the whole world burns

Archive for August 2007

Google Gears 0.2 developer release ready

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With cross-origin support and a HttpRequest module for workers (where XmlHttpRequest isn't available).

Animation Treasures

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Gorgeous reconstructed background images from animated films.

Forbidden LEGO

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Mostly projectile weapons.

Great poems rewritten as limericks

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Lord Alfred, the laureate clever,
Embarked on a morbid endeavor:
"My dear Henry left me,
Poor little bereft me!"
(His elegy goes on forever)

JavaScript Lint

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More useful and more configurable than JSLint.

How Shit Became Shinola: Definition and Redefinition of Space Opera

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One might go so far as to say that the Hugo award for best novel has always gone primarily to space opera, as currently defined, though many of the earlier winners, up to the end of the 1970s, would have been mortally offended to have their books so-labelled. Space opera used to be a pejorative locution designating not a subgenre or mode at all, but the worst form of formulaic hackwork: really bad SF.

Lamby's Law of Distributed Systems

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Some people, when confronted with a problem think "I know, I'll make it distributed!" Now they have 2 million problems.

Angus & Robertson blackmails small publishers

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I'm not surprised: they're already the worst bookseller by far in my local market. If they buy the Borders stores then they'll probably ruin them too.

Optimisation data for HTML5 parser implementors

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Based on several billion documents! Now that's what you call a good sample size.

DreamHost Private Servers

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Interesting new shared-hosting feature: add guaranteed CPU and RAM to an existing plan (e.g. $15/m for 150MB/150MHz), scalable on-demand all the way up to 2300MB/2300MHz ($230). It's billed pro rata, so it should be possible to automatically adjust to handle load, making it essentially an entry-level competitor to EC2 and Accelerator.

Small things, links and miscellany, sparkling with light. Sam's tumblelog.