Saturday, 31 March 2007

The Difference

xkcd is my favourite web comic. It's geek humour (again) but it's also sensitive, clever, and just plain funny. This one I particularly liked, because it's me... as my dear father pointed out as soon as he saw it.
The archives are well worth exploring if you don't know this guys work. (Or revisting if you do.)

Credit: TDO
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Friday, 30 March 2007

Beauty and vandals

Drawball is amazing. At first sight it looks like a confusing mess, but zoom in and there are some real gems. Faces seem popular, especially women's faces, but the variety is wide.

Since I last looked at this, they have added a year's playback, which is quite hypnotic.

But I think my favourite part, is watching a single image being created from scratch. This wonderful sea scene is built up, tweaked and improved, into a great piece of work. And yet in the process, others scrawl across it, trying to ruin the work in progess.

Near the end, the already beautiful and almost finished image suddenly has a large blue penis right the way over it. And yet the artist simply goes back to fix it up, and finish his art.

So why draw here? What makes this talented person choose to draw where his art is not only drawn over while in progress, but also has no chance of surviving (at least on the ball itself) once he's finished it? It can't be the medium, drawing is not easy in this format (especially with the amount of ink they give you). And there are plenty of places to showcase your work online without the risk of vandalism.

I guess it's about being part of something larger. The feeling of adding to and improving a work that others are working on at the same time as you. Cooperation, collaboration and sharing - some of the same motivations for those of us addicted to wikis I think.

What motivates the blue penis guy, that I can't say.

Thursday, 29 March 2007

Geek humour

Another one for the "it's scary I find this funny" file

Ah well, I suppose it carries on the hugs theme...

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

From cute to hugs

I'm not sure I like the direction this blog is going...

Now I'm not a great one for hugs, but it's striking how much some of those people really seemed to need a hug.

There's more on this at

Credit: BillK and Rieke

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Overdose of cuteness

Just so much cuteness online...

This beautifully 'chopped miniature kitten is probably my all time favourite, but this cat foot comes a close second:

Monday, 26 March 2007

We Didn't Start This Website

"It was always twisted, since the site existed"

I understand far too many of the references in this... scary.

Sunday, 25 March 2007

A blog for interesting things

I think this will be a blog for all the interesting bits and pieces I see in the wonderful world of the Interweb.

Right now, I throw them in my ever-growing bookmarks folder (2725 links at last count), or show them to a friend or two, or link them on IRC...


So now I'm going to experiment with adding them here - see what it looks like.

Of course, what's interesting to me may be boring old hat to you.