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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday Top 5+1

I first wrote about this band in 2005 when Sony music was threatening them and shut down their website. Beatallica does live mashups of Beatles and Metallica songs, done in the style of Metallica. It’s pretty awesome. They have a bunch of videos on their site if you want more.

Where creativity comes from
Don’t drink it! It’ll blow your head off!

We Are All the Machine
I posted this a couple years ago. But it’s still awesome.

“Organic” vs. “Natural” Food
It pays to know the difference between “organic” and “Certified Organic.” Your “All-Natural” breakfast is probably not in the least bit sustainably-made. There is no government regulation on most of the healthy-sounding terms food distributors are allowed to put on their products. In other words, it could be totally legal for Hostess to claim Twinkies are a “natural food.” is now free
United Feature Syndicate is finally offering all its comics, including years of archives, for free at This includes editorial cartoons, The Born Loser, Monty, Dilbert, and 50 years of Peanuts. They have reportedly also updated their RSS feeds to include the actual comics, instead of just links to them.

Daytum facilitates the counting and communication of daily data, allowing you to track and display any metric, from bird-watching statistics to the concerts you’ve attended.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

The creative economy

American Public Media's Marketplace reports that America's artists collectively make $80 billion a year. Nearly two million citizens consider themselves artists by trade, from architects to musicians and designers to filmmakers, making up one of the largest classes of workers in the U.S.. Their average income is just over $34,000 a year, which doesn't seem very high, but is actually higher than the U.S. median.

Listen to the Marketplace segment (2 min.) or read the transcript.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Designing for actual browser sizes

Update December 2008: Thomas has published a follow-up article, “Browser sizes revisited.” The practical advice is: Design websites to be no wider than 980px. The reasons: Even though most people are browsing on 1280x800 monitors these days, they keep their browser windows minimized to a width between about 1200 and 1300 pixels. The other reason is that mobile phone web browsers all use 980 as their default width.

Original entry: Thomas Baekdal has published a report that fairly definitively puts to rest the notion that there are a lot of people still using 800x600 as their monitor size and therefore that websites should be narrower than 800 pixels.

I've been saying for more than three years that the data show that 1024x768 has been the norm both worldwide and in North America, and the number of people using that resolution has not surprisingly increased a great deal in those three years. Actually, there are a lot of people using much larger monitor resolutions these days.

The report is will researched, and the user types and geographical breakdown is broad, although I wish there was a slightly larger number of actual domains that were used for testing. But at least the type of sites used — primarily fashion sites for teens, men, and women — would presumably cover a fairly accurate and broad age range.

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