Saturday, July 29, 2006

"Get it? Glooow-bal!"

Looking over the triple-digit highs forecast for pretty much the entire Central Time Zone over the next three or four days, I couldn't help but think of one of my all-time favorite quotes from King of the Hill: Dale Gribble's inevitable conspiracy theory on global warming as an "egghead government plot:"

Enjoy Dale's Undeniable Wisdom (WAV file)

And here's the transcript:
DALE: I know what's wrong with your truck. It's your quote unquote pollution controls. I heard on talk radio you don't even need 'em, they're just an egghead government plot.
HANK: How is cutting down on pollution a government plot, Dale?
DALE: Open up your eyes, man. They're trying to control global warming. Get it? "Glooow-bal!"
HANK: So what?
DALE: That's code for U.N. commissars telling Americans what the temperature's going to be in our outdoors. I say let the world warm up, let's see what Boutros Boutros Ghali Ghali has to say about that. We'll grow oranges in Alaska!
HANK: Dale, you giblet-head, we live in Texas! It's already 110 in the summer, and if it gets one degree hotter, I'm going to kick your ass!
It's a keeper.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Change in the (Yahoo!) Weather

I've been using My Yahoo! since its very earliest days; while many parts of this very web 1.0 "personal portal" have changed with the times, their detailed weather forecast pages had all the design panache of an interstate on-ramp. A smattering of ads, some gritty daily forecast graphics, and not much else to distinguish them from, well, anything.

Boy have things changed. Getting a dose of inspiration from the Yahoo Widgets (neé Konfabulator) design language, the detailed forecast page now has a crisp, inviting, easily scanned visual layout. Naturally, the weather page provides a link to the Widgets product itself ("Get Yahoo! Weather on your desktop"). It's now much easier to view the forecast content. Below the fold, two screenfuls of both regional radar and general weather headlines exist to provide related information as well as news of interest to explore. Nice to have. Let me put it another way; if this information has always been listed on detailed forecast pages, I never noticed it before the redesign.

(Click this thumbnail image to view the actual page)

Overall, it's a smart property cross-promotion and represents a concept I'm sure Yahoo is taking increasing advantage of, given its breadth of offerings.