Save the sounds

June 3, 2012 § 1 Comment

Sounds in danger of extinction? Well, it seems that there are sounds that are about to extinct, to be forgotten and lost forever, like the sound of a tape in a tape recorder, the loadind of VCRs, the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 computer, the ringing of an old Nokia mobile phone. But Brendan Chilcutt aim’s is to preserve these sounds: the sounds of old technologies and electronics equipment. In his site, the Museum of Endangered Sounds, you can hear all these sounds and remember an era before it is totally forgotten.

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A film and its multiple interpretations

December 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

A film is a different experience for each of us. A different interpretation based on our interests, experiences, life. The Silver Screen Society created by Trevor Basset, Brandon Schaefer and Adam Hanson is a website which invite artists each month to create art based on a chosen film and present their own ‘visual’ interpretations of their favourite film.

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You’re a comic sans criminal

April 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

This is an intervention for comics sans addicts. We’ve had enough.

comics sans criminal

link: comic sans criminal

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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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You type, they design

April 12, 2011 § 3 Comments

Everybody is obsessed with typography, lately. And it’s OK, the only problem being that not everyone has a design degree or money to spend on a designer. Now, there are designers who will turn your phrase into a typographical masterpiece for free.

AfternoonDrunk

Just head to the phraseology project, submit a word or phrase (less than 20 characters) and check back in a few days to find it fully designed in a typographical form.

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Satisfy your infographic hunger

April 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

I recently wondered when and how infographs became so popular. Well this video has (some) answers:

Visual.ly is a new website dedicated to infographs. It is by invitation only, and you can get yours here.

via jxnblk

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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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Distorted cities

April 7, 2011 § 4 Comments

Imagine a map that instead of representing the physical and geographical boundaries of a country or a location, displays human communication and interaction. SubMap:Visualizing locative data on distorted maps, a project created by Dániel Feles, Krisztián Gergely, Attila Bujdosó and Gáspár Hajdu at Kitchen Budapest, is a subjective map of the personal experiences and preferences of a city’s residents. Their first attempt was to present maps that show the city from ‘their point of view’ by choosing their homes as epicenters of unique, spherical, perspectival distortions. Locations that were closer to them look larger, whereas locations further away become smaller.

Submap

The project’s latest version, SubCity 2.0: Ebullition, visualises and sonificates data pulled from one of the biggest news sites of Hungary, origo.hu. Whenever a Hungarian city or village is mentioned in any domestic news on origo.hu website, it is translated into a force that dynamically distorts the map of Hungary. In the following video, each frame represents a single day, each second covers a month, starting from December 1998 until October 2010.

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Create stunning word cloud infographs

April 2, 2011 § 4 Comments

Sometimes everybody is in on the secret, and somehow you are left out. That’s the case with me and wordle. So, if there’s anyone else in this world who hasn’t heard about wordle yet (which I doubt), this is what it does: it is a web app that creates beautiful word clouds from any text or URL you submit. It allows you to change fonts, colors and layout. It basically allows you to create stunning infographs based on word occurance to use in an essay, presentation or website and blog post. Try wordle-ing articles, novels, song lyrics, letters, ads or whatever else comes to mind.

It is very addictive; I’ve just spent the last half an hour wordle-ing the lyrics of some of my old favorites. Can you guess what they are? (Highlight the text to view the artists and songs)

This Mess We're In

Highlight: PJ Harvey “The Mess We’re In”

MapsUnder The Bridge

Highlight: Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps”,  Red Hot Chilli Peppers “Under The Bridge”

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Cool patterns

April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Our latest background for April (which some of you might have seen a bit earlier, oops) comes from Pattern Cooler. It is an amazing web service that allows you to edit online and download hundreds of seamless background patters for your desktop, twitter account, blog or mobile device. You can download the ready-made backgrounds as they are, or edit their colors and pattern size. It has a huge selection, but we particularly liked the minimal, japanese and geometrical series.pattern cooler

For April we decided to go retro. Find our background here.

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Make up your mind about your mind

March 31, 2011 § 3 Comments

Everybody has one. A conscious mind I mean. And with it comes the self-referential ability of theorizing about it. Philosophers of Mind, Cognitive Scientists, Neuroscientist and Religious Scholars have all put out theories on what consciousness is (especially in the last 20 years it has become a hot topic of study,and, believe it or not, zombies have central role).

