Busy, busy, busy, but I won't leave you undiverted (yeah, sure it's a word, what?). Check out the crazy flash animation on the HEMA (the Dutch IKEA?) website.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
So I realize that everyone has probably heard of Hulu.com by now, the site where you can watch tons of free content from NBC and FOX as well as some full-length movies. But we've been poking around and thought we'd take a chance to share some of it's highlights (and some of it's problems).
First, the pros: free tv online!! As someone who doesn't own a TV but does occasionally want to watch an episode of The Simpsons, Hulu is great. It has hundreds of full length shows and movies as well as a variety of clips. The video player is high quality, runs smoothly on any halfway decent internet connection, and allows you to view in full screen. or pop the video out of the Hulu page. You can also share videos using a variety of social networking sites as well as embed them like so --
Cons: For some reason some shows (like Saturday Night Live) have no full episodes available, only clips. They definitely haven't maximized the social networking potential of the site: all you can do right now is comment on videos. Also it seems like there's a limit of how many episodes a current show can have up at any given time, which means if you missed the pilot for Canterbury's Law you're screwed and the episodes that are up there aren't really worth jack to you.
Web Diversions favs: The best part of Hulu for us is definitely the great, old content they have up there. They have some things you never thought you'd see again (Picket Fences!!!) starting with the pilot. Highlights for us are Alfred Hitchcock Hour and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Doogie Howser M.D., and News Radio. Our movie picks are Requiem For a Dream and The Slums of Beverly Hills.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Nina Simone is one of my favorite musicians, maybe my flat out favorite. Her piano playing, her voice, and her strong, almost threatening, intensity all make her a fascinating artist. Here she is singing a haunting version of "Four Women". Written and composed by Simone, this song outlines the four most common stereotypes of black women. It continued her role as the songstress of the civil rights movement.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Ah, the ubiquitous motivational poster: high school counselors love them, middle management loves them, and whoever decorated my dentist's waiting room loves them.
But for snarky, pessimistic people like me there's Despair, Inc., which makes demotivation posters and calendars. And now they're giving you the chance to make your own demotivation posters. Just upload a picture, choose your font and colors, and add your own funny headline and caption. Then you can download the image for free or, for $12.95, you can order an 11" x 14" poster.
We want to see what you come up with! Post your image online and put a link to it in the comment section of this post. We'll pick the 3 we like best and post them on Web Diversions. Here's one we made:
Monday, April 7, 2008
For any of you who enjoyed AlbumBase I'm sure you were as sad as I was when they got busted by whoever busts people for that sort of thing.
The good news is they aren't really gone! The whole ordeal has just been moved to AlbumWash.
For those of you unfamiliar with either site: this is a great resource for free mp3's. The best part is that you don't download songs individually but by album, often times including the art work. For a more detailed description, check out the review we did of AlbumBase last summer
AlbumWash seems to have less content than AlbumBase did, but it will probably take awhile for it to get back to where it was. Grab the opportunity before this site gets busted too and go get you some free music!