Map projection, technology, street art, Auto-Tune

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

As has become the norm with this blog, here are about nine days worth of links I’ve stored up.

Here & There Cartography and fonts

These are very cool maps: Here & There: a horizonless projection in Manhattan. Also see the following blog post for some map inspiration: Here & There influences.

Font Fight is all-out typeface-off. It’s CollegeHumor’s sequel to Font Conference. You may also want to watch their Twitter in Real Life video.

Web technology and fear

The dotMobi WordPress Mobile Pack looks very cool. I will try to use it soon, probably on this blog.

This is an interesting perspective: “Firefox Could Be the Real Facebook Challenger.”

Hmm: “Unknown internet 2: Could the net become self-aware?” Sounds like Skynet! No, botnet!

And here’s what the Internet will use to control us: Check out this YouTube hypnosis. Wow. It’s an interesting visual effect that just uses some JavaScript and a SWF. See the original “Alice” video, which is a remix using footage from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.

In other Disney-related new, here’s a clear sign that we’re living in the end of times: Disney Farm Fresh Eggs Commercial. What!?

FYI: Here are the WHO phases of pandemic alert – if you still aren’t sure if you should be running around like a chicken with your head cut off during Stage 5, or if you should save your panic until Stage 6.

I like yesterday’s funny Tips for Avoiding Swine Flu list at Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Art, superheroes and awesomeness

Street art by Joshua Allen Harris This is interesting if true: “Gauguin ‘cut off Van Gogh’s ear’.” It’s sure a lot more interesting to have your ear cut off by your artist friend outside a brothel than it is to self-mutilate out of depression.

I love this inflatable street art by Joshua Allen Harris: centaur and mus. You know what else is on the streets, besides inflatable bag monsters? Superheroes. People like ‘Shadow Hare’ are among a nationwide group: “Cincinnati Superhero Patrols Streets Fighting Crime.”

By the way, if I haven’t said it before, ECTOPLASMOSIS! and Coilhouse are awesome. And this is amusing: Texts From Last Night.

Mostly worthwhile longer videos

Here are three good, longer videos, if you have some time to kill:

Music and Auto-Tune

Former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle has a lot of music projects going on: “Jason Lytle – One Busy Montanian.” He’s everywhere right now. I am going to go to one of his Portland shows next month. Lytle is opening for Neko Case on June 5 at the Crystal Ballroom and has a solo show at the Doug Fir Lounge on June 6. Will buy tickets this week.

About two weeks ago, I was wasting a bunch of time reading about Auto-Tune and watching related pop/hip-hop videos that use it or mock its use. See two articles: “Auto-Tune: Why Pop Music Sounds Perfect” and “The Secret of Auto-Tune: Kanye and T-Pain Are Not Good Singers.”

I love the hell out of Katie Couric repeatedly singing “on very thin ice” in the incredible Auto-Tune the News #2. The first Auto-Tune the News is not quite as funny as the second, but still amusing. Michael Gregory is the man?

Watching the second Auto-Tune the News also inspired me to go back and watch The Lonely Island’s “I’m On A Boat (ft. T-Pain)” about 15 more times. I have a problem. I’m going to have to restrain myself to keep from watching this addictive crap again. Shorty!

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