David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party in the UK, reaches out to the Youtube generation.
posted by greycap
on Sep 30, 2006 -
Dapper: The Data Mapper
A recently launched
service that allows users to extract data from any website into XML, and transform or build applications and mashups with that data. Described by it's creators
as a way to, "easily build an API for any website... through a visual and intuitive process". Plagiarism Today, meanwhile, has cause for concern
, "Dapper is a scraper. Nothing more... now the technologically impaired can scrape content from any site... the potential danger [is] very, very real".
posted by MetaMonkey
on Sep 5, 2006 -
An open letter to John Warnock.
"Please consider releasing eight to twelve core fonts into the public domain. The amount of revenue lost from a small core set of fonts surely can’t have a significant impact on Adobe’s bottom line."
posted by DrJohnEvans
on Aug 30, 2006 -
A Message from Iran
was distributed on August 6 by the editors of MAHA, the clandestine gay ‘zine in Iran. MAHA means “we” or “us” in Persian. Originally begun in 2004 as a newspaper after a crackdown on Iranian gay Web sites by the Tehran regime, MAHA is now distributed in PDF format to its subscribers.
Iran has been censoring the Internet in earnest since 2003
, and homosexuals are only a small part of that story. Likewise, Internet censorship is merely an element of the systematic persecution of gay men
in Iran. [more inside]
posted by owhydididoit
on Aug 19, 2006 -
-- a testing service determining site accessibility for disabled users. They're only in the UK now, but it seems like a great idea. Organisations set up their tests online and submit them directly to disabled testers in our database. Testers are then free to complete these tests in their own time, earning money for each test they complete. As tests are completed by users, organisations can view test results, web page logs and other information in real time. More here at BBC, including some concerns.
posted by amberglow
on Mar 17, 2006 -
monitors web pages and emails you when they change. This is handy for keeping tabs on a site without an RSS feed.
posted by turbodog
on Mar 16, 2006 -
Anyone presently surfing the net at work may appreciate Powerloafing w/ Cubicle Carl
. This miniature sitcom about a guy who goofs off takes place entirely in a cubicle – an admittedly thin premise that delivers more comedy than expected, with the current episode placing that cubicle on the Starship Enterprise. It’s co-produced by an Emmy award winning comedy writer
, (Mr. Show, Chris Rock Show, Mad TV) and a group of alt-comedians you'll recognize if you're a comedy nerd, including: supernerd Brian Posehn
and supergeek Blaine Capatch
. Interesting side note: it’s shot on a fake office set
in a small apartment in North Hollywood. Everyone works for free, even the semi-celebs, and it’s Creative Commons,
. NSFW, due to undeniable goof-off element.
posted by Blingo
on Feb 2, 2006 -
Web Authoring Statistics
from Google. An analysis of a sample of slightly over a billion documents, extracting information about popular class names, elements, attributes, and related metadata.
posted by signal
on Jan 26, 2006 -
The (Broken) Triangle: Progressive Bloggers in the Wilderness.
The Huffington Post's
Peter Daou, whose dour forecast
of how Bush and lazy media would spin away the NSA scandal
proved prescient, on why "netroots activists" can't get traction: "It's slow-motion-car-wreck painful, and most certainly NOT where the left's triangle should be a half decade into the new millennium, as the Bush-propping machine hums and whirrs, poll numbers rise and fall, Iraq bleeds, scandal dissolves into scandal, terror speech blends into terror speech. The landscape is there for everyone to see, to analyze. Enough time has elapsed to make the system transparent. It is dismaying for netroots activists to see the same mistakes repeated..."
posted by digaman
on Jan 13, 2006 -
Just another blog, sure, but a good one. 3quarksdaily is a filter blog much like our very own, but with only 15 users (and an editor). As they say on their about page "On this website, my guest authors and editors and I hope to present interesting items from around the web on a daily basis, in the areas of science, design, literature, current affairs, art, and anything else we deem inherently fascinating."
The do an admirable job.
posted by panoptican
on Dec 6, 2005 -
--drilling beneath the headlines. A new webmagazine, offering expert in-depth coverage of current affairs as well as a variety of thoughtful, provocative content assembled from a progressive point of view. The site is built around major “digs,” led by authorities in their fields, who will drill down into contemporary topics and assemble packages of content... Robert Scheer
is editor in chief (you may know him from the SF Chronicle
). The current featured "dig" is on religion and homosexuality.
posted by amberglow
on Dec 2, 2005 -
is a mosaic generator powered by the Web. Feed it a word and watch it create related mosaics in front of your very eyes. Requires Flash. [MI]
posted by sjvilla79
on Nov 29, 2005 -
is a performance and video blog project by new media artist Chris Barr. It's about suicide. [MI]
posted by sjvilla79
on Nov 22, 2005 -
is a global youth arts initiative (under 25s) that develops and profiles artists and their work across television, radio, in print and online. Requires Flash. [MI]
posted by sjvilla79
on Nov 15, 2005 -
Web 2.0 overload
- "eHub is a constantly updated list of web applications, services, resources, blogs or sites with a focus on next generation web (web 2.0
), social software, blogging, Ajax, Ruby on Rails, location mapping, open source, folksonomy, design and digital media sharing." Tons of links to mashup apps like PervWatch
, etc, etc, etc...(note: a lot of these sites are in beta)
posted by tpl1212
on Sep 30, 2005 -
is "a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations". In plain English, this amazing site contains all the data one could ever want on religion, from the basic (nationally predominant religions by country
, largest religious groups in the United States
, top 50 countries with the highest proportion of atheists
) to the esoteric (a guide to religion in films
, authors who have converted to a new religion
, religious affiliation of U.S. presidents
, famous adherents of various religions
(e.g. famous Mennonites
)). There's even religious information for geeks, including obsessive articles on the religion of George Lucas
, the religious affiliation of comic book characters
, and religious affiliation of famous fantasy and science fiction authors
(related: Amish in science fiction
and Mormonism in science fiction
). One could spend days sifting through this site.
posted by jdroth
on Sep 29, 2005 -