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7/3/2014

Namez: it’s a good problem to attack, as I’m sure a huge portion of the population has difficult-to-pronounce names. However, it’s a longstanding problem that people have been working around for forever, no one would ever pay for this service, and people with hard-to-pronounce names are more likely to have thicker accents that make their recorded pronunciations hard to understand—compounding the problem.

6/27/2014

The Simpsons in CSS: holy crap, that’s slick!

6/1/2012

Google World Wonders Project: this is fascinating. {via}

5/3/2012

INCREDIBOX: enh, kinda cool, I guess.

4/9/2012

Writers Diet: cut the flabanche.

4/6/2012

Google Maps Floor Plans: I could see retail locations participating in this, but who else would?!

3/27/2012

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON Image Generator: irritating meme.

3/9/2012

Numbers API: cool way to assess number facts.

12/16/2011

Share a secret – One Time: nice little idea.

12/6/2011

Google Search for “sin(x)+0.5*sin(2*x)+0.333333*sin(3*x)”: now with graphing.

11/29/2011

Google Maps: that is nuts—wait until Google Street View goes indoors as well. Oh, never mind.

10/11/2011

WeatherSpark: man, that is a rich interface to put it mildly.

9/13/2011

Nerdy Day Trips: nothing in Arizona?! Well, I guess that’s probably true.

5/11/2011

How The Martha Graham Google Logo is Animated (Short Explanation): wowsers, impressive technique.

3/28/2011

How Google Works: it’s an amazing piece of work.

12/17/2010

Books Ngram Viewer: see the evolution of language.

12/16/2010

Mapping America — Census Bureau 2005-9 American Community Survey: this is a fun little tool.

11/11/2010

Reddit User Stylesheet: now it looks like you’re not being unproductive. {via}

8/12/2010

FriendMosaic: neat idea. Here’s mine.

8/11/2010

Hidden features of Google: there’s some really good Google tips in there.

“How black people use Twitter”: good look into this phenomenon that I’ve wondered about for a long time. I agree about the “tight-knit cluster” hypothesis.

8/8/2010

JS1k: cool stuff in very little JavaScript. I like the gravity simulator

8/5/2010

Edison: online tool to help you experiment with your life.

Books of the world, stand up and be counted! All 129,864,880 of you.: fascinating look into the task of counting books.

7/15/2010

Comic Fireball: Chrome extension to change Daring Fireball‘s font to Comic Sans and Marker Felt. (Note to non-avid readers of DF: John Gruber hates those two fonts.) {via}

7/1/2010

A Sliding Alternative to CAPTCHA?: love it. But what about the “I don’t have hands you insensitive clod!” crowd? {via}

1/13/2010

First-Person Tetris: awesome idea, highly disorienting in practice.

12/8/2009

Google Living Stories: not a fan of the name, but the idea behind it is intriguing. It’s like a minimally-sourced, whiter-spaced Techmeme.

11/25/2009

CSS3 Sideways Google: from the because-they-can department.

11/20/2009

Scroll Clock: mesmerizing.

11/18/2009

Google Image Swirl: very cool way of looking at Google Images, sort of like mind mapping meets photos. I liked the one for “ghost town”—if you look in the second row, there’s a stack from the movie of the same name—and “Frank Lloyd Wright.”

11/16/2009

Google Translate: I love the new look and AJAXified translation. Avez-vous vu mon chat malodorant?

11/13/2009

Awkward Suggestions: no one lies to a search box. Very fascinating. {via}

Pacman: Pac-Man version run off of Google Maps. It’s a little rough around the edges.

11/5/2009

Twoogie: oh yeah. Update Twitter à la Doogie Howser’s journal. It’s damn slow, though: are they running it on his 286?

4/29/2009

Dickensurl.com: a URL lengthener that takes a long URL and turns it into a URL with a quote from Charles Dickens.

4/9/2009

Tweeting Cat Door: cat door that tweets when a cat enters or exits along with a picture. Uhh.

4/7/2009

Zappos Map: not my scene, but damn if I didn’t sit mesmerized by it all the same.

