Archive for November, 2005

Paper Cuts

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Danish artist Peter Callesen does some interesting things with paper, such as his series Paper Cuts. Also, have a look at his other paper works.

Akismet Spam Blocker

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Just wanted to give a mention to Akismet, a spam block plugin for WordPress. Akismet is basically a database built on analysing spam from countless blogs. You can help train the filter, which makes it more effective over time. Those of you using Thunderbird‘s built-in junk mail filter should be familiar with this. From the FAQ:

How does it work?
When a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your blog it is submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down.

Do I have to maintain a blacklist?
Nope! Part of the idea of Akismet is that you’re always protected up-to-the-second from the latest dirty tricks of spammers. There’s no maintenance, no upgrading, no hassle.

I’ve been using it for about 24 hours and it’s successfully blocked all 19 spam comments until now, with no false positives. For those of you using a different platform than WordPress, no worries, Akismet also offers an API, enabling it to be ported to any other system.

Dust Houses

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Dust ArtWho’d have thought you could find value in those icky vacuum-cleaner dust bags (aside from the occasional rediscovered ring)? Well, for one, there’s Maria Adelaida Lopez, a Columbian artist, who takes that dust and covers doll houses with it in a fascinating tribute to her past work as a house cleaner. Very eerie, very cool. (via)

CMS Zen Garden

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

Yeah, you read right, it’s the CMS Zen Garden: CSS Toolshed. Similar to the famous CSS Zen Garden and the recent CSS Table Gallery, Toolshed promises to show how well CSS is suited for complete CMS-driven websites by means of user-submitted stylesheets.

This will show enterprise level CMS vendors that CSS can be used on a professional level (not only for smaller sites and blogs) and it gives CSS designers the chance to show that their skills go beyond designing an HTML document that was especially marked up to be style-able.

You’d think it’s a given nowadays, but even modern open source CMS’ such as Mambo/Joomla still rely on tables for layout.

CSS Toolshed until now only has one design according to creator Chris Heilman. This is where you come in. Start submitting your designs!

Bullet Madness

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

Bullet Madness
Stylegala presents us with Bullet Madness, a collection of 200 free bullets, icons and arrows submitted by the Stylegala community for your webdesign needs.

Some of them really look pretty nice, have a look.

Cedarseed Tutorials

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Cedarseed TutorialsJoumana Medlej offers some excellently crafted tutorials on — among others — human and animal anatomy, color theory and Arabesque art. Simply scroll down a little after looking at her fine illustrations and you’ll find them. Alternatively, you can also order the 56 page book. Also, check out the rest of her site for some very worthwhile content.

Laser Etch Your Powerbook

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Laser Etch Your PowerbookHere’s a nice idea: laser etch your Powerbook. And apparently, it doesn’t void your warranty.

Nice quote from Slashdot: “It’s a good thing that those Tarsiers are mainly insectivorous and do not eat Apples!”

Kill Bill’s Browser

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Kill Bill\'s BrowserFrom the same folks that brought us music activism site Downhill Battle, there’s a nice microsite promoting “13 good reasons” to switch from Internet Explorer to Firefox: Kill Bill’s Browser. They also link to their other project, Explorer Destroyer, which explains how you can get paid $1 by Google for every user you get to switch to Firefox.

Frog Review

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

Frog ReviewThere’s a fun new little project called Frog Review. The site doesn’t give much information, but apparently they are two talking frogs reviewing websites. The first review can be seen here. Very funny to watch. :)

The New Generation of Statistics Tools

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Considering Google’s massive psychological presence in the blogosphere, most of you have probably heard about the launch of Google Analytics earlier this week, a comprehensive website statistics tool previously known as Urchin. Google acquired the original software makers, enhanced it to work seamlessly with their AdWords program and is now offering it completely free of charge, in contrast to its old $199/month pricetag. They’ve done this several times before, bringing us excellent free tools such as Google Earth (previously Keyhole) and Picasa.

A few weeks ago, Shaun Inman launched Mint, a small but sophisticated (and very good looking) stats tool. Mint offers an API for plugins, ensuring it ongoing enhancement and customizability.

In a few weeks we’re going to see MeasureMap, which also looks very promising.

The one thing all three have in common is a strong reliability on AJAX. The new generation of web applications really does look sexy.

Anyways, to get to the point of this post, there’s a nice little round-up of the three tools in Mark Boulton’s journal.

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