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A good Flash day November 22, 2006

Posted by rockysays in Flash, niceness, inspiration, web 2.0, web design.
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I’ve come across some lovely Flash content today. First up is kuler from Adobe Labs, which essentially enables users to share colour themes. So in Web 2.0 terms, I suppose you could call it Social Swatching.

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Next up is PICTAPS from ROXIC. Whilst you could argue that the site is essentially useless, it’s a lovely way to pass some time, and is pretty damn impressive in technical terms. Basically, you create a 2D sketch, which is then animated in a lovely 3D environment. And, er, that’s it. So yeah, useless, but very cool

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PlayStation3 media tour November 14, 2006

Posted by rockysays in hmm...interesting, niceness, inspiration, videogames.
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So the PS3 has finally launched in Japan, and the US launch is fast approaching (us poor unfortunates in Europe still have a few months to wait), and one aspect of Sony’s new piece of living room furniture that has been receiving lots of praise is its media playback/management facilities. Utilising an interface that is essentially a high-res version of the PSP menu system, the PS3 can handle a variety of media on a variety of formats. Music, photos and videos can be read from memory cards and USB flash memory to name just a couple of sources, as well as from the consoles hard drive, although there doesn’t seem to be any provision for streaming media from a PC the way that the Xbox360 can. But where the PS3 currently holds the advantage over the 360 – at least in video playback stakes – is in the fact that it can handle a variety of video formats, not just poxy WMV files like the 360 does. And the “photo album” facility looks absolutely gorgeous, although I’m not sure how useable it is; once that initial “Wow” factor has subsided, I suspect that many PS3 owners will opt for a simple slide show when viewing their digital pics.

On balance, the media playback capabilities of the PS3 and its crossbar interface seem to me a little bit, well, sexier than the 360’s offerings. But that alone wouldn’t be enough to make me want one, especially since I recently bought a 360 – and I could still buy a Wii once it’s available and have two cutting edge consoles for the price of Sony’s one.

Adam Ant October 20, 2006

Posted by rockysays in music, niceness, inspiration, web design.
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Adam Ant was a big hero of mine growing up; as far as I’m concerned he was one of the best, most exciting pop stars Britain has ever produced. Kings of the Wild Frontier was a huge album for me. A greatest hits album was released last month (along with his autobiography, which I’m about half way through – bloody hell, he’s had a hard life) and there’s a nice little microsite to accompany it. The official Adam Ant news service can be found here

Colour Like No Other October 17, 2006

Posted by rockysays in news, niceness, inspiration, Television.
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Sony’s long awaited second Bravia ad is now available to view on the official campaign website. Having just watched it through, I can’t say I was impressed with it as much as I was with the ‘Balls’ ad. It’s still head and shoulders above most ad campaigns though, and you’ve got to appreciate the amount of work that’s gone into making this

Javier Ferrer Vidal October 5, 2006

Posted by rockysays in Flash, general, niceness, inspiration, web design.
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Absolutely gorgeous Flash site for a talented photographer, from the great Medios y Proyectos

How cool is this?! October 3, 2006

Posted by rockysays in general, hmm...interesting, niceness, inspiration.
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London based company MOO have come up with the brilliant idea of MiniCards made from your Flickr photostream. Each MiniCard has a photo on one side, and any text you care to include on the other side. Got to get me some of those

To touch someone’s heart with design September 29, 2006

Posted by rockysays in Flash, general, niceness, inspiration, web design.
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The ‘design narratives’ of Jonathan Yuen; very nice site

Invisible Skateboards September 18, 2006

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Apparently the boards were completely green, then digitally keyed out. Nice work, fellas

Quote of the Week September 1, 2006

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“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”

Guillaume Apollinaire

That’s a lot of paint August 18, 2006

Posted by rockysays in general, news, niceness, inspiration, Television.
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70,000 litres of paint
358 single bottle bombs
33 sextuple air cluster bombs
22 Triple hung cluster bombs
268 mortars
33 Triple Mortars
22 Double mortars
358 meters of weld
330 meters of steel pipe
57 km of copper wire

Sony have very cannily started building up anticipation for the next Bravia ad campaign by posting info on the production here. Well it works for me – I’m really looking forward to seeing the ad, directed by Jonathan Glazer. Judging by the image above, it looks like it’s set in a slightly less glamorous location than the “Balls” ad. That definitely isn’t San Francisco