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From the desk of the diskant Overlord – September 20th

Posted: September 20th, 2006, by Marceline Smith

Some new web things I like

Flickr’s new Map featurewww.flickr.com/photos/diskant/map
Absolute genius and immediately lost me an hour of my life as I mapped all my photos. It’s nice to see how much of Japan I did actually see though locating Mt Fuji was more difficult than expected. I love that you can look at all the photos everyone’s taken in your hometown or wherever. Flickr is possibly my most favourite website ever. Also do enjoy me and Alasdair dressed up as the Super Mario Bros.

List your unwanted books, send them to other people and ‘mooch’ books in return. Brilliant idea and tied into Amazon so you can check user reviews of the books that sound interesting. I’ve given away two books I would never have read again and will be getting a hardback book of Japanese poetry in return, for FREE. Marvellous.

Odd little site that I need to spend some more time with – you recommend products you like and these are categorised and tagged in similar ways to Flickr and del.icio.us for easy searching and browsing. You can also make lists of related products like Maki’s Recommended Japanese Snacks.

I have mostly been using this as a Blog search engine, to find out what people have been blogging about a gig or event recently. Much better than trawling through pages of unrelated stuff on Google. For those of you who haven’t jumped on the RSS train (and if so, why not? It will literally change your life), Bloglines is a simple entry, a web-based RSS reader that will keep a track of new posts to the blogs you subscribe to.

Current listening: Girls Aloud, CSS, Bertine Zetlitz, Jamelia, Ladytron.
diskant interview slackness stats: Interviewees: 2, Me: 3

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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