February 2011

The Minibar for the Mind

A set of resources and inspiration for bored travelers. Cool idea and nice execution.

Tilt-Shift Van Gogh

Some very cool “tilt-shift” Van Gogh paintings–basically selectively blurring parts of the image to give a sense of depth. Makes Van Gogh’s surreal landscapes seem almost real.

“Go to page with similar content”

A new feature in Google Chrome seems to be analyzing the entire web for pages that mirror a broken link. Check it out by visiting [this now-deleted page](http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/donner.html) in a recent build of Chrome. “Go to page with similar content” links you to [this page](http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00383.x/abstract), which hosts the document I was looking for. I’ve spent…more

A wall of sound

A virtual wall of [the Buddha Machine boxes](http://www.fm3buddhamachine.com/site/), looping ambient music in unplanned combinations: Zendesk – FM3 Buddha Machine Wall. The design of the boxes themselves is also elegant and simple. On/off, switch loop, change pitch, built-in speaker, runs off a single AA battery. I just ordered three…

The Rules

Hilarious and spot-on [list of all the “insider” rules of road cycling](http://www.velominati.com/blog/the-rules/). Including this, which still makes my visits to the beach embarrassing: > RULE 7: Tan lines should be cultivated and kept razor sharp. Under no circumstances should one be rolling up their sleeves or shorts in an effort to somehow diminish one’s tan…more