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Jonathan Coulton Re-records ‘Code Monkey’ For Us

October 16th, 2012 10:49 admin View Comments


Back in 2006, we discussed Jonathan Coulton’s ‘Code Monkey,’ a song about the plight of under-appreciated developers. In the years since, Coulton’s efforts to produce geek-oriented songs have propelled him to a successful music career. To mark Slashdot’s 15th anniversary, he was kind enough to do a brand new recording of ‘Code Monkey’ for us. The video is embedded below, and here’s a description from the email he sent to CmdrTaco: “It seemed fitting to do a new version of that song. I have all these gadgets that I buy and barely learn how to play, and when I heard you guys were looking for videos and things, it inspired me to sit down and actually try to get some of them working. What you see is me doing a version of Code Monkey performed live on electric guitar and laptop. The grid with lights is a monome running Pages, Polygomé and mlrv on my mac. You’re also hearing some loops and noises from Ableton Live, controlled by footswitches, the monome, and the little keyboard, which is an OP-1. Back in 2006 I didn’t know what I was doing, and with all these gizmos, I still don’t. So that’s a relief.” Thanks, Jonathan.

Source: Jonathan Coulton Re-records ‘Code Monkey’ For Us

Top 20 Pinterest Personalities (It’s Not Who You Think)

June 8th, 2012 06:30 admin View Comments

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then it’s no wonder that Pinterest is growing faster than Facebook and Twitter at the same point in their histories. It’s not just Pinterest’s incredibly fast growth, however, that makes it fascinating. While the most popular users on Facebook and Twitter are celebrities and consumer brands, Pinterest is about ordinary people who have extraordinary passion. Here, then, is a list of Pinterest’s homegrown superstars.

20. Joy Cho / Oh Joy! 812,026 followers Joy curates over 50 boards, but her most popular ones share fashion and home goods for the whimsical woman. And just in case that’s not playful enough, there’s also one dedicated entirely to balloons.

19. Leah Dent 833,455 followers Leah’s boards are all made up of two ideas.” For example, “halls and stairs,” “ingest and imbibe” and “shin and dig.”

18. Satsuki Shibuya 885,195 followers A self-described designer/creator/explorer, Satsuki Shibuya’s boards range from typography she loves to sleek housewares.

17. Ieva Mazeikaite 910,947 followers A freelance interior designer, she posts pretty kitchens, lovely bathrooms, and fireplaces and pretty shoes.

16. Jonathan Lo 899,258 followers Jonathan’s “Personal Stylin” board features men’s clothing and accessories that look like they’re straight from the pages of GQ.

15. Pennyweight 910,098 followers Pennyweight, who loves “pretty fashion, wonderful tunes and Mexican food,” shares her favorite ideas for everything from 9-to-5 (work) and beyond (parties and vacations).

14. Kate @ Wit + Delight 719,612 followers A designer and blogger, Kate is “currently obsessed” with almost a thousand sweaters, dresses, vests, shoes, accessories and more. P.S. She really likes stripes.

13. Rashida Coleman-Hale 924,959 followers A fabric designer, Rashida’s boards include “fabulous tutorials,” colorful and inspiring photographs, and an entire board about her favorite fabric: linen.

12. Justina Blakeney 984,690 followers Like many of the people on Pinterest, Justina is both a designer and a blogger; however, she is also a “mover & shaker, newlywed, mom-to-be, and jungalow-dweller.” This is reflected in her boards that show off her love of bohemian style for both the closet and home.

11. Christine Martinez 984,722 followers Christine’s “penchant for pretty” inspires with “Words to Live By” and dreamy interiors.

10. Ez Pudewa 1,034,530 followers It’s the little details that inspire Ez Pudewa. Unique gift wrap, unexpected home décor and holiday ideas make up just a few of her 58 boards.

9. Bright.Bazaar 1,053,421 followers Crafting, fashion (for him and for her), interiors, food, flowers and weddings, this color-obsessed blogger’s boards have something for everyone.

8. Michael Wurm, Jr. 1,074,095 Anyone with a sweet tooth will swoon over Michael’s “i bake” board. His “i cook” board looks pretty delicious, too. Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich? Yes, please.

7. Daniel Bear Hunley 1,332,726 followers Style for the Southern gentleman. Daniel Bear Hunley’s boards include masculine prints, style, home goods, packaging and more. Oh, and his “Ferocious Animals” will make you squeal with delight. In a supremely manly way, of course.

6. Anna H. 1,364,886 followers Thirty-nine boards and 3300 pins featuring textiles, clothing and design inspiration. All organized by room.

