Toogle does - Toogle Image Search. Their 'About' page has a fantastic quote:
Still it was never my intention to pussy-foot around, and I don't intend on making the site any safer, the net is a big bad dangerous super-highway and if you get upset by images made from text then you might as well give up now.
How to write a best selling fantasy novel.:
The first thing the Motley Bunch must do is travel some phenomenal distance through an assortment of vastly different terrains and climates. All Fantasy Lands have every conceivable form of climate and landform - mountains, deserts, swamps, glaciers, forests - arranged randomly across the landscape contrary to any known principles of geography or ecology. See also: Not The Net.
Axxlog | Dem blind kids is smart:
Last week, I enjoyed the superexclusive megaprivilege of teaching blind kids HTML. A real eye-opener, arf arf. Seriously, this is a really interesting post.
a softer world | July 9th 2004:
We bet him five dollars that he would drown... (harsh but funny) / a softer world | March 28th 2003:
Tehre are people who believe a photo captures your soul... (interesting take on a well-worn concept) / a softer world | June 4th 2004:
It wasn't radioactive... (funny)
Odd sort of photo comics. Read a few to get an idea of the style - some are harsh, some oddly moving, some disturbing and some just odd. But it's unusual and interesting, which is far more than I can say about most of the shit on the net these days (pfft, this blog for instance :P).
Hardly surprising after he re-injured his neck in that tackle earlier in the season. Without that I imagine he'd have played on for a few years yet, but at the same time it's not like Tallis has anything to prove.
Sad to see him go... question for the Broncos is who will step up as Captain?
Neighborhood Hazard (or: Why the Cops Won?t Patrol Brice Street:
Inches before impact, the squirrel flipped to his feet. He was standing on his hind legs and facing the oncoming Valkyrie with steadfast resolve in his little beady eyes. His mouth opened, and at the last possible second, he screamed and leapt! I am pretty sure the scream was squirrel for, 'Banzai!'
This is one of the funniest things I've ever seen on the net. Go. Read. Now. Unless you are in an extremely quiet, conservative workplace... in which case, print it out and go find somewhere you can safely scream with laughter.
StarNewsOnline.com: Detroit Fights California Bid to Open Car Pool Lanes to Fuel-Conscious Import: basically the idea is to open California's "car pool lanes" to fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles - even if there is only one occupant. It's a fantastic idea, but in true American style the US manufacturers are fighting it. Why? Because the current hybrids are all created by Japanese manufacturers. Rather than get their shit together, the US manufacturers are trying to block the idea.
The American Way™: don't improve yourself, just sue the other guy so nobody can improve.
The place to find erotic origami on the web.
My website is currently being moved to a new server. In the meantime, it's buggered up royally. Please come back soon - it should be ready within a day of you reading this. Assuming I can be arsed.
with that, i fuck off to bed (congrats to anyone who picks that as a Pogues reference).
i've accidentally blatted two different news posts in the last couple of days. so, um, i guess that's an indication that i've been a) busy and b) tired. so here's one of them salvaged back in raw links:
Mac Hall Comics | strip 294 | "Day Care". Too true, too true, I feel so fucking old...
Wired News: It's Just the 'internet' Now:
Effective with this sentence, Wired News will no longer capitalize the 'I' in internet. At the same time, Web becomes web and Net becomes net. Why? The simple answer is because there is no earthly reason to capitalize any of these words. Actually, there never was.
Next, let's get rid of "e-" as a prefix.
On an unrelated, navel-inspecting note; you won't see me capitalising the 'h' in 'heretic'. I stopped capitalising it sometime in 1995 or 1996, in a pendulum swing away from the stupidly complex high ascii signoff I used to use on BBSs (hmm, don't know how to reproduce it in HTML). While it did look nifty, every BBSer and their dog was going over the top with the high ascii. Along with many others, I got tired of it.
Navel fully inspected. Moving along. For the record, if you found the second part of this post remotely interesting, my condolences on your present level of boredom.
Epson Corporate: Epson Announces Advanced Model of the World's Lightest Micro-Flying Robot. Looks a lot like one of Leonardo da Vinci's sketches to me. Very cool. Check out the video!
When Search Engines Become Answer Engines [Alertbox]:
This changing behavior is explained by information foraging theory: the easier it is to track down new resources, the less time users will spend at each resource. Thus, the increasing improvement in search quality over time is driving the trend toward answer engines. ... Finally, Web browsers' despicably weak support for bookmarks/favorites has contributed to the decline in users' interest in building a list of favorite sites.
In short, users aren't particularly loyal to sites anymore; and they don't bother maintaining large bookmark lists anymore. Instead they rely on search engines to find the answer to the exact question on their mind at the time. Our attention spans grow ever shorter. We've become information sluts - we don't care where we get the info, or how. We just want it right now, from whoever is willing to give it up.
A creeper issue is that the faster you hit a site and grab information, the less evaluation of that source you can do. So you're not reading over the site to get a good feel for that site - do they know what the hell they're talking about? We don't really check.
Blogger Knowledge | Eats, Blogs & Leaves:
[W]hy is blogging so powerful? Because blogs are the unedited voice of the people. And why is blogging so horrifying to sticklers like Truss? Because blogs are the unedited voice of the people.
You may notice this blog looks different today. Namely there's a new "feature" at the top and the styles are all fucked up. I've had to remove the style switch option for now, while I figure out how to un-fuck the designs.
This is Blogger's latest bright idea. OK, so it beats the adblock, but they've overridden the BODY style settings. Which means I have to completely rewrite my CSS, without any bloody warning. Blogger's position on this:
The Navbar may cause display problems on blogs with customized Templates; unfortunately we do not provide support for these issues.
