25 posts tagged with brokenlink by Su.
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Passive viral marketing?

Meet Judd Arthur and Kristen Claire, two attractive singles with eerily similar design sensibilities who just need a date. Maybe their sites are so similar because this past February, Judd and Kristen apparently contracted their mutual friend Chris to register domains for them(in his name, for some reason) and he farmed designing it out to someone he knows in the design group at his job. To get the word out about their datelessness, flyers are being posted on bulleting boards in public places. Have you seen Judd or Kristen, and where? I'm curious how much they get around. I'm in Chicago.
posted by Su on Apr 2, 2003 - 22 comments

Do you ever just wander? Based upon the ideas of psychogeography and the dérive, a group called Special Airplane is orchestrating Drift next week in Vancouver. Also ref. The Cityspace Cut-Up @ Social Fiction, who seem somewhat responsible for this.
I don't see how Drift is "generative," but whatever; it's an interesting idea.
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posted by Su on Aug 24, 2002 - 18 comments

A rebuttal

A rebuttal to the "cult of Turn Off Your Computer," or as might be more familiar here: "It's Only a Website."
Curious about others' views on this. I've been on-line for so long(shut up, not consecutively), avatars/personas/whateveryoucallem just seem like silly extra work to me, outside appropriate contexts like on-line RPGs and the like.
posted by Su on Aug 11, 2002 - 16 comments

When the Japanese do ice cream, you end up with flavors like...well, whatever you're thinking, it's probably not too far off.
Mmm, wasabi.
posted by Su on Jul 23, 2002 - 30 comments

The WebPlayer is a Shockwave app that turns a web page into music by converting the HTML into numbers and then running that through formulas developed by Arnold Schoenberg, who came to be known as the inventory of atonalism in music, and influential in serialism, which aims to produce music by controlling aspects of the music with number series. Don't expect Beethoven, but sometimes the output is nice.
The Google front page produced a pretty soothing bit of background sound the first time I tried it, but the next, it sounded like several other pages I tried. Some explanation for this and the choice of a single sound can be found in the informative critique.
posted by Su on Jul 18, 2002 - 9 comments

Emotion and design: Atrractive things work better.
Of note here is that Don Norman works with Jakob Nielsen. In this essay he addresses the accusation that usability people want ugly design.
posted by Su on Jul 13, 2002 - 11 comments

Every day is a holida at Girls are Pretty. Well, sort of.
But don't "Write Impassioned Letters Confessing Your Blind, Paralyzing Love For People Just To Put The Feelers Out There Day!" and "Go Buy a Shitload of Donuts Day!" just sound like so much more fun than say...planting a tree for Arbor Day?
Yeah. I thought so.
posted by Su on Jul 12, 2002 - 23 comments

The Official History of net.art, Volume I: History of Art for Airports appropriates the style of universal informational graphics to represent subjects ranging from St. Sebastien and the Pieta, to the Star Trek transporter effect and the international sign for cannibalism you might have seen on a t-shirt.
posted by Su on Jul 6, 2002 - 2 comments


Newsguru is an "experiment in randomized photojournalism." Unfortunately, it doesn't have the bombardment value that My Left Asscheek(hee!) did, which strangely enough, they bought. Or, maybe, it just made for a great "press release" title.
posted by Su on Jun 20, 2002 - 0 comments

The Accidental Video Game Porn Archive.
I don't really need to say anything else, do I? Didn't think so.
posted by Su on Jun 6, 2002 - 7 comments

Man and Bear

"When a male polar bear and a human are face to face, there occurs a brief kind of magic: an intense, visceral connection between man and beast whose poignancy and import cannot be expressed in mere words. Then he rips your arms off."
It's rare for someone to pull off morbid and hilarious at the same time. Here's an example.
posted by Su on May 16, 2002 - 22 comments


VCards are sort of a viral(or maybe voyeuristic) greeting card. You send one to someone, and they are sent your note with some attachments. The recipient is asked to run one of them(a VB script), that decrypts the other files, which are three images randomly chosen from the hard drive of the person who sent it to them, and so on. Everything is explained up front, and full source is provided at the web page.
posted by Su on Apr 30, 2002 - 10 comments

Artist Marc Garrett has used the pseudonym Eye Opener for several years to produce the Censored Porn project. Images were lifted from the net, and all skin replaced with solid color or patterns, often from the images' own backgrounds. And, no, it's still not really worksafe, although it might take a little work for anyone to figure out just what you're looking at.
posted by Su on Apr 23, 2002 - 5 comments

Always on the lookout for alternative/screwy browser interfaces ie: The WebStalker and Netomat, I ran across another few tonight, these by Mark Daggett(As always, back out to the main index for more goodies.) Any others? I've got several on various discs I can't even find at the moment.
posted by Su on Apr 22, 2002 - 4 comments

Pornografux has launched, ya perverts. Not really porn, actually, and nearly worksafe, though a couple of the pieces have grating some audio. The initial offering asks what the connections are between our "sexual" and "social" bodies.
posted by Su on Apr 2, 2002 - 11 comments

The Read_Me Festival 1.2 shortlist has been posted, and includes such projects as Carnivore(not the government one, though that was part of the concept), and the DeskSwap screensaver. While this is a "software art" exhibition, it's of particular note that patches or even just instructions for making existing software do things not originally intended are allowable entries. I haven't been through all of them to see if any patches were entered, but it'd be interesting what the publishers might think of these, since it would basically constitute hacking and/or reverse engineering.
posted by Su on Mar 30, 2002 - 2 comments

Dali + Lichtenstein = Massurealism? That's one ugly baby. Apparently a lot of the marketing and visual information we're presented with currently has roots in surrealism. But is it art?
posted by Su on Mar 19, 2002 - 4 comments


Interesting The guy who wrote Your CSS Bores Me(previously linked and discussed here) has decided to accept his own challenge. For the month of February, he will be applying a different stylesheet to the index page of his site, with no manipulation of the HTML document itself. This is one to watch, if you're also a code geek.
posted by Su on Feb 5, 2002 - 21 comments

And speaking of unnecessary design groups,

And speaking of unnecessary design groups, the Queer Design Alliance proposes to educate the masses and show that "gay art" does not equate to erotic art, and that "we are your neighbors, babysitters..." etc. So?
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posted by Su on Jan 26, 2002 - 20 comments

Pedestrian Killer

Pedestrian Killer Pointless bloody fun. Zoom around a patch of roadway, squishing people as they try to make it across.
posted by Su on Dec 23, 2001 - 14 comments

Typographic56 has some interesting type experimentation geared towards the screen. Warrning: browser hijacking, though relatively well-done. More stuff at NoFont, and Bembo's Zoo. Know of any other places people are playing like this?
posted by Su on Nov 10, 2001 - 12 comments


Blogdexter searches the Blogdex for the URL you feed it and gives you the results. At the Blogdex page. Isn't that what that "url search" link--at the Blogdex--page is for?
posted by Su on Nov 5, 2001 - 12 comments

GINORMOUS banner ad at download.com.

GINORMOUS banner ad at download.com. From what I can tell, it only auto-expands on the first visit, presumably cookied, but I was still pretty annoyed. If you click to view, it blows up again, runs a little commercial at you(sndtrk by Madonna), and shrinks again. A little better than the layout-destroying monoliths other sites are using?
posted by Su on Oct 25, 2001 - 20 comments

Fontomas shuts down temporarily

Fontomas shuts down temporarily in response to yesterday's ugliness. Have any other sites also done this? If you care, please send Dirk, and any of the others a note.
posted by Su on Sep 12, 2001 - 23 comments

AmIHotOrNot taken to the next level.

AmIHotOrNot taken to the next level. Who would you sleep with?
posted by Su on Apr 3, 2001 - 22 comments

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