5. Caitlin Cawley 1,399,662 followers Inspiring homes, closets and street style make this Boston-based graphic design major one of the most followed people on Pinterest.

4. Mike D 1,444,858 followers Obscure design, gorgeous cartography, distinct illustrations and general “awesomeness.”

3. Maia McDonald 1,480,006 followers A self-proclaimed “visual nerd,” Maia McDonald’s boards represent her affinity for painted portraits, romantic weddings and adorable babies. It’s also worth noting that she’s a creative coordinator for Williams-Sonoma.

2. Jennifer Chong 1,761,890 followers “Graphic designer, food lover, photography enthusiast, traveler” says it all about this Long Beach, California, pinner with over 1.65 million followers.

1. Jane Wang 2,982,983 followers Jane Wang is the single-most-followed user on Pinterest. Her quirky and frequent pins have earned her almost 3 million followers. Well, that and the fact that her son is a co-founder of the company.

Source: Top 20 Pinterest Personalities (It’s Not Who You Think)

‘A Slick 50-Inch Apple Television’ Spotted in Jonathan Ive’s Design Studio?

January 4th, 2012 01:18 admin View Comments

Apple’s Design Chief – Jonathan Ive Awarded Knighthood in U.K.

December 31st, 2011 12:59 admin View Comments

MLB Challenge 2nd Inning: The Souls of Ideas

November 11th, 2011 11:45 admin View Comments

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Hines Hall, Syracuse University campus, 12:27 pm ET November 11 - The students in the College Challenge are thinking about beginnings. There’s eleven hours left in their project, and that’s still double-digit territory. Their task is to assemble a funding pitch for a group of venture capitalists, who will be portrayed later in the morning by staffers from the Web site.

What exactly is square one, anyway? Midnight is a glorious time for a college student’s mind. It’s the moment her parents used to call “way past,” as though barriers had already been broken and the order of the universe upset. If you’re definitely up working at midnight, it’s because you’re in charge and you’re ready to change things.

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In the conference room for team “Fab 5,” Rachel and Jonathan have annexed the entire whiteboard. They’ve got a Web site worked out in their heads, a complete one-panel rethink of the MLB.TV experience. As Prof. Jeffrey Rubin comes in to check on progress, he watches them and their teammates deliver the prototype of a full sports presentation, complete with lead presenter (Rachel), color commentary (Jonathan), and expert analysis (Bob). Rachel’s a broadcast journalism major, which you can detect by the ease at which she hands off control, and the sense of body placement with respect to the mockup, as though she were presenting an incoming cold front.

The idea is to get the baseball viewer engaged, so that he can see everything that’s going on and connect with everyone else in a broader community who’s doing the same thing. Even from a distance, the magic-marker mockup of the screen layout on the whiteboard looks like a medical diagnosis.

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Prof. Rubin is careful not to say too much. He gives guidance but not analysis, because he wants the ideas to come from their heads, not his. “It looks like a lot’s going on,” he says judiciously, like the patron of a new restaurant just given an eight-page menu. He asks a self-probing question, the kind that isn’t so much designed to be answered as to detect how far they’d been thinking about things.

111111 Midnight 04.jpg It’s about the panel in Fab 5′s mockup where multiple baseball scores come in from different sources, live. Had the kids thought about the possibility that those scores and stats would be coming in from’s competitors in online video? The “yes” answer had a sort of overcooked lasagna-noodle ambiance, like a 14-year-old reassuring Dad she’d done her homework while considering whether or not she had.

As Rubin took inventory of all the different things to click on, he extracted his iPad and pretended to check some e-mail. Actually, he was boldly making sweeping touch gestures, just enough to get noticed, and perhaps implant a message without having to actually say it.

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1:07 am “The Saltine Warriors” have their own little practice field in a conference room on the third floor. There’s a management lead – Ariel, a policy studies major – and Terence, a computer science major who’s familiar with the Meetup API. It’s a way to build apps around the Meetup platform, and that’s exactly what this Premium team, if you will, has in mind.

They’ve set out to build a somewhat working (as much a possible) prototype of an app that encourages baseball fans to congregate at a local sports bar for a game, and to communicate through a common platform once they get there. While they’re tossing out ideas, Ariel and Terence are tossing erasers and magic markers, and for a time entertaining their compatriots who are beginning to realize they’ll need any help they can get to stay awake.

Ariel clearly feels more comfortable with a complete outline, and she likes the formal style. Topic I is building out quite nicely, though she’s wary of the emptiness of Topic II. She avoids observing the blank space as though something had been squashed and died there.

Terence, meanwhile, is in his element. He has the FAQ for the Meetup API on one screen, and a JavaScript coding console on another. He’s dispensing ideas with the grace and laid-back attitude of a jazz xylophonist.

