The colour of English

Well, here’s what it says:

Color Code is a full-color portrait of the English language.
The artwork is an interactive map of more than 33,000 words. Each word has been assigned a color based on the average color of images found by a search engine. The words are then grouped by meaning. The resulting patterns form an atlas of our lexicon.

Online Monopoly

No — not another post complaining about Microsoft, but about an online version of the board game that has sparked a million family rows on wet holiday afternoons. There are 18 London cabs equipped with GPS and every time one traverses a piece of London that an online gamer ‘owns’ s/he collects revenue. Clever idea, but…

(Thinks… what’s to stop the cabbies playing themselves? At least in the board game the pieces are driven by throws of the dice and don’t have motives of their own!)

Do I want one of these?

A keyboard with blank keys. According to the Blurb,

Since there is no key to look at when typing, your brain will quickly adapt and memorize the key positions and you will find yourself typing a lot faster with more accuracy in no time. It is amazing how slow typers almost double their speed and quick typers become blazing fast!

Hmmm… Jolly useful for writing blank verse though (sorry). A snip at $79.95.

Le Crackberry est arrive!

I’ve been using my new Blackberry for over a week. So far, no sign of the addictive behaviour which led people to rename it the ‘Crackberry’. The key to controlling it is to be VERY selective about which correspondents’ messages are forwarded to the device. I can imagine a forthcoming New Yorker cartoon showing a couple having a tiff and one shouts “Right! That’s it! I’m not letting you through my Blackberry filter any more!” as s/he flounces out. The pseudo-QWERTY keyboard takes a bit of getting used to after years of texting on ordinary mobiles. But the predictive software is actually very good. And it’s really nice having email and text messages presented in the same list and letting the phone sort out what to do after one clicks on ‘reply’.

I want one of those

According to the blurb. “the makers of this ingenious coffee mug decided to glaze it with a chalk board surface allowing for easy-wipe messaging. It comes with its own stick of chalk, so no need to ask your little niece to rip one off from school.”

Where have these people been? Schools don’t have chalk any more — it creates hazardous dust particles and besides is so yesterday.