In addition to being a fascinating analysis, the way in which I encountered this publication was interesting from an academic perspective. It warms my heart, really.
The creators, Prof. Zachary Neal and Dr. Randy Olson, did an AMA on it not too long ago as well, where they linked to all of the open-sourced tools they used to create it. That AMA was then archived by the The Winnower, which claims to be “a scholarly publishing platform that offers traditional scholarly publishing tools to traditional and non-traditional scholarly outputs—because scholarly communication doesn’t just happen in scholarly journals.” Truly amazing. The AMA thread was assigned a doi, which I have never seen before!
I’m so impressed. https://doi.org/10.15200/10.15200/winn.143886.62183
Essaytyper – an amusing find given my present writer’s block … Created by @baygross. As a grad student, I will attest that this site offers at least 2 minutes of harmless fun, followed by 20-80 minutes of lamenting your life choices.
Patatap is a very cool sound app! You can get ported versions for mobile in the App Store & on Google Play, but I’ve only tried the browser version at http://www.patatap.com/ . Highly amusing, best paired with recreational intoxicants (Caesar-with-pickle highly recommended). Cost me hours of productive time.
I’m a huge nerd with a terrible procrastination habit. I surf aimlessly for hours. Wikipedia is the best, most awesome thing ever (and it provided ~70% of my university education). Visit http://listen.hatnote.com/ for a lovely sonic realization of Wikipedia’s recent changes (including new users, edits, & newly created articles). Gorgeous.
Today’s 5 minutes of woolgathering yielded Seaquence.
It’s a neat composition experiment. You create small wave creatures controlled by a step-sequencer — these wander about in the “sea,” generating neat patterns as voices rise and fall in volume.
You can click & redirect the wave creatures — I enjoyed positioning them in clusters on opposite ends of the space and rapidly shifting the ‘window’ between them. Tonnes of fun. I imagined my little critters tumbling about cacophonously in a single drop of water. Here’s a sample.
According to their website, Seaquence was created by Ryan Alexander, Gabriel Dunne, and Daniel Massey, with support from Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco).
It’s quite simple; you have a drawing area & can set your background and brush colours. Select a brush, change its size, and enjoy yourself. The tool lends itself well to rapid sketching, and interesting shading experiments.
Here’s a tree drawn only using the ‘Ribbon’ brush: