December 14, 2009

Keep in Mind.

The internet(s) pre-existed Twitter and Facebook.

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July 22, 2009


Alan Kitching on FFFFound

I finally have a ffffound account, the awesome image bookmarker/inspiration gallery/extremely dangerous timewaster created by Yugop.

Everything I find visually interesting, as well as tons of soft-core erotic pictures of lascivious women can be found on my account here, or you can subscribe to the RSS feed. Enjoy

In the image above: Alan Kitching's typographic work, plus ffffound automated suggestions.

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April 26, 2009

You are now aware that...

nana mouskouri is michael jackson

Michael Jackson's real name is Nana Mouskouri and he is originally from Greece.
Vintage records shop in Cambridge.

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February 16, 2009

I want a FFFFound invite too.

I know it's almost impossible to get one (and I know that almost no one is reading this blog nowadays).
But you never know. If you, anonymous and generous reader, have a spare invite for FFFFound, please, just post it into the comments or mail me.
I'll be your best friend. Forever.


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February 12, 2009

I want a Founders Room too.

I just stumbled upon a link to this Flickr set on Gruber's blog.
The new Panic Inc Headquarters are amazing. The Founders Room is one of the coolest thing I've ever seen. Especially the pattern on the carpet. Congratulations Steve, Cabel and to the crew!
According to Gruber, the room is behind a secret door.
Just one comment: epic win.

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February 10, 2009

This is your life.

Doesn't get any better than this
You love geekie useless stuff that make you unpopular among your peers, and you're fat.

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February 6, 2009

November 2, 2008

Ezekiel 25:17

I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.
And you will know I am the lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.
And I'm a PC.

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September 29, 2008

What is really missing.

A small, inobtrusive (but discouraged) meta refresh tag!
I know it's not good practice, but how about every 15 minutes?
So instead of checking the (visually) boring RSS feeds, I can just peep at that tab in the browser, always waiting for me in the background, that is pointing to that little wonder published from 400 North May.

Ok. Now, I'll pretend to be serious again...

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September 5, 2008

Overcast, chilly: London

I'm back in London. Not by motorbike... since an accident occured the day before leaving. I no longer have a bike. It's a write-off right now.
Just arrived in London in the afternoon, a few hours to check email in the office, then out to an exposition, then dinner, now home. I need to sleep. Badly.
Tomorrow I have to leave to Brighton to attend dConstruct 2008. It will be fun.

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July 31, 2008


Welcome to my life:

Awesome short movie by John Kelly.
It's just missing one tiny bit: procrastination is watching YouTube.

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June 18, 2008

Xerox Art (Almost)

After more than half an year living and working in London (and, yes, still speaking and writing in broken English... sorry) I need to do some paperwork to officially tell the Italian government that I no longer live in Rome, so they can tag me like some sort of emigrant, fugitive or refugee abroad!
Looks like I have to register to the mysterious Aire (Anagrafe degli Italiani all'Estero).

Obviously, it's impossible to do this online.
So, while trying to understand the procedure via the various, modern, and beautiful websites provided (just the first google results using the "aire" keyword) I came across a little gem: the little Aire handbook.
Click here to enjoy a sample of the not-so-accurately manually scanned 10.5 megabyte file provided.
Welcome 2008. At least it's not a Word document.

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December 13, 2007

The Amazon Reviews Meme

I know, this is another meme: it will be boring in something like twenty days.
But this morning it really made me laugh in the semi-deserted office as almost all the company but me and a few others (my choice... I'll explain later...) is flying to Las Vegas right now.

Amazon User Reviews for:

Bic Pens
"Upon the morning in which I had been promised the delivery of this pen I could hardly sleep for excitement. My dreams, such as they were, were filled with inferior pens dripping ink all over myself and my world, and of choruses of blunt pencils intoning words of doom that I could hardly comprehend. When I woke my head ached and my soul was heavy."

"Has anyone else tried pouring this stuff over dry cereal? A-W-E-S-O-M-E!"

Poor Bunny Corpses sold as food
"Nothing says "Eat Me" like a photo of a skinned rabbit carcass! Honestly, the photo just makes you hungry, doesn't it? It remained me of all of those times in biology class when I was so tempted to try a bite of the putrid fetal pig I was dissecting. Man, that takes me back!"

and you can find a few more, browsing through the "related" products. (via BoingBoing)
Ok, back to work now. Just trying not to think about the Vegas thing...

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December 10, 2007

Swap Meat in London

Can't resist buying stuff online.
I finally received my four Billy Davis Ghost Prints from Coudal's Swap Meat. The prints look awesome. I had them framed (Frame Factory, in Haverstock Hill, near my new residence in London), so now I have a new decor on the the yellowish walls of my humble studio flat.

Photo: [with the light] and [in the dark]

Update: thanks to the guys at Coudal Partners for the link back to this post.

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October 8, 2007

Separated at Birth

While browsing around music and entertainment websites, I came across this photo: clearly the visual proof that Dave Grohl is slowly mutating into a Steve Wozniak shaped human form.

Hat tip: Andrea (lost somewhere in Brasil).

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January 17, 2007

New Deluxe Timewaster

It seems there's a new website around, made to prevent us (chubby and lazy internet addicted) to be productive anymore: Super Deluxe.
Super Deluxe, property of Turner Broadcasting, is a new comedy video broadcasting and sharing website.
It might be similar to YouTube, but aimed to comedic content and, hopefully, without people commenting all the uploaded videos as "fake".

In the words of Mr. Todd Dominey, Creative Director at Turner Interactive:
"Super Deluxe is all about original, funny stuff you won't find on any other web site. And if you want to share a video with someone, or contribute your own, the tools are there for you to do so. The tools won't make Super Deluxe great. It's the content. And there's plenty more coming."

So, make you an account, sit back and relax (read: procrastinate everything) and enjoy.
Enjoy especially videos like Sodom and Gomorrah by Brad Neely, and Writers of Lost from the Olde English.
They even have a NYC based Ugo Fantozzi.

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December 9, 2006

Spam on YouTube

First we had old fashion email spam (I even had to enable Spam Assassin on my Dreamhost account due to the huge amount of "unsolicited messages" received in these last months).
Then comments spam on blogs, spam on forums threads, spam through online forms and even referrer spam in the statistics logs.
The new trend, as I discovered during the last week, is spam directly in the YouTube inbox... and wait! In the videos too!
Next? Flickr?

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September 27, 2006

Photos from the ISS

Nice use of "Uploading by email" service at Flickr: Anousheh Ansari is posting photos taken aboard the ISS on her flickr account.

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August 30, 2006

Jnkmail general stats

The "stats geek" inside me just got inspired by Justin Blanton's "Some general stats" blog entry.
So, here's my Mint data so far:

mint platform stat mint browser stat mint window stat
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August 1, 2006

YouTube, we have a problem

youtube related videos?

Something is going terribly wrong with YouTube "related" videos feature...

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July 25, 2006

The Iconfactory

The Iconfactory is redesigning.
Love the animation.

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July 17, 2006

Flickr Inspector

Nils K. Windisch, also known as netomer on flickr, developed the new (and beautiful) flickr inspector.
Everything you wanted to know about you, or other flickr users, on a single page. Lovely.
My flickr account under inspection.

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May 13, 2006

Interesting Bits

Most of these links have been waiting a long time in my "must see" bookmark folder, so:

When I grow up I want to be like Zembla Magazine.
The man behind the Mac's startup sound!
Tang Museum by Flat.
Eric Morel: cocogp!
Internet is full of geniuses...
Style-Force Pixelfonts.
Bird Flu hits Florida trailer park!

On totally another topic, next week I'll be riding this beauty at Vallelunga International Track, during the official presentation to the public (and potential customers...) organized by BMW Italy. I can't wait...

