Tweet the lyrics

March 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

I really don’t know how to explain this in a way that makes it justice so perhaps you should better visit tweetflight immediately. If you insist, though, here is my best try. Electro-folk (yes, this classification exists) group Brightly have released one of the most clever web-based music videos ever, for their song Preflight Nerves.

preflight nerves


It is basically a lyrics video, but the words of the song are drawn (almost) real-time from tweets. Clever huh?

Taking the words / phrases out of the context of the tweet and into the song and vice-versa is very interesting; sometimes poignant, sometimes ironic, sometimes hilarious.

I am dying to create a self-referential loop by tweeting about this and appearing in the video!

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In 60 seconds

August 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Every 60 seconds, 168 million emails are sent, more than 13,000 iPhone applications are downloaded, over 600,000 search queries are made,  more than 98,000 tweets and more than 1,500 blog posts are published.Pretty amazing, don’t you think?In 60 seconds

via TechPages

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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 »

I am socially stoned

July 6, 2011 § 2 Comments

Well, we all know that all social media can be extremely addictive, but each one with a completely different way. Patrick Moberg compares each one of them with popular drugs and alcoholic beverages:

via Design Taxi

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The internet in 2015

June 2, 2011 § 2 Comments

How different will our digital life be in just four years from now? Watch this superb infographic video, “Digital Life: Today and Tomorrow,” created by NeoLabels and Inés Leopoldo to find out. It lasts almost 8 minutes, but worth every second.

via Fastcodesign

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Playing with reality

April 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

What would happen if what people share in their social networks turns real? And best of all, if you could play with that? Well, if you like the idea of the twittersphere becoming a virtual universe, this is for you. Welcome to Tweet Land, the first set of videogames that plays with reality.

This is the teaser of Tweet Land, a video game in development, which will blend reality and fiction, by incorporating users’ real time activity in Twitter into the game’s narrative. This means that every time someone tweets something, these tweets will affect the gameplay of Tweet Land by triggering certain action-keywords.


via Kickstarter

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Read it elsewhere

April 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Around the web in 9 links:

youtube drawings

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April 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Mainly infographs on this set of quick links:

  • The great toilet paper debate (infograph) – buzzfeed
  • This kind of video is not my cup of tea, but this one is really incredible: skiers jump off a cliff to escape an avalanche (video) – youtube
  • How to chart roads on Google Maps –
  • MoMA, you call yourself a museum? – Alltop
  • Interactive tweet topic infograph – Tweet topic explorer
  • 10 consistent songwriters – flavorwire
  • Infographs created in physical space – geekosystem
world internet use

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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Read it elsewhere

April 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Slim pickings:

  • It’s true what they say, there is a tumblr for everything – fugly android interfaces
  • What kind of twitter user are you? (infograph) – daily infographic
  • I assure you that a post with the title “Unspeakable Bodily Fluids and Genitalia: A Short, Revolting Intro to the Finest Metaphors in British Food Criticism” is a good read –
  • Bringing the bling to Anakin: Darth Vader’s helmet gets the artist treatment – total film
  • These post stamps for the 50 years of the Royal Shakespeare Company are amazing – creative review

RSC 50 years stamps

The physical act of writing

April 6, 2011 § 4 Comments

Everybody, from thinkers and writers to newspapers and blogs, is talking about the future of writing in cyberspace. We have seen various examples of hypertext fiction and everybody, not just cultural studies and visual culture students, came across with terms such as hypertextuality, multivocality, non-linearity and understood their multiple meanings.

But what about the physicality of writing? The act of writing? Things have changed: we used to hold a a pen or a pencil, then type on a typewriter and, then, on the keyboard of a computer, and, most recently, we started interacting with a touch screen. Have all these changes altered our perception of writing? And more significantly our way of thinking? Is writing always intermediated by the medium?

Typewriter aficionados claim that writing on a typewriter gives you time to think and concentrate, since you cannot check at the same time your email or Twitter account. On the other hand, one could easily say that a touch screen brings us back to a more tactile experience of writing. And I keep wondering if new gadgets, such as this typewriter stand for the iPad, keep appearing as a sign of nostalgia for the past or as functional tools of the future.


These are just thoughts. I have no answer or any insight. We will have to wait and see, I suppose.

Photos of vintage typewriters, courtesy of the New York Times

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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

Social networks from the Enlightenment

April 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

Long before Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, there was the Republic of Letters —  a self-proclaimed intellectual community of writers, scholars and other thinkers in the late 17th and 18th century in Europe and America, that managed to cross national boundaries and bring together, among others, the philosophers of the Enlightenment.Republic of letters

This vast community of intellectuals and philosophers, which included literary figures such as Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Carl Linnaeus, Isaac Newton, Gottfried Leibniz, and Denis Diderot, was the subject of a project by a team of students and professors from Stanford University. They used geographical imaging to display how this early social network and its various sub-networks intermingled and evolved over time. The Republic of Letters is perhaps an early example of what social network truly means- exchange knowledge and information.

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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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Read it elsewhere

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

Angry Birds do Libya

March 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Disclaimer: I am annoyed by anything that becomes hugely popular and Angry Birds is no exception. However this video is good.

A mash-up of Angry Birds and the Three Little Pigs, it is the digital natives’ guide to the uprising in Maghreb, in escalating levels from Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, to Egypt and to the last level in Libya. With guest starring roles by the Twitter and the American Eagle Angry Birds.

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March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Jeff Koons gets the video game treatment, Time Zones get analyzed and religion falls out of fashion:

  • Jeff Koons Must Die, the video game – Hunter Jonakin via boingboing
  • What if Angry Birds were an action movie directed by Michael Bay (video) – the curious brain
  • The fascinating and often absurd convention of Time Zones – BBC
  • Rare Beatles photos – npr
  • Since Radiohead published a newspaper (The Universal Sigh), Guardian writers are challenging them at their game, by covering Creep – Guardian
  • Are symmetrical faces more beautiful? – toxel via holykaw
  • 50% of tweets come from 0,05% of users – mashable
  • Is religion falling out of fashion? – Discovery news
  • Sex is no accident (MTV’s safe sex campaign) – buzzfeed
  • This blogger asks his favorite authors to sign their books. The twist? Instead for dedications he asks for insults – insulted by authors via flavorwire
  • Read it horizontally, read it vertically; the genius of Lewis Caroll – i love charts

lewis carroll poem

Tweets say the darnest things

March 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

It’s true. Among tons of trivialities there are some truly witty tweets. Twaggies is a blog that selects and illustrates some of these tweets. Twaggies "I always feel like I am being silently judged by knitter"Twaggies "I just lost a twitter's just like when Rome started it's decline"

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It started with the occasional profile update and now you are hooked: social media addiction

March 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

Well we already know that social media can be very addictive. But can you recognize the signs of addiction? Do you need a social media detox?

retweet depression

See if you recognize yourself in any of the symptoms after the jump.

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March 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

A bitter-sweet mix of links:

  • Too close for comfort? Portraits by Martin Schoeller – live journal
  • Love is like an app store – diesel sweeties
  • The facebook you vs the real you – comical concept
  • Civilization has something similar: a video of all the major historical events (according to Wikipedia) in 100 seconds – ragtag
  • In the same vein, an infograph of every person who has ever lived – la femme belletrist
  • Nuclear boy suffers from gas (video) – youtube
  • David Lynch’s hair compared to art masterpieces – world of wonder
  • The answer to the burning question: “what is better, a facebook like or a tweet?” – mashable
  • Meet the world’s busiest extra who’s credits include tv shows like , glee, curb your enthousiasm, arrested development, and movies like the social network, catch me if you can and spiderman (video) – vulture
  • Despite recent criticism, more designers have created art inspired but the recent disaster in Japan – design for japan tumblr
  • But none as strong as these radioactive cherry blossoms on the cover of New Yorker – kottke

Japan New Yorker cover

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