Title: Waving at Myself

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

  Expergiscere et coffeam olface with Silly Latin.

  The Swiss spaghetti harvest.

  Have libellous fun with the bizarre rumour generator.

  A short history of April Fool's Day.

  Here comes the Punctuation Vigilante (via Yahoo News).

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

  Another light goes out.

  Remember the Rudiments of Wisdom cartoon in the Observer? Well, here's a site devoted to Tim Hunkin's experiments (via Cynical-C).

  Ad-hoc supercomputing by flash mobs.

Monday, March 29, 2004

  US Marines to use scream gun (via Fortean Times).

  Icons by Igarashi Susumu.

  And a light goes out.

  I still haven't found a social networking site for cats, but I did find an article on how we can learn networking from them.

Sunday, March 28, 2004

  If you want a puzzling experience, visit the boobah zone.

  This would never happen at the BBC.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

  The amazing aerogel - via hinterlands.

  Random, computer-generated web design, by Strangebanana.

  If you like Java applets, you must take a look at Ken Perlin's home page (which I overlooked - via Bulimic Rabbit Herders and The Men Who Love Them).

Friday, March 26, 2004

  Play a very tiny version of Wolfenstein 3D: Wolfenstein 5K.
From the same site, why not consult the magic 5k ball?

  Wearable technology.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

  An amusing - and pertinent - commentary on what the internet is really all about.

  Play with the Ideo ASCII typesetter. Or play with facial expressions instead.


  If you're a fan of HP Lovecraft you might appreciate this dedicated search engine: Cthuugle. If you're just gothy in general, try this one. To complete the morbidity of this post, here's horrorfind.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

  A Japanese inventor has produced a super-efficient electric motor.

  Sculpture that must be handled very very carefully, since it's 150 microns thick.

  A refreshing, if parodical, slant on social networking from Introvertster.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

  Feel a need to interact more meaningfully with felines? Try dancing with your cat. I very much doubt whether mine would bother. Though I've just discovered he likes to be dragged around in a bag. I was bored.

  "Celestopea is a non-profit organization dedicated to the planned colonization of the earth's oceans through a series of self-sufficient, semi-autonomous, floating cities located in international waters and incorporating innovative new technologies, industries and social organization."

  A fifh form of carbon: nanofoam.

  I have to take that back. This headline is far more evocative: Human Breasts Grow On Mice. A Photoshop opportunity many will fail to resist.

  Surely a headline to remember for many years: BT Engineer Denies Deflowering Lesbian.
Afterthought: that should increase my hits via Google.

  Another disposable email address service, from Jetable: an address will be generated and will point to your real address within the time you choose.

Monday, March 22, 2004

  Talk to artificially intelligent A.L.I.C.E. Or if you prefer artificial beauty to artificial brains, visit Miss Digital World.

  The joy of sects: random acts of kindness from the Karma Army.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

  An interesting item on namespaces.

  The Untitled Project takes urban scenes and strips them of textual information. Speaking of visual novelty, a company called Artake will take your photographs and turn them into pop art.

  Amuse yourself with the Psychedelic Science Theatre. Create a moving, creeping thing with Soda Constructor. If you're less ambitious, just pop some bubble-wrap.

  Rather than the usual 404 error page, THCNET has a game of Zork as a consolation.

  For those interested in web design: a powerful demonstration of what can be achieved through CSS–based design. And why Jeffrey Veen doesn't care about accessibility.

  Ok, back to art again. A paean to Matthew Collings from Some Things about Art and Cities.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

  Make your own labels online with the Acme Label Maker.

  Right, enough art for today. Observe the Fechner colour illusion instead. Or if you're a budding architect, design your own house, walk through it then print it out.

  Browse the non-digital photo-trickery of Jerry Uelsmann.

  The art of A Sasaki and Anneke van Brussel.

  Can you escape from The Crimson Room?

  Pest modernism captured by Funky Pancake.

