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Web Technology Put To Good Use (via) Ben Brown explains how tags will get you laid on his new dating site, Consumating. # 31st March 2005, 7:15 pm

Where the eye falls. Cool graphic showing an eye tracker study of a Google search results page. # 31st March 2005, 6:20 am

Ajax forest, Remote Scripting trees. Brent Ashley, father of the JSRS library, kicks in on Ajax. # 30th March 2005, 7:19 pm

Greasemonkey as a lightweight intermediary

In The architecture of intermediation, Jon Udell discusses the need for a mechanism for a high-level tool for adding custom features to web applications. In Jon’s case, he wants to add a private bookmarks feature to Jon thought about using a web proxy to intercept and modify pages, but ruled it out as too low-level.

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[delicious-discuss] big news. Joshua has funding, and is now working on full time. # 30th March 2005, 8:55 am

Five-minute Multimethods in Python. A nice decorator example from Guido. # 30th March 2005, 8:47 am

Google Acquires Urchin (via) I’ve used Urchin, and it’s a very decent piece of software. # 29th March 2005, 9:06 pm

Drag-and-drop Sortable Lists with JavaScript and CSS. I built something very similar to this last year at the Journal-World. # 29th March 2005, 6:06 am Fun Python hack for use with map() and filter(). # 28th March 2005, 8:04 pm

PyCon observations

I’m back from my two week stint in the US, and currently suffering from vicious jet-lag (my body wants me to go to sleep at 5am and wake up just past noon). Herewith some observations on PyCon, SxSW and the differences between the two.

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tpp—text presentation program. s5 is old hat: this ncurses-based presentation program runs in a terminal. # 25th March 2005, 6:46 pm A clever Python screen-scraping module, with similarities to WWW::Mechanize. # 25th March 2005, 5:09 am

Luminocity OpenGL Videos. These are pretty cool. # 25th March 2005, 12:10 am

JavaScript Breakpoints. Another brilliant piece of JavaScript hackery from Steve Yen. # 25th March 2005, 12:07 am

Greaseblog (via) The weblog about greasemonkey # 23rd March 2005, 9:52 pm

PyCon 2005 photos. I’ve started uploading to Flickr. # 23rd March 2005, 6:06 pm

The Path of Least Resistance. This was one of the most interesting issues raised at SxSW. # 23rd March 2005, 4:48 am

Beautiful photo on Flickr. Spotted via the iraq tag feed. # 22nd March 2005, 3:09 pm

One hundred words for snow. More on the Ajax naming debate. A name is a powerful thing. # 22nd March 2005, 3:08 pm

The State of the Scripting Universe. More buzz for dynamic languages. # 22nd March 2005, 2:59 pm

Strongbad scares Chapman. Great photo from the Home Star Runner panel at SxSW. # 21st March 2005, 5:39 pm

Just how much power does Google need? And will they use the Columbia River for water cooling? # 21st March 2005, 5:38 pm

Microformats could describe online news intelligently. Adrian’s been thinking about micro formats and online news. # 18th March 2005, 5:42 pm

sxsw: leveraging solipsism. A write-up of one of the many excellent panels I missed. # 18th March 2005, 2:37 am

Usable Security: Look Beyond the “Fundamental Conflict”. Security and usability are not conflicting goals. # 18th March 2005, 2:27 am

Google Code. An online home for Google’s open source projects. # 18th March 2005, 2:02 am

Nifty Corners. Rounded corners with no images and no crufty markup (JavaScript required). # 18th March 2005, 2 am