Who I Am, Where I Am And What I Do: July 2011

Hi. I’m Phil Nelson. I make websites from my orbital platform which is currently hovering above the city of San Francisco. I use Twitter a lot, and have a Facebook account, as well as being on LinkedIn and Foursquare. I sometimes post bits and pieces of my design work to Dribbble. I’ve also made some stuff:

  • PNGPress: an application for Mac OS X which makes PNG images smaller, which makes your web pages load faster. It costs 99 cents on the Mac App Store.

  • Liblr: A little word replacement toy for Twitter. It lets you replace any word or phrase in the pubic Twitter stream with any other word or phrase. The results can be quite amusing, and overall it is good silly fun. Personal favorite: Replace the word “mad” with the word “fat”

  • Kreskin: Kreskin takes the title of random Wikipedia page, the last three words from a random quote, and a random Flickr image to create the cover of an album by a fictional band.

  • Kove: Kove is collaboratively created/edited adventure book, similar to but legally distinct from the books published under the Choose Your Own Adventure umbrella. It is named after 1980s actor Martin Kove.

  • la petite url: la petite url is a WordPress plugin which provides a self-hosted, customizable, URL shortener, for use on Twitter and stuff. Having your own short URLs gives people important context as to where the links you’re posting lead to. John August uses it. How rad is that?

  • Tybor: A chatterbot you can have a conversation with.

  • T-Shirts & Stickers: I’ve also created a couple t-shirt and sticker designs which are for sale on RedBubble.com. They’re pretty great. You should buy some. Toys and oatmeal don’t buy themselves.

That’s about it for now. Let’s be friends all over everything everywhere. K? Good.

Happy Jack Mulraney, the Joker of the 19th century.

From the indispensable blog of Jess Nevins:

Still another Gopher of distinction was Happy Jack Mulraney, so called because he always appeared to be laughing. However, his smile was caused by a partial paralysis of the muscles of his face. In reality Happy Jack was a verjuiced person and very sensitive about his deformity; when his chieftains wished to enrage him against an enemy they told him that slighting remarks had been made about his permanent grin. Happy Jack was finally sent to prison for the murder of Paddy the Priest, who owned a saloon in Tenth avenue and was a staunch friend of Happy Jack’s until he asked the gangster why he did not laugh on the other side of his face. Happy Jack then shot him and for good measure robbed the till.