Monthly Archives: February 2007

Other Earths

Planetocopia, the World dream bank:

Planetocopia is a group of model worlds supporting intelligent life. Some of these worlds are set in our future, some are alternate Earths, some are purely imaginary experiments in planetology, biology, sociology. They fall into four series: Tilt!, Futures, the Biosphere Variations, and Caprices.

[via Kenneth Hite]

The geology and the maps are lovely; the biology not as much.

image preloading hack

Found on the JQuery mailing list, here’s a javascript hack to preload hidden images to a webpage, by Luke Lutman – (this is just a quick note for myself)

$(window).bind('load', function(){
var preload = [
'/images/assets/file/1.gif',
'/images/assets/file/2.gif',
'/images/assets/file/3.gif'
];
$(document.createElement('img')).bind('load', function(){
if(preload[0]) this.src = preload.shift();
}).trigger('load');
});

Feed me, see more

Every day, I do my bit to help keep the Internet read. And in my feed aggregator (Google Reader), I’ve got “Starred” items and “Shared” items. The “Shared” list looks kind of lean, perhaps because I felt a subtle pressure to tag only carefully read and reviewed, “curated” links there. The “Starred” stuff, though, is a steadily growing collection of things that “look interesting but that I don’t have the time, or the speakers, or the privacy to get to right now”. Presumably one day I’ll go through them, or not.

I should just call those “Electric Monk” items – bookmarked so that I can avoid actually reading/viewing them.

Speaking of reading feeds, a technique that’s working quite well for me and which I haven’t seen described elsewhere is to split feeds between Firefox’s Live Bookmarks and a proper feed aggregator.

I use the aggregator for feeds where I want to read (or at least skim) each entry – blogs and the like. I use Live bookmarks (which just gives you a regularly-updating menu of about 20 titles with links for each feed) for feeds belonging to one of two categories:

  • “Headline-centeric” sites, like Slashdot, Reddit, Digg, New Scientist, BoingBoing, שמה and other proper news sites, where reading all the items is like “sipping from a firehose”, and letting them accumulate unread in the aggregator is depressing. This way, can dip into the links for some casual reading, without the onerous “duty” of tracking each one.
  • Updates, feeds that I use to track something, like torrent site searches, comment threads, forum discussions, wiki modifications – these feeds are an easy way to track when I should go to the site and do something – download a torrent, delete spam, respond to a comment.

Hummph. I didn’t plan to get all technical, starting this post.

Anyway, going over the stuff stashed in my “to look at later” items, I found a link to a Hebrew MP3 blog, which I think I bookmarked because it had a picture of a naked chick. And then I looked at the photos and realised I know that person (well, vaguely). Oddly, this isn’t the most dramatic example I’ve seen tonight of someone I know exposing themselves online: Here’s an amazing look at the inside of Folger’s brain.

IFRAMES suck

Finally, it seems that the inline frames introduced in HTML 4.0 will be mostly harmless.

Jakob Nielsen, 1996

Having stumbled across that text less then 24 hours after dealing with a hacked site that had it’s pages modified with an invisible iframe that attempts to load a malicious site, I couldn’t help thinking idiot! as I read that.