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How long does it take to find the most important bit of information on your website?
This is a new webapp I've built to handle a specific question in usability testing: how long does it take the average user to find a particular bit of information (like a phone number or an address) on your website? I built it after seeing too many small business website that had important information hidden away at the bottom of a web page. Questions/comments/suggestions/typos appreciated!
posted by primer_dimer at 10:02 AM on March 21, 2012 - 2 comments

Photo Timeline Generator
Given a search term and a starting year, this little web app uses the Google Image Search API to generate an image based timeline. Scrolling to the right adds more years dynamically.
posted by gwint at 3:50 AM on March 22, 2012 - 2 comments

Meow Reader Android App
I made an Android app for the popular Meow Reader website. Swipe your way through our gallery of reading cats. Be amazed by their beauty and their solid grasp of the written word. These cats are the antithesis of LOLcats, educated, refined bookworms with a curiosity that could kill.
posted by stungeye at 12:41 PM on March 10, 2012

John Roderick Plays a Potluck
This winter, we invited John Roderick of Seattle band The Long Winters and the Roderick on the Line podcast over for a potluck dinner. He played a few songs, told some stories, and ate all of the food. A few of those moments have been put together into a video collection called "More Than Shapes," named for a song and a story from that evening.
posted by apranica at 5:56 PM on March 4, 2012

Playfic, an experimental community for writing/playing interactive fiction
Playfic is a community for writing, sharing, and playing interactive fiction games (aka "text adventures") entirely from your browser, using a bizarre and wonderful "natural language"-inspired language called Inform 7. I wrote a bit more about it on my blog, along with some screenshots.
posted by waxpancake at 11:07 AM on February 15, 2012 - 5 comments

Film the Police!
An all-star lineup of Independent rappers/activists remakes the N.W.A. classic "Fuck the Police," with a new message for the digitized movement.
posted by at 10:43 AM on December 12, 2011 - 4 comments

Classified Humanity
random bits from the past via Seattle newspapers (1900-1984), mainly helmed by crasspastor and myself. Not all the content relates to Seattle, but it is all content that a Seattle resident would have been exposed to. A mashing together of eras and topics (with the occasional commentary), generally leaning more towards the forgotten/"trivial" and less towards the obvious moments of history.
posted by gluechunk at 10:00 AM on November 1, 2011

Oregon is Awesome! Your calendar of wonderful Oregon things!
An infographic solution to the problem of living in an awesome state.
posted by amanda at 7:47 AM on November 29, 2011 - 6 comments

ThinkUp is a powerful, free, open source PHP/MySQL app that you install on your web server to collect and store all of your activity on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Google+. It can analyze your activity, lets you search for your data (even past Twitter's search limits!) and is constantly being extended with new features and capabilities by a very active, diverse developer community.
posted by anildash at 11:55 AM on November 16, 2011 - 8 comments

A Month In Music
There are 10,513 MP3s on my hard disk. According to iTunes, that’s nearly 30 days worth of music. It has taken half my life – 15 years – to build this collection but I decided to listen to them all in one go. One continuous concert, playing songs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I wanted to revist all the songs I'd once loved, and the memories and places they called up. The only choice I made was the first track. After that, the computer randomly decided what was going to play. No stopping. No skipping. No changing the volume. Music, all the time, for a whole month. The Month In Music blog charts the progress of the playback project, updated once a day with original writing and photography. So far, it's a couple of days in...
posted by Sifter at 5:36 AM on November 11, 2011

Figured out how to accomplish Cyril Takayama's head drop illusion.
Around Halloween 2010 I saw Cyril Takayama's head drop illusion and made a bold promise to myself that I'd figure it out and wear it for our 2011 company Halloween costume contest. Throughout 2011 I pondered on it and eventually came up with a design. I implemented the design and various tweaks in the month leading up to Halloween.
posted by qwickset at 3:58 PM on November 2, 2011 - 9 comments

Speed Notes - ubiquitous plain-text notetaking with a nonconformist interface
I use Notational Velocity on my laptop to keep plain text notes and store them in Dropbox. I am really attached to its single-text-field interface, and was frustrated that there wasn't a close analogue on the iOS App Store — so I wrote one.
posted by thedaniel at 11:44 AM on October 25, 2011 - 5 comments

It's Not A Sprint, It's A Marathon.
Everyone knows that the key to becoming a better writer is consistently writing every day, but that's often easier said than done. A kind of Couch-To-5K for writers, It's Not A Sprint, It's A Marathon is a one-page site that details a simple method for creating a daily writing habit.
posted by Ian A.T. at 3:44 PM on October 25, 2011

I am trading a set of chairs I made for anything.
I have a small number of these chairs. I will trade them for anything that you think has a similar value.
posted by notnathan at 3:45 PM on October 25, 2011 - 14 comments

World War II in Photos
A retrospective of World War II in large-size photo stories. 900 photos in all, over 20 chapters, telling many of the countless millions of stories from the biggest conflict and biggest story of the 20th century.
posted by kokogiak at 7:26 AM on November 1, 2011 - 5 comments

The #SciFund Challenge
The #SciFund Challenge is a new project for scientists interested in coupling science and society through funding. There are a ton of cool projects - from studies of zombie fish to vaccine distribution in the developing world to some mefite yahoo working in kelp forests. And, of course, duck penises (nsfw?). The passion of the researchers is huge. And ways they're reaching out to a public audience is fascinating. The whole thing has the potential to change the often mysterious science funding process for the better and reshape the science ecosystem, even if just a little. Will it work? Who knows! It's an experiment!
posted by redbeard at 7:43 AM on November 1, 2011

I made a new font by averaging all the fonts on my computer.
posted by iotic at 5:38 AM on October 29, 2011 - 17 comments

The Adventures of Painless Parker
posted by overeducated_alligator at 8:25 AM on October 18, 2011 - 3 comments

Mefi Tartan
I made a mock up of the proposed tartan (a jokey pony suggestion for mod uniform in meta talk)
posted by titanium_geek at 7:29 AM on October 5, 2011 - 26 comments

Don't Index Me!
A little while back I thought that it would be nice to be able to post things online that couldn't be indexed by search engines. So, I put together a simple site that takes text, renders it to an image, and allows you to link to it. The idea is that this could be used for things like email addresses (to avoid spam) or writings by political dissidents (to avoid detection by oppressive governments). Enjoy!
posted by tom_r at 11:48 AM on September 28, 2011 - 8 comments

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