May 2005

May 30, 2005

May 26, 2005

May 20, 2005

May 19, 2005

The Dark Side of Oz?

There’s a strange belief that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was written to be an alternative score for the Wizard of Oz. While for me the idea’s a hmph, it still sounds like fun to try.


It has 24 eyes, four parallel brains and 60 arseholes

What is the box jellyfish, A.K.A. Tripedalia cystophora. And it’s helping solve Darwin’s “how can a complex organ like the eye be explained by evolution” question.


Growing freedom

Valinnanvapaus is my favorite piece in Rikkaus, UIAH’s graphic design department’s spring exhibition. Rikkaus explores the things all around and in everyday life that make us rich.

  • This floral wallpaper background thing is getting way out of hand. Please. Stop.
  • puts crime on Google Maps. Wow.

May 18, 2005

Robert Evans meets Andrew Blake

Robert Evans, the subject of the most stupefying bio I’ve ever read, meets the “Helmut Newton of porn,” Andrew Blake. A great read. Very Thompsonesque.

  • Open Web GUI is an open source effort to create interfaces for common tasks in Web applications.

May 17, 2005


Ever since I bought Dave Eggers’s AHWOSG, Amazon has been recommending memoirs to me. Well, why not? I like memoirs, I guess. But every time Amazon sends me an email recommending a memoir — like today, for Oh the Glory of It All (not interested in the book, though I really like the cover) — I end up reading a bunch reviews of them, one after another. This doesn’t work. This just makes me feel full, like I’ve eaten too much.


May 16, 2005

May 15, 2005

Blugracu design

Whirlpool’s site is an excellent example of “blugracu design”. That’s short for: blues, grays, gradients, and curves.


May 12, 2005

May 11, 2005

MoMo’s but a blip on the blogging radar

You can tell that MobileMonday hasn’t quite hit the blogging scene in a major way yet by looking at Technocrati’s mobilemonday tag. While many Mondayers do blog, MoMo’s aren’t on the radar in any distributed way — the blips that are there are in effect shouting out their existence rather than just showing up.


May 10, 2005

Life after MobileMonday Global Summit 2005

So, now it’s over. The event itself went well, but the high point for me was the afterparty. The Mondayers from around the world and some other people (Tero Lehto, Christian Lindholm) gathered at Zetor, a faux-rustic tractor-themed bar in downtown Helsinki. I was part of the hockey-watching contigency, but I did hang out in the smoke-free side long enough to meet Mike of the Bay-area MobileMonday. We talked briefly about the interesting stuff going on with small and often independent Web apps and services (eg. It occurred to me while we were talking that it’s probably the dream of every small tech company in existence today to create something like Flickr or 43 Things.

When I feel overwhelmed by the concept of inventing something truly new (and thus worthwhile), I try to remind myself from time to time of the Google adage: the major changes in technology haven’t been sparked by the development of unique technology in itself, but by making it usable.

I also talked a bit with Christian about Lifeblog and the openness of the blogging world. I told him it’s been strange and exciting to watch the Lifeblog/Movable Type scene unfold over the last year. Christian recommended that I get a copy of Lifeblog so that I can get a firmware update of my 7610.

Coincidentally, Russell Beattie was also there. When I heard his name, I remembered I’d seen his blog, though I couldn’t remember when. Turns out, I’ve linked to his 7610 review.

And I can’t believe Finland tied 0–0 with Latvia.


Not a smashing success, but a success nontheless

Ah, well, Tuesday night (a week ago today) went well. The turnout wasn’t very good, but we had a nice time and did, in the end, come out ahead. We learned quite a few things about organizing fundraisers and parties in general (mostly don’ts). The benefactor will be presented with his stipend as soon as possible.

Thanks to Jyri, who did all the work! You did an amazing job. And thanks to everyone who came: I hope you all had fun! Who knows, maybe this will become a yearly event.

  • XAMPP is an Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl.