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June 30, 2011
Paper.js (open-source vector graphics framework using HTML5 Canvas; love the examples)
June 29, 2011
rep.lic.ants (Facebook/Twitter bots that impersonate your own activity) [via]
GOOD on the shame of your first online handle (my own history: finkployd, flypdoink, doink, waxpancake)
Myspace, originally bought for $580M, to be sold for $35M (in other news, Friendster relaunched as a "social gaming platform")
June 28, 2011
Google's Data Liberation Front launches Takeout (get your Google data back out in one central place)
Kataminey Damacraft (roll up some voxels, little prince) [via]
Google announces Google+, their next big social effort (watch the demo; Steven Levy has the inside story)
June 27, 2011
Yahoo! and the Yippies logos (design coincidences, thirty years apart)
Pogo's Mellow Brick Road video contest winners (the top three are all amazing)
Transformerer, shooting 32 Lou Reed sidewalk stencils with Everyday (from Objective Scenes, a new photoblog on mobile phone photography)
Ian Bogost's limited edition of A Slow Year (ridiculous gorgeous attention to detail)
Supreme Court rules videogames protected under First Amendment (striking down California's law prohibiting violent game sales to minors) [via]
Darryl Cunningham takes on evolution skepticism (continuing his comic series on controversial subjects)
Buying a lunch in Manhattan with Bitcoins (hummus, heroin, and black market babies)
June 26, 2011
Where Am I? (game made in 48 hours for Ludum Dare)
Gene Yang and Thien Pham's Legends of the Joystick (classic game characters get the "where are they now" treatment in ten comics) [via]
LulzSec calls it quits (one last dump ends their 50-day reign; I suspect a spiritual successor isn't far behind)
How Gov. Cuomo delivered gay marriage to New York (six down, 44 to go)
June 25, 2011
Zac Gorman's I Draw Nintendo (abnormally awesome fan art blog)
June 24, 2011
Artist's Statement by Charlotte Young (related: her Ignite talk about Artspeak)
King of Kong director to reboot Wargames (quite possibly a worse idea than Blade Runner 2)
Guardian on the the LulzSec IRC chat log leak (ballsy move on their part)
Errol Morris' investigation into his brother's role in the invention of email (and the birth of social computing, in the process) [via]
N SKY C (average color of the NYC sky every five minutes)
8-Bit Invader (simulation of projection mapping on a Czech school) [via]
"In the future, everything is games" (SMBC on game mechanics)
June 23, 2011
1982 NYT article on a NSF study on how society will be transformed by computer networks (spot-on predictions about the transformations, as Gina points out; they only got the tech wrong)
Jordan Crane's Keeping Two (incredibly thoughtful comic that he keeps extending)
Marco Arment on the FBI's incidental seizure of an Instapaper server (how is this even legal?) [via]
Rave On Buddy Holly (brilliant cover album with Florence & The Machine, Fiona Apple, Cee-Lo, Black Keys, and more) [via]
June 22, 2011
Knight News Challenge announces 16 grant winners (some awesome projects including ScraperWiki, SwiftRiver, and Awesome Foundation)
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas comes out as an undocumented immigrant (one of the most compelling case studies for immigration reform ever)
June 21, 2011
"You've Got Blackmail" (Mat Honan on Mike Arrington's bizarre attack on Caterina Fake yesterday)
Indie Game: The Movie releases official trailer (Jim Guthrie from Sword & Sworcery's doing the music; if you're as excited as I am, preorder it now on Kickstarter)
Wreck and Salvage's "I Can Copy" (supplemental jam for Everything is a Remix)
June 20, 2011
Everything Is A Remix Part 3 (continuing Kirby Ferguson's brilliant four-part series on copyright and remix culture)
Watsky & the GetBand, "A Love Story" (earlier: Seizure Boy)
Miss USA contestants on teaching evolution (warning: watching this will make you dumber; related: teach the controversy!) [via]
The Loving Trap (clever parody of Adam Curtis' documentary style) [via]
ICANN opens up new TLD registrations (clownpenis.fart may soon be a reality)
Weird Al's Perform This Way video (released after the Gaga saga and apology)
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (conspiratorial, but fun, three-part BBC documentary by Adam Curtis) [via]
June 19, 2011
NYT Magazine profile of Amanda Hocking, self-publishing star (curious to see how her publishing contract pans out; video Q&A up on her blog) [via]
Receipt Racer (one-day game openFrameworks hack built with a thermal receipt printer and PS3 controller) [via]
Paranoid Android: YouTube Artists Mix (36 covers songs on YouTube spliced into a single collage remix) [via]
June 18, 2011
Legacy Music Dance Party (you may laugh, but I've actually crowd-surfed at a chiptune show) [via]
Peanutweeter taken offline by DMCA claim (the creator won't fight the takedown order)
June 17, 2011
Rebecca Black's Friday removed from YouTube (in other meme news: Boxxy parodies herself and YouTube added a Nyan Cat scrubber)
TorrentFreak on Spotify's P2P architecture (this interesting academic paper goes into much more detail)
Bitcoin-stealing trojan found in the wild (stealing wallets is much faster than mining) [via]
Why Kickstarter just lowered max project length to 60 days (some interesting charts; related: Calacanis' long, great interview with Yancey Strickler)
Kevin Kelly on the 10,000 Year Clock (insane art project from the digerati)
Ars Technica on the LulzSec manifesto (read the whole thing; "We release personal data so that equally evil people can entertain us with what they do with it.")
jsmad, a pure Javascript MP3 decoder (adds MP3 playback for Firefox, who won't support it; here's how it works) [via]
GlitchBot (automatically pulls random Flickr photos and republishes glitchy versions) [via]
Worst commit ever (love the comments; more sad stories on Hacker News)
C64 Yourself (playful HTML5 app to convert images to Commodore 64 art)
June 15, 2011
The Depths of Aperture (related: Chell in the rain)
Dan Budiac finds his 15-year-old self in Telehack (someone make a game using the 1995 web next, kthxbye)
The first supercut? (Joseph Cornell's 1936 montage of every Rose Hobart scene from East of Borneo) [via]
Famous Opening Lines from Novels Updated for the Modern Age (in other McSweeney's news, they redesigned)
Sarah's Inbox (Sunlight Labs project displays the 24,000 released emails in a Gmail-like view)
Don't Play Games With Me (Sebastian Deterding's brilliant presentation on the present and future of gameful design)
Google adds search by image (extending Google Goggles to the web, and the end of TinEye)
gleeBox (browser add-on gives new keyboard navigation options to Chrome, Safari, and Firefox) [via]
Wheels of Steel, incredible Javascript turntables (don't miss Scott Schiller's detailed breakdown of how it works and Nyan Cat mode)
Kutiman's Thru Jerusalem (reminds me of Pogo's World Remix project)
June 14, 2011
GameBoy Color emulator in Javascript (supports save states and local ROMs, or load these as URLs; code's on Github) [via]
Leonard Lin revisits his 2006 tech predictions, five years later (pretty solid report card)
Robot Flâneur (a Google Street View explorer by James Bridle)
Video of every password from the LulzSec porn hack (one per frame, from the creator of the Unicode video)
Asciiflow (make ASCII art diagrams) [via]
CSS Panic, a game built entirely in HTML/CSS (no Javascript at all; Chrome and Safari only) [via]
June 13, 2011
Ze Frank revisits the first Fabuloso Friday, five years later (the script was collaboratively written by fans of The Show)
Jer Thorp's algorithmic name placement at the 9/11 Memorial ("information carries weight")
Rutt-Etra-Izer (WebGL emulation of the Rutt-Etra video synthesizer)
Sam Spratt's illustrated meme faces (nightmare material)
Aaron Straup Cope on web history and the suspension of @towerbridge (over the weekend, Twitter removed one of its first Twitter bots and removed its three-year archive)
How Andy Carvin debunked the "Gay Girl in Damascus" hoax (some amazing sleuthing that played out on Twitter)
June 12, 2011
Derek Powazek on On the Media's anti-tech bias (his new On the Network tumblelog documents historical examples)
June 9, 2011
Google's playable Les Paul tribute doodle (the keyboard works, here's a solid cover of Here Comes the Sun)
June 8, 2011
The Digi-Comp II (huge automatic mechanical computer that uses billiard balls instead of marbles)
URLTE.AM (Archive Team project scraping and dumping uncooperative URL shorteners) [via]
Slate's Hollywood Career-o-Matic (interactive tool to measure actor/director careers using Rotten Tomatoes ratings) [via]
Inbox Influence (browser add-on that checks for political contributions from Gmail senders)
June 7, 2011
Jim Gilliam's "The Internet Is My Religion" (intense speech about faith, technology and activism, from the creator of NationBuilder, GovLuv, and
June 6, 2011
The World's Most Exclusive Website (courtesy of Wonder-Tonic)
Analysis of the leaked Sony user passwords (67% of people with accounts at both Gawker and Sony reused their passwords) [via]
Video of Apple's WWDC presentation (the whole thing's worth watching, or read Gizmodo's coverage of the major announcements) (Usenet archive updated in real-time as it looked 30 years ago) [via]
June 5, 2011
Oglaf's Muse (so prolific!)
June 4, 2011
The Atlantic on Project Euler and teaching how to code (parallels to the standard, miserable approach for teaching math)
Hooray for Earth's "True Loves" music video (animated by Cyriak, Aaron Koblin nails it as "Minecraft meets Powers of Ten") [via]
June 3, 2011
George Plimpton's Video Falconry (first mentioned by Judge John Hodgman at the two-minute mark here, now unearthed and ported to the web) [via]
June 2, 2011
Telehack, playful simulation of the early net (way, way deeper than I originally thought; 25,000 virtual hosts to connect/hack/explore, with ghost users from the past) [via]
Stencyl (drag-and-drop 2D Flash gamemaker for PC and Mac)
June 1, 2011
YouTube introduces Creative Commons licensing (yay!)
Gawker on Silk Road, the Bitcoin-driven underground marketplace (view it through a proxy; Bitcoins aren't anonymous, so they're laundering them) [via]
Outside Aperture (live-action, fan-made Portal epilogue) [via]
Animal XXXing (Anna Anthropy's safe-for-work analysis of Animal Crossing fan-made porn)
The Chewbacca Supercut (every Chewbacca scene in A New Hope; also: Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi)