February 2008

Social Profile – I’m interesting and boring

by Andy Polaine on February 28, 2008


Disraeli’s quip, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” could do with “and Facebook” tagged onto it, although it wouldn’t roll off the tongue so well, I have to admit.

I just received a spam mail notification from Facebook’s Social Profile app, where friends can rate you. Here are my results:

… your strengths:

best travel companion
best scientist

… your weaknesses:

best companion on a desert island

Apart from the fact that I’m far from being a scientist – maybe the egghead and specs give that impression – how can I be the “best travel companion” and then worst “companion on a desert island”? Aren’t they the same thing?

In the words of Pauline Hanson, please explain…

[tags]facebook, socialnetworks, statistics[/tags]


Philosophical 404

by Andy Polaine on February 25, 2008

in General


I know there are plenty of 404 pages out there, but I stumbled across this one today and quite liked its minimal, haiku style.

That’s all.

(This one is amusing too).

[tags]haiku, 404[/tags]

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OLPC – I take it all back

February 24, 2008

Some will argue that I’m weak-willed, but I have made a 180-degree change of opinion on the merits of the One Laptop Per Child project thanks to Tom Coates’s article. I’ve been pretty cynical about the OLPC previously because I found the rhetoric not really matching what I had seen (limited as that was). The […]

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iPlay – interactivity without the flab

February 19, 2008

Chris just posted an interesting find called the iPlay. It’s basically an interactive playground frame game, which means that children have to run around a lot to push, pull and twist things as well as use their brains. Interactivity and play, what more can I say?

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LED Toilet Door Mix-Up Signs, Denmark

February 18, 2008

Those crazy Danes. (Image stolen from djaphrael) Amusing project over at Halfmachine which involved making toilet door signs from LEDs in a club. Of course, they can be programmed, so they switched them around based on how many times the door was opened in order to facilitate a bit of social connection. It works too, […]

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Share The Mouse on a Web Page

February 14, 2008

That’s My Mouse allows you to see share a web browsing experience with other people. You see their tag moving around as they move their mouse and any changes they make to the page. You can also add pins, write comments, etc. It has a full API and also simple Javascript snippets to add it […]

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Podcast Interview with Hector Serrano

February 14, 2008

My interview with Hector Serrano is now available on the Core77 Broadcasts page. My thanks to Hector for an entertaining chat about his playful and insightful approach to design. (Oh, and that story about that 40 year-old cloud of plastic floating off of the coast of Hawaii is explained on the Greenpeace site.) [tags]hector serrano, […]

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The Seven Stages of Falling in Love with Web Applications

February 12, 2008

Photo: eek the cat The other day I was trying to explain the emotional relationships people have social utilities and other read/write web applications (I’m trying so hard not to say Web 2.0 – Doh!). As I was explaining I realised that they are just like any other relationship in that we’re self-centred even it […]

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IKEA Complete Bedroom

February 12, 2008

I seem to be having a bit of an IKEA theme going on at the moment. Following on from the Dream Kitchen site there’s a nice new piece called The Complete Bedroom. It uses the same kind of multi-angle video technique that the other versions use, though this one is simpler. It has some nice […]

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Outside of the Internet there is no Glory

February 10, 2008

I liked this and the sentiment. It’s a poster for the Biennial in Greece from Manetas. (Via Thomas). [tags]poster, internet[/tags]

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