dullneon : “i lent voice to thought” – the cautiously written, occasionally pointless & templated monthly archives

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 June 29, 2007 09:19 PM
Random Friday Music: The Bravery.

The Sun And The Moon
I am hiding from some beast
But the beast was always here
Watching without eyes
Because the beast is just my fear

Link to a preview of this track on last.fm Believe, from The Bravery’s new album, The Sun And The Moon. Compared to their debut album, there’s less of the New Wave stuff and more of the rock stuff… all in all, quite good stuff.

 June 27, 2007 01:44 PM
A Floater for your MacBook.

A floater unlike any otherNice looking but very pricey aluminum stand for your MacBook, when you want/have to work from a desk. But really, naming the product ‘Floater’ loads all the wrong images in my mind.


 June 22, 2007 11:56 PM
Travelling through the postal system.

The Spy Box is a parcel which hid a small digital camera that snapped a picture every 10 seconds. The result looks like fascinating journey through the postal delivery system.

 June 22, 2007 08:04 PM
Random Friday Music: Modest Mouse.

We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Find enough, find enough
Oh, we ate all of the oranges
Off the navels of our lovers
Grabbed a book and read the cover

Link to a preview of this track on last.fm Fire It Up, one of the many stand-out tracks from Modest Mouse’s latest effort, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. After the mainstream success of their previous album, you’d have thought they might sell-out a little bit, but hey… Isaac Brock still writes weird shit and sings funny.

 June 21, 2007 01:26 PM
T-Shirt: Robots in disguise?

Animated Transformers T-shirt, available in Autobot or Decepticon printsWhat an awesome T-shirt! Too bad these T-shirts use batteries and not energon. The marketing people behind the Transformers movie must be wishing they had these as part of the official merchandise.

 June 21, 2007 08:51 AM
Frameworks for Designers: Yahoo! UI Library.

Jeff Croft wrote a good piece on A List Apart about Frameworks for Designers. He mentions the Yahoo! UI Library framework as an example, and as a recent YUI user, I would heartily recommend it.

From simple CSS reset code to complex Javascript Event-delegation routines, the YUI libraries offer a rich, sophisticated set of code for building spiffy things on the interweb. Part of the Yahoo! Developer Network, there is a fair bit of documentation and examples available to sustain your sanity during your project. There’s also a gallery where designers and developers have used YUI to solve problems and bring ideas to life.

Admittedly, some of the YUI code isn’t as ‘easy’ to use as something like script.aculo.us or jQuery but then again, complexity isn’t always a bad thing.

 June 19, 2007 01:56 PM
Steampunk mods.

The steampunk keyboard and monitor by Jake von Slatt

 June 18, 2007 02:05 PM
Weird Converter.

Did you know that the length of the Great Wall of China is equal in length to 533,333 individuals of Tyrannosaurus Rex?

I didn’t and I am not sure if I really needed to know, but there you have it.

 June 17, 2007 08:27 PM
Found on Flickr: FlowerPower Girl.

Most awesome mural wall art ever made
The artists and the full-sized mural can be found at www.elmac.net.

 June 17, 2007 08:03 PM
Dell learns a painful lesson.

An ex-Dell sales guy tells The Consumerist how to get the best deals from Dell. Dell’s lawyers tell The Consumerist to take down the article. Then, Dell apologises.

I suppose the consumer(ist) is always right.

(By the way, Dell has coupon codes on Twitter! What a great idea! Whether it is a viable channel in the long run is really anyone’s guess.)

 June 15, 2007 06:13 PM
Random Friday Music: The Fratellis.

Costello Music
Clean out the bank and bump off your daddy
You can come live with us…
Among the has-beens and the addicts
These are crazy times down at Costello music

Link to a preview of this track on last.fm Henrietta, from The Fratellis’ wonderfully retro and recklessly laddish debut album Costello Music. If you like The Kooks sound, you just might dig these Scottish guys.

 June 15, 2007 12:33 PM
A peek into the future of the web.

This video brought me close to tears and made me want to stand up and clap.

Long live Seadragon! Long live Photosynth!

