Saturday, March 26, 2005

Last Post On New Links

You may have noticed New Links has been a bit quiet over the last few days and that's because we've upped and moved sticks to a new site. We'll still be bringing you the same sort of drivel as before but on a much better site. The site is still nowhere near complete yet as I'm adding features daily but it is usable (more so than this one) and definitely readable.

We've moved because Blogger has become unusable for long periods of time with frequent timeouts and publishing errors. I'm not knocking Blogger too much mind - we've been running for almost 1.5 years on Blogger and for the most part it's been fine (check out the archives for 'vintage' New Links posts - there are thousands) but recently it has been excruciatingly slow to use. Blogger have added plenty of new features but a lot of the features are cosmetic (like prettier comment entry with avatars - bizarrely those avatars don't get shown on the post pages alongside the comments. They must just be used to give you something to look at while you take 32 minutes to publish your snappy comeback) they need to be addressing their backend problems. Everyone is doing free blogging services now - they have to be free and good to survive.

When you publish as frequently we do (we've managed 20/30 posts in a day plenty of times) it becomes a PITA when you have a load of posts ready and find yourself taking hours to publish due to the errors. So we've moved to cheap hosting and I've been hacking way to install Drupal which is a platform that lets you do a lot more than just posting links. It's slowly coming together but we've taken the decision to move all posting to the new site - it's so much nicer being able to publish in seconds.

So if you link to this site please update your bookmarks/blogroll - as I said before we are still posting the same kind of stuff but we have added a lot features to make the site more customisable for you. It's New Links++! I'll be adding sites to our blogroll (which I've just installed ten minutes ago) over the next few days - if I've missed you off let me know on the site.

New Links est mort, vive New Links. Yay!

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Are we still here?

Disney Tattoo Fan has 1501 Disney Tattoo's.

Bob Gruen, Rock and Roll Photographer - The Files. (via)

Conclusive proof that Big Issue sellers get every-bloody-where
272 Desert island cartoons. (via)

The Squooshy Pineapple. (via)
A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. These pictures are worth about a thousand lawsuits, so catch them now before Goldie Hawn hits us with a Cease- And- Desist and her husband comes looking for us packing a tube sock full of golf balls.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Mmmm shiny...

Coming to a store near you soon, an 8 Inch Digital LCD Screen which doesn't sound very new but what's good about this is that it only fits the new slimline PS2 (which is about one quarter the size of the original PS2). So not quite a handheld but small enough to fit in your hand luggage.

New New Links Is Up


Go check out the new New Links - basic atm but I've only just installed it. Read here for more info.

Existing NewLinks posters go and create an account to have a proper explore.

We aren't ready to move over just yet so this site is still alive - just!

Works fine with I.E.

After cable recall, Xbox's still frying.

One for mmChronic. Apple seeks 'tax' on iPod accessories.

Star Wars Goes 3D. (via)

Images of Violence in the Medieval World. (via)

Special LEGO-version of Volvo XC90. Brilliant.

PSP Video 9. Download, convert and copy video to your PSP using BitTorrent and RSS. (via)

A good Metafilter post on the subject of this great video of a Japanese artist retelling the creation myth with sand trickling through his hands.

I tried for over an hour to post this in Firefox this morning to no avail. I opened IE and it published in seconds and that was not fluke as it has become a method that I've relied on lately. Now who's browser sucks?

Monday, March 21, 2005

Shufflephones 1.0 - Old Skool Edition

Shufflephones 1.0 - Old Skool Edition. Pimp my shuffle?

I'm sure that's Merg.... ;)

More tinternet news....

Yahoo confirmed that it will start beta testing a new community service this month that will let users share blogs, photos, music and other content with their friends. Full story.

Google's X Files Vanish [Slashdot]
Read more.

Top 10 UK search engines [Moreover Internet Europe News]

Social Text is a thing that lets you Wiki your projects so you don't have to send so many stupid e-mails around your company. Looks interesting.

Yahoo buys flikr

Ask Jeeves Inc. to Be Bought for $2 Billion. More.

What Age Do You Act?

According to the "What Age Do You Act?" quiz I'm
You Are 19 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Looks like mist3rjon3s was right. PARP!

I'm off to squeeze some spots.

via Willy Dobbe

Sod the Easter Eggs...Get a Quickie Divorce...

Funniest things drop into your spam box...Hey Flip wanna divorce..? Easter Special offer...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs...ahem Flip style...rude words and woohoo stockings...sort of...maybe..
Poor Sabrina's lost in the North Pole...pointy clicky...

Great site this...Blinx TV...

Playing with ya self at work in be outlawed...bumma...

One for the Formula One petrol heads...Merc vs Merc...

Poodle Ebay love song...too funny...

That's me done...I'm off to the Ultra Lounge...well bed actually...sick sick sick...



ILuvNUFC emailed me last week about MyBlogLog which has a neat little service so you can find out what external links people are clicking on that is installed by putting one line of code in your template. You can see from normal stats which internal links people are clicking on but there's no of knowing which of the links we post get clicked on - well apart when we get the owner of the linked site doing some whining. It's a bit crap relying on pissing someone off to find out if a link is popular so MyBlogLog is very handy indeed.

For the first week you get a free trial of the Pro version then you drop down to the free version at the end of the week. The only difference I can see is the free one limits displaying the Top 10 clicks out for a given day whereas the Pro version allows you to see all links. You can even report on a given range of dates and it'll total up the clicked links in that range - again limiting you to top 10 only on the Free version.

So what were our most popular links this week? These:

 1 (487) Happy Slap videos
 2 (337) Video for Amarillo btw - all those looking for 'free mp3 downloads' of this should be deeply ashamed of themselves. It's for fscking charidee - go and buy it you tight cnut.
 3 (137) Dance White Boy Dance
 4 (104) Teenage Porno Ninja Turtles
 5 (78) esure (working link)
 6 (70) The Commonly Confused Words Test
 7 (44) Calm Down Dear remix (original link now not working. See whinge)
 8 (41) Comments on Happy Slapping
 9 (38) 13 things that do not make sense
10 (37) iNO

Key: Position (number of clicks) Link to relevant post.

Two of our Technorati tags (Film and Ninja) appeared in the top 10 but I haven't included them due to fact they have been on multiple posts and this score will be the total clicks from all of them. We are now on the Free version so I won't be able to do that in future if I do this again the top ten will be the top ten reported.

So of the top ten links 9 are mine and 1 (number 2) is for Bungers. I'm afraid the rest of the lads will have to improve their linkage quality. ;)

That's now 3 posts (1, 2) about blogging in a row - quick Flip we need some boobies! ;)

New New Links Coming Soon?

I mentioned the other day that we were all getting heartly sick of Blogspot's frequent cackness and said we might well have to move to a paid service.

I've already decided on the publishing platform we will use (more on that later) and so had two things still to do before moving us:
1) Choosing a CHEAP host that was capable of hosting the software I've chosen.
2) Coming up with a domain name.

I think I've found us a very cheap host so that just leaves the domain to sort out. Well that and a huge amount of work on the back end which will make me whinge even more about lack of posting from other NewLinkers! ;) is owned by a UK website company. They should donate it to us as they are crap at their jobs - click the website link on the front page for proof. That's been broke at least as long as our NewLinks has been running. Note: if want their website updated we'll do it for money, beer and weed - mostly weed! Obviously they won't donate the domain name to us so onto the next choice. has been registered since 1997 and nothing has been done with it since. My Admiral Akbar senses tingled at this one - it smells like someone sitting on a domain waiting for a chance to make money by suing someone. That's why I'm not keen on Bungers' suggestion of - the owner of NewLinks might complain about infringing trademarks yada yada yada. and .net point to some ad portal shizzle so I won't even bother giving them the benefit of a link.

We could use a different TLD altogether like cx, tk eg I toyed with registering but decide against it as I wouldn't mind keeping newlinks in the domain for Google purposes.

The quicker we can come up with a name the quicker I can register it and start setting up a new site - so let's have your suggestions sharpish please!

