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InspireAt, a daily dose of inspiration!

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

If you’re looking for a way to spice up your reports, websites and whatever, or even looking for a new shade of green for the living-room, InspireAt is the place to go.

The site includes of examples of websites, typography, photos, logos and more, clearly displayed with their respective colour palettes. You can also browse by colour, if that’s what you’re after.

Content is frequently updated and always, well, inspiring, so we recommend InspireAt!

Strange Random Design Quote:

Everything is designed.  Few things are designed well — Brian Reed

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LiveGo – your online life, all in one place!

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Access all your online accountsLiveGo is a new service (still in beta, like most Web 2.0 services worth their salt) designed to help people like us with more online accounts than we care to mention. No more information overload or wishing there were 25 hours in a day; LiveGo lets you sign in using any of 6 different services, which means they don’t ask you to make ANOTHER password and also that they don’t keep any of your information.

What you get is something like thisLiveGo demo. On the left you have your chosen services, such as Twitter, GMail, Facebook and as you click on them, the results update in the centre pane, where you can manage your account, add content and so on.

Over on the right, there’s a column for instant messaging that includes Gtalk, MSN, Facebook, AIM and a few others to boot. All in all, it’s easy to use and very convenient and the magic word – FREE!

 

Strange Random Information Quote:

“The information in the world doubles everyday. What they don’t tell us,is that our wisdom is cut in half at the same time.” – Joey Novick

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The Story of Stuff

December 15, 2010 Leave a comment
Cover of "The Story of Stuff: How Our Obs...

Cover via Amazon

Annie Leonard is the author and host of our very own The Story of Stuff. She is author of The Story of Stuff, the book, published by Free Press of Simon and Schuster on March 9, 2010. Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting literally hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and dumps where our stuff is dumped. Witnessing first hand the horrendous impacts of both over- and under- consumption around the world, Annie is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.

via The Story of Stuff.

Now a series of films, The Story of … analyses the way in which many of the products we take for granted every day can actually be bad for us and bad for the planet. Annie Leonard looks at how everyone can make a difference in this production chain. It’s a cartoon, but it’s a very serious topic. By way of example, here’s The Story of Bottled Water. Visit the website – http://storyofstuff.org/ – for more information and films.

Strange Random Sustainability Quote:

“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.”Carl Sagan

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Colour-based photo search – Multicolr

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Navy Blue Colour SearchIf you’re looking for a particular colour picture to go with your document, blog post or website, this can be a frustrating and often long process (trust me, I know). Over at idée Labs, they’ve created a tool called Multicolr, which analyses photos from Flickr and serves them up according to the colour you choose from the palette on the right. Not only that, but you can choose up to 10 colours to include in the search, repeating certain ones to give them more prominence.

We didn’t go that far, but we did start with a navy blue (left) and then, perhaps in a sudden rush of patriotism, added a white and a red – et volià!

Multicolr red, white and blue searchClick on any image to see it in Flickr and you’re done. It doesn’t get much easier.

Whether you’re looking for something very specific or just a bit of colourful inspiration, give Multicolr a try!

Strange Random Colour Quote:

Man needs colour to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water – Fernand Leger

 

 

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Katy Perry dropped by Sesame Street after protests from parents

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment
Katy Perry Hot N' Cold

Image by Ballistik Coffee Boy via Flickr

On Monday, a video of Perry singing a version of her song Hot n Cold and begging to “play” with Elmo was leaked on the internet. Parents, outraged by Perry’s low-cut dress, protested on various web forums.

But how many pre-schoolers (the target audience) are going to a) recognise the song or even know who Katy Perry is and b) be staring at her cleavage? The sketch is harmless enough and Elmo is, of course, the star, so where’s the problem? See for yourselves …

Strange Random Sesame Street Quote:

Elmo: Oh look, it’s Mr. Noodle’s brother, Mr. Noodle.

Electric Box 2, educational online game (and free!)

September 21, 2010 1 comment

We’ve mentioned the free online games site friv.com before and one of the best games they have at the moment is the thoroughly addictive Electric Box, where you try to create the necessary power and connections to drive a target object. It sounds easy and for a while, and it is. And for someone who failed (by a small margin) elementary Physics, it’s not only a challenging and enjoyable puzzle, but also a very educational one.

Electric Box 2 has updated graphics and levels and is available to play for free online at Candystand.com. (They also have other great free games, too!).

Strange Random Game Quote:

Games lubricate the body and the mind. – Benjamin Franklin

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Show your support for wind energy (p.s., it’s free and easy to do)

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Under the title “Give Europe a breath of fresh air”, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is organising a campaign to raise awareness of this energy source in Europe.

The idea is simple: go to their website at http://freshair.ewea.org/, click on ADOPT and choose a country from the map.

When you find a wind farm, you’ll see a graphic like this below. The colours show you how many turbines have been adopted (red), which are left (green) and which are reserved (orange).

We’re in luck! Click on a green wind turbine to adopt it, add your email address to the form and you’ll be sent a message that asks you if you’re sure. When you confirm it by clicking on the link in the mail, you’ll receive full details of your new turbine, including a URL to share with friends, like this one:

http://freshair.ewea.org/en/promote/c219a8d0a487d8ea63f5e580ca2b3c25

Have fun!

Strange Random Wind Quote:

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward (American dedicated scholar, author, editor, pastor and teacher)

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