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A Case Study of “Designed By Developers”: Stack Overflow

July 21, 2010
A Case Study of “Designed By Developers”: Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow was set up by two successful high-profile businessmen, attracts over 7 million unique visitors a month, and has received $6 million in funding. So I found it a little jarring when I visited the site to see this: My eyes puked from the motion sickness of not-knowing-where-to-look-oh-my-god-everything-is-everywhere-ness of the page. It’s a...
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The Uncomfortable Truth about Twitter Autofollowing: It Works

July 10, 2010
The Uncomfortable Truth about Twitter Autofollowing: It Works

The number of real Twitter followers you have matters. And using borderline-spammy techniques to get those followers works too. I run a blog called Amorphous Blog, which has a Twitter account at @amorphousblog. I spend quite a lot of time researching and writing posts for the blog (often hours at a time), so at the...
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Pimpin’ Mah Blogs

July 8, 2010
Pimpin’ Mah Blogs

This is my home on the web, but I run (or contribute to) a number of other blogs that you may or may not know about. For the sake of self-promotion, you might want to check these out and subscribe to the RSS feeds! (I’m currently obsessed with FeedBurner stats.) The Januarist (RSS, @thejanuarist)...
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Interaction Design Laws

July 6, 2010
Interaction Design Laws

Fitts’s law is a model of human movement in human-computer interaction and ergonomics which predicts that the time required to rapidly move to a target area is a function of the distance to and the size of the target. From: Fitts’s Law, Wikipedia the steering law is a predictive model of human movement, concerning the...
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The Boundless Wolf Theorem

June 27, 2010
The Boundless Wolf Theorem

The Boundless Wolf theorem states that if you give a wolf a Moleskine and a Sharpie it will eventually recreate Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man. (Source Image: Gray Wolf on Flickr)
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PHP Script to Follow Someone Else’s Twitter Followers

June 6, 2010
PHP Script to Follow Someone Else’s Twitter Followers

I was going to write an introduction about how I don’t think that Twitter follower numbers are particularly important, but how/why I wrote this script anyway. But, to be honest, if you have a practical ethical use for this, that’s all I care about – who cares why I wrote it in the first...
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When Do Bands Decide They Don’t Want To Be Sampled?

May 26, 2010
When Do Bands Decide They Don’t Want To Be Sampled?

Just something I’ve been thinking about lately. Most bands, early in their career, would benefit from being sampled by a reputable artist (say, Girl Talk). If you were in a new band, and Girl Talk sampled you, you’d be pretty happy, right? When does this emotion change, from happiness (gaining attention) to anger (having...
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Suspicious UK Government 404 Page

May 23, 2010
Suspicious UK Government 404 Page

Right now, if you search Google for “Register of members interests”, to find out what MPs are being paid by commercial companies, the first result, to the parliament.gov register page, returns a 404. Dodgy? I blame Cameron!
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