 June 14, 2007 11:27 PM
A crystal clear audio system.


 June 14, 2007 11:10 PM
Earning money by giving a free browser.

When you do a Google search from Safariís toolbar, Google pays Apple a portion of the ad revenue from the resulting page.
The same goes for Mozilla.

 June 12, 2007 09:41 AM
What the world really needs right now.

Yet another web browser for Windows users – Safari.

 June 11, 2007 01:58 PM
The many states of matter.

As kids, we were taught in school that there were 3 states of matter – solids, liquids, and gases. Things were pretty simple to grasp at that stage. Later on in university, some smart-ass engineering undergrad friend explained why plasma was the fourth type of matter that could exist.

And today, I was overwhelmed to find out that there are other states like superfluids, supersolids, quark-gluon plasma, Bose-Einstein condensates, fermionic condensates, degenerate matter and even something strange called (…wait for it…) strange matter.

The crux of the matter is that life was definitely simpler as a kid.

 June 11, 2007 09:57 AM
Apple’s impending interface revolution.

Applications like AppZapper have taken traditional tasks (deleting application files) and added a fun layer of animation to the mix – this isn’t your father’s rm command.

 June 10, 2007 09:53 PM
Trusted computing.

 June 9, 2007 01:39 AM
How not to art direct a slab of meat.

Meaty art direction gone wrong (or maybe it was intended

[Via Adland]

 June 8, 2007 10:30 PM
Random Friday Music: The Stone Roses.

Turns Into Stone
I can see the love and the hate in your eyes
Heading for the thoughts behind the disguise
What you gonna do and what you gonna say?
I’m not the only one believing there’s an easier way

Link to a preview of this track on last.fm Something’s Burning, one of the many outstanding tracks from the Stone Roses collection of early singles and B-side titled Made of Stone which was released in the same year as when Nirvana kickstarted the grunge movement on a worldwide scale. Ahhh, the nostalgia

 June 6, 2007 12:54 PM
iLike Last.fm.

Mr Zeldman has a thing for iLike. Most of his readers though, prefer Last.fm (and that includes me).

Oh, and if you want to get an Audioscrobbler/Last.fm plugin for your Windows Mobile phone, you should check out these instructions. I tried it and it works great.

 June 3, 2007 11:49 PM
Being friends with Mrs Eaves.

Mrs Eaves, the cat slacking on the couch

After thinking about it for a long time, The Wife and I decided to try and get a cat over the weekend. We picked up this beautiful, half-Siamese one year old female from a lady who rescues and shelters abandoned cats and we called her Mrs Eaves. (Yes, we named her after that elegant font.)

She was a gentle, intelligent and very pretty cat. Rather vocal too, she had a very even temper and was a joy to have around. Alas, my stupid allergies kicked in — my eyes started watering and my nose was dripping uncontrollably. We had to make a decision, and so after just two days and one night, with very heavy hearts, we very reluctantly had to give up Mrs Eaves.

We returned her back to the lady’s shelter just a few hours ago. My eyes are still watery but this time, it’s definitely not from the allergy. The Wife and I miss her terribly, but there was little chance of me leading a normal life with Mrs Eaves at home.

If there’s anyone out there who is at all interested in taking a look at Mrs Eaves (or any other cat), please drop me a line at hello(at)dullneon.com and I’ll gladly help you along. She’s sterilized, fully vaccinated and would be a great pal to have around if you are looking for a docile cat.

Goodbye, Mrs Eaves. We hope you get a good home soon. I’m sorry we couldn’t give you one.

 June 1, 2007 01:54 PM
Random Friday Music: The Beatles.

Magical Mystery Tour
Let’s all get up and dance to a song
That was a hit before your mother was born
Though she was born a long, long time ago
Your mother should know…

Link to a preview of this track on last.fm Your Mother Should Know, from The Beatles’ 1967 Magic Mystery Tour soundtrack/album that dwelt on nostalgia. I can almost imagine someone out there my parent’s age getting nostalgic about this song which, back in the day, itself invoked nostalgia.

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