Top of the British Blogs

Mark over at the BritBlog Directory has just launched the Top Of The British Blogs Chart which I was talking about the other week.

EVERYONE on this chart is being counted the same way and it is also an automated process leaving it less open to errors while collating the visit data. If you are British and have a blog you can enter the charts here.

So onto the first charts themselves. New Links has repeated it's success in the short lived British Blog Charts by placing at number three in the first chart. Yay!

Other blogs in the charts that we know about / link to are A Welsh View, The Flophouse, Stephen Newton's diary of sorts and DoctorVee. There's also an entry for Gordon McLean (creator of Scottish Blogs) who has been using New Links as a source for a couple of his link blog links recently. It's very incestuous this blogging malarkey!

See full list here.

Tunnel report?

Game on. A very fast version of Breakout. (via)

Windows XP box.
I needed a small Windows XP machine and a Mini-ITX board was the obvious choice. So I decided to build my "Windows XP Box" in a Windows XP box. The external dimensions of the box are a tiny 243mm x 200mm x 48mm.

Trailer for the forthcoming War Of The Worlds movie.

Do you put it on for them and if so at what point or do we have to train the bitches?
Dog Condoms. (via)
The problem of dog overpopulation is a real one. However, the noble goal of preventing unwanted dog pregnancy does not justify the means being used. Millions of brutal forced castrations and female genital mutilations take place every year in America. We need to put a stop to these atrocities and give every living creature the respect it deserves.

Tobacco Ads. (via)

Mayang's Free Textures. Welcome to our texture library, we have over 1750 free to download, free to use, high-resolution textures (also known as backgrounds, wallpapers or texture maps). (via)

Strange but true.... Ever wondered why you fart when you eat beans or why spaghetti always snaps into three pieces? Well this section tries to answer all those strange questions you've been too embarrassed to ask and explains some of those strange phenomena that make no damn sense, like how do they get those stripes into toothpaste?
We love the Toon. Well most of us do anyway.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Kitten Song

I thought ILuvNUFC had been moonlighting at B3ta when I saw the Kitten Song animation but then I saw the disclaimer at the end and knew it couldn't be him. NSFW

via b3ta newsletter 174

Jade Empire preview #3425624

More ninja action, this time from Jade Empire.

It's a preview of the game from

Friday, March 18, 2005

Holy Shit! Ninjas!!!

Here's a mad Flash animation called Holy Shit! Ninjas!!! featuring ermm.. ninjas! Yay!

As well as ninjas this animation has pirates, kittens, Domokun, Maddox, Mr T, guitars, Darth Vader, Batman, video game graphics and lots more cultural references.

via linkfilter

Another iPod Knockoff

And unlike the other day's iNO this one is an actual mp3 player. This Chinese iPod Mini 'tribute' has a 4Gb drive, 12 hour battery life, FM radio, line in mp3 encoding (neat idea allowing you to fill the disk without going near a computer by encoding music direct from stereos, CD Walkman etc) and, due to it supporting various formats (MP3, WMA, DRM WMA and ADPCM), you don't have to be reamed by Jobs to own one.

No mention of price but I bet it comes in quite a few quid cheaper than Apple's offering.

via Waxy

PS. I first attempted to post this at 8:17ish am this morning. Blogger want to get their act sorted out or they are going to lose their market share - I've seen many good blogs move from Blogger to Anything But Blogger over the last year due to it's shite record on publishing. If that carries on they'll be left with only txt spk blogs - and it will serve them right. I've already chosen a blogging engine (and it's not any of the other usual suspects) for New Links 2. This weekend I'll be looking at hosting plans I reckon. It will of course mean ads to help pay for costs as there's no way we're paying owt!

(Is This The Way To) Amarillo Video

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Morning All

Modern Drunkard presents The Etiquette of Vomiting.

The Genetically Modified Zoo. Strange but good.

I pity the fool who don't click on my ring. Or something
Mr T Webring.

The 52 funniest things about the upcoming death of the Pope. This is going to be offensive to some also contains NSFW text. (via)

Internet for Assholes. Another possibly offensive link. (via)

We love the Toon. Well most of us anyway