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Friday Five: , kittydar and Jim Carrey

Elliot Bentley

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 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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