Saturday, December 17, 2005

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


This is brilliant.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Republic Dogs

Paul Graham at OSCON

An excellent talk (or essay.)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

I/O Brush

This is awesome, taking the clone tool to a whole other level!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Clock of the Long Now

See also The 10,000 Year Clock:

"It's as if the future has been shrinking one year, per year, for my entire life."

Oak Island Mystery

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Places & Spaces > You are not here

Just in case you thought the world was a rich place, point to where you live...

Wired News: Blind Teen Gamer Obliterates Foes

"'I freak people out by playing facing backwards.'"

Monday, July 18, 2005

Something Awful: The Mars Volta

"Some people think it’s dull, overwrought, pretentious crap, but some people think it’s a work of prog-rock genius. I would contend that there’s no difference between the two."

And about covers:

"In the hierarchy of artistic credibility, the Ironic Punk Cover falls somewhere just below erotic Harry Potter fan-fiction and just above Anne Geddes photography."

Wired News: Google Growth Yields Privacy Fear

See also Google Watch.

Wired News: ITunes Mints Podcasting Stars

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 » Gunns, Ltd Woodchipping Old Growth Forests

Images from Google Earth show very clearly what clear-felling looks like.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Photos from the USA's atomic tests.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Living on the Hundred-Mile Diet

" switching to a local diet you would save almost an entire planet's worth of resources (though you'd still be gobbling up seven earths)."
See also: Bye, Bye Bok Choy, a programme on the development of farm lands within the urban areas of Sydney.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Programming in Malbolge

Is Programming Art?

A good comment on Slashdot.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The millinery obsession of HG Wells

From The War of the Worlds (my emphasis):

He met a waggoner and tried to make him understand, but the tale he told and his appearance were so wild—his hat had fallen off in the pit—that the man simply drove on.
Sparks and burning twigs began to fall into the road, and single leaves like puffs of flame. Hats and dresses caught fire.
My terror had fallen from me like a garment. My hat had gone, and my collar had burst away from its fastener.
I went down, unfastened the door, and let him in, and locked the door again. I could not see his face. He was hatless, and his coat was unbuttoned.
Then round the corner of the lane, from between the villas that guarded it at its confluence with the high road, came a little cart drawn by a sweating black pony and driven by a sallow youth in a bowler hat, grey with dust.
I had found oil and rags for my burns, and I also took a hat and a flannel shirt that I found in one of the bedrooms.
There was a little two-wheeled cart inscribed with the name of Thomas Lobb, Greengrocer, New Malden, with a smashed wheel and an abandoned tin trunk; there was a straw hat trampled into the now hardened mud, and at the top of West Hill a lot of blood-stained glass about the overturned water trough.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Ten things I learned about the future at the Wired NextFest

"5. In the future, most robots will look pretty much like the robots of the future have looked since at least the 1970's. About the only difference is that any antennae attached to a 1970's future robot were spiral shaped and had a tiny ball on the tip. The current thinking is that future robots will have straight antennae with no ball, and maybe a plastic coating instead of just bare wire."

Friday, June 24, 2005

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Open Letter

"Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design."

Monday, June 20, 2005

A Technical Guide for Editing Gonzo

Hunter S. Thompson from the other end of the Mojo Wire By Robert Love


fun (my try)

Friday, June 17, 2005

greenmarket produce scans - a photoset on Flickr


If I ran the world, these guys would be a key government department!

Thursday, June 16, 2005


Oh, the humanity!

Monday, June 13, 2005

Friday, June 10, 2005

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Monday, June 06, 2005

Flickr in China | MetaFilter

This is cool, the Chinese have created a Flickr clone!

Wired News: Music Muffled in Star Wars Game

Copyrights are pretty stupid some times...

