Links for 30th June 2008

  • How We Read Online

    Lots of good observations. The ones that make me wonder about the usefulness of a web page to me are:

    • Does it initially come up with readable text, or do I have to press Control-and-Plus a couple of times? Ironically this Slate.com page fails that test with Firefox on my Ubuntu system.

    • How many annoying flashy ads does the page contain? You know the type. "YOU ARE A WINNER!!!!!!" strobing away, no doubt causing epileptic fits in a very small percentage of the population.

    • How many of those stupid double underlined links does the page have, that pop up a mini window right over the text I was trying to read?

  • Alexey Titarenko's "City of Shadows"

    I found some of the smoky ones quite chilling. Better increase my Prozac dosage.

    (via Makezine).

  • ZZ Top - Crossroads Guitar Festival

    I know, I'm showing my age, but if you do like their music (and for me that's before they went commercial in the 80's), then you might like to know that there is a new ZZ Top Live DVD out.

    A couple observations from this YouTube video. (Notice how I use another bulleted list to get you to keep reading):

    • Dusty Hill has large feet (or he likes wearing clown shoes).

    • You can get whiplash from your beard. Perhaps they should have tied those suckers down or at least weighted them, although I suspect you could take an eye out with the latter.

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