Strava is a tool I use to track my bike rides: mileage, route, speed. I record rides with GPS, upload them to Strava, comment on friends' rides - cycling is already addictive, Strava makes it more so. And I love the way they visualize your rides for the year to date.
Each black bar is a ride, the height corresponds to the mileage for the ride.
Gorgeous design. Dude goes to a lot of bars. I've been down on these annual summaries recently, they often come across as narcissistic, or as bragging. But reflecting is good, and this report is just too damn pretty to be mad at.
(I refuse to use the title leet-speak)
Someone finally did it: they're writing a book publicly, soliciting comments on each chapter/paragraph - letting anyone write in the margins, basically. Haven't tried reading the thing yet, have a sneaking suspicion the site design is the best part.
"You've seen them. There's one that's been sitting on a shelf gathering dust in your uncle Billy's garage for 30 years now. It's image flickers through your head when you're daydreaming about hotrods and monster movies and eating corndogs at the carnival."
mind candy dvd
"...a very dedicated group of people from "the scene" have spent two years painstaking recovering demos from obscurity, finding the old 286 and 386 hardware, installing the needed (obsolete) cards, and capturing them perfectly in full digital glory."
Audio tourism: put on your headphones, click past the splash page and then just let the front page sit in the background while you work. We need less music and more sound design. Nice screensaver, too.
The Historical Present
They're doing a PowerPoint face-off. One of the rounds, 'Rapt By Rap', requires the participants to create the PowerPoint presentation they imagine their hip-hop heroes would use to accompany their lyrics. This is anticipatory; the entries aren't up yet.
And the site's tagline made my day. And I needed it.
This collection of Chinese propaganda posters led me on a search for equivalent Russian designs. I had trouble coming up with what I thought of as archetypal Soviet propaganda posters, until I realized I was looking for a specific school called Constructivism. Constructivism turns out to be a classic old-school capital-letter Movement with (occasionally rabid) proponents in education and the arts. I want to argue passionately about ideas and make love as a political act. I want to belong to a movement. That said, I'm still looking for a good online gallery of Constructivist propaganda posters.