— an international photography showcase with dozens of options for filtering, or sorting by photographer, country, best rated, or most viewed. With links to the photographer's personal sites.
posted by netbros
on Oct 18, 2010 -
Every day, our world gets a little bit smaller and a lot more complex. So much so that even minor decisions can have major consequences. Not just for trees or frogs or polar bears, but for human lives, and livelihoods. At its core, sustainability is about people. The Living Principles
for Design aim to guide purposeful action. It is a place to co-create, share and showcase best practices, tools, stories and ideas for enabling sustainable action across all design disciplines. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Sep 20, 2010 -
Fifteen years ago
this week, programmer Ron Britvich
launched version 1.0 of Active Worlds
. Started as an autonomous project of Worlds, Inc.
(a spinoff of educational gamesmaker Knowledge Adventure
), Active Worlds was one of the first and most ambitious attempts to create a 3D virtual community on the web.
Built on the architecture of Britvich's Worlds Chat
beta, Active Worlds debuted
in the form of Alphaworld
, a sunny green infinite plane open to public building
. In its opening years Alphaworld experienced a land rush of construction
, resulting in an anarchic starfish sprawl larger than the state of California
. A sister company, Circle of Fire, was soon founded to craft additional themed hubs
, and once individual ownership of worlds became possible the AW community spawned a veritable universe of hundreds of worlds
Although the company
has seen its ups and downs
since those heady times and its fortunes have slowly dwindled, the Active Worlds platform survives
to this day
. Look inside for a simple guide on how to log in to the (free) service, rundowns of the best worlds, links to essays analyzing the program's legacy, and other content summing up its venerable community
. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jul 4, 2010 -
Michael Surtees latest photo experiment is called #walkingtoworktoday
. The rules are simple and open to anyone—while walking to work take a photo. From there the photo needs to be pushed to Twitter via Flickr while containing the hashtag #walkingtoworktoday somewhere in the tile. But there wasn’t one dedicated space outside of Flickr to see the photos, and even then it was only seeing it through one medium—you didn’t get to see the tweets. So that’s why he decided there needed to be a site. Surtees created #walkingtoworktoday
using Daylife tools that contained Flickr and Twitter moduals. The main modual streams photos from Flickr while the right rail shows the tweets. It’s an interesting redundancy that works.
posted by netbros
on Nov 4, 2009 -
Your new veggie garden.
Early Saturday morning, you and about fifteen others turn up at a strangers home and get to work setting up a veggie garden using permaculture
Once you've done this three times you can put your name on the list to have the horde come to your place. Permablitz
began helping people create home food gardens in Melbourne, Australia in 2006, and the meme is spreading, first to other Australian cities, then to France, Uganda and the Netherlands. The veggie gardens are great, but perhaps even better is the way it is rebuilding the community relationships of mutual support that modern urban dwellers could be forgiven for thinking were gone 19th Century practise of barn raising
posted by compound eye
on Sep 29, 2009 -
The Revolving Floor
is a curated community of writers and artists, focused on finding creative ways to share diverse perspectives through creating content around shared topics. Every month, a new topic. Several times per week, a new post, each time by a different author. [via mefi projects
posted by netbros
on Aug 31, 2009 -
"A directory of ways to participate in space exploration. Interact and connect with the space community."
posted by chrismear
on Aug 4, 2009 -
Dude, wouldn't it be totally cool
if there was an opposite microwave
to cool tasty canned beverages in seconds? What if underwear had pockets?
They'd be called Underawesomes
! And don't you think ketchup packets should be bigger
? Oh man, speaking of munchies, what if you had see-through fudge
? You could see right through it! Dang, it would be rad if there was smokable tape
you could use to repair your busted spliff, huh? But I mean, dude, there should like really be a website where stoners could post and discuss the ideas they get when they're super high. I'd call it highDEAS
posted by carsonb
on Aug 3, 2009 -
New music service We Are Hunted
aims to create charts of emerging music tracks. They aggregate the buzz from social networks, forums, music blogs, torrents, P2P networks and Twitter. In the artists section
you can comment about what you're hearing.
posted by netbros
on Apr 17, 2009 -
First libraries started loaning records, then toys, then films and games - now they're loaning out people. The Living Library Project
allows members to hear people's stories not on the page, but in person.
posted by mippy
on Dec 3, 2008 -
Ernest Kirschner, a 61-year-old business owner from East Haddam, is among thousands of Connecticut residents who may become the new voice of Walmart.
When the Benton, Ark.-based retailer formed its own "support group," the New England Customer Action Network, Kirschner signed up eagerly.
"I would stick up for Wal-Mart as strong as I can," said Kirschner, a frequent shopper. "I really think they've gotten an unfair shake."
Wal-Mart Forms Customer 'Support Group' To Counter Opponents [more inside]
posted by longsleeves
on Nov 14, 2008 -
The tech business world has forever hyped the idea of "virtual communities," but it appears that the internet is actually making us more connected
. Back in 1967, Stanley Milgram (of Milgram Experiment
fame), proposed that we are all connected, on average, by six degrees of separation. The idea rapidly entered the popular consciousness, spawning a parlor game
, and a hit play
(and subsequent movie.) [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll
on Sep 7, 2008 -
― Try to solve this Google map quiz. In the upper part of the page you see a satellite picture. Drag and zoom the map in the lower part of the page until it shows the same location as the upper map. Here's how.
posted by netbros
on Aug 16, 2008 -
From the Bookstalls of a Nigerian Market
. Onitsha Market Literature consists of stories, plays, advice and moral discourses published primarily in the 1960s by local presses in the lively market town of Onitsha
[in then-newly-independent Nigeria
]... In the fresh and vigorous genre of Onitsha Market Literature, the commoner wrote pulp fiction and didactic handbooks for those who perused the bookstalls of Onitsha Market, one of Africa’s largest trading centers.
Examples: How To Write And Reply Letters For Marriage, Engagement Letters, Love Letters And How To Know A Girl To Marry
, Learn To Speak 360 Interesting Proverbs And Know Your True Brother
, Struggle For Money [All full-text links are in pdf format, and some are quite large].
With links to additional resources
posted by amyms
on Jun 4, 2008 -
How to ruin a joke.
A concise and surprisingly astute explanation of how referential humor works on the web and why it kinda sucks. (Warning: somethingawful.com)
posted by es_de_bah
on May 25, 2008 -
Do you remember those days when mom and dad used to pack you up in the back of the station wagon and drive you to grandma's and grandpa's
? Or when you were a dreamer with nothing else on your mind but to escape from the one street town
to the big city? Have you ever dreamed of going back
, maybe to settle down, get in touch with your roots, and start a new life for yourself. Well, here's your chance
. Why not just get up
and do it this time. Sure, it's not going to be easy, but maybe it's the change you've been looking for
. On the other hand, maybe not, so be advised. But whatever you decide, it sure does look like a way of life
that does hold a lot of potential. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy
on Apr 11, 2008 -
"Good afternoon, I attached this camera to the bench so you could take pictures. Seriously. So have fun. I'll be back later this evening to pick it up. Love, Jay / The Plug". Stranger Photos Have Happened
posted by nthdegx
on Mar 21, 2008 -
Join a community commitment to make a thing a day
for the month of February. "knit cook draw paint sodier (sic) write install destroy invent document" are presented as ideas to demonstrate that anything goes. Last year's contributions are currently down, but did run the gamut of media and topics.
posted by artifarce
on Jan 21, 2008 -