For the love of words

January 18, 2013 § 1 Comment

And not your basic, everyday words. Words that sound beautiful. Words that describe complex feelings or situations. Ancient words and neologisms. Words that exist for the benefit of word-lovers. Otherwordly is a tumblr that collects the most particular words from languages around the world. Here is a small anthology.

palinoia

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The usual suspects

October 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Are you familiar with law enforcement composite sketch software? You know, the software the police uses to create portraits of suspects based on eye-witness descriptions? Well, Brian Joseph Davis had the brilliant idea of using such software with literary descriptions of book characters. Some of the most iconic protagonists are there, from Jesus to Humbert Humbert, and from Jane Eyre to Holly Golightly.

Daisy Buchanan

Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby

A casting director’s dream, right?

Captain Ahab

Captain Ahab, Moby Dick

Unfortunately The Composites tumblr is closing down (but a book is coming out). Just my luck to discover something fun once it is about to end…

via freeweird

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Sound advice

April 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

Lyrics to live by is a tumblr dedicated in finding good advice in song lyrics, ranging from classic rock to hip-hop. Time to Pretend

You can even submit lyrics and I did so!  My choice?

And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make

The End by The Beatles

Now I’ll just sit and wait. In the meanwhile…

I am useless but not for long the future is coming on

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Erased words

February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Just erase: words, commas, sentences to reveal the true emotion and find poetry. Newspaper Blackout, a Tumblr blog of Austin-based artist and writer Austin Kleon (included in TIME magazine’s list of the  30 Must-See Tumblr Blogs) creates”blackout poetry” just by blacking out unwanted text with a permanent marker and revealing new and shorter versions of poetic expression.

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Don’t give up on facebook just yet

May 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

The first email of the day said this:

That’s all Folks!
I am deleting my facebook account (at least for the moment) because I am bored of it.

[goes on to give me us – all of his facebook friends- his new contact details].

And he’s not the first to do so. Infact, the number of my facebook friends is on a downward slope, at least for the last six months. People are getting fed up with Facebook. Has it simply run its course, like Friendster and myspace before it? Are people tired of all the overexposure? Are the original Facebook users maturing into Twitter users? Or is it simply because our Facebook newsfeeds usually look like this:

this is why I don't use Facebook

There are those, though, that are not ready to give up without a fight. Yo Zuck! Implement this is a tumblr blog with ideas on how to improve Facebook. It includes realistic, common sense suggestions that would indeed improve user experience. For example this one would be really helpful to me since my Japanese friends have the weird habit of writing in, well, japanese:

translate facebook status updates

Newsfeed illustration via Thought Catalog. Link to Yo Zuck! via freeweird.

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Clever words

April 29, 2011 § 4 Comments

What happens when the Saussurian signifier and signified meet up in the form of a word? Beautiful typography.

lizard

Typeplay is a tumblr blog, which plays with words and their meanings creating typographically meaningful words and whose goal is to reach a million words.

frisbee

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Cinemagraphs: the art of the animated gif

April 21, 2011 § 4 Comments

Remember the early days of the web, before Flash and JavaScript, when the animated gif was the only thing that could move in a webpage (and more often than not to a displeasing effect)? Those days are long gone, and the gif has been de-throned and for good reason: most of them were not only crude, but utterly ugly as well, by definition bordering on the kitsch side. But the gifs you are about to see are a completely different story.bike gif

Fashion (and not only) photographer Jamie Beck creates these amazing animated gifs with the help of web designer Kevin Burg. cab window gif

These gifs walk the fine line between photography and video, belonging to neither. They are studies on a scene. You might even miss the motion completely if you are not careful enough. But, even if minimal, this motion is heavy with emotion and fluent with meaning.

subway newspaper gif

The artistic duo calls their animated gif cinemagraphs and explain: “There’s something magical* about a still photograph — a captured moment in time — that can simultaneously exist outside the fraction of a second the shutter captures.”

oh joy gif

You can find all of Jamie’s animated gifs in her tumblr: from me to you. Not only that,  but you can also find all of her fashion photography (New York Fashion Week, anyone?), her own styling and street fashion photography (I love her vintage style; it is actually her on the portrait above),  her food blogging, her series on NYC and other cities and A LOT more.

*[Speaking of magic, this minimal flickering inside the photograph is exactly how I always imagined the Daily Prophet.]

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