering when your time will come. Doing what we do for a living, with its volatility and bottom lines, most likely you'll get laid one of these days. I got laid off for the second time in my short creative career last Monday. Halloween. Axed on Halloween. """ http://www.underconsideration.com/speakup/archives/002463.html#002463 f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Speaking of recursion (was: RE: Infinate flickr)

Date: 04/11/2005 16:35:46



And more self-reference examples http://www.users.bigpond.com/kdelarue/10sref.htm This statement is false. Who needs rhetorical questions, anyway? aibohphobia: the fear of palindromes Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake. There once was a lady from Crewe Whose limericks stopped at line two. There once was a man from Verdun. > -----Original Message----- > From: Francois Jordaan > Sent: 04 November 2005 16:22 > To: Rob Green > Cc: linkmonkey > Subject: Speaking of recursion (was: RE: Infinate flickr) > > This Is the Title of This Story, > Which Is Also Found Several Times in the Story Itself > > http://math.uchicago.edu/~chruska/recursive/moser.html > > Recursive metatextuality. > > -----Original Message----- > From: Rob Green > Sent: 04 November 2005 16:17 > To: Francois Jordaan > Cc: linkmonkey > Subject: RE: Infinate flickr > > I'm gonna add one over the weekend (if I remember to charge my > camera), I think we all should! > > -----Original Message----- > From: Francois Jordaan > Sent: 04 November 2005 16:15 > To: Rob Green > Subject: RE: Infinate flickr > > ...recharge our cameras? > > -----Original Message----- > From: Rob Green > Sent: 04 November 2005 16:14 > To: linkmonkey > Subject: Infinate flickr > > For those that haven't already seen this, it's great > :o) > http://www.flickr.com/groups/infinite/pool/show/ > > Set it to 1 second interval... > > I'm gonna add one over the weekend if I remember to > charge my camera, I think we all should! > > > R > > Rob Green > No! Not the buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons! > > t +44 (0)20 7348 1000 f +44 (0)20 7348 1111 > d +44 (0)20 7348 1003 > > wheel: insight thinking creativity > > wheel ltd, beaumont house, kensington village, > avonmore road, london w14 8ts > > http://www.wheel.co.uk/ > > This transmission is intended only for the party to > whom it is addressed and may > contain privileged and confidential information. If > you are not the intended recipient, > any use, dissemination, or copying of this > transmission is prohibited. > This email has been virus scanned. >








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: SKLIZZORCH!

Date: 25/10/2005 18:33:12



Well, that's one that for some reason always stayed with me. Here, in no particular order, are some more onomatopoeia from the amazing Don Martin Dictionary*: SPROINGACHONK Spring-loaded ax POiNG THUK! PINK Shooting Messages By Arrow And Bow String Snaps SPUTZ-SPITZA CHUKKUNK-CLUNK Car Running Out Of Gas GLINK Flying Toenail Landing In Can Of Beer FAROOLANA, FASHUNK Coroner Opening, Then Closing Cold Storage Cabinets Where Deceased Are Kept GING GING, THWAT Schoolboy Stretching A Rubber Band Slingshot And Then Firing And Hitting Curvy Teacher's Butt KRUNCHLE KRAKLE SHKLINK SKROTCH Man Chewing Glass GLISH GLUTCH YAK AWK GAROOF WEEOOOEEEOOO BLOOMBLOOM YAGGAK WHAP ROWR GROWR GURGLE GLUK Domestic Mayhem And Carnage Involving A Small Child, His Mother, A Dog And A Police Officer DIT DIT DIT DIT DIT Eye bouncing across road * http://www.collectmad.com/madcoversite/index-dmd.html f









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Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Planning & Strategy; Pete Stott; Karl Sabino; Jared Folkmann (E-mail)>

BBC News: Have Your Say (Beta)

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21/10/2005 14:50:13

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Cameratoss

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21/10/2005 14:03:30

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

More on Google Print Library (il)legality

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18/10/2005 18:07:18

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

Eric Schmidt (Google CEO) in WSJ on why Google Print is fair use

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18/10/2005 17:45:47

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Hokusai wave (homages)

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17/10/2005 10:57:00

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

A photoshop tutorial for photographers

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13/10/2005 13:21:31

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Xara becomes Open Source

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04/10/2005 17:53:41

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

Personal home pages

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03/10/2005 11:13:51

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Ringtones (and yet, interesting)

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16/09/2005 12:29:53

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

[Friday] Shortys




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Planning & Strategy; Pete Stott; Karl Sabino; Jared Folkmann (E-mail)>

Subject: BBC News: Have Your Say (Beta)

Date: 21/10/2005 17:17:30



Looks like a new format is being trialled: http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?threadID=91?021160925 It now requires registration, where it didn't previously. Here's the old format. Wonder if the intention is to replace it with the above? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/4363798.stm Ah, here's the explanation: http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid_4340000/newsid_4349000/434905 4.stm """ So from October 17, we are introducing new software which will allow readers to have more say in the debates and a chance to pick the best of the contributions by having a "readers recommended" option. We will have two types of debate. There'll be ones which we pre-moderate - so a journalist will look at the content and publish after checking it passes BBC guidelines, such as libel, profanity, incitement, etc. [...] For other debates we will have what is called "reactive moderation". All comments to these less contentious debates will be published live and unedited. Our users can complain using a simple "complaint" button on each comment if a posting breaks editorial rules. """ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Cameratoss

Date: 21/10/2005 14:50:13



Cool! http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/cameratoss/ Can't wait to try it. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

Subject: More on Google Print Library (il)legality

Date: 21/10/2005 14:03:30



Book author to her publishing company: your lawsuit is not helping me or my book http://www.kottke.org/05/10/google-print-lawsuit ...with a long discussion in the comments. (Well, not much of a *discussion*, since it's pretty one-sided.) And here's another musing by Battelle, looking at some of the larger issues at play: http://battellemedia.com/archives/001952.php and concluding """ [...] it's clear to me that this case will go to court. No one wants to settle. Google is digging in, and so is the media world. Folks, we have a real battle on our hands. """ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

Subject: Eric Schmidt (Google CEO) in WSJ on why Google Print is fair use

Date: 18/10/2005 18:07:18



""" Imagine the cultural impact of putting tens of millions of previously inaccessible volumes into one vast index, every word of which is searchable by anyone, rich and poor, urban and rural, First World and Third, en toute langue -- and all, of course, entirely for free. How many users will find, and then buy, books they never could have discovered any other way? How many out-of-print and backlist titles will find new and renewed sales life? How many future authors will make a living through their words solely because the Internet has made it so much easier for a scattered audience to find them? This egalitarianism of information dispersal is precisely what the Web is best at; precisely what leads to powerful new business models for the creative community; precisely what copyright law is ultimately intended to support; and, together with our partners, precisely what we hope, and expect, to accomplish with Google Print. """ More on http://battellemedia.com/archives/001938.php f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Hokusai wave (homages)

Date: 18/10/2005 17:45:47



Calvin-Levi-Hokusai

   via

http://www.coolhunting.com/archives/2005/10/denim_hokusai_1.php










From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: A photoshop tutorial for photographers

Date: 17/10/2005 10:57:00



http://www.twistedtreephoto.com/Photoshop%20tutorial/Photoshop%20tutorial1.h tml f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Xara becomes Open Source

Date: 13/10/2005 13:21:31



http://www.xaraxtreme.org/ """ Xara is pleased to announce that it intends to make its flagship graphics product, Xara X (in its latest and greatest incarnation, Xara Xtreme), Open Source. Xara is also working to bring it to the Linux and Mac platforms. Xara X is the world's fastest and we believe the most versatile graphics software. It's primarily a vector graphics (drawing and illustration) program but is one of the new generation of cross-over products that handles photos and drawings with equal ease. Xara X is also renowned for its slick, easy-to-use and easy-to-learn approach. Xara X remains the most powerful (in terms of performance) and the most productive (in terms of how quickly you can create results) product available - these are objective measures and not just marketing spiel. Xara pioneered many of the graphic technologies that have become industry standard, from the first vector anti-aliasing, to the first vector transparency, including graduated transparency. The latest versions continue to innovate with dozens of industry firsts such as real-time vector feathering, embedded JPEG, the world's most efficient file storage, and performance (improved again in the latest release). """








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

Subject: Personal home pages

Date: 04/10/2005 17:53:41



...are coming back into fashion, it seems. Plenty of choices: http://www.google.com/ig Requires registration, or a Gmail account, nice drag 'n' drop interface http://www.netvibes.com Registration unnecessary, entirely AJAX-based interface (try opening blog entries), drag 'n' drop http://www.protopage.com/ Basically a stickynotes page. No RSS aggregation. Too many nags to register http://projects.backbase.com/RUI/portal.html Quite ambitious, with slick drag 'n' drop, but not as intuitive as Netvibes or Google I've been using Google's for a while, but am considering switching to Netvibes. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Ringtones (and yet, interesting)

Date: 03/10/2005 11:13:51



"An experiment in a new kind of music" http://tones.wolfram.com/ Fractal ringtones, by none other than Steven Wolfram, creator of Mathematica. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: [Friday] Shortys

Date: 16/09/2005 12:29:53



Why go for boring hybrid ethanol-powered Toyotas when you can get a kick-ass Shorty?

  See more at

http://media.skoopy.com/misc/minicars/

           Yeah, unfortunately, they're Photoshopped, not real. This one is real, though.

via http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/44736





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WTF is HTML 4.0?

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15/09/2005 19:33:28

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Bush's opinion on Roe vs. Wade

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13/09/2005 12:25:55

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Faces where you don't expect them

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12/09/2005 17:20:17

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <James Theophane; linkmonkey>

RE: Quark Rebrand

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07/09/2005 11:55:08

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Yak music live in London

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07/09/2005 11:43:31

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Five Mistakes Band & Label Sites Make; music videos online

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01/09/2005 13:03:42

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Music filesharing breakthrough?

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01/09/2005 10:18:34

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Geek humour: The physicists' party

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01/09/2005 09:26:34

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Audioville

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26/08/2005 11:29:37

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

[Friday] Abel & Baker




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Owen Blacker; James Theophane>

Subject: WTF is HTML 4.0?

Date: 15/09/2005 19:33:28



Seen on the site below:

If your own page doesn't validate properly and you don't care why then steal this image.

  alt="If your own page doesn't validate properly and you don't care why then steal this image."




> -----Original Message-----

> From: Owen Blacker

> Sent: 15 September 2005 17:30

> To: James Theophane

> Cc: Francois Jordaan; linkmonkey

> Subject: RE: Bush's opinion on Roe vs. Wade

>

>

> http://weblog.garyturner.net/archives/001834.html









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Bush's opinion on Roe vs. Wade

Date: 15/09/2005 19:33:28



"I don't care how they get out of New Orleans"








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Faces where you don't expect them

Date: 13/09/2005 12:25:55



Lovely http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimwich/sets/796304/ Wish I'd done this. Often intended to. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <James Theophane; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Quark Rebrand

Date: 12/09/2005 17:20:17



Wow, that's quite a radical change. But I never really felt comfortable with their previous brand -- in 1998 or 99 they switched from their old Bauhaus-y look to a very classical "arty" style, which didn't suit them at all. Now they look like a telecomms company. The homepage design's pretty unoriginal, and the site's rather yawn-inducing throughout. Amazing that they managed to end up with exactly the same logo as Scottish Arts! And that the same symbol can mean 'Q' or 'a'. How did you spot it? They've tried to go standards-based, but pretty imperfectly, with stuff like: * DIV.quote instead of BLOCKQUOTE * DIV.colorboxhead instead of Hx * Strange heading hierarchy, with H3 and H4 used interchangeably * Unjustifiably wider than 800px * Currently getting some 503 errors: "Server is starting". Launch pains, I guess Disclaimer: I hate Quark f > -----Original Message----- > From: James Theophane > Sent: 12 September 2005 16:24 > To: linkmonkey > Subject: Quark Rebrand > > http://www.quark.com/ ...in no way looks like: > http://www.scottisharts.org.uk/ ...oh, wait. > > James Theophane > The pixel doctor will see you now... > > > > t +44 (0)20 7348 1000 f +44 (0)20 7348 1111 > m +44 (0)7803 750337 d +44 (0)20 7348 1022 > > wheel: insight thinking creativity > > wheel ltd, beaumont house, kensington village, avonmore road, london w14 > 8ts > > www.wheel.co.uk > > This transmission is intended only for the party to whom it is addressed > and may contain privileged and confidential information. If you are not > the intended recipient, any use, dissemination, or copying of this > transmission is prohibited. This email has been virus scanned. >








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Yak music live in London

Date: 07/09/2005 11:55:08



...as my favourite Tuvan rock band, Yat-Kha, has unfortunately been dubbed in the office. Couple of dates coming up quite soon to listen to or see an absolutely fantastic band. More info on their website at http://www.yat-kha.com or have a listen at f -----Original Message----- From: Yat-Kha Newsletter [mailto:] Subject: Yat-Kha Newsletter - September 2005 Yat-Kha in London Hello everybody. We have just finished three shows in China and now have arrived in London. We have a busy schedule the next few days and would like to meet up with any of you who are around the London area at one or more of the following events Friday Sept 9th A Live interview with Phil Jupitus on BBC 6 Music at 9.00am GMT. You can listen on the internet at http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music Saturday Sept 10th Rough Trade in Store The band will do a short acoustic set at the Rough Trade shop 16 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DP Tel: 020 7240 0105. We will start at 2.00pm. Entry is free so come down and say hello. Directions http://www.roughtrade.com/site/where2.lasso Sunday Sept 11th - Ronnie Scott's The UK tour kicks off at Ronnie Scott's. For full tour dates go to http://www.yat-kha.com/html/when/2005/yat_kha_2005_tour_dates_european.php Support on the UK tour will come from Babar Luck - www.babarluck.com Hope to see some of you at these events Love Albert www.yat-kha.com









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Five Mistakes Band & Label Sites Make; music videos online

Date: 07/09/2005 11:43:31



Excellent article: http://www.43folders.com/2004/12/five_mistakes_b.html """ Just in general? Don't let your web designer build a portfolio piece on the back of your fans and your business. Ask your fans what they want, watch how they use your site, and then give them what they like without a lot of hooptedoodle. """ ...via this other great article about the sorry state of music videos on the web: http://www.waxy.org/archive/2005/09/01/feist_an.shtml (with some good links to online music videos) """ the state of music videos online is just generally poor. Music videos are promotional material to spur album sales, right? Then why do we need to suffer through postage-stamp video and buffering Realvideo streams to watch a well-produced advertisement? I'm not asking for DVD-quality here; just something on par with Apple's movie trailers. """ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Music filesharing breakthrough?