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January 5, 2006

Thanks Dreamhost

Dreamhost just quadrupled disk space and octupled the monthly bandwith (too bad my bandwith use is quite risible...) on both new and old accounts! What a nice way to start a new hosting year.
This along a couple of other terrific features may make you consider sign up with them!

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October 4, 2005


From Pleix:

"1609 outdoor live webcams all over the world. For each cam one image recorded every 10 min From 29-01-2004 18:40 GMT to 30-01-2004 18:40 GMT."

Admire: Netlag

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April 16, 2005

Where do you come from?

Dear reader - yes I'm talking to you - you reading this few words, staring at your monitor with an american coffee mug in your hand: where do you come from?
Looking at this site stats, I've noticed a huge increase in visits this last month (single IPs). Something like this has already happened in the past. This time, anyway, I can't see among my referrers the "origin" of this massive flow of visits.
Hints (use comments below) largely appreciated.

On another topic, separated at birth:
Darth Maul (preliminary character designs) and Mr. Jack Nicholson - see the comparison!

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February 2, 2005

Spring/Summer 2005.

Panic Inc launches it's goodies shop today, selling T-shirts designed by co-founder Cabel Sasser, and featuring the coolest drag 'n drop Shopping Cart I've ever seen on the web.
It's Panic: Shockingly Good!

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December 10, 2004

I'll vote for you.

Ninja's killed my family.
Need money for Kung-Fu Lessons.

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November 20, 2004

Web Essentials 04.

- Did you see anything?
- No, sir! I didn't see you playing with you dolls again.

Mr. Zeldman video keynote for Web Essentials 04.

(thanks to Mr. Vins)

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October 8, 2004

Wayback! March 2003.

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October 7, 2004

Net Phone.

It' only me, or do you think that Takara's ethernet enabled internet phone has an ambiguous design?
I mean... it also sports a "toy port"!

On another topic: photos updated.

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June 14, 2004

The so precious dot ca.

Due to some new rules for the ownership of .ca domains, some sites have been wiped out from the internet in the past days.

Those include our news aggregator faves: Airbag, that moved to, and that still seems to be offline.

Let city of Southpark attack Canada!

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June 9, 2004

Google Keywords.

And, this month, the award goes to...

The idiot who landed on this site searching Google for:
"i downloaded gta vice and it is in .gif form".

Slice it, I say.

Second prize for: "what motorcicle is used for", coming from Aol Search, and third prize for the totally meaningless "BONSAI SCROLL".

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June 1, 2004


I'm currently experimenting with the neat and simple photo slideshow, coded in PHP by Justin Blanton (another one who was waiting for something like that) - finally what we needed!
Thanks Justin!
(Expect a photo section update soon...)

If you want to show Mr. Blanton your appreciation for his work... buy him a 23" Cinema HD Display!!!

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May 20, 2004

WR v3

Third version of Webmaster Republic is online now.

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May 9, 2004

Moving Hot Spots.

"I am like the ice cream man, but with no music
and I deliver free wireless access and not ice cream.

Yury Gitman

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March 24, 2004

TV Listing Journey!

This night the first episode of Six Feet Under will be on air on Italian TV.
I don't want to miss it, so this afternoon I tried to check over the internet (I use Safari, Mac) wich channel, and at what time, shows the premiere.
I know for sure that Mediaset (biggest italian TV network) is airing it, so the first thing that comes to mind is to check mediaset online website for TV schedule - simple no?

Mediasetonline greets me with a wonderful floating banner (that suggest a poorly designed layout) and supa-famous Porn Star Aria di Giovanni innocently looking at me, caged into another banner linking to a nudes site.
I then spot the Canale 5 and Italia 1 links and go to the respective sites:

on Canale 5 site I'm not able to click on the lef hand links, the ones I need to reach the schedules, because of another floating banner (later I noticed that I'm randomly able to click the links on the left, don't know why - your experience may vary).
Italia 1 is a way better, but unfortunately, for no particular reasons the TV schedule shows only morning-afternoon shows: yeah!!!

After 15-20 minutes trying, i gave up, discouraged, and finally found the information I wanted using the teletext system (now that's really hot new technology) on a TV set downstairs...

While the rest of the world is converting to web-standard, clean and/or rich looking, usable websites, we still need to learn designing almost decent ones (me included)...

Ah, I forgot, finally I found that the show is at 22:50.
Now: where's that huge popcorn bag???

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March 17, 2004

Junk Mail from

I've read that it happened to others before, but only today I received too a warning email from these bright guys at the team!

Dear user of,

We warn you about some attacks on your e-mail account.
Your computer may contain viruses, in order to keep your computer and e-mail account safe, please, follow the instructions.
For details see the attached file.

The Management,
The team

These spammers are getting more ambitius than ever!
And the mail sounds totally weird because of the silly name I've choosen one late monday night for this website...

Terrific, after thousands of Italian Crafted Rolex offers, several Huday Hussein letters, and enough enlargements pills for my penis that could have let me join with great, unseen, success the international Porn Industry, making real big bucks (and a lot of fun)... It's almost nice to spot new creative ideas in junk mail.

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February 4, 2004

Speak Up Revitalized!

Speak Up gets better: an overall redesign, a new logotype and a new, better organized, structure, to serve some of the best design thoughts and discussions on the internet these days!

And, oh "v_2" is gone: there is a new address too!

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December 18, 2003

He is Alive!

Our beloved Mr. Rubin strikes back!

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December 9, 2003

Rockstar Games Upload III

The Rockstar Games Upload III contest winners announced.

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December 3, 2003

Prize (Episode One)

I received a small package from Fort Lauderdale this mornig.
I'll let you, curious monkeys, know what's inside this evening, but I think some of you already know...

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December 2, 2003

ID3, Project 1210: Human Rights for ALL!

On December 10 2003 on the 57th anniversary of the ONU's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as an independent content producer, you can help to increase awareness about human rights abuses in the world.
Words, art, design, photography, thoughts can work it out!
Why don't participate?
Project 1210 needs you!

And, as Stuart suggests:

"Weblog owners are also encouraged to make a post on December 10th on a particular issue or perspective relevant to 'Human Rights for ALL"

WR and Jnkmail are supporting so far!

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November 29, 2003


Independents Day: rebirth.

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November 20, 2003

Happy Tree Friends

In a pure Itchy and Scratchy Show trend: enjoy the Happy Tree Friends!
(Thanks to Gianluca for the link)

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October 30, 2003

Escher "Relativity" with LEGO.

I love this kind of stuff.

(link from k10k.)

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Trevor Van Meter relaunches his website.
If you don't know him: check out the world-famous "Fly Guy", you'll love it.

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October 24, 2003

Future Proofed My URIs

I future proofed my URIs, using Brad Choate's Regex Plugin, thanks to Justin Blanton, who wrote a simple how-to months ago on his blog.
One, among others, useful thing about the new method of archiving is that MT now uses folder named as the entry title for filing.
From my stats, I can now easily understand which entries people are reading from the archives, since the title of entry is in the URL.
Anyone (so I) better recognizes:




Future Proofing now is gone. Next on the list: comments.

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October 22, 2003

Lost Swedish and Brasilian Pop Bands

On k10k, Klaus Kristensen is linking the Lost Swedish Pop Bands, but they're leaving the Amigos Invisibles wonderful video behind!
(Both found long time ago through Zeldman).

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October 14, 2003

Entry #100

Accidentaly, entry number 100 is the first entry after the redesign.

Anyway: at London Photos you can find some wonderful polaroid manipulations (no Photoshop), "perfectly composed" (quoting Rebecky) pictures and, of course, gay legos.

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September 23, 2003

The Future of the World Wide Web.

Tim Berners-Lee lecture on the future of the World Wide Web at the Royal Society.

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September 7, 2003


Coniglio Cattivo.
(In italian only).

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August 5, 2003

Mezzoblue rebuilds with standards.

