Blog archive: June 2007
Monday 25 June 2007
Wednesday 20 June 2007
After grumbling about the way last.fm calculates artist rankings, I realised that in the age of open data it shouldn't be too much hassle to knock together a little application to apply the normalisation calculation I discussed.
The application takes a last.fm username and recalculates the ranking based on an estimate of the amount of time you have spent listening to an artist, rather than the number of tracks played. It uses the excellent MusicBrainz web services to calculate an artist's average track length. Why not give it a whirl.
Monday 18 June 2007
Following last week's launch of Apple's Safari browser for windows, I've noticed the continuation of a pattern that I was hoping would stop with iTunes for Windows. Why on earth do Apple insist on using a non-standard window chrome design, making the buttons much smaller?
Monday 4 June 2007
I'm not really sure what to think of the recently unveiled new logo for the London 2012 Olympic games. The official view is that "The new emblem is dynamic, modern and flexible". When I first saw it, I thought it looked fractured and chaotic.
To be fair, I suppose its resemblance to a Grimsby Street tag gives it some urban edginess, but the promotional video looks like the opening credits to an eighties children's television show to me. You remember - back when we encouraged children to be active and before we'd sold off all their playing fields to property developers.