2010 Jun 9, 3:31
"A 'geo' URI identifies a physical location in a two- or three-dimensional coordinate reference system in a compact, simple, human-readable, and protocol-independent way."
2010 Jun 7, 2:40
Maps of where tourists vs locals take photos in major cities like New York, San Francisco, etc. based on geotagged photos on Flickr.
2010 Jun 3, 6:32
Angie's photos from my wedding. There are some excellent bunny slipper photos in there.
2010 Jun 1, 6:46
"Metalink describes download locations (mirrors), cryptographic hashes, and other information. Clients can transparently use this information to reliably transfer files."
2010 May 27, 8:53
2010 May 24, 6:26
"What You See is What They Get: Protecting users from unwanted use of microphones, cameras, and other sensors," by Jon Howell and Stuart Schechter.
"We introduce the sensor-access widget, a graphical user interface element that resides within an application's display. The widget provides an animated representation of the personal data being
collected by its corresponding sensor, calling attention to the application's attempt to collect the data."
Not sure how well that scales...
2010 May 19, 1:56
Google offers up a directory of fonts available for use in your css.
2010 Apr 21, 6:51
Adds SHA 256 & 512 to HTTP instance digest: 'The IANA registry named "Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Digest Algorithm Values" defines values for digest algorithms used by Instance Digests in
HTTP. Instance Digests in HTTP provide a digest, also known as a checksum or hash, of an entire representation of the current state of a resource. This document adds new values to the registry and
updates previous values.'
2010 Apr 21, 6:48
"The Web Open Font Format, already backed by Mozilla and many type foundries was accepted by the World Wide Web Consortium yesterday, marking the first stage in its standardization. The submission
included a surprising new sponsor: Microsoft."
2010 Apr 20, 9:34 2010 Apr 16, 1:08
Analysis of a potentially time travelling individual captured in a 40s photo "Reopening of the South Fork Bridge after flood in Nov. 1940".
2010 Apr 11, 3:55
Humour infographic backlash infographic.
2010 Apr 11, 3:53
Has graphs of browser usage by version over time to show upgrade speed for Chrome, IE, and Firefox. Chrome has a lovely graph.
2010 Mar 12, 1:28
It was relatively easy, although still more difficult than I would have guessed, to hook my bespoke website's Atom feed up to Google Buzz. I already have a Google email account and associated
profile so Buzz just showed up in my Gmail interface. Setting it up it offered to connect to my YouTube account or my Google
Chat account but I didn't see an option to connect to an arbitrary RSS or Atom feed like I expected.
But of course hooking up an arbitrary Atom or RSS feed is documented. You hook it up in the same manner you
claim a website as your own via the Google Profile (for some reason they want to ensure you own the feed connected to your Buzz account). You do this via Google's social graph API which uses XFN or
FOAF. I used XFN by simply adding a link to my feed to my Google profile (And be sure to check the 'This is a profile page about me' which ensures that a rel="me" tag is added to the HTML on your
profile. This is how XFN works.) And by adding a corresponding link in my feed back to my Google profile page with the following:
atom:link rel="me" href="http://www.google.com/profiles/david.risney"
I used this Google tool to check my XFN connections
and when I checked back the next day my feed showed up in Google Buzz's
So more difficult than I would have expected (more difficult than just an 'Add your feed' button and textbox) but not super difficult. And yet after reading this Buzz from DeWitt Clinton I feel better about opting-in to Google's Social API.
2010 Mar 5, 6:06
iPhone vs Android adoption per state and per gender. Apparently I'm out of my demographic with my G1.
2010 Feb 22, 5:52
Analysis of Facebook friend connections by US cities to determine partitioning of the US.
2010 Feb 19, 3:20
Bing Maps blog post on their integration of Flickr photos onto their street side view. Very cool
2010 Feb 5, 8:00
Font stats on Mac and PC respectively.
2010 Feb 4, 2:07
Infographic oil paintings of things like the historical influences of avant garde or the life of Frank Zappa.
2010 Jan 28, 4:20
Graph of encodings used by documents on the web. Unicode based encodings are thankfully on the rise.