YouTube - Fantoche (2 times)
An animation painted on a many walls, and interacting with the space around it. Hypnotic, grotesque, beautiful.
animation  stopmotion  illustration  youtube 
october 2007
a presentation on rock'n'roll storytelling | guy parsons for "the reader/writer mashup"
"Adventures in particpatory, interactive, rock'n'roll storytelling." Guy's talk in fulltext format. Nicely done, Guy.
presentation  essay  play  storytelling  narrative  games  arg 
october 2007
Humanized > Weblog: Ten Ways to Make More Humane Open Source Software
"In an effort to understand usability in the OSS world, I’ve researched the stories behind my favorite — and least favorite — OSS programs."
opensource  design  software  programming  development 
october 2007
5 Reasons Distributed Teams Suck | Socialtext Enterprise Wiki
"when ever you have a new team member you have a new team". Ross Mayfield is pretty accurate, in my experience, of the issues with distributed working.
work  distributed  teleworking 
october 2007
QuarkRuby: Ruby on Rails Security Guide
Long, detailed, useful reference guide to all the areas that you can tighten the security of your Ralis application.
security  rails  ruby  rubyonrails  programming  development 
october 2007
Professional Software Development » Strategies for Effective Code Reviews
"You need to mentally prepare yourself before starting a review by reminding yourself of the purpose of the review and the need for a critical, questioning attitude." Nice article on how to make code reviews effective.
code  review  software  development  programming  practice 
october 2007
Language Switcher WordPress Plugin, from Poplar ProductivityWare
"The Language Switcher WordPress plugin allows you to create a bilingual or multi-lingual blog, using WordPress." Feels a little fudgy to me, but it definitely works.
bilingual  blog  wordpress  plugin  multilingual  language 
october 2007
glTail.rb - realtime logfile visualization
Visualisation of logfile access - "if you can tail it, you can visualise it" - in Ruby and openGL.
ruby  apache  log  visualisation  dataviz  opengl 
october 2007
:: GIANT ROBOTS SMASHING INTO OTHER GIANT ROBOTS :: Did you order the code red?!
"In discussion, we decided there is too much logic in the controller. We want to move the authorization into the correct place in our domain model. But where?"
rails  authentication  ruby  rubyonrails  mvc 
october 2007
Interactive Fiction Competition Games
The 2007 IF competiton games, all ready for download.
games  if  textadventure  interactivefiction 
october 2007
S3 + Rake = Easy Backups for SVN Repositories, Databases, and Code
"All it takes is a single call to Rake and you're backed up on Amazon's redundant, secure systems."
rake  s3  ruby  rails  backup  scm  svn 
october 2007
Four Principles of Interpersonal Communication
Communication is inescapable, irreversible, complicated, and contextual. Nice summation of many of the issues around communicating with other people. Reminds me how little I'm going to miss transatlantic teleconferencing.
communication  people  psychology  understanding  culture  context 
october 2007
Face value | The Skype hyper | Economist.com
"All three—the internet telephone firm, the video site and the social network—make almost no money. EBay's disappointment with Skype is a timely reminder of where this fad might lead." The Economist on EBay's Skype "issue"...
business  internet  web20  skype  ebay  economist  analysis  stock 
october 2007
Kongregate: Play Manifold
Lovely, gravity-bending flash game.
games  flash  gravity 
october 2007
ReinH: The Autotest Rosetta Stone
Pimping Autotest for fun and profit. And Growl notification. Nice!
rspec  autotest  rails  growl  testing  ruby 
october 2007
Play, story and recombination (Leapfroglog)
"If you approach design not as embedding your story in the environment, but as creating an environment wherein users can create their own stories, then I’d say you’re on the right track." Kars on playful IA again.
ia  design  interaction  story  storytelling  narrative 
october 2007
Software Is Hard
"If you can't tell how long a piece of code would take when you have the finished product available, what chance do you think you have before the first line of code is written?" If only I could show this article to so many of my old directors.
management  software  programming  development  estimation  budget  scale  scope 
october 2007
Particletree » Visualizing Fitts’s Law
"Fitts’s Law is Made of Lines" is a rough summary of this, but in short - a neat graphical explanation of Fitt's Law, with some useful notes, too.
interaction  usability  hci  ux 
october 2007
identity-matcher - Google Code
"This code, extracted from the Rails codebase of dopplr.com, extends your User model with methods to pull in social network information from sites such as GMail, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and any site supporting appropriate Microformats."
rubyonrails  ruby  rails  plugin  microformats  network  identity 
october 2007
Noisy Decent Graphics: I’m a designer. Use me better.
Nice presentation reframing issues as design challenges, and questioning why designers aren't solving design problems.
design  business  environment  culture  talk  efficiency 
october 2007
Review - Jeanne D'Arc // PSP /// Eurogamer
|The news last week that Sony has dropped the game for European release, forcing gamers to import the multiregional US version, is sad. This is exactly the kind of title the system needs to be promoting..." You're telling me. What are Sony smoking?
psp  strategy  jeannedarc  sonyarecracksmokingidiots  sony  business 
october 2007
Radiohead kills the entire music business « Green Tea Ice Cream
“This feels like yet another death knell,” emailed an A&R executive at a major European label. “If the best band in the world doesn’t want a part of us, I’m not sure what’s left for this business.”
radiohead  music  industry  business 
october 2007
Rock, Paper, Shotgun » Blog Archive » RPS Team Fortress 2 Interview - Part 2
Fantastic conclusion to the TF2 interview. Lots of lovely stuff in here about design processes, being honest to users, and seeking out hard problems. A must-read for anyone who makes things, really.
tf2  interview  design  development  games  play  interaction 
october 2007
Books \ Processing 1.0 (BETA)
The Processing book. I had a look at blackbeltjones' a few nights ago - big, dense, heavy, paper like a bible. Quite a lovely book, really. Will probably buy it at some point.
books  programming  design  infoviz  dataviz  graphics  processing 
october 2007
Summary of my Playful IAs argument (Leapfroglog)
"Designing playful IAs means taking care that you encourage discovery, support exploration and provide feedback on mastery." Kars' whole talk is great, really.
games  play  interface  ui  interaction  design  ia  experience  discovery 
october 2007
Wall-E trailers and video clips on Yahoo! Movies
Gosh. I really can't wait for that. There's just something about tiny robots that gets me every time...
walle  pixar  film  animation  trailers 
october 2007
Inconsolata "...is a monospace font, designed for code listings and the like, in print". It's also rather attractive on the screen, and might be the first monospace with rounded characters I actually like.
programming  monospace  font  typography 
october 2007
Riding Rails: Rails 2.0: Preview Release
DHH fills us in on the changes in Rails 2.0. Given the preview release is out now, the full version can't be that far off. Big changes, too.
ruby  rubyonrails  rails 
october 2007
Halo 3: Where is my Hayabusa armor!? « The Xbox Domain
A quick guide to how you unlock all the other bits of armor in Halo 3.
halo3  games  tips  hints 
september 2007
g30rg3 Blog » UTF-8 Database Converter
A useful plugin for Wordpress - prior to 2.2, data was stored as latin1. Now it's UTF-8. If you've got a lot to convert, this seemed to do the trick.
wordpress  plugins  encoding  utf8  databse  mysql 
september 2007
RussellBeattie.com - Lego Rocks (Redux)
Wow. Just wow. Phenomenal print adverts for Lego, that manage to sum up the brand so well.
advertising  branding  graphicdesign  lego 
september 2007
"A library for finding memory leaks." - with solid Rails integration and, apparently, graphs by Gruff.
ruby  rails  profiling  analysis  memory 
september 2007
Jim Barraud
I like the look of this blog - content big, small, whatever, familiar aesthetic, and some lovely design touches. Giving me ideas for future overhauls (after the impending one)...
blog  design 
september 2007
Fray: Busted! True stories of getting caught in the act.
"Fray is being reborn as a quarterly printed book, and we need your help." A great move from Derek Powazek
fray  writing  creativity  magazine  storytelling  book  publishing 
september 2007
WordPress 2.3: Canonical URLs « Mark on WordPress
A detailed explanation of the Wordpress 2.3 implementation of resolving to a single canonical URL.
wordpress  seo  url  blogging 
september 2007
Akismet Auntie Spam for WordPress – Userscripts.org
Greasmonkey script that "reskins the Akismet spambox page for WordPress admins". Might make things a bit better, I guess...
wordpress  plugin  greasemonkey  akismet  ui 
september 2007
Clutter Free [ Tempus Fugit | TxFx.net ]
"Clutter Free is a plugin that lets you hide portions of the WordPress posting interface that you rarely (or never) use."
