...being the blog of steve kirkendall egomaniac-about-town


I need a hero

Slowman, the man who is backward in coming forward

I just discovered a fantastic site playing a game with superheroes. It’s called The Superest (Who is the superest hero of them all?) and it’s hilarious. As the creators of the site, Kevin Cornell and Matthew Sutter explain, the rules are as follows:-

“Player 1 draws a character with a power. Player 2 then draws a character whose power cancels the power of that previous character. Repeat.”

The result is a gallery of daft superheroes with dodgy powers, each one getting sillier and funnier as the game progresses. The site is beautifully designed, with lots of lovely touches and I really love the limited colour pallet. Good job fellas!

Pictured above: In keeping with the fact that I discovered this site so late (it’s been running since October 2007), I have created my own superhero, Slowman, the man who is backward in coming forward.

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If you liked your birthday, you’ll love this...

Facebook wishes Steve Kirkendall a happy birthday

Yesterday was my birthday and as I was dipping in and out of Facebook, reading the birthday messages sent to me by my Facebook chums, I noticed that Facebook itself had sent a birthday greeting. Well, I shouldn’t be surprised, after all, they do have the details of my date of birth, but still, I thought it was a nice touch.

As the day wore on and I kept going back to read new birthday greetings, I noticed something amusing in the small ads running down the right hand side. First, there was an ad for a t-shirt featuring the year of my birth. Again, I thought, that’s clever but well, Facebook knows that so it would be simple to put that ad there for me to see. Later on in the day, there was an ad for curing male pattern hairloss. How do they know I’m bald? On my profile pic, I’m wearing a hat! Then later still, there was an ad telling me how to achieve a flat stomach! How do they know I have a bit of a William Shatner going on?

Of course it’s probably a mixture of targeting and coincidence, but if there was an ad offering pills that would make me a genius at Actionscript 3, then I would have been completely freaked out!

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I am a real web designer now (part 2)

Steve K with his iPhone

Because I have finally bought an iPhone.

I bought one because:-

  1. I got a Christmas bonus;
  2. The new ‘Pay & Go’ deal with O2 was an offer I couldn’t refuse;
  3. My wife let me.

Look out for the next exciting installment of ‘I am a real web designer now’ coming soon to a screen near you.

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On the third day of Christmas...

Christmas card from Designed

…the Royal Mail sent to me, a Christmas card delivered ten days earlier. I’m not complaining (Christmas is their busy time, etc) but that might be some kind of record considering it was posted from and going to an address in Norwich.

Anyway, I mention it because it was from Designed, who did the beautiful mailer for the ‘21st Century Music’ series at the Norwich Arts Centre. Printed using metallic inks (that my photo above doesn’t do justice to) it has a wonderful op art design that vibrates/animates the Christmas star featured on the front. It really is a joy to behold, shame I didn’t get it sooner!

Oh, and singing the beginning of this post is optional.

Happy new year everyone!

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