July 19, 2011 § 2 Comments
Bjork’s much anticipated new album Biophilia is out today.
Biophilia is going to be released as a regular music album, but also as an iPhone/iPad app. Biophilia, the free app, is a multimedia framework, created by Bjork in collaboration with other artists, scientists, programmers and designers, that will hold each song – sold separately. Each in-app song will explore the relationship between music and physical phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic.
In the meanwhile you can preview, for free, the first two singles:
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)
Highlight: PJ Harvey “The Mess We’re In”
Highlight: Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps”, Red Hot Chilli Peppers “Under The Bridge”
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March 22, 2011 § 5 Comments
Do you recognize this man?
He’s quite the internet celebrity, but for those of you who live under a stone here come the introductions. He’s Noah Kalina, a photographer who decided in 2000 to document his aging process by taking a snapshot of his face every single day. In his website you can see up-to-date photos and in the video above you see the oh-so-slight changes in his face from 200 to 2006.
Does that make you feel creative envy? Worry no more, now there’s an iPhone app for that too. Everyday reminds you to take your photo every single day. And the perks? A grid that aligns your face’s position, and, even cooler than that, a movie generator, that creates a stop animation compilation of all of your photos. Will your video reach Noah’s 18771987 views on YouTube? Probably not. It will still be cool, though!
February 22, 2011 § 5 Comments
Haiku finder is a simple yet impressive little web app that discovers hidden haiku patterns in any text you paste into its search box. I discovered it on BuzzFeed and I was soon copy-pasting a great part of Project Gutenberg on that clever little page. Here are some of my finds (granted, most of them are translations in english, but still):
“Gregor!” shouted his
sister, glowering at him
and shaking her fist.
Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment:
Something was happening
to him entirely new,
sudden and unknown
Checkov’s Uncle Vanya:
I can still feel his
voice vibrating in the air;
it caresses me.
Shakespeare’s Alls Well That Ends Well:
The web of our life
is of a mingled yarn, good
and ill together.
Austen’s Pride and Prejudice:
If your feelings are
still what they were last April,
tell me so at once
Dickens’ Great Expectations:
boy,” said Estella, “will you
never take warning?”
cummings’ The Enormous Room:
It was a fine place,
a large city to be sure.
But always changing.
What’s impressive is how well these little haikus really summarize the whole essence of the works they were inconspicuously hiding in. What else is impressive is how haikus seem inherent in the rhythm of some authors’ writing: Austen and e.e.cummings yield up large numbers of haikus. Other authors have scarce or no haikus at all.
I’ll now go and search for haikus in the new iTunes terms and conditions.
February 17, 2011 § 3 Comments
You’ve been in front of your computer until the wee hours. When you do get to bed, exhausted, you find yourself unable to sleep. I know I can relate to this, especially since lately I keep blogging at night. This kind of insomnia might be due to the blue light emitted by computer screens (and all other screens: laptops, iPads, TV sets, etc). The human organism understands blue light as daylight, which disrupts the usual hormonal mechanisms that regulate our sleep.
According to the Washington Post “humans evolved to respond to darkness by producing melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep cycle. But our light-sensitive pineal gland near the center of the brain responds to blue light by suppressing melatonin, causing us to wake up. When we see too much blue light in the late evening, it delays or disrupts the melatonin rush”.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is a remedy.
f.lux is a free, downloadable software solution (for Windows, OS X and Linux), that makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. So basically your computer screen mimics natural light.I ‘ve just installed it, and the light is indeed warmer. Whether I’ll sleep as a baby tonight, I’ll let you know.
February 16, 2011 § 4 Comments
This is one of the coolest ideas ever: The colour clock is an online clock and a downloadable screen saver (for Mac users only) that represents time as a hexadecimal color.
Let me explain. Do you know your RGBs?
Standing for Red Green Blue, RGB is the color model that combines these three colors to create all the rest. In the web, all colors are represented in hexadecimal RGB codes, ie sets of three numbers (value of red, value of green, value of blue). What else is represented as a set of three numbers? Time (value of hours, value of minutes, value of seconds). What if we combined the two codes? Quite obvious now that I mention it, but quite ingenious for the person who thought of it first. Respect.
This clock is magnificent both conceptually and aesthetically. Perfection.