Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Oh sweet mother of Ackbar

2009/12/18 Comments off

Best. Single. Page. Weather. Forecast. Ever.

Weather for San Francisco

Weather for Denver

“You may have to climb inside a tauntaun for warmth.” Oh, dear.

There’s also Naboo, Yavin 4 (“Also bits of the Death Star might fall on your head”), and Tatooine. Maybe more but I need to stop laughing for a while and catch my breath. This might have to be my home page from now on. Holy cow, I love the interwebs.

Star Wars Weather Forecast

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Too right

2009/12/05 Comments off

When it’s this easy to ping Yahoo or Google services to get the weather, every yahoo puts up a site. Today’s example of a one page wonder tells it like it is:

the weather for Inkom, Id

Note the small comment—Where’s a Tauntaun when you need one? Probably right behind you, mate. Not the greatest design (although a nice, high end, Swiss grid dealie with helvetica would be amusing; you know, for the contrast between ‘wang icicles’ and classiness), but at least it’s honest.

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Sometimes I’m embarrassed to be a GIS professional

2009/11/15 Comments off

mostly because of garbage like this:

Ugh. (via)

I guess it’s not totally their fault; ESRI certainly has a lot to answer for in the whole design process. But still, who in their right mind thinks the ‘ribbon’ is a good bit of UI design? Or that it is an appropriate solution on every web mapping site? No one. Between this and the magical, just transparent enough so that you can’t read the legend floaty box deal on web 2.0 maps, it’s just embarrassing. And what the hell is up with those tabs? Oy.


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Egg-pocalypse x 2

2009/08/27 Comments off

We previously discussed the downfall of western society based on the availability of pre-cooked hardboiled eggs in the super market here at Sparsile Commons (see And I just thought it was a midwestern thing). So when I ran across this concept for cooking instructions on the egg, I knew that we were one step closer to doom.

via Eat Me Daily

via Eat Me Daily

Disaster! Doom! What if I don’t want to spiegel that egg? I bet that nice dotted line gets smeared during printing anyway.

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A zoo I can get behind

2009/08/10 Comments off

I’m really digging the Galaxy Zoo web application. This site, and its partner site Galaxy Zoo Supernovae, harnesses the power of hordes of astronomy geeks to classify galaxies or supernovae. It has that sort of Mechanical Turk vibe to it with the reward of science. ┬áSo very cool in theory.

And in practice, also cool. Given that we’re not all professional astronomers (or trained astronomers), the site divides up the classification process into a series of steps where the choices are a set of buttons with graphics. As you complete each step, the image button is added to the list below the current choices. So you can see the decisions that you’ve made and return to a previous step easily. The interface is simple and intuitive.


Classification Steps

Even better, there’s a separate page that provides practice sets for each of the steps:

Practice sets

Practice sets

So you can see examples of each of the options as you work. It also keeps track of the galaxies you’ve classified and save your favorites. All in all, an excellent time suck. Although the supernovae classifier is really quite hard.

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I think I worked with these guys.

2009/07/28 Comments off

via swissmiss

Mother of the flying spaghetti monster, this describes I a guy I used to work with. Except it seemed to be more an excuse to bail later—look we already have this other site, the mockup site, ready, why bother to do the actual site? Terrifying.

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Didn’t celebrate counting

2009/07/09 Comments off

Today, twice in fact, there were times that will only happen once in 5000 years! No, 100 years! And only in the U.S.! I’m speaking, of course, about the time when the clock hits 04:05:06 07/08/09 and 12:34:56 07/08/09. I have celebrated other mathematical days here, especially Pi Day, but this a non-event. No special dessert, nothing particularly interesting happens, it is simply an artifact of how we commonly format datetime values.

It has nothing to do with the fact that I wear this watch:

Reveal Watch

Reveal Watch

You cannot mark what you cannot see.

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