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Dave Shea on Why He’s Backing HTML5

The points he makes are good ones, and I agree with most of them. The comments are pretty lively on this one, but seem civilized.

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“SPELLING WITH MY BRAIN”

Using a neural interface to send twitter messages.

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Braid Artist David Hellman Releases The Game’s Art Resources

A bit late for the initial craze, but I’m sure the quality of fan-made stuff will only go up. Includes: Level icons, animated GIFs, and some gorgeous wallpapers.

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WHEAT, INVINCIBLE

Your headline of the evening: “Washington scientists make wheat impervious to death.”

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O’Reilly’s Round-up of iPhone Application Statistics

Lots of interesting data. As a commenter notes, the “ratings” metric should be taken with a grain of salt. Instead of defaulting to “no” stars (and possibly prompting the user to choose a rating if they’ve not done so) the App Store defaults to 1 star. Since it doesn’t require you to select a star, there are a lot of positive-to-middling reviews with 1 star ratings.

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“What’s The Twitshirt Thing?”

Twitshirt launched yesterday (16 April 2009) and provide a service that I’m sure many people would/will give their patronage to: The printing of individual tweets on t-shirts, on-demand. Since the t-shirt is the defining medium of this generation, and vanity publishing is in full vogue, it only makes sense that a business model which combines the two could succeed, and handily. They kinda fucked it up, though.

The problem: Twitshirt did not ask permission to sell the words of the authors of the tweets they printed. The author could opt-out, but that is at best a poor solution. It, without question, should be opt-in.

Today Twitshirt.com is down with a message saying, “We’ve heard your feedback-thank you. We’re reversing the polarity.”

Admitting one is wrong is not an easy thing to do, especially in public. Hopefully a relaunched Twitshirt will do what it should’ve in the first place: ask.

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Court Jails Pirate Bay Founders

I’m sure the appeals process will be long:

Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail.

They were also ordered to pay $4.5m (£3m) in damages.

I feel that their attitude didn’t help them with the judge. Google still indexes millions more torrent files than TPB ever could. Why no attack against them? See also: Wired’s coverage.

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HTTP Client – Mac Tool for HTTP Debugging

Found this useful today in my tracking down a problem with la petite url.

(via Shawn Medero)

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PXR + Cufon = Pxfon

Shawn Inman’s Cufon-compatible solution for pixel fonts. Check out the generator. No anti-aliasing!

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John Madden Is Retiring

Probably the single most visible ambassador of American football is calling it quits after 50 years. A great coach, and a great announcer. Even if you didn’t like his style, you knew he cared a lot about the game.

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“The Wire” Series Bible

Found by Kottke, and presented for download along with 3 scripts from Season 1.

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Track 4chan’s Attempt To Beat Ashton Kutcher and CNN to 1M Twitter Followers

Currently adding new followers to @basementdad at a rate of about 700 per minute. See also: the 4chan thread.

both (via Waxy)

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Free as in “Me”

I cannot think of a recent read more essential than this lengthy polemic by Merlin Mann. I’d post an excerpt, but it wouldn’t do justice to the thing. Just read it.

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Digg Dropping The DiggBar For All Non-Digg Users

Finally doing the right thing, though it took them long enough.

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Matt Zoller Seitz’s “The Substance of Style”, Exploring the Influences of Wes Anderson

An essay with video annotation in five parts: Schulz, Welles, Truffaut, Martin Scorsese, Richard Lester, and Mike Nichols, Hal Ashby, J.D. Salinger and an Annotated video of the opening to The Royal Tenenbaums. See also: The House Next Door.

(via Kottke)

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Keith Starky Explains Twitter

A sample:

  1. Twain often disparaged James Fenimore Cooper, who is referred to by many as “History’s First SEO Blogger”
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My Brute

Flashed-based fighting game where you generate a character that automatically fights. Weird little game.

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[Sponsor] Threadless

Threadless doesn’t just print some of the coolest-looking shirts in the world, they also make the most comfortable ones.

If you buy something from them using my affiliate link, I get a small kickback. They’ve constantly got stuff on sale, like this selection of $9 shirts. My current favorite: The Gaming Revolution.

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Warren Ellis on Shitgaze, and Novum

Things like this just fall off of Warren when he’s taking his monthly bath, and it’s the most interesting thing I’ve read today.

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Sonic The Hedgehog Series Bible

The Sonic Bible was an internal document created by SOA to provide a localised history and overall philosophy for Sonic and the Sonic universe. It is apparently not based on the Japanese history.

The series bible for Sonic The Hedgehog from Sega’s launch of the first Sonic game in the US.