Don’t stop me now ’cause I’m having a good time

September 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today, Freddie Mercury would have been 65 years old and Google celebrates the birthday of Queen’s legendary singer with an animated doodle.

Today’s doodle is also accompanied by a blog post from Google, which was written by Queen’s guitarist Brian May.

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All must be shared to win the war

July 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Twitter has followers, Facebook has causes and Google+ is the new cult.

Propaganda posters by Aaron Wood. « Read the rest of this entry »

The history of search

July 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

via Geek and Poke

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Hello summer!

June 21, 2011 § 3 Comments

Google celebrates today the summer solstice with a new colorful Google Doodle, created by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

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From behind

April 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Can you imagine how Twitter and Facebook would look like from behind? I am sure you can’t. Designers Jeff Lam and Josephine Yatar present in their blog Back of a Webpage a different and very creative ‘back view’ of most of our favourite websites.  youtube

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Do you know about A Google A Day?

April 18, 2011 § 1 Comment

Well, if you love puzzles, riddles and trivia (or plain Google procrastination) this is your game. And if Google searching is your specialty, then you will like its challenge: A Google A Day asks a question, gives you some hints and allows you to use Google Search to find the answer. The catch? The search is protected by Deja Google, a search engine that only returns results from before  A Google A Day was created. This way, you can’t get walkthroughs or answers from social media.

Are you up to the challenge?

P.S. I dedicate this post to F. who’s 10 years my junior and recently asked me, when I was complaining about not finding something on Google, “but did you search cleverly enough?”. Duh!

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What do the oos in google mean?

April 13, 2011 § 2 Comments


via I love charts

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The world is not a peaceful place

April 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

As if you didn’t already know that.

Still, if you get caught up in Conflict History, a very interesting, google-maps-based website that puts all the wars known to mankind (from 4000 BC to now, sourced from Wikipedia) on the map, you can’t help but be amazed by the amount of conflict that went on at any point in time. You might know about the big ones, you know about the current ones, but, believe me, there has never been a peaceful moment on this planet.

This, for example, was the situation when I was born:conflict in 1977

And it is not getting any better (2007-2010):conflict in 2010

via forbes

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Read it elsewhere

April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Quick links:

  • “If every single bee disappeared…humanity would also die out within four years” –
  • An ode to Japanese creativity – Core77
  • The biggest egoists on Twitter – uproxx
  • The emotion vending machine – The Creators Project
  • When to drop Google and prefer some other search engine – Lifehacker
  • The best April Fool prank: the cartridge that turns every film camera to digital – re35 via popphoto
  • This is what the world would look like if every country’s area was proportionate to its population – I love charts

world map: countries scaled to population

The joke is on Helvetica

April 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

Go to Google. Type “helvetica”. Click Search. The results appear in Comic Sans. Hilarious.type helvetica into google

(I am guessing this is just for today, duh!)

via buzzfeed

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April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Some bad news, but mostly good news and a positive vibe:

  • Where do the young and educated want to live? (infograph) – GOOD.IS
  • Tragic irony: Japanese tsunami survivors sheltered in a nuclear power plant – boingboing
  • In the mean time, it’s a new, carefree dawn for the wildlife at Chernobyl (audio) – gruenrekorder via boing boing
  • TweetWhen is a web app that tells you when your tweets get the most retweets (we do on fridays around 5pm) – TweetWhen
  • Kinda creepy: Google to launch app that scans a face and then finds the person’s google profile (including their contact details) – mashable
  • Honest, down-to-earth, inspiring advice: “how to steal like an artist (9 other things that nobody told me)” – austin kleon via drawn
  • Now I feel old. An exhibition to celebrate South Park’s 15th birthday – lost at E minor

South Park Art

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March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pure randomness today:

  • What do Liberia, Myanmar and the United States of America have in common? They are the only 3 countries in the world not to use the metric system – Gizmodo
  • Our sense of smell might be explained by quantum physics – BBC
  • The end of the telephone? – The New York Times
  • An argument against earth hour –
  • 8-bit deaths (video) – Vulture
  •’s Think Quarterly: the data issue – Think Quarterly
  • Types of typsos – Rosscott, Inc.

