Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Type anything into Spell with Flickr and it will create an image for you by pulling up random letters from Flickr images. Click any letter to change its to a different image. Fun!
Thanks to Kate in CA (a.k.a. my big sister) for finding this site (and many of the other pages we've reviewed on Web Diversions).
Monday, February 25, 2008
We hope that Web Diversions has been fulfilling your slacker needs by providing you with internet distraction content to fill those bored work moments. Of course,at times it may be hard to safely enjoy some of our suggestions. What can you do if you have a hovering boss, or a brown-nosing cubicle mate ready to sell you out to the powers that be for playing Jesus Dress-up on the clock?
Well fear not! workFriendly is here to help! Enter any URL into workFriendly and it opens a new web page that looks like a Microsoft Word document where you can see all your content. Best of all it has a "Boss Key" that when pressed gives you a page that makes it appear you are reading a word doc about time management and overcoming procrastination (hardy, har, har).
Hopefully a more Mac looking version will come out soon.
at 12:56 PM
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
In 1995 a weird album by an unknown band was released and hardly noticed. The band was The Passengers and the album was called Original Soundtracks 1. Supposedly this was a collection of songs The Passengers had made for various films. Each of the films included a detailed synopsis. Take for example this description of the film "Elvis Ate America" (for which The Passengers wrote a song of the same name):
After finishing 'Popcorn', his first film, in 1978, Jekk Koons continued his emerging exploration of pop iconography with the now legendary "Elvis Ate America" - a four minute work using a fragment of super 8 footage shot by the teenage Koons at one of Presley's Las Vegas 'Rhinestone' concerts in the early seventies. The final edit of the film was destroyed by fire but Koons is considering remaking it.
Or how about "Ghost in the Shell" (the accompanying song is called "One Minute Warning")
"Ghost In The Shell" was an animation feature directed by Mamoru Oshii in 1995. It was adapted from Masamune Shirow's graphic novel where an internationally notorious computer criminal surfaces in Japan. Codenamed "The Puppet Master" for his ability to manipulate people's minds, thsi unique and mysterious 'super-hacker' is suspected of a multitude of offenses including stock market manipulation, illegal data gathering, political manoeuvring, terrorist acts and infringement of cybernetic ethics. Section 9, Japan's elite secret service is called in to capture this elusive criminal, but only to discover that the elaborate web of evidence leads back to Japan's own Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a computer virus secretly created by them as the ultimate tool in political and commercial espionage.
But here's the thing: neither of these movies exist. In fact NONE of the movies described in the liner notes of Original Soundtracks 1 exists and, really, neither do The Passengers. The whole thing was a lark put on by U2 (remember when they were still cool?) and Brian Eno. U2 decided they wanted to make some really weird music with Eno and Island Records, U2's label, felt a little hesitant about associating that weirdness with U2. And thus The Passengers were born.
Here's a video for "A Different Kind of Blue". The fake film it was associated with was "An Ordinary Day", about a couple whose Houston hi-rise apartment is actually a time machine causing them to age in reverse.
Check out the rest of the fake films' synopses.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The Adidas Originals Festival has a game on its website that allows you to create your own fictional music festival using real bands. Pick your venue and performers, design your flyer and try to get the most people to "attend" your festival. It's a contest to win free tickets to the Adidas Originals Festival in Berlin, but only people in Australia can enter (huh?). But it's fun without the free tickets! Once you're done designing your festival you can invite friends and even download your poster to print out. Not too shabby.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Found Cameras and Orphaned Pictures was inspired by a Post Secret entry someone sent in saying that they had found someone's camera, developed the photos and now they wanted to give it back. Now if you find a camera, a roll of film, a memory card, whatever... you can send it to Found Cameras and Orphaned Pictures and maybe the owner will find it! It's equally fun just to peruse the orphaned photos (organized by where they were found) and see who has been reunited with their long lost pics.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
The title of this post comes from my friend Angelina's explanation for why Guess Who? is her favorite board game. Today's site also meets these criteria.
Mono Face is, as far as I can tell, the New Years card of a branding agency. It's a flash game that allows you to create faces by clicking on different features. Then you can download the face you've made as a screensaver.