diamond geezer

 Thursday, December 18, 2008


• What you really need today, obviously, is to waste some time on one of those pointlessly addictive Flash online games. Here's two. Super Stacker tests your ability to pile up boxes without them falling over, while Assembler is about using physics to shift a box to the correct spot on the screen. [I finished the former in in 22 minutes flat, and I'm still going with the latter]

• If Twitter runs too fast for you, try the more sedate world of Dawdlr. Participants send lovely postcards to an address in Soho, and then the website updates twice a year to reveal the results. [participants needn't hurry, the next update's not until May]

Smoke 13• Hurrah! The latest edition of Smoke - a London Peculiar is now available in (London) shops. Smoke's a marvellous literary-ish periodical, all glossy and handbag sized, with atmospheric photographs throughout and a penchant for the quirkier side of the capital. Read snippets here, find stockists here. [some of us have all thirteen, you know]

• Lovers of windswept coastal beverages will mourn the loss of the Jug of Tea, a run-down refreshment kiosk on Morecambe seafront. Very recently demolished, there are photos of happier times on Flickr. [maybe it was the price rise from 99p to £1.50 which killed the place off]

• It's Review of the Year time again, and Geoff's is always one of the best. He's produced twelve monthly audio snippets mixing the year's best tunes with the biggest news stories, and all are downloadable, listenable or podcastable for maximum flexible enjoyment. [it's all desperately professionally done]

• How long does your blog take to load? Cut and paste your URL into Stopwatch and find out. If it takes too long, maybe your potential visitors get bored and wander off somewhere else instead of waiting. [my blog took 8½ seconds flat, apparently. I know of other blogs which take more than 60]

• It's been around a while, but the Multicolr Search Lab is a damned clever online tool which uses "visual similarity technology" to display colour-matched photos. [add colours, delete colours, it's addictive this]

• Have you seen a truly awful piece of Photoshop work? The Photoshop Disasters blog celebrates the visual commercial depths. [including rather a lot of brushed-up ladies, and several Daily Mail disasters]

• And finally (because a list like this wouldn't be complete without kittens) kittens! At Cute Things Falling Asleep. [plus bears, and babies, and the odd sloth]

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