Links, I thinks

March 28, 2011

Ze Frank re-watches and annotates his 2006 daily videoblog.
Interesting look at his process and evolving tastes.
The videoblog is pretty charming, too.

Chookooloonks has a really clear guide:
understanding your DSLR camera’s manual settings.

This might come in handy some time:
An analysis of the forces required to drag sheep over various surfaces.

Bravo, Peneycad

October 1, 2010

Hi everybunny! It’s me, Stamp. Remember meee? I’m baaack after a whirlwind of fun at Tiff followed by a disgusting cold that I no doubt caught off a dodgeball.

Thanks youse times ones millions to my homie, the amazing guest blogger
Andrea Peneycad for holding down the fort while I was off gallivanting-and-blowing-my-nose.

Fig. 1: Artistic rendering of Andrea Peneycad waving byebyebye for now to readers of this blog.

She did a kickass job of writing thoughtful and funny introductions to all the well-curated links she found and posted here during the month of September. I’m doing my best to convince her to start her own blog (this involves me doing a lot of loud whining of words like PLEEEEEEASE, and her saying MAYBE ONE DAY) so stay tuned for that, because you know I’ll feature it here when she does. Thanks, Andrea!

Introducing Peneycad

September 3, 2010

For the next 2 weeks, I’m gonna be putting in crazy hours at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I won’t have much time to read the whole entire internet and post tidbits of it on here. So I’m trying out something new: a guest blogger! Internet, meet my good pal Andrea Peneycad:

She’s an internet-reading superhero who constantly lets me know about cool things for this blog (and sometimes things that are not cool, at all).

She lives in Montreal, where her typical day involves studying human anatomy, building a massage table out of tree bark, sewing a frilly June Cleaver apron, canning homemade jam, running up Mont Royal, reading one meellion websites, learning a new folk song on guitar, then donning a miniskirt to kill it on the dance floor. It’s a bit ridiculous how well-rounded she is, and I’m pretty stoked to have her posting on here this week. I’ll be back before the end of the month… in the meantime, enjoy!

Backstreet in the office

October 19, 2009

I like this concept a lot: multiple users each manning their own camera, all in the same room.

Thanks to Aurora Browne for finding this.

YouTube how-to: link to a specific spot in a video.

February 28, 2009

I just found out that when you send someone a videoslap, you can direct them to a specific timecode in a YouTube video if you add the timecode to the URL.

So a typical YouTube URL might be:

And if I wanted you to notice the cute voice of a certain talking mouse, a voice that occurs at 2m22 into the clip, I’d append that information (#t=2m22) to the URL.

Isn’t that nice?

(Also, that clip is pretty cute, it’s a 4min math series for kids that I voiced.)

Redesign: your opinions, please.

January 29, 2009

I’ve been tinkering around with a redesigned front page for pageslap. Something that really clearly communicates my passions and interests. Not that I don’t love ‘lil George Foreman the strawberry mauler up top, but you know, maybe something more seasonal would feel better right now. I dunno. Anyway, my design-savvy pal Elliott helped me out with a mockup (thanks dude).

I’d really love to hear your opinions, so please take a peek and let me know if you like it. The proposed new front page design is online HERE. Thanks!


In which I get all meta for a sec.

December 4, 2008

My bloog is just shy of 6 months old, and has received much more traffic & commentary than I ever expected when I started it this summer. Thanks, y’all! Someone mentioned to me today (and I believe I saw a wistful tear in his eye as we spoke) that he was having a hard time digging up the older posts on my bloog.

Anyway, in response to his (tearful, I do believe) plaint, I have added some widgets to the sidebar that should make it easier to go back in virtual time in case you ever feel the urge to browse anything in the archives. While this will be visually evident to the webcrawlers among you, I just thought I’d mention it in a post for all the peeps who consume my semi-coherent burble via RSS readers.

If you don’t already know what an RSS reader is, you can read the gibberishy & overcomplicated explanation on Wikipedia, or you can sit right there & keep reading as I explain it.

Basically, RSS will revolutionize the way you procrastinate.

The initials RSS officially stand for one of three possible titles: “Rich Site Summary” (too technical), “RDF Site Summary” (huh?) and/or “Really Simple Syndication” (too cute). I prefer “Radically Simplified Surfing”. Basically it’s a computer tool that acts like a friendly St. Bernard dog.

Don't call me "chick", bitch.

Every time you boot it up, your RSS reader will quickly run out to all the websites you like and, in mere seconds, will faithfully bring you back all their latest posts. The program pops all the posts from all those blogs into one organized table, and you can browse through really quickly by skimming the headlines of all the posts. Then, with a single click, you can open a simple, quick-loading version of each post. The text, photos & videos show up, but not the website design or ads, which is cool because I read a bunch of weirdly-cluttered websites with dumb blinky ads all over them and they make me stabby when they flash at me. It’s also good for reading articles on a commute, as the text of the articles is stored in the program and can be accessed even when you’re offline.

100px-feed-iconsvgTo add any website to your RSS feed, all you have to do is click the little orange icon in the address bar up there, see it? Easy peasy Japanesey Asian!

My personal RSS program is Net News Wire, which I actually purchased (!) a few years ago. But now there are many free RSS readers. You can use Google Reader or something like that. Highly recommend. At the height of my RSS addiction, I was reading over 200 sites a day, Madness! Now I’ve pared it down to about 40 sites. That’s not Madness! any more, it’s more like Pouting! or something.

Wait, what was this post about again? Oh yeah, how my ego imagines that people love my blog so much they get emotional when they can’t easily access the archives. I find that really moving, you guys, and I’m flattered, but also, being so addicted to my every thought can’t be healthy, you know? Balance is everything.

Scott Hepburn, Comics illustrator

September 19, 2008
some nerds are attractive.

Scott Hepburn.

Washington Times interview with comic book illustrator Scott Hepburn.

Washington Times: What comic book character would you like to work on?
Hepburn: Garfield, or Batman. I can’t decide.

Hepburn has a solid weekly webcomic called The Port.

The Port - Butch, Jon-Jon, and Horace, by Scott Hepburn

The Port - Butch, Jon-Jon, and Horace, by Scott Hepburn

He is like a Mountie- he always gets his man.

September 7, 2008

Y’all, I really, really like it when you send me awesome links. Please keep it up. Email to, and let me know where I should link you if you want credit.

Thanks for Jennifer for this one.
~3 minutes, and safe for work, unless you work with atheist fundamentalists, I guess.

Ummm… me.

August 26, 2008

Putting a link to your new website on your existing website is a bit like watching a snake eat its own tail. So, hey, uh, would anyone like to see something that’s a bit like watching a snake eat its own tail?

If so, I humbly present my new website:

All my other websites will remain in place (were you panicking? Just a little? I figured. Sheesh, calm down.) I just wanted somewhere to keep updates so I wouldn’t have to break my brain on the code for my main site all the time. So, uh, thanks.

Now back to Internet Awesome. Listen to the mouse. Sound familiar?