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reFrag 1/30/01 Description:
Flash experimentation and creative outlet.
Mikael's done six new experiments in "actionscripting" this month (so far). The latest, "Global Positioning", is a world map for you to mark your location on. As the little comet (I guess that's what it is) moves about the map it exposes the name of the user who marked a specific location as it passes through that user's claimed area. Intriguing. Mikael started the site last August and there's quite a bit of content here — to reach the different experiments, you'll be using a really cool interface that was introduced in December with the "relaunch" of the site. The menu system is "generated on the fly" and provides access to calendars for each month in neat little internal popups — very much like a desktop within your browser and very fast. Flash doesn't have to be something that takes forever to load and it's not always useless intros and slow transitions, either. Mikael proves that Flash can be a super-fast means for content delivery and user interaction with the data system. Check out the "link engine" and the "story engine" and feel free to participate — I love that type of interactivity and when it's combined with the newer powers of Flash, it's downright cool. Keep up the interesting work, Mikael...
Kobalto 1/27/01 Description:
Today's pick, from a designer named Javier Revilla, is an interesting collection of visual art. I like the background graphics and the simple popup presentation of his showcase. Most of the pieces are static, but there are a few cool Flash pieces with neat motion graphics and a little interactivity. There's also some free downloads and several other new features coming soon. But there is a problem here which is definitely not Javier's fault — it stopped me dead in my tracks from enjoying all of his tasty content. Seems I was missing a component for QuickTime when I went to view his "Camacho" piece, so I followed the prompts to download it. After three failed downloads, I think to myself "those guys at Apple really suck" and decide I don't have time for this nonsense. Not only do they try to upsell you to their "Pro" player everytime you wanna view a QuickTime piece, but they can't even provide a reliable download when you need to grab a needed plug-in. Anyway, like I said, it's not Javier's fault but I'll bet that the piece I couldn't view was as good as the rest of the site and it's unfair to the artist, Javier in this case, that he spent all that time creating something that can't be viewed because those guys at Apple can't handle it! Sorry, but yes, I feel better now — kudos to Javier for all those great visuals I was able to enjoy...
pseudodictionary 1/25/01 Description:
we take the words you use everyday, but aren't in the dictionary, and put them into ours
I've known Paul Jarvis for quite a while now. His personal journal is one of the member sites at the dailywebthing, which means I read his daily updates every morning in the wee hours as me an my spider gather the day's content. It's interesting reading for sure, and today's pick was born there back on January 4, when Paul wrote "I want to have an online dictionary full of words and phrases people actually use, but that wouldn't ever be found in a real dictionary." So, an idea was born and I liked the concept. I silently wished Paul good luck with it. Well, since that time, people started sending Paul new words for his dictionary and right now there's over 300 words in the database. Looks like the concept has wings after only 3 weeks. Yesterday, I heard from Steve Comrie, who's the backend ace for the site and I'm really glad he contacted me. They've bought the domain name now so that this unique new online dictionary has its own identity. I'm hoping this little bit of new exposure helps keep the ball rolling for Paul and Steve — nice people, nice site, nice concept — nothing "pseudo" about today's pick...
hirmes.com 1/24/01 Description:
in the cave of the factotum (Flash)
It looks like today's pick is definitely a daily thing. Since the start of the year, a new Flash piece has been added every single day (I just love this morning's entry). As one who updates several sites every morning before I head off to work (that's right, y'all — not all web designers are out of work, so lighten up, would ya! — things will get better like they always do), I have to tip my hat to all of you out there who keep cranking out fresh creative content daily. That's a most unique thing about the medium. Anyway, today's pick seems to be an ongoing study in Flash and the experiments on display (I think you could call them that) are fun to browse through. The menu looks sorta like a little periodic table and the immediate plans include making the source code available for each piece, and screensavers, too. Another menu shows some other features that are "coming soon" and my guess is that this site will keep getting better and better, especially if that daily updating is maintained. For now, you can bet that I'll be checking this one out again tomorrow morning...
a weekly dose of architecture 1/1/01 Description:
looks at contemporary architectural works with architectural and/or cultural significance
I'd have to guess that today's pick is done for the love. Maybe I missed it, but I couldn't find a name behind the site, except for the nickname in the email address, but the producer of the site obviously enjoys architecture. I'd like to see him/her come out from the anonymity with a more personal touch — it would probably add a nice dimension. He/she has been putting out these weekly "doses" for two full years now, and I think it's interesting. The well-written articles give in-depth views of the buildings in question and the photos help the cause. Nice layout and color and focused content all add up to a nice experience — for this user, anyway...