Sunday, June 05, 2005

The Credit Card Prank

"Credit card signatures are a useless mechanism designed to make you feel safe, like airport security checks."
And: The Credit Card Prank II

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Grocery Store Wars | Join the Organic Rebellion

Pegasus Bridge

This is the blog of the Pegasus Team in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. How we are going beat the big guys and win the race and On being innovative pt 1 (with an interesting note on their choice of Python as a development language and a reference to Paul Graham.)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Monday, May 23, 2005

deviantART: powerdraw by ~Diamonster

An amazing image created in MS Paint that proves that the artist really should have looked around to make sure there isn't a better way to do it...

Sunday, May 22, 2005


A great processing program, and only a page of code!

Freight trams! neat.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Grafikdemo - ein Objekt von Niklas Roy

Brian Provinciano's Grand Theftendo!

This is excellent. A home-made version of Grand Theft Auto for the original Nintendo. Move over Donkey Kong!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Wholemovement - The Work of Bradford Hansen-Smith

Fun with paper plates.

Wired News: The Beeb Shall Inherit the Earth

"The greatest irony here is that it takes a publicly-funded broadcaster from a cozy liberal democracy to teach America's lumbering, anti-competitive Hollywood dinosaurs what a real, competitive offering looks like."

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Father Bob's Blog

Father Bob, a la John Safran vs God.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Jon Udell: Content, services, and the yin-yang of intermediation

Binary Bonsai » Archives

An excellent interface to the blog archives.

Ajax and weblogs (

The History of Sampling

A cool java applet to show links between songs -- who sampled who (built with processing too.)

Saturday, May 07, 2005

States Web Games

Some flash games to test your knowledge of the geography of the USA.

Chinese Watermelon Art/Sculpture


Morse Code faster than SMS

Friday, May 06, 2005

KHRONOS PROJECTOR - Alvaro Cassinelli

"The Khronos Projector is an interactive-art installation allowing people to explore pre-recorded movie content in an entirely new way ... This is done by interactively reshaping a two-dimensional spatio-temporal surface that 'cuts' the spatio-temporal volume of data generated by a movie."

JP Brown's Serious LEGO - CubeSolver

A cool Rubik's cube solving robot!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Python Challenge

Very nerdy.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Occult Investigator: Aleister Crowley, the Goetic Demons and the Pharmaceutical Industry

"The sounds of [the names of Goetic demons and prescription drugs] are virtually the same. Interesting, right? Also interesting to compare and contrast what these drugs do: assert control over certain portions of the brain (and body) for some specific ends. And just like traditional demons, these drugs have nasty side effects, like addiction (possession) and stuff like blood in your stool or depression, or you name it."

Sunday, May 01, 2005

New Scientist - Bug-eyed lens


An amazing site. Some very sad, some grotesquely funny.

reBang weblog » RepRap v.2

A homemade (using Meccano) "3D printer". Cool. - Designline - A Design Timeline

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Transition Rig

A brilliant new sail design. article, profile and photos of it in action on a windsurfer.

Friday, April 29, 2005

BME - Brano Meres

An excellent bamboo framed bike. The original carbon fibre.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Heaneyland!: I predict a riot

"The first such warning I remember seeing was on the back of Elvis Costello's 'The Delivery Man'. Elvis clearly wasn't pleased about it being there, adding this disclaimer above it: 'This artist does not endorse the following warning. The FBI doesn't have his home phone number and he hopes that they don't have yours.'

Dimensioning the Dimension - The Daily WTF

How I explained REST to my wife...

Monday, April 25, 2005

James Jean

Excellent artwork.

Some great drawings...

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Ricky Gervais... Obviously.

Some cute little videos.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Webjay - "Getting high on words" by bricolage

Some great audio files on this list. In particular, the following two are required listening: Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman on the nature of vision.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Acoustic Radar.

This is awesome. How planes were located before radar.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Our Orlando Vacation: Day 3 "The Happiest Place on Earth" - a photoset on Flickr

Looks best as a slideshow.

National Day of Reason

On the 5th May, as a counter-point to the National Day of Prayer, which is funded by the US government!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Postal Experiments

Some guidelines on what can and can't be posted. Discovered empirically of course.

Project Foil

A prank that covers everything...

