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I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here's What It Did to Me | WIRED
"After checking in and liking a bunch of stuff over the course of an hour, there were no human beings in my feed anymore."
facebook  web 
october 2014 by kevan
Could Reddit, 4Chan find the Boston bombers using social media? | memeburn
"After authorities released an image of one of the backpacks believed to be involved in the bombings, members of the online community got to work."
crime  surveillance  web 
april 2013 by kevan
Sweden axes new word after Google intervenes - The Local -
"Among the words that Swedes had begun using in 2012 was "ogooglebar" ('ungoogleable'). [...] Google wanted the council to specify that the word's definition only covered searches performed using Google, and not searches involving other search engines."
web  language 
march 2013 by kevan
"erase_mark is a bookmarklet to enable anyone to quickly and easily create erasures of web pages."
words  art  web 
march 2013 by kevan
Google Poetics
"Google Poetics is born when Google autocomplete suggestions are viewed as poems."
poetry  emergence  web 
february 2013 by kevan
Branded For Life
"Eventually, reporters, news consumers, or people willing to buy or sell skin ads tired of these “news of the weird” tattoo stories, and the trend died out by the late 2000s. So did most of the dot-coms. But many of the tattoos are still around."
skin  advertising  web 
september 2012 by kevan
Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles" | Video on
"And what it turned out was going on was that Facebook was looking at which links I clicked on, and it was noticing that, actually, I was clicking more on my liberal friends' links than on my conservative friends' links. And without consulting me about it, it had edited them out. They disappeared."
web  illusions  via:zarba 
june 2012 by kevan
"TrackMeNot runs in Firefox as a low-priority background process that periodically issues randomized search-queries to popular search engines. [...] It hides users' actual search trails in a cloud of 'ghost' queries, significantly increasing the difficulty of aggregating such data into accurate or identifying user profiles."
web  surveillance  illusions  via:zarba 
january 2012 by kevan
Search by Image, Recursively, Transparent PNG, #1 on Vimeo
"search by image, recursively. starting with a transparent png (400×225px). 2951 images, 12fps."
videos  images  web  via:waxy 
january 2012 by kevan
Start 2012 By Taking 2 Minutes to Clean Your Apps Permissions
"Try guessing how many apps have permissions to access your private information... Now click the icons and get ready for a surprise!"
web  secrets  surveillance 
january 2012 by kevan
Google Kills Its Other Plus, and How to Bring It Back -
"On Wednesday, Google retired a longer-standing 'plus': the + operator, a standard bit of syntax used to force words and phrases to appear in search results. The operator was part of Google since its launch in 1997 and built into every search engine since."
web  hacking  history 
october 2011 by kevan
WORDOID - Creative Naming Service
Generating English-sounding words for domain names, "preferably with as little Google search results as possible".
web  language  random 
march 2011 by kevan
Katamari Hack
"This is a bookmarklet that turns any page into Katamari Damacy." Right-click to roll up increasingly larger page elements.
games  web  hacking 
march 2011 by kevan
Download the bbc.closing.sites.archive torrent
"The purpose of this project is to show how the entire 172 public facing websites that are earmarked for deletion have been copied, archived, distributed and republished online - independently - for the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee (around $3.99)."
web  history  future 
february 2011 by kevan
Rock, Paper, Shotgun, And Why We Need To Make Publications Into Homes, Or Maybe Just Local Pubs | > jim rossignol
"Rather than rely on a crowd-based system of voting comments and up and down, we’ve opted to curtail free speech and employ massive deletions. Create an atmosphere in which trolling and idiocy is not tolerated at all, and it starts to recede."
web  society 
may 2010 by kevan
Warrick - Recover Your Lost Website
"Warrick is a free utility for reconstructing (or recovering) a website when a back-up is not available. Warrick will search the following web repositories for missing resources: Internet Archive, Google, Bing (formerly Live Search), and Yahoo. All of the resources are gathered together and provided to you as a single collection of files."
web  history 
march 2010 by kevan
"When you visit a website, you are allowing that site to access a lot of information about your computer's configuration. Combined, this information can create a kind of fingerprint — a signature that could be used to identify you and your computer. Some companies are already using technology to try to identify individual computers."
