Vote For Your Favourites in The SA Blog Awards

The nomination period for the SA Blog Awards has come to an end, and the finalists in all the different categories have been posted. Unfortunately the Onelargeprawn blog fell victim to the culling process and we didn’t make it into the next round. It’s just as well that I didn’t write a winning speech beforehand, but I would like to thank our readers for visiting, interacting with us, and nominating us. It’s much appreciated.

I’d be pants-on-fire liar if I said I wasn’t disappointed but the people behind the finalist blogs are very accomplished and I definitely praise them for their efforts. So head over to the SA Blog Awards and vote for your favourite blogs, you might just find local gems you never knew existed.

Link Loving – March 20, 2009

20 minutes to go before I can crap in my own toilet. Til then, here are some links.

Flash Game Friday: Monkey Metric

Ooh ooh ooh Aaah aah aaH!

That being said, today’s flash game is about a family of monkeys whose very existence is threatened by a fire mountain that they decided so cleverly to live next to. One brave monkey must set forth to save the collective. And that brave monkey is unfortunately you.

Use the arrow keys to move, and the spacebar to toggle the switches in this cutesy isometric puzzle game.

Play Monkey Metric at Armor Games.

Social Collider: Revealing Twitter Connections

I love bacon. Some people love Javascript; It’s the cat’s meow (I prefer dog’s bollocks personally) and Chrome Experiments is a series of visualizations that let you see the kinds of things that JavaScript is making possible.

One interesting concoction I like is the Social Collider, a visualization tool that reveals cross-connections between conversations on Twitter. You can search for usernames or topics, which are tracked through time and visualized. The tweets that resonated with others horizontally link to users or topics that relate to them. Posts that did not resonate with anyone just connect to the next item in the stream. It gives a pretty good graphical representation of the impact of a Twitter user, a phrase, or a trend.

I probably haven’t explained it well so head to Social Collider and check it out.

Flying Car Takes Flight, Looks Ugly

Apparently the future is happening right now. From the looks of the Terrafugia Transition, the future’s going to be an ugly place. This fancy flying car (or driving plane if you will) took to the skies on its maiden flight earlier this month. The two-seater aircraft is an unleaded-fueled front-wheel drive vehicle that can reach 65 MPH on the ground, and is able to fly 450 miles at over 115 MPH.

Expected to retail at a street price of USD 194,000, the Terrafugia Transition is able to transform from plane to car in less than 30 seconds. Optimus Prime would be proud.

Read the full article and see more images at Jalopnik – via OhGizmo!

T-shirt love

Yes yes people I got my JuJu t-shirt in the post today, and it is AWESOME! I intend to wear it as often as is hygenically possible – especially on election day.

You can order yours at the equally awesome Hayibo.

Foxy animator


It has been said that disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. And in these tough times of economic downturn, retrentchments, and hell fire (just up the road from my house), I have been seeking high and low for beautiful distractions to keep my belief in magic alive. Dearest Mup pointed me in the direction of something fantastic on YouTube – the work of brilliant animator Nick Fox-Gieg. Watch both these pieces, the animation made me smile, and the story and narrators voice are like soothing ointment for the grazes on your brain.

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