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Plurib.us is an evolving collaboration by Brian and Peter, begun in 2002.

A typeface on a sign that is read from 300 yards has different requirements than a typeface read in a magazine, from your armchair.
A neat description of the process for designing a font specifically for road signs.

ilovetypography.com/2012/04/19/the...
xkcd.com/1045/

Or, to quote a guy (John Moe - Future Tense / Tech Report), "The exhilarating liberty of limitation".
My current favorite song, "Trouble Hunters," is based on the Battle of Trenton, during the American Revolutionary War. (That famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River was right before this battle.) It's by a Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist named Astronautalis.

youtube.com/watch?v=oGOjoe...

I recommend you listen to the song without watching the video, and then watch the video while listening. Two amazingly different experiences. His latest album features a song titled "Dimitri Mendeleev" about the discovery of the Periodic Table of Elements. I am currently wearing this t-shirt:

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I am widely credited as the inventor of the <blink> tag.  For those of you who are relatively new to the Web, the <blink> tag is an HTML command that causes text to blink, and many, many people find its behavior to be extremely annoying. I won't deny the invention, but there is a bit more to the story than is widely known.

montulli.org/theoriginofthe...
Dino Comics: qwantz.com/index.php?comi...

"Can you imagine playing Super Nintendo in space?"

Doing a bit of a refresh, in anticipation of our swiftly approaching 10-year anniversary.  This post goes out to our dedicated readers who have not deleted our rss feed from your feed readers.  (We assume you did it out of love!)

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Welcome back.
Folks, I think we have found art.

noooooomyimmersion.tumblr.com/
(Thanks Chris.)
Some insightful editorials about why Wave didn't work.

arstechnica.com/software/news/...
Let's take a cue from Brazil:

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/ne...
Math, why do you have to be such a jerk?

sciencenews.org/view/generic/i...
It's been too long since I last published a drawing.  So today I'm releasing an unfinished one I started earlier this year.  Sagami River.

plurib.us/1shot/2010/sag...
A strange, strange man has been showing up on morning shows throughout the Midwest, claiming to be a yo-yo trick champion. He is not. He is actually terrible at yo-yo. Yet he keeps getting on the air.

This guy is my new favorite media prankster.

deadspin.com/5535220/fake-y...
Not surprising at all, and uncertain if this should trouble me. 

arstechnica.com/media/news/201...

Maybe the question of the day is, "is this dependence bad?"  I'm sure there would be similar symptoms if everyone had to give up, say, cars.  Is this different?
The Library on Congress is going to archive every Tweet ever.  This is going to be embarrassing for all of us.

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/ne...
An idea (that turned into a website) I've been working on the last couple of years, on sound visualization.
plurib.us/colstr/

Some kind of explanation is in order, but that will have to come later.  Feel free to look/play around for now.
plurib.us/colstr/view1.p...

Update: perhaps a better example:
plurib.us/colstr/view1.p...
AUSTIN, Texas-The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of writer David Foster Wallace (1962-2008), author of "Infinite Jest" (1996), "The Broom of the System" (1987), "Girl with Curious Hair" (1988) and numerous collections of stories and essays.

The archive contains manuscript materials for Wallace's books, stories and essays; research materials; Wallace's college and graduate school writings; juvenilia, including poems, stories and letters; teaching materials and books.


hrc.utexas.edu/press/releases...

Man, there's a guy who should have stuck around.
A new version of FileZilla (cross-platform FTP client) just came out, which includes my latest theme.  (It's not the default, but it's selectable under Settings > Interface > Themes.)

Here's a presentation, of sorts, I made on the theme.
plurib.us/1shot/2010/fil...
Artist Caleb Larsen has created a device: A black cube, 8x8x8", with an ethernet jack. Upon connection to the internet, the cube checks to see whether it is for sale on Ebay. If not, it re-lists itself. The sale conditions mandate that the new buyer will keep the cube connected to the internet, and will sell it to the highest bidder whenever the auction ends. In the event of a sale, the artist gets 15% of the purchase price. The title of the artwork: "A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter".

The artist's page on the project:
caleblarsen.com/projects/a-too...

The cube's re-direct to its own auction page:
atooltodeceiveandslaughter.com/
A comic written by a 5-year-old and drawn by a 29-year-old. Axe-Cop is my favorite new thing of all time.

axecop.com/index.php
The human predicament, summarized in 26x3 "auto generated" google searches:

blogoscoped.com/archive/2010-0...

Though a lot of the letters sum it up all by themselves:
how to get pregnant
how to get a girl to like you
how to get rid of fruit flies
I've wanted to make a site like this for years - a personal reminder when artists I indicate produce an album.  Someone finally beat me to it.  And it appears it couldn't be simpler.

albumreminder.com/
Inkscape 0.47 is out.  Comes with about a million new features:

wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php...
Super cool isolated tracks from Beatles recordings, on a recent BBC radio program.

waxy.org/2009/10/audio_...
Really good hands-on overview of "Google Wave" and what it's all about.  Starts getting me excited to try it.

arstechnica.com/open-source/gu...
IBC, Hires, A&W, and Stewart's Root Beer. Nantucket Nectars and Snapple. Orangina, Sunkist, Crush, and Squirt. Also, Clamato.

What company owns all of these brands?

Why, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, of course!

drpeppersnapplegroup.com/
The latest result of my sound visualization project.  Run on pronunciation examples from a learn-english web site.  This sound sample has turned out to be a useful benchmark for testing, and it shows off the range of colors nicely too.

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Apparently, Minnesota has a state-wide service where you can, at any time, get online real-time research help from a librarian.

askmn.org/

This is maybe the coolest governmental service I've ever heard of.
Today I found myself wondering about opposite sides of the earth, and remembered this little Google maps mashup.
zefrank.com/sandwich/tool....

Then I wondered how much of earth's land had land also on its opposite side.  Little did I know, the whole problem (and answer) can be expressed in a single, simple picture.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Anti...
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