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October 31, 2005 - 12:30 AM

[maps] - Worldprocessor infographics on globes. Hopefully, some day soon, these datasets will all be one click away, as layers on google earth, updated in realtime. (article)

flashearth "See anywhere in the world using satellite images from Google Maps or MSN Virtual Earth."

Sightseeing with Google Maps

Gvisit - Visitor log for blanketfort. recognize yourself? shows up to 20 most recent visits. (script will be removed in a few days)

Google Earth: Indian Reactions. - Connecting Wikipedia articles with their locations. another google map hack.

map of burning man including this list of street names over the years.

October 31, 2005 - 12:01 AM

[meta] - The film page now has a slew of Best-Of lists, and online archives linked. (bottom right)

Fresh bookmarks up (for those keeping track), and now kept under the '~web' dropdown on the homepage/portal/exit. also gmail/hotmail/yahoomail links.

I fudged together an rss feed. However i dont use rss, so could someone who regularly does tell me whether it displays clearly/normally in their feedreader of choice? thanks.

I threw together a brief page, explaining how i installed winamp (current version) so that it doesnt track my habits and otherwise invade my privacy, and to make the installation quite a bit smaller. Just a few screenshots showing what to switch off. Someone might find useful.

October 29, 2005 - 12:07 AM

[games] - in my past - part 2
Then I was old enough to leave the house by myself, and found the arcade: Hard Drivin', Final Fight, Golden Axe, Street Fighter II, Paperboy, Operation Wolf, Out Run, Smash TV, Mercs, Rampage, Super Sprint...

After outgrowing the atari (ie getting jealous of my friend's computers) i discovered the continuing joys of hardware upgrades, with the pc. 386, 486, 586, 686: SimCity, Lemmings (play online!), Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max: Hit the Road, Monkey Island series, Freddy Pharkas, Prince of Persia (play online!), Myst (oh myst..), Syndicate (video and game!), Grim Fandango, Descent, Dungeon Keeper II, The Sims, Wolfenstein 3D & Doom & Quake and other first-person shooters (serious sam, tribes 2, no one lives forever, quake3, return to castle wolfenstein, ut2004, counter-strike, half-life), IL-2 Sturmovik, Darwinia, with a brief foray into MUDs.

with the occasional stab at a friend's console system: GoldenEye, Wipeout XL, Herzog Zwei, Klax, Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt, Pilot Wings, Return Fire, Road Rash 2. (and watched a friend (hey Justin!) play most of The Secret of Mana, and The Ocarina of Time)

and finally i bought my own console, a Playstation2. most enjoyed so far: Katamari Damacy & We love Katamari, God of War, Ico, Rez, GTA: Vice City, Spiderman 2, SSX 3, The Simpsons: Hit & Run, the Burnout series, Mad Maestro, Resident Evil 4, Sky Odyssey.

October 27, 2005 - 12:29 AM

[games] - in my past - part 1
The Escapist - The Left Behind "I know I'm not alone. I've seen entire tribes of refugees during my travels, people fixated on one dead game or another."

the first game i ever played, was Space Invaders on my mom's greenscreen amstrad.
possibly the second, on the computers at her office, was Leather Goddesses of Phobos (a text adventure, that came with a scratch-n-sniff card, and a "lewd" setting...)

at my grandad's house, when on holiday, i got to play a small handful of Apple II games: Choplifter, California Games, Black Magic, Frogger, and Rogue (play nethack!)

then for christmas one year, i got an Atari ST: cue hours of Dungeon Master (play the clone!), and more...
Altered Beast, Another World, Arkanoid II: Revenge of Doh, Attack of the Mutant Camels, Battle Chess, Buggy Boy, Elite, Flood, Gauntlet, Gods, Ikari Warriors, International Karate plus, Ivan "Iron Man" Stewart's Super Off Road, Joust, Kick Off 2, Magic Pockets, Marble Madness, Mega-lo-Mania, Midwinter, North & South, Populous, Powermonger, Pirates!, Super Hang-on, Speedball 2, Stunt car racer, Super Sprint, Wicked, Wizball, Xenon 2 Megablast,
if you're feeling masochistic, download this emulator, Steem Engine, and games.

plus, scattered encounters with Game & Watches and Game Boys.

