12 September 2008

StackOverflow.com (beta) is made of distilled awesome

Stack Overflow will be a questions & answers site for programmers. A reputation/experience points and “bagdes” system comparable to those of online gaming systems are what’s supposed to drive people to the service, making the intended audience (easily distracted programmer types) forget about their jobs and ruining their lives further.

In addition to giving social advantages to people who ask good questions and give useful answers, the innovation of the system is described as a mix of features from digg/reddit voting sites, wikis and forums. Most notably, the site is entirely usable for anonymous users, keeping it easy to ask questions quickly. The reputation-tracking accounts use OpenID.

The project’s blog is now offering a beta access code, giving anyone who’s interested access to the site before its launch next Monday. Having played with the site earlier in the beta stage, I can wholeheartedly recommend anyone who might need help with coding to take a look at this.

11 September 2008

More Cowbell!

This is more fun than the original skit. There’s a good summary on Metafilter:

“Upload a song, experience the fever. Adds a synchronized cowbell and Walken track to any song. Part of The Echo Nest’s launch of its developer site where anyone can access our audio analysis, search capabilites or data feeds (tags / reviews / posts for any artist, all automatically.) The Python code of the cowbell renderer is also now available as an example in the open-source Echo Nest Remix API.”

I tried a few tracks. Some tracks obviously work better than others: Cecilia, Do What You Wanna Do, Jingo, Jitterbug (from the beginning of “Mulholland Dr.”), Killing In The Name, Midlife Crisis, Regular John, Stinkfist.



27 August 2008

Ubiquity for Firefox: short commands for “instant mashups”

See also: Ubiquity on the Mozilla Wiki, Vimeo link to the video.


25 August 2008

The History of I Can Has Cheezburger

“At the Gnomedex conference […], I Can Has Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh talked about the genesis of the site, and some of the milestones it has gone through as it has become not only a household name but the vanguard–if not the originator–of one of the most popular memes ever to hit cyberspace.”

The slides from Huh’s talk are available as a pdf (backup copy)

[via:laughingsquid’s link feed]

21 August 2008

About time: Flickr Adds Fullscreen Photo Slideshow With Embed Option

[via:Laughing Squid]

6 August 2008

Worldle: generating “word clouds” from text that you provide

“Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.”


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