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Archive for December, 2004

The Zoom Quilt

posted by Duncan at 4:52 pm on December 31st, 2004

This is a great collaborative art project in which you if you choose the flash link get to zoom into the image. The thing is you don’t stop, you just keep zooming. Really nice

customise your sweets

posted by Duncan at 4:27 pm on December 21st, 2004

I read with interest that the US version of the M&M’s site is giving cutomers the chance to create their own custom sweets. This basically involves you choosing what you would like written on them. I think they’ll even deliver to the UK. To be honest I think half the fun is going to be much the same as it was with the Nike id design a shoe feature … and that is seeing what swear words you can actually get on the things with out it throwing you of the site.

Muse @ London’s Earls Court

posted by Duncan at 12:06 am on December 20th, 2004

Just got back from seeing Muse play at london’s Earls Court. They have just finished some dates in the USA and this is their first gig back and I think their biggest indoor show to date. As usual they were amazing. They also played one of their news tracks. I think they are going to play another one tomorrow night.

Muse @ Earls Court, London

It never ceases to amaze me how much noise they can create with just three people. Check out all the photos I took over at flickr. Check out Muse’s own site here.

Javascript photo gallery

posted by Duncan at 10:03 am on December 17th, 2004

A friend of mine Mike at Do Not Remove had a link to this great JavaScript photo gallery on his site. It seems a lot of hard work has gone into this by Scott Upton and Travis Beckham. But blimey it’s paid off, it just works so smoothly.

Good work guys.

Googles Pigeon Ranking

posted by Duncan at 12:06 pm on December 15th, 2004

As a Google user, you’re familiar with the speed and accuracy of a Google search. How exactly does Google manage to find the right results for every query as quickly as it does? The heart of Google’s search technology is PigeonRank, a system for ranking web pages developed by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University.

Who’d of thought …

Flash 8 etc

posted by Duncan at 9:54 am on December 15th, 2004

I went to a presentation by Macromedia yesterday on Flash and the future. I have not really been that active in any flash development for a while now due to just not having the time to concentrate on it. The presentation was heavily weighted towards Flash video which I am guessing was premeditated as we are currently do more video on demand. A lot of what was said I had actually read in books so nothing new there and the Mission Impossible clip that they use to demo with I’m sure I have also seen used in a similar demo somewhere before.

Toyota EXPO 2005 Robots

posted by Duncan at 11:21 am on December 14th, 2004

Toyota have set out there plans for the performance to be featured at EXPO 2005, JAPAN.

The show will be based on the theme “The Dream, Joy and Ispiration of Mobility in the 21st Century”.

Performance content will feature Toyota’s efforts toward achieving “optimal mobility”. The Welcome Show will feature Toyota Partner Robots, robots developed to embody kindness and intelligence and to assist with human activities. A robot musical band and an entertaining dialogue between the DJ robot and the emcee promise to bring the stage alive.

I wish I could be there as you can see by the images it looks like quite a spectacle.

Your worst christmas nightmare

posted by Duncan at 9:57 am on December 14th, 2004

Imagine if your neighbour was this guy, 17,000 lights. It’d be like living in a constant state of day (all be it with a colorful tinge). This guy has a pan,zoon webcam up show them in all their glory. Well worth a quick look.

Firefox Reaches 10million Downloads

posted by Duncan at 9:35 am on December 13th, 2004

In little more than a month, Firefox has been downloaded more than 10 million times.

This is fantastic. I’ve been using the browser since the early days of development and singing it virtues to everyone I know. MS must be quaking in the there boots? I don’t think they’ve ever seen such completion growing so fast. To show the level of growth it has, even my grandparents have it installed on there computer!

I read from the spread firefox site that the advert in the NY times is set to be out by this coming Wednesday, December 15… If you keep tuned into the site they’ll let you know the day before the ad is set to run. There’re also saying ‘You’ll want to be sure to stake out a copy for yourself – we’ve got a surprise for you!’

posted by Duncan at 1:34 pm on December 9th, 2004

A friend of mine sent me a link to the John Coltrane site a while back. It is a flash based site and is designed in a really simple clean way. The navigation system I think is simple fantastic. It’s been a while since I have seriously checked out whats going on flash wise and if this is what I’m missing I’ll have to start again. Back when I was doing a lot of flash stuff my whole approach was to create simple and clean flash movies. Check it out now ..

Also by the way the music on the site is obviously great. Congratulations to whom designed the site.

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