Architectural Wonders of 2006

January 17th, 2007

It seems that architects have caught on to environmentally friendly design.

There are some beauties there, like the Alpine House in Kew Gardens.

Just what does accessibility *mean*?

October 25th, 2006

Does “accessibility” mean “possible to access”? Or does it mean “possible to access for people with disabilities“?

Roger Johansson and Tommy Olsson explain in “Barrier-free Web design, a.k.a. Web accessibility 2.0” why the latter is a short-sighted approach for a variety of reasons.

It is occasionally argued that “universality” (Camp 2’s term for what we mean by “accessibility”) means you cannot use JavaScript, Flash, or anything but text marked up with HTML. That is completely wrong, and displays a fundamental misunderstanding of what Camp 1 means by accessibility.

How do you explain a complicated concept…

October 23rd, 2006

… like for instance how does DNS work, what happens during a heart attack, what is a brand and how does Internet search work?

Why, with a concept map, of course!

Concept map excerpts

Each map takes a difficult—almost mystical—subject and attempts to rigorously map out its many complexities and relationships.

Email is dead

October 20th, 2006

At least according to Dave Shea it is:too much spam, and no effective way to deal with it.

The spam has started to flood in recently for me too, and Dave’s post gave me the kick up the jacksy I needed. I’ve dediced to trial Google Hosted Services.

Unbelievable but true, I hadn’t actually used Googlemail before and needless to say I’m *very* impressed with the interface. Google calendar let’s me import my iCal calendars, brill. All I need to find out is if Googlemail will also let me download my email into Mail app, imap or pop, don’t really mind.

Find music you like

July 6th, 2006

Can you help me discover more music that I’ll like?

Yes, Pandora can, as it happens. You start by entering a favorite artist or song, then Pandora looks in it’s database for songs with similar musical qualities and starts suggesting them. You can tell it you like or dislike the song and it acts on that.

Funny thing is that in FireFox I didn’t have to register to start using it, but in IE I did?

It’s all wrapped into a pretty cool Flash interface as well.

Progress not always progress

June 15th, 2006

Chris Hoyland climbs to the top of Everest in period clothing, made of gabardine, wool, cotton and silk. He proves that the clothing is both lighter and more breathable while being as wind- and waterproof.

This brings him one step closer proving that maybe Mallory got to the top Everest before Norgay and Hillary did.

What a story…

Diet Coke and Mentos: scary

June 5th, 2006

Mad scientist emulates the Bellagio fountains with nothing but Diet Coke and Mentos.

The first part of this video demonstrates a simple geyser, and the second part shows just how extreme it can get. Over one hundred jets of soda fly into the air in less than three minutes.