Oddities & Diversions: July 2006

July 31, 2006

First Born

I didn’t know infants in arms until, Rob Weychert’s wonderfully restrained and aural piece for this Summer’s Born Magazine. Also check out Rob’s write-up on the process.

July 27, 2006

Round the campfire

The latest Fireside Chat at 37signals with luminaries Richard Bird, Jim Coudal, and Carlos Segura discussing “Design: Then and Now”. Entertaining, inspirational, and a good kick in the ass from some seasoned veterans.

July 26, 2006

VoiceNotes for Backpack

Like voicemail for your Backpack account, celltell’s voiceNote just made Backpack even more useful.


On Dvorak: Eric sums things up quite nicely in Dvoraked, and if you’re still upset, you could always do the job for him.

July 25, 2006

Reply Hazy

Magic 8-Ball Answers Your Questions Regarding Microsoft’s ‘Zune’, as usual, Gruber puts it much better that I ever could.

A List Apart: Issue 220

A List Apart: Issue 220, Never lose work again. Stay focused and inspired when trouble strikes. This issue is all about problems: avoiding the avoidable and coping with the rest.

July 24, 2006

Lead up to launch

The Iconfactory looks primed for their new site. Leading up to the relaunch, they look to be celebrating each day with some fun. Monday: A great animation of what happens when the W3C man comes calling.

July 21, 2006

Every Atari 2600 Game Catalog

As a follow-up to my post yesterday, here are all of the Atari 2600 game catalogs. (thanks Bjorn)


From a Philly Weekly review of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest, The Lady in the Water: “You know, even Shyamalan’s buddy Mel Gibson had enough common sense not to cast himself as Jesus”. Boy, this sounds like a train wreck.

July 18, 2006

Custom Cons

Fully customize your own Converse shoes!

July 16, 2006

The Amazing Screw-On Head

SciFi.com has the premiere episode from The Amazing Screw-On Head, a new animated show from the Mike Mignola comic of the same name. Mignola is one of my favorite comic artists (Hellboy being one of my favorite comics), and I must say, the style is like his pages come to life. I’m not sure if this will work for Sci-Fi, seems better suited for Adult Swim, but it’s beautifully realized.

July 14, 2006

DS Grand Prix!

Enter in your Nintendo DS friend Code to join the inaugural Airbag Grand Prix. Hell. Yeah. Let there be Kart.

July 12, 2006

Pole Position Commercial

HEEEEY! You look like a real jerk! This original commercial for Atari’s Pole Position is just awesome. It’ll bust your crank and leave skid marks on your soul.

July 11, 2006

User Research Smoke & Mirrors

Christopher Fahey has a great series going on over at graphpaper.com entitled “User Research Smoke & Mirrors”. Don’t miss Part 1: Design vs. Science, and Part 2: Research as a Design Tool. Highly recommended for a bit of perspective.

A List Apart: Issue 219

A List Apart: Issue 219, A new solution to an old problem and a clever way of automating a repetitive layout task.

July 6, 2006

A Survey of the New Landscape

Flash Player 9, Flex 2, ActionScript 3.0: A Survey of the New Landscape. Colin Moock has always shepherded my Flash learning.