wordpress  plugin  interface  customisation 
september 2007
as days pass by » Blog Archive » DOMContentLoaded for IE, Safari, everything, without document.write
"it should be possible to combine the existing Safari method, Opera and Mozilla’s DOMContentLoaded support, and Hedger’s IE approach into a short bit of boilerplate code that can be dropped into your standalone script." Nice!
javascript  programming  development  dom  scripting  ie 
september 2007
Preoccupations: Teaching
"...you have to like children... If you do not, you will never be able to treat them as individuals... the test of whether you enjoy children's company is whether you find them fun." David quoting Mike Baker. Fab.
teaching  education  children  adult 
september 2007
A Critic at Large: Candid Camera: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
"With a Leica, all you hear is the shutter, which is the quietest on the market. The result—and this may be the most seductive reason for the Leica cult—is that a photograph sounds like a kiss." Wonderful New Yorker piece on the cult of Leica.
photography  camera  leica  culture  cult  product 
september 2007
Twittercal — tweet your google calendar
Twittercal is "a free service that connects your Twitter account to your Google Calendar". Very nice!
twitter  service  api  calendar  google 
september 2007
Yahoo! Developer Network - Parse XML using Python
"If the API you are using does not yet offer JSON output you can take advantage of Python's excellent XML support." Going to need this too, I think
xml  parsing  python  development  programming 
september 2007
Life on Rails » Ruby, rails and other technological travels
"I figured it’s best just to tell you why netbeans’ rails support is so creamingly good". I'm not really an IDE guy, but netbeans does sound quite impressive. Not sure it'll drag me away from Textmate, though.
netbeans  rails  rubyonrails  ruby  ide  development  editor 
september 2007
Nick Sweeney · searching for the one-eyed jesus
"...it sums up the particular strain of globollocks in Monocle that both entices and infuriates, like a coke-fiend friend" - great post from Nick Sweeney on Monocle and cultures of their own creation
globalism  journalism  publishing 
september 2007
We Can Fix That with Data
"metrics, data management, and usability for online games" - awesome blog discovery of the day. Just looks fab. Insta-subscribe!
blog  games  play  metrics  data  mmorpg  usability 
september 2007
The Unarchiver
The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for "BOMArchiveHelper.app", the built-in archive unpacker program in Mac OS X
mac  software  osx  compression  freeware  zip 
september 2007
Testing Controllers with rspec
Just what I needed right now. This is a verbose approach, but it has the kind of granularity I like.
testing  rspec  rails  rubyonrails  bdd  controller  mvc 
september 2007
Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site - New York Times
"...indirect readers, unable to get access to articles behind the pay wall and less likely to pay subscription fees than the more loyal direct users..." - you don't say?
paywall  business  advertising  online  newmedia  newspaper  newyorktimes  publishing  journalism 
september 2007
Software is (not) like that
"We've been using the same tired metaphors for decades and they are not serving us well. What there was to learn from them was absorbed long ago." Eric Evans debunks metaphors for development.
architecture  development  programming  software  design 
september 2007
Jacknife Posters | Home
Beautiful, traditional screenprinted posters, as seen at End of the Road. Want to get my hands on some of these.
posters  design  screenprint  music 
september 2007
DanNorth.net » What’s in a Story?
A great Dan North entry on stories and BDD.
bdd  agile  testing  story  tdd  methodology 
september 2007
Quartonian: live performance with Quartz Composer » Quartonian Mixer
"Quartonian Mixer is a free creative commons licensed VJ mixer created entirely in Quartz Composer."
quartzcomposer  vj  application  mac  osx  video 
september 2007
The Elements of JavaScript Style
"Programming is difficult. At its core, it is about managing complexity. Computer programs are the most complex things that humans make. Quality is a illusive and elusive." Crockford on Javascript Style - almost certainly essential.
javascript  programming  style  guide 
september 2007
Festival Camping: CampingExpert
Some useful tips on camping at festivals...
camping  festivals 
september 2007
Goto and learn - downloads
Lots of .flv tutorial videos. May be useful for my plans to do with learning Flash.
flash  tutorial  download  examples  free 
september 2007
LastGraph: Home
Visualisation for looking at your listening history on last.fm. The outputs are beautiful.
last.fm  visualization  listening  infoviz  dataviz  graphing  svg 
september 2007
The Continuous World of Dungeon Siege
Technically hardcore, dense paper explaining how the Dungeon Siege environment was constructed without a loading screen. Word of the day: "frustrum". Interesting stuff in here. Now, how to apply it?
