Tag: webapps

Vintagejs: Lightweight web based photo editor

This is a handy little webapp. If you like your photos to look really old.

It will turn this…

Into this…

It’s quick, simple, and pretty cool.

Build your own Facebook conversations

This would have been fantastic for our Easter service at Scots, or for anybody who wanted to make a social media version of the Easter story, but alas, it comes a month too late.

However – I present to you “The Wall Machine“, it lets you produce your own multi-partied Facebook conversations.

It has a nice interface. I whipped that one above up in about 30 seconds.

Via ChurchCrunch.

World’s Biggest Pacman

Check this out. Waste at least a day of your time. You can even contribute your own level design (I haven’t. Yet).

Each of the squares on this page is a playable, and connected, level.

Bay of Plenty

If you’ve always thought your photos were missing that special something. Perhaps an explosion. Or Shia Lebouf. Then Get Bayifying. A nice online webapp that turns your photos into a still from a Michael Bay movie. You too can turn a photo like this (with the obligatory ancient wonder in the background)…

Into this… Jets. Guns. Explosions. Saturated Colour.

Beautiful. No wait. Baytiful.

A cacophony in B Flat

Inbflat collects musical pieces in B Flat from YouTube and allows you to create your own aural arrangements.

Website Launch Checklist

Launchlist.net is a pretty nifty checklist to run through before sending your new website into the world wide interwebs. Following it will save you hassles after the fact. Which is always nice.

New Dimensions

The BBC has launched a cool web service called How Big Is It Really that lets you put the area of significant events, places and objects from throughout history on the map. Literally. Wherever you want. It will entertain you for at least five minutes.

How to tell the internet to shut up

Comments are what makes the social internet go round – but they also are a classic example of the signal v noise aspect of effective communication. Annoyingly long comment threads obscure much goodness. You can, though I don’t recommend it, block comments from almost every site you visit around the world wide web, by installing this code snippet in your browser.

It comes with a warning:


The stylesheet blindly hides blocks with IDs like “comments”, which could have unexpected side effects. (I’m told it hides the “discussion” section of Bugzilla installations, for example.) Disable shutup.css if you think you might be missing important page content.

Unlike the guy who wrote this plug-in – I like and value your comments, and would appreciate more of them…

YouTube v Quietube

YouTube has a new cleaner look. Which is great. But if you want something even more minimalist, with less distractions, stupid comments, inappropriate related videos, or banner ads – check out Quietube – all you need to do is add a little shortcut to your bookmarks bar and you can hit it to watch YouTube videos distraction free.

Here’s a pictorial example of the difference.



The equation of life

The inverse graphical calculator creates a graph out of words you input then gives you the equation to generate the graph.
Here is the equation for Jesus.

Here is one I prepared earlier.

How to get in the news

You’ve no doubt spent years trying to fake a news clipping to give your bizarre scar a fitting explanation.

Well. Here you go. A press clipping generator.

Hacking Wordle

This is cool.

Everybody’s favourite word cloud generator – wordle.net – has a secret. If you want phrases to come up as phrases you can simply insert a tilda (~) into the mix.

From here.

Typekit try out

I’m using this blog as a bit of a typography sandbox today because we’re doing a long awaited redesign to our work websites.

I’m currently trialling TypeKit – a webapp that lets you dynamically use non-standard fonts.

Here are three handy articles I’ve read today.

A posterous idea

Posterous seems like a pretty nifty service.

Ok, I’ve tried it, it seems to work.

Posterous lets you essentially blog by email – it hosts all media files and syncs with just about every online service I can imagine… like WordPress.

I’m thinking it will be a very useful tool. So useful I’ve set up one account for blogging purposes, and one for personal use, which will probably end up being a scrap book for blogging.

I’m also thinking I might reduce the amount of personal stuff I put up here – so that when tribes of angry atheists come marching through and insulting me they have less stones to throw. Posterous might fill that gap.

Having said that – feel free to check out my posterous page here


It’s been a while since I plugged booko. It’s very handy. You can price match on books from online retailers. And it’s an Australian site…

I bought a batch of books last week – including Ratio – the conceptual cook book Simone was looking for many months ago