January 2004 Archives
not just any boys, boys from lord of the rings, pirates of the carribean and others. it's a bloomin' (ha! ha!) good site.
Folklore is a new site by Andy Hertzfeld that tells early stories of the people who created the Macintosh. Andy was part of the original Mac team. (I love this kind of stuff.)
You're a good man, Andre 3000. Hey ya, Charlie Brown. (Quicktime video, posted in so many places I don't know who this is via.)
I'm glad someone has been keeping track of the success rate for missions to Mars. Mars is kicking our planetary ass. (I am impressed by how those Soviets just would not give up!)
OK, so what new Apple products did Stevo unveil at the Mac World Expo? There is a new iPod mini, close to what was predicted, however at $250 US, not quite as cheap as predicted. They come in colours, and the blue one looks cute. All new iLife apps, including Garage Band, which sounds kind of neat. All pretty cool things, but on the 20th anniversary of the Mac, some people may have been expecting something more revolutionary. Where was the iFaster-than-light spaceship?
Fontifier allows you to make a font based on your handwriting, for free! All you need to do is print their template, fill it in with your handwriting, scan it and submit it. I've tried it and it works. The results are a little choppy, but I am still impressed. Now available, the Dan font (right-click to download), for all your forgery needs.
Tofu isn't just a versatile source of protein, anymore. It's also a text reader for Mac OS X which displays the text in narrow columns. Columns are limited to the height of the window, and you scroll through them sideways. The division of text into bite-size chunks does seem to make on-screen reading easier. It's like reading People magazine. (Oh yeah, it's free!)
There's something very interesting about colour photographs taken during the brief time period that was dominated by black and white photography, and which we've come to imagine as happening in black and white. The Charles Cushman Collection has photos from the 30s and 40s from all over North America (many in colour). PBS had a program with colour footage from WWII. The US Library of Congress had an exhibition of photos from Czarist Russia, which are astonishing (taken in the early 1900s!). I think seeing history in colour makes it much easier to imagine being there, and makes me wish someone had bothered to invent photography earlier. (Anybody got any more?)