Twitter Screensaver

I did something very simple with Twitter that I quite like.

I took the RSS feed from my ‘friends’ page. Then fed it into the Mac RSS screensaver (which is installed as standard on a Mac). Now whenever my screensaver activates I get a rundown of what my friends are doing. I guess if you have updates on it’s kind of pointless, but I don’t so it’s a nice passive way to get a snapshot of what people are up to.

It looks a little something like this:

Twitter Screensaver
from iaintait

I found this a bit disturbing

apple_registration.jpg

This was the top of a registration email from Apple. I’m not sure a winking smiley saying ‘We’ve got your number’ makes me feel all that safe. It’s kind of like them saying. Haha, we know all about you, nudge nudge wink wink…

Or maybe I’m just paranoid today.

Lovely Install Screens

On a Mac when you install something you get this screen which normally tells you to drag the application into the applications folder. Quite often you just see the application and you have to figure it out for yourself. Good companies make nice custom backgrounds and shortcuts that make the whole thing totally painless and actually look really sweet.

Here’s two I like.

Skype:

Skype Install Screen

And Adium:

Adium Install

Sometimes it’s the little things.

The Electro Plankton Quartet

The Electro Plankton Quartet

As part of Russell’s Interesting 2007, I got to play as part of ‘The Electroplankton Quartet’. Although we’re likely to get very big and very famous, I thought it was worth setting up a MySpace page just to prove that we existed (just in case we vanish without trace).

www.myspace.com/theelctroplanktonquartet

Then I noticed I’d made a typo and the URL is now missing an extra ‘e’, oh well at least Nintendo might not be able to sue us now…

Thanks to Curtis for the photo.

I Consume Therefore I Care

plastic.jpg

Those ‘I am not a plastic bag’ bags really make me sad.

When they launched in the UK and created a consumer frenzy I was a bit upset. Now I read about their launch in the US I’m getting even more upset.

I think it’s such a shame that the only way to ‘make a point’ is to buy a designer bag. Sure it’s not made of plastic. But I’m pretty sure that the people who are queuing up to buy the bags aren’t the kind of people whose homes are void of bags.

I guess it’s making people talk about bags (plastic or otherwise). But it’s not the right thing to be doing… Is it?

http://www.psfk.com/2007/06/i_am_not_a_plas.html

Chemical Brothers ‘Shop’ in London

Not sure quite how I feel about this. I like it. But I’m not sure it’s a very good use of money. I’m trying to make it a better use of their money by blogging about it.

Chemical Brothers Shop

The Chemical Brothers have taken over a disused shopfront to promote the launch of their new album ‘We Are the Night’. It’s basically just a shopfront with a screen in it showing a video. And you can also text in to get sent some mobile goodies. And you’re supposed to be able to turn on bluetooth to get sent a free download. Which I tried. But nothing seemed to come. Which was a shame.

I’ve used Google’s nifty MyMaps feature to create: Google Map that shows exactly where it is (in case you care).