Ye Olde Archive Archived Posts: 2004-2009

18May/07Off

Site of the day: Ideum

"Ideum develops interactive experiences for museum visitors. Working in partnership with a range of museums, they have created over 40 projects which extend the experience of the museum goer through the use of new technology. The weblog-style website features a generous selection of these, from a tool that allowed three to five year olds to upload the sounds of the gallery floor, through software mash ups and interactive photographic exhibits."

Check it out at: http://www.ideum.com/

Link and description via Intute.

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16May/07Off

WordPress 2.2

WordPress 2.2 is available! I always get a little giddy when a new version of WordPress becomes available. Really, it doesn't affect my life all that much, but that doesn't make it any less cool. Some of the features from this full decimal update include:

  • Integrated Widgets;
  • Full Atom Support;
  • Speed Optimizations;
  • and a new Blogger importer.

They also claim to have closed 244 tickets on the bug tracker, which seems a significant accomplishment. Who knows, maybe that means I can start using wp-cache again.

Read all about it on the WordPress Dev Blog.

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16May/07Off

Pesky little morning robots

This may not be the kind of trickery I'm eager to deal with at the crack of dawn (assuming I ever actually attempted to wake up that early). Even so, it's one of the coolest little gadgets I've seen in a long time. After all, everyone loves a cheeky little robot.

aquaclockSnip from Thinkgeek:

Sleep is the little death, and dying kinda sucks, so we avoid it whenever possible. Problem is, if you don't sleep, you tend to pass out an inopportune times, like driving, operating heavy droids, and various sex type behaviors. Thankfully, unplanned narcolepsy can be avoided by a strict regimen of planned sleep. Don't let sleep take you over though; too much means no work done! You need a boot to the butt to wake you up, and Clocky is here with said metaphorical boot! Clocky's robotic wheels propel this little alarm off your nightstand, spinning away from your grasp. Turning and spinning, it forces you out of bed to chase down this adorable noisy demon, making you instantly alert and ready to face the day.

Link: http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/lights/91f2/?cpg=52H

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8May/07Off

Amazon RSS and Three Books

Amazon.com now offers RSS feeds, based on tags that you choose. You can then aggregate these feeds to your site, and even keep them as affiliate links, if you're into that kind of thing.

See: RSS web feeds for tagged products (syndication)

Three books I need to own:

Creating Database-Backed Library Web Pages: Using Open Source Tools -- Stephen R. Westman

Because these are exactly the sorts of sites I want to, and will likely be able to, make.

The Wisdom of Crowds -- James Surowiecki

Because this book is mentioned so often it has nearly become annoying, but I suppose I should read it anyway.

Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become -- Peter Morville

Because in the world of federated searching, findability is a more interesting topic than ever.

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7May/07Off

Comic Life for Windows

Comic Life, a comic creation program previously only for the Mac, now has a working beta for the Windows OS. Shit ... I keep running out of reasons not to make a webcomic of my very own.

Filed under: art, tech, webcomics No Comments