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Mailing list of fire

With apologies to Johnny Cash, the sorry tale of a mailing list that takes no prisoners. On a totally unrelated note, how’s HTML5 coming on?

Mailing list of fire on YouTube (with captions): www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCwgKtiu1II

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Lyrics

The web is a wondrous thing.
Flickr, Facebook and Bing.
One thing you must resist.
The pull of the mailing list.

I fell in to a mailing list of fire.
I scrolled down, down, down
and the flames went higher.
And it burns, burns, burns
this list of fire,
mailing list of fire.

And it burns, burns, burns
this list of fire,
mailing list of fire.

A geek, he never forgets.
When someone’s wrong on the internetz.
I tried not to act like a child.
Oh… but the trolls went wild.

I fell in to a mailing list of fire.
I scrolled down, down, down
and the flames went higher.
And it burns, burns, burns
this list of fire,
mailing list of fire.

And it burns, burns, burns
this list of fire,
mailing list of fire.


CSS3 Song

OK, so it’s not just for web animation, and you might need more than one line of code, but CSS3 is still cool and worthy of its very own song.

Video URL (with captions): www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b7dNNapMCM

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Lyrics

CSS3
Web animation done properly
CSS3
Degrading gracefully

I had a dream, an awesome dream
People surfing in the park
On Windows, Linux and Mac
And their page load speeds were oh-so-high
No big JavaScript library
Just to show some eye-candy

CSS3
Web animation done properly
CSS3
Degrading gracefully

As we surf down the superhighway
Did you ever even think
We could replace <marquee> and <blink>?
With just one, just one line of code
But it’s open to abuse
We must be careful not to overuse it

CSS3
Web animation done properly
CSS3
Degrading gracefully

CSS3
Web animation done properly
CSS3
Degrading gracefully
Degrading gracefully
With HTML5, naturally

Goodbye Google Wave

So it’s so long Google Wave. I was lucky enough to see a presentation by the user interface designer and understand some of their design decisions. Not only did they put a lot of effort into the user experience, the technology behind the real-time, synchronous editing was particularly innovative. I feel sorry for the team who achieved so much, but I’m sure we’ll still see parts of Google Wave appear in other projects. In the meantime, here’s a parting song.

Video URL (with captions): www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwKaScNbWIc

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Lyrics

Goodbye Google Wave
Though we hardly used you at all
You had such potential
To change the way we talk

We begged for invites and Tweeted
“Ooh, shiny shiny!” and seconds later…
“Now how does this thing work?”

And it seems to me, you lived your life
Like an Apple Newton
A great idea, whose time hadn’t come

You’ve still got fans who say that Wave rocks
But I guess the world just doesn’t need
One more inbox

I guess the world can carry on
With one less inbox

Just a phone?

I don’t get all this fuss about just another phone. Maybe if I sing a song it’ll help me understand…

Video URL (with captions): www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNTSR1oOzqw

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Lyrics:

My phone don’t give me presents
I know that Steve’s no peasant
Only ever has to give me
Apps for ever and for ever
My phone don’t give me presents
Turn it on when I get lonely
People tell me that it’s only a phone
I know it isn’t

My phone begins with an “i”
Lose it and I start to cry
I don’t care if it’s locked down
I just love those shiny round corners
So easy on the eye
It makes all my friends jealous
Makes them scream like girls as well as drool
Don’t ask me why

It’s a phone and I understand
It’s a phone that makes me feel like a man

My phone can cure disease
Fix social problems with ease
Global warming, it’s no biggie
World peace is not that tricky
My phone can cure disease
Vegetarians and feminism
It’s no match for fanboyism
Come on, why don’t you join me

It’s a phone
It’s a phone
It’s just a phone
It’s not just a phone
It’s a sexy phone
Oh, it’s more than a phone

It’s a phone
My life’s in this phone
My life IS this phone
Excuse me while I kiss this phone
It’s just a phone
So much more than a phone

Ode to IE6

It’s so unloved even Microsoft is trying to get rid of it. Here’s my ode to Internet Explorer 6.

Video URL (with captions): www.youtube.com/watch?v=FggueO2CYls

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Lyrics

I would have used valid HTML
But there’s something that’s made my life hell
And it screws up CSS as well
But if you want I’ll try to code again.
Baby I’ll try to code again but I know…

The first hack is the deepest, baby I know
The first hack is the deepest.
When it comes to being safe, it’s cursed.
When it comes to following standards, it’s the worst.

I still want you in the race
Just to help provide users with more choice
But we don’t need no more browser wars
And if you want I’ll try to code again.
Baby I’ll try to code again but I know…

The first hack is the deepest, baby I know
The first hack is the deepest.
When it comes to being safe, it’s cursed.
When it comes to following standards, it’s the worst.

Inaccessible

A little song dedicated to Henny, our team’s queen of accessibility.
UPDATE: Make that Jack Pickard as well. A much-loved accessibility expert, now much-missed.

Jeff Allen‘s clever song rewrites led me to have a go myself.

Video URL (with captions): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9i1vNnh1hg

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Lyrics

Inaccessible, that’s what you are.
Inaccessible, to a screen reader.
Like an art museum with no access ramp
you’re losing hits and dropping Page Rank.
Never before has a website been more…

Inaccessible, in every way,
and with no updates, that’s how you’ll stay.
That’s why, webmaster, it’s incredible
that a site so inaccessible
thinks that I won’t find another site soon.

[spoken]
Images should have alt tags (text)
and keyboard users, can they tab through your page?
If not, why not?
[end spoken]

Like never before,
with plugins galore.

Inaccessible, that’s what you are.
Inaccessible, pushing people afar.
I’ve got no official disability
but your site, to me, is a mystery.
Hope the next site is not
inaccessible too.

HTML5 it is a-changin’

Off sick with a cold, what better way to recover than by singing a song?

A performance, requested by Futomi Hatano, of the tune by Bob Dylan with lyrics by Jeff Allen, suggested by Molly Holzschlag and inspired by Shelley Powers.
Details and lyrics: http://www.molly.com/2010/01/05/bob-dylan-meets-html5

Video URL (with captions): www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2s8AU8PkBU

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Update

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Artist: Bruce Lawson
Video URL: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gNmFabAOGc