iPod Playlist Mania

by David on June 30, 2004

Helen’s been obsessing with her new iPod, and with iTunes. Her most recent delighted discovery has been how easy it is to make themed playlists using the iTunes search and filtering functions. In the case of her new Fibonacci Playlist, she had to go and buy an MP3 for number 34.

See how you do: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34…

PlasticBag on the R3 URL structure

by David on June 30, 2004

Try as I might I can’t stop reading Tom Coates at plasticbag.org. He has some thoughtful things to say about the new BBC R3 website and its URL design.

For those of you at the back not paying attention, this is about a careful effort to make sure that the valuable and often wonderful content the BBC makes available remains available.

Life is del.icio.us

by David on June 27, 2004

del.icio.us is a social bookmarks manager. A what? It’s kept me obsessively refreshing Sharpreader these past few weeks.

Once you’ve registered with del.icio.us you can add sites of interest to your list via a quick bookmarklet you’ve dragged onto your browser’s toolbar. The social thing comes from the fact you can see everyone else’s lists and can consume them as RSS feeds.

Shopping with iTunes

by David on June 27, 2004

Going on a road trip soon, to California, Colorado and Nevada. So I went iTunes shopping.

  • Dusty Springfield: In The Middle of Nowhere
  • Chuck Berry: Route 66
  • New Order: True Faith
  • John Denver: Take Me Home Country Roads
  • The Cure: Three Imaginary Boys
  • The Velvet Underground: Venus In Furs
  • Tammy Wynette: Stand By Your Man
  • Nat King Cole: Let’s Face The Music And Dance
  • Eartha Kitt: Just An Old Fashioned Girl
  • Willie Nelson: On the Road Again

Shy bairns get nowt

by David on June 25, 2004

As Jo (Dr Cavagin), an colleague of Helen from the research unit at the Royal Holloway used to say, Shy bairns get nowt. So I asked a few psychologists if they’d help out with the Psychowiki and have the ok so far from the fantastic Prof Elizabeth Loftus, Prof Noam Chomsky and Prof Baron-Cohen, with the proviso that they’re all v. busy people.

PsychoWiki up and running

by David on June 24, 2004

Installation of MediaWiki (v1.3beta3) was easy but configuring it to my liking’s a bit more of a problem.

PsychoWiki: qu’est-ce que c’est?

by David on June 22, 2004

After Helen noticed how high on Google we were for phrases like Freud is Rubbish (1st) and Zimbardo Milgram (1st) she decided we should use the placing responsibly. So we’re setting up a Psychology Wiki for her students.

Emmanuel College – Lying for Jesus

by David on June 21, 2004

State-funded secondary school Emmanuel College hit the headlines when it was discovered that senior staff, including the Head Teacher, promoted fundamentalist creationism.

Freud is Rubbish

by David on June 21, 2004

Cloudsoup is now 1st on google.com for Freud Rubbish.

CSS Generic Fonts

by David on June 20, 2004

When you define a font in CSS you should always use one of the generic fonts, either as the only option or as the last option in the font-family. For example:

font-family : Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;

No doubt everyone knows about serif and sans-serif generic fonts in CSS. But wait. There’s more. CSS specs give five generic fonts. Here we are then:

  1. This is an example of your generic serif font.