So, where do I stand on the consciousness debate? That’s what Information is Beautiful told me:Identity Theorizing Emergent Dualistic Higher Order Theorist

What is Consciousness? Make up your mind is a short and sweet web app that gives you an overview of the main theories of Consciousness, lets you choose what you find more plausible and in the end hits you with an almost post-modern description of your theory.What is consciousness

P.S. I actually am not a Identity Theorizing Emergent Dualistic Higher Order Theorist.

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If you watch it backwards

March 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

Can you imagine how would things turn up if all the stories you know in life and fiction would start from the end and end up in their beginning? Ifyouwatchitbackwards is a tumblr site which points out the opposite path that life and fiction can take.

If you watch it backwards

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What makes curly hair curly?

March 25, 2011 § 6 Comments

What makes curly hair curly? What makes glass transparent? Why can’t you say ‘Macbeth’ in a theater? Don’ t tell me that all these questions never crossed your mind, but you never quite managed to find the answer. Ialwayswondered is a cool website where Jarret Green tries to answer the questions that pop up in his curious mind.

I always wondered

via Swiss Miss

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Your life listed

March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

It happens and I cannot deny it. I keep forgetting the book I have read two weeks ago or the gig I attended last summer. But I found a way to remember all these life experiences, well with a little help of the social web. MyLifeListed is a cool and fun website, where you can list, count and share your experiences, the ones you want to remember, of course!

MyLifeListed

You can create categories of the things you want to write down, such as the countries you have visited, the football matches you have attended, the restaurants you have eaten in, the hotels you have stayed at, even the parties you have thrown, in case you did not feel so embarrassed and want to forget them. And you can even share your experiences with your friends!

It appears a little frightening right now, as your memory fades away, but it would be nice when you will look back over time and remember what you’ve done, when you’ve done it, where you’ve been and what you’ve achieved.

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mylifelisted.com is a simple and fun way to list, count and share your life experiences.

By keeping on-going lists of your life experiences all in one place, look back over time and feel good about what you’ve done, when you’ve done it, where you’ve been and what you’ve achieved.

A Ming cupcake

March 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

I love contrasts. Of color, of texture, of style. And a contrast of style is what first caught my eye in Ming Makes Cupcakes. That and my weak spot for cupcakes, that is. But back to the point: I just love the contrast between the luscious maximalism of the cupcakes and the severe minimalism of the layout. Oh the conflict, the tension!ming makes cupcakes

But I want to give (more) credit where credit is due. The recipes themselves are great, with some twists and surprises (flourless chocolate cupcakes anyone? Sour cream fig cupcakes? Port wine and cherry chocolate? Beet chocolate?). I plan to start trying them ASAP.

Oh, and a last note on usability: although every recipe (image & text) is an image, the blog has a text only version where you can read and copy/paste text from. Nothing to complain about.

69 love illustrations…

March 18, 2011 § 3 Comments

…inspired by The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs. This is what you can find in How Fucking Romantic, a great little blog. It was launched by a bunch of London-based illustrators, comic-artists and writers who wanted, well to illustrate all of the 69 Love Songs. But the project is open and anyone can submit an illustration.

magnetic fields: a pretty girl is like

To paraphrase my favorite song by The Magnetic Fields (even if not from the 69 Love Songs): Please stop dancing in my heart / I can seem to make it art.

See more illustrations and listen to my favorite song after the jump.

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Creative work in progress

March 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

Be careful: Tons of creativity!

Dribble is a website, where creatives from all around the web meet and share their work. Designers, developers and other creative minds share screenshots of the designs, logos and applications they are working on.

Dribble website

We sure are going to find some of the most interesting work in Dribble!

DJ for a day

March 12, 2011 § 1 Comment

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a dj for just one night? Now you can with a “virtual mixing console” that the Japanese breakbeat band, Hifana, has incorporated on their website. Fresh Push Play gives you the opportunity to play with different channels, use a turntable, and add effects to the band’s latest tracks.

Fresh Push Play

Try it!

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