  Visit the retro-future at Daring Planet, a teaser for a forthcoming online animated series. Via Metafilter.

  The Guardian's Spark is "a new magazine about the good things that are going on all over the world, and the people working to create a brighter future for us all."
Contrapuntally, you could indulge in Despair instead.

  I would quite like one of Clayton Bailey's robots.

  Let's be cultural. Culturekiosque is a guide to arts, culture and entertainment worldwide. Look at the works of photographer Tina Mérandon. A good mix of stories, photography, video and general musings from Musarium (formerly JournalE). Science fiction and fantasy art at Epilogue. View art - and draw your own on a community whiteboard - at Artcluster. The work of tattoo artist Jack D Cunningham. Calligraphy and illumination at the Vellum Gallery.

  Interesting speculation on how ubiquitous computing could lead to animism.

  Brilliantly realised satire from the Propaganda Remix Project.

Friday, March 19, 2004

  A succinct introduction to Fibonacci numbers from Textism.

  Create your own Mondrian. Or if that's too much for you, here's a colouring book. If that's too simple, then you could try some online graffiti, or if that smacks too much of vandalism, the official Etch-A-Sketch.

  Moon mountain of eternal light.

  Amazing glasswork: 19th century models of sea creatures at Cornell University.
On a completely unrelated note, there's a social networking site for dogs. Yes. Apparently two million of Dogster's "dog-pages" were viewed in February; whether by humans or canines wasn't specified. I couldn't resist the temptation to look up "catster" - sure enough, there is such a site, but there's no clue as to what it's about, except the words "catster will be here before you know it ;> "
Update - catster.com now takes you to dogster.com...
Both links via Caterina.

  For art lovers: the Colombian Beryl Cook? Fernando Botero.

  Free typewriter fonts for that pre-paperless office look.

  A strange Flash animation found by thingsmagazine.

  A news item about ancient Indian rock music at Kupgal Hill. On a similar note, acoustic phenomena at Newgrange.

  Eat bunny with Denise Wilton.

  Have combustive fun with matchstick rockets. Via Cynical-C.

  Panoramic British landscape photographs.

  Need glasses?

  Go gaga with the circle illusion.

  Try the sytes.org sub-domain interface dictionary: get a dictionary definition by using as a URL your word followed by ".word.sytes.org".
E.g: http://abligurition.word.sytes.org/ = abligurition.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

  'The Art21 Alphabet Synthesis Machine is an online artwork which allows visitors to create and breed personalized "nonsense alphabets"—coherent sets of abstract forms which might resemble the plausible writing systems of imaginary civilizations or unfamiliar societies.'
And you can save the font. Give it a go.

  Create a flake. A city. A nation state. Life. Now lie down and try to calm your megalomania.

  Did Mars Rover see a UFO?

  A site dedicated to those bizarre home science experiments kids were encouraged to carry out from the 30s to the 60s.

  Try a taste of Japanese lollipop sculpture. Or digest some edible books.

  Very sci-fi: a projected virtual keyboard with feedback.

  A space rock will be brushing past us tonight.

  Perusing my access logs in the vain hope that someone is actually reading this, I've noticed that the entire US military-industrial complex seems to have taken an interest in my weblog. People from NASA, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, and the mysterious "nipr.mil" seem to be reading my modest and embyonic blog. I'd like to thank you all for your kindness. Perhaps you could email me and tell me what chord I seem to have struck?

  Visit the quirky world of Dr Seuss. Or try some RPG in the Dark Grimoire. You may also want to experience this fascinating and surreal thing.

  NASA can read your thoughts. Well, sort of.

  The art of Eric Drooker (via Incoming Signals). And translucent concrete.

  I'll leave the last word this evening (morning) to Lindsay Marshall:
"My daughter, upstairs, just said good night to me via IM. Ah, the 21st century."

