Archives for August 2004
dot-font: “A Book Typeface With Flourishes” – “Dolly is a text typeface that stands up to serious use, though it has a funny name.”
Cooking up a digital future – The BBC reports about MIT research into kitchen technology.
LogoLounge.Com: ART CHANTRY – “Logos have become a corporate addiction: Everyone has to have one, but nobody is quite sure why…”
We all have those days where we are scratching for an idea, a little creative spark to light the designer fuse within us. Well, check out Stylegala which “aims to promote, discuss and inspire the web audience in the area of design, CSS and web standards – combined.” It may well be just what you need.
Image from the Tube Lamp Web Site
Gizmodo, a great site for gadget geeks, posted an entry about this lamp, which blows me away! While $225 is a bit too steep for me, if I had the money, and could justify spending it on a lamp… well this would be it. From the Tube Lamp site:
> Nerdily conceived as a sly spoof of outrageously expensive vacuum tube audio amps, the result was a surprisingly haughty fashion statement and hit product. Standard tubular light bulbs are controlled by a current-limited dimmer circuit that ensures that the bulbs last a long time and wont burn fingers. Chrome controls include a knurled knob appropriated from a Fender Telecaster electric guitar which can light up the room or be dimmed down to create a mysterious mad scientist’s night light.
Mike Davidson introduces sIFR – Finally, I may be able to use the method!
The Daily Flight – Great magazine style layout on the Web. Make sure to click through to a story.
FreeFoto.com – A large collection of free photographs for private non-commercial use
“We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong.”
Sir Arthur Eddington
No matter your political bent, it should be pretty obvious that both major parties here in the U.S. spin every possible situation to either make themselves look good, or make their opponent look bad. It isn’t just a Republican thing, nor is it just a Democrat thing. Both parties are guilty of it. Then again, so is every major corporation, and I am willing to bet all of us as individuals. It’s human. But, another important human trait is to seek the truth. This is especially important as we approach an election that is set to have a major impact on the direction of our country and our world.
At this critical juncture in time, we, as Americans have a decision to make. The more information we have about each candidate, the better prepared we are when it comes time to make the decision in the voting booth. The hard part is wading through all of claims and accusations, especially considering the fact that the majority of us do not have the time, knowledge nor the fortitude to research every word to come out of a politicians mouth.
That’s where Spinsanity enters the picture. Their goal is simple: to counter “rhetoric with reason”. While they claim to be non-partisan, I have just found this site, so I cannot guarantee that the site does not lean in one direction or the other. But judging by the first five stories, they appear to refute claims of both presidential candidates.
Thanks to Eric Meyer for posting a link to the site.
Internet Archive: Live Music Archive – An amazing repository of live concerts, most of really high quality, and all approved by the bands.
I often run across sites that I find interesting and would like to tell people about, but I may not have the time to write up a detailed entry. Then again, some sites do not need to be described, as they are best left for others to discover. After reading a post by Simon Willison about his 1000th Blogmark, I decided that I really needed an outlet for these links.
So, I have added a hack to my site, which will allow me the ability to quickly intersperse links in between regular posts. Matt, the creator of WordPress, provided the initial impetus, and was kind enough to provide a write up of how he implements the functionality, which he dubs ‘asides’. I decided to be a bit more to the point, and am calling them ‘Quick Links’. Why? Because I want to. A simpler explanation is also available.
SomaFM: Listener Supported, Commercial Free Internet Radio – I highly recommend the Secret Agent feed. Can it get any cooler? No, no it can’t.
So, add this plugin to the list of Firefox plugins I posted about previously.
Oddly enough, I had to add the word ‘Firefox’ to its internal dictionary…
“Education… has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.”
G. M. Trevelyan