In 2003, Andy "waxpancake" Baio created Upcoming
, "a collaborative event calendar focused on interesting arts and tech events around the world, curated by its community. It surfaced weird and wonderful events that usually fell under the radar of traditional event listings from newspapers and local weeklies." In 2005, it was acquired by Yahoo!, who killed the site last April with little warning, and no way to back up events
. Fortunately, the complete site was saved
by the Internet Archive
. But Upcoming isn't dead yet! Two months ago, Yahoo! offered to sell the domain back to Baio. And now, with a fully-funded kickstarter
, he's planning on "rebuilding it for the modern era using tools and platforms that weren't available when it was first designed." Welcome to the brilliant life, stupid death, and improbable return of Upcoming.org. [more inside]
Vocaloid producers Hitoshizuku x Yama△ (previously on meta
) have just released a new song/video: Phantom Thief F's Scenario ~Mystery of the Missing Diamond~
. Can you figure out who the culprit is? [more inside]
It's an open secret that many bands and solo artists allow fans to audio record their live performances for non-commercial trading. The Internet Archive's Live Music Section
is maintained by volunteers from etree.org
, and currently offers over 120,000 live performances from nearly 6000 bands
, for in-browser streaming as well as download in a variety of formats. [more inside]
Why waste time on playing roleplaying games or writing pastiches when you can actually worship Cthulhu
? Join an existing Cthulhu cult or form your own!
. They've got a book
and everything! (though it may contain big chunks of wiki-plagarism
As ever, the ability to rock a traditionalist shaved-head-and-goatee satanist look considered a plus
Something is coming...something wonderful!
It's not a monolith but it is black and full of stars. It's iaslash
, a new and remarkable slash-site that focuses on information architecture and all the sub-categories that fall nicely underneath. This comes as close to a one-stop-shop for IAs as any other resource available. Visit often and make your comments heard.
A Flash usability white paper
that says Flash can improve the usability of a web site.
"When executed correctly, with attention paid to the needs and wants of users, Macromedia Flash content can actually improve the user experience on any Web site."
Can Flash be saved if developers start thinking about usability? Is this going to impact Jakob Nielsen's 99% figure?
Poor user interface elects George W.
The second hole on the right does not correspond to the second candidate on the left (Gore), but rather to the first candidate on the right (Buchanan). While many people will notice this, many others, especially those with poor vision, will not. About 20% of Buchanan's votes in FL came from the county that used this ballot.
Indiana University Bans use of Napster
It appears that Indiana University has banned the use of Napster recently. Apparently it was accounting for 50% of IU's Internet traffic. Officials are sighting bandwidth as the reason for the ban. I wonder how many schools will follow suit this semester.