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Archive for August, 2008

Obama Mosaic

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

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Palin/Fey Puzzle Mosaic

Friday, August 29th, 2008

I’ve been playing with making these puzzle-style animated mosaics this week, for a Topspin-related project. The final image is made by reassembling parts of the original image. Here’s a larger Obama/McCain mosaic. And here’s the first one I made, featuring David Byrne and Brian Eno. UPDATE Here are some more I made on Saturday. Flag/Obama […]

Ob-la-di O-ba-ma

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Have you noticed that both Obama and Biden’s names have five letters apiece? If you stack them on top of each other, you can draw various paths to spell out such things as “BO BI DA ME NA” and “O BIBA DE MAN” I don’t know if this is actually useful, but then, utility is […]

I has all your cats?

Sunday, August 24th, 2008


Friday, August 22nd, 2008

A few days ago, Ian Rogers mentioned that his company, Topspin, is adding “four more rock star engineers in the last two weeks of this month.” At the risk of seeming immodest, I appear to be one of said rock stars. I’m joining Topspin. “Damn. Look out. Look out.”, wrote Ian. Heh… Hope Ian doesn’t […]

Flickr’s Most Interesting Photos

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

This new interactive mosaic, from my Coverpop website, shows the most interesting photos on Flickr, based on Flickr’s mysterious “interestingness” metric, which I assume has something to do with kittens and/or babies… One thing I’ve noticed is that Flickr’s interesting photos tend to look compelling at very small (i.e. thumbnail) sizes, which makes sense, when […]

A Big Picture

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

My latest mashup is an interactive graph that aggregates data from Google Trends for Websites into a single graph which can track hundreds of sites. If you search for a domain you are interested in, it automatically gets added to the graph. Hopefully, over time, a large number of domains will get added to it, […]

Google Trends: a bigger picture

Friday, August 8th, 2008

I made this graph by aggregating data from Google Trends for about 150 domains, including the Alexa Top 100. The lines are colored according to the slope – red when going up, and blue when going down. The graph is logarithmic, so that low traffic websites can be shown together with high traffic ones. The […]

Jamming with the Yahoo! Music APIs

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Are you a computer nerd? Do you like music? I’m quite pleased to report that the hard working web-services team here at Yahoo! Music unleashed a very powerful new Music API upon the music-nerd community this week. This is the same API we used to build the Facebook Music Videos app, reported here some months […]