web  surveillance  secrets  fonts  via:brendan 
january 2010 by kevan
Verified by Visa is training people to get phished
"This dialog is essentially forcing people, in order to use their card, to enter their SSN on a questionable website over a questionably secure connection. All requested by a site that you’ve never heard of. Just because they used your bank’s logo."
money  web  design  via:qwghlm 
november 2009 by kevan
revcanonical: url shortening that doesn't hurt the internet
"RevCanonical is url shortening with a twist. Instead of creating its own super short versions of links, it checks to see if the link owner has published a shortened version of the given page using HTML link element. If not, we just return the original URL. And you should bug the link owner about providing a better alternative."
june 2009 by kevan
Charles Pooter (pooter2009) on Twitter
"Why should I not publish my diary? I fail to see - because I do not happen to be a 'Somebody' - why my diary should not be interesting." The Diary of a Nobody opens on April 3rd 1888. For this year's reboot of, I've given Charles Pooter a Twitter feed.
web  books  creations 
april 2009 by kevan
As Jurors Turn to Web, Mistrials Are Popping Up -
"[Jurors] are required to reach a verdict based on only the facts the judge has decided are admissible, and they are not supposed to see evidence that has been excluded as prejudicial. But now, using their cellphones, they can look up the name of a defendant on the Web or examine an intersection using Google Maps, violating the legal system’s complex rules of evidence."
law  web  society  phones  via:waxy 
march 2009 by kevan
It’s Time To Start Thinking Of Twitter As A Search Engine
"More and more people are starting to use Twitter to talk about brands in real time as they interact with them."
web  advertising  business  via:joh 
march 2009 by kevan
Tourists miss out on town of Eu as it does not appear on web searches - Times Online
"Type Eu into a French search engine and you are more likely to get the past participle of the verb avoir, to have, than the estimable château, hotels, restaurants and gardens of the ancient royal borough. For English surfers, Eu predictably retrieves a long list of European Union websites." [...] "Now Marie-Françoise Gaouyer, the Mayor of Eu, wants to add extra syllables to make the town more internet-visible."
tourism  web  language  france 
march 2009 by kevan
Martin Kim Luge: rose of jericho - mood data sculpture
"The rose of jericho [is] able to survive very long times without water. When watered, the branches rapidly spread out. The process of curling up and opening is completely reversible and can be repeated many times. In this project, the water supply for the rose is controlled by the friend's mood as described on mySpace."
plants  web  via:infosthetics 
january 2009 by kevan
Australian couple served with legal documents via Facebook - Telegraph
"The Facebook profiles showed the defendants' dates of birth, email addresses and friend lists - and the co-defendants were friends with one another. This information was enough to satisfy the court that Facebook was a sufficient method of communicating with the defendants. [...] The judge stipulated that the papers be sent via a private email so that other people visiting the page could not read their contents."
law  australia  society  web 
december 2008 by kevan
Google Flu Trends
"We've found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems."
pestilence  maps  web  via:waxy 
november 2008 by kevan
Aza’s Thoughts » Vote! How to Detect the Social Sites Your Visitors Use
Using Javascript to examine visited-link colours and probe your browser history, a bit unnervingly. "We can use this information to only display one or two badges that we know the reader uses. It solves the which-badges-to-display problem."
web  hacking  via:lmg 
july 2008 by kevan
The Mundaneum Museum Honors the First Concept of the World Wide Web -
"In 1934, Otlet sketched out plans for a global network of computers (or 'electric telescopes,' as he called them) that would allow people to search and browse through millions of interlinked documents, images, audio and video files."
computers  web  history  technology  paper  via:waxy 
june 2008 by kevan
The Passively Multiplayer Online Game, PMOG
Now out of beta. "With a game head-up display in Firefox, players can bomb each other, wage war over web sites, and lead other users on web missions. Ordinary web sites become caches for items and currency."
games  web  meta 
may 2008 by kevan
Desk Set (1957)
Hepburn in a proto-search-engine "research department", fielding phone requests for information, and threatened by the coming of an IBM "electronic brain machine" with a rattly printer, a natural language parser and a big red self-destruct button.
