Mon, 07 Mar 2005
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).
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.
Just as reference for later perusal:
- In Defense of Fahrner Image Replacement: nice description of a technique for adding images to a website without the <img> tag and with better underlying content for image-incapable browsers. Requires CSS.
- css Zen Garden: looks like this has some nice examples of CSS use. Linked from the above article.
- Web design postcards: Collection of little snippets of tips and such for web design. Need to go and read through them.
The case of the 500-mile email
One of my favorite networking tales is The case of the 500-mile email, now happily ensconced at ibiblio.org.
Impressive LEGO structures
Andrew Lipson's LEGO Page has some pretty impressive constructions made from LEGO bricks. The mathamatical models are nice, but some of the reproductions of Escher drawings are just amazing. (Even if he did cheat a little on "Waterfall".)