Friday, March 31, 2006
A catchy song from Brasilian reggae group Naturuts.
I previously mentioned the excellent Ciberp@is supplement to the Madrid newspaper El Pais. Yesterday, they had a particularly good list of websites. Here are some of the best:
What's up? is a sharply designed global news ticker. Click on the pixels for headlines from around the world. Jeroen Wijering is a recent graduate of the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Football Heros contains artistic renditions of World Cup teams past and present. The images contain an amazing variety of whimsical and unexpected styles. See Argentina 2006 and Australia 2006.
Here are over 13000 coasters from 153 countries around the world.
A page devoted to Antique Corsets. Click on the corsets for information on the details and history of each design.
Guy Billout's online gallery of haunting, surreal images.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Start with his introduction to Runi, then try his summaries of the 80/20 principle, LoveCats, and the One Minute Manager. If you're hooked, move on to Writing Your Goals and finally, 50 Things I'm Going to Do Today. Take it all with a "grain of salt", but Brian does an excellent job of getting to the point of some interesting selections in order to let them speak for themselves.
However, Brian, I'm not getting rid of my TV and I hate flossing. Sorry. In fact, I'm going to watch some TV right now. Just wasting away all that work I did on my reticular activating system...
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
Russian rapper Triada discusses his lovelife problems.
My wife found this generator for finding international dialing codes. (The site just saved me twice this week when I knew the country code, but not the city code).
These two history sites containing personal accounts on historical events: Eyewitness To History and Telling Stories.
Beginner's Guide to Motorcycling (lots of links out)
A list of Bill Clinton's favorite books.
Some fun links from I-Am-Bored (becoming one of my favorite sites):
Collection of comics without words
Video game images made from legos
Real life Mario Blocks
Is Mario a communist?
Thursday, March 23, 2006
"I'm looking at what's on the internet and looking at instant messaging and looking at Neopets and looking at fantasy sports and thinking, 'OK, what does that say about what we can do in mobile?' And realizing that with mobile, it quickly went beyond just being a phone. And we now have a $35 billion global market for text messaging. Why the heck would people do that when it's so much easier to just talk? Why would they do text messaging? And why did they all want to change their ring tone? And why did they want to share crummy pictures taken with a crummy camera? What's that about?"
What's happening, he thinks, is people are desperately trying to use technology to reweave the fabric of social life that was ripped apart as people moved from tight knit tribal communities to the sprawling disconnected life of modern dystopia.
Read the rest of the article for his secret plan. The Escapist is a free gaming web publication styled like a print magazine. See the archives for back-issues.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Also see my previous post on university podcasts and OCWs. (Thanks to Carlos Matias for the photo).
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
Courtesy of the 80s Finnish music scene, one of the worst music videos ever: "I Wanna Love You Tender" by Armi & Danny (gracias a Mercedes por el enlace).
Two more language exchange sites
In addition to linking up speakers, Babelpod's added twist is a focus on language learning podcasts. Here's their current list:
Chinese Survival Guide
English as a Second Language Podcast
English Through Stories
Esperanto Radio Arkivo
Learn Mandarin Chinese with Serge Melnyk
Lets speak German!
Really Learn Spanish
Trying to Learn Spanish
Friends Abroad, another free site, partners with major companies such as Berlitz. It also has a nice interface. Personally, I've still had the most luck getting in touch with people through Shared Talk (see previous post).
If you ever wanted to own a camel, here are all the resources you need.
A salute to the pioneers of internet pornography. Visit the ASCII babes archive for ASCII text-images of celebrities such as Halle Barry and Heidi Klum. The images are all work safe...I think...kind of have to look at them from a distance.
Almost forgot to mention - Learn Out Loud just released the third selection in their audiobook of the month club - Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Two more video sites. AOL's In2TV has free streaming classic TV shows such as Growing Pains, Perfect Strangers, Kung Fu, and Babylon 5. Turnhere is an interesting new video site that features user-made neighborhood guides for places around the country.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
My wife and I have both been sick all weekend with strep throat. On the bright side, I had a chance to make a better list of university podcasts, webcasts, and OpenCourseWares (and a chance to catch-up on Lost and 24).
I thought that Wayfaring might be an interesting way to present the materials. Here's the list in alphabetical order:
If you know others, please add them to the comments and/or map.
Friday, March 10, 2006
King Without a Crown from Matisyahu, the very talented Othrodox Jewish reggae artist.
Mike Eidenmuller's American Rhetoric is one of the largest archives of famous speeches. In addition to great historical moments and classic movie dialogue, the site also tools for scholars studying rhetoric. Hear explanatory audio samples such as Bono making an analogy or Seinfeld using simile.
Newspaper Archive contains vast files of newspaper clippings going back to the 1700s. Although a paid subscription is required to access the full contents, many fun samples are available, such as weekly vintage cars and crosswords. Additionally, these guys have started a clippings blog, The Daily Perspective, and four free archives devoted to specific topics - Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, the Titanic and the Winter Olympics. I also hear they will be coming out with more.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Teachers' TV has an online archive of their videos designed to aid and inspire educators. Broadcast daily on TV in England, these programs are high quality and substantive. For a sample, see this show on activity-based methods for learning foreign languages.
I was on Retrojunk earlier today watching some 80's kids TV intros and commercials (such as Pee Wee's Playhouse) and thought to round-up some advertising and design resources.
TV Commercial Archives
Best Ads on TV
Adweek's Best Spots
Duncan's TV Ad Land
Blue Vertigo (lots)
Design Links (lots)
U Texas Advertising Portal (a little out of date, but still useful)
Corporate Identity Catalog (specs for corp logos)
What The Font? (load image to learn font type)
500+ Colours (see specific color gradients)
Think you can do better? Submit your ideas at Ad Candy.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Sorry for the late post. I was at a Babasonicos concert. Check out their videos on You Tube, such as this one for Risa.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Monday, March 06, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
Gilberto Gil's great cover of Three Little Birds. A couple months ago, Wired published an excellent article on the open source movement in Brasil that mentioned Gilberto Gil quite a bit.
First, if you've never been before, visit the Poetry Archives. The site contains audio and video of poets reading their own poems. Take the tour to learn all the features. The children's archive is pretty cute and even allows you to browse poems by animals. Thanks to Becky at the Farm School blog for the suggestion.
Second, earlier this week, Google announced that they are working with the National Archives to digitize their digital content. A handful of videos are already available on a the Google Video site, such as The Eagle Has Landed. Unfortunately, unlike other files, the code isn't available to post these videos. Thanks to Dave at Open History for the link.
Finally, for tons of comics books and graphic novels, visit BD Comics. There is a lot of good stuff on here, mainly linking to the Rapid Shared servers. There is also more on their old blogspot site.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Amateur film-makers might also enjoy watching some Dogme 95 films for examples of great movies that use natural setting and lighting. Here's a pretty complete list from Wikipedia of movies that adhere to the principles.
Speaking of amateur filmmaking, if you are a 24 fan and enjoyed My Space: The Movie (which has been getting plenty of attention), you might enjoy this guy's home-made film about the theft of his Season 3 box set: