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Entries from July 30th, 2006

Beauty in clip art

July 30th, 2006 Comments Off on Beauty in clip art

Amazing and beautiful animation sequence made entirely with royalty-free Clip Art from Oliver Laric who has some other interesting art projects on his site


When you try to emulate teen trends you end up looking foolish

July 22nd, 2006 Comments Off on When you try to emulate teen trends you end up looking foolish

Some reporting from Advertising Age on the new Wal-Mart ‘social networking’ and viral marketing campaign. No doubt leery of all the problems with, Wal-Mart’s site disqualifies any video with “materials that are profane, disruptive, unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, vulgar, obscene, hateful, or racially or ethnically-motivated, or otherwise objectionable.” That’s why “pending approval” notes dominate […]


Orlowski on why there aren’t any smartphones

July 22nd, 2006 Comments Off on Orlowski on why there aren’t any smartphones

Given that I am in the market for a new phone I’ve been bitterly disappointed by the lack of truly ‘converged’ devices out here on the market. The most ‘feature rich’ have usability problems when it comes to making phone calls (touchscreen dialing! why?), and those that have really usable decent sized phone/numeric keypads force […]


Stylus Magazine’s top 100 music videos

July 21st, 2006 Comments Off on Stylus Magazine’s top 100 music videos

Trumping the earlier picks from Pitchfork are another 100 selections of the most creative/interesting music videos from Stylus Magazine.


Stutzman on Metcalfe’s Law and social networking

July 13th, 2006 2 Comments

Some very interesting thoughts from Fred Stutzman looking at how Metcalfe’s Law is too simplistic when applied to social networking. This notion of “full value” makes the mathematics of network value calculation quite appealing. If everyone on the network gets the same value from using the technology (everyone has the same options – i.e. call […]


DHMTL/AJAX timeline creator

July 10th, 2006 1 Comment

Fantastic open source timeline creator from MIT.


Sydney Observatory astronomy blog launched

July 8th, 2006 Comments Off on Sydney Observatory astronomy blog launched

The Sydney Observatory’s new astronomy-related news blog is now live. Maintained by Nick Lomb, Melissa Hulbert, Geoff Wyatt, Toner Stevenson and Martin Anderson and contributed to by their keenest casual staff and astronomers, the blog is intended to operate as a way of allowing the Observatory to quickly respond to current events in astronomy […]


Gaming criticism

July 4th, 2006 Comments Off on Gaming criticism

Great short piece from Clive Thompson, a columnist for Wired which answers the question “Why there’s no Lester Bangs of video games?” Answer C: Game criticism isn’t economically viable enough to support traditional, professional critics. Do the math: A serious RPG or first-person shooter or strategy game might take 40 or 50 hours to complete. […]