Jack Bauer fighting the thingies he fights in a pre .com world.
Go ahead, try.
Now stop trying and just go watch it. Pagers, Prodigy and telephone booths. 24 hours went by much more slowly in 1994.
is sort of boring. I mean, we all talk about eye candy, and interesting information design, and usability ...
But who talks about sound design?
Okay, it's annoying to come across a web-page that has been sound enabled and immediately starts blaring some candy coated crap that would even send a MySpace user howling, but audio could be so much more. Luckily, there are one or two people out there thinking about the use of audio on the web. Even luckier, there are one or two sites that actually have something worth hearing.
Speakerson.net is a project that has mapped out Battersea Park in London. An audio map. Put your headphones on, close your eyes and navigate your way around the park, absorbing the ambience without fear of tripping over a rock.
It's an interesting experiment that is well worth your time. It's also a perfect example of why there are times when flash just can't be beat ...
just cats. Cats sitting in front of computers looking at images of other cats. Who were looking at cats. A potentially infinite regression of cats.
Someone, somewhere, with too much time on their hands and some extra server space at their disposal cam up with the clever idea of taking a picture of their cat looking at a picture of another cat. Now there are more than 1000 pictures of cats looking at cats looking...
blink tags, nested tables, bad graphics and even worse color schemes?
Or maybe idealism, euphoria, anticipation, and unbridled optimism?
I remember both, and as much as I am glad to be rid of the one set, I dealry miss the other. That's why I had to smile when I came across Happychild. It's a web timecapsule, preserving the bad design and idealistic hopes of a now mostly jaded first gen web.
To quote the site, Happychild is:
"building an index of Educational
Resources available on the Internet for
schools, parents and children,
constructing a network of links
to schools in many countries,
and publicising initiatives
helping less fortunate children,
wherever they may be."
That's something I can appreciate. Almost as much as I can appreciate how difficult it must be to resist the temptation to update the site in the direction of the 21st century. Someday your children just might thank them it...
made some waves with his initial blog post about the iPhone. Big Waves.
Aside from the fact that everyone and their gadget loving dogs had to read it, he managed to impress some of those stuffy print types who needed to find a way to make their online presence more interesting. They asked Mr. Fry to write a weekly column about gadgets for the Guardian Weekend.
Which is a good thing, because the man is an entertaining writer who has brought a refreshing voice to the world of gadgetry.
It's a bad thing because the Guardian homepage (like so many oldmedia sites) sucks.
I would love to be able to post a link to some kind of overview of his postings, but I can't, because there doesn't seem to be one. I would love to be able to give you a link to his rss feed, but I can't, because (you know what's coming right?) there isn't one.
In other wods, you are forced to go to the main site of the weekend guardian and then scroll around searching through the uninspired headlines about useless subjects until you manage to stumble upon the link to his article.
I can give you the links to his first and second columns, columns that were written at the cost of his blog, which hasn't been updated as often as some of us had hoped. Oh well. At least he's writing something worth reading...