- DEVELOPING: Karl Rove to be indicted. I feel like Drudge.
- Be your own hotspot – create a solar-powered Wi-Fi backpack. Sweet.
- Busmonster – another use of the Google Maps API, this time for info on bus routes.
- Transparent Google maps laid over satellite images – gotta love the API being out there.
- A9’s maps with block view photos – I know this has been out for a while but I hadn’t seen this particular implementation.
- Martha Stewart’s prison name: M. Diddy
- If Fiona Apple’s new video (click free link) is any indication of her new direction, I am thinking the Free Fiona campaign may free her from any future record deals once and for all. I am a Fiona fan but if her new sound is 20’s retro, I won’t be listening to much of it.
- Is greenlighting the next sex trend among teens and others, ala rainbow parties and sex bracelets
- Many designers are guilty of “Lazy, stupid and evil design” according to our favorite Swede Jacob Nielsen. I would have read this article but…
- Ricky Gervais’ top sitcoms of all-time (his top 3 are American shows) and his new show Extras
- 125 scientific questions in need of answering.
- Worst beers ever.
- Google Knows
Washington Nationals team logo is not sitting well with some fans.
- My War of the Worlds review, in case you missed it.
- What a gentleman should do…
- IGN’s coverage of E3 (specifically the PS3); Gamespot’s comparison of the new Xbox and PS3
- wikipes: recipes wiki
- The Retail Alphabet Game is reminiscent of something I saw long ago on Vitaflo (RIP)
- Questionable Content is a pretty funny online comic strip for hipsters like me
- Ban Comic Sans – I especially like these photos where stickers and posters are put up right on the offending source.
- Much of the font related content today is courtesy of this NY Times article
- Asian, Black women make more than their white counterparts. Progress?
- Alarm clock rolls of nightstand and hides itself after you hit snooze
- Bob Casey, owner of the only voice to ever announce Minnesota Twins homegames, has died at 79.
- Mark Cuban blogs about copyright and content ownership. This is worth reading, that Cuban is a smart guy.
- Court rules that Sony must pay $90 million and STOP selling both the PSOne and PS2. I wonder if this could speed up the timetable for the PS3?
- I have wondered for years how they could make a better interface for data entry into things like cellphones. This is a step in the right direction: a cell phone with a projector built-in that allows interaction with a projected keyboard etc.
- NewsMap displays the top news stories sized relative to news volume. I think I have seen this before but it is worth mentioning again. I love the way you can easily see how even one group of news (say technology) gets reported vs. others (say sports).
- Tom Delay chose to take his father off life support.
- PSP as web browser – see also: is the PSP the new iPod?
More to come certainly, but I just wanted to mention the highlight of my SXSW experience was the 2nd discussion “panel” I attended: How to Make Big Things Happen With Small Teams. Basically it was all about the insights Jason Fried of 37signals gained from his experience building products and running a small company. Almost everything he said is directly applicable to the situation at my company with our product development team.
We use the agile method but we have been struggling for ways to really integrate the interface design and concept development into the process. Jason
- Sound clips from Napoleon Dynamite
- Feature claiming Apple is back! – seems Salon is bit late to the party on this one. (The article includes a link to Kottke.org)
- Apple and the one-button mouse – hasn’t this one been put to rest?
- When bloggers make news. – A rehash of the old journalism vs blogging thread.
I cannot believe that Northwest Airlines is rebranding themselves (or have been for several month I guess) – complete with a new bullshit logo! I have held up NWA’s logo for years as an example of elegant simplicity. It says so much in such a small space; you have the N or W depending upon how you look at it and then the little arrow pointing, as if on a compass, in the North West direction. Beautiful. Now what they currently have is just horrendous.
Which do you think is better?
I was pretty excited when I saw “User experience differences between Windows and OS X” listed in the remaindered links section on Kottke.org. I am very interested in this topic and in interface design in general so it seemed like a good read. Unfortunately what I found was a generally biased account of the Mac OSX and the Windows 98/2000 (5+ years old) operating systems. Even if it did target Windows XP (which incidentally incorporated many of the advantages the article claims OSX has sole ownership of: clean layouts, high quality color icons, context sensitive toolbars and menu items) the piece was written like one of so many switch ads and not in an objective manner as I was hoping.