filmlog  4stars  computers  business  books  web  technology 
february 2008 by kevan
Firefox plugin. "You can block sites within fixed time periods (e.g., between 9am and 5pm), after a time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour), or with a combination of time periods and time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour between 9am and 5pm)."
web  hacking  time 
november 2007 by kevan
Facebook custom app hider –
"This [Greasemonkey] script will add a cross to each application on a user page; just click it, and you'll never be bothered by that app again - in user profiles, or mini-feeds."
web  hacking 
november 2007 by kevan
The BBC’s Fifteen Web Principles ( - Tom Loosemore's Blog)
"Fall forward, fast: make many small bets, iterate wildly, back successes, kill failures, fast."
design  web 
june 2007 by kevan
reCAPTCHA: Stop Spam, Read Books
Brilliant: "In aggregate, [CAPTCHA checks] consume more than 150,000 hours of work each day. What if we could make positive use of this human effort? reCAPTCHA does exactly that by channeling the effort spent solving CAPTCHAs online into 'reading' books."
books  web  spam  via:zarba 
june 2007 by kevan
"I reckon most people I know twitter about twice a day, so dawdlr is going to update twice a year. To try and get people to say what they're doing, you know, more generally. To submit a dawdl send a postcard to this address..."
web  time  via:jones 
may 2007 by kevan
Experimentelle Interfaces WS 06 » Weather Explorer Umbrella
"Die jeweiligen Wetterdaten, werden immer am Anfang aus den XML-Dateien des Yahoo-Wetter-Internetdienstes ausgelesen und den einzelnen Städten zugewiesen."
weather  design  art  web  technology 
march 2007 by kevan
An ultra-simple boardgame, with random powerups scattered on the board, to be collected and stored Stratego-style. There's some scope for clever combo-building, but the underlying randomness is frustrating. Needs to be more CCG-style.
games  board  web  random  mutation  via:jay 
february 2007 by kevan
Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure (2004)
Odd mix of harrowing self-awareness and vague glossing, of scientific enthusiasm and knowingly theatrical non-logic, that doesn't quite ring true, and a good, surprising ending that turns predictably bad. A great sense of random online networks, though.
filmlog  3stars  web  coincidences  money  writing  secrets  random  travel 
january 2007 by kevan
Followup/Distraction (
Two kinds of distraction. "[The] Internet is sort of the mental equivalent of the snack aisle at a convenience store. [...] And I now know that what I want, mentally, is a well-cooked meal. A book gives me that, a well-written, carefully-edited book."
web  books  psychology  via:waxy 
january 2007 by kevan
smashingtelly - the best full length free tv programs on the web, updated every day
"Smashing Telly is a hand edited collection of the best free, instantly available TV on the web. Not 30 second clips of a dog on a skateboard, or the millionth person to mime the Numa song, but full length programs."
television  web  videos  via:lmg 
january 2007 by kevan
New Eleusis
An unfriendly but promising web-opponent version of the inductive-logic card game.
games  cards  web 
january 2007 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Politics | Government to close 551 websites
"About £9m a year was expected to be saved over three years by cutting back on 'vanity' sites that do not serve a useful purpose." Including a few I've worked on.
politics  web  money  via:holly 
january 2007 by kevan
Project Wonderful
Auction-based advertising - interesting, if a bit webcomic-biased and small-scale feeling. Am giving it a go. "There's no fee, and the worst that could happen is that your message reaches millions for the best price going."
advertising  web  money 
january 2007 by kevan
Google Book Search is a plagiarist's nightmare. - By Paul Collins - Slate Magazine
"MacBride, a linguist employed by Google, idly ran a phrase from England Howlett's 1899 essay Sacrificial Foundations through Google Book Search. [...] To his surprise, he got more back than just Howlett."
books  writing  cheating  web  coincidences  history 
december 2006 by kevan
Swivel - Home
An infovorous 'YouTube for data', "[transforming] a lonely grid of numbers and letters into hundreds - sometimes thousands - of graphs that can be explored and compared with any other public data in Swivel."
maths  web 
december 2006 by kevan
The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups
"Really this is a list of 18 things that cause startups not to make something users want. Nearly all failure funnels through that."
software  business  web  via:waxy 
october 2006 by kevan
superbunker » i feel better after i type to you
"This 254 page book is an un-edited reproduction of the search queries of AOL user 23187425 from May 2006. This strange server log autobiography was found in the released AOL search queries by Thomas Claburn."
