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A history of Emoji

I’ve been following a site called Shady Characters, created by Keith Houston. In his own words, “Shady Char­ac­ters is all about the stor­ies be­hind dif­fer­ent marks of punc­tu­ation”. Recently, Keith went into some detail about the history of Emoji, which I encourage you to check out. The brief his­tory of emoji is far more in­ter­est­ingContinue reading A history of Emoji

Now I’m envisioning him talking like a wookiee

Gritty is the recently unveiled mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, an ice hockey team in the National Hockey League. Researching that sentence just now, I learned more about Gritty than I knew before. Despite not being au fait with Gritty’s origin story, I’ve been enamoured with his image and without realising it, I have contributedContinue reading Now I’m envisioning him talking like a wookiee

Flipboard and the case of usability that doesn’t care about you

I’m a regular user of Flipboard, the app that tells me what’s happening in the world that isn’t Twitter. I have a carefully curated list of interests. One of the things I do with my lovely spouse is share links using Flipboard. In the user interface on my iPhone (I don’t use it elsewhere), thereContinue reading Flipboard and the case of usability that doesn’t care about you

10 Centuries Locker

This is interesting. An anonymous message-sharing system for messages under 100MB, including full Unicode support. Hopefully the spammers won’t abuse it like they did with my site ncane.com. Created by Jason Irwin, who writes: The content can be text of any reasonable length and the password can be of any reasonable length and include multipleContinue reading 10 Centuries Locker

I’m retiring a word (tomcruise) in favour of a better word (obliviot)

Since I first heard the word dumbass, I’ve been a fan. It is delightful way to describe silly human behaviour. However, I retired it in 2006 because some people take offence at it. For one thing, it ends in an ass, which doesn’t mean donkey. That has the potential for tripping up web filters andContinue reading I’m retiring a word (tomcruise) in favour of a better word (obliviot)