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Entries for Thursday, March 23, 2006

March 23, 2006

Snakes On A Plane: The Reshoots

SoaP has had reshoots to make it more R-rated, and to add the line “I want these motherfucking snakes off the motherfucking plane!”. I genuinely cannot wait for this movie!

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Interesting take on collaborative filtering — Finds you movie reviewers whose opinions match yours. Initial signs point to it being wicked fricking awesome.

The MTA Song - Wikipedia

The kind of attention to trivia that Britannica can never hope to beat. A detailed analysis of whether 1980s transit policy in Boston would have allowed Charlie to deboard the train.

Tip of the Hat: Reddit

The main problem with good UI design is that it’s transparent. People don’t notice the good stuff—they just focus on the thirty things that are broken.

So a tip of the hat to a smart UI design that I just noticed on reddit. When you’re logged in and have javascript enabled, reddit tracks all the sites you click-through to. Yes yes, evil tracking, spyware, etc.

But what’s rather charming is that when you view reddit, the links you’ve already visited are displayed in purple. You know, that webbrowser standard for a followed link. Even if you’re on a different PC. It’s such a nice touch—Links that I viewed at home this morning are purpled-out when I’m at my desk at work. And I didn’t have to learn anything—it so snuggly fitted my mental model for How The Web Works that it took me a few weeks to notice.

Compare that to digg where even on the same PC, I can’t eyeball the page and see new links.

Nice work, reddit-folk!

Schneier on Security: Airport Passenger Screening

Another good Bruce Schneier article. Worth it for the sentence “Although we should all be glad that Richard Reid wasn’t the ‘underwear bomber.’”

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