Date: 01/09/2005 13:03:42



Missed this a week ago: http://www.boingboing.net/2005/08/22/customers_of_new_uk_.html """ PlayLouder MSP, an ISP in the UK, has secured a license from Sony that allows its customers to legally share any song in the Sony-BMG catalog with any other PlayLouder MSP customer, and to download these tracks from any ISP customer in the entire world. This is such stupendously good news that I frankly didn't believe it. This is what EFF has been calling for for years now, a Voluntary Collective Licensing Scheme will break the file-sharing deadlock and give the majority of Internet users who file-share today the chance to get legit while compensating rightsholders. """ Interview with founder: http://www.boingboing.net/2005/09/01/interview_with_isp_f.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Geek humour: The physicists' party

Date: 01/09/2005 10:18:34



One day, all of the world's famous physicists decided to get together for a party (ok, there were some non-physicists too who crashed the party). Fortunately, the doorman was a grad student, and able to observe some of the guests... * Everyone gravitated toward Newton, but he just kept moving around at a constant velocity and showed no reaction. * Einstein thought it was a relatively good time. * Coulomb got a real charge out of the whole thing. * Cauchy, being the mathematician, still managed to integrate well with everyone. * Thompson enjoyed the plum pudding. * Pauli came late, but was mostly excluded from things, so he split. * Pascal was under too much pressure to enjoy himself. * Ohm spent most of the time resisting Ampere's opinions on current events. * Hamilton went to the buffet tables exactly once. * Volta thought the social had a lot of potential. * Hilbert was pretty spaced out for most of it. * Heisenberg may or may not have been there. * Feynman got from the door to the buffet table by taking every possible path * The Curies were there and just glowed the whole time. * van der Waals forced himeself to mingle. * Wien radiated a colourful personality. * Millikan dropped his Italian oil dressing. * de Broglie mostly just stood in the corner and waved. * Hollerith liked the hole idea. * Stefan and Boltzman got into some hot debates. * Everyone was attracted to Tesla's magnetic personality. * Compton was a little scatter-brained at times. * Bohr ate too much and got atomic ache. * Watt turned out to be a powerful speaker. * Hertz went back to the buffet table several times a minute. * Faraday had quite a capacity for food. * Oppenheimer got bombed. * The microwave started radiating in the background when Penzias and Wilson showed up. * After one bite Chandrasekhar reached his limit. * Gamow left the party early with a big bang while Hoyle stayed late in a steady state. * For Schrodinger this was more a wave function rather than a social function. * Skorucak wanted to put everybody on his web site. * Erdos was sad no epsilons were invited. * Born thought the probability of enjoying himself was pretty high. * Instead of coming through the front door Josephson tunnelled through. * Groucho refused to attend any party that would invite him in the first place. * Niccolò Tartaglia kept stammering throughout the evening. * Pauling wanted to bond with everyone. * Keynes was keen to question the marginal utility of this party. * Shakespeare could not decide whether to be or not to be at the party. * John Forbes Nash wanted to play a n-person zero sum game. * Pavlov brought his dog; which promptly chased after Schrodinger's cat. * Zeno of Elea came with two friends - Achilles and the tortoise. * Bill Gates came to install windows. * Bertrand Russell kept wondering if the cook only cooks for the guests, who cooks for the cook? * Witten bought a present all tied up with superstrings. * The food was beautifully laid out by Mendeleyev on the periodic table. * Riemann hypothesised about who would arrive next; to which Newton retorted, ' hypotheses non fingo.' * Chadwick was handing out neutrons free of charge. * Everyone was amazed at Bell's inequality. * Watson and Crick danced the Double Helix. * While Fermat sang, 'Save the Last Theorem for me.' * Maxwell's demon argued with Dawkin's friend, the selfish Gene. * Russell and Whitehead insisted on checking the bill for completeness and consistency. Godel said it was incomplete and it can never be proved otherwise. * Epimenides the Cretan announced that only non-Cretans spoke the truth. * Rontgen saw through everybody. * Descartes cogitated, 'I think I am drunk. Therefore I am at the party.' via http://www.physicsforums.com/blog/2005/08/17/at-the-party-with-the-physicist s/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Audioville

Date: 01/09/2005 09:26:34



Since I walk to work I can't read books on my commute, so am reliant on my MP3 player (iRiver iFP-390T). Gradually I've been listening to less music, and more and more spoken word. Typically, - Radio 4 (live, or shows I've selectively recorded from BBC streams) - Interviews/speeches from ITConversations.com - Various other stuff I've downloaded - Audiobooks So I was quite pleased yesterday to discover a new audiobook site with a good catalogue, where you can purchase individual tracks at pretty decent prices: http://www.audioville.co.uk/ It even introduces each page with an audio sample, which sounds like a really daft idea, but it's quite charming, and the audio widget is well designed -- it's easy to turn off, and each clip plays only once, not every time you visit a page. (Anyone else reminded of the T.Ireland pitch?) Overall, it exudes more personality than the usual webstore: http://www.audioville.co.uk/aboutus.php The site's a good standards-compliant build, and I like how the main navigation is designed -- a compact 2-tier format. No idea why they use https throughout, though. To be fair, this is not the only site of its kind. Here's another: http://www.telltaleweekly.org/ (As American in style as audioville is British.) f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: [Friday] Abel & Baker

Date: 26/08/2005 11:29:37



The astute will know that the A?named after two monkeys sent into space in 1959: http://observe.arc.nasa.gov/nasa/spacefly/human_flight/HTML_version/hf_2.htm l (Hence, linkmonkey) You may wonder why were they named thus. Well, until 1954, Able and Baker were the first two words in the military communication alphabet, or radio alphabet, used to make spelling more intelligible over radio communications devices. (Subsequently replaced by Alpha and Bravo.) You can find this info, and dozens more examples of radio alphabets, in this analysis of the Grateful Dead's "Touch of Grey", which contains the stanza It's a lesson to me The Ables and the Bakers and the C's The ABC's we all must face And try to keep a little grace http://arts.ucsc.edu/GDead/AGDL/touc.html The names Able and Baker were also given to the two 21-kiloton nuclear devices that were detonated in 1946 at Bikini Atoll. Here are some lovely watercolours of the event: http://www.history.navy.mil/ac/bikini/bikini1.htm It's anyone's guess who first decided to spell Able like the biblical Abel, brother of Cain, but the same spelling was also used soon after WWII for Abel Avenue (adjacent to Baker Street) in Palo Alto*, Silicon Valley. francois * PALO ALTO AVENUE was named for El Palo Alto, the old Coast Redwood tree on the corner of Senator Stanford's Palo Alto Farm. Timothy Hopkins gave the land for Palo Alto Avenue in 1894 which was dedicated by the City for public use in 1895. http://www.pahistory.org/









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What Dave did next

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24/08/2005 09:35:47

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Google Talk is live

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24/08/2005 09:21:32

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Logging underwater??

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23/08/2005 09:29:33

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Engadget 1985

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22/08/2005 09:45:59

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

All hail our Noodly Master

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15/08/2005 09:02:38

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

This is javascript. This is 64kb

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09/08/2005 17:51:06

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

FW: Round up from the backstage.bbc.co.uk Open Tech 2005

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09/08/2005 17:25:40

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Digital gallery of book jackets 1926-1947

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09/08/2005 16:49:21

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Guy behind Google Maps

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28/07/2005 09:45:45

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Great little game: protect your cursor




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: What Dave did next

Date: 25/08/2005 17:28:12



Here's some geeky trivia that one or two people besides me may find fascinating: The author of Google Talk, Google's chat client released earlier this week, is none other than Dave Bau, author of my 2nd-most indispensable* Windows utilities in the world, Dave's Quick Search Deskbar (DQSD for short), a kind of command line for the web that sits in your Taskbar. (No way will I ever cede that space to the Google Deskbar.) http://blogs.aspadvice.com/rbirkby/archive/2005/08/24/6675.aspx (He posted the GTalk announcement link on Google Blog, although there's nothing in his personal site that I could see even mentioning he works at Google.) Via Richard's post I also learned that he was one of the early people on the ASP.Net team and developed the RegEx libraries in .Net. Didn't know that. francois *Favourite is, of course, Irfanview http://web-graphics.com/mtarchive/000288.php#chatty000114








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Google Talk is live

Date: 24/08/2005 09:35:47



Google's instant messaging client: http://www.google.com/talk/ ...as widely anticipated. Some writeups: http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/050824-000100 http://google.blognewschannel.com/index.php/archives/2005/08/23/google-talk- is-live/ http://battellemedia.com/archives/001815.php f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Logging underwater??

Date: 24/08/2005 09:21:32



http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2005/08/18/greenemeier-waterlog/index.htm l?source=weekly """ As the traditional logging industry deals with unsteady prices and the challenges of globalization, the value of a new crop is coming to light: trees hidden under reservoirs, long given up for lost. """ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Engadget 1985

Date: 23/08/2005 09:29:33



Some of you may have seen this already, but it's a great tribute: http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000430055334/ WELCOME TO THE ENGADGET BBS August 22, 1985 | 12:35 Some quotes: "Someday we'll all have phones as portable as the 11-pound Mobira Talkman." "We still think this Macintosh thing is an overrated, underpowered poor stepchild to the Lisa, and that Jobs and Sculley will eventually come to their senses and scrap it." "One day in the future we'll all work at 200MHz tower desktops with 9600 baud modems, but until then we'll just have to keep dreaming." etc...








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: All hail our Noodly Master

Date: 22/08/2005 09:45:59




A new religion, Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, is sweeping the planet. American Pastafarians demand that it be given equal time in classrooms along with other religious creation beliefs.


'The


Beliefs:


* The Universe was created by an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster. All evidence pointing towards evolution was intentionally planted by this being.


* Global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct consequence of the decline in numbers of pirates since the 1800s.


Codes of conduct:


* Prayers are ended with the word Ramen rather than Amen.

* Followers are expected to dress in full pirates' regalia.


Benefits of conversion:


* Like the noodles they worship, Flying Spaghetti Monsterists have flimsy moral standards.

* Every Friday is a religious holiday.

* Promise of a stripper factory and a beer volcano in Heaven.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster


(It's a parody religion created to protest the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to allow intelligent design to be taught in science classes alongside evolution.)










From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: This is javascript. This is 64kb

Date: 15/08/2005 09:02:38



Demo scene* skillz: http://www.west.co.tt/matt/js/redbug/redbug.html (Runs in browser. Best in IE.) Here are the other winners from the Assembly 05 competition: http://www.pouet.net/party.php?which=7? f * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demoscene








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

Subject: FW: Round up from the backstage.bbc.co.uk Open Tech 2005

Date: 09/08/2005 17:51:06



For those of you who couldn't be there, here's the roundup: -----Original Message----- From: UKUUG Events [mailto:] Sent: 08 August 2005 14:39 To: francois.jordaan Subject: Round up from the backstage.bbc.co.uk Open Tech 2005 Hi, Thanks for attending OpenTech 2005. Audio and video from most sessions is now available at http://www.ukuug.org/events/opentech2005/recording As a result of the event, besides the launch of http://backstage.bbc.co.uk, we also saw the launch of Free Culture UK and the beginnings of a UK Digital Rights organisation. For more, join Danny O'Brien's pledge: http://www.pledgebank.com/rights Suw Charman's report of the OpenTech session that started the UK Digital Rights ball really rolling: http://tinyurl.com/becys Her initial blog post: http://tinyurl.com/75v6h Danny's initial blog post: http://tinyurl.com/8242z Danny's Guardian article: http://tinyurl.com/8gnh2 Danny's second post: http://tinyurl.com/8tkfq A 2006 event is being considered; if you want to keep informed about any similar event by us in the future, subscribe to our low-traffic, announcement-only mailing list - send a blank email to: (your address will only be used to contact you about these events and will not be passed onto third parties). Cheers! Dave and Sam backstage.bbc.co.uk Open Tech 2005 www.ukuug.org/events/opentech2005








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Digital gallery of book jackets 1926-1947

Date: 09/08/2005 17:25:40



Design inspiration: http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgtitle_tree.cfm?level=1?=304473 f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Guy behind Google Maps

Date: 09/08/2005 16:49:21



Interview with Lars Rasmussen http://zdnet.com.au/news/software/soa/Take_browsers_to_the_limit_Google/0,20 00061733,39204515,00.htm """ "Go beyond browsers' lowest common denominator," he advised developers. """ """ "Google Maps was originally a C++ app intended to be downloaded separately," he recalled, going back to the days before his startup company, Where 2 Technologies, was acquired by Google last October. """ """ As such, Rasmussen remains disappointed with Google Earth, which is similar to Maps but utilises three-dimensional modelling and has to be downloaded prior to use. "Much as we have tried, we haven't been able to do this in JavaScript," he said, expressing hope that Google Earth and Maps would eventually be merged into one Web application. """ Also: A good Gmap/MSN Virtual Earth/Yahoo comparison http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2005/07/where_20_compar.html A roundup of Gmap mashups http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2005/07/where_20_latest.html Wired on Gmap mashups http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,68071,00.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Great little game: protect your cursor

Date: 28/07/2005 09:45:45



http://www.onemorelevel.com/games/avoider.html f









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Geek cruises

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Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Don't click it!

