Dear friends who do not play games, I think this link I'm going to share is especially good for you to look at.

It's a short talk about video games and an innovative way to make gaming more accessible to people who think they are not good at games. (Unfortunately the game he focuses on gets panned by Yahtzee)

I've always wished my old games had a walkthrough option, where the game just starts playing itself and maybe you could jump in at some point. Especially during the grinding that happens as filler to the actual story. Someone could breathe new life into those old games if there was a pre-loader that would do this for any game sitting on my shelf.

Here is how I would like to define relationship permissions to content on social networking sites like Flickr.


In the first image I am assigning someone to a particular friend group. In the second image I'm telling the system which outer-most friend group I want to be able to access newly added content.

Something about selecting cones of permissions this way interests me. I would even like to use it to define severity of bugs, immediacy of problems, or even estimating the magnitude of difficulty something might have.

Oh neat: Caterina, one of the founders of Flickr, responds with some background on this idea and how it is not really a good way to define permissions. Nice to see that someone actually did it. I still think it'd be a nice UI feature for selecting magnitudes.

Now that Youtube has linking directly to specific times in a video all we need now is a "play until" variable and someone can put together a Re-CAPTCHA-like product for transcribing Youtube videos.

After our son was born we started watching TV with closed captioning enabled for when the heater starts blowing. Otherwise we were just blasting the TV to hear above the noise. What I discovered is closed captioning (looking at you CaptionMax) sucks. There's no reason it needs to suck so much for deaf people on the web.

Semi-related: Ryan has a good idea that I hope to see soon. Basically someone needs to auto-generate synopsises so I don't have to watch a whole video or decipher a slideshare to get the gist. Seems like a job for scraping blogs to me, everyone generates a synopsis when linking, why not do some magic on it and produce a blurb for people. Seems like every site could include some JavaScript on their page to pull a synopsis if one has been generated.

This is not so much lazy web idea, more of a wouldn't that be interesting: but how neat would it be to make a web site solely for the purpose of attracting bots which, as they crawl, would create profiles, connections, and activity streams. Something like a digital ant farm, I guess.

I don't know enough about bot cycles to know if they'd even visit much, but I'd sure like to find out.

I'm so curious to know what's inside this book: 16 Months Worth of Drawing Exercises in Microsoft Excel. [via monoscope]


There are some wicked ideas, and then there are some truly wicked ideas. Swoopo is about the most wicked I've come across in a while. It takes a few minutes to understand what's going on, but when you do you can't believe it's really happening.

I'll blow your mind even more: a current auction for $225 worth of "bids" is currently at $480. These are bids you can buy on the site for $225.

The Wikipedia explanation is probably the best one.

This iPhone/Touch skin is made to work with an App built for the visually impaired. It appears there is no App available at this time, however. For now it's more like a special keyboard with no application. Still a great idea. [via slantback]

Getting back on this saddle. First up is Trendwatching's Consumer Trends for 2009.

Greg Knauss on the subject of meetings.

I do not have time for this. (picture)

Also, this site called me a dick basically. (Well, my site)