Sunday, March 30, 2008

Fun Stuff and Mindless Diversions

Just some lightly entertaining tidbits I've found this week for the inner-geek

GraphJam: Pop culture for people in cubicles - Created by the mad-geniuses over at "I Can Has Cheezburger?", this site collects "facts" from popular culture and presents them in charts, tables and graphs for all your statistical enjoyment.

Some are quite understandable off the bat, but others may require referral to an accompanying "cheat-sheet" page. Usually a YouTube video to provide the context.

Some are a bit lame but others are pretty funny.

tachikoma snap - Tachikomas are the little AI robot spider-vehicles that support the Ghost in the Shell team.  Full of character and personality, I think they are the real stars of that anime series.  Anyway, dude has done some nice graphic work layering in images of tachikoma on top of "daily-life" photos.  While most are not 100% photo-realistic, they are fun and entertaining for GITS fans.

Top 10 April Fools' Pranks for Nerds - Wired.

Some are good, most are weak.  However for Apple Mac fans, there was a real gem hiding in there:

Troika - Newton Virus

See the YouTube video for the fun.  I have no idea if this is a real software application or just some very clever graphic programming.  According to the Wired post, it may be using the accelerometers built into the MacBooks to sense the orientation of the laptop then move the icons and bars accordingly.

True or fake, it still is really entertaining!


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