books  web  secrets  mysteries  language 
october 2006 by kevan
The Escapist - "I'm Evil" - Confessions of an Online Guerilla Marketer
A slightly made-up-sounding interview. "I always have several accounts. [...] If several people are talking about a certain 'something special' and how awesome it is, it seems more popular than it really might be."
camrad  advertising  interviews  web  lies  illusions 
september 2006 by kevan
Who Writes Wikipedia? (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought)
Analysing the claim that 0.7% of users make 50% of edits. "Wales's view of things is actually much more shocking: around a thousand people wrote the world's largest encyclopedia in four years for free? Could this really be true?"
web  wikis  emergence 
september 2006 by kevan
Chumby Industries
"What we decided to build was a really low-cost, wireless, Internet-connected device that will sit on your bedside table (or in your bathroom, or kitchen, or living room [...]) that could do a lot more than this old clock radio."
technology  hacking  web 
august 2006 by kevan
Geek to Live: Ban time-wasting web sites - Lifehacker
"To help myself limit unproductive surfing to after 3PM, I put together an 'Invisibility Cloak' Greasemonkey user script that turns time-wasting web sites blank before 3pm."
time  web  via:venusberg 
august 2006 by kevan
KrazyDad » Blog Archive » A Year of YouTube Submissions
Graphing the growth of YouTube by plotting thumbnails. "Vertically, the thumbnails are positioned by the hour of the day they were uploaded, and horizontally by the day of the year."
history  videos  web 
august 2006 by kevan
"Using a 'virtual microscope,' each participant will scan one movie at a time to determine whether it shows the impact of an interstellar dust particle."
space  web  science  eyes  via:hoaxes 
august 2006 by kevan
Techcrunch » Blog Archive » AOL Proudly Releases Massive Amounts of Private Data
AOL cheerfully release the search terms used by 650,000 users - their identities are replaced with ID numbers, but these can be easily cross-referenced and identified, where anyone's ever searched for their own name, or domain, or worse.
web  surveillance  lunacy 
august 2006 by kevan
capture the map
Interestingly frustrating territory-claiming game where Google results are translated into pins on a world map, with the majority being sites hosted in the US and Europe. Seems a bit buggy, though, dropping out to no results after a few rounds.
maps  world  web  games 
august 2006 by kevan
meggan gould | photographs | Go Ogle
"The images in the Go ogle series are composite images, mathematical averages of the first 100 images retrieved from a Google search engine query for a specific word or phrase."
art  web  via:boynton 
july 2006 by kevan
Site for online play of a few German-style games that Brettspielwelt doesn't have, including Amun Re.
games  board  web  todo 
july 2006 by kevan - Street gangs get Web-savvy
"Chicago police recently arrested a teenager accused of spraying his gang nickname on a church by tracing the moniker to his account. His online profile included his address, photo and real name."
web  crime  police  surveillance  graffiti  weblogs  via:wmmna 
july 2006 by kevan
TheBroth - The Global Mosaic
" connects you with people around the world to interact in a massively multiplayer, real time global mosaic, made of 1000 colorful tiles." Obvious-in-retrospect variant of the communal fridge-magnet whiteboard thing. With private boards.
art  web  design  emergence 
july 2006 by kevan - Public NetHack Server
Hadn't noticed this before - play NetHack on a shared server, through telnet, and watch the live progress of other players' games (quite a few of which seem to be bots).
games  nethack  web 
july 2006 by kevan
Edge - Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism
Jaron Lanier on the variable wisdom of crowds. "We now are reading what a collectivity algorithm derives from what other collectivity algorithms derived from what collectives chose from what a population of mostly amateur writers wrote anonymously."
web  society  wikis  politics  meta 
june 2006 by kevan
Aharef: Websites as graphs
Display any web-page source structure as an unfurling network of coloured nodes.
web  maps 
may 2006 by kevan
PingMag - The Web Design Trend Obituary & Death Clock
"This ease of access makes 'trend osmosis' something of an unfortunate inevitability amongst web designers. However, trends come and go. Here is a small collection of web design trends that I predict we will all be completely sick of in about 6 months."
