We’ve had a bunch of emails over the last few days asking about that little Flash widget down there at the bottom of the right sidebar (take a look waay down there), usually from readers asking what the heck all that Japanese stuff is.
While there are probably hundreds of such widgets around, that particular one is from Sony Japan’s Flo:Q site. In return for giving over a little advertising space, users get a panel that can hold anything from podcasts to Flickr searches.
It’s not perfect (no play controls on the podcasts, for example), but it is a pretty cool little thing. Check it out here if you fancy building one of your own - Japanese language requirements aren’t too onerous, so it’s easy to follow.
There’s a similar one here from house builder Sekisui Heim - it’s not particularly customizable but you do get an earthquake button that makes your neighbor’s inferior house collapse in a pile of dust.
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