3.

06/07/2005 18:49:20

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Google Maps, geoblogging, and other hacks

4.

06/07/2005 18:49:08

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Architecture / Talk Richard Rogers And Ivan Harbour

5.

01/07/2005 14:14:04

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Free ride on a magic carpet (NASA World Wind and Google Earth)

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24/06/2005 10:15:27

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Spam song lyrics?

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23/06/2005 17:32:59

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Marianne David; linkmonkey>

RE: Meaning of words

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21/06/2005 11:27:34

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Enjoy the moon illusion this week

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17/06/2005 17:28:56

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

RE: Smoking bunny -- now in 3-D

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15/06/2005 09:05:06

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

weird creatures




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey; Technical>

Subject: Geek cruises

Date: 13/07/2005 11:14:35



How's this for a canny bit of niche marketing: http://www.geekcruises.com/ Here's the page you're all looking for: http://www.geekcruises.com/standard_interface/boss.htm Good luck! f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Don't click it!

Date: 12/07/2005 17:31:57



This isn't just any old flashy Flash site. In fact, it's not a "site" at all. It's a "project". It's a serious experiment in a new interaction paradigm! http://www.dontclick.it/ Never once do you need to click. Give that index finger a rest, and see how the web can be if you only had to touch, not click. Actually, it's a very successful experiment. It works really well. There are some great ideas. And I do think it has some valuable lessons. But designing for this paradigm isn't simple -- there's a far greater onus on creating animation, getting the timing just right, fine-tuning positioning, etc. If nothing else, it's beautifully designed. Pity that Flash renders small type so badly. Some of these ideas I've seen before at 8edge, although they don't totally banish the click http://www.8edge.com/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Google Maps, geoblogging, and other hacks

Date: 06/07/2005 18:49:20



Pete mentioned the transparency gmap hack (see link below). Another interesting use of gmaps: enabling geotagging your Flickr photos, without needing a GPS device. Requires Greasemonkey Here's a simple step-by-step demonstration: http://txfx.net/2005/05/17/flickr-google-maps-geobloggers/ So start geotagging your photos, and you'll show up on the Geobloggers database: http://geobloggers.com/ f > -----Original Message----- > From: Pete Stott > Sent: 06 July 2005 11:58 > To: Austin Sutter; Francois Jordaan > Subject: google map transparencies > > http://www.kokogiak.com/gmaps-transparencies.html








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Architecture / Talk Richard Rogers And Ivan Harbour

Date: 06/07/2005 18:49:08



From Kultureflash -- some of you may be interested:


ARCHITECTURE / TALK RICHARD ROGERS AND IVAN HARBOUR


Royal Academy


Monday 11 July [6:30 - 7:30pm]


Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1 T:020.7300.8000 Tube: Piccadilly Circus

general £10 | students £5


The problem with having created at least two high-tech icons of late 20th century architecture is that people assume your best days are behind you. There's a perception that the Richard Rogers Partnership has become a corporate mega-practice, probably not helped by "Lord Rogers of River Cafe" being somewhat diverted in recent years by his roles as Mayoral Advisor and sustainable urban design guru. But behind the high-tech facade, RRP continues its serious architectural work on a number of major league projects: Heathrow's Terminal 5, the just-completed Antwerp Law Courts, the new Welsh Assembly and Madrid's new Barajas Airport. These last two will be the subject of the talk, with Rogers joined by the projects' director Ivan Harbour. Interesting that ma ny of their recent buildings have begun to move away from the "high-tech or bust" approach and toward an increasingly expressive, sometimes even organic, style. And it's a shame that the forthcoming Maggie's Centre (just a short stroll from their office) isn't on the evening's agenda, as it's a good example of how the practice can still do "small but perfectly formed" on a limited budget. Oh well, we can't have everything, can we?









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Free ride on a magic carpet (NASA World Wind and Google Earth)

Date: 01/07/2005 14:14:04



Lots of people are excited by the release of Google Earth as a free download: http://earth.google.com/ Unfortunately, downloads have temporarily been halted, due to unprecedented popularity. I don't believe it's due to the number of downloads of the installer; the file is only 10MB, but it downloads all its image data from Google -- and that would add up quickly. But there's no reason to miss out. You can already download NASA's World Wind for free: http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/ I urge everyone with the necessary hardware to do so. (Fast PC with several GB free.) Seeing it for the first time is an epiphany. (Flight simulator buffs may be a little more jaded.) Spin the globe, zoom in at dizzying speed with the mousewheel, and tilt the perspective to fly over the landscape and between mountains. World Wind is released as open source software, and there are already enormous amounts of independent data bundled with the programme, from the predictable (placenames, landmarks, country boundaries, etc.) to the esoteric (animation of wildfires across the African continent during 2004, the progress of hurricanes, the movement of populations, famous voyages, etc.) You can also switch between alternative satellite imagery, some more detailed in some areas than others. It's incredibly beautiful and addictive. There are busy forums with feature requests and upcoming developments http://forum.worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/ as well as a wiki http://www.worldwindcentral.com/wiki/Main_Page In these respects Google Earth will take a long while to catch up, and World Wind may always remain the better educational resource. But Google Earth has better quality imagery and more detail, and cool features like 3D buildings in American cities. It also has the road map and route finder technology of Google Maps. Here's why it has more detail: """ [Google] Better resolutions outside the US. That is because google sat is displaying DigitalGlobe imagery. Digital globe has THEIR OWN SATS for imaging in orbit above the earth, this is a PRIVATE funded project NOT a governmental one. That is why they have better detail outside the US and we just have USGS on inside the US, USGS does NOT image the rest of the world (Outside of landsat). """ http://tinyurl.com/8ccpr Here's another comparison between Google Earth and World Wind http://www.newrecruit.org/archives/2005/june/opensourceworldwind Microsoft will soon enter the fray as well http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/050523-125208 offering "eagle eye" viewpoints, taken from specially-commissioned planes. Here's a video of the technology demo: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=71140 All wonderful developments. These are the things that we daydreamed of when we were kids. Neal Stephenson fans will be reminded of Snow Crash (I'm led to believe, not having read it.) francois p.s. Anyone desperate to download Google Earth, shoot me an email with your home email address. I'll put it on my server to download. Wheel Group, Beaumont House, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London W14 8TS T +44 (0)20 7348 1000 F +44 (0)20 7348 1111 D +44 (0)20 7348 1049 francois.jordaan www.wheel.co.uk









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Spam song lyrics?

Date: 24/06/2005 10:15:27



Some of you who get a lot of spam might have been intrigued by the scatterings of random words included in most spams nowadays. Their purpose is to confuse Bayesian spam filters, that identify spam based on statistical analysis of the words that occur in normal emails, as opposed to spam. Anyway. One spam this morning included this catchy paragraph: you deltoid me claimant me you bass me coax me you splendid me monteverdi me you shmuel me hope me you jacobsen me tenderloin me you elisha me banana me you collagen me en me Anyone else reminded of this? http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/underworld/bornslippy.html f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Marianne David; linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Meaning of words

Date: 23/06/2005 17:32:59



And innocently clicking a random link from that page, I found this: http://www.blessedherbs.com/?af=0063?Prepare to be freaked out. Especially those testimonials. "I find myself more excited than I've ever been about having a bowel movement" f > -----Original Message----- > From: Marianne David > Sent: 23 June 2005 14:27 > To: linkmonkey > Subject: Meaning of words > > Didn't realize "Sh*t" was such a deep word in english....the thesaurus is > pretty funny in this case, and there's a cute bull...below the fold > http://www.thefreedictionary.com/shit > > > Not bad, for a free online dictionnary/thesaurus... > > Marianne David > t +44 (0)20 7348 1000 f +44 (0)20 7348 1111 > d +44 (0)20 7348 1072 > > wheel: insight thinking creativity > > wheel ltd, beaumont house, kensington village, avonmore road, london w14 > 8ts > > www.wheel.co.uk > > This transmission is intended only for the party to whom it is addressed > and may > contain privileged and confidential information. If you are not the > intended recipient, > any use, dissemination, or copying of this transmission is prohibited. > This email has been virus scanned. > >








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Enjoy the moon illusion this week

Date: 21/06/2005 11:27:34



http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/20jun_moonillusion.htm "This week's full moon hangs lower in the sky than any full moon since June 1987, so the Moon Illusion is going to be extra strong." Very interesting article. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: Smoking bunny -- now in 3-D

Date: 17/06/2005 17:28:56



And more degenerate little models http://flickr.com/photos/freetaco/6935365/ http://www.vinylboutique.com/shop/index.php?cPath=38 http://www.toymonsterz.com/FLYER1.htm Love the Gagnes stuff on the latter. f > -----Original Message----- > From: Francois Jordaan > Sent: 17 June 2005 17:24 > To: linkmonkey > Subject: Smoking bunny -- now in 3-D > > > Looks like the motif on my t-shirt (Kozik's smoking bunny) is > now also a toy. > > http://www.toytokyo.com/images/CMT-kozik-0.002.jpg > http://rotofugi.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/bonebunnybw_lg.jpg > http://static.zoovy.com/img/ningyoushi/W300-H400-Bffffff/boneb > unnyred_large > > f >








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: weird creatures

Date: 15/06/2005 09:05:06



Deep sea fish: http://www.imagequest3d.com/catalogue/deepsea/ Could this one be real, though? http://www.amonline.net.au/fishes/about/fieldwork/norfanz/psychrol2.htm f









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Lego mecha

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Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

BBC News under the bonnet

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31/05/2005 18:43:38

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Food Pyramid redesign

4.

13/05/2005 14:37:19

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Movie trailers

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13/05/2005 14:37:08

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Lectures on game design

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12/05/2005 16:56:40

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

iCopulate (SFW)

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Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Omnipelagos

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12/05/2005 15:43:55

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Beware of Tigers

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12/05/2005 15:36:24

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Yahoo music player -- Yahoo gets its mojo back (continued)




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Lego mecha

Date: 14/06/2005 09:03:24



Lecha? Mego? http://www.flickr.com/photos/44124312001N01/sets/125732/ Cool, though. Also cool: Worth1000 Escher Photoshop contest: http://www.worth1000.com/cache/contest/contestcache.asp?contest_id=3447 f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: BBC News under the bonnet

Date: 13/06/2005 15:11:43



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4606719.stm f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Food Pyramid redesign

Date: 31/05/2005 18:43:38



The US Dept of Agriculture have redesigned the old food pyramid http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/Fpyr/pmap.htm thus: http://www.mypyramid.gov/ Slate's of the opinion that they've screwed it up: http://slate.msn.com/id/2117642/ They've commissioned 3 design agencies to offer their improvements: http://slate.msn.com/id/2117642/slideshow/2117560/fs/0//entry/2117542/ I think the 1st of the 3 ideas is the best, but I'm not really sure they're such a big improvement. They're all getting a bit complicated. See what you think. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Movie trailers

Date: 13/05/2005 14:37:19




[friday links #1]


Chronicles of Narnia trailer finally released:

<\\concept\temparea\chroniclesofnarniathelionthewitchandthewardrobethe_trlr_01_high_dl.mov>


Or download from

http://progressive.stream.aol.com/aol/us/moviefone/movies/2005/...


[55MB]


Also looking interesting: Zathura

http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/zathura/index.html

Jumanji in space, basically. I definitely wanted a house like that...


f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Lectures on game design

Date: 13/05/2005 14:37:08




[friday links #2]


http://www.pqhp.com/cmp/gdctv/


Rolling the Dice - The Risks and Rewards of Developing Katamari Damacy

Keita Takahashi

Length - 57:00


Keita Takahashi made his directorial debut with the quirky sleeper hit Katamari Damacy. The game presents players with a refreshingly unique, genre-defying game design, in which the player rolls game objects into an ever-increasing ball, while working against the clock. In this session, Takahashi-san gives an inside look into how he conceived, developed, and shepherded the game through Namco's corporate system.



Gameplay Moves Forward into the 21st Century

Peter Molyneux (Lionhead Studios)

Length - 1:03:53


Game play is that magic ingredient by which a game ultimately succeeds or fails. Intangible and difficult to get right, it is still what this industry is founded on. But with the games industry starting to mature and audiences becoming more mainstream, it is perhaps time to look at new gameplay devices. Lionhead's ambition is to create a game which pushes the boundaries of what we consider to be possible and the Dimitri project, which has been in conception for two years now, certainly does that. Peter Molyneux discusses the steps that are being taken to create a title which attempts to advance the concept of gameplay. This talk encompasses the idea of new gameplay devices and styles as well as Lionhead's new approach to the development of ambitious titles. It focuses particularly of concept and design.












From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: iCopulate (SFW)

Date: 12/05/2005 16:56:40




Now this is what I call inspired product design:


http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/icopulate.shtml


The product description doesn't miss a trick either.


""""""""""""""""

Pod On Pod Data Transfer Action!


...


Now your iPod® can get some action and do direct data transfers at the same time! Here's how it works. Simply apply a dab of the included iLube© onto the dock connector of your iPod® and slip it into one end of the iCopulate's(tm) latex sleeve. Find another consenting iPod® in the vicinity and deftly insert it into the opposite end of the sleeve.


""""""""""""""""


f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Omnipelagos

Date: 12/05/2005 16:00:45




For years I was addicted to a little word game called doublets, where you had to change one word into another, one letter at a time, each step also a valid word.


For example, you can change 'head' into 'tail' thus


head

heal

teal

tell

tall

tail


It's suprisingly addictive. But it's hard to find words longer than 5 letters that lend themselves to this, though.


I mention this because someone has come up with a programme to find connections between any two Wikipedia entries. So you can link "here" to "there" via


here

human

sociology

virtual world

there


http://www.omnipelagos.com/query?start_name=here?


It's called Omnipelagos.


I've tried to find connections between

"bunny" and "kitten" (5 links)

"oyster" and "wheel" (4 links)

"bach" and "pixies" (5 links)

"vegetable" and "transistor" (5 links)


Can anyone come up with something longer than 5 links, or stump it altogether?


f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Beware of Tigers

Date: 12/05/2005 15:43:55




It seems some people have had problems installing the new Mac OS X, Tiger. When Lisa said they had to reformat their hard drive, that sounded suspicious, as I read of a similar experience on www.kottke.org just days earlier.


It seems Kottke managed to sort out his problems, with some help.

http://www.kottke.org/05/05/last-100-posts-part-4

He recommends this article:

http://www.stefanseiz.com/archives/2005/05/tiger_install_hell.html

Which may be useful to those of you who haven't upgraded yet.


f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: Yahoo music player -- Yahoo gets its mojo back (continued)

Date: 12/05/2005 15:36:24




Following on from earlier memes [1], there are pretty impressive things coming out of Yahoo these days. Some clever people there.


With the Yahoo! Music Engine, Yahoo are coming from behind with the clear aim of killing off Windows Media Player, Winamp, iTunes, MusicMatch, Rhapsody and Napster.


Here's the pretty convincing pitch from the project lead, Ian Rogers, who has a pretty impressive CV in the online music biz (Beastie Boys, Nullsoft, Mediacode), prior to joining Yahoo.


http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-FDuiCSg4eqinB8z.GGJ7TmAz?p=89


Some highlights:

- $5/month subscription service -- less than half the cheapest competitor

- Tracks for $0.99 ($0.79 if you're a subscriber)

- Community -- listen to friends' music via Yahoo Messenger

- No DRM (read his views on DRM in the article)

- High bitrates

- Flac and Ogg support out of the box

- Plugin support

- Skinning support

etc.


The tech papers are full of reports of the impact this is having on rivals

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8A17IFO1.htm?campaign_id=apn_home_down


I almost think I'm ready to sign up for a subscription service now that the price is undeniably right. One thing that still makes me hesitate is that I won't trust their catalogue to have every obscure little thing I want. (They do list lots of small record labels onboard, from Kill Rock Stars to Kranky.) I haven't found a way to browse their catalogue yet. And I still want to look into any other restrictions I'm not thinking of yet.


Seems there's still reason for skeptimism

http://digitalmusic.weblogsinc.com/entry/1234000540043017


francois


[1] http://www.gigaom.com/2005/03/26/how-yahoo-got-its-mojo-back/









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Eurostar

Francois Jordaan <>

Got anything nice planned?

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12/05/2005 15:00:50

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BBC backstage

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AJAX to replace Flash on Flickr

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31/12/2004 14:09:05

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

The word I hate today is: "Megapixels."

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23/12/2004 11:11:13

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Google zeitgeist 2004

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23/12/2004 11:03:54

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Internet/Search predictions for 2005

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22/12/2004 09:18:22

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Union Chapel to close as arts venue

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21/12/2004 12:22:41

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

The Google ABC

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01/12/2004 11:27:43

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Lycos vs spam




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: RE: BBC backstage

Date: 12/05/2005 15:10:38




In my earlier mail I should really have brought in some opinions beyond my own:


Good summary from Ben Hammersley:

"""

"backstage.bbc.co.uk isn't just a result of the unique way the BBC is funded. That it fulfils a requirement of the BBC charter is wholly incidental. It's actually a symbol of something much much bigger: it's laying down the gauntlet for the rest of the world. It proves the point that on the internet, hiding your content is suicide. It says that you can either open up, and we can all flourish together; or you can remain closed, and die alone.


"""

More on his blog

http://www.benhammersley.com/weblog/2005/05/11/backstage_at_the_bbc.html


And the BBC developers:

http://www.benmetcalfe.com/blog/index.php/2005/05/11/backstage_bbc_co_uk_launches

http://www.technogoggles.com/technogoggles/2005/05/small_steps_bbc.html

http://www.tomski.com/

top UK hackers all.


francois


> -----Original Message-----

> From: Francois Jordaan

> Sent: 12 May 2005 15:01

> To: linkmonkey

> Subject: BBC backstage

>

>

> THIS IS COOL

> http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/

>

> """

> backstage.bbc.co.uk is the BBC's new developer network,

> providing content feeds for anyone to build with.

> Alternatively, share your ideas on new ways to use BBC

> content. This is your BBC. We want to help you play.

> """

>

> Just look at quality of the prototypes already:

> http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/prototypes/

> and ideas:

> http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/ideas/

>

> Nice standards-compliant site as well (possibly cribbed from

> Alistapart though), unlike the Creative Archive (though of

> course they're complementary to each other, not competitive).

> http://creativearchive.bbc.co.uk/

>

> Pioneering, very timely stuff from the BBC.

>

> francois

>









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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: BBC backstage

Date: 12/05/2005 15:00:50




THIS IS COOL

http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/


"""

backstage.bbc.co.uk is the BBC's new developer network, providing content feeds for anyone to build with. Alternatively, share your ideas on new ways to use BBC content. This is your BBC. We want to help you play.


"""


Just look at quality of the prototypes already:

http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/prototypes/

and ideas:

http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/ideas/


Nice standards-compliant site as well (possibly cribbed from Alistapart though), unlike the Creative Archive (though of course they're complementary to each other, not competitive).


http://creativearchive.bbc.co.uk/


Pioneering, very timely stuff from the BBC.


francois









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <linkmonkey>

Subject: AJAX to replace Flash on Flickr

Date: 12/05/2005 14:14:57


Attachment N1: Lickr -- Flickr without the Flash (1.85 KB)




Only on the photo pages, for now:

http://www.ajaxian.com/archives/2005/05/ajax_summit_eri.html


Very interesting explanation, and discussion, with John Dowdell (Macromedia), Neil Kandalgaonkar (creator of Lickr [1]), and Eric Costello (lead Flickr dev) all weighing in.


Plenty more ajax news afoot:

http://jszen.blogspot.com/2005/05/ajaxed-out.html

http://www.ajaxian.com/


francois


---

[1] Which I mentioned on 12/04/2005


http://brevity.org/lickr/


Clever. Firefox-only hack that strips out Flickr's Flash and replaces it with equivalent DHTML.


Here's an excellent description of it and surrounding issues:

http://simon.incutio.com/archive/2005/04/10/lickr










From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Subject: The word I hate today is: "Megapixels."

Date: 31/12/2004 14:09:05




Don't you love it when you discover a rant that saves you the trouble of writing it yourself?

http://www.jwz.org/gruntle/megapixels.html


"""

How did this asinine, obfuscated word get into the vernacular? What was wrong with "X by Y"? I'm sorry, I'm one of those poor, pathetic people who is not good at doing fucking square roots in his head.


Of course this is mostly a rhetorical question: I'm pretty sure the answer is ``because it allows small increases in resolution to look enormous.''


But I guess we're just lucky they didn't re-use "DPI" to talk about cameras in some arbitrary, braindead Apple-like way. Actually, that might have been easier to understand.


You can compute ``resolution'' from ``megapixels'', of course, but it's a gigantic pain in the ass (a megapain?) If a "3 megapixel" camera takes a 4:3 picture, then the image will be somewhere around 2048x1536 (equals 3,145,728). At 300 pixels per inch, 2048 pixels is 6.8 inches (2048/300). So with that camera, you can get an image that can't be printed larger than 6.8"x5" if you require 300dpi.



WASN'T THAT EASY?

It's easy to get from ``X by Y pixels'' to ``physical size at N DPI''. It's a pain in the ass to get from megapixels to, well, anything, because finding factors of large numbers is hard.


"""





From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: Google zeitgeist 2004

Date: 23/12/2004 11:11:13




http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html

...including a new interactive version.


And here are top queries from other search engines:


AOL:

http://hot.aol.com/2004/index.html


AskJeeves:

http://www.webpronews.com/news/ebusinessnews/wpn-45-20041220AskJeevesDivulgesTop2004Searches.html


Lycos:

http://50.lycos.com/121504.asp


Yahoo:

http://tools.search.yahoo.com/top2004/


f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: Internet/Search predictions for 2005

Date: 23/12/2004 11:03:54




John Batelle is a pretty reliable Nostradamus:


2004 predictions:

http://battellemedia.com/archives/000158.php


Results:

http://battellemedia.com/archives/001150.php


2005 predictions:

http://battellemedia.com/archives/001150.php


e.g.


9. Firefox will near 15% of total browser share. Firefox faithful will wonder why it's not much much higher. But MSFT will release a very good upgrade of IE, see #8.


12. By the end of the year, there will be no question that search is a media business, and that the major players in search are major players in the content business.


15. Mobile will finally be plugged into the web in a way that makes sense for the average user and a major mobile innovation - the kind that makes us all say - Jeez that was obvious - will occur. At the core of this innovation will be the concept of search.



f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Union Chapel to close as arts venue

Date: 22/12/2004 09:18:22




http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/


Very sad news. If you feel the same way, email



"""

How do you feel about this? We need your feedback on this situation and what you think will be the repercussions of this decision so we can pass on your opinions to the relevant people this is your opportunity to have your voice heard.


Who knows with enough public protest and opinion the chapel could reemerge in the future and on a stronger footing for developing its valuable contribution to the arts. We also want to document your testimonies of coming to the Union Chapel for posterity; we will get your opinions posted onto the website as soon as we can.


"""


Read what others are saying here:

http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/feedback.php


francois









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: The Google ABC

Date: 21/12/2004 12:22:41




Want to see who owns the letters of the alphabet?


According to the amazing Google Suggest:

http://labs.google.com/suggest


A is for Amazon

B is for Best Buy

C is for CNN

D is for Dictionary

E is for Ebay

F is for Firefox (yay!)

G is for Games

H is for Hotmail

I is for Ikea

J is for Jokes

K is for Kazaa

L is for Lyrics

M is for Mapquest

N is for News

O is for Online dictionary

P is for Paris Hilton (wtf?!)

Q is for Quotes

R is for Recipes

S is for Spybot

T is for Tara Reid

U is for Ups

V is for Verizon

W is for Weather

X is for Xbox

Y is for Yahoo

Z is for Zip Codes


via http://insidegoogle.blogspot.com/2004/12/google-suggests-goooooooooooooooogle.html


f


p.s. Admittedly, this had been done previously, simply by seeing who came up as #1 on a search for the letter. I bookmarked this in November 2003:


http://www.gerv.net/writings/who-owns-the-alphabet/

...but I see the results here are totally different. That figures -- Google Suggest gives you the most popular SEARCH TERMS, not popular RESULTS.









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Lycos vs spam

Date: 01/12/2004 11:27:43



You may have seen the recent story that Lycos have released a screensaver that, effectively, amounts to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against sites known to be owned/operated by spammers: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4051553.stm Interesting, but a pretty dodgy idea nonetheless for various reasons. And perhaps predictably, the Lycos site is now down due to an apparent counterattack: http://makelovenotspam.com/intl Here's the Slashdot thread: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/12/01/0250244? I just thought this post (probably appropriated from elsewhere) is pretty good, summarising why it was a bad idea in the first place, and generally, a cynical counterargument against *any* anti-spam initiative: ----------------------------- Your company advocates a ( ) technical ( ) legislative ( ) market-based (x) vigilante approach to fighting spam. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.) ( ) Spammers can easily use it to harvest email addresses (x) Mailing lists and other legitimate email uses would be affected ( ) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money ( ) It is defenseless against brute force attacks (x) It will stop spam for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it (x) Users of email will not put up with it (x) Microsoft will not put up with it (x) The police will not put up with it ( ) Requires too much cooperation from spammers (x) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once ( ) Many email users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers ( ) Spammers don't care about invalid addresses in their lists (x) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business Specifically, your plan fails to account for (x) Laws expressly prohibiting it ( ) Lack of centrally controlling authority for email ( ) Open relays in foreign countries ( ) Ease of searching tiny alphanumeric address space of all email addresses ( ) Asshats (x) Jurisdictional problems ( ) Unpopularity of weird new taxes ( ) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money ( ) Huge existing software investment in SMTP ( ) Susceptibility of protocols other than SMTP to attack ( ) Willingness of users to install OS patches received by email ( ) Armies of worm riddled broadband-connected Windows boxes ( ) Eternal arms race involved in all filtering approaches ( ) Extreme profitability of spam ( ) Joe jobs and/or identity theft ( ) Technically illiterate politicians ( ) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with spammers ( ) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with Microsoft ( ) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with Yahoo (x) Dishonesty on the part of spammers themselves (x) Bandwidth costs that are unaffected by client filtering ( ) Outlook and the following philosophical objections may also apply: (x) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever been shown practical ( ) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable ( ) SMTP headers should not be the subject of legislation ( ) Blacklists suck ( ) Whitelists suck ( ) We should be able to talk about Viagra without being censored ( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud (x) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks (x) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually ( ) Sending email should be free ( ) Why should we have to trust you and your servers? ( ) Incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses (x) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem ( ) Temporary/one-time email addresses are cumbersome ( ) I don't want the government reading my email (x) Killing them that way is not slow and painful enough Furthermore, this is what I think about you: ( ) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work. (x) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid company for suggesting it. ( ) Nice try, assh0le! I'm going to find out where you live and burn your house down!




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1.

29/11/2004 13:53:28

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Technical; Creative Team; Design Team; Planning & Strategy>

FW: Call for Review: Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility   Guidelines 2.0

2.

23/11/2004 19:40:54

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Google Groups 2 Beta

3.

22/11/2004 14:52:39

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Top directors flogging products

4.

18/11/2004 15:32:27

Jean Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <>

Re: Google Scholar

5.

