The Mars Levitating Bluetooth Speaker has my vote for coolest speaker I’ve seen in quite some time. The levitating property of this speaker lets it provide 360º sound.
Come on, you know you want to try this: Hipster Logo Generator
It’s like Instagram for words: Notegraphy, Writing Made Beautiful
I check in on Vine maybe two or three times a year. I start scrolling through my timeline, and I find I’ve spent fifteen minutes watching hundreds of clips. The medium makes my life feel as ephemeral as a six-second looping video.
Mention “that French Guy” to typical teenagers today, and they will know exactly which French guy you are talking about.
Jerome Jarre, they will tell you, is a 24-year-old from France who has become famous for making comical six-second videos on Vine, where he has eight million followers. The Vines include Mr. Jarre walking up to strangers in the street and hugging them, or hanging out with his best friend, a squirrel — though he pronounces it “sqiw-well” with his French accent.
Clips of his stunts have been viewed more than one billion times on Vine. He is so famous, that when he recently organized a meet-up in São Paulo, Brazil, the riot police were called in to quell the crowd of thousands.
What few teenagers know about Mr. Jarre, however, is that while his stardom took off in 2013, until last summer, he was essentially homeless in New York, surreptitiously sleeping on an office floor and using a promotional onesie from a start-up as a blanket. He showered in a nearby gym, gaining free access only because the young woman behind the counter recognized him from his videos, and scrounged for other people’s leftovers.
HT: Dave Pell
Connected technologies offer so many opportunities for innovation in traditional markets. Consider the Luna mattress cover. It offers dual temperature zones, sleep tracking, a smart alarm, it’s auto learning, and it’s mobile controlled.
Luna’s built-in smart alarm wakes you at the right moment of light sleep, so you can say goodbye to groggy mornings. Luna’s sensing technology identifies the correct moment in your sleep cycle to wake you up at your highest energy level. ~ Luna
Are you familiar with IKEAHacks? These involve taking IKEA products and hacking them into all sorts of new modifications which go above and beyond the instructions that come with the kits. In case you haven’t heard of them, I thought I’d share a link to ikeahackers.net.
IkeaHackers.net is a site about modifications on and repurposing of Ikea products. Hacks, as we call it here, may be as simple as adding an embellishment, some others may require power tools and lots of ingenuity. ~ About – IKEA Hackers
Our friends at MailChimp have made their eBook on User eXperience available for free:
At MailChimp, we love to show our work—partly because it makes us better at what we do. This ebook is a collection of the most popular articles from our UX Newsletter, along with some exclusive content. It embodies our quest to reflect, refine, and grow. We hope it’ll help you do the same. ~ MailChimp
illustrio looks like it could be a cool resource for vector illustrations to include in your projects. Even cooler is the opportunity it presents for designers. Clicking on the “Join as a Designer” button in the header takes you to the designer’s portal: From there you can submit your name and a link to your portfolio. […]
Audio Hijack looks to be a versatile audio recording solution for your Mac:
Record any audio, with Audio Hijack! Save audio from applications like iTunes, Skype or Safari, or from hardware devices like microphones and mixers. ~ Rogue Amoeba | Audio Hijack
I started watching the first of The Hobbit trilogy last weekend. Given I was distracted by a couple other things; however, it didn’t hold my interest. Since it would take me over twelve hours to finish the films, I think that by itself is a big turn off at this stage in my life (we have three children five or under). On the other hand, this guy’s 4 hour edit of all three Hobbit films into one movie sounds very manageable, entertaining too.
The prelude with old Bilbo is gone. As with the novel, I find the film works better if the scope starts out small (in a cosy hobbit hole), and then grows organically as Bilbo ventures out into the big, scary world. It is far more elegant to first learn about Smaug from the dwarves’ haunting ballad (rather than a bombastic CGI sequence). The prelude also undermines the real-and-present stakes of the story by framing it as one big flashback. ~ I have recut Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy into a single 4-hour film | The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit
Is this post link-bait, perhaps? But still I like it, and I like Creative Market. So, if you’re a designer looking for a t-shirt, check out this post about 12 sites that sell cool t-shirts for designers.
Have you noticed how all the cool kids have photos and galleries attached to tweets coming from their blogs? Short of manually adding an image to their tweet, have you ever wondered how they do it? If you’re using WordPress, read on to see how you can use the Jetpack plugin to automatically do this […]
Positionly looks to be an excellent tool for SEO. I plan to take it for a spin here in the next week or so. I’ll report back with my findings.
MINI is “a super-simple naked PHP application, useful for small projects and quick prototypes.”
Atlantic.net offers VPS hosting. They interest me because they offer a low-end VPS for $0.99/month. You read that right, ninety-nine cents per month. The specs on it (256MB Ram, 1 vCPU, 10GB disk) probably only make it useful for dev work, but their quick deployment (30s) and 24/7/365 live support have me interested in trying out their offering sometime.
Building a backend business app? The Flakes framework looks like a great starting place for your interface designs:
Picking the web application architecture best suited to your unique needs is vital. In this post I am going to talk about a few of the most common web application architectures you are likely to come across. Every web application has it’s own unique set of requirements and constraints so the architectures I will be listing here are just general examples. ~ Web application architecture — On Coding — Medium