the-inbetween posts categorized as Web

delicious milestone

A milestone of sorts as I recently bookmarked my 5000th link in my del.icio.us feed, and that link was to Avatar Machine (in reality, the 5000th link was added over a week ago but that was counting links I marked “private”, this is the 5000th public facing link). That’s almost four links per day for four years. This, along with Gmail, is the one web application that has really struck a chord with me and I can’t ever see myself…

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Video Unavailable

I was browsing my “Music videos” playlist on YouTube the other day and I was amazed at the number of dead videos. LARGE image follows.

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Information Overload

There came a time, many months ago, when I realized that the wealth of information that I had subscribed to had become unwieldly. There was so much to read and watch that it became a fulltime job keeping track of it (which, you know, cut out time to actually read and watch it all.) At any given time, my Bloglines account had in excess of seventeen thousand unread entries. My so-called “shrinkwrap shrine” of games and movies (in other words,…

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Wild Light – Mount Sims

After buying and watching the Massive Attack Eleven Promos DVD, I went looking for some other music videos to pass the time and came across Wild Light – Video works by Tobias Knipf. His two videos for Mount Sims (never heard of them until today) are great. One of them, for “Ashes”, is really nothing more than an interpretive dance sequence and the other, for “Failling Up”, is nothing but rain hitting a puddle for the length of the track.…

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Dark Room

A little late on this, but Dark Room is the coolest tiny simple freeware app that I’ve seen in a while. Functionally, it’s more bare than Notepad. It doesn’t do anything but take text input and save it, but it’s the idea behind it that deserves merit. A writing tool that removes all distractions and just leaves nothing between the writer and the text. Of course, such a distraction free environment is illusory. The whole of your music library and…

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Open Letter to YouTube

Dear YouTube, you have amused us greatly with your SNL clip videos (which get pulled down due to legal threats) and your “Snakes on a Plane” trailer (which got pulled), and all your other and future videos that will be replaced with a This video has been removed due to terms of use violation message. You cover the full gamut from videos of people geeking out to Guitar Hero on camera to videos of random people dancing to crappy music…

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technorati

The top 5 tags at Technorati right now are: Islam Cartoons Bush Recensioni big dick shemales Proving that spam is still as viable as it ever was. If you’re in the game of relying on other people’s content, as Technorati is, you are going to get gamed.

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Yet Another Web App

Newsvine has gone into public beta and I’ve been playing with it a little bit today (Here’s a look at it). Like many such apps, it’s an amalgam of other tools. del.icio.us meets digg meets google news meets weblog software. It’s got tagging, a user reward and moderation scheme, community interaction, rss feeds, and its own set of buzz words (you don’t post, you seed). It’s a solid, well designed app that’s going to grow fast. There are some issues…

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The Virtual Earth — minus most of the Earth

Another month, another online map service. While Microsoft’s Local Live does have some very nice “bird’s eye view” shots, they don’t have any for this metropolis. But worry not. If you’re in Canada, you can still see some of it, so long as you don’t mind staring at Niagara Falls’ cheesy, slimey “strip”. Now there’s a way to get an impression of Canada. The Falls is nice, though, even if it is poorly sliced in the other views (hit the…

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Attack of the Forbes

Holy shit, this piece of tripe from Forbes, Attack of the Blogs, is the most moronic “mainstream” article I’ve ever seen about weblogs — and I’ve seen many. There is so much ridiculousness in there. Sensationalist FUD. However, I can’t say such things because it would make me an evil, ranting and raving attack blogger! Jesus Christ. I could break down every printed paragraph, but I do not have the patience. Instead, heed these lessons: Microsoft and SCO are unfairly…

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Onion Archives

The Onion, America’s finest news source, redesigned recently. That’s nice. The big news, as far as I’m concerned, is that the archives are now fully viewable and searchable (I think they were “premium” before). Now you can see all the greatest fake online news of the past nine years. For example, this was the edition when I became (legally) an adult. “Cordless phones” and the Lewinsky debacle. How nostalgic. From the same month: Clinton Threatens To Drop Da Bomb On…

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greasemonkey escapist

I’m not sure what the origin of this… comic thing is, but it amused me greatly. Do not tell Jack Thompson of its existence, though. On a similar level of stupid, I made my first second ytmnd, ff3battle. Moving on to more technical matters, I really, really like the concept of the Greasemonkey extension, even though I do not have it currently installed (I have not bothered to reinstall after the, now resolved, security concern.) It gives the user power…

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wiki

I was thinking of setting up a wiki on my new ludologizer.com domain, because it seems like the cool thing to do. Then PBWiki launched. In an instant it ended my plan, thanks to its simplicity and easy set up. So I’m using that for my wiki now while the domain, once again, returns to a state of duh. Not sure what to do with it. Again. The hassle-free set up reaffirmed in me the useful goodness that Wikis can…

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