  More observations about social networking: by Stuart Henshall and Stephen Downes.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

  The mayor of New York has cracked down on toy guns. Well, it's a start.

  Look at the world afresh via the Degree Confluence Project.

  Some food for thought on the subject of privacy.

  Cheaper than satellites? High Altitude Airships.

  I have no idea what this is, but I decided to take the question literally and tell them that I want Kylie Minogue, or, failing that, a cup of tea and a Blue Riband.
Update - no answer yet.

  Shiny Japanese mud balls. Yes, that's what I said.

  Mailinator - instant email for one-off, spam-avoiding purposes. Via Smiley Cat.

  Mysteries of bog butter unveiled. And here are some bog people. Not to be confused with blog people.


  More Norwegian fun: Bird droppings destroying bridge.

  Futurology. Or it will be.

  On an altruistic note, why not do your bit for mankind and join the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement?

  After the Angel of the North comes the Tower of Durham.

  Spy actress recruiting for the CIA. Sounds like a good idea. So why doesn't MI6 recruit Roger Moore, or MI5 use Matthew MacFadyen or Keeley Hawes as poster people?

  Pavlovian passenger management using the good old Acme Thunderer.

  Milkman Dan - from the secret files of Max Cannon.

  Who says the world of science is po-faced and unironic? Here are some molecules with silly names.

  Last November's solar flare was bigger than we thought.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

  If you're of a certain age like me, you may vaguely remember Noggin the Nog and Pogles' Wood.

  Strange and Unusual Dictionaries.

  Visit the weirdly entertaining comic-book world of Richard Sala.

  Need to exploit holistic paradigms or disintermediate frictionless supply-chains? Cultivate intuitive convergence, and sound as if you know what you're talking about, with the Web Economy Bullshit Generator.

  Alternatively, you could have more animated Flash fun with famous model Eva Herzigova. Failing that, make your own virtual model instead.

  Have hours of fun with the BML Walker.

Monday, March 15, 2004

  More on Sedna: it's very red and very shiny, and it may have a moon.

  No room for an olympic-size swimming-pool in your bedsit? Why not get yourself an endless pool?

  Two stories which show the remarkable effect that the blogosphere is beginning to have on the world of politics: from Boing Boing and The Observer.

  It's been pointed out to me that the title of this blog could be taken as a euphemism for self-abuse. Well, I suppose there's a masturbatory element to weblogging anyway, which has been much-discussed. On the subject, I always thought that "Palm Pilot" would be a good euphemism for an onanist. Fnarrr.
Update - if blogging is affecting your eyesight, try rasterbating instead (via Chris Pirillo).

  Well, is or isn't Sedna a new planet? There are various definitions, and the IAU seems to have come up with one which is rapidly becoming accepted. But what about Pluto? And what do astrologers have to say? What will be the significance of having Sedna in the ascendant, or Sedna square to Uranus?

  An embarrassing example of being blinded by science. But very funny.

  Oh no.

  Being follically-challenged, I've heard all this before...

  I wait with dread to see which of these sculptures wins pride of place in Trafalgar Square.
Update - oh well, there we go.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

  When I grow up, I want to be a digitician (Via Slashdot).

  I find myself fascinated by all things retro and slightly kitsch. Not an obsessive need, you understand, just an occasional urge to look at amusingly quaint things such as this Barbarella site, for instance, or these animated Emma Peel GIFs. Diana Rigg had a peculiar formative effect on men of my generation. If you share my occasionally odd humour, you can view classic olde advertising at Ad Access and AdFlip.

  You are here.

  There's something very intriguing about found objects. What does this note mean? Who are the people in that photograph? What on earth does that street sign signify? Whose was this glove/scarf/hat/shoe/underwear? One of the best and oldest sites showing examples of found things is Found Magazine. Personal blogs are also a great source of unusual and quirky finds, especially Funky Pancake and Russell Davies. In a similar vein, you could always look for animals on the underground (courtesy of I Like).

  Speaking of the future of games, why not refer to the past and play a game of the old-fashioned text variety, otherwise known as interactive fiction; a genre with a growing number of enthusiasts. As someone once said about radio, "The pictures are better." Or join a MUD, such as this one.

  Add a twist to your search patterns with Bananaslug "...designed to promote serendipitous surfing."
For tips on surfing the "invisible web", those areas and resources overlooked by many popular search engines, look here.

Saturday, March 13, 2004

  Try your hand at interactive frog dissection. Go on, you know you want to.

  A wonderful picture of the earth. An interesting spin on cosmology. But Mars stinks.

  Social networks are the big thing at the moment, online and offline, both in the traditional sense of the study of human interaction, and as a way of building contacts. The study of these networks can be used as a tool to visualise everything from terrorist connections to the relationships between Shakespeare's characters. Social networking as a verb, particularly online, is blossoming, with such players as ICQ and Microsoft getting in on the act, not to mention Ecademy, Friendster, iChatters, LinkedIn, etc. Some of these networks are by invitation only, which seems like a very good idea, though it depends of course on the judgement of those who do the inviting.
Views on the subject from reengage.org and Boing Boing.

  Ah, the wonders of modern technology. Shame it isn't yet reliable enough for real, grown-up purposes.

  Bored with video games? You'll be even more bored soon, if this article about the impending crisis in the game industry is anything to go by.

Friday, March 12, 2004

  "As Jung observed in his seminal work Der Sechsmilliondeutchmarkmann, each of us has within our soul a desire to know what our name would stand for if we were a cyborg."
Learn what you've always wanted to know: your cyborg name. Or if you prefer fantasy to sci-fi, find out what your name would be if you were a Hobbit.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

  I would take this as a hint to move.

  Poopy power! The answer to all our energy needs.

  Welcome to nature.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

  Well, according to Tickle I have an IQ of 136 and...
"Your Intellectual Type is Visionary Philosopher. This means you are highly intelligent and have a powerful mix of skills and insight that can be applied in a variety of different ways. Like Plato, your exceptional math and verbal skills make you very adept at explaining things to others - and at anticipating and predicting patterns."
You do have to fill in an online form before you get the results, and to read the full report rather than a synopsis you have to pay. So I didn't.

  Sick of doom and gloom? Sick of that nuisance called reality which grinds down your soul until you die lonely and misanthropic, surrounded by cats and empty cereal boxes?
Well, try this antidote to bleakness.
If you're not as sensitive as that, then you could take a chance with this random url provided by the semi-defunct seethru.

Monday, March 08, 2004

  So it was those damn Martians after all.

  For a moment, I thought this was the Virtual Elvis Museum. But it's stranger than that.

  Are you nothing more than an animal? Nothing personal, you understand, but many scientists would have you think so. Spiked Online has a fascinating article which brings some timely balance to the subject. My opinion: speak for yourself, but I'm not an ape. Though I'm not sure about the crowd of raucous young women and attracted drunks who spoiled my train journey from Sheffield to Durham on Saturday night (if you could read, you'd know who you are).
And would any animal bother to do this? (Courtesy of Bifurcated Rivets). I might, but I lost my old Underwood a long time ago.

  If you want to lose sleep tonight, read about dog-headed men on the Fortean Times message-board. Or adopt a Russian kitten.
Alternatively, you could horrify your friends by buying them a corpse. Hours of harmful fun.

  The richest man in history. What more can he want? How greedy can a man be? Or is he simply bored? Now he wants to own email.

  What better way to impress your new date than to send a gift of virtual chocolate containing non-fattening cyber-calories? To some, this may seem sadistic however.

  I want this clock.

  And so it begins. The beginning is always a good place to start. And what better way to start than something futile?
Not that one must be pessimistic about the web; there are many useful resources to be found. There's a whole universe of entertainment out there, if you know where to look.