Hatnote – Listen to Wikipedia (zen! fills heart with joy)

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.

Hatnote: listen to Wikipedia
Hatnote: listen to Wikipedia

100,000 Stars – a cool Chrome experiment

100,000 Stars is a lovely visualization developed by “some space enthusiasts at Google”.

I personally recommend enjoying it with a rum and coke. It’s a fantastic toy – I zoomed in and out repeatedly, hurtling from the edge of the galaxy into the sun.

A screenshot from 100 000 Stars
A screenshot from 100 000 Stars

Try it for yourself by visiting http://stars.chromeexperiments.com/


seaquence: a cool musical toy

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).