October 25, 2005 - 12:05 AM

[books] - Ware's Candide. Chris Ware does fabulously detailed illustrations. I'm not a fan of his writing, but I love his artwork.

a new novel by Paul Ford of is out: Gary Benchley, Rock Star
also, Adam Greenfield's new book: Everyware : The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing

Space Tourist's Handbook

Humorous slipcovers for books

Flickr: Photos tagged with library and The Bookshelf Project Pool (via)

I've been reading With Borges, Griffin and Sabine, and Going Postal, and rereading Good Omens and Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

October 23, 2005 - 12:16 AM

October 21, 2005 - 10:52 AM

[art] - more 'faux-trophies'. (previously)

Ghost Antler Coat Rack

Trophy Lamp which also points to the horribly kitsch Gemmy Talking Buck (albeit hackable)

Buckhead by Gordon Chandler

Bear rugs and the Poor Teddy Table.

Hirschgeweih and rabbit 3 from the portfolio of Patricia Waller

Jackalope and Jackalope #2, from Nemomatic.

October 19, 2005 - 12:07 AM

[video] - portfolios / demoreels / large quicktime movies (previously)

mk12's demoreel(21mb). their site is worth digging through.'s old demoreel(16mb) and new demoreel(50mb). lobo also made the old classics Golden Shower Video Computer System(8mb) and Total Control(17mb). also check their commercial for Diesel Dreams(11mb)

Motion +61(3mb), from the dvd by backpack. a compilation of moving image design from Australia.

Pinthin's demoreel(47mb) (they were the makers of the Mr Wizard short mentioned previously)

The Embassy's 2004 designreel(51mb). i particularly like their two Toyota(11mb) Scion(11mb) ads. They made the original Citröen C4 Transformer ad(6mb), cleverly spoofed by Danish Bacon(4mb) (via)

Methodstudios 5 demoreels, plus 7 years of combined portfolios. (it sounds like they buy out smaller design firms, such as 525 Studios, whom i was trying to find..)

October 17, 2005 - 12:05 AM

October 15, 2005 - 12:05 AM

October 13, 2005 - 1:50 PM

[design] - B&B 2005

100% Design London Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. lots more at Core77

The Space Cycle - "an artificial gravity system to deal with muscle atrophy on long-term space flights".

The Glassbulb

still life fruit bowl

Digital cuckoo. would make a classy outdoor speaker.

PS2 marketing in Malaysia

October 11, 2005 - 9:36 AM

[design] - watery decadence
Evendesign's Moody sink (related)

Starck X tap and sink, which goes with the other water-wedge faucets: Waterblade, KWC Murano, MEM, and Hansacanyon.

2 current sink memes, basin-less slabs: Betty Blue, and Thoms & Nilsson's HF01 and HF03

and: William Garvey, and other wooden sinks

cersaie fair report

sideways: Aquapub

October 9, 2005 - 12:24 AM

[books] - Commonplace books, "a book in which noteworthy quotations, comments, poems, etc, are written".

The Whiskey River Commonplace Book

more online examples: Identity Theory, The Constant Reader, Scott McLemee, Risa, Bret Mulligan, Watermark,

Maya's Micronomicon. the notebook is a crypticly dense compilation of diary, quotes, sketches, notations and lists.

articles: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library: Exhibitions, Yale Bulletin, Residential College Tips, U of Delaware

meta: The Lyceum, j.jacobs

see also: Marginalia (images)

October 7, 2005 - 12:26 AM

[art] - Jessica Joslin's sculptures. (via)

more on Roadsworth

Aiko: Some paintings

Complexification | Gallery of Computation (via)

Everyday Matters - on cross hatching and on perspective.

illustrations of Brian Taylor: Candykiller

October 5, 2005 - 12:47 AM

[audiobooks] - The Medium is the Massage - Marshall McLuhan (1968). one of the greatest books ever. this is the vinyl variant. (previously linked origin of title)

Greylodge also hosts audiobooks of
... Neuromancer by William Gibson (as read by gibson) and The Man in the High Castle By Philip K. Dick (bittorrent).

... the The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - The original radio series (Primary and Secondary Phases), The Tertiary Phase, and The Quandary and Quintessential Phases.

...Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media (1993) (search for 'chomsky' at chomskytorrents for lots more audio and video)

...The Day the Universe Changed - James Burke (host of the tv show Connections)
also by James Burke, a fun, high-paced, 1 hr lecture on The Knowledge Web (gets rolling at about the 7 minute mark (streaming realaudio only))

... also lectures by Hunter S. Thompson - Boulder CO, 1977
and Douglas Adams - Parrots, The Universe and Everything

plus see How to enjoy audiobooks : Lifehacker

October 3, 2005 - 10:11 AM

October 1, 2005 - 11:34 AM