Really you should be designing for the content, a practice that pretty much precludes the use of placeholder text. That said, our new rule is, if you’re going to use placeholder text, use Slipsum — Samuel L. Ipsum (probably NSFW).
Sure it defeats the purpose of Lorem Ipsom entirely by being distractingly, hilariously readable, but sometimes when you’re slogging through a boring project you need a little humor.
Slipsum comes in two varieties, regular, NSFW Pulp Fiction quotes and Lite quotes without the swearing.
Whether it’s browser improvements, new web standards or just design trends, we spend a fair amount of time talking about the future of the web here at Webmonkey.
Sometimes though it’s good to take a step back and remember that no one knows what the future of the web will really look like. In fact most predictions turn out to be utterly wrong.
In that spirit, here’s a 1995 piece from MTV on this crazy thing called the Internet.
What makes this bit of time capsule trivia worth more than a cheap laugh is a) the hacking, privacy, and freedom of speech issues raised are still far from settled even today and b) the amazing thing about the web isn’t how much it’s changed, but how much it remains basically the same.
Probably the funniest thing to come out of this year’s SXSWi conference, the second “Worst Website Ever” panel brings you Mike Locker’s Brother IntelliFax 2800 App Store, er, Fap Store. It’s got Netflix. It’s got Angry Birds. It’s even got “an at symbol flying out of a fireball with binary code behind it.” And of course it’s 2011, so the worst website should definitely not be a website, but an App Store.
The Worst Website Ever II panel consisted of Andy Baio of KickStarter, Gina Trapani of Lifehacker fame and Ze Frank of The Show, among others. If you’d like to hear the recording of the session (which contains a number of other hilarious mock pitches), head on over to the SXSW website. And remember, the web is dead.
C++ takes top honors for number of swearing developers on GitHub
As any programmer can tell you, programming will make you swear. But did you know that writing C++ will make you swear considerably more than PHP or Python?
Developer Andrew Vos was looking for a weekend project when he decided to grab some one million commit messages from GitHub and scan them for swear words. He limited the swearing to George Carlin’s seven dirty words and then broke down the results according to programming language. To make sure that the popularity of one language over another didn’t skew the results, Vos grabbed an equal number of commit messages per language.
It’s impossible to know how many developers are swearing at their screens while writing code, but if you’re looking for a less swear-word-inducing programming language, PHP and Python seem to be the way to go.
Even more interesting than the statistics by language are the actual commits, which you can check out on Vos’s GitHub account. Our personal favorite: “fuck it. let’s release.” Indeed.
A few weeks ago, the Google Chrome team entertained us with a very slick video showing its browser undergoing some hi-tech speed tests. The video shows a trio of laboratory experiments pitting Chrome’s page rendering engine in speed races against a potato gun, sound waves and lightning. It’s all very sexy, and it features some of the best super-slow-mo photography and close-ups of splattering goo since Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist.
Opera, not to be outdone at anything (except browser share), has loaded up the potato gun and fired back with this bit of Nordic-flavored brilliance: