Archive for May, 2006

Lara at 33 weeks

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Web dogma ’06

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Boxes and Arrows interviews Eric Reiss on Web dogma ’06 – his 10 web design principles. I wanted to quote one, but they’re all so brilliant, so in tune with what I feel, that here they all are: Anything that exists only to satisfy the internal politics of the site owner must be eliminated. Anything […]

Neilson interview

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Jacob Neilson interviewed at Guardian Unlimited Technology. First time I read his name I mentally pronounced it ‘Yacob’, and now I’m stuck with that. On web 2.0: …at one end you have pure data and information on the web, and on the other the full applications. Most things exist in the middle. Information-only websites are […]

Byrne on packaging and music

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Stef tips us off to an article on David Byrne’s blog about packaging and music. At robotperson we’re progressive about the idea of ripping our music to a digital archive then eBaying the physical discs for cash. Although we’re still squeamish about the ‘getting rid of it’ part. Byrne says some interesting things about why […]

Robert Newman’s History of oil

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

If you missed Rob Newman’s history of oil one-man stand-up, which is highly likely given it was tucked away on More4 (NTL 166), here’s a link to the whole 45min show on Google video. More funny than Mark Stewart, and if anything, more political. The show covers familiar ground to regular readers, i.e. that the […]

TV gold

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Sunday evening we witnessed a moment of pure television magic: Peter Crouch at the Beckham’s Full Length and Fabulous party, fleetingly shown doing ‘the robot’ on the dancefloor. It was on for a couple of seconds at most, but already the ripples are spreading across the internet. This is a meme that cannot die. Expect […]

Fictional Futures

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Slides from a presentation on stories, belief and the aesthetics of artefacts in science fiction, from a workshop at the Fictional Futures project, Goldsmiths Feb ’06. 50 slides, so this will take about half an hour. Many interesting links to follow. Catalhoyuk had a population of up to 10,000 people, and a few strange features […]

Atlas of the universe

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

An Atlas of the universe. Spend a bit of time clicking in and out of the scales to get a sense of our place in all of this. Mindblowing, and I already know it all. Large scale structure of the universe is one of the two scientific ideas that I believe everybody should understand. The […]

128kbit/s listening test

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

128kb/s listening test results for AAC, Lame, MPC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, and Blade audio codecs. There was no winner in this listening test. Musepack didn’t win. All modern codecs are tied at first place, simple as that.

Seasonal forecast

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

The Met Office is predicting above-normal percipitation for the months of June-July-August. Temperatures about average, though. Terrific, a warm, wet summer.