Tuesday, April 04, 2006

generate your own web 2.0 beta site

Cool tool, but you have to set up your own apps. Or rather, beta apps.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

smallest photo

Gorgeous site, interesting photos, worth the time: Smallest Photos

Would swipe a photo to show, but it’s such a nice design you should just go see it all in context. Lots of interesting info and links about toy cameras.

posted by lee on 03/01/06 at 05:56 PM

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Friday, February 17, 2006

computerized calligraphy

Caligraft is an online exhibition of computerized calligraphy. Or something like that—the explanation is denser than I can cope with when I’m sleepy. I just like the results. This site is by Ricard Marxer Piñón. He says:

Calligraphy is the art of decorative handwriting. From a formal point of view we are talking about decorative ways of representing the ideas of glyphs that we have in our mind. This same idea can be translated to the domain of computation, the result is what I call computational calligraphies.

This shouldn’t be understood as trying to imitate human calligraphies using a computer. It means to use computation to create new representations of fonts, which can be considered as the digital representations of the ideas of glyphs.

I’m looking forward to exploring this more. Meanwhile, here is one of his creations, sketching 02 (click to enlarge).

sketch 02 by Ricard Marxer Piñón

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

the internet is wonderful

There is danger in a blog sometimes. People you would cross the street to avoid in the real world can hunt you down in cyberspace. But at least it’s rarely dull. I received a comment on one of my old entries (you can read it here) and in the process of figuring out what the hell she was talking about, I came across this wonderful site:

George Hammond’s Scientific Proof of God Website.

Note, please, that this site has nothing to do with what the woman commented on—I saw the reference on The Millenium Project, a site that is a wonderful time trap.

Yes, indeed. Intelligent design is piffle—George has all the answers. Here is a very brief snippet of the paper published in The Noetic Journal Vol. 4 No. 3, July 2003 (it says so at the top). In the Abstract, it says, “A causal link between Relativity and the Structural Model yields the world’s first experimentally confirmed scientific proof of God.”

... Finally, an actual scientific proof of God has been detected.  Surely it is time that the scientific community took note of these developments.

In conclusion, I would only say something about the significance of this discovery.  The proposition that Psychology is Relativistic, if true, immediately elevates not only Psychology but even Theology to the status of hard axiomatic sciences. Beyond that; from Aristotle, Descartes and Newton down to the present day no one has ever questioned the significance of a scientific proof of God.  Such a result would de facto effect an ecumenical unification of World Religion.  Current events underscore the strain on civilization caused by the conflict of world religions.

One should mention the impact of this discovery on mental health.  In my opinion a sense of the existence of a “higher power” is the mainstay of sanity.  Young people, especially children are in strong possession of this since God = Guv » ¥ at birth [3], but with growth and the stress of life this sense can become eroded.  This is the symptomatic description of chronic mental disturbance.  Normal perception according to this theory, includes a sense that there is an unknowable and supreme power.  This provides not only optimism and hope but the physical perception of an unbounded future, even to the very old.  A proof of God will therefore eventually improve the world’s mental health.

Lastly, never before in history has Man known for sure that there is a God.  If a scientific proof has actually been found, we have every reason to expect an immanent and miraculous advance in Civilization.

There ya go. Proof. Or so George says. I’ve been wrong all these years.

The internet is wonderful.

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

the best list of the year 2006 edition

Here it is, the Lake Superior State University 2006 List of Banished Words. With abbreviated descriptions; read the whole thing in Sault Ste. Marie.

SURREAL – One part opiate of the masses, 13 parts overuse.

HUNKER DOWN – To brace oneself, in anticipation of media onslaught.

PERSON OF INTEREST – Found within the context of legal commentary, but seldom encountered at cocktail parties.

COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS – A five-dollar phrase on a nickel-errand. Not to be confused with ‘school.’

UP OR DOWN VOTE – A casualty of today’s partisanship.

BREAKING NEWS – Once it stopped presses. Now it’s a lower-intestinal condition brought about by eating dinner during newscasts.

DESIGNER BREED – “When you mate a miniature schnauzer to a toy poodle, it’s not a ‘Schnoodle,’ it’s a mongrel.”

FEMA – Dedicated to the memory of a great federal agency consigned to the ash heap of parody.

FIRST-TIME CALLER – “I am serious in asking: who in any universe gives a care?”

PASS THE SAVINGS ON TO YOU! – Marketing catch phrase that became a lost-leader long ago.

97% FAT FREE – Adventures in delusion.


JUNK SCIENCE – Banished from the Marketplace of Ideas.

GIT-ER-DONE – (Any of its variations) It’s overdone. [I never heard this one. Ever. Can’t say that I’m sorry.]

DAWG – No designer breed here.

TALKING POINTS – Created after PR staffers stopped attending seminars on how to put a positive ‘spin’ on their press releases.

HOLIDAY TREE – a silly name for what most folks hold as a Christmas tree, no matter your preference of religion.

They’re now accepting submissions for the 2007 list!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

ruins and a good photographer

Stanley sent me a link to Opacity, where “Mr. Mott” has posted a couple of thousand photos of urban ruins. The Buffalo Central Terminal is particularly interesting, and so are the various insane asylums and prisons. There is a lot to see here and I don’t dare investigate the urban ruins ring because I do have to get some work done today.

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

introducing “queen parrot lady”

Queen Parrot Lady rants and raves here. She’s funny, just started blogging yesterday and I hope she continues. It would make her mailperson and her UPS guy very happy.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

the form assembly

Of all the things that are involved in making a website, the one and only task I loathe is building a form. I’m talking about a standards-compliant form that is as pretty as a form can be. I always forget all the tags: label, fieldset, etc. etc. So, wanting to speed things up when I needed to make a reservation form for a site we’re working on, I googled “standards compliant form generator” and hoped. And I found The Form Assembly, which is a breeze to use despite it being built in AJAX, which I’m trying to decide if I really like or if it is a solution in search of a problem. At any rate, here is the URL: At The Form Assembly, brainchild of Cédric Savarese, you can build as many forms as you like for free.

If you don’t want to worry about setting up form processing software and just need to compile the responses, you can set up an account where the form is processed on TFA website and results are posted in your account plus emailed to you. This is priced at 12 cents a response, which you buy in blocks of credit or pay a monthly fee.

Since I already have great form processing software from Will Bontrager, which also builds a database as well as sending out email, etc. (and I need a database for this particular application), I don’t need to subscribe. But I plan to give the subscription component a whirl on an upcoming website that doesn’t need a database.

TFA needs some more finishing—some “Under Construction” pages there and some of the Help is sparse, but it looks like it’s going to be a great site. It already saved me a couple of hours of mind-numbing markup.

posted by lee on 11/22/05 at 11:15 PM

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Friday, November 18, 2005

humus—humus is an online “bookstore” (sort of) where visitors provide designs, illustrations, photographs, and animations which are then put together in virtual moleskines. Which you can view online or download.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

unesco world heritage sites

World Heritage Sites is a pretty amazing resource. This is what it’s about:

The WHTour is creating a documentary and educational image bank of printable panographies and online virtual tours for all sites registered as World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

All panographies are shooted [sic], assembled and uploaded exclusively on this website by Tito Dupret, a 34 year-old multimedia director from Belgium and Bijuan Chen, his 26 year-old wife and multimedia assistant from China.

So far, they have covered Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eastern Canada, China, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkmenistan, The Philippines, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

This represents 16 % of all 812 WH sites : 131 sites with 750+ panographies.

This project is slowly growing since July 2001 and will need years to complete. The WHTour is alive thanks to the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the World Monuments Fund and Donators.

You need Quicktime to view the images. And be sure to click the links at the bottom to find out more about the way the project is put together.

There are two things that bother me about this project, though. The first is that they need to put up a disclaimer: “To all governments, organizations, companies and individuals : act responsibly. Don’t commercialize, pollute, trash or blow up World Heritage Sites.” Blow up? Sad, but true.

The second is that there are no, as far as I can tell, descriptions or histories of what it is you’re looking at. Maybe they plan to link that in later.

You can sign up to be notified when there are new sites or panographies added (panographies are panoramas you can control—it’s sort of like seeing things as if you were standing there yourself). And you can donate to the project—it’s worth supporting. The maps are pretty good.

I’ve been to only one place on this list—can you guess which one? The saddest is Bam, Iran, as they show photos from before and after the earthquake.

posted by lee on 11/13/05 at 06:07 PM

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