18/11/2004 15:08:14

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Google Scholar

6.

16/11/2004 16:25:01

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Packing a fresh brain for shipment

7.

15/11/2004 14:37:43

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Macheads: Apple store opening this weekend in Regent Street

8.

12/11/2004 10:04:54

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Live concerts on the internet

9.

09/11/2004 14:37:48

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Mac-heads rejoice: Delicious Monster is here

10.

09/11/2004 09:46:50

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Site redesign: ibm.com




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Technical; Creative Team; Design Team; Planning & Strategy>

Subject: FW: Call for Review: Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility   Guidelines 2.0

Date: 29/11/2004 13:53:28



Just as advance warning -- the familiar-to-all W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 will soon(ish) be replaced by the WCAG 2.0. (See email below.) WCAG 1.0 has gone unchanged for many years and its vagueness and shortcomings are often criticised. Even so, it's still the de facto web accessibility text. Early versions of WCAG 2.0 have been criticised for being unmanageably big and impenetrably worded, and in danger of being ignored for those reasons, as well as being too restrictive. Hopefully the authors have taken this into account since. Probably already worth familiarising yourself with this if you're dealing with accessibility issues. francois -----Original Message----- From: Judy Brewer [mailto:] Sent: 25 November 2004 06:06 To: WAI Interest Group Subject: Call for Review: Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Dear WAI Interest Group Participants, A new Working Draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) as well as four supporting documents were published 19 November 2004. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) invites you to comment on these documents. W3C Working Drafts provide opportunities for public comment during the development of a specification. Please send comments to the public comments mailing list by 3 January 2005: WCAG 2.0 addresses accessibility of Web content for people with disabilities. It will apply to a wider range of Web technologies than WCAG 1.0 and is intended to be understandable to a wider audience. Since the previous public Working Draft of WCAG 2.0, published on 30 July 2004, the WCAG WG has incorporated over 200 public comments. To help address usability issues raised with the July drafts, WAI also developed "Introduction to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Working Draft Documents" as a starting point for WCAG 2.0. The Introduction illustrates the relationships between WCAG 2.0 and the supporting documents, and links to the current version of each document. The Introduction is available at: /www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag20> The five documents published on 19 November 2004: - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 /www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-WCAG20-20041119/> - General Techniques for WCAG 2.0 /www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-WCAG20-GENERAL-20041119/> - HTML Techniques for WCAG 2.0 /www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-WCAG20-HTML-TECHS-20041119/> - CSS Techniques for WCAG 2.0 /www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-WCAG20-CSS-TECHS-20041119/> - Client-side Scripting Techniques for WCAG 2.0: /www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-WCAG20-SCRIPT-TECHS-20041119/> The Working Group is interested in discussion of the following questions. 1. In general, is this WCAG 2.0 Working Draft easy to understand? Please identify phrases that are difficult to understand. Please suggest wording for the Working Group to consider. 2. Does "Introduction to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Working Draft Documents" clarify the relationships between WCAG 2.0 and the four Techniques documents? 3. In WCAG 1.0, the WCAG WG identified temporary solutions for authors; several guidelines begin "until user agents..." If WCAG 2.0 assumes that end-users have browsers that conform to the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines, WCAG 2.0 becomes simpler, but what is the effect on the end-user? Please read and comment on the Editorial Note at: /www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-WCAG20-20041119/#baseline-note> 4. The first public Working Draft of Client-side Scripting Techniques for WCAG 2.0 was published to solicit early review and discussion. Related to question #2 (about Baseline Technologies Assumption) the WCAG WG asks, "Are functional alternatives required for content that contains scripting?" In other words, should WCAG 2.0 move away from the alternative functionality requirement of WCAG 1.0 Checkpoint 6.3 [1]? [1] /www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/wai-pageauth.html#tech-scripts> Please send your comments by 3 January 2005 to: The archive for that mailing list is available at: /lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-comments-wcag20/> When sending comments, please: - State the issue as clearly and simply as possible. - Provide links to specific examples or references. - If possible, suggest solutions. - Remember that the Working Group welcomes volunteers to help with the work. When waiting for responses to comments: - Track your issue in the open issues list /trace.wisc.edu/bugzilla_wcag/condensedreports/wcag2_issues.php> - Follow up on the mailing list if you don't find your issue in the open issues list. Please let us know if you have any questions. Many thanks in advance for your comments. Additional information on the Working Group is available at: /www.w3.org/WAI/GL/> Note: Our target is for WCAG 2.0 to become a W3C Recommendation in the first half of 2005. Until then, WCAG 1.0 will continue to be the current and stable document to use. If your site currently conforms to WCAG 1.0, be assured that conformance to WCAG 2.0 will not require a complete redesign of your site but it will likely require some tweaks. Note: This message may be circulated to other lists, avoiding cross-postings where possible. Wendy Chisholm - W3C Team Contact for WCAG WG Judy Brewer - Director, Web Accessibility Initiative, W3C Gregg Vanderheiden - Chair of WCAG WG, and Director of Trace R? -- Judy Brewer +1.617.258.9741 http://www.w3.org/WAI Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) MIT/CSAIL Building 32-G530 32 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: Google Groups 2 Beta

Date: 23/11/2004 19:40:54



I just discovered by accident that Google is in the process of drastically overhauling Google Groups. You can see the difference simply by adding "-beta" to the URL, like this: Home page (URL hacking doesn't work here): http://www.google.com/grphp?hl=en?becomes http://groups-beta.google.com/ Category page: http://groups.google.com/groups?group=alt?becomes http://groups-beta.google.com/groups?group=alt? Group page: http://groups.google.com/group/comp.human-factors?hl=en?f becomes http://groups-beta.google.com/group/comp.human-factors?hl=en?fe=off Thread page (here the URL hacking trick stops working): http://tinyurl.com/3zjmo becomes http://tinyurl.com/5vffk There are numerous interface differences, too many to critique now. It's a lot more GMail-like, that's for sure. And like Gmail, it's certainly not afraid to mess about with an established paradigm. Besides the interface changes, it offers numerous new features, including allowing you to create mailing lists, which brings it into competition with YahooGroups. Also the ability to "star" a particular discussion, making it easier to return and monitor changes via the new My Groups feature. Here's Google's 'About' page: http://www.google.com/googlegroups/about.html Here's a short article on SearchEngineWatch (from back in May), but I'm sure there are more informative ones out there: http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3353411 francois








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Top directors flogging products

Date: 22/11/2004 14:52:39



Don't bother with Baz Luhrman's new ad for Chanel featuring Nicole Kidman. You can find it on the web with a bit of effort, but it's expensive, overblown rubbish. Go to Amazon.com: Now Playing at Amazon Theater: "Agent Orange" http://www.amazon.com/ Basically an extended bit of product placement, but as slick as you'd expect from Tony Scott (Ridley's shallower brother). And I can forgive product placement if I'm on a shopping website. Quite diverting. Ambitious mission: """ With Amazon Theater, Amazon.com has established a new venue for short films. With tens of millions of active customer accounts (including those of many movie buffs), Amazon.com is in a unique position to deliver short-subject videos to a wide, appreciative audience. """ But saving the best for last, head over to H?http://www.hm.com/uk/start/start/index.jsp Watch the ad for the new collection by Karl Lagerfeld. Excellent. The rest of the site, however, completely fails as e-commerce. francois








From: Jean Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <>

Subject: Re: Google Scholar

Date: 18/11/2004 15:32:27



> "Stand on the shoulders of giants" wow! nice sig: if i don't see that far, it's because i'm standing in the footprints of giants .. -- Jean Jordaan http://www.upfrontsystems.co.za








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Subject: Google Scholar

Date: 18/11/2004 15:08:14



"Stand on the shoulders of giants" http://scholar.google.com/ Good writeup: http://insidegoogle.blogspot.com/2004/11/google-scholar-stand-on-shoulders-o f.html f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Packing a fresh brain for shipment

Date: 16/11/2004 16:25:01



"These instructions (PDF-Version) outline the procedures of packing a fresh brain for shipment to the NYBB. Click on figures to enlarge them. Upon request, we provide packing material. For further assistance call (212) 305-2299." http://nybb.hs.columbia.edu/pathologist.htm Can I have a fresh brain? Mine hurts. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Macheads: Apple store opening this weekend in Regent Street

Date: 15/11/2004 14:37:43



http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/regentstreet/ Only the 3rd Apple store outside the US. The others are in Osaka and Tokyo. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Live concerts on the internet

Date: 12/11/2004 10:04:54



Pierre writes, > In an effort to drum up support for my next gig on the 2nd December I have put some new recordings of my band here. > > T:\Pierre\new recordings Great idea! But this reminds me of something else I wanted to bring to the attention of musicians or their friends. Why not join the growing numbers of bands who make recordings of their live concerts available for download? It's not competing with your commercial releases, and is an excellent way of increasing your exposure and fan base. The most active community promoting this idea is etree.org: http://wiki.etree.org/ The Internet Archive stores all etree recordings: http://www.archive.org/audio/ Here's another explanation: http://www.largeheartedboy.com/blog/archives/002771.html """ Lossless Musical Love At The Live Music Archive While I was uploading a Mountain Goats live performance (February of this year in Atlanta) to the Live Music Archive, I wondered why most bands do not avail themselves of this wonderful resource. In my experience, the fans downloading these live performances are the same hard-core faithful fans that buy every release and evangelize about the music they love, a roaming street team. If you are a musical artist, please consider allowing your live recordings to be archived in the Live Music Archive. If you have contact with a band, consider asking them to set up a taping policy and consider joining the LMA. The Live Music Archive is continually adding several artists a day to its vaults. In the last month, The Mother Hips, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, and many others have been added in the last month alone. If you have live lossless performances of these artists (or any of those listed at the Live Music Archive), please share the good music and upload them. The exposure will help the musicians and the fans get live music, so everyone benefits. """ Visit the above blog http://blog.largeheartedboy.com/ to get hand-picked downloads of great concerts daily, e.g. PJ Harvey: 2000-10-19, New York Stone Roses: 1995-12-07, Leicester Pavement: 1997-04-11, Shepherds Bush Empire Yo La Tengo ?Bonnie Prince Billy: 2004-05-26 ?Bob Dylan: 2004-11-06, Grantham REM: 2004-10-08, Orlando Broadband and plenty of hard drive space required, of course, as well as Bittorrent and Flac. Concerts are typically 500Mb-1Gb, but of course you can just burn them to CD. francois








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Mac-heads rejoice: Delicious Monster is here

Date: 09/11/2004 14:37:48



http://www.delicious-monster.com/ Some screenshots were leaked to great acclaim a few months ago, and now it's been released: A revolutionary media library programme where you fill its virtual bookshelves by simply pointing a QuickTime®-supported digital video camera at the barcodes of your books, CDs, DVDs, and games. I think I want this. How long for a PC version, I wonder... f *Very* funky website too, in pure CSS goodness of course. (Although for some reason it doesn't support Opera on the Mac, nor older versions of Safari or Omniweb.)








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: Site redesign: ibm.com

Date: 09/11/2004 09:46:50



IBM's corporate site has never been particularly exciting -- like the company, you could describe it as "reassuringly boring" -- but I've long admired it for its consistency, visual simplicity, and an architecture that copes well with an extraordinarily large amount of content. Anyway, they've redesigned: http://www.ibm.com/ Compare with the previous version: http://web.archive.org/web/20031206085009/http://www.ibm.com/us/ What are the main changes? - Colour scheme -- Moving from dark blue with yellow accent to a steely grey-blue very reminiscent of Macromedia - Using Verdana throughout now (previously a mix of Verdana and Arial) - The homepage has changed most dramatically. (Sub-pages still follow the same layout.) The new layout uses the big promo banner + navigation links popularised by Macromedia. There still seems to be a directive to keep the page very short. While the links are well-organised, they're arguably too cramped. Items such as news and multiple content promotions have been removed. - Main navigation changed from Home | Products ?to Home | Products | Services ?account This is the first time they've separated "Products" from "Services", and while it adds an extra global item, will help simplify navigation at the next level. Strangely, there is no longer a highlight state for the global nav. - I don't know if anyone but IBM understands the difference between "services" and "solutions" - 'Terms of use' has moved from the footer to the top of the page, adjacent to an effectively redesigned country indicator/selector. - The animation on the IBM logo on the homepage has finally been retired. - It's harder to tell what's changed on deeper levels, but sub-pages still use the same layout. It's worth noting that 2nd-level pages typically don't yet use left-hand navigation, but present navigation choices in the middle of the page. Only at the next level does left-hand navigation get used. At that level, a breadcrumb trail is also introduced. I think that's new. - There's still lots of inconsistency at deeper-level navigation, probably due to legacy issues. Two styles of 3rd-level navigation is used, left-hand indented http://www-1.ibm.com/industries/aerodefense/us/en/solutions and in-page http://www-1.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/in/imc/a1000038 http://www-1.ibm.com/servers/eserver/about/why.html (different style) - This redesign emphatically continues to ignore web standards. While fonts are resizable, there is no use of semantic markup, and a simple page like this http://www-1.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/in/imc/a1000038 contains tables nested 7 deep. So on the whole, not a terribly impressive redesign. f Wheel Group, Beaumont House, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London W14 8TS T +44 (0)20 7348 1000 F +44 (0)20 7348 1111 D +44 (0)20 7348 1049 francois.jordaan www.wheel.co.uk









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Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Global Vote

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19/10/2004 09:25:06

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Google Desktop Search -- some links

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08/09/2004 14:50:52

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Diane Perlman; Wheel Group>

RE: way back machine!!

