19 June 2008

Thing 5: Forward! (into the past)

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Even after reading Thing 5 most carefully, I'm still not 100 percent sure what a "mashup" is. The word evokes the aftermath of an industrial disaster: large machines locked together in a crumpled steel embrace.

But I do know how to use someone else's JavaScript, and that's what I need to do to fulfill Thing 5. Above is what I created from Erik Kastner's "Spell with Flickr" tool. It means "Forward" (the exclamation point wouldn't fit on one line, but it's really better as "Fram!") in Norwegian. This is the name of a famous (to Norwegians) ship that explored the North Pole in the 1890s. It was frozen in the polar ice for two years, but it—and its captain, Fridtjof Nansen— still made it back to Oslo in one piece.

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