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March 31, 2009
Humanized versions of Disney and Pixar characters (also: humanized Spongebob, South Park, and Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem) [via]
Apple features John Cage's 4'33" as free iTunes download (the first movement's free, the other two are a steal for $0.99 each) [via]
The Onion on Prague's Franz Kafka International Airport (don't miss the attention to detail in the signage)
Short Storyspreadsheet, character study in Microsoft Excel (action, dialogue, and each character's thoughts in separate columns) [via]
iPhone pirating app attacks rival pirate app store (glimpse into the increasingly sophisticated iPhone warez scene)
Harnessing hamster power with nanogenerators (this is like Matt's dream realized)
Pixel art "Viagra" spam using HTML tables and colored cells (just spotted this myself, the spam equivalent of ANSI art)
Cheer Up the Chatbot (don't read how it works until you've played a little) [via]
March 30, 2009
Big Man Japan vs. the Stink Monster (inexplicable clip from the alternative monster movie, Big Man Japan) [via]
The Big Picture on Earth Hour (click each image to see the before and after photos)
Gamasutra on the Experimental Gameplay Sessions 2009 (the Achron gameplay videos are hurting my brain)
Ken Jennings' week of favorite metafiction (he also highlighted his favorite meta films, songs, and TV series)
10 Zen Monkeys tracks down Perry Bible Fellowship's Nicholas Gurewitch (the new book came out Wednesday; his Fox News appearance was bizarre)
24 Hours of Geotagged Photos on Flickr (64,410 photos visualized in Processing)
Omegle, chat with random strangers (a social experiment populated by lolkidz, trolls, and confused people like you) [via]
March 28, 2009
Twitter shuts down @cwalken account (in the past, Twitter's renamed fakesters like Cliffy_B, Richard Dawkins, and Henry Rollins)
March 27, 2009
Google Street View timelapse across the Golden Gate Bridge (here's an earlier automated version from 2007)
Caterina Fake explains Hunch.com, her new startup (decision trees, informed by machine learning and user contributions)
March 26, 2009
Soy tu Aire, interactive Flash song visualization (worth the loading time) [via]
Obsession Times Voice (John Gruber, Merlin Mann, and Jonathan Coulton on writing for a living)
Robert Hodgin describes how he made snakes in Processing (don't miss his other snake studies) [via]
SelfControl, Mac app blocks access to specified websites and email for time limit (once set, it can't be undone by the app or restarting the computer) [via]
Justine Lai's oil paintings of herself having sex with each US President (in chronological order, she's up to Ulysses S. Grant spanking her; Rule 34, anyone?)
Kent Brewster discovers a security flaw in Amazon Wishlists (he'd been trying to get them to patch it since last October) [via]
Filefront closes with only five days' notice (Jason Scott notes it's 48 terabytes of user-contributed data, gone)
Ask Metafilter on the origins of "selective invisibility" and the twit bit (Clive Thompson said the technique was invented by Disqus, but it dates back to the BBS era)
Eurogamer breaks down the technical hurdles of OnLive (on the surface, it seems impossible without huge sacrifices to quality and responsiveness)
March 25, 2009
JuicyDrop, music visualization in Javascript with Canvas and SoundManager2 (a port of Winamp's classic MilkDrop visualizer with support for its presets)
Wikirank, popular and trending articles on Wikipedia (related: WikiChanges, which charts edit activity over time)
HD trailer for Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are (looks stunning) [via]
OnLive's GDC press conference, real-time gaming over broadband (demo starts at 10:30; stream PS3-level graphics to a low-end Macbook, or your TV with a tiny set-top box)
Gary "Numa Numa" Brolsma's ad for GEICO (like Cherry Chocolate Rain, this just makes me sad)
John Carmack releases open-source Wolfenstein 3D for the iPhone (his detailed design notes explain his gameplay changes)
Google's Wonder Wheel Experiment (first example of dataviz in their results, plus the new option to restrict and sort by date)
March 24, 2009
Greasemonkey script adds Twitter Search results on Google (surprisingly useful; I'm surprised Google hasn't found a way to order the web by date)
Home of the Underdogs revived by fans (the best abandonware site is back; the original reviews are up, but without downloads for now) [via]
Double Fine's Host Master and the Conquest of Humor (an excellent one-room adventure game starring Tim Schafer himself; find all 22 jokes!)
Paul Lamere analyzes the Loudness War in modern music (Avril Lavigne and Soulja Boy are louder than Megadeth)
March 23, 2009
Legend of Zelda theme performed on two Tesla coils at SXSW (and it's a SexyBack mashup, too)
NPR's All Things Considered interviews Kutiman about Thru-You (he worked on it for two straight months, and only pitch-shifted three samples on the album)
NYT valiantly tries to explain a Chinese anti-censorship meme (the original video was removed, but this explains the lyrics with translated wordplay)
Rands on the building of the Brooklyn Bridge (a nice allegory for American innovation, which we need right about now)
March 22, 2009
419 scammer chats with security company CEO (the brutal honesty is refreshing and continued for another hour)
March 21, 2009
Snaggs' giant hand-made Atari 2600 cartridges (check out the detail, they're sewn onto vinyl) [via]
The Vimeo team gets auto-tuned (I suggest a College Humor spin-off) [via]
Jump on Mushrooms, Super Mario played in reverse (mind-bending experimental PC game, reminiscent of Braid) [via]
March 20, 2009
NewsAlarm, smoke alarm wired up to the New York Times NewsWire API (could be good for finance, severe weather, or even vanity alarms) [via]
Pew releases State of the News Media 2009 (comprehensive and bleak report, studying all sectors of journalism; key findings here)
Small Talk, real-time weather visualization using Twitter (part of the Google Chrome Experiments)
Quietube (like Readability for YouTube; here's a quick demo) [via]
James Bridle's Tweetbook, two years of tweets as a hardcover book (someone should make this a service, also incorporating your Flickr photos and blog posts) [via]
Village Voice digs up saucy clips from Bill O'Reilly's audiobook (the dangers of recording an audiobook) [via]
Protovis, visualization toolkit with Javascript and Canvas (nice alternative to Google Charts API) [via]
NPR broadcast of Decemberists' new album debut at SXSW (it's out on iTunes and streaming free on Imeem)
Justin Mason on "Quoz," the FAIL of the 1870s (the entire chapter on urban slang in 19th century London is fascinating)
Mega Man 9 Rock Medley (expertly done, from the guy who made the 32 Songs in 8 Minutes medley)
Douglas Bowman explains his decision to leave Google ("I won't miss a design philosophy that lives or dies strictly by the sword of data")
March 19, 2009
NYT's visualization of newspaper circulation declines (only six papers grew in the last three years) [via]
Microsoft's Remembering Stuff About the Internet (IE8 promo asks comedians about the early web)
Craft by Ift, graphic demo running on a 20mhz microcontroller (generating real-time video and sound signals with a $3 chip)
Dan Meth's Sitcom Map of the USA (he also did an NYC-specific map) [via]
The Ocarina of Rhyme (hip-hop mashed up with the N64 Zelda soundtrack) [via]
Study finds creditworthiness can be gauged by physical appearance (they claim the original paper is the first academic study to use Mechanical Turk)
Overly Judgemental IE6 Splash Pages ("What does IE6 have in common with a Fleshlight?") [via]
Google Chrome Experiments (showcase of impressive Javascript effects) [via]
NYT on the rise of mistrials from jurors' Internet usage (related: Ars interviewed the juror who used Twitter in the courtroom)
Paul Ford's six-word reviews of all 1,302 SXSW MP3s (interspersed with charts and other interesting trivia about the bands)
March 18, 2009
Is The Big Picture A Bummer Today? (Alan Taylor gave my favorite talk at SXSW)
ABC News' Charlie Gibson blames students, Google, and social media for newspaper's demise (addressing a room full of college journalists, he said Clay Shirky was "full of crap")
March 17, 2009
Toby Barlow on artists moving into Detroit's $100 homes (I can totally imagine Detroit turning into a massive artist and net nomad collective) [via]
Gizmodo's guide to iPhone OS 3.0's new features (the biggest announcement of SXSW was in Cupertino)
Trent Reznor on the state of ticket reselling and scalping (Ticketmaster could easily prevent reselling, but they're happy to take a cut)
March 14, 2009
Clay Shirky on the death of newspapers and reinvention of journalism (the single best essay on the topic I've read)
March 13, 2009
Aardvark, social search over instant message (pipes questions to friends-of-friends; works surprisingly well in my initial test)
Foursquare launches with iPhone app (the spiritual successor to Dodgeball, but with game-like elements)
March 12, 2009
SXSW 2009 Twitter Visualizer (five different visualizations, but the real-time map is particularly nice) [via]
Hark! A Vagrant (Kate Beaton's new site for her history-inspired comics)
Anamaguchi's Dawn Metropolis (NES rock band's full album with 8-bit music videos for each song)
Washington Post's horrific article about infant deaths in hot cars (Pulitzer-Prize winner journalist looks at a uniquely modern tragedy, when a slip of memory becomes fatal)
AP interview outtakes with Ricky Gervais and Elmo on Sesame Street (they have the same laugh)
Wired's untold story of the world's largest diamond heist (after six years in prison, the mastermind told Joshua Davis his story for the first time)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's Bryan Binkman Experiment (23,000 followers in 12 hours; pretty geeky for network TV, featuring Engadget on Monday and Diggnation last night)