design  web  future 
may 2006 by kevan The internet clipboard
"With you can copy and paste between computers. Just enter in any URL that starts with and post. Then from any other computer enter the same URL and copy."
web  writing 
may 2006 by kevan
Your Tube, Whose Dime? -
"[YouTube's] bandwidth costs, which increase every time a visitor clicks on a video, may be approaching $1 million a month."
money  web  videos  business  via:waxy 
april 2006 by kevan
Tuno Negro (2001)
A fairly nonsensical Spanish university-slasher - quite a fun motive, but patchily applied, and it's always hard to know how to interpret spurious made-up-Internet elements.
filmlog  2stars  education  death  crime  surveillance  web  via:holly 
april 2006 by kevan
BBC - Radio 4 - The Long View - The 19th Century Information Highway
Taking the long view of Google. "Setting up the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge - which harnessed the latest in steam press technology - he sought to spread knowledge to every corner of the kingdom."
history  web  technology  education 
february 2006 by kevan
"When provided a searchterm, the netsong bot will search for this term in a search engine. [...] Happily gathering text from each page it visits, the netsong bot savors the unique lyricality and poignant narrative of the web and begins to sing it."
sound  web  music 
february 2006 by kevan
GeekList: Online Turn-Based Play-by-Web Games
Seventy of them, tailing off into Chess and Icehouse variants at the end. Includes Puerto Rico, though.
games  web 
january 2006 by kevan
AOL /discuss - Will Self on the pros and cons of the internet
"And yet... and yet... it doesn't seem to me overly apocalyptic to imagine a collapse in civilisation would be enormously catalysed by our dependence of electronic information and computerised business."
web  writing  email  via:alex 
january 2006 by kevan
The Aargh Page
Googling for aargh variants. "However, there are high-frequency islands, even way out in the long-word planes. For example, 'a17r23gh' occurs in 171 pages, even though if you change the number of 'a's or 'r's by one, it drops at least 20-fold."
language  web  via:qwghlm 
january 2006 by kevan
cityofsound: New Musical Experiences
"For all the advances digital music affords, without some concomitant extensions to the way that digital music articulate music experiences, we could be in danger of hugely diminishing music experience, and music itself."
music  technology  history  society  web  design 
january 2006 by kevan
GeekList: Best Multiplayer Online Board/Card Games
Links to multiplayer online versions of fifty or so games, overlapping a bit with Brettspielwelt.
games  board  cards  web 
december 2005 by kevan
Mozilla Update :: Extensions -- Screen grab!
Firefox extension that saves the whole of a web page as a single screenshot, doing all the fiddly scrolling around and stitching together for you.
web  via:lmg 
november 2005 by kevan
Web 2.0 Validator : Surfing the Consensual Reality Wave.
"Is it the use of AJAX? Hmm. Maybe, but people have been using that since 1998. Maybe it’s simply using the word AJAX that makes a site Web 2.0. Nah; seems too easy." Fun collaborative validation, interesting viral use of content.
web  design  humour  via:qwghlm 
november 2005 by kevan
WUGNET - Speed Test
Bandwidth speed test that doesn't require any faffing with firewalls.
november 2005 by kevan
San Antonio News - Online Terror Threat Hits Local High School
"All but 400 of the 3,000 students at San Antonio Warren High School either didn't show up or walked out of class today due to [shooting] threats against the school posted on a popular teen web site [by other students]."
education  children  weapons  web  terrorism  via:foe 
november 2005 by kevan
pricing (27 October 2005, Interconnected)
Webb on freelance rates. "But what I'm realising is that there's something else involved, and it's the reason consultancies usually charge so much: We don't have to be doing this. We could be making our own products."
web  money  business 
october 2005 by kevan
ITN - Police foil rumble on the net
"Pupils from rival schools used the internet to stage a mass brawl but were stopped from coming to blows when police were tipped off. Teenagers [...] used the Microsoft MSN Messenger service to arrange a large scale fight in a park in Merseyside."
children  war  police  web 
october 2005 by kevan
Super Duper Games
A web-based server for a variety of turn-taking games, mostly in the Icehouse/Piecepack mould, by the looks of it.
board  games  web  via:rwhe 
october 2005 by kevan
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