- Glassbooth – Quiz to help you choose best 2008 presidential candidate
- Glassboth lets you see where each candidate stands in relation to the issues that matter to you through the used of a weighted quiz. Slick interface that I found very easy to use and understand. Even if you’ve alredy made up your mind I recommend you check it out.
- Byline – Google Reader on the go.
- If you use Google Reader, and you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch you should check out Phantom Fish’s Byline. Byline is essentially a Google Reader client that syncs so you don’t need a network connection at all times (and it offers features missing from Googles own iPhone interface, like an oldest post first view). It’s not perfect, but I find it a vastly preferable in most cases to the Google Reader iPhone web interface.
- Shyamalan Talks ‘Unbreakable’ Sequel
- Seems to me that M. Night Shyamalan doesn’t exactly rule it out, but there’s no “it’s happening” in here. Still “Ubreakable” is probably in my top 10 list of films, and I’d love to see where it goes next.
- My Life With Gwen Stacy,Or, How an audiobook narrator redeemed his misspent youth reading comic books by getting to the bottom of the greatest comic book mystery of all time: Who killed Spider-Man’s girlfriend?
- Scott Brick, one of my all time favorite audiobook narrators, recounts the story behind his 1998 Comic Buyer’s Guide article “Who Killed Gwen Stacy?”, which delved into the creative decisions behind killing off Spider-Man’s girlfriend in 1973. Like most of Scott’s posts it’s also available in audio.
- Web 2.Rockstar: The robotic tale of Jonathon Coulton
- Ars Technica offers a nice JoCo primer, and how he succeded where the underpants gnomes failed. “When I first started the important thing was audience: if I can reach enough people, that’s leverage, or power, and maybe that leads to something that does make money.” Has some interesting thoughts on labels, and what may replace them in the future.
Links of Interest (January 31st 2008 through February 19th 2008)
- Crime podcast novel gets HUGE boost in advertising
- Video of a digital billboard advertising for Seth Harwood’s “Jack Wakes Up”
Tags: Podiobooks, podcast, Audiobooks, Seth Harwood, Jack Palms, Jack Wakes Up, video,
- The parseInt gotcha
- CSS Tools: Reset CSS
- Eric Meyer’s Reset style-sheet (now in its permanent home, with versions numbers). Including this should reduce browser inconsistencies, and help you not to rely on undefined default behaviors.
Tags: CSS, tools, reset, development, Eric Meyer, webdesign,
- CSS Tools: Diagnostic CSS
- Eric Meyer’s diagnostic.css (now in its permanent home). Including this stylesheet will highlight elements that are incomplete and may be degrading the user experience.
Tags: CSS, testing, tools, webdesign, diagnostics, Eric Meyer,
- Jason Bateman Confirms “Arrested Development” Movie Talks
- I cannot begin to express how much I hope this comes to pass.
Tags: Arrested Development, TV, movie,
- Amazon acquires Audible for $300 million
- This caught be by surprise. Hopefully it will remain mostly unchanged, although adding stereo support to all the stereo BBC programs they carry would be nice.
Tags: Amazon, Audiobooks, audible.com,
Links of Interest (January 9th 2008 through January 25th 2008)
- Playing for Keeps Characters – Set 1
- Three of the character cards Natalie Metzger produced for Mur Lafferty’s “Playing for Keeps”. Shown side by side with the black and wite ink versions.Tags: artwork, Natalie Metzger, Mur Lafferty, Playing for Keeps,
- Fresh Pics of Mulder & Scully
- Slice of Sci Fi has three photos of Mulder & Scully from the new X-Files movie. There nothing super special, but seeing these I’m a lot more excited about seeing this when it comes out.Tags: X-Files, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, movie,
- Scott Brick Presents
- One of my all time favorite audiobook narrators, Scott Brick, has launched a blog. If you’ve never heard one of his productions I recommend you seek one out and give it a listen.Tags: Audiobooks, Scott Brick,
- New PDF reading software for Sony Reader: Reflowing and resizing will help cope with small-screen issues
- Apparently Sony Reader is going to have a way to reflow and resize PDFs for reading. My opinion is the PDF is the single worst e-book distribution method, but this would at least make them usable. Hopefully other devices follow suit.Tags: PDF, Sony Reader, e-books,
Links of Interest (September 7th 2007 through September 20th 2007)
- Lincoln’s $5 bill gets a colorful makeover
- I was just thinking, boy I wish this $5 bill had a big purple number on it (of course I was hoping the number was $1,000,000, but you can’t win them all).
- The future keepers
- Philip K. Dick’s children work to ensure the influential author’s cinematic legacy. I hope it works out because there have been some less than stellar adaptations of some truly amazing stories.
- Animal Magnetism: Making O’Reilly Animals
- History of the animal designs on O’Reilly’s book covers.
- Record Industry Proves Again How Much They?ve Lost The Plot
- Say hello to the Ringle!
- Floatutorial: Step by step CSS float tutorial
- Exceptionally detailed tutorials on floats.
Links of Interest (August 16th 2007 through August 22nd 2007)
- Launch: Google Earth Adds Sky
- Google Earth adds a “Switch between Sky and Earth” button. The Sky view is made up of over 1 million photographs. Nice!
- Sigler v. Hendrix Webscab Smackdown
- On September 19th 2007 Terry Bison will moderate a debate between Scott Sigler and Howard Hendrix revolving around releasing works of fiction online for free (you know, webscabs).
- That Yawn After Lunch Is Perfectly Normal
- Feel sleepy after lunch? Here’s why. I agree with the suggestion of a short nap. Around 2pm on weekends I usually hit a wall, after which I’m not productive. A 10 minute nap is enough to stave that off for me.
- Where you fall in poll of U.S. reading habits
- Apparently one in four Americans read no books last year. Those who did, read four on average. I wonder if the poll took audiobooks into account.
- Warner Bros. Follows the Yellow Brick Road
- Warner wants to create a new Oz film. Todd McFarlane is involved. I love the Oz books. I do not have high hopes for this movie.
- Sucking it up with the new Roomba
- C|NET looks at the new Roomba 500 series from iRobot. We’re pretty happy with our existing Roomba. My kids talk to it sometimes.
- The Best Software for Mac OS X
- I’m new to Mac OS X, but this looks like an worthwhile list of applications.
- Author King ‘mistaken for vandal’
- Stephen King was mistaken for a vandal when he started signing books in an Australian book shop. I admit I’ve imagined having books on the shelves and just going in and signing them. Never really thought it through though.
Links of Interest (August 7th 2007 through August 15th 2007)
- Doubles champ
- Interview in the New Zeland Herald with Jemaine Clement. Discusses his new movie Eagle vs Shark, and the possibility of a second season for Flight of the Conchords on HBO.
- Television Studios Embrace BitTorrent
- It appears an exec at Warner Brothers Television used his neighbor’s child to leak the “Pushing Daisies” pilot via BitTorrent to help increase it’s exposure.
- The Optimus Prime PC Case Mod
- PC case transforms into a 6’10” Optimus Prime. Images with and without Autobot Matrix of Leadership.
- I Return To Doctor Who And Meet Kylie Minogue
- Colin Baker visits the set of the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special “Voyage of the Damned”.
- Inflatable dress turns into a chair for impromptu sits
- Feel like sitting down? Walk around for a bit in this dress and it will turn into a chair. Why? I have no clue.
Links of Interest (April 27th 2007 through April 28th 2007)
- The Dragon Page » Contest: Crystal Rain Giveaway
- In honor of the May 2007 paperback release of Crystal Rain, author Tobias Buckell has graciously consigned us 3 signed hardcover copies to give away to Dragon Page listeners
- Ninjawords – a really fast dictionary
- Finally a dictionary where you don’t have to know how to spell the word before looking up how to spell the word. Pulls from Wiktionary and Princeton WordNet. I especially like that you can lookup multiple words at once (use commas to separate). Oh and
- MythShow 07
- Interview with Mur Lafferty
- Transcription of the Panel at Lunacon 2007
- A transcription of the ‘Ask The Editors’ panel at the 2007 Lunacon, recorded by John Joseph Adams, and featuring Douglas Cohen, Marvin Kaye, Hildy Silverman, and Wendy S. Delmater. Contains link to mp3.
- User-Generated Content Is Top Threat to Media and Entertainment Industry, Accenture Survey Finds
- Media and entertainment executives see the growing ability and eagerness of individuals to create their own content as one of the biggest threats to their business, according to results of a survey released today by Accenture.
- First look: Downey forges a bond with ‘Iron Man’ role – USATODAY.com
- Look like this could be good (please let it be good).
‘Dursin the Firestarter’ Hits the Net
The first time I saw YouTube I knew this day would come. It was only a matter of time. Dursin the Firestarter is online (well, so far just the first scene).
“What is Dursin the Firestarter?”, you ask. Back when I was in high school Dursin and John used to make a lot of movies. The greatest of these was Dursin the Firestarter, a feature length remake of the original trilogy of earlier shorts (Matt Dursin the Incredible Firestarter, Dursin the Firestarter Part 2, and Dursin the Firestarter Part 3). It may not be a great film, but it is amusing. I have a small roll in there somewhere (in fact you can see me in the movie poster), and I provided some of the sound effects in the latter half of the film. Check it out. Be warned that the film would definitely get an R rating for language, so it may not be work safe.