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Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Look At A Library

Here's a 360 degree view of the Strahov Library.

I stretched it out over two monitors and did a screen shot. Then I made it very tiny:


When exploring the place, don't overlook the ceiling.

Behind the scenes: 360-Degree Panorama Takes You Inside Prague’s Off-Limits Baroque Library.

“I started from the ceiling, and by the time they kicked me out at 5 p.m. the first day, I had done maybe 20 percent of the hall,” Martin says. “So I hit pause and left everything right where it was until the next morning. That’s one advantage of shooting in an 18th-century library — my camera is the least valuable thing in the room.”

The next step: turning 2,947 individual shots into a single picture. It’ll take a day of mostly automated post-processing to correct colors and exposures from RAW image files.

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @4:08pm | Comments (6)

Friday, 18 March, 2011

Objects From Movies

It's a hangman-like game that Curtis likes: Famous Objects from Classic Movies.

For example, you might see this object:

famous object

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @10:56am | Comments (14)

Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

Monitor Disasters

This is a pretty good site if you like to keep informed about disasters and emergencies. It's in Hungary: RSOE EDIS:

The Hungarian National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications (RSOE) operates Emergency and Disaster Information Service (EDIS) within the frame of its own website which has the objective to monitor and document all the events on the Earth which may cause disaster or emergency. Our service is using the speed and the data spectrum of the internet to gather information. We are monitoring and processing several foreign organisation's data to get quick and certified information.

us map

Looking at the U.S., I see there was an earthquake in Nevada, a HAZMAT incident in Utah, an airplane incident in Arizona, and lots of earthquakes in the western part of the country.

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @7:25am | Comments (5)

Tuesday, 08 March, 2011

Will It Freeze Tonight?

A single-purpose site. Enter your city and get an answer to the question: Will it freeze tonight?

Here's the result for Tucson:


This site also demonstrates an increasingly annoying aspect of the Web: A stupid Facebook "Like" button on every damn page. Man, I'm sick of that! So far, 55 Facebook users "like" this site. Who cares? What happens when you click a "Like" button, anyway?

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @8:23am | Comments (8)

Monday, 28 February, 2011

Income Growth Chart

Here's a pretty slick interactive chart: When income grows, who gains?

Use the two sliders to select a beginning point and an ending point. Then, find out what happened during that period. For example, between 2002 and 2007:

Average incomes in the U.S. grew by $8,358. The richest 10% got 87% of that growth. The bottom 90% shared 13%.

income chart

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @4:20pm | Comments (12)

Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

Explore Kennedy’s Desk

Click items on JFK's Desk, and see what happens.

jfk desk

There's a photo of Jackie Kennedy, but not one of Marilyn Monroe.

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @7:18am | Comments (8)

Tuesday, 15 February, 2011

Budget Graphic

A nicely done interactive graphic: Obama’s 2012 Budget Proposal- How It’s Spent.

2012 budget

Green indicates an increase from 2010, red indicates a decrease.

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @8:54am | Comments (5)

Saturday, 12 February, 2011

Try On Some Hats

Here's a cool site that lets you try on their hats: Village Hat Shop.

Ever want to know what you'd look like in a Fedora? Top Hat? Viking Helmet? Now you can find out without stepping foot into a hat shop. And it's FREE!

I tried on a few hats.


I like the first one best. It's a Jaxon Plaid Ivy Cap. It's only $18.95 -- which seems very inexpensive for a hat. I'd buy it, but they only have small, medium, and extra large. I probably need a large.

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @3:57pm | Comments (34)

Thursday, 10 February, 2011

In Bb

This is very cool: In Bb 2.0.

It consists of 20 embedded YouTube music videos. Start and stop them to create a unique music mix.

b flat

(via Joel's Blog)

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @8:30am | Comments (6)

Monday, 07 February, 2011

Corkboard Installed

I finally got a corkboard.


Permalink | Posted in Interactive @8:31am | Comments (18)

Tuesday, 25 January, 2011

Find Shorter Words

A major breakthrough for Twitter users: Thsrs.

If only there were a service that helps with the struggle of rewriting a 146-letter message to fit in a 140 character limit. Well now there is: Thsrs, the thesaurus that only gives you synonyms shorter than the word you’re looking up. Just enter one of the longer words in your message, and Thsrs will suggest shorter words to use instead.


Permalink | Posted in Interactive @7:32am | Comments (7)

Monday, 24 January, 2011

Zoom In On Surnames

Here's a US map that shows popular surnames by region.

Here's the southwestern part of the country:


Permalink | Posted in Interactive @2:21pm | Comments (4)

Sunday, 23 January, 2011

Do Nothing

A Web site that challenges you to do nothing for two minutes. It's called Do Nothing For Two Minutes.

Just relax and listen to the waves. Don't touch your mouse or keyboard.

If you touch your mouse or keyboard, the timer resets and you have to start over.

I lasted 32 seconds.

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @9:24am | Comments (18)

Thursday, 20 January, 2011

Comparing Countries

A site called If It Were My Home.

The lottery of birth is responsible for much of who we are. If you were not born in the country you were, what would your life be like? Would you be the same person?

IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another. Start by selecting a region to compare on the map to the right, and begin your exploration.



Permalink | Posted in Interactive @8:03am | Comments (11)

Tuesday, 18 January, 2011

Flood Photos

Brisbane floods: Before and after.

These are interactive photos. Use your mouse to switch the before/after view.


Permalink | Posted in Interactive @2:12pm | Comments (6)

Wednesday, 12 January, 2011

Typing Game

It's pretty boring at first, but gets more action-packed as the game progresses. Words fall from the top. Type the words and they explode. It's called Z-Type.

Here's the score from my first (and last) game of Z-Type:


I don't know if that's a good score or a bad score. Since they provide six digits for the score, it's probably bad.

(Thanks bart)

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @10:58am | Comments (16)

Tuesday, 04 January, 2011

Trippy Illusion

You've probably seen this before, so here it is again: Neave Strobe.


Follow the instructions. For best results, maximize your browser while you're staring at the animation. And heed the warning about photosensitive epilepsy.

It's been called a cenesthetic hallucination, but I don't think that's the actual name for this illusion. This term is often cited as a symptom of schizophrenia.

A sensation of an altered state in body organs without any special receptor apparatus to explain the sensation -- for example, a burning sensation in the brain, a pushing sensation in the abdominal blood vessels, or a cutting sensation in the bone marrow.

(Thanks AZJohnB)

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @12:21pm | Comments (9)

Tuesday, 28 December, 2010

World Time Zones

Yes, world time zones are a bit screwy. Try this handy interactive map at 24 Time Zones.

Here, GMT-1 is highlighted:


(Thanks Ken)

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @8:10am | Comments (6)

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