Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Guardian Unlimited: Westminster Abbey counters Da Vinci Code

Information sheet corrects factual errors in the “theologically unsound” novel. What, nothing about the terrible writing? (“Like mixing oil and Lego.”)

Google Blogoscoped: Creative Spam

Philipp Lenssen has some ideas for how spam could be personalised; some verge on useful. Although “pointing out spelling errors” is ironic, given the terrible spelling in most spam emails…

Monday, May 30, 2005

MediaGuardian: UK chat shows plod along, says Springer

Oh yeah: US chat shows, with their celebrity cronyism, whooping audiences, and incessant product placement, are so much better…

A Gamers’ Manifesto

“The next generation of games will likely play just like this generation. Only shiny.” (via Slashdot)

Google Search: “The Sith Hits the Fans”

Anthony Kaufman: “The ‘shit’ reference is everywhere, making it the favorite pun of headline writers.”

Mind Hacks: Brain freeze and ‘ice cream headaches’

Possibly referred pain, says the BMJ. I tend more to get the throat freeze several of the BMJ responses discuss… (via BoingBoing)

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker: Factory Tours

Fine chocolate; based in Berkeley; free factory tours. What’s not to like? (via Cooking with Amy)

Sunday, May 29, 2005

The Sith Sense: Darth Vader Reads Your Mind

He got my “banana” right. I’m guessing they licensed the 20Q engine. (via Metafilter)

plasticbag.org: On how journalists write about webloggers

Tom Coates dissects an astonishingly snarky Sunday Times article on blogging.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Nature: Life is short in online news

“How long did it take you to find this story?” (via plasticbag.org) I wonder if using an aggregator, like Bloglines, reduces your chances of missing items?

Friday, May 27, 2005

CBS News: Feds Eye Viagra-Blindness Reports

Real life strays into Onion territory. What’s next — hairy palms?

Accordion Guy: My Sister’s Second Choice for the New Baby’s Name

How does he find these things? That’s not a baby, it’s a pedigree dog. (And here’s another “oh, no” name, via Metafilter.)

little. yellow. different.: geekiest gay ever

The Giant Book of Computer Games: “an awful lot of labor to find a fucking wumpus.” I remember this book, although Hartnell’s a pretender alongside Ahl’s 1978 classic.

Wired: Close Encounters of the Worst Kind

“How Steven Spielberg reinvented War of the Worlds in 72 days”… by adding a cute little kid, apparently. Oh dear.

Wired News: Backlash Brews Over Blue LEDs

Ah, poor little rich geeks. Fluff like this is why I don’t take Wired seriously any more.

Ball Park Franks: Free Frank Friday

Memorial Day sends America grill-crazy. Combines well with Safeway’s “buy one, get two free” offer… Oops: no it doesn’t. Different variety of frank. Excess of choice strikes again.

Burningbird: Commonplace

Shelley’s photos of ducks are spectacular.

The Baby Name Wizard: Introducing the Hottest Name in America

“Try typing Kaydence into Yahoo or Google image search — it’s like a national baby convention.”

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Abusing Amazon images

Pointless, but interesting, reverse-engineering of Amazon's image URLs.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

This Is Broken: Road markings

It would seem that I’m not alone in finding this odd. “Which is better?” The British way, of course.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Jell-O: Official State Snack of Utah

“The mood at the capitol was lighthearted as [Bill] Cosby talked about the wiggly treat…”

New York Times Link Generator

Creates “weblog-safe” links to NYT articles, avoiding their obnoxious register/login kerfuffle.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Whatever: Revenge of the Sith

“As a filmmaker, George Lucas has made the medium what it is today. As a director, he’s not a patch on Michael Bay.”

Staines Mr Men

Hand-painted pedestrian signs in Staines. I obviously didn’t walk around enough when I worked there. (via BoingBoing, but I don’t believe their Siemens legend for a minute…)

Thursday, May 19, 2005

BitTorrent goes trackerless

…neatly sidestepping the MPAA’s habit of shutting down tracker sites?

Snopes.com: Eating carrots results in improved vision

False. But the story’s good.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

kottke.org: How to order food in a restaurant

Kottke remixes pop-sci. The Blink one is spot-on; on the rest, I’m still waiting for my library holds to come in. I'm not sure how much to trust Freakonomics, though…

The Darth Side: Memoirs of a Monster

Oh, but this is good: often funny, but always respectful of the canon. Today’s final entry ties the films’ story arc together neatly and insightfully. Best read from the beginning.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

BBC: Queen grants Rolf royal portrait

File under “you couldn’t make it up”. Although she does have a history of controversial — and adventurous — portraiture…

Chronicle: Concord Naval Weapons Station to close

Lots of new development ahead — hope we get some new open space out of it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Ben Hammersley: XHTML Validator to RSS

Nifty. And despite the title, not just for XHTML: passes through to the W3C Validator, so handles HTML just fine too.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Guinness World Records: Fastest Car Window Opened By Dog

13 seconds, apparently.

Famous for 15 megapixels: No Sh*t Sherlock

“Clearly there’s a very fine line between being a master of forensic analysis and an opinionated old fart.”

Monday, May 09, 2005

Animal Tracks: Mountain Lion

Drawings, photographs, tracking stories.

Animal Track Guide

3-page quick reference: 463Kb PDF.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Python Challenge

Fiendish. Level 7 is an image; off to get PIL.

SFGate.com: America’s passion for burly SUV fizzles

About bloody time too.

BBC NEWS: Labour MPs call on Blair to quit

Wobble wobble. I think it'll be Prescott, not Brown.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

My Learn To Cook Book

I remember this book too, as do many posters on Motley Fool. Long out of print, but abebooks has copies from $10 up.

Whatever: Why One Does Not Ask Rhetorical Questions in the Scalzi Household

The punchline is the best bit.


Confessions on postcards: funny, sad, touching, and artistic.

Walnut Creek: Movies Under the Stars

Shrek 2 tonight.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Times Online: A race to the wire as old hand at Morse code beats txt msgrs

gr8 rslt!


“Elected lawmakers are not suicidal enough to break their constituents’ televisions.”

Thursday, May 05, 2005

JW's Focus How-To: Cabin Filter

Next service, I’m changing this.

RyNck coupons

In for a 45,000 mile service today.


Serving the Web, one sheet at a time?

Charmin Mega Roll

Big-ass toilet paper. The demo leaves me none the wiser as to how the Extender works: is it simply narrower?

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Universal Feed Parser

Very handy.

furialog: iTunes customisation

Some true, some fantasy, but some good ideas on just how far iTunes scripting could go.

plasticbag: On iTunes and iPods and the data they don't capture...

What if iTunes recorded each time you played a song, not just the last time?

defective yeti: Announcement!

You and me both, pal.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Signal vs Noise: Backpack Launches

If I were more organised, this might be useful.