Merging Google maps and Craigslist

Very cool.

Corporate Fallout Detector

A barcode scanner that converts information on corporate responsibility, actions and ownership into "Geiger counter"-clicks.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

A real life mech!

Wired News: What a Little Moon Dust Can Do

"Moon dust is much more jagged than dust on Earth because there's no water or wind on the moon to toss it around and grind down its edges."

Wired News: Windmills in the Sky

"Wind energy in the jet stream can reach 100 times the average amount of solar energy on the surface of the Earth per unit area."

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

DNA Key to Decoding Human Factor (

Breaking encryption by guessing passwords from other data on your computer...

Misc/Pennies - Pictures of Pennies

The domed tower is very neat.

Boing Boing: Create a posting loop with gmail and Blogspot

Monday, March 28, 2005

Bits on Wheels

The Mac BitTorrent client with a live 3D view of your swarm.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Friday, March 18, 2005

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Star Wars Galaxies WarCry

"The Emperor has been told of your loyalty," Vader said. "And he will be watching."

Wired News: Need a Building? Just Add Water

Monday, March 14, 2005


Another Batman link, this time a short film with a Lego theme and voices by Adam West and Mark Hamill.


Sunday, March 13, 2005

America’s Other Drug Problem

"[Blockbuster drugs] have one thing in common besides their high sales: they are usually treatments for very common lifelong conditions.
"The conditions are not so serious that they are lethal, but they do not go away either. Sometimes they are little more than annoyances, like hay fever.
"Consequently, large numbers of people may take drugs for these conditions for years, and that is why the markets are so large."

Saturday, March 12, 2005

"Batman's Greatest Boner"

The 50s were weird...

The Real Underground

Boy, would this have been handy when I was in London...

Wired News: Sci-Fi Epic Shot on a Shoestring

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Bright Coop, Inc.

A chicken vacuum! This is just wrong... (watch the video)

Friday, March 04, 2005

Wired News: Library Shuffles Its Collection


Markl's Thoughts: Shipping Software

"If you want to use .NET, you need to ship Microsoft's software for them."
"You are the one that has to ship their software the last mile, install it on end user machines, ensure their machines still work after you perform this platform level surgery."

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

What Is Software Design?

"It seems obvious to most people that software designs do not go through the same rigorous engineering as hardware designs. However, if we consider source code as design, we see that software designers actually do a considerable amount of validating and refining their designs. Software designers do not call it engineering, however, we call it testing and debugging. Most people do not consider testing and debugging as real "engineering"; certainly not in the software business. The reason has more to do with the refusal of the software industry to accept code as design than with any real engineering difference."

IRARK / monochrom

An excellent CNN vs Rambo remix video!

Tales of Future Past

Stevem Don't Eat It!

"The Sneeze - Half zine. Half blog. Half not good with fractions." presents: How Much Is Inside?

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Wired: The UnGoogle (Yes, Yahoo!)

An interesting comparison of Google and Yahoo.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

All of the Podcasts

Jason Scott:

"'Why throw that out? I'll put it away with the others.'"

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Bubble Chamber

Some very pretty computer generated images (many kb...).

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

weapons.jpg (JPEG Image, 1224x790 pixels), transportation.jpg (JPEG Image, 1225x790 pixels).


100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time by Jonathan J. Harris

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 Mind Over (Things That) Matter

"Fritz writes that primary choice is choosing what matters to you. He adds, 'nothing has to matter.' Of course nothing has to matter, because if it did, it wouldn't be a choice, would it?"

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Why is it so? - The Lab - ABC

Some pretty cool videos from Julius Sumner Miller's "Why is it so?" program many years ago.

"Watch, watch it now... watch!"

Planet Slayer - Greenhouse Calculator

The Guardian - A genius explains

"He lives on the Kent coast, but never goes near the beach - there are too many pebbles to count."