Types of Typos

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March 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

My mind is in Japan:

  • Confirmed by personal experience: when mobile phones and telephone lines failed, social networks helped the Japanese communicate in the hour of need – cnet
  • In fact, after the earthquake tweets from Japan were estimated around 1200 per minute – mashable
  • Google launches Person Finder for Japan earthquake – Person Finder
  • Japan’s strict building codes saved lives – New York Times
  • The earthquake and tsunami in pictures – buzzfeed
  • Predicted tsunami wave heights – New York Times

2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami

Google before you tweet

March 8, 2011 § 1 Comment

Google before you tweet

via Swiss Miss

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The meme meme

March 1, 2011 § 4 Comments

I was recently checking out the Know Your Meme web series (thanks F. for the tip),  the short documentaries by the site of the same name that documents every single web meme.

Memes have penetrated the collective mind and are definitely in fashion. I doubt it whether Richard Dawkins expected in 1976, when he coined the term meme, that his meme meme would rule popular culture. Or that it would yield 334.000.000 search results in Google (of course, he would have to imagine the creation of  the world wide web first, without which, I don’t think memes would be so successful), or result in the creation of such things as the Memeopoly (meme monopoly).

But what I keep thinking about memes is that the original meme meme, the concept of the meme that is, is the most powerful meme of all. As we know, the more one meme replicates itself, the more it becomes viral, the more its longevity, the more sucessful it is. But now that we all know what memes are, the initial meme, the meme about memes, replicates itself each time another meme gets replicated. It is this self-describing conceptual mechanism that guarantees its place on top of the meme evolutionary pyramid.

Self-referentiality that pays off.

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February 19, 2011 § 3 Comments

Stories that came up during the week:

  • Are we the only ones on this earth to have heard of Arcade Fire? See twitter reactions from people who were REALLY surprised of their win in the Grammys – who is Arcade Fire
  • After Google’s Art Project, here is street art view: graffiti from all over the world put on Google Maps – street art view
  • 10 artists who work with video games – boingboing
  • WTF: the little girl on the cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream is their new bass player – kottke
  • Science breakthrough: software that prints photos for the blind – msnbc
  • The trailer for Harumi Murakami’s Norwegian Wood movie adaptation is finally here:

I can be googled, therefore I am

February 11, 2011 § 3 Comments

I can be googled therefore I am

René Descartes died on this day (February 11th), 361 years ago.

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February 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

Mainly about Internet, but some other stuff too:

mondrian cake

Google puts virtual galleries back on the map

February 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

Virtual galleries went in and out of fashion. Now Google is reviving them by bringing the street map view inside some of the world’s best museums, with Art Project.

Google's Art Project

Using the street map view navigation functionality, this time inside rather than outside, you can virtually walk around the various rooms and stand as close to the works of art as you want. You can even touch them – that is, if you don’t mind fingerprints on your monitor. Complete with extreme close-ups, video guides, and personalized collections, Google’s Art Project ticks the box on every standard virtual gallery functionality.

Boticelli's Venus close-up

The list of museums is impressive, featuring among others, MoMA, Tate Britain, Reina Sofia, Uffizi, Hermitage and the Van Gogh Museum.

Be careful though not to be thrown out of the museum: there is a usability problem in the navigation that keeps taking you on the street map view, on the streets outside the museum.

Are you up for a qwiki?

January 25, 2011 § 3 Comments

There much discussion around the web today about the launch of qwiki on Monday. Qwiki is a (over-hyped) new way of presenting information gathered from online sources. The user submits a keyword and qwiki quickly assembles a multimedia presentation on the topic, sourcing content from Wikipedia, fotopedia, youtube and Google search.


Amongst increasing criticism on the declining quality Google Search and of people yearning for new paradigms of how to experience information online, qwiki aims to find much more than a niche market. With the backing up of Facebook co-founder (of The Social Network fame) Eduardo Saverin, qwiki has strong supporters and passionate critics.

I am all for emphasizing human experience, and exploring new formats – actually this is a one-way street for the future of the world wide web. Wheareas qwiki creates this kind of unique experience, this particular qualia that is, that will make it irresistible to users, that remains to be seen. For the time being, I have to admit that the text-to-speech effect is more hilarious than alienating (especially when dealing with non-english words, like here)

One thing you can’t accuse qwiki of is self-reference, since the term “qwiki” shows no results!

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