The Cost of A La Carte Television
— how much would it cost to replace cable TV with iTunes downloads?
Jason Scott discusses an idea for a hackathon TV pilot
— dubbed “Hardcoded,” he’s outlined a show I would easily watch every week online or off
Long WaPo profile on the Great Zucchini
— witty and moving profile of a kids’ entertainer; don’t miss the followup
with the writer
Blizzard blocks GLBT guild in World of Warcraft
— by being openly gay, Blizzard claims they’d incite harassment by other users
World of Warcraft maps
— what, no driving directions?
Google removes help entry on censorship
— it’s one thing to censor to comply with local laws, just be open and honest about it
— overlaying 15 game runs of Gradius into a single video; I want Pac-Man next!
FeedLounge goes public
— nicely designed web-based feedreader goes out of private beta
Greg's Music Forum 2005
— aggregation and analysis of 75 “Best Albums of 2005” lists
— fast and addictive Flickr multiplayer game
Reddit looking for investors as seed money runs out
— one of Y Combinator’s eight startups is still growing
Tic-Tac-Toe as a fractal
— a great visualization of all 362k possible permutations
Video: Wintergreen's "When I Wake Up"
— music video about the true story
of E.T. for the Atari 2600; also, a great interview with the game designer
Google Code's Web Authoring Statistics
— popular elements and attributes across a billion webpage sample set
— full-motion video and audio running on the first IBM-PC
OGLE, the OpenGL Extractor
— grab 3D models from games or apps for reuse, mashup, or 3D printing; badass!
The Most Downloaded Konfabulator Widgets
— unofficial, created by Jon Aquino by scraping the official Konfabulator gallery
The Waxy Cloud
— Waxy Links tag cloud visualized using Ajax, the PHP5 XML DOM, and Yahoo Term
House of Cosbys Soundboard
— still popular; I’ve served 215 GB of the House of Cosbys pilot this month
"The city as an avatar of itself"
— aerial city photos that very much resemble scale models
Disney may buy Pixar for $6.8 billion
— Steve Jobs would sit on the board and be a major shareholder
What technology will be like in 2001
— tech predictions from the October 1989 issue of Compute! magazine
— web-based Commodore 64 emulator
Top 65 Music Videos of 2005
— outstanding annotated list
Ted, torrent episode downloaders
— Windows utility automates TV episode downloads from public trackers
Video: Dev2.0, "Whip It"
— directed by Gerald Casale of DEVO for Disney Records
— videogame parody of working at a Kinko’s store, sounds like Root Beer Tapper
My 9-year-old nephew and 7-year old niece perform “Lazy Sunday.” (Watch the original.) Need I say more?
Download: Nick and Amelia’s Lazy Sunday.mp3
January 21 Update: I just received an e-mail from NY Daily News reporter Julian Kesner, who wrote a profile on Andy Samberg and “Lazy Sunday” last month. Julian heard about Nick and Amelia’s MP3 and sent it to Andy Samberg. Andy wrote back and said, “That might be my favorite thing of all time ever.”
January 22: ADM of the excellent Amy’s Robot blog remixed the original video with Nick and Amelia’s audio. The results are surreal, and iPod-compatible!
January 24: Two 11-year-old boys recreated the video, with the help of their dad. Apparently, there’s a market for SNL Kids.
Kottke on the Digg vs. Slashdot effects
— Slashdot still wields enormous traffic, even as Digg’s influence grows
Video: Live Action Punch-Out
— not great, but I’ve been humming the Punch Out theme since I saw this last week