Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Yahoo's Brand Universe Launches

Yahoo’s brand-centric sites, announced in November 2006 and dubbed “Brand Universe”, have started to go live. These sites each revolve around a single popular brand - like this one on the Nintendo Wii - and have almost no original content. Instead, Yahoo is taking content from Flickr,, Yahoo Answers and other Yahoo properties, along with some slick graphics, and hoping for page views.

Source: TechCrunch


A nice simple and effective feed validator for the podcast / rss / atom coder.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Animals on Film

At the risk of belittling the blog through 'funny' videos of animals, these are worth it (especially the first 2):

Friday, January 19, 2007

.net roundup of websites

Some sites featured in .net this month - to save you having to read the mag! (but have a look in the Jan 2007 issue if you want more info on them). It's all so international:

Thursday, January 18, 2007


Everyone knows that I hate add-ons for programs. They should be correct and full featured at release. I have finally found an extension that IS worth installing...


If you do ANY kind of html/css/network diagnostics then this is well worth taking a look at.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Wii @ EIG

Paul  Martin

I've uploaded a few of the less blurry pics of people playing the Wii last Friday.


In case you have any government docs you want to secretly leak:

Monday, January 15, 2007

R2D2 home theatre

Tournis - crazy compositing

Tournis - crazy compositing
Originally uploaded by hobart65.

Stunning video featuring some mind bending compositing few could get their head around and some home made clockwork cameras. I get the feeling that something truly amazing could be done with better subject matter - but inspiring none the less.

More good infographics from the NY Times

This time it's for the Wii controller.

Thanks to Tom Seymour for the heads up.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

iphone countdown

Following on from the earlier post -- here's how long you'll have to wait until you can get your paws on the iphone.


Lego factory makes lego cars

Good Wordpress design blog

I find the cre8d design blog has some very useful examples of customising a wordpress blog.


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Clever clever wordyness

Found by: Shadi

Source: Men's Health (one instance anyhow)

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked

readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by

adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a

new definition.

are this year's winners:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer,

unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite


6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the

Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot

be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an @sshole.

The Washington Post has also published the winning

submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are

asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. And

the winners are:

1. coffee, n. the person upon whom one coughs.

2. flabbergasted, adj. appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

3. abdicate, v. to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach again.

4. esplanade, v. to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. willy-nilly, adj. impotent.

6. negligent, adj. absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

7. lymph, v. to walk with a lisp.

8. gargoyle, n. olive-flavored mouthwash.

9 flatulence, n. emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.

10. balderdash, n. a rapidly receding hairline.

11. testicle, n. a humorous question on an exam.

12. rectitude, n. the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. pokemon, n. a Rastafarian proctologist.

14. oyster, n. a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. circumvent, n. an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

Stats: Day in the life of a goldfish

Say Blogosphere Again!

Click to enlarge (from CoolTShop)

I just wish they had one for "mashup"

Monday, January 08, 2007

The BBC's Fifteen Web Principles

A periodic table of Visualization methods

A gold mind for the strategy PowerPoint scribbler, I nearly always prefer these things when they are nonsense, but this one does seem to contain real content. How do they (a) come up with the categories and (b) position the methods within the table? Can anyone to tell me how the pop-up stuff works?


Soft toy building on the Boyfriend Arm Pillow.

"On long or short car journeys by car, boat or plane, a Klong can multitask as a head cushion, scarf or comfort blanket."

Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Meat Bracket

Thanks to Mike (who introduced me to the blog), I'm going to be taking part in The Carnivore Project's 'Meat Bracket' contest, which aims to find the 'ultimate meat'.

You can read the background info here and you can check the list of meats and participants here - scroll down the list to 'Green' (Wild Card), and you'll see that I'm representing... Chorizo.

Needless to say, I'm very excited.

What is the 1% rule?

Only 1% of an online audience will actively contribute. This has been my rule of thumb for online projects, interesting that it's become a 'rule'.

"So what's the conclusion? Only that you shouldn't expect too much online. Certainly, to echo Field of Dreams, if you build it, they will come. The trouble, as in real life, is finding the builders."

Guardian article from July 20, 2006

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Kodak turn the smultz up to 11
Pretty surprising video from the company that brought you Advantix...

It's 2007. The future is now here.