April 30, 1999
The Howard Roarks of the world can kiss my ass.
April 29, 1999
Dig that DHTML.
Ed Vielmetti, who runs the Vacuum mailing list and it's adjunct home page, has recently begun his own weblog. While strong in Ann Arbor focus, it also contains lots of nice random bits on the types
of things that folks like Ed and I care about--memes, information structures, social organization, and random cool
things found on the Web. And his sundry marginalia, expose a delightfully scatterbrained quality.
April 28, 1999
Today's Lesson: How Not To Apply 3D
To A Search Interface.
Perhaps America's greatest government institution, the Library of Congress has just released a Web site devoted
to the origins of
American animation. Gives me goosebumps!
Flash happies. First, watch every episode of Blink. Then, head over to Light
of Speed (click the bots!). And try to tell me this stuff isn't better,
more fulfilling, than the shiny, overwrought, empty crap at this flavor of the month.
Do you read the Cardhouse weblog? You know, you should. It just happens to be the funniest and most incisive out there.
Please to be enjoying his BBC macaque monkey discovery of April 26.
Gol-dang. I just saw a digitally remastered Stop
Making Sense at the San Francisco International Film Festival. (Jealous?)
After the movie all the bandmembers and Jonathan Demme were on stage to answer what were unfortunately puerile
questions from the audience. From what I gather, this is the first public appearance of the entire original band
since they broke up. You could definitely sense tension between band members.
April 27, 1999
Bookmarked to be read for later:"Factors and Principles Affecting the Usability of Four E-Commerce Sites."
Leave it to the French to construct an existential
April 26, 1999
Former colleagues at Sun, Bruce
Tognazzini and Jakob
Nielsen have a merry old time playfully sniping at each other over the
issue of long scrolling pages.
April 24, 1999
The last line here made me laugh out loud.
Dear God, there's a Web page for everything.
I just purchased Infocom Masterpieces from the Activision store. Aaaah, glorious text adventures.
Trinity was always my favorite.
UC Berkeley provides a wealth
of information on the new hominid find. Make sure to view the video, and
read the full press release, which features this diagram of human ancestry.
A new method of wireless
communication? The mind boggles at the implications. It's a pretty
big "Duh" that wireless communications will follow the path and success of wire communications in our
increasingly networked society.
April 23, 1999
Bureaucracy works in frightening ways. [From TBTF.]
Copyright violations be damned! Dorothy
And pictures I have found! [I'm sorry if the reverse-chronological ordering of petermemes is at times difficult to follow.] This article from the BBC features not only pictures,
but Tim White's great explanation of the significance of the Australopithecus garhi find (in RealVideo).
Of particular fascination is the idea that meat-eating lead directly to our larger brains and technological development.
One of my roads not travelled: physical anthropology. Still, I get excited reading about new homind finds, and
seems to be a doozy. But I want pictures! Pictures, I tell you!
April 21, 1999
Cursor magic. Go here. Click on the second icon in "block 6." Wait for Shockwave to load. Fiddle around.
The most fun I've had with my trackpad in weeks.
I'm quoted at the end of a small
piece in Forbes on Simply Porn. [Thanks, Ariana.]
April 20, 1999
A Computer Scientist's
View of Life, The Universe, And Everything. I suggest generating a PDF
here. It's a little dense with the math, but make sure to skip ahead to the Philosophy
section. You'll thank me for it. The paper is stored at xxx.lanl.gov, a wonderful repository of high-minded thinking, and I always smile at the subdomain name.
April 19, 1999
in San Francisco. Why does the LA Times cover my home better than any
The more I get into information architecture, the more of a process junky I become. I'm gonna come back to this
when I have more time. It's a detailed discussion of engineering and design process for students at Northwestern.
Those foolish kids are spending tens of thousands of dollars for that knowledge, but you can get it for free!
April 18, 1999
Finally! I've written something new for my site. It's a travelog of my
time in Austin. It features a near-kitsch graphical nav bar. Whee!
Post article summarizes our knowledge of human evolution, additionally
positing a new theory on the success of human versatility.
April 16, 1999
Overlong splash screens got you down? Maybe you should skipintro...[Thanks, Matt]
April 15, 1999
A Neighborhood is a pretty spiffy visually-oriented search tool. I'm particularly
fond of the way you use the map as a search variable (as opposed to just merely seeing your results returned on
a map). I also like how you can enter a ZIP code that you appreciate and it will pre-fill search criteria for you.
All in all, quite smart.
End Oxford Shirt Applet is an entirely visual and mouse-driven search
engine. There is no typing here. A very interesting solution.
"The pilot dropped his bomb in good faith, as you would expect of
a trained pilot from a democratic country," he said.
Oh, the absurdity.
So. Because I love you. Sony
Music Licensing's ThinkMap interface to their music collection. I enjoyed
searching around the concept of "food."
April 14, 1999
Marisa Bowe, editor in chief of Word, has compiled a great piece about the effects of money on New
York's young technology elite. I liked Clay Shirky's quote best.
April 1, 1999
Don't forget to pay rent!
If 3Com thinks they've got legal ground to stand on (see parody note below), maybe they should look at this.
A seventh TV network?
Noted without comment:
I wish Jason's removal
of his Simply Porn parody
were an April Fool's joke, but it's not. In the interest of promoting
free speech, I'm publishing the parody, minus the original 3Com