Dave Shea, the man behind the wonderful CSS Zengarden, a demonstration of what can be accomplished visually through CSS–based design, rebuilt his personal blog: Mezzoblue with XHTML Strict and a clean, semantic markup, hard job: flawless result!
This (with the contribuition of a, maybe, CSS hardcore-fan) ignited a little discussion about the use of tables in websites designs.

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July 16, 2003

Adios Netscape.

AOL pulled the plug with netscape.

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July 14, 2003

The new Brainbox.

We were waiting.
The new Brainbox is online: check out "Half" video.

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July 10, 2003


Did you know that the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research estimates that 38,000 cardiovascular deaths, due to sleep apnea, occur each year?
So why don't you get your own SleepAngel?

I wonder if they do it in black leather...

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July 2, 2003

Smart Quotes

I've installed John Gruber's SmartyPants, an useful MoveableType plugin for all of us who don't want to manually encode into HTML typographical correct puntuaction.

It works with MT, Blosxom and even BBedit.
Why don't you give it a try?
(Assuming you are lazy as me
when editing entries...)

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June 18, 2003

Maintenance Operations

I'm working under the hood of, I’m planning to add new tiny features in the next two weeks.
At the moment I just rewrote the html code, that now is XHTML Transitional compliant, and reorganized the use of SSI (Server Side Include) for the side bar and the footer.

If you spot any errors or strange behaviors, please do not hesitate to contact me!

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June 14, 2003

Adios IE.

Microsoft discontinued the development of Internet Explorer Mac Edition, while it's Windows version will be embedded into Windows itself, so if any windows users want to upgrade their browser, they would wait for the upcoming (apparently not before 2005), code named "longhorn" new windows client version.
This will shake the internet community!

If you want to work with an updated browser whose support for the webstandards will continuosly improve, you should switch to the other alternative browsers.

I will miss my beloved Explorer.

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May 30, 2003

Little Updates.

If you don't see the background color, please force-reload.

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May 20, 2003


According to Blogsphere, Amazon most "blogged" item (the second) is Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman.

I pre-ordered the book last week and I'm awaiting it in my mailbox (we don't have mailboxes here in Italy, really) in the hope to make, and all the other sites I make to feed myself, a bit more standard-compliant.

If you are a bit of a web geek and you want the web to be "visually pleasant" and accessible to everyone I strongly suggest you to read Mr Zeldman and his alistapart.
I read (on web and on paper) him since times, and as a young designer and web designer I respect him.
As a drummer I lately discovered that I've studied, years ago, during the first years of the web, some of his brother's drum patterns.

Wow, I'm some way "linked" with the Zeldman family!
(just kidding)

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May 2, 2003

Happy Birthday!

One year of typographica!

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April 24, 2003

Please feed the bear.

Every pet needs your love and attention, feed him, play with him, poke him at bearskinrug.

If you're asking yourself... yesss, I found it via k10k's link to Kevin Cornell's wonderful sketchbook.

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April 14, 2003

the new brainbox?

Mauro Gatti's is under redesign (a temp version of the site is online now), waiting for his new flash site you can check out his latest projects like the "perfectly crafted" (at least I think) Radio Italia Network site: notewhorty italian webdesign!

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March 23, 2003

Conclave Obscurum.

Quite disturbing interface: I enjoyed much the site, amazing illustrations and animations, especially this one.

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The Mirror Project needs you.

The mirror project "is a victim of its own success".
It needs a new, dedicated server, so they're asking for donations via PayPal.

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March 19, 2003

hoogerbrugge dot com

Modern Living.

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March 12, 2003

Mms Mixer

Nokia 3650 sports a fresh mini-site.
This really is how to use Flash!
(Hope I Could...)

Franz, thanks for the link ;)

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February 28, 2003

Pixel Art?

Whooa! Do you like pixel art?
I found this site,
made by an Italian guy ;)
The icon characters are amazing and perfectly animated,
give a look to the portfolio to see some interesting site design, interface design projects he made.

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