Website as graph


Here’s part of a visualization of this site. There are many more site visualizations on Flickr, tagged websitesasgraphs. The applet is written by an artist named Salas, who also has a project to sell one thousand paintings of numbers from 1 to 1000.

Markup tags are mapped to colors.

What do the colors mean?
blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

Dilbert VC comics


Dilbert meets Vijay, the world’s most desperate venture capitalist.

See also: VC Comic Strips, GooglePark

Monty Python – And Now for Something Completely Different


Our family has enjoyed Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean in the past, so this weekend I thought I’d see how Monty Python went over with our daughter. I think British humor is partially an acquired taste, but the 4th graders around here seem to have a keen appreciation for the absurd, especially if it involves naked people and/or underwear. A bit of animation doesn’t hurt, either.

And Now For Something Completely Different isn’t really a movie so much as a collection of skits that can be watched (or skipped) separately without missing anything.

A few notes:

  • The Hungarian Tourist was a big hit. Hopefully we won’t end up with all the kids at school saying “My hovercraft is full of eels”.
  • The Man with a Tape Recorder Up His Nose was completely baffling to my daughter, who has never actually seen a tape recorder. We had to pause the DVD for a sidebar discussion.
  • How Not to Be Seen: “Why is everyone getting blown up?” People randomly getting shot, blown up, or having 16 ton weights dropped on them was vaguely confusing to her. We don’t generally watch a lot of PG-13 movies with her, although we will probably make an exception for the new Harry Potter movie.
  • The Dead Parrot, the Biker Grannies, and the Marriage Counselor all went over well. We had another sidebar discussion on what marriage counselors were and the various sorts of “inappropriateness” that were going on…
  • Cartoon naked people, the dancing Venus on the Half Shell, and men in bikinis all got the kid-stamp-of-approval

This is probably not a movie for kids of all ages, but might be entertaining for some. I think we’ll try Monty Python and the Holy Grail before too long.

Web Two Point Oh

Andrew Wooldridge has built a web application which will instantly generate a web2.0 buzzword-compliant startup name and concept.

Web Two Point Oh!
Create your own Web 2.0 Company

Below you will find a pre-created VC friendly Web 2.0 company just for you!

Hit reload to create another potential million dollar idea

Some of the candidates I got were:

  • Rieeent – rss-based dating via ajax
  • Riink – rss-based blogs via Ruby on Rails
  • zVonowy – community apps via microformats
  • Tripkoent – greasemonkey extension for photos via bittorrent
  • Tripya – social news on the desktop
  • Yahonomodoo – web-based search engine via api mashups
  • Tripelihub – social apps via microformats

Just to be safe, he adds an editorial footnote:

Note: this is just a little programmatic satire. Any semblance to an actual company is purely accidental and not intentional! It’s supposed to be funny :)

Before too long, someone may start to automatically generate examples of these on Ning or something along those lines…

See also: The Cambrian Age 2.0, The Home Pages of this New Era

Hogwarts and Security Issues in Harry Potter (mild spoilers)

Bruce Schneier, noted crypto and security guy, has an entertaining thread of comments on various security issues at Hogwarts in the latest installment of Harry Potter, starting with a post from Karl Lembke:

In the latest Harry Potter book, we see Hogwarts implementing security precautions in order to safeguard its students and faculty.
One step that was taken was that all the students were searched – wanded, in fact – to detect any harmful magic. In addition, all mail coming in or out was checked for harmful magic.
In spite of these precautions, two students are nearly killed by cursed items.

Brent Dax comments:

There are actually some very interesting bits of security in the Potter series. One of my favorites is the Fidelius Charm, a spell that can restrict the flow of information by ensuring that only one person can communicate a particular fact to others. (It’s used in the series to protect the addresses of sensitive locations, but there’s nothing to suggest it couldn’t be put to other uses.) This reminds me somewhat of a DRM system, although it’s certainly far more effective than anything programmers have written thus far. In the series, the Charm does its job perfectly–but the security it provides fails when the person trusted to keep the secret turns out to be less than trustworthy.

and many more comments. I actually haven’t had a chance to read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince yet, although I’ve come across much of the plot in reviews and comments by now.

Anyway, a little silly, but entertaining if you enjoy both Harry Potter and security technology.

Google Purge – Destroying all Unindexed Information

Google Announces Plan To Destroy All Information It Can’t Index. (via Batelle’s Searchblog)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Executives at Google, the rapidly growing online-search company that promises to “organize the world’s information,” announced Monday the latest step in their expansion effort: a far-reaching plan to destroy all the information it is unable to index.