game  development  programming  mapping  algorithms  technology  streaming  play 
september 2007
booktwo.org Notebook » Under the brown fog of a winter dawn
"Literature is inescapably intertwined with our everyday environment. By making this visible, we can encourage and spread it, and send it in new and exciting directions."
writing  literature  gps  location  locative  art  culture 
september 2007
Sugar Shock, issue 02
Second issue of Joss Whedon's online comic.
josswhedon  comics  webcomics 
september 2007
Little People - a tiny street art project
"Little handpainted people, left in London to fend for themselves"
art  blog  streetart  urban  photography  tiny 
september 2007
christianmeinke.com » Blog Archive » Wiimote Communication
Using the Wiimote with Processing, Max/MSP, and a whole load of other things (via OSC) on Mac OS. Fun!
wii  wiimote  processing  interaction  hardware  hacking 
september 2007
Common Pitfalls of Building Social Web Applications and How to Avoid Them - Bokardo
"Here are some of the common pitfalls that lead to failure when building social web applications."
socialsoftware  design  community  product  development 
september 2007
Pasta&Vinegar » Blog Archive » There’s no reason why WoW couldn’t be represented by anything other than an RSS feed
Great selection of links to Raph Koster's "Design For Everywhere" - a talk at GDC to the games industry about designing games (and, by inference, software) for use in any context. Important!
games  play  network  distributed  casual  presentation  ubiplay 
september 2007
Steven Poole – Trigger Happy
"For five years I also wrote a monthly column of the same title in the industry's critical Bible, Edge magazine. All those columns are archived"... on Poole's website. Excellent.
stevenpoole  games  journalism  writing  edge 
september 2007
Better Accelerate Than Never - Rock, Paper, Shotgun - the PC gaming site
"FHM was selling 800,000 for a reason, and it wasn’t to those of us who’ve seen all three endings of Deus Ex" Gillen talks about the resurgence of PC Accelerator.
publishing  games  journalism  magazines 
september 2007
Fraser Speirs – Coverflow Hater
"It seems to me that Coverflow replicates everything that is frustrating and unpleasant about looking for something in the real world."
interaction  design  itunes  coverflow  quotation  ixd 
september 2007
Science Tattoos - a photoset on Flickr
Scientists show their science-related tattoos. Some are better than others.
science  tattoos  bodyart  photography 
september 2007
Work - MyTopix - Jaia Interactive
Interesting-looking little PHP web-forum.
forum  software  php  opensource 
september 2007
Prince: What's New
"Prince is a computer program that converts XML and HTML into PDF documents."
pdf  css  xml  print  software  publishing  layout  conversion 
september 2007
BlogFish: Webistrano - Capistrano deployment the easy way
Webistrano is a Web UI for managing Capistrano deployments. It lets you manage projects and their stages like test, production, and staging with different settings. Those stages can then be deployed with Capistrano through Webistrano.
capistrano  rails  deployment  rubyonrails  hosting  infrastructure 
september 2007
Peter Van Dijck’s Guide to Ease » Blog Archive » IA for beginners: long pages work.
"Scrolling works. Long pages work. Anything else tends to be informationarchitecturitis."
ia  ux  usability  design  informationarchitecture 
september 2007
InfoQ: Applying Agile to Ruby
"In this prsentation... we examine key agile practices, that when applied judiciously to Ruby, retain the amazing productivity, improve the quality of code, etc." Looks good.
ruby  agile  video  programming  presentation  thoughtworks  productivity  development 
september 2007
Pivotal Blabs : HasFinder -- It's Now Easier than ever to create complex, re-usable SQL queries
"HasFinder is an extension to ActiveRecord that makes it easier than ever to create custom find and count queries." Looks excellent. Might well be making use of this.
rails  activerecord  sql  plugin  finders 
september 2007
KrazyDad » Blog Archive » Utility is overrated.
"When a work of art becomes useful, it becomes a craft, or it becomes propaganda. When a toy becomes useful, it becomes a tool, or a weapon."
toys  art  creativity  utility  tools  making 
september 2007
Halo 3: How Microsoft Labs Invented a New Science of Play
"Bungie's designers aren't just making a game: They're trying to divine the golden mean of fun." Large Wired article on how Bungie do UX research for Halo 3.
games  halo  bungie  play  flow  ux  interaction  design  testing 
august 2007
Pivotal Blabs : Advanced Proxy Usage, Part I
Some good stuff on ActiveRecord proxy usage. I'm doing some of this already, but the advanced examples look really handy.
rails  proxy  activerecord  associations  rubyonrails  development 
august 2007
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