October 2003 Archives

TinyURL Whacking

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From marnanel.org: TinyURL Whacking. TinyURL.com is a service that lets people use a short URL in place of a long one. For instance, I just went to tinyURL.com and entered the URL of warmbrain and now warmbrain can be accessed by going to this URL http://tinyurl.com/snf5. Cool, huh? (If it doesn't appear to do anything... then it works!)

Apparently TinyURL doesn't remove old assignments.. to it seems that snf5 will point to my site for as long as TinyURL exists. What makes this interesting is to randomly guess letter combinations and see where they take you.

Some interesting one's I found: And some amusing one's I found that seems to show that someone at tinyURL.com has a sense of humour.
  • tinyurl.com/dick - Conveniently enough takes you to a page for Dick Cheney, the vice president.
  • tinyurl.com/cunt - Yep. You guessed it. Takes you to Dick Cheney's wife's website. I don't expect this link to work long if this gets out ;)

tenyearsofmylife

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Matthew of MetaFilter has recently started a site titled Ten years of my life where he plans to post a personal photograph a day for the next ten years. Matthew on hist motivations for the collection:
A few weeks ago I realized how quickly everything has been changing since I've turned 30, and how much I miss doing daily photos. I came up with the idea of doing it over ten years for a couple reasons. Although it sounds like a lot of work, it's only about 3650 images if I posted every single day, and I've taken more than that many shots in just the last year alone. During the upcoming ten years, from the time I turn 31 until I turn 41, I expect I'll be witnessing a great deal of major changes and would love to have a way to remember them.
Damn. I read this. I view his site. And I want to do it as well. Inspiring.

Linky Links

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Where's Waldo (online version)

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Where's Waldo Online

Quite possibly one of the lamest things I've seen (so why am I still laughing?)

New Design Late 2003

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New design for website. Like it?

Leave a comment or I break your legs. :D

Watch out for missing templates... I got tired and missed some of the deeper pages. Will fix over the new few days.

This is the sort of posting that is desperately funny at the time of posting but seems to lose it's edge when read the next day. If so, I apologize in advance.

RSS Readers

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When I hit my mid-afternoon work-lull I typically surf around to a few select sites (mostly blogs) and see what's happening in the online world. During this time it often happens that I'll suddenly remember some blog I haven't seen in a while, like Mighty Girl (famous among dozens -- lol!), or Uber (better than you, daily), and have the joy of a selection of new postings to consume.

I decided it would likely be more efficient to use an RSS reader and subscribe to all these feeds. I downloaded SharpReader and have used it for the last two weeks.

First observation: I'm amazed at how few sites actually put the full content of a posting into their RSS entry. I thought the point of the RSS Reader was to provide a centralized way to keep up to date on a variety of posting-centric sites. If the full post isn't contained in the RSS feed, then the feed mostly just becomes a notification system letting you know when new content is available. Quite the high-bandwidth notification system.

Second observation: Because feed providers really can't customize how their feed looks in your RSS reader, all the postings I read blend together and I find I don't really have any idea where I read something anymore. When I use a web browser the design and colours of a site influence my perceptions of the articles I read. The two become cojoined in my brain and form a memory.

I visited Slashdot with a web browser this afternoon after reading the entries with my RSS reader throughout the morning. My first reaction was surprise that I recognized all the story headings. The second reaction was disappointment that there was nothing new to read. I miss my random forays around the web. My sparks of memory that bring me back to a familiar design with new content.

To get around the fact that many people's feeds only provide a sentence or two, my RSS reader is very quick to fire up the embedded IE browser and show me that actual entry in the context of the website. At first this irritated me, but now I sort of rely on it. Much nicer than having to deal with a variety of separate windows.

Still though, there seems something inherently wrong about the whole RSS reader phenomenon. On one side the efficiency is enticing, but the sites I read through the aggregator become somewhat blurred and hard to distinguish. On the other side the site authors seem to really want you to come to their website directly, but don't want to be left out of the RSS craze and so they comprimise by giving you teasers through the feed and make you hit their site for more. It seems broken somehow. Two sides pulling in different directions. The whole experience leaves me feeling informed yet alone.

What really is the purpose of RSS? Who is it really benefiting?

OK/CANCEL

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A new techie comic strip named OK/Cancel with references to Jakob, Norman, and the web-safe palette!

They even have an RSS feed.

Windows iTunes

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It's here and it's good. I've already purchased two albums: Jack Johnson - On and On, and Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP. I like it. It just works. And the interface just makes it all so easy. I want to find music, sample the music, buy the music and listen to the music. iTunes takes care of all of that in a beautiful interface that is fun to use.

Two minor complaints:
  • Not enough songs. I want some propellerheads. More Beatles. More BV3G. More. More. More.
  • I originally assumed that if I bought the music at home, then at work I logged into iTunes and ''Checked for Purchased Music" it would automatically re-download my purchased music and authorize my work computer. No go. Apparently you need to actually transfer the files yourself (they reccommend burning them) and then authorize the new computer when they are copied.

P(olar)+oid

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I find people's photo-documentaries very inspiring. Mark-Steffen Göwecke has used polaroid photographs to sequentially document parts of his life. The added twist is each photograph contains previous photograph somewhere within the frame. Literally a polaroid in a polaroid in a polaroid...

Link - (via MeFi)

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