I haven’t looked at the Onion in a long time. Good fun…

VC Comic Strip

vc-comic-strips

VC Comics (via Texas Venture Capital Blog)

Matrix Persona Quiz

You are Morpheus-
You are Morpheus, from “The Matrix.” You
have strong faith in yourself and those around
you. A true leader, you are relentless in your
pursuit.

What Matrix Persona Are You?

Potter Puppet Pals

It’s Friday, and I’ve come across a brilliantly funny pair of Harry Potter flash animations. Not quite G rated, but generally work safe. You’ll need the sound turned on, though. (link, link)

Quotes: “Let’s bother Snape!”, “Botherbotherbother”, “Naked Time!”, and “Ronicus Explodicus!”

    The Potter Puppet Pals present
    “Bothering Snape”
    animated by Neil Cicierega

    and the sequel,

    “Trouble at Hogwarts”
    animated by Neil Cicierega
    with help from Alora Lanzillotta and Emmy Cicierega

The second animation has a hidden bonus feature which should not be missed. To view it, use the button at the lower left corner to pause when Snape gets zapped, and move step by step until you see the green star, which you can click to view the bonus animation.

You may also like PotterPotterPotter.

Update 09-24-2005 21:52 PDT: People seem to be finding this post lately, looking for Potter Puppet Pals 3. There isn’t one yet, as far as I know. In the meantime, you may enjoy Snape’s rendition of I’m Too Sexy (Flash). The Potter Puppet Pals site is frequently out of bandwidth quota, but the content is mirrored here.

There’s also a do-it-yourself Potter Puppet Pals scene maker (in Flash) there, which lets you drag and drop the puppet parts onto the scene and put a text caption on it.

PotterPotterPotter


A silly Flash movie on the eve of the 6th Harry Potter book. (via Fredshouse)

update 2005-07-16 23:32 : Here’s the original BadgerBadgerBadger Flash movie (badgerbadgerbadgerbadger, mushroom, snake)

update 2005-07-17 09:07:26: after reading this post, a friend reminded me about the hamster dance. (Original, new version, and history).

update 2005-08-06 21:19: You may also enjoy the Potter Puppet Pals

update 2005-09-24 22:08 PDT: You might be interested in Snape singing I’m Too Sexy, or the Potter Puppet Pals Scene Maker, see the update on the Potter Puppet Pals post.

A VC anti-portfolio

Paul Kedrosky points out a fun bit of candor from the folks at Bessemer Venture Partners:

Most venture firms have mental lists of deals that they shoulda/coulda done, but didn’t, and yet only a vanishingly small number of such firms will ever list the deals that got away. After all, it makes you look intermittently dumb and human and risk-averse, and gunslinging venture sorts could never concede any of those things to be true.

Trust the iconoclasts at Bessemer, however, to maintain at least a partial public list — they call it their “anti-portfolio” — of the deals that got away:

Among the gems on the reject list: Google, eBay, FedEx, Intel, Intuit, Lotus, and Compaq.

To keep things in perspective, Bessemer has a track record of nearly 100 years of successful investments, starting out in 1911, with funds raised from the sale of Carnegie Steel. I’d be pretty pleased to be around long enough to have such a spectacular reject list…

Darth Vader’s Blog

After reading this, I see an opportunity for a business management book, something like “29 Leadership Secrets From Darth Vader“…

Darth Vader’s weblog, via MetaFilter. For the full effect, start at the first post.

Have I mentioned before that I am surrounded by idiots? Let me cut to chase and just tell you up front: the rebels got away. All of them. General Veers, bless his heart, must have destroyed two dozen armed speeders and and an entire line of infantry — but those were just ants. We failed to take Mothma, Organa, Rieekan, Skywalker or even the traiterous fish Ackbar.

See also: Things Not To Say to Darth Vader at the Water Cooler

Are you a nerd?


I am nerdier than 94% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Came across a post linking to this nerd test while looking into the Semiologic Static Front Page plugin for WordPress.

Overall, you scored as follows:

6% scored higher (more nerdy), and
94% scored lower (less nerdy).

What does this mean? Your nerdiness is:

Supreme Nerd. Apply for a professorship at MIT now!!!.

Hmm. Only 94%?

Mr. Bean / Rowan Atkinson

We recently had a mini film festival at our house featuring Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean. Some time ago, we watched Johnny English (2003), featuring Rowan Atkinson as a Bean-like British secret agent (sort of Bean-as-James-Bond), which was well received at our house. (I was dispatched in search of Abba’s “Does Your Mother Know” the next day to accompany toothbrushing and dancing the following evening).

Bean: The Movie (1997) seemed like a good bet for family movie night when we came across it at the video store. Continue reading Mr. Bean / Rowan Atkinson

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