Mark Bult Design: San Francisco, CA, Established 1988

Web design and development for small and large business, e-commerce, b2b, b2c, SAAS, and community websites. User experience design and usability testing.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Watch the Obama inauguration on the web

CNET’s got a big list of sites that are streaming parts or all of the inauguration. There are so many different events, it seems that no one provider is covering them all.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Bombs away

GiantBomb relaunched Monday, blossoming from a simple video game blog into a full-featured wiki-style site with user-powered content already adding loads of content to the underlying relational database. Alongside the member content are videos, reviews, and podcasts from the small team of mostly ex-Gamespot and -CNETers (you may have heard about Jeff Gerstmann's unceremonious firing from Gamespot last year).

I spent a few hours perusing the site today, mostly watching the videos. They've come a long way since the March soft launch, and the new site boasts magnitudes more features; it's going to be exciting to watch how it progresses, and I'm not even a gamer.

To give you an idea of how powerful the platform is, and how well the user experience has been thought out, watch this how-to video from their Help section.








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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Blogger video upload test

Blogger's added the ability to upload videos. I'm just testing to see how it works, and where the video file lives if you're hosting on your own domain, like me.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Thursday top 5

Big Rig Jig
This sculpture is going to be at Burning Man. Waah! I wanna go.
www.bigrigjig.com

Spoon's "Don't You Evah" (featuring Keepon)
Heh heh, cute dancing robots.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPdP1jBfxzo

How to take a product-shot photo on a white background
A pretty simple method. I tried it out the other night, and while it's a little harder to get a really good result than it might first seem from this tutorial, it works pretty well.
www.sxc.hu/blog/post/133

Horn guy
www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5x5s3xo6tI

Original Design Gangsta
"No widows, ya heard?!" Okay, only the design geeks are gonna get this, but what the hell.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJexyQT0l1c
BTW, the video's by illustrator Kyle T. Webster.

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Thursday top 5

A very little planet
wvs.topleftpixel.com/07/06/20/

10 real-life superheroes
Bet none of them are as cool as Squeak the Crimefighting Cat.
www.oddee.com

Mookie & Sam
And now, for the dog lovers...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdQTHadneLs

Playing beach volleyball over the 20 foot-high fence that separates the US and Mexico
article: www.laweekly.com
video: wholphindvd.com

Jack Black on music piracy
gorillamask.net/jack-black-piracy.shtml

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thursday top 5



lolz! Could it be? The long-forgotten origin of lolcats?
Heh, cheezburgers...
www.flickr.com/photos/apelad/

If'n you are all: “wtf are lolcats?”
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolcat

Teh lolcats compilation video
Because there’s nevah enuff lolcats!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpCg5h7MyNk

2-4-1 deal on lolcats!
icanhascheezburger.com
lolcats.com

I'm in ur googlz, searchin ur lolcats
www.google.com/search?q=lolcats

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Typographics



This is a really good synopsis of what typography is all about, made (presumably) by students at the Vancouver Film School.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Thursday top 5

"Remind Me" by Royksopp
Music video comprised totally of information graphics.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBvaHZIrt0o

The Geekster Moleskine
A Moleskine hard drive enclosure.
www.zonageek.com

CNN.com's new design
A lot cleaner
www.cnn.com

iPhone Day!
www.superdeluxe.com

"Rabbit," aka "Idol"
This is a very strange, but extremely cool, animated short movie. Jason and I saw it in an animation festival at the Castro Theatre earlier this year. Warning: Mildly disturbing content.
grouper.com/video/MediaDetails.aspx?id=1621438

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

More reasons to like New Belgium



New Belgium's Fat Tire has been my favorite beer for a couple years now. But when I saw this video and the supporting website FollowYourFolly.com, I realized I liked the company even more.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Oi! I'm a Mac





We've all seen the "I'm a Mac" "And I'm a PC" ads. But have you seen the ones from Japan and the UK?

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Thursday top 5

Rollerman
» youtube.com/watch?v=IVrlA3-f29g&eurl

A little laughter
» youtube.com/watch?v=5P6UU6m3cqk

Radiodread
A reggae tribute to Radiohead's OK Computer.
» hyfntrak.com/radiodread/fromafriend/

7-hour catnap, time lapse video
And Velma thinks I'm just joking when I say "Orson just sleeps all day while we're at work."
» videosift.com/story.php?id=17999

Robot Chicken does Calvin and Hobbes
» youtube.com/watch?v=zA64g3pi97M

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Thursday top 5



Man builds a living out of LEGO
Seriously cool sculptural art made out of everyone's favorite little colored blocks. And yes, that's Han Solo in Lego carbonite.
» www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/05/31/lego.artist/

Under Exposed
Photographer's site with a loooong list of indie bands.
» www.underexposed.org.uk/

The 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Library
...in which a troupe of bunnies parodies a collection of movies.
» www.angryalien.com/

Bumbo
Fun with stop-frame. Makes me want to have a kid! : P
» video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=392011&fr

Milk desk
A desk with a built-in fish tank.
» www.milk.dk/

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Thursday top 5 (+1) pirate music videos

You will love this song by the third one.

Fixed the broken links, thanks to Ynnej!