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Friday, February 18, 2005

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Gates, Central Park

A great satellite photo of "The Gates", an interesting public art project in New York. Wired had a story on it a few weeks back: It's been planned for 26 years and cost more than $20 million of the artists own money.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Knuth versus Email

Opera Press Release: Opera releases "Bork" edition

An old Opera Press Release (14/2/2003)

Saturday, February 12, 2005

New Scientist - Multi-player PacMan jumps between devices

"When a ghost leaves one side of the player's screen ... it instantly leaps to the nearest person's console. To continue, the player must look over that person's shoulder at his or her computer screen."

Browser speed comparisons

Friday, February 11, 2005

New Scientist - Time in the future seems to go further

"people consistently over-commit because they expect to have more time in the future than they do right now."
"He would like to study how people can be taught to realise they will be just as busy in the future as they are today."

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Wired News: Photographer Seeks Resolution

Another story about an amazingly high resolution camera. A sample gallery of it's photos.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Wired News: What Exactly Is Under the Sea?

"The nuclear-powered submarine USS San Francisco was heading toward Australia on Jan. 8 when it hit an underwater mountain not marked on naval charts."
"'Most of the world's oceans are imprecisely mapped, and depths from Captain Cook using lead lines are still used on some charts'"

Sunday, February 06, 2005

The dullest blog in the world

Can't help but link to this, it's like a post-modern car crash (with zillions of comments!)

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Thursday, February 03, 2005

What You'll Wish You'd Known

Another great essay from Paul Graham.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Music of the Blogospheres

ABC Radio National - Background Briefing: 31 October 2004 Transcript

New Scientist: 'Zero intelligence' trading

"A model that assumes stock market traders have zero intelligence has been found to mimic the behaviour of the London Stock Exchange very closely."

Wired News: Folksonomies Tap People Power

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

The blind painter and the Cartesian Theater

Relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights. What lights?

"Achtung: Das machine ist nicht fer gerfingerpoken und mittengraben. Ist easy snappen der springenwerk blowenfusen, und corkenpoppin mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fer gewerken by das [dumpfoken]. Das rubbernecken sightseeren keepen das hands in das pockets. Relaxen und watchen das blinkenlights"

What kind of a Post Modernist are you?

Results... Bwahaha

Monday, January 31, 2005

Usability of Websites for Teenagers (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

This study found some interesting results. Interesting in that they are counter-intuitive, though perfectly sensible if you'd thought about the issue.

Teens' poor performance is caused by three factors: insufficient reading skills, less sophisticated research strategies, and a dramatically lower patience level.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

PBS | I, Cringely . Archived Column

PBS | I, Cringely . Archived Column: "The New Mac Mini is All About Movies"

New Scientistl: The art of seeing without sight

Wired News: My IPod, My Self

" 'Shuffle mode used to be a gimmick. Now it is the most viable strategy to access information that would otherwise be lost,' he said. 'It reduces the complexity of consumption. It's a cyborg consumption strategy.' "

Joel on Software - Thursday, January 27, 2005

Some great insights into the IT job market.

Podcasting as a business tool

"A Zero Configuration, All-In-One Podcasting Device For About $25 That My Mom Could Use"

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Monday, January 24, 2005

Make your own mobile phone

A very cool Portable Rotary Cellular Phone

Friday, January 21, 2005

Iraq 2004 Looks Like Vietnam 1966

Adjusting body counts for medical and military changes...

Google adds "nofollow" to link tags

Thursday, January 20, 2005

The New York Times > A Question of Numbers

A (long) article about the Social Security system in the US and the so-called "crisis" that will occur when the population ages.

Your trial has expired

A creative response to an amusing case of plagiarism.

Signs of Intelligence

Teaching babies sign language before they can talk...

Friday, January 14, 2005 - The Numbers Guy

This could be an interesting column to keep an eye on.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Wired 13.01: Ironmen


normblog: The Guardian year

How The Guardian and big sections of the Left forgot what they are about

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Sid Meier's Pirates!

A pretty good review of the remake of one of my favourite old games. The graphics now look like how I remember them!

New Scientist - Novel calendar system creates regular dates