• "Developing this site was very different from any other project I’ve worked on; there seems to be a new set of frontend rules for developing high-end mobile sites. A lot of the current best practices get thrown out the window in the quest for minimum page weight and fastest load times over slow celluar connections. Here are a few of the lessons we learned (sometimes painfully) while developing this site." Really excellent article from code.flickr on building their new mobile/iPhone site.
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  • Jolly good (and nasty) stick-figure assasination game; involves a lot of patience, but nicely executed.
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  • "Joyce Walks is a psychogeographical art project which generates walking maps for any city in the world based on remapping routes from Ulysses allowing users to create a mashup of their own walk to be shared with other users both on the Joyce Walks site and as embeddable maps on any site."
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Arrows of Love at the Scala

26 October 2008

The week before I went away, I went along to the Scala to see the first “proper” show from Arrows of Love, a band formed out of the ashes of Hush The Many (Heed the Few), who I’d been following for a good year or two. They were supported by the Eraserheads, a fun set from Beans On Toast, and an amazing, raucous set from Wild Boar, otherwise known as “Ed Harcourt’s Loud Side Project”. It was a fun night, and whilst I’m still going to miss Hush The Many, Arrows of Love had a lot of promise, especially in their new material. I’m looking forward to their next show.

I took along my camera.

  • "DS brut is an open source hardware prototyping platform for the Nintendo DS, developed by and for electronics enthusiasts, artists and game developers. By connecting the Nintendo DS to the outer world, the game console can be easily hooked up to a variety of sensors (e.g. GPS receivers) and can itself control all different kinds of actuators, servo motors and others."

What Tom Is Up To Right Now pt2: Holidays

17 October 2008

The other pressing event on the horizon is a holiday. A much, much needed holiday. Hurrah, etc.

I am off to Wales. Specifically, I’m off to Pembrokeshire, to walk around the coastal path for six days, and then to spend a day recovering in St. David’s (many thanks to Meg for the winning suggestion in the where shall Tom go on holiday? competition). I am going armed with little other than an itinerary, some clothes, a camera, and a big pile of books. I will be very much off-grid.

I’m looking forward to it immensely. I’m going to be walking every day, which will be a bit of an adventure, and consistently in one direction. I hope to write a little more about the how and why of the trip when I get back, but it’s looking pretty good from this end.

Off tomorrow morning; back in a week. Infovore will be a bit silent in the meantime, but normal service will resume shortly.

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