March 11, 2009
Techcrunch on Grand Central's relaunch as Google Voice (they're using speech-to-text to automatically transcribe voicemail)
279 Spore Skeletons (built with Processing using the new Spore API) [via]
Terry Cavanagh's Don't Look Back (8-bit retelling of Orpheus in the Underworld)
Revision3 exec liveblogs someone breaking into his house (he broadcasted the ordeal on Ustream and Twitter) [via]
Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs (for some, prosthetics are no longer a disability; she can change her speed and height with augmentation)
Michael Wesch on the Livescribe smartpen in education (see the pen demo, and "pencasts" shared by the community)
Bicycle Built for 2,000 (Aaron Koblin asks 2,088 Mechanical Turk workers to sing parts of "Daisy Bell" without hearing the whole song)
The Comics Archetype Times Table (reminds me of the dessert taxonomy)
March 10, 2009
Fortunebird, mechanical bird automaton that tweets your fortune (also debuting at Etech: Lensley Automatic, the photobooth that Flickrs and tweets)
TED performance of Pattie Maes' wearable tech demo (like an iPhone with a projector, dangling around your neck and providing context for everyday activities)
Dan Meth's chart of sitcom house floorplans (from the creator of the Trilogy Meter)
Tetris HD (use Enter to drop quickly; the result is abstract art) [via]
Guardian UK opens API platform and Data Store (the Data Store uses Google Spreadsheets for data access)
The Morning News behind-the-scenes report of the controversial Gandhi auction (filmmaker James Otis tried to call it off after Indian protests and death threats)
March 9, 2009
The "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Story Conference (125-page transcription of a week-long brainstorming session with Spielberg, Lucas, and Lawrence Kasdan)
Rock Peaks, database of live music videos culled from YouTube (user-editable, including performances from late night talk shows)
Cam Marlow's breakdown of maintained relationships at Facebook (elaborating on his findings discussed in The Economist)
S.F. may crack down on urban prank events (city officials said last month's Pillow Fight cost over $40,000 to clean up)
Topps brings augmented reality to baseball cards (surprising they went with a Windows plugin, instead of Flash ARToolkit) [via]
March 7, 2009
BackTweets, search for links on Twitter (unlike Twitter Search, this dereferences links from URL shorteners like TinyURL)
March 6, 2009
Unofficial mirror of Kutiman's Thru-You (the official site resolved their earlier bandwidth issues) [via]
Seattle P-I to become first daily metro newspaper to go web-only (related: Mike Davidson's great piece on saving newspaper journalism, while letting print die) [via]
TheMime on Twitter (if you don't have something nice to say)
March 5, 2009
Bruce Banit's World Builder short film (like an augmented reality SketchUp) [via]
March 4, 2009
Kate Beaton's The Origin of Man (great comic in a crummy, Flash-only format)
Pun-Colle, Japanese anime voice actresses cover punk classics (about as horrible as you'd imagine, every song is on his profile page)
Dolphin emulator boots the Wii OS (I had no idea they'd gotten so far; as of last week, it also supports WADs)
Scene.org 2009 award nominees (the best of the demoscene, merging algorithmic art and music)
Thru You, Kutiman's album of YouTube video remixes (serious YouTube crate digging; the acapella track used on Just A Lady only has 198 views) [via]
March 3, 2009
A Japanese Life of Bento (a tale told in miniature)
Game Set Watch reports on the final moments of Tabula Rasa (bang, whimper)
Flickr launches new Panda API methods (three different pandas, each with their own taste in Flickr photos)
Greek To Me: Mapping Mutual Incomprehension (mapping the cultural shorthand for confusing languages) [via]
Origins of the Windows XP "Bliss" desktop wallpaper (old, but new to me; I love the more recent photo of the Napa Valley site)
Rebecca MacKinnon on how Chinese blog services censor bloggers (great research, finds that individual editors at blog portals make a huge difference)
arc90's Readability (bookmarklet converts any page to an Instapaper-like readable layout)
March 2, 2009
Bandcamp adds music download codes and Moo card integration (very slickly done)
Some Grey Bloke explains what Facebook is for (now, go friend him) [via]
Jake and Amir interview The Lonely Island (when Internet-to-TV memes collide)
Recording a trip around the sushi conveyor belt (the translated dialogue; videos by others here, here, and here) [via]
Detecting click tracks in popular music using the Echo Nest API (Britney, Green Day, and Nickelback cheated; Metallica, Weezer, and Led Zeppelin kept it real)
The Retr0brite Project (retro computing geeks open-source a cleaning formula to turn yellowing plastics white again) [via]
Volunteers Put the Economist Into Chinese (the NYT asked me to rewrite my entry for today's paper; my first byline in a national newspaper!)
Skittles changes product homepage to Twitter search (other links in their navigation go straight to Flickr, YouTube, and Facebook)
March 1, 2009
Newsweek's The District, the Obama presidency as an MTV reality show (the Barack impersonator is YouTube's own Alphacat)