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04/08/2004 18:24:59

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Technical>

FW: RE: Obfuscating Email addresses

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02/08/2004 08:59:07

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Bathtime in Clerkenwell

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28/07/2004 09:21:03

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team; Technical>

Design reading

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22/07/2004 16:02:26

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Why registration-sites suck

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21/07/2004 16:48:39

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Clever use of plastic bottles

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13/07/2004 16:22:54

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

nrtb: This is not an animated GIF

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13/07/2004 15:46:50

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Update: SEO competition




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Subject: Global Vote

Date: 19/10/2004 17:38:43



Interesting idea, worth participating I think: http://www.globalvote2004.org/ It makes quite a bold claim. Check the last sentence: """ GLOBALVOTE2004.ORG is totally neutral. You may vote for any candidate. Your vote will be kept secret. And you may only vote once. We will count the votes 48 hours before the election and submit the result to the US media. Just letting US citizens know how the world has voted could influence what looks like a tight race. """ It should really also provide links to the official campaign sites, and other relevant, unbiased sources of information. Anyway, I look forward to seeing the resulting stats. francois








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Google Desktop Search -- some links

Date: 19/10/2004 09:25:06



Rundown of GDS coverage: http://insidegoogle.blogspot.com/2004/10/whos-talking-about-google-desktop.h tml SearchEngineWatch report: http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3421651 Article on privacy issues on SearchEngineWatch: http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/article.php/3421621 Report on John Batelle's Searchblog: http://battellemedia.com/archives/000966.php Digital Life: How Google Desktop Works, And How It Will Work http://insidegoogle.blogspot.com/2004/10/digital-life-how-google-desktop-wor ks.html Microsoft: Google Is Kicking Our Butt http://insidegoogle.blogspot.com/2004/10/microsoft-google-is-kicking-our-but t.html A Fun Google Desktop Review http://www.bladam.com/archives/0410141345.htm Adam Lasnik of BLADAM decided to review Google Desktop by interviewing the number one Google expert he knew, himself. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Diane Perlman; Wheel Group>

Subject: RE: way back machine!!

Date: 08/09/2004 14:50:52


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The Internet Archive does far, far more than just the Wayback Machine. It's mission is staggeringly ambitious -- to be the first true digital library, preventing digital cultural artifacts from disappearing into the past. Besides the web, it also archives moving images, text, and audio: http://www.archive.org/movies/movies.php http://www.archive.org/texts/texts.php http://www.archive.org/audio/etree.php ...but look at all the categories under each: Movies include everything from historic ephemera like commercials and the infamous 'duck and cover' nuclear warning films, to the SIGGRAPH CGI festival entrants, to videogame completions and the emerging medium of 'machinima' -- filmmaking within real-time, 3D virtual environments, often appropriated from existing video game engines. Audio includes archives of live concerts by the growing numbers of artists who permit the recording of their shows, and music produced by hundreds of 'Netlabels', internet-only virtual record labels. (Mostly electronica.) Texts aim to eventually include electronic copies of all public domain (copyright-expired) printed matter, a library of books far bigger than any in existence. For a fascinating article about the technology behind the Archive, and an interview with Brewster Kahle, its visionary founder, see the email I sent previously. (Attached) > francois > -----Original Message----- > From: Diane Perlman > Sent: 08 September 2004 10:40 > To: Wheel Group > Subject: way back machine!! > > Hi there, > In case you're looking for an archived copy of an old web site... > check out 'the wayback machine' - which archives versions of old sites. > http://www.waybackmachine.org/ > > Could come in handy > --------------------------------- > Diane Perlman > Group Account Director > > > > d +44 (0)20 7348 1016 fax +44 (0)20 7348 1111 > m +44 (0)77 33 103258 main +44 (0)20 7348 1000 > > wheel: insight thinking creativity > > wheel ltd, beaumont house, kensington village, avonmore road, london w14 > 8ts > > www.wheel.co.uk /www.wheel.co.uk/> > > This transmission is intended only for the party to whom it is addressed > and may > contain privileged and confidential information. If you are not the > intended recipient, > any use, dissemination, or copying of this transmission is prohibited. > This email has been virus scanned. > > >








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Technical>

Subject: FW: RE: Obfuscating Email addresses

Date: 04/08/2004 18:24:59



Every so often techniques to protect email addresses on websites from being harvested by spambots get discussed on webdesign mailing lists and forums. Steve Champeon, who runs the Webdesign-L list, makes a convincing argument not to bother. Unfortunately. See email below. If you're in a hurry, this paragraph sums it up: """ I'm not saying fighting spam isn't worthwhile. I'm just saying that any delusion that "protecting" email addresses will ever work has long gone from my mind. The trick is to fight spammers, not to waste your time on a fanciful but futile effort to "protect" your email address. If you ever use or publish the email address, it's now completely out of your control. """ Also, at the end, an email from another poster pointing out the accessibility problems of obfuscation methods. ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 13:49:48 -0400 From: Steven Champeon Subject: Re: [WD]: Obfuscating Email addresses Message-ID: on Fri, Jul 30, 2004 at 12:20:55PM -0500, Daniel S. Wesley wrote: > >Don't bother. If the address is already on a "millions" CD, it'll be > >there forever, and protecting your address now won't help. And if it > >isn't there yet, it will be soon enough, because of the !$@%! who let > >themselves get infected and send out virus-laden email that exposes > >their entire address books. Spambots are only one vector, are pretty > >dumb but they evolve, and it's a waste of time to "protect" your email > >address when there are so many other vectors beyond your control. > > Wow. I didn't realize everyone was so nihilistic about this. :) When spammers started using the Web Standards Project's Browser Upgrade Campaign javascript redirect in their HTML email, I published the abuse role account address for webstandards.org and asked people to report their spam if it mentioned the WaSP or redirected them to our site, etc. Since then (a year and a half ago) I'd say I've gotten 20K spam messages sent to that address alone. I deal with email every day, have wasted the last year building an effective antispam system, and know whereof I speak ;) Someone ran a "joe job" against us, sending out several million messages from the (bogus) address , back in April-May of 2003. It wasn't ten days between the first bounce we got from the mailing and the first spam we got /targetting/ that address. We still get spam to it today. One of our customers decided she was getting too much spam (back in late 2002) and so we turned her address into a spamtrap. In February 2003, mail to that address /alone/ accounted for 42% of all of our spam. We still get spam sent to it every day. Yesterday that addy rejected 77 messages. (Tip: don't ever reply to a spammer, asking to be removed from their list. You only make them money as they can sell your address as a "confirmed opt-in" or live address, distinct from the millions of completely bogus addresses others use to pad their lists.) I wrote an article (see further upthread [1]) about how to protect your site from spambots back in 2002. I included a couple of sample addresses in the hesketh.com domain; I still get spam sent to them today. 5 in the past week. --- [1] http://webtechniques.com/archives/2001/08/champeon/ If they haven't learned how to work around all of these tactics by now, I'd be very surprised. --- One of our customers gets, on average, anywhere from 200 to 500 spams a day (and those are just the ones we reject and therefore know about); another is approaching 800/day. Why? Because they posted to W3C mailing lists, or to Usenet, or whatever, or because they're prolific email users and so hundreds of thousands of people may have their email addresses in their addressbooks. One domain here accounts for on average 35% of all inbound spam/virus delivery attempts. After the latest virus outbreak, we saw our spam jump by 50% as spammers harvested bogus, virus-originated email addresses and started to spam /them/. The latest round of MyDoom uses Google and a few other search engines to look for other email addresses in all of the domains in all of the address books and browser caches, etc. on the infected system, and then tries to send itself to them. You subscribe to this list. In the headers we thank hesketh.com. You get MyDoom. Google shows 1260 results for the search "email hesketh.com". Nearly all of them have one or more email addresses on them, some from public list archives. And you think that spending a lot of time making it more difficult for your regular visitors to grab your email address off a Web site is going to make any difference? Bah. :/ How would you know if it was effective, anyway? Unless you create a new email address every time the page reloads, and correlate it to all of the IPs and user agents that grabbed those pages, /and/ know for certain that the address was grabbed by a spambot rather than just some innocent and infected victim, you have no way of knowing. And even then, once the address is created, it lives on, gets spread around, gets adopted by spammers and sold to new spammers and so on and on. I'm not saying fighting spam isn't worthwhile. I'm just saying that any delusion that "protecting" email addresses will ever work has long gone from my mind. The trick is to fight spammers, not to waste your time on a fanciful but futile effort to "protect" your email address. If you ever use or publish the email address, it's now completely out of your control. Steve PS: just for fun, I predict that I will get spam sent to the address within a month. - -- hesketh.com/inc. v: +1(919)834-2552 f: +1(919)834-2554 w: http://hesketh.com Buy "Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation, 2/e" today! http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/159059231X/heskecominc-20/ref=nosim/ ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2004 17:30:55 +1000 From: J4Web Subject: Re: [WD]: Obfuscating Emails Message-ID: There is a bit of an outline of various email obfuscation methods at: http://www.december14.net/ways/js/nospam.shtml#acknowledgement I researched this topic as thoroughly as I could a month or so ago, and I ended up agreeing with Tina Clark at: http://personal-computer-tutor.com/abc4/v35/tina35b.htm She says: "After much research I've come to the conclusion that you cannot provide a non-spammable email link on a web page and still meet accessibility guidelines." I would love to be convinced otherwise. John








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Subject: Bathtime in Clerkenwell

Date: 02/08/2004 08:59:07



http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2461055?htv=12? Very unusual little pop promo with lovely quirky animation and some scenery you'll recognise. Mind the fascist birds... f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team; Technical>

Subject: Design reading

Date: 28/07/2004 09:21:03



Some interesting reading for today. Firstly, what would you describe as "design theft"? Have a look at the pictures here and decide at what point it is different enough from the original to be considered original: http://mezzoblue.com/archives/2004/07/26/design_theft/ Here's an interesting survey of design standards between the personal sites of some of the most prominent web design/HTML/CSS gurus, finding a great degree of consensus: http://phnk.com/design/survey/ (The survey should've mentioned that all the sites in question were basically blogs. So that already accounts for some similarities. E.g. the general absence of a left-hand nav.) Douglas Bowman explains the benefits of recoding the microsoft.com homepage as CSS-only, throwing out 40 tables and 35 spacer gifs, and achieving a 62% file size reduction: http://www.stopdesign.com/articles/throwing_tables/ As usual, a very well written rationale and documentation of the method and results. (Unfortunately, no link to the actual results that I can see.) Something to bookmark for when we need to sell the standards-based approach to clients. On a minor note, one of the nicer UK design blogs have had a redesign, changing from a liquid layout to fixed-width. http://www.1976design.com/blog/archive/2004/07/17/version-2/ francois p.s. Regarding design theft, I agree with Zarquon's comment here: http://mezzoblue.com/archives/2004/07/26/design_theft/comments/#c007505








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: Why registration-sites suck

Date: 22/07/2004 16:02:26



Hot topic on the web right now that may interest some of you: More and more online content sites (notably newspapers) are moving to a registration model. This has made services such as bugmenot.com indispensable for me and thousands of others: http://www.bugmenot.com/ (It's a shared database of usernames/passwords to popular sites. Install the bookmarklet, and click it whenever you're asked to login.) OK, but this raises lots of other questions. Obviously site owners won't be happy about this. Here are two arguments in response. 1. Firstly, why BugMeNot is not the problem, but rather the business model: http://simon.incutio.com/archive/2004/07/16/registration In one of the comments, the operator of bugmenot.com sums it up: "So essentially newspaper sites are deliberately flogging dud data to their advertisers at the cost of our time." 2. Secondly, Wired spells out why the business model is unscalable and unethical: http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,64270,00.html Why registration-sites suck Article summary on boingboing.net: """ Wired News has a good piece on the backlash against the growing trend of news-sites requiring logins to read their articles, covering automated tools like the Mozilla bugmenot plugin that automatically spoofs your logins to 14,000+ sites. The point that everyone seems to miss is that no one can possibly keep track of a thousand passwords for a thousand websites, which means that these sites undoubtably contain recycled passwords (admonishments from security experts to never recycle a password are the infosec equivalent of telling people to "eat less and exercise more" -- simplistic doctrine that is vanishingly unlikely to be adhered to in the field). The more you recycle a password, the higher the likelihood that you will use it in a sensitive context -- a bank site, a message board, an IM client, an auction site -- where someone might impersonate you or even commit identity theft crimes against you. What's even worse is that while these news-sites are willing to spend the computational cycles necessary to receive your password, none that I've seen use SSL for their login, which means that the NYT and others demand that you send your password in the clear when you sit down at a WiFi cafe and want to read the paper. This is a potential disaster if that NYT password is also a sensitive one somewhere else: it's a case of really callous disregard for user privacy and security. """








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Subject: Clever use of plastic bottles

Date: 21/07/2004 16:48:39



http://store.yahoo.com/semsons-inc/botcaptripfo.html ...and here's the DIY version: http://www.fiendishthingy.org/tripod/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Subject: nrtb: This is not an animated GIF

Date: 13/07/2004 16:22:54


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: Update: SEO competition

Date: 13/07/2004 15:46:50



Update to my message of 13 May: No big surprises as the SEO competition is won by Anil Dash, an A-list blogger: http://www.wired.com/news/infostructure/0,1377,64130,00.html "like a NASCAR driver entering a Go-Kart race" "Furthermore, Dash maintained, his victory proves one thing: That the Web is a meritocracy. 'A page that's read by people instead of robots is going to do better,' he said" Voice of dissent: http://www.hunterhost.com/articles/nigritude-ultramarine-02.html f -----Original Message----- From: Francois Jordaan Sent: 13 May 2004 16:52 To: Wheel Group Subject: SEO competition Very interesting idea: http://www.darkblue.com/seochallenge/ via http://www.studio2f.com/misc/2004/05/10nigritude_ultramarine.php The currently leading site: http://www.sim64.co.uk/serps.html ...pretty ugly, but plenty of learnings to be had. f









