Spoiler alert: when viewed large, this is a complete map and walkthrough of the wonderfully geeky ‘choose your own adventure‘ meets ‘Fighting Fantasy‘ style interactive book/game, Enemy of Chaos by Leila Johnston. You might have read her previous book, How to Worry Friends and Inconvenience People. More recently, Leila’s reading from Enemy of Chaos was […]
A cynic is what an idealist calls a realist. – Sir Humphrey Appleby, ‘Yes, Minister’ Searching the web for variations on the “* is what a * calls a *” snowclone turns up things like A cynic is what a romantic calls a realist A pessimist is what an optimist calls a realist a cult […]
The Boston Globe’s Ideas section today features an updated version of my “X is the new Y” diagram. [Update: it’s actually the front page feature of the Ideas section. Thanks to Kelly for the picture…] Originally inspired by the LeisureArts chart from 2005, I decided to bring the idea up to date in September. Essentially, […]
ffffound.com (closed beta. Sorry, no invites left) is really very lovely. This: del.icio.us crossed with Clipmarks crossed with Flickr. It’s social bookmarking for images. It’s also a lot simpler than del.icio.us. As nice as that simplicity is, there’s a big part of me that really wants it to support tagging. I’ll try to share inspirational […]
Inspired by this lovely visualization (which I discovered recently via the always-interesting Information Aesthetics blog) of what was the new what in 2005, I decided to bring it up to date. Here’s what I ended up with after a couple of hours of hacking. Around 160 relationships in the form x is the new y. […]
Made the model in MLCad. (Find instructions for the set at peeron). Converted to POV-Ray using Lars C. Hassing’s L3P. Rending time: 4 hours.
Inkscape is a free SVG editor for Linux and Windows (an article about it was linked from Slashdot today) which spun off from Sodipodi. Dia is another related project; designed to be more of a diagramming tool (a bit like Visio). Dia (like Sodipodi) requires GTK. ArtRage is more of a realistic painting simulator than […]