Mon, 07 Mar 2005
newsmap is a visualization of Google News. It gives you headlines in color-coded bands by category, sized by how many places are reporting the same story, and shaded by age. This is information pornography of the highest order. It uses flash. It may accomplish what even Strongbad and weebl and bob have so far failed to do -- get me to install Flash on my home computer.
NOAA seems to be adding some nice features for Internet-based weather information. I like all the info available from the Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office, especially the text forecast and hourly short-term forecast grid (also text-based).
From a UI design article.
Throwaway Email Addresses
Mailinator seems a nice service for disposable email addresses. Use an @mailinator.com email address, and view the received emails on the web. Note that there is no privacy for received email.
I've used a service like this in the past. It can be useful for situations where you need a single email from someone and don't want your real address being harvested.
The Opte Project
Though only recently hatched, the Opte Project seems interesting. Basically, it's another map of the Internet, but designed to be generated in a matter of hours rather than months, which is what some similar projects take.
Update: Oh, bother. Looks like Slashdot mentioned it, which was probably a component in the path the URL took to get to me. Oh, well.
I was doing a bit of browsing today and ran across several websites that I figured I'd record for later reference.
- BookCrossing - pass books around to people, record your thoughts about received books on the website.
- The Online Books Page - listing of over twenty thousand books freely available on the web.
- Internet Book List - looks like an attempt to create an IMDB for books. Good idea, only ten thousand books so far. And no ISBN search. Compare to All Consuming and...
- Internet Speculative Fiction Database - more or less the same thing, but aimed specifically at SF. Includes information on what awards books have participated in. Didn't see any good way to search by ISBN.
- The Library of Babel: Links - one blogger's collection of other blogs that deal with books (though the collection is, of course, incomplete).
- BookSpot.com - didn't really look around this site all that much, and the appearance seems a little too corporate for my tastes. Still, might be useful.
Yes, it's true. I hates software. (Though, as of yet, not very much.)