Prof. Rubin sits in for a few minutes. They don’t have a complete presentation ready for him yet, and while Ariel is a little worried, Terence couldn’t be any more at ease with himself if there were a reclining comfy chair in the room. The professor tosses out one of his self-probing zingers: You do realize that by marketing to sports bar patrons, you’re limiting your audience to those over 21? It made Ariel’s jaw freeze in position for a minute. It didn’t make Terence skip a beat.

Source: MLB Challenge 2nd Inning: The Souls of Ideas

Copyright Demands Push Largest European Usenet Provider Permanently Offline

November 6th, 2011 11:30 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter jonathan1979 writes “Dutch anti-piracy authority BREIN has caused the largest European usenet provider,, to immediately terminate its services as they felt they could not live up to the court order served earlier.”

Source: Copyright Demands Push Largest European Usenet Provider Permanently Offline

BioLite Stove Charges Your Phone While Cooking Your Dinner

July 8th, 2011 07:29 admin View Comments

Wood-burning stoves aren’t known for being particularly efficient, and their smoke not only contains high carbon emissions but causes health risks to those who inhale it. A portable design from BioLite aims to tackle this problem and turn the stove into a cell phone charger in the process.

The stove converts heat energy into electricity, powering a small fan to improve the wood’s combustion. Beyond this, one to two watts are available to charge a cell phone or LED light via a USB port.

The company sees two markets for their stove: Families in developing countries, and avid backpackers and campers. BioLite will release the CampStove version first, in spring of 2012. They hope profits from this product will help subsidize the cost of the HomeStove model for families in developing countries.

BioLite claims to require half the amount of wood as an open fire and to cut smoke emissions by as much as 95%. Because billions of people depend on wood as cooking fuel, the stove has potential to improve health and, perhaps, slightly curb deforestation.

The CampStove model weighs just under two pounds and boils a liter of water in less than four minutes. A variety of materials can be used to power it, including sticks, pine cones, dung, rice husks and underbrush. This could be convenient for campers tired of carrying cans of gas or petroleum to power their stoves.

BioLite has already won awards for its designs, including the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment and first place in the 2010 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open.

BioLite’s COO Jonathan den Hartog explains how the stove works:

Here’s the CampStove in action:

Source: BioLite Stove Charges Your Phone While Cooking Your Dinner

Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions

May 31st, 2011 05:12 admin View Comments


Last week you asked some questions of musician and programmer Jonathan Coulton. He’s answered your inquiries about the music industry, video games, and being an ex-code monkey. Read below to see what he had to say.

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Ask Jonathan Coulton About the Transformation From Code Monkey to Internet Star

May 23rd, 2011 05:45 admin View Comments


Even though he created the definitive guide to enjoying yourself outside, Jonathan Coulton is best known for the programmer anthem Code Monkey, his Thing a Week project, and writing the theme song to Portal. In 2005 Coulton left his programming job to pursue his music career, and has since become a successful one man music label. Jonathan has agreed to answer your questions about robots, life, and internet stardom. Normal Slashdot interview rules apply.

Source: Ask Jonathan Coulton About the Transformation From Code Monkey to Internet Star

Amazon Cloud Player Quietly Begins Working On iOS Devices!

May 7th, 2011 05:41 admin View Comments

Back in March, alongside the roll out of Amazon’s new cloud-based music upload/player service, we noted one glaring problem: it didn’t work on iOS devices. You might think this had to due with Flash or another technology that iOS wasn’t compatible with, but it wasn’t. It looked like something else was simply blocking it from working. Well, good news. That’s no longer the case.

If you visit Amazon’s Cloud Player through the Safari web browser on an iOS device, you’ll see that it does in fact now work. You’ll first hit a warning page telling you that your browser is not supported, but just ignore that. Click into the music in your drive and it will begin playing. It works flawlessly — even to the point where if you get a Push Notification or incoming call, the music will be paused.

Of course, this implementation is still not as good as it is on Android, where Cloud Player is now baked into the Amazon app. But if Amazon just did a little web work and made the web-based player optimized for the iPhone and iPad, it would certainly be very useable on a regular basis. Uploading, however, still requires Flash. But I assume most people are doing that from their computers anyway.

While this is great news, Apple is expect to announce their own similar service sooner rather than later. And that will be fully baked into iOS (and is expected to have full music label backing, unlike Amazon’s service — which is both ballsy and awesome).

So you Amazon cloud lovers, take the skies and get your music working on iOS now.

[thanks Jonathan]

Source: Amazon Cloud Player Quietly Begins Working On iOS Devices!