December 3rd, 2003

Link Farm

These are random links I've been hanging on to; I don't surf nearly as much as I used to, but my bookmarks list has somehow gotten so full that I can never find the thing I'm looking for, so I'm sticking things here for the moment. Oh, yeah, and they may amuse you. -g-

  • Slickrun is a clever little utility that allows you to create command-line shortcuts for your PC - so you type a single word into the floating command line and open Word, or a particular web page, and so on. What's interesting about it is that it's a return to older forms and formats of technology - and while it may be aimed primarily at the aging-geek population, it assumes that there's some future to a command-line interface for people who wouldn't already be using one without their shortcuts, setup, etc. I also find it pretty interesting that slashdot is in their "News and Commentary" section. Again, considering their audience, not a surprise, but I suspect they aren't just marketing to existing slashdotters ...

  • Let Them Sing It For You takes clips of famous people singing various words and combines them so that you get famous singers performing the text you enter. The database is still small, and it would be more interesting if you could see what songs the clips were coming from, but it's a clever project overall.

  • Amazon Explorer is a super visual interface to the Amazon database. What I think is even more interesting is how it reveals the assumptions we make about a page based on its visual appearance: what's a normal loading time for a regular web page seems insufferably long when the interface is so slick and responsive.

  • And, on a similar note, the Stanford Credibility Research Team found that people tend to trust sites more based on their design and navigation rather than any actual policies or reputation the site may have. Not new news, but still creepy.

  • Finish your game! Playing games is actually good for you, though I suspect the results the study found may have had as much to do with the chance to procrastinate freely and let your willpower rest and recover (as per this article).

  • On a more random note, this little toy makes me want to mess around with PHP imaging stuff. Fotonotes is a way cooler example of this, but it's so damn impressive that it's kind of inimidating. Start small, Jess!

  • And, of particular professional interest, the Marvel Universe is a social network that shares many properties of real-life ones. Who knew?

Whew. Linked out.
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Look! A Meme!

1. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
2. Am I loveable?
3. How long have you known me?
4. When and how did we first meet?
5. What was your first impression?
6. Do you still think that way about me now?
7. What do you think my weakness is?
8. Do you think I'll get married?
9. What makes me happy?
10. What makes me sad?
11. What reminds you of me?
12. If you could give me anything what would it be?
13. How well do you know me?
14. When's the last time you saw me?
15. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't?
16. Do you think I could kill someone?
17. Describe me in one word.
18. Do you think our friendship is getting stronger/weaker/or staying the same?
19. Do you feel that you could talk to me about anything and I would listen?
20. Are you going to put this on your livejournal and see what I say about you?

(For those not familiar with how this stuff works, I think you're supposed to answer the questions in my comments. I won't be offended if you think memeification is too silly, either. -g-)
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