I wouldn't be particularly upset about this if a) the new bar didn't break my design, and b) the new bar's own design wasn't badly broken as well, and c) I'd had a bit of bloody warning. Hell, I know this is a free service; but they must have realised this would be a Bad Thing for anyone more advanced than users who stick to the default template.
The solution? Well if I switch over to my own server, I can disable the Blogger bar. Since that's not likely to happen this week I've jury-rigged the CSS to avoid having the title bar cut off. I've left the Blogger link, but the rest will require a bit more work.
*sigh* This week is really sucking. Yea verily, in fact is does both suck AND blow.
Landlords of the world, I offer this service: should you want to sell your property, just let me live in it. This is apparently the magic trick.
Apparently my mere presence will make your property more attractive to buyers. In fact, even if your place is not even on the market you might get an offer (this has actually happened).
I have lived in six places in about five years; and I have just found out that for the THIRD TIME the place is about to get sold out from under me, during the lease period*. I am so over this it's unbelievable.
* yes, during the lease. nobody has rights in the world of rental properties. the lease isn't worth the paper it's written on, as far as the tenant is concerned.
- + order from rocking horse finally turned up. hurrah for Laibach.
- + order from GUP turned up really fast. hurrah for VNV dvd and magazine goodness.
- + went to the broncos home game on sunday
- - broncos got beaten
- -- by the bulldogs
- - had a bunch of screeching bulldog-supporter children behind me who didn't shut the fuck up for the entire match. sure, scream and shout, but give it a rest occasionally. and don't try to make up chants on the fly, kids. feh. i hate sitting near kids. the parents were probably worse though. it'd be nice to get a bunch of broncos supporters sitting near me sometime :)
- + apparently there'll be a broncos home final
- + actually enjoyed the olympic opening ceremony. made sydney look really dicky (well, as much of sydney's ceremony that i've actually seen - i'm apparently the only person in .au who didn't watch it at the time; as i was driving when it was on). plus it was very cool to have a great dj set behind the athlete parade. although drreagan's observations about the torch/flame amuse me.
- ++ The Dream. Roy and HG. Need i say more?
- - can't imagine i'll get to sydney for this. it being in another state, this weekend and all.
now it's monday. meh. meh.. murflemeh.
Funny. Two weeks only, go here: ::iLL WiLL PreSS:: HOME OF NEUROTICALLY YOURS, 4Y-RECORDS & MORE.
Actually I've never been to a con, but people, I've seen the photos (and worked in science fiction bookshop) and that's enough to get the jokes.
tranceworld: Tiesto at the Olympics:
Tiesto, twice voted the #1 DJ in the world by DJ Magazine, will make Olympic history on Friday, August 13, when he becomes the first DJ ever to perform in an Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.
...but I get the impression that Doom 3 is frickin scary: Ctrl Alt Del - Tragically l337 | 2004.08.06 - "Doomed".
Ultimate Sonic - Sonic the Hedgehog done in Flash. Neat work.
Jonathon Delacour: My kingdom for a web editing tool. The angst of people who know the beauty of well-formed XHTML.
Remember kids. Every time you use a FONT tag, Domo-kun eats a kitten. Please, think of the kittens.
Hixie's Natural Log: Why document.write() doesn't work in XML. Essentially the conclusion seems to be that you can't use
document.write() at all; whereas I read this as "bad code is still bad in XHTML". In the quoted example, the opening tag is delivered by the script, while the closing tag is embedded in the main document. This is a stupid thing to do since it creates an obvious point of failure. If you write in the opening tag, you should use the same method to write in the accompanying closing tag. That way if the script fails, neither tag is inserted and all should be well in a decently-formed document.
The major point still stands though: most validation does not include the output of scripts, so the output of a
document.write() can easily invalidate an otherwise valid document.
The fault, dear reader, remains at the feet of the developer; with some annoyance added by the UA which only reads part of the document.
Slashdot | MSIE 7 May Beat Longhorn Out The Gate:
InternetNews.com reports that a major upgrade for Microsoft Internet Explorer may be imminent. Apparently in response to the recent mass migration away from MSIE, top Microsoft developers have been soliciting for improvements in the old browser at a web log ... InternetNews.com speculates that improvements could possibly include support for tabbed browsing, better security, more PNG and CSS compliance, and RSS integration (which Firefox and Opera Mail already support).
Interesting, although calling it IE7.0 is a bit of a stretch since it could just be IE6.1 or 6.5 if they followed the IE5.0-5.5 version model. In any case Microsoft hasn't promised a damn thing, they're just making all the right noises to try to keep users with IE.
Anyone who really cares should upgrade (and I don't mean switch, i mean upgrade) to something else like Opera or Firefox. Until Microsoft actually delivers a secure, standards-compliant browser; they don't deserve the user base they have. You have to understand that everything discussed in the internetnews.com article is already implemented in competing browsers. Microsoft is playing catch-up, they are not being responsive or innovative.
Deceivingly Strong Information Scent Costs Sales (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox):
If information scent is sufficiently pungent, people are generally convinced that they're looking in the right place. If that place doesn't contain what they want, they're likely to conclude that the site doesn't offer it at all.
Ironically, this article's title doesn't really say what it's about; since it's too technical/buzzwordy. Basically this explains why people leave your site when their categorisation of a topic doesn't match yours. That said; I'm still amazed when people can't find the search page on our site. It's linked from the word "Search" on every single page we have.
Skyzyx.com - Posts - Multiple Versions of Internet Explorer. The debate on this is whether the extra versions will behave the same way as if they were native installs.