27 May 2006

Graphs, Flickr, Widgets, Hobo's & Hanso.

I've been a busy chappy lately and the poor blogs been suffering for some attention something lousy. So sit back a bit, it's a lengthy rant.

The image I've used here is the result of a cool little applet that gathers the html in a given website and plots that data in a colour coded mind map like form. What you're actually looking at is a visual representation of the html hierarchy from 'Eru's LifeCache '. It's probably just me, but watching the graph unfold before my eyes as the applet works through the code is aesthetically very appealing.
Here's how it works:

  • blue: for links (the A tag)
  • red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
  • green: for the DIV tag
  • violet: for images (the IMG tag)
  • yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
  • orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
  • black: the HTML tag, the root node
  • gray: all other tags
Moving right along.

I've fallen in love with flickr again, especially now that's it's gone gamma (chuckles).
I've joined a couple of NZ welly communities and they are as you'd expect from welly, almost 'too friendly' and 'welcoming'
(no offence peeps, I've noticed you reading).
The flickr toys are fun for awhile and definitely worth the dabble, but my recommendation this week is to signup for a yahoo account if you haven't already and download the
Yahoo Widget Engine.
* (11mb) (Used to be referred to as 'Konfabulator')

11mb? F--k that sh-t! I know, but some of the widgets are genius.
I've got desktop traffic/beach cams with loads of live feeds directly from the city and beaches around the country and the world. So combined with weather widgets, I finally know for instance whether I really need to take that extra kit with me into town. I've got a NASA widget streaming near live images of the sun straight to my desktop and the 'Who wants to be a millionaire' quiz show widget is awesome, as is the Reggae Radio station. Here's a screen shot.

Its fun, a lot of it pointless, but really, what's an 11mb entry fee compared to the gigs and gig's of porn you've no doubt purged right after having beaten your dick like it owed you money or something?

Exactly. :-)

I've been getting into my maps. Pretty much everyone's Geocaching these days and more recently a flickr member (Taniwha), turned me onto ZoomIn: NZ Street Maps. A lot like what yahoo and google maps would be like if either were any use to the average kiwi. You can add tags to specific locales with a blurb and hang a pic off it.
I've got some ideas I'm working on for that one so I'll keep you posted.

I was walking down Lambton Quay the other day and saw this symbol ")(" with "ssid bandwidth" encircled on the ground in blue chalk. When I got home I looked it up and to my surprise I had stumbled over 'WarChalking' which of course draws it's inspiration from 'Hobo symbols'.
Very cool stuff indeed (I just need a blackberry now) and with the recent unbundling of the NZ local loop, I expect to see more WiFi things like this.

Finally in closing. WTF is the 'Hanso Foundation'? Last night while I was watching the tube, their strange little 'scientology esque' advert came on, which prompted me to sit up and take notice. (after all I know when I'm being marketed too). The Advert ends, leaving me filled with renewed hopes fora brighter tomorrow and the promise of more information at "www.thehansofoundation.org".
So yes I admit, I am hooked.
I plodded off to the site and while I wait I drop some gleaning tabs into the ??? and ???. Words like The DHARMA Initiative, Life extension, Juxtapositional eugenics/genomic advancement and some shady figure called Alvar Hanso start popping out from the TagCloud in close proximity to the words *update: The Hanso Foundation site is finally up and running again, and it's beautiful. I don't want to spoil it.
"those who know don't say while those who say don't know".
- Ancient Zen Saying.


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