Monthly Archive for July, 2007


BBC Radio Widget v3.1 is officially the most downloaded release ever. Cool.

Movie time

I went to see Transformers today – special preview screening or some such. It was pretty busy. The film was kinda cheesy in places. It was pretty shallow, too.

The animation was superb. There were fighting robots. Fighting robots. You know, like, robots. Which fight. This is pretty much all you need to know about this movie.

Oh yeah, and some nice nods to the original. All in all, if you saw transformers as a kid – or even had some (come on, don’t lie to me, I know you did) – you will not be disappointed. Most fun I’ve had in ages. 😀

Reasons to love Webkit

If you don’t know, Webkit is the framework in OS X which provides web display to apps. It’s the power behind Safari.

Now, people knock Safari sometimes. They say it’s slow, and they say FireFox has better rendering. People say all sorts of things. Well, Safari is the speediest browser on my MacBook, and that’s nothing compared to what’s coming. And as for rendering…

Safari – Webkit – makes the web pretty. The anti-aliased text is drop dead gorgeous. Everything about it is designed to make content look as good as it can possibly be. have you seen FireFox’s dog-ugly rounded corners on boxes? None of that crap in Webkit.

Now, FireFox has its place. It’s my browser of choice – on Windows, anyway – and it’s been flying the flag for standards on that platform for some time. This isn’t about FireFox. It’s about Webkit, and the jaw-dropping goodness it can deliver.

If you’re not a web designer, this probably won’t blow your mind – but that’s because you don’t know that until recently if you wanted rounded corners, you had to go to Photoshop and draw a box. And split it into pieces. And arrange those pieces carefully on your website, and try to make them work like they’re linked. Either that, or resort to (admittedly ingenious) hacks like this. It was a pain in the ass.

The image above could not, to my knowledge, be created in any other browser. It uses rounded corners (border-radius), the aesthetics of which put other implementations to shame. It uses text-shadow. It uses box-shadow (the first implementation I’ve seen of this). It also uses multiple background images (surprisingly rare in other browsers) to provide highlights. The end result comes from a few lines of code and about 12 pixels of image. To create all that. I still can’t get over it.

I’m in love.

Oh, you wanna know what it is? Well, if you use Adium, you’ll know – it’s a message style. If you want to beta test, email me: hawkman @ the domain you’re at now.

I even look like an idiot in cartoons

Hawkman à la SimpsonsSimpsonize Me is a shameless plug for the new movie. It’s blatant advertising for a certain burger company. It’s poorly designed and it’s unreliable (on my Mac, anyway, stupid Flash). It’s also pretty good fun.

I know they’ve sold out, but I’m really excited by the Simpsons Movie. It took a while for my scepticism to go away, but it helped that they’ve got a lot of the big-hitting writers (and ex-writers) on board, not to mention Hans Zimmer doing the music… and of course the peerless Kelsey Grammer reprising his role as Sideshow Bob. Seriously, anything with that man in is amazing by definition. Bring on the movie!

On Words

I really don’t like the word “fanboy” (or “fanboi” if you’re über-133t). Or rather, perhaps I just don’t like the context it’s used in – it’s merely an excuse not to listen to the other side of the argument, ironically used by those to whom the term is most applicable. I think we, the internet, should have a family meeting and decide not to use it.

Is it just me, or when you learn a new word do you suddenly notice it everywhere? For instance, one of my latest (and most loved) acquisitions to my internal lexicon is “portmanteau”. Currently I’m seeing it everywhere, from Wikipedia (yes, I do go there sometimes; no, I don’t think it’s very reliable) to print articles.