You Area a Pirate (PG-13)
Features a ninja digging up treasure with a shovel-codpiece. I kid you not.
» i13.photobucket.com/albums/a267/starburst98/Pirate_full1.swf

World of Warcraft You Are a Pirate (PG)
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEpRM3QRwgg

You are a Pirate vs. One Piece (PG)
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lM1RjzBVKo

You Are a Pirate of the Caribbean (Lazy Town vs POTC) Mashup (PG-13)
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4rrh3c2qlo

You Are a Pirate (the original) (G)
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLsJyfN0ICU

Bonus! In multiple languages (G)
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA31W6yoN2g

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Thursday top 5

Picnik
Really well done online photo editor that works with your Flickr account, uploaded photos, photos on the web, or pretty much anything.
» picnik.com

"Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger, interpreted by the employees of Connected Ventures
Now this looks like a fun place to work.
» vimeo.com/clip:173714

Branch
I really want one of these cat scratchers but there's no way I'm gonna pay $84 for a chunk of corrugated cardboard.
» branchhome.com

The Forest in the Winter
This is a really interesting (and slightly disturbing) animation of the Little Red Riding Hood story in Russian (I think) with incredible subtitle translations ("Forest is truly blood-hungry and life-jealous, and violence") and even more incredible commercial breaks (in Japanese!).
» billsneed.com

Giant Steps
This is a really cool Flash animation based on a Coltrane song.
» michalevy.com

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Monday, May 14, 2007

The Gap's "4 Kids by Kids" clothing line



Okay, if you don't get it, here are a couple clues:

A) It's the Onion (if you still don't get that, I can't help you, you just have to come out from under the rock you've been living under for the past 15 years and experience the Onion yourself).

B) The Gap uses sweatshop labor.

Bay Area Action's Schools Group started a campaign against the Gap in 1999 and did tremendous work over several years, educating the public about the Gap's sweatshop labor practices and applying public pressure by means of public protests, signature gathering, and more. Eventually, one of the Gap's VPs called up our high school students and invited them to the Gap's headquarters in San Francisco to talk.

Since then, the Gap's been the target of lawsuits and multiple campaigns by numerous human rights, labor, environmental, and social investment groups.

In 2004, CEO Paul Presser said, "When I decided to join Gap Inc. in the fall of 2002, one of the first things my teenage daughter asked was, 'Doesn't Gap use sweatshops?' " Read the article...

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thursday top 5+2

Learning kinesthetically
I liked this story about a mom and her daughter who "works hard to read and write" http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif(her words).
» jugglingfrogs.blogspot.com...

MakeADifferenceMovie.com
Aw, man, this is sooo cheesy, and yet it still made me all teary-eyed.
» www.makeadifferencemovie.com

Dice stacking
Amazing! Bookhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif this guy on Letterman right away.
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIayUEi_KGo

"Young Folks" by Peter, Bjorn & John
This song is uber-catchy, but I had to look up the lyrics online because I just couldn't figure out what the girl is singing/slurring.
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=51V1VMkuyx0

Music videos by a US Navy carrier squadron
What do bored sailors and pilots on aircraft carriers do? Make music videos, apparently. Here's VAW-116 Hawkeye Squadron's take on Outkast's "Hey Ya."
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEkYqL9n7vo
They also did "Pump It."
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqaWdkdFb3Y

Music.Download.com's weekly picks
I used to work with these people. And now they're doing video podcasts. Awwww, all grown up!
» www.cnettv.com...

Igor Siwanowicz's incredible reptile and insect photos
I may have posted this link before, I just don't remember. But these are fantastic pictures.
» www.photo.net/photos/siwanowicz

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

DRM

And now, excuse us as we pause your regularly-programmed blog for an important message about digital rights-managed songs.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thursday top 5

"Oh, Canadian FedEx lady" or, "why i got fired from apple computer" by Big Poppa E
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFS0xl4_LAA

Big Poppa E's follow-up video
"This should serve as a lesson to companies nowadays: Fuck over your employees, and they could strike back on YouTube and make you look really stupid."
» www.youtube.com/watch?v=auLCmpCAguI

Is multi-touch the future of UI?
You've seen it on the iPhone demos, and astute readers of this blog will remember Jeff Han's demo from when I posted it a while ago. However, this new demo takes it several steps further.
» link.brightcove.com...

Interesting Flash interaction experiments
» http://lab.mathieu-badimon.com/
(props to David Delphenich for this link)

2007 Bloggies
Some well-deserved wins and some interesting blogs I've never seen before. Now all I need is about 43 free hours a week to read them all...
» 2007.bloggies.com/

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

"Prepare to meet your programmer!"

This one's for Will and Jason.

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we are all the machine

Some of you, my faithful readers, will love this video. Others of you will think it's more boring tech stuff, and you'll skip it.

But it applies to all of you, whether you realize it or not. And that's why some of you will love this video.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Is Orson as smart as Nora?

Velma got a book from the library on clicker training your cat. She started a couple days ago on the training, and despite one setback that left her punctured and incredibly bloody, she's had a bit of success.

My guess is it's going to be slow going with our somewhat dumb vampire cat, but we'll see. I'm staying out of the clicker training for now. But I'm hoping Velma can eventually teach Orson to play chopsticks...or turn out the lights...



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