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As you might or might not know, I am an incredible fan of the real-time visualization tools (especially Arc) of Digg, that really makes the web feel much more lively and current. Now there’s Flickrvision, a really nice visualization tool that shows current postings of photos on Flickr. It even has a 3D view. Personally, I prefer the ‘Classic View’ as they call it, because it serves its purpose: showing photos.
These are the images that people all over the world are currently investing some of their time in to share them with anyone who cares to look. I sometimes wonder what this tells about the world. How objective is the idea an alien gets about the earth, just by looking at many photos people voluntarily share with the world? First of all, I think we do not wish to share ugly things, or photos we consider to not be so aesthetically pleasing. We probably have the tendency to point our lenses at things of interest and or beauty and we will always try to find some sort of a composition, even if it is not more than aligning the object in the center of the image.
More than an honest look into the lives of people, through photography we are looking through their eyes. If the photography of lots and lots of different people are combined in a single place and you look at them flashing by, what are we really looking at?
A documentary and a cartoon about Net Neutrality, check ‘m out.
The Swedish pirates are back with another movie, called Steal this Film II. If you haven’t seen the first part, check it out here before watching the movie below. There’s a lot say about this subject. Please watch the 45 minute movie below, and make up your own mind…
Check out the video below. It is hosted by Vimeo. The video has a resolution of 1280 by 720 progressive if you click the Full-button, compared to the 720*576 (PAL) or 640*480 (NTSC) standard tv-resolutions we’ve had to look at since the 60’s. It’s by far the highest resolution streaming video service available today, and for free!
It’s quite obvious that television networks are going to have to move to the web pretty soon, because they’ll be able to ‘broadcast’ their stuff at a better quality, to a greater audience, for less money! Also, youtube should really watch out for sites like these, that could become pretty huge in a short amount of time, for good reasons!
Long live independents of the future!
A new browser for Wondows, Mac and Linux has surfaced, and it’s really, really good! It’s a derivative of Firefox, so it feels very familiar, (if you’re using Firefox of course) but it is very different at the same time. If you’re into zé sociale webbe and like to keep track of a hundred thousand things on the web, then you will LOVE Flock very much because of its numerous tools to do just that. Most (so not all) Firefox extensions, plugins and add-ons will workin Flock, like del.icio.us Bookmarks. A very important reason for Mac users is the fact that Flock uses about 1/8 the amount of RAM compared to Firefox (!). Use your old browser to download Flock and give it a go. Please let me know what you think!
Google, a company you might know, has just released Android, an open source mobile platform. Open Source? Yes, open source. Hackers and other scum can now hack their phones just to their own liking. The video below is a bit crap, but can you imagine the possibilities of an open source mobile platform? Why does Google do this for free? What will be Google’s catch? They’re going TO GIVE AWAY $10.000.000,- for creative applications? Is Google the new Santa Claus?
Away with Symbian and hello to the Open Handset Alliance! Be afraid, you glossy iPhone…
I’ve got nothing to add … just go watch it now!
Gotta love this! If you’ve ever been on the internet, chances are big you can’t help but feel a little nostalgic over some of the things you’ll see. Don’t you love being alive on this crazy little planet?
Isn’t the internet great? A free, practically infinite source of information that’s getting better searchable every day, and much, much more. But our newly acquired technology has also made whole new types of craziness possible. Below are two recent internet (anti-)’heroes’ that can quite easily be referred to as ‘internet side effects’. Chances are pretty big that you’ve already seen them before, because they’ve had millions of page views in a very short time. Not because they’re talented. Not because they’re naturally funny. Not because they have something interesting to say. They’ve become popular only because they’re just incredibly weird and shamelessly expressive at the same time.
It works kind of like looking at an accident: it’s awful, disgusting and not something you want to see or need to see to get ahead in life, but it’s something you just have to see and can’t help to keep looking at. Try not to view the videos below. Chances are big you won’t finish them, but chances are also very big that you just can’t help checking it out. This is probably the very main reason you’re going to view the movies (and increase their hits just a bit more) even though I’ve told they’re total crap: curiosity. Come on then, let’s get it over with 😉
Chris Crocker’s video ‘Leave Britney Alone’ has become extremely popular in a very short time. He’s made mny papers and news channels around the world and is at the moment really living his 15 minutes of fame to the fullest.
‘Mr. Pregnant’ in one of his crazy little movies:
Let’s hope these two digital heroes will not start taking themselves too serious, because something tells me their fame can impossibly last.
If you’re an internet regular, this’ll all look pretty familiar, and almost nostalgic…
Thanks to Animote.