May 032010
 

Gowalla logoGowalla is a location-based social networking game that’s rapidly expanding all over the world.

It resembles waymarking, the cacheless version of geocaching, a lot.

Basically participants use their location-enabled gadgets to log their whereabouts. The social aspect is the effortless ability to let your friends know where you are, the gaming aspect is the potential to visit as many locations as possible. And to create plenty of new locations, since the world is mostly unmarked thus far.

Most of the locations are tagged with a default icon (one per subcategory such as a bar, pharmacy or a park), but the most famous ones get a dedicated symbol. Thus far Finland doesn’t seem to have any, whereas Sweden has accrued already several.

Unlike its slightly more famous counterpart Foursquare, Gowalla works well with the Nokia N900. Originally geolocation had to be enabled with a browser add-on, but these days it works out of the box.

Very much like Foursquare, the Gowalla service rewards progress with badges – testimonials of progress (such as visiting and creating new spots).

May 172009
 

Triptropping New YorkTriptropnyc is a new service that shows how long does it take from place A to place B in New York using the subway.

While a similar service (tied to subterranean transport alone) would be useless in Helsinki, in properfly metro-infested cities like London or Paris this would be very useful indeed.

Metro used to reign over this ecological niche. The curious omission of an iphone version seems to be rectified soon.

May 152009
 

Geek Atlas-coverO’Reilly is about to publish a geek atlas.

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a few of the featured sites (no doubt heavily concentrated in California between San Jose and San Francisco): CERN ought to be there on multiple accounts, Linus Torvalds’ crib on Pietarinkatu might be.

Nov 272007
 

Do not attempt to locate a hidden message in the selection.

There isn’t any.

Jun 182007
 

Why, certainly!

teh

  • One more great map from strangemaps, this one showing which US state matches with which country size- and GDP-wise. Finland = Colorado, which ain’t bad at all.
  • Photographs of speed. Some seriously great snaps.
  • The end is nigh: multicore programming is hard.
  • With candidates like these, the seven new wonders are bound to be boring. Where’s teh internet from the list?
  • Been a happy google reader user for quite a while, but with their recent data loss issues, having another RSS-reader might be worthwhile. Or not. Anyway, seems that there’s quite a selection of the tools available.
  • Sushi books.
  • Editing CSS isn’t exactly the best fun available, a good editor makes it less of a chore.
  • Airlinemeals, just the thing to check before a transatlantic crossing in the cattle section of a 757.
  • The 65 million dollar pants-case makes it to the court. By the description the session was high on surreal, and fortunately low on understanding the accuser.

[ image nabbed from goopymart's photoset on flickr. ]

Mar 142007
 

Abba the HuttNo rhyme or reason, just things to poke and click.

[ Abba the Hutt image from studio muscle. ]

Jan 162007
 

The license and registration, please.

Jan 042007
 

For those about to click.

Jason Kottke has listed the cream of the crop of his 2400 links remaindered last year. Most still as interesting as on the day of posting.

Oct 042006
 

Big Bug in GermanyGermany is under martial law, following the appearance of a gigantic insect on the countryside, as shown on the attached image from Google Maps. Fortunately the critter has been very docile, and has not moved since the initial sighting.

Seriously, though, this is old hat, and the insect has been identified as a thrips that got squished during the scanning of aerial (as opposed to satellite) photography.

Aug 252006
 

Where n is 9.

Jun 282006
 

snippet of Helsinki in google mapsSo, all of a sudden the street-level map of Helsinki (and probably of many other places) is available in google maps. Missed the addition of non-satellite map data completely. And the satellite map data seems to have vastly increased in clarity.

Looks good, apart from some names that persist in swedish (like Berghäll in the attached image). I’m sure someone has already complained.

May 062006
 

Not all six shots expended here.

  • ASCII maps renders google maps through a slightly lossy pipeline. The site seems to have lost colour in the maps since the first visit.
  • Not all the depictions of the “Internet” in the movies have been truthful – a decent WSJ article exposes some of the good, bad and the ugly.
  • Woo. Warren Ellis is a guest of honor in the Helsinki comic festival
  • Been looking for a new camera recently – the G3 is good, but a bit slow and definitely a bit bulky. The good old dpreview.com seems to be the 800-pound gorilla when it comes to analyzing equipment.
  • Rob Hubbard was the composer in 8-bit days, now his output has been carefully collected and catalogued.

EDIT 30.8.2008: Neither the Sarjakuvafestivaali nor the Hubbard links have survived to this day.