The Third View project
is a fascinating presentation of "rephotographs" of over 100 historic landscape sites in the American West that presents original 19th-century survey photographs, photographed again in the 1970s, then once again in the '90s - from the original vantage points, under similar lighting conditions, at (roughly) the same time of day and year. [Flash, and you'll probably need to allow pop-ups; a little more info inside...]
I've been having a good time with "You and We",
a project from Born Magazine
that invites you to "contribute your words and images to this continuously evolving, collective experiment." Users upload art, text and photos to be collaged together in a fast-moving montage that actually turns out to be pretty nice. So far there have been over a thousand contributors. [Flash, Sound (toggles), and possibly NSFW.]
Nice Flash presentation of images
on his site from photographer Hans Neleman's books "Night Chicas", "Moko-Maori Tattoo", "Body Transformed", and "Silence". NSFW, fer shure. (Note that you can switch
from slideshow mode to manual with controls on the right.) More Neleman
at Kodak's Legends Online
(work-safe), and more from "Night Chicas" here
(almost work-safe, but if the policy is strict - don't go.)
Just My Type.
Sharpen your eye for letterforms by matching each close-up snapshot with the letter it came from, or test your eye for color with Color Me RGB
, a couple of the interesting braincandy games
from Scott Kim
. (Also see his gallery of Inversions
; I love "Figure
", and the clickable tessellating alphabet
Yeah baby! Bite my toenails!
, it's all about the luuurve. Remics Vol. 3
features illustrations by 29 artists on the theme of "love"; past editions (Flash and some sound) explored thoughts on "Place
" and "Birthday
Stories of Krishna: The Adventures of a Hindu God
is a lovely interactive Flash presentation from the Seattle Art Museum: Click an image and hear the accompanying tale (or read the transcript), then click "close the story" and mouse over the image icons to explore the characters and view details. After you are finished you can test what you've learned with a drag and drop card game. No broadband? View images of Krishna here
, and read some background
The Book of Roofs
is a site to take your time with. Originally an art installation, the web site is a look at the concept of roofs - anthropological, biological, spiritual, metaphysical, social and political - in a collection of "roof tiles" consisting of short articles, personal narratives, mythological references, quotes, historic events, video and photographs, all related to the concept of shelter. If you feel so moved you can even contribute your own tile. Flash and sound
is discovery.com's simple, fascinating and creepy Flash interactive in which you choose the ground quality and construction prevention method for your multi-story building, then select a quake magnitude before you "Begin Quake" to find out how your property fared. Make-a-Quake is a feature of the "San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
" (also featuring a video gallery and audio slide show), a part of Discovery's "Unsolved History" series. Past Unsolved History features here
is an environment that generates small, walking computational organisms. "Each walking thing is built up from totally random conditions. Appearance, behavior, and walking characteristics are all assigned from a range enabling effective, functional mobility. Click on a walking thing to permutate its characteristics".
Just one of the very many wonderful (open source
) creations at levitated.net
(more bugs with bling here
). Kick off your shoes, fill your coffee cup or wine glass, and dip in.
of vision science at MIT understands that life isn't just black and white, even though we often see it that way. This
amazing illusion proves it, and these
slick, fast-loading, Flash demonstrations of lightness perception show how it's done. (My favorite is the "Koffka Ring
".) White paper here
, for deeper background.