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Accessible Odeon -- Update

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25/06/2004 11:33:49

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Bunches of birds

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25/06/2004 09:49:32

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: BBC Creative Archive -- licensing to be based on Creative Commons

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18/06/2004 18:51:15

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Technical>

CSS -- demos of BODY font-size settings

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18/06/2004 16:13:39

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Channel 9 - Microsoft developers blog/community

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18/06/2004 11:26:43

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Auction of original comic art tonight @ Old Street

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17/06/2004 15:58:59

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

What newspapers should learn from blogs

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16/06/2004 11:51:08

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Pantone -> RGB  and Hex

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04/06/2004 19:36:20

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

nrtb: wotd: Floccinaucinihilipilification

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Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Icon design




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: Accessible Odeon -- Update

Date: 12/07/2004 17:23:52



...the cynics have won: http://blackbeltjones.typepad.com/work/2004/07/times_you_wish_.html (But read the analysis above, and *keep educating those clients!*) I emailed about the Accessible Odeon "guerilla redesign" last year: -----Original Message----- From: Francois Jordaan Sent: 04 August 2003 16:52 To: Creative Team; Technical; Production (Baker Street); Production (Kensington) Subject: Accessible Odeon website Today's Accessibility story (actually a few weeks old already**): If any of you have ever visited the Odeon website... http://www.odeon.co.uk/ ...you'll know it's a disaster area as far as accessibility and usability is concerned. Go on, try it out. It's slow, hard to read, and with really fiddly navigation that makes it unnecessariliy difficult to do obvious things like find out what's actually showing, at what times, at your nearest Odeon. As for trying to find this out through a browser that doesn't support javascript, images or Flash, well, forget it.* All so unnecessary. As proven by what can only be described as a brilliant act of guerilla usability, Matthew Somerville has independently coded a fast, easy-to-use, and accessible front-end to the Odeon website that connects to THE SAME BACK-END AND IMAGES as the "real" site. Give it a go: http://www.dracos.co.uk/odeon/ (Read the "statement of intent" on the homepage.) Now, if you had to visit the Odeon website as a cinema-goer, nevermind web designer -- which would you choose? There are a couple of lessons here. Not just for the Odeon, but for web designers generally. Odeon should thank him, but it's probably only a matter of time before they sue him. francois * This includes speech browsers (yes, blind people do go to the movies), but could also include many of the emerging new mobile browsing platforms on PDAs and mobile phones. ** I now the Guardian's picked up the story http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/story/0,3605,1008868,00.html








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Subject: Bunches of birds

Date: 25/06/2004 11:33:49



http://www.bcpl.net/~tross/gnlist.html (For those who like this sort of thing. E.g. me.) f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: BBC Creative Archive -- licensing to be based on Creative Commons

Date: 25/06/2004 09:49:32



Go BBC! http://digital-lifestyles.info/display_page.asp?section=distribution?"Lessig has been invited by the BBC to be a permanent member of external consultative panel, which is wise because he is clearly at the centre of Creative Commons and politically wise in the BBC becoming closely associated with the whole movement. This announcement will also be a huge boost in profile for Creative Commons." Interview with CA director: http://digital-lifestyles.info/display_page.asp?section=cm?"...we're providing the fuel for a creative nation" http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,63857,00.html "The British Broadcasting Corporation's Creative Archive, one of the most ambitious free digital content projects to date, is set to launch this fall with thousands of three-minute clips of nature programming. " "We want to make sure that the archive is more than just shagging marmots," said David Tannenbaum, coordinator for the Union for the Public Domain. "'This is exactly what the BBC is there for: to really move public broadcasting into the next century and define what public broadcasting looks like in an Internet world.'"








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Technical>

Subject: CSS -- demos of BODY font-size settings

Date: 18/06/2004 18:51:15



Common font-sizes, e.g. 100%, medium, 1em, 100.1%, etc. demo'd side-by-side in frames: http://webdesign.crissov.de/temp/body-fontsize/ Click on the Frameset links, e.g. http://webdesign.crissov.de/temp/body-fontsize/frameset.html http://webdesign.crissov.de/temp/body-fontsize/frameset8.html f (apologies to those of you who don't care about stuff like this.)








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Channel 9 - Microsoft developers blog/community

Date: 18/06/2004 16:13:39



Quite an interesting development at Microsoft. Face of the corporation in the internet age, etc. "Welcome to Channel 9. We are five guys at Microsoft who want a new level of communication between Microsoft and developers. We believe that we will all benefit from a little dialogue these days. This is our first attempt to move beyond the newsgroup, the blog, and the press release to talk with each other, human to human." http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=74 Interesting format, e.g. incorporating video (in the discussion threads), moblog ? f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: Auction of original comic art tonight @ Old Street

Date: 18/06/2004 11:26:43



All wonderful artists. If you need to see art samples of any of the names below, go here: http://www.lambiek.net/artists/ (The bookartbookshop website is rather cute too. Check the map.) ==== AUCTION! AUCTION! AUCTION! Friday June 18th from 6.30pm bookartbookshop 17 PITFIELD STREET, N1 (Tube: Old Street) 020 7608 1333 www.bookartbookshop.com Don’t miss this Auction Sale of Original Hand-Illustrated Covers for the Limited Edition Catalogue of ‘A Mini-History’ Exhibit by: CHRIS WARE, SETH, CHARLES BERBERIAN, LEWIS TRONDHEIM, BITTERKOMIX, SARNATH BANERJEE, WOODROW PHOENIX, SIMONE LIA, CHRIS REYNOLDS, ED PINSENT, ADAM DANT, SAVAGE PENCIL, ZOGRAF, AL DAVISON, ILYA , JOANN SFAR, CRAIG THOMPSON, TOBIAS TAK, LEE KENNEDY, LORNA MILLER, PETER BLEGVAD, LES COLEMAN, LE GUN - and many more! Your host and auctioneer for the evening is Paul Gravett All proceeds will be shared between the artists, the bookshop and the curators








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: What newspapers should learn from blogs

Date: 17/06/2004 15:58:59



Good points: http://mediasavvy.com/archives/000483.shtml f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Subject: Pantone -> RGB  and Hex

Date: 16/06/2004 11:51:08



Finally, what appears to be a reliable Pantone -> RGB conversion chart: http://www.reeddesign.co.uk/test/pantone2rgb.html (OK, I can't vouch for its reliability, but it's a good place to start.) f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Subject: nrtb: wotd: Floccinaucinihilipilification

Date: 04/06/2004 19:36:20



Word of the day: Floccinaucinihilipilification The act or habit of describing something as worthless. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Subject: Icon design

Date: 27/05/2004 16:41:27



Interesting description of the design process behind a very nice icon: http://hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/2004/04/thunderbird/ The same designer also did the Mozilla Firefox logo/icon. f









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Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Creative Commons in a Connected World -- Lawrence Lessig in London

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20/05/2004 15:09:55

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: FW: Free Talk: "The Dangers of Software Patents" - Friday, London

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13/05/2004 16:52:18

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

SEO competition

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21/04/2004 12:31:54

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Last.fm internet radio

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16/04/2004 17:36:46

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: 90 sols in 90 seconds

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31/03/2004 12:26:11

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Get those crayons out -- virtually

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30/03/2004 11:55:49

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

RE: Site redesign: Google.com

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30/03/2004 11:47:20

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Site redesign: Google.com

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29/03/2004 13:01:02

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Bookmarklets for improving writing

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24/03/2004 13:13:41

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Exercises in clarity




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: Creative Commons in a Connected World -- Lawrence Lessig in London

Date: 24/05/2004 11:11:58



Creative Commons in a Connected World 27 May, 7.30pm, Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographical Society, London US attorney Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Stanford Law School and a leading commentator on legal aspects of communication technologies, claims that innovation is threatened by a combination of punitive copyright laws and the unintended consequences of software development. He proposes that the erosion of constitutional and civil rights carries with it profound consequences for all those involved in the arts and the business of ideas. Tickets: £10 (£5 concession) Contact / Further information: Telephone: 020 7863 8012 (Monday-Saturday 9am-8.30pm) Web: www.liftfest.org/2004








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: FW: Free Talk: "The Dangers of Software Patents" - Friday, London

Date: 20/05/2004 15:09:55



Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, is back in town again. I went to a lecture by him 2 years ago and wrote about it here: http://tinyurl.com/2ahu8 Recommended. f ----->%----- Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU project, will be speaking in London this Friday (21 May). Entry is free. "The Dangers of Software Patents" Friday, 6pm Cruciform Building, Lecture Theatre #1 University College London, Gower Street This week corporate powers came very close to pushing EU regulation through that would have allowed patents on software and even just process (making it possible to patent things like amazons 1-click). If we are not careful we will end up in a situation were small companies and the free software community (and anyone else) will be unable to write software as they won't be able to afford the huge pile of patents needed for even the simplest pieces of code. Legal software will become the domain of the corporates. That would hurt all of us, programmers or not. Now is the time to act. ----->%-----








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: SEO competition

Date: 13/05/2004 16:52:18



Very interesting idea: http://www.darkblue.com/seochallenge/ via http://www.studio2f.com/misc/2004/05/10nigritude_ultramarine.php The currently leading site: http://www.sim64.co.uk/serps.html ...pretty ugly, but plenty of learnings to be had. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Subject: Last.fm internet radio

Date: 21/04/2004 12:31:54



May be of interest: -----Original Message----- From: Francois Jordaan Sent: 21 April 2004 12:26 To: Creative Team Subject: Last.fm internet radio Discovered this recently: http://www.last.fm Could perhaps be the only internet radio station you need. Possibly. I'm still trying it out. Wired wrote about it last July: http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,59522,00.html Anyway, it's completely free, and the claim-to-fame is its implicit personalisation: If-you-like-this-you'll-also-like-this and If-you-like-this-you'll-also-like-that-guy's-profile, and so on. Unlike many free internet radio stations, the music's not too obscure. (Or not *only* obscure.) Fully legal too. It serves .m3u streams, broadband only. No downloads. f p.s. This is my profile after an evening of listening. Most of the contents are through implicit rather than explicit personalisation, but I'm happy with them: http://www.last.fm/user/fjordaan/








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: 90 sols in 90 seconds

Date: 16/04/2004 17:36:46



What has the Spirit rover been getting up to all this time on Mars? This 79Mb Quicktime video gives you a handy whistle-stop tour. Fascinating: T:/mars_PIA05724.mov Downloadable from: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05724 f









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Subject: Get those crayons out -- virtually

Date: 31/03/2004 12:26:11



Great new natural-media art programme -- for free: http://www.ambientdesign.com/artrage.html By some of the old Kai Power Tools team. Read more (and see samples) here: http://www.ok-cancel.com/archives/post/2004/03/artrage_is_like_whoa.html Really needs a tablet though... f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: RE: Site redesign: Google.com

Date: 30/03/2004 11:55:49



Bit more opinion here: http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2004_03_28_index.html#108054649223639794 Which is another blog, like http://google.blogspace.com that tracks Google news. Archives: http://blog.outer-court.com/calendar/ f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: Site redesign: Google.com

Date: 30/03/2004 11:47:20



Google's not-very-secret redesign went live yesterday: http://www.google.com/ You can look at before/after screenshots here: K:\Screen grabs from websites\Redesigns Main pages affected: -------------------- - Homepage - Results pages - "More": http://www.google.com/options/index.html See also "What's new": http://www.google.com/whatsnew/ Key differences on homepage: ---------------------------- 1. Tabs are gone, replaced by plain links 2. Froogle added to main nav 3. Directory removed from main nav 4. Secondary navigation shortened: "Services ?replaced by "About Google" 5. Make Google your homepage added Key differences on results pages: --------------------------------- 6. Tabs removed, main nav links moved to above search form 7. Colours lightened, generally tweaked, icon for news results 8. Sponsored links now look like normal links (but still separate column) 9. Sponsored link slot above results made more prominent 10. Bottom-of-page search field made more prominent 11. Search tools moved from top of page to bottom search field 12. Relevant Google Directory links seem to have been removed from here too 13. Search terms now also highlighted in URLs My early judgement: ------------------- I *disagree* with more changes than I agree with. - Points I agree with: 2, 8, 10, 13 (excellent) - Points I disagree with: 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12 - Neutral on: 5, 11 Read more: ---------- http://google.blogspace.com http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/business/technology/8307394.htm?1c ...amazingly, I haven't found it discussed anywhere in the blogosphere yet. Of course, there's plenty of other interesting things also happening. Check personalised search: http://labs.google.com/personalized/ (I'm skeptical. What do you think?) f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Subject: Bookmarklets for improving writing

Date: 29/03/2004 13:01:02



For Mozilla-derived browsers. http://www.ftrain.com/ThePassivator.html Just what you'd expect from Ftrain. It flags adverbs, which should be used sparingly, and passive verbs, which should not be used where active verbs can be used. If I had used it on the above sentence, I could've modified it to: It flags adverbs. Avoid them. It also flags passive verbs. Instead, use active verbs. I think. f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Exercises in clarity

Date: 24/03/2004 13:13:41



(or at least brevity) Explain an airplane in 10 words or less to someone who was alive in 1776. http://www.37signals.com/svn/archives/000604.php Explain a microwave oven in 10 words or less. http://www.37signals.com/svn/archives/000588.php Explain money in 10 words or less. http://www.37signals.com/svn/archives/000591.php (For the grammar sticklers out there, that should of course be "10 words or fewer".) f Wheel Group, Beaumont House, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London W14 8TS T +44 (0)20 7348 1000 F +44 (0)20 7348 1111 D +44 (0)20 7348 1049 francois.jordaan www.wheel.co.uk









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22/03/2004 17:32:24

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: How many ways to sharpen a pencil?

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19/03/2004 13:45:48

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Friday links

3.

25/02/2004 14:16:44

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: BBC: Welcoming the new Britons

4.

24/02/2004 14:54:21

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Technical>

W3C validation icons

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11/02/2004 10:22:06

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team; Technical>

Web Standards Awards

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05/02/2004 12:34:47

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Free book (and discussion about copyright)

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04/02/2004 09:01:38

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Smoking is cool

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02/02/2004 09:08:40

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

nrtb: Pickled dragon mystery

9.

02/02/2004 09:02:56

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team; Technical>

nrtb: Mike Rowe Soft

10.

30/01/2004 09:17:14

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Punk o rama




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: How many ways to sharpen a pencil?

Date: 22/03/2004 17:32:24


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See other impossible pencil carvings at

http://www.infofreako.com/jad/enpitsu-e.html

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Friday links

Date: 19/03/2004 13:45:48



(Educational ones. May require more than 5m of attention.) Evolving screensaver: http://electricsheep.org/ """ -- this is a distributed rendering application that grabs its users' computers' idle cycles to create computationally expensive, vivid and beautiful animated fractals. Users vote for the animations they like best while the screensaver is running, and those fractals are then given precedence within the computational gene pool, spawning variations that are rendered out again, dancing for their human masters who have the power of life and death over them. The result is a breathtaking, psychedelic form of artificial life whose fitness factor is the ability to tickle the aesthetics of computer geeks. """ The best of these are available on DVD, with DJ mixed background audio: http://spotworks.com/?menu=email --- And I've been meaning to post this link for weeks: Ishkur's Guide to Electronic music http://www.ishkur.com/features/music/ A totally subjective Flash-based genealogy of electronic music genres from House to Hardcore. While it won't win awards for Flash design, I can't imagine something like this better presented, offering a fascinating family tree architecture with instant access to track samples. The writing is excellent, utterly subjective but concise and witty. (Read the Disclaimer and Credits.) Hell, I don't even like 99% of this music and I spent nearly an hour on the site. (Not at work, of course ;) f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: BBC: Welcoming the new Britons

Date: 25/02/2004 14:16:44



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3516861.stm "Will citizenship ceremonies make people more 'British'? " New government initiative introduced in 2004. I'll have to do it later this year. Better start practising the anthem... f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Technical>

Subject: W3C validation icons

Date: 24/02/2004 14:54:21



One for your bookmarks -- I remember wasting time googling for this in the past: http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/logo-usage-20000308 There are also some funky alternatives (for everything under the sun)... http://www.antipixel.com/blog/archives/2002/10/22/steal_these_buttons.html http://gtmcknight.com/buttons/validated.php ...and even some pure-CSS ones for fanatics: http://www.pixy.cz/blogg/clanky/cssinlinebuttons/ http://www.sovavsiti.cz/css/w3c_buttons.html (I don't really recommend the latter. What's the point?) f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team; Technical>

Subject: Web Standards Awards

Date: 11/02/2004 10:22:06



A new site now exists to showcase the best in standards-compliant site design: http://www.webstandardsawards.com/ For those still confused about this "web standards" thing, refer to my 3 Feb email about Marks ?http://www.hotdesign.com/seybold/ (short version) http://www.webstandards.org/learn/faq/ (long version) francois p.s. Came across an interesting site yesterday: http://www.agape.org.uk/workplace/ Mini-site, designed as a single page with animated anchor-links. Nice design and CSS typography. The unusual bodytext font, incidentally, is 11px/1.6em "Lucida Grande","Lucida Sans Unicode",geneva,arial,verdana,sans-serif;









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Free book (and discussion about copyright)

Date: 05/02/2004 12:34:47



Cory Doctorow, author of _Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom_ has finished his second novel, _Eastern Standard Tribe_. Like his first book, he is making it freely available online (in a variety of formats including for PDAs), while still selling dead-tree copies through traditional channels with a normal sci-fi book publisher, Tor. http://www.craphound.com/est/ For anyone curious about how this might work as a business model, and more importantly, what it means for art, publishing and copyright in the digital era, read this essay and *especially* the resulting discussion: http://craphound.com/est/000041.html If you're wondering things like, - how do you make a living from it? - are you killing art? - is filesharing amoral? - what about movies? and so on, you'll find the argument/counterargument fascinating. (And if you disagree, you can always join the discussion.) Disclaimer: I've only read the discussion up to the [February 4, 2004 11:00 AM] comment last night, and it was an intelligent debate until then, so I can't vouch for what's been written since! f p.s. I've read _Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom_ and it's a pretty good internet-era science fiction story. I'd recommend it, if only for the ideas in it.








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Subject: Smoking is cool

Date: 04/02/2004 09:01:38



http://www.sensitivelight.com/Smoke.htm """ To produce these shots I set a cigarette to burn in an ashtray well in front of a black background. I Lit the smoke with a narrow beam of light. This produced pictures like the first one, a quite recognisable plume of smoke. The other pictures were manipulated in Photoshop by first inverting the image and then changing hue/saturation. """ read photoblog entries for more info f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Subject: nrtb: Pickled dragon mystery

Date: 02/02/2004 09:08:40



http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/28/1075088090949.html?from=top5 Dates from 1890s. Cute. Wonder how much this would fetch on Ebay? f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team; Technical>

Subject: nrtb: Mike Rowe Soft

Date: 02/02/2004 09:02:56



Last week there was a funny story about a young programmer called Mike Rowe -- Microsoft's legal department came down pretty heavily on him to change his domain name, www.mikerowesoft.com. Realising the bad publicity they were getting, they reached an amiable settlement with Rowe -- http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,62044,00.html """ Microsoft would cover Mike's costs of changing to a new website and redirecting traffic from the old site. Microsoft also had agreed to help the teen get Microsoft certification training and other gifts, including an Xbox game console, he said, and has invited Mike to a technology festival in March at the corporation's headquarters in suburban Redmond, Washington """ The story doesn't end there, though: http://offer.ebay.com/ws3/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBids? f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Subject: Punk o rama

Date: 30/01/2004 09:17:14



CBGB photo gallery http://www.cbgb.com/shrine/photos/photos_page.htm f









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Search engine relationships

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26/01/2004 09:05:52

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Create your own visited country map

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21/01/2004 13:56:00

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Free music downloads at Amazon.com

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21/01/2004 13:46:21

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Technical>

CSS hacks summary -- new & improved

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09/01/2004 17:58:36

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Photoshop CS won't let you edit banknotes

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07/01/2004 16:02:32

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Microsoft joke

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07/01/2004 09:59:21

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

nrtb: Gifanime

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06/01/2004 09:08:45

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

nrtb: Relativity explained -- in four-letter words

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29/12/2003 14:37:08

Francois Jordaan

Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

The birth of flight and the abuse of patents




From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: Search engine relationships

Date: 29/01/2004 10:24:36



Besides being interesting, this is quite handy for those involved in search engine marketing: http://www.bruceclay.com/searchenginerelationshipchart.htm Shows which search engines rely on results from others. Also a very good use of Flash for information graphics. f Wheel Group, Beaumont House, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London W14 8TS T +44 (0)20 7348 1000 F +44 (0)20 7348 1111 D +44 (0)20 7348 1049 francois.jordaan www.wheel.co.uk








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Create your own visited country map

Date: 26/01/2004 09:05:52




http://world66.com/myworld66


Here's mine (if the picture displays):


Interesting site --

http://world66.com/home

Travel site consisting entirely of user-contributed content. A bit like the Wikipedia concept:

http://en.wikipedia.org/


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Free music downloads at Amazon.com

Date: 21/01/2004 13:56:00



Just discovered this now by accident. For how long has Amazon.com had a whole section devoted to free downloads of complete music tracks? http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/468646 I'm not sure where all the tracks come from, but they do provide the ability for artists to upload MP3s for free. The full size of the catalogue isn't immediately apparent, but it is helpfully categorised by genre, and just a glance at the homepage shows no shortage of big name artists and quality music. For example (just my taste): - Aimee Mann, "Lost in Space" - Nick Cave, "Bring It On" - Yo La Tengo, "Don't Have to Be Sad" - Tom Waits, "Alice" and "Another Man's Vine" - Alejandro Escovedo, "Hard Road" and "Rosalie" - Brian Eno, "2 Harmonic Studies" - Elliott Smith, "Between the Bars" - Sigur Rós, "Ágætis byrjun" and "Svefn-g-englar" - Beth Gibbons, "Tom the Model" Naturally, every download page is cross-linked to the relevant CDs in Amazon's store, offering an enlightening example of the proper role of free music downloads on the internet. As long as they stay this savvy, I'll keep idolising Amazon. francois








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Technical>

Subject: CSS hacks summary -- new & improved

Date: 21/01/2004 13:46:21



Initially, I used this simple table to select CSS hacks: http://w3development.de/css/hide_css_from_browsers/ For the last year or so, I've used Kevin Smith's improved table on centricle.com: http://www.centricle.com/ref/css/filters/ It looks like the baton may have passed to Chris Nott of dithered.com (author of some great javascript libraries): http://www.dithered.com/css_filters/index.html Helpfully organised under - CSS filtering using CSS only - CSS filtering using HTML - CSS filtering using Javascript - Non-validating Hacks ...and very intelligent sub-grouping as well in the table. He combines this with a marvelous DHTML selector for specifying only those browsers you care about. Unfortunately, the latter functionality does not work like a wizard for selecting the most appropriate hack based on the browsers you select. You still have to infer that yourself from the table. francois








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Photoshop CS won't let you edit banknotes

Date: 09/01/2004 17:58:36



I hoped at first this was some kind of hoax, but unfortunately not. If you were using the latest version of Photoshop, you wouldn't be able to open an image like this one: http://pbx.mine.nu/Series2004NoteFront.jpg Nevermind the low resolution of that image. Never mind that there are a hundred loopholes (older versions of Photoshop for one.) Never mind that professional counterfeiters would find it trivial to obtain a cracked version. What about all the myriads of legitimate uses this disallows? For example, a witty little article like this: http://jenville.com/peeves/newtwenty.html Another example of copyright enforcement going wrong. Photoshop BS more like. Further reading, http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/30610 and slashdot f p.s. Interested how it works? Apparently, """" This is a copy of a post on the Adobe forum, which is now slashdotted: --- Markus G. Kuhn - 03:45am Jan 8, 2004 Pacific(#106 of 110) How it works: For those of you curious about how this algorithm detects a banknote, here is a slide of a short talk that I gave to our local research group soon after I discovered the "EURion Constellation" two years ago while experimenting with a new Xerox color photocopier and a 10 euro note: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/eurion.pdf [cam.ac.uk] The algorithm looks in the blue channel of a color image for little circles and most likely examines the distance distribution encountered. I have discovered a small constellation of just five circles (a bit like Orion with the belt starts merged) that will be rejected by a Xerox color photocopier installed next door from here as a banknote. Black on white circles do not work. These little yellow, green or orange 1 mm large circles have been on European banknotes for many years. I found them on German marks, British pounds and the euro notes. In the US, they showed up only very recently on the new 20$ bill. On some notes like the euro, the circles are blatantly obvious, whereas on others the artists carefully integrated them into their design. On the 20 pound note, they appear as "notes" in an unlikely short music score, in the old German 50 mark note, they are neatly embedded into the background pattern, and in the new 20 dollar bill, they are used as the 0 of all the yellow 20 number printed across the note. The constellation are probably detected by the fact that the squares of the distances of the circles are integer multiples of the smallest one. I have later been told that this scheme was invented by Omron and that the circle patter also encodes the issuing bank.









From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Microsoft joke

Date: 07/01/2004 16:02:32



Microsoft: Even their logo needs patching.

Microsoft Home

Har har. Apologies to everyone for whom this is old.

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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Creative Team>

Subject: nrtb: Gifanime

Date: 07/01/2004 09:59:21




"GIFanime": Grass-roots Japanese animation cult. Example:


The webring:

http://www.webring.ne.jp/cgi-bin/webring?ring=gif;id=18;home


Some random examples:

http://www2.cc22.ne.jp/~corn/index.html/mario1.gif

http://www2.cc22.ne.jp/~corn/index.html/pag52.gif

http://www2.cc22.ne.jp/~corn/index.html/pag44.gif


Probably all done on PDAs... Trivial maybe, but an excellent schooling in animation.


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From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Wheel Group>

Subject: nrtb: Relativity explained -- in four-letter words

Date: 06/01/2004 09:08:45



...that is, words of no more than four letters. http://www.muppetlabs.com/~breadbox/txt/al.html Pretty good, I'd say, although still rather brain-bending. In a similar vein, I can't help mentioning Growing a Language, an old favourite, which I've sent on to some of you before: http://wws.editthispage.com/stories/storyReader$50 ...The principles of computer programming, explained in single-syllable words. (Longer words can be used after first being defined in single-syllable words.) Read and learn... f








From: Francois Jordaan

To: Francois Jordaan <Edward Lloyd-Williams (E-mail); francois; Jean Jordaan (E-mail); Jonathan Hilton (E-mail); Karl Sabino; Kelly Henderson (E-mail); Paola Kathuria (E-mail); Pete Stott; Rich Salter (E-mail); Shaun Rutland>

Subject: The birth of flight and the abuse of patents

Date: 29/12/2003 14:37:08



A great history lesson, and incisive criticism of the patent system, from aeronautics to software: http://www.idlewords.com/weblog.12.2003.html#327 Some quotes: "I believe that the Wright patent story drives home the intellectual bankruptcy of our patent system. "It's illuminating to point out that all three transformative technologies of the twentieth century - aviation, the automobile, and the digital computer - started off in patent battles and required a voluntary suspension of hostilities (a collective decision to ignore patents) before the technology could truly take hold. "[I]f companies like IBM, Xerox, and Sun were to begin fully enforcing their patent portfolios, it would mean an apocalypse of litigation for all software developers. Everyone understands that the health and growth of the Internet are contingent on ignoring the patent system as much as possible. "Entire companies - and not just legal firms - are basing business models on extracting money from the patent system without actually creating any products." f