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Friday Five: , kittydar and Jim Carrey

Elliot Bentley
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In this week’s linkdump, we cast an eye back to archaic web design while exploring a ripe future of feline facial detection.

It’s the end of the week, so it’s time for a bit of
off-topic fun. In this week’s linkdump, we cast an eye back to
classic web design while exploring a ripe future of feline facial
detection.

1. Around the world in 80 bugs

Hey, Android developers! I know how much you love
hearing about bugs in your own code. You know what would be even
better? Hearing about everyone else’s bugs!

App crash analytics service Bugsense have put together
a real-time map of every
bug their software logs. It’s pretty hypnotic – and a great advert
for their product, to boot.

2. Blinking out

The <blink> tag, one of the most infamous HTML
elements ever devised, may soon be a thing of the past. Originally
a garish easter egg that made text flash, it soon became the
lynchpin of your average hideous GeoCities site.

Yet, having fallen out of favour in recent years (well
– for the past decade), most browsers have gradually dropped their
support of the tag. Firefox, the last holdout, looks likely to
scrap <blink> too as per a
recent bug ticket
.

Oh, and in case you were wondering – despite its name,
Chrome’s new
Blink engine
doesn’t support the tag either.

3. Cat finder

A common request we hear is: “JAXenter, can you
recommend any decent libraries for cat detection?” Well, as of
today we can confidently say yes – Heather Arthur’s Kittydar, written in
JavaScript, will certainly fulfil that need.

Based on a
research paper
, the feline facial recognition system can tell
you not only how many cats are present in a picture, but also their
exact coordinates.

4. The force is strong with this commit

Starlogs.net one
doesn’t need much explanation – stick your headphones on, paste in
a repo URL and enjoy…

5. Jim Carrey’s website

And finally… love him or hate him, it’s difficult to
argue that Jim Carrey’s personal
homepage
is a masterpiece. A truly bonkers interactive collage
of Carrey’s most famous roles – from Bruce Almighty to The Cable
Guy – it harks back to a simpler time when gaudy, entirely
inaccessible websites were made using Flash
rather than HTML5
.

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