3/6/2009

MINI Augmented Reality Ad: another good example of the sort of technology also used in this GE one. {via}

2/3/2009

Cornify: make any site suitable for little girls to visit.

1/14/2009

SecretTweet.com: why use post cards when tweets are so much quicker. No funky graphics though.

10/28/2008

Amazon Windowshop: sure, it’s a little Apple derivative but it’s a great idea and I bet it makes Amazon a killing.

10/15/2008

Palin as President: click around, you betcha. {via}

10/13/2008

Where is Your Username registered: nice service. I went ahead and registered my username at a couple of places where it was available. {via}

10/10/2008

Suicide Kittens: moderately enjoyable. Meh.

9/30/2008

Google Circa 2001: they’ve restored the index that was present back then. I’m glad that I’ve moved up from result #7 to result #4 for my name. {via}

9/5/2008

Flickr Memory Game: Ze Frank’s little Flash app that uses your photographs in a game of memory.

9/2/2008

Google Maps – Missile Over Utah: I have no idea how people spot these things but I’m glad they do.

8/20/2008

SlickSpeed: benchmark test suite that compares the various Javascript frameworks. I really like how they did it even though MooTools came in third. Maybe the head in Subversion blasts the others out of the park and this is a marketing ploy. My, I’m cynical, aren’t I? {via}

8/13/2008

Wordle: I saw this a while ago but I never checked it out. It takes a document and generates a tag cloud for it, so you can see for some reason which words occur a lot. {via}

8/12/2008

Ball: this neat, simple game provided conclusive proof that I am an uncoordinated, robotic oaf.

8/1/2008

Bowser’s Minions: addresses all the underlying arbitrariness of the Super Mario Brothers franchise. The ending really ties it all together. {via}

7/31/2008

Delicious: I miss del.icio.us and the geeky undesign of the previous version but I have to say that the individual’s page is better. And at least I still have my extension—it never changes up on me. *sniff*

7/29/2008

Super Mario Brothers Tribute in 20 Lines of Javascript: the lines are a little long, but I’ll concede them the point.

Fake Twitter Status: now that’s some choice parody right there. {via}

7/25/2008

Unicode Graphic Domains: neat. I forgot that their were dingbats in Unicode. D’oh.

7/10/2008

Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America: this is a really neat visualization. {via}

7/7/2008

Totem Destroyer: excellent little Flash game. I played until I beat it and wished there were more levels. {via}

6/26/2008

ExpressionEngine v2.0 Sneak Preview: mmmmm, CMS-y.

6/25/2008

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles, California: Lost would have been very different using these directions. (And what’s with the Washington detour?)

6/13/2008

Field Guide to Firefox 3: I’ve been using the release candidates and 3 is pretty different from previous versions. And it is officially released on June 17th so get yourself prepared for the upcoming changes now.

5/21/2008

Google Maps Street View Scene: boy I hope that’s not a real gun!

5/17/2008

Favrd: Twitter API service that shows you tweets that have been favorited. Gah, neologism overload!

5/13/2008

Instant Rimshot: this is terribly useful!

3/28/2008

Cubo: Kottke calls it creepy but I think it’s realistic enough—past the valley. {via}

3/14/2008

Down for Everyone or Just Me?: this is a very useful service—it validates that some site is having problems and it’s not just your pathetic computer. {via}

3/13/2008

Password Checker: nice little implementation from Microsoft. Happy to say that my password algorithm was always green.

2/29/2008

The Meme Obfuscation Machine: I just whipped this up. It’s an easy way to mask a meme or prank. And I think the only cost for me is domain registration since it uses very little bandwidth.

2/14/2008

Animator vs. Animation – The Game: a more interactive version of those awesome videos I’ve covered before.

1/23/2008

The Budget Graph – A Visual Guide to Your Taxes: the Flash version of the poster is really kewl.

1/8/2008

IE7.js: awesome Javascript library to make IE5-IE7 behave.

1/7/2008

Cursor * 10: fun little Flash game. I got to Level 11 at best. I’m not sure how one could get to Level 16 but I’m no gamer. {via}

12/31/2007

WordPress.com: what’s with the falling snow? I’ve seen this on a few sites this winter. Is it retro 2003 or something? I look forward to letters that follow the cursor around the screen.

12/30/2007

Factory Balls: I could only get to Level 9 once I figured out how to play it. (Incidentally, you drag a ball onto one of the tools or through a succession of tools until you get it to match the one on the box. Once it matches, you complete the level.) {via}

12/24/2007

Handbell Hero: guitars are so tired, handbells are wired.

12/20/2007

Design: dang that is one slick bookmarklet! Kind of like XRAY but more for layout. {via}

12/14/2007

We Love Holiday Sweaters: design your own Christmas sweater. There is no limit to its garishness. Unfortunately, there’s no way to save or share your creation.

Amazon SimpleDB: I am in awe of Amazon. It would be incredible if in a decade Amazon’s revenue primarily does not come from ecommerce. The other amazing thing is that applications built on their EC2, S3, and now SDB platforms really don’t have anywhere else to go; I wonder if that’ll result in a backlash eventually.

12/9/2007

Rotten Neighbor: look for the crazies before you move into a house. Of course, without names, it’s impossible to know if the reports are current. {via}

12/7/2007

Google Chart API: that is so cool. 50K queries per day seems like a reasonable amount.

12/6/2007

Comet Daily: ooo, now this is interesting. It’s the yang to Ajax’s yin in that it pushes server-side events up to client-side Javascript. And it’s surprisingly mature—surprisingly in that I’d never heard about it until Simon Willison’s entry.

11/30/2007

Universal Digital Library: 1.5 million volumes digitized by Carnegie-Mellon. My favorite grammar book is in there!

11/29/2007

Google Maps for Mobile – My Location: this new feature uses cell phone towers to discern your 10-20. From tests at work and home, I’d say that cell phone towers must disclose their ZIP codes because that seems to be as close as it’s getting for me.

11/23/2007

NPR – Intelligence Squared: damn, that looks like some seriously hott debate! There’s also a limey version but they’ve got some weird accents and I’m not sure that it’s even English.

11/17/2007

Nymbler: not too shabby for a baby naming wizard. You put in some names that you like and it returns other names that you’d probably also like. {via}

11/14/2007

Kiddie Records Weekly: awesome children’s music and recordings from the 40s and 50s. {via}

11/12/2007

VisuWords: ho hum. This is so much more useful than say a dictionary or thesaurus.

11/7/2007

MINI #37: I’m in mid-download right now but it’s a MINI arcade racer around the streets of two South African cities. {via}

Crabb’s English Synonymes: I have this edition of the book and I love it. It’s not a thesaurus: it’s a way to see the nuances and gradations of a particular word’s synonyms.

11/2/2007

Huge URL: saw this one coming a mile away, but I don’t know why it took so long. There’s also DecentURL if you prefer meaning in your URLs. {via}

10/23/2007

Happy Median: this is a rockin’ animated GIF! {via}

10/20/2007

Pumpkin Carving: slightly amusing.

10/16/2007

PicUrls: the best pictures of the social bookmarking sites. Very useful.

Library Arcade: library-themed online Flash games. And boy are they as fun as you’d expect. The “I’ll Get It” isn’t too shabby, I guess.

10/13/2007

ZIP Skinny: cool demographic site that lets you compare ZIP codes to neighboring ZIP codes.

9/18/2007

Weird Converter: useful site if you ever wanted to convert between Jennifer Anistons and Tom Cruises (1 Aniston = 0.55 Cruise) or between Oregon Trails and flaccid penises (1 to 3,3792,000, for your edification).

9/8/2007

Bloxorz: quite addictive little game. I didn’t even read the instructions! {via}

8/27/2007

Moan My IP: uhh. NSFW.

7/24/2007

Statetris: Tetris-like game using the United States as the pieces. Not nearly as hard as I’d like.

7/22/2007

University of Illinois Digitized Book of the Week: gorgeous scans of old books. {via}