Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot


Thinking Chaos, Thinking Fences

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, March 10, 2003

One of my quarterly metrics at my day-job is that I must produce one traffic-generating gimmick per quarter. A couple of quarters back it was CapeMail (formerly GoogleMail), which, in truth, wasn't my idea in the first place. Last quarter it was probably the Web Services Primer, which isn't really gimmicky at all, but it gets a ton of traffic.

This quarter it's yet another Apple Switch satire. The original ads were great, but all of the satires that have appeared since then are all the better. Mine is, predictably, about switching to Web services. If you don't know much about technology or Web services, it'll be even less funny than it already is. That said, it does feature the line 'Web services are loosley coupled, which kinda makes them like the wife-swapping of the software industry'.

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This guy smushes stuff with his scanner and creates cool animated GIFs of the results. My favourite is the sausage and Spaghettios.

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Wonderful annotated maps of New York, based on the songline principal of Australian aborigines:

An oral cultures uses songs as the most efficient way to remember and transmit large amounts of information; the Web is our technological society's closest equivalent. Each Songline will follow a single pathway, whether it goes by one name or several; the streets I plan to follow from river to river, while the avenues will at least at first be read only in part, focusing on the upper Downtown/lower Midtown part of the island I know best.

This reminded me of Bruce Chatwin's excellent book on the subject entitled The Songlines.

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