Monkey business or Being a

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Here’s a service for everyone who’s always wanted their own website but didn’t know how and what to put on it. solves these problems for you.

First of all, you get a free domain name, ending in .mp. Now, it’s not the prettiest top level domain, but apparently the company reached an agreement with the government of the CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) that basically allows them and only them to register domains ending in .mp.

So after signing up, you’re the proud owner of a domain name. In a way. But more about this later.

With your new domain name, you also get a full-fledged personal website complete with a lifestream, the option of creating different versions for different contacts and a contact manager for the services you’ve hooked up to your site, like Flickr, Facebook or Twitter.

It’s fairly customizable, but in the end it’s basically a standalone profile that identifies you on the web. Your .mp domain also doubles an OpenID, which I think is a splendid idea. When you’re done configuring and hooking up your other services to the site, it will look like this.

It’s all very easy to configure, obviously geared toward people who haven’t yet created profiles on every social network there is (someone like me, in case you’ve missed that).

Oh, and a word about the domain name. The whole service is free, for the time being, including that .mp domain name. That is, it’s free if you use the rest of the service, but if you want to use your domain for something else, say a website about your anime collector’s dolls, you need to buy it for 20 USD a year. But considering that the whole idea behind is the creation of a profile and the interaction between all the .mp profiles created, buying that domain-name seems pointless. Especially if you can get ordinary .com domains for much less.

The service is still in private beta, so if you feel you’d like to try it out, drop me a note in the comments and I’ll send you an invitation (make sure to use a valid email-address or the invitation key will never reach you).

Update: All the invites are gone, sorry. But do leave a comment anyway.

Dancing Eggs

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I like me a hearty breakfast. And I like to take pictures of breakfasts.

But sometimes, the still images just aren’t enough. That’s when I create videos, which are aptly described by some people as “moving images”.

So here goes, moving breakfast images. I do of course want you to note the obvious pun, not so cleverly hidden in my last sentence. Enjoy:

Picnik – Still better

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Picnik, which I so elegantly discussed when it launched, today announced that they had opened up all the functions previously only available for paying members of the service. Here’s the TechCrunch post on it.

Well, I think that’s a fantastic move. With other webbased photo editing services cropping up like mushrooms in a humid forest on a spring day, this helps to really draw people to your service (and keep them there). I guess there was a reason why Flickr decided to partner with Picnik for direct editing of Flickr photos, and why Picnik is the default application to edit photos stored on


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Flickr, my and just about everyone’s favourite image hosting, sharing and show-off site, has just been enhanced by a really interesting little product. The name: Photophlow.

So what does it do? Well, glad you asked. Basically it’s a gathering point for Flickr users to look at and discuss photos. Well, that’s it basically. And specifically, it does the following: Gives you the ability of creating rooms, yes, that’s “rooms” as in “chatrooms”, where you can have real time chats with other users about images displayed in the room.

You can post images to the rooms so quickly and easily, it’s baffling. Certain words written in the rooms are turned into links, clicking them brings up a Flickr search for the term. You can then show images to the room, add comments to the images (which will show up on the Flickr site and inside the room) or just hang out and chat.

Integration with Twitter and Tumblr are there, showing that the Photophlow creators really are “with it”, if you know what I mean. Unless of course “with it” is a term used only in the 80s. In which case the creators are “hip”. Unless of course that’s only used by very old people in connection with broken ones. Oh well, you get the idea.

The service is still invitation only, but since I don’t have any friends, I’ve got three to spare. Leave a nice comment, and ye shall receive.

And here are the screens (click for full size, o’course):
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