upl8.tv from Poke NY

The chaps at Poke NY have just spawned a new thing of total awesomeness.

Basically it’s a YouTube viewer that allows you to browse YouTube clips using just the space bar. You visit the site and start watching. If you don’t like the clip. Hit space and you’ll move on to the next one. They’ve loaded it up with a bunch of clips that they like (which is a pretty good selection in its own right).

Visit http://upl8.tv to check it out.

But it’s also incredibly easy to create your own experience, all you have to do is add your term after the trailing slash in the URL.

So if you want to view a selection of clips featuring kittens you’d just go to http://upl8.tv/kittens.

Or if you wanted to randomise a bunch of 80s pop videos just check http://upl8.tv/80s+pop.

URLs + spacebar. A great navigational combo for drunk / stoned / lazy people.

Balloonacy is Go! Hooray!

After lots of late nights and hard work by lots of valiant people at Poke the Orange Balloon Race is finally live and running. And it seems to be working like a dream (fingers crossed). You probably saw it obscuring the front of the site when you first arrived…

The servers are getting hammered with about 14 Trillion Terrabytes a second. But I guess that’s the price you pay for doing some kind of distributed, fancy-pants thing. You live and learn. You live and learn.

One Of The Greatest Quotes Ever…

It’s nice to be back…

TV is not vulgar and prurient and dumb because the people who compose the audience are vulgar and dumb. Television is the way it is simply because people tend to be extremely similar in their vulgar and prurient and dumb interests and wildly different in their refined and aesthetic and noble interests.

David Foster Wallace

From this hugely useful presentation: Best Practices for Spreading Your App without Ruining the User Experience

It’s not a pretty presentation but it contains some absolutely corking soundbytes:

Before you plan your business model make sure you have a pleasure model

And:

If you behave like a disease, people develop an immune system

It’s definitely worth setting aside a bit of time for:

Or you can get the slides here if you prefer it that way.

There’s loads more fantastic presentations from the Google I/O Sessions here, a lot of them are quite tech-biased, but don’t let that stop you.

Thanks to Knotty for pointing to the treasure trove.

Webbys 2008

Just got back from the Webbys in New York. We were over there to pick up a People’s Voice for the Orange Never Ending Web Page. There’s evidently no photo of me picking up our Webby, so here’s a picture of Richard from Moo picking up their Webby instead, well done Moo chaps.

It was all really well put together and a lot of fun. Perhaps a little too much fun and there might have been too many refreshments on offer. But anyway.

I had a much better time than I normally do at that kind of thing. I think it’s because everyone was well, webby. So being the geek that I am I could easily get to common ground with folk about stuff I found at least a tiny bit interesting.

So sorry for not blogging. Got into a bit of a spiral of working. Partying. Sleeping. Hanging Over. Eating. And back to working again. And so the circle of (the last week of) life goes.

Radiohead – Obsolete Hardware Remix

This is absolutely incredible. So nicely done.

As I’ve said before I like the idea of Radiohead more than I actually like Radiohead. This is another part of that puzzle. Basically it’s a response to the ‘Nude’ remix contest that they set up earlier in the year.

This chap has done something incredible with it…


Big Ideas (Don’t get any) from 1030 on Vimeo.

Go here to read about his incredible entry: http://www.vimeo.com/1109226

Thanks to Steve Wyles for the tip-off. I’m pretty sure this clip will be viewed by about 1 trillion people given that it’s an almost perfect mashup of geekiness and Radioheadness.

More Balloonacy

There’s been some really good comments about the Orange Balloon Race. Including a couple of people mentioning some issues with explanations and UI on the site. We’ve made a bunch of improvements and hopefully iit’s getting better all the time…

It’s great to see the balloon widget working so nicely (see below). Thanks to the Gigya widget platform you can get support for your balloon on loads of different types of sites.

When the site goes live this widget will show your progress – where you are in the race – and allow friends to give you a boost. All good stuff.

It’s all getting really exciting. I can’t wait for the main thing to go live. In testing it’s all looking pretty spiffy. I hope people like it…

The Orange Balloon Race – Playballoonacy.com

Here’s the start of another major thing that we’ve been working on for Orange for a while now…

Registration is now open for the first Balloon Race Across the Internet.

Visit: playballoonacy.com

Basically we’re going to set off loads of balloons across the Internet. The one that goes the furthest in 7 days wins – and the prize is a £20,000 VIP trip to Ibiza including everything that you and 7 friends could hope for, ever. That’s it in a nutshell.

Oh and there’s all kinds of stars and bonus doo-dahs along the way – collect 5 stars and win stuff. Hit rainbows and get warped into the future and all that kind of thing. You know, like they do in games and stuff.

Sign up for the race

Visit the site now and get a balloon. Then when the race starts in 3 weeks you’ll be right up the front. Well you’ll be in the race anyway.

My lovely camel shaped balloon can be found here…

Be part of the race course

The course is made up of sites that have agreed to be part of the racecourse, or are about to agree to be part of the racecourse. That’s right folks. If you’ve got a blog or a website you can add it to the race by simply adding a small snippet of widgety code to your site. You can visit the site to sign up, but if you’re impatient and really want to add your site you can bust straight there using this URL: http://www.playballoonacy.com/account/sites

What’s in it for sites that take part? Well in hard terms it’ll drive traffic to your site. There’s going to be people visiting your site to see their balloons pass over it. And if the race passes over an interesting page people might just stop by to have a look. In softer terms it might just be a bit of fun.

Let Balloonacy commence.