Propaganda Design & Aesthetics: Soviet Retro... →
I absolutely love the design of these Soviet-era propaganda posters. Their striking use of color and line have always fascinated me, as well as their political messages to an oppressed and isolated people. This page is particularly wonderful because it provides a well-written context for each poster in addition to highlighting the art itself. [via Digg]
Pictures Taken At Just The Right Time →
From the Bling It blog, a collection of striking photos, some amateur, some professional, and some staged. All are fun to check out. [via StumbleUpon]
Best Online Documentaries →
A categorized list of hundreds of documentaries, all available for viewing for free online. I never thought I’d enjoy watching more than short video clips on a computer screen. Once I began trying longer programs, however, I realized that as long as I’m comfortable, it’s fine.
COLOR IN MOTION →
Claudia Cortes brings us this fantastic interactive multimedia experience to help us discover the world of color communication and symbolism. Fun and informative.
110 best books: The perfect library →
This book list from the UK’s Telegraph newspaper gave me a bunch of ideas to add to my reading pile. Not that I’ll ever get to any of them, mind you. [via Digg, where the comments have other excellent suggestions and insights]
Lies I've told my 3 year old recently →
Raul Gutierrez let us in on these awesome lies, from his Heading East blog. Is it OK to lie to a child if it’s a really, really good one? [via Waxy Links]
NY Times: Beware the New New Thing →
An excellent summary of what Net Neutrality is all about — and why we should care — from the lead singer of OK Go. I think this is an important topic for everyone to be aware of (even those of us who are offline). [via Waxy Links]
Dojo Restaurant →
One of my favorite places to eat in New York City is Dojo, right between Washington Square Park (NYU) and Astor Place. The food is both tasty and healthy (if you want it to be), the service is fast and courteous, and it is downright cheap. My usual, a soy burger with salad and home fries, is less than $5! [The link above sends you to a Google Maps page]
Game: Luminara →
Fun, fast, and action-packed shooter from jmtb02 Studios. [via Good Experience Games]
Adobe Photoshop Express →
The venerable photo editing flagship has launched a free, online version with basic functionality and 2 GB of space. I need to play around with it a bit more, but after a cursory tour it seems to work well and contain most of the tools I use regularly.
Another amazing TED video: discovering what Leonardo DaVinci actually looked like.
The Future of Education
I’ve been thinking a great deal about three recent columns by PBS technology correspondent Bob Cringely. While I’ve been reading his weekly column for years and always find it interesting, I was particularly intrigued by these articles about education. The ideas he raises may be considered provocative, but there are valid points worth recognizing and considering, and he is not alone...
This TED talk from Johnny Lee demonstrates the results of his amazing work with the IR camera in the $40 Nintendo Wii remote. The potential for using these inexpensive hacks in classrooms is incredibly exciting to me.
Tumblr is the best blogging platform I’ve ever used, hands down. I’m truly blown away by it, and think that anybody who’s tried blogging and failed should seriously consider trying it again with these folks, especially if you’d prefer to share links, photos, videos, quotes, and short messages with people. It’s so easy to use, I can put a high-quality link, photo, or...
I had a fantastic time at the Winterpills concert tonight at one of my favorite places to see live music, the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA. They’re an excellent band to watch performing on stage — in addition to being excellent musicians, they have fun with one another and seem like they really enjoy what they do. Their joyful energy made it a very special night. Although we liked...
Exposé: America's Investigative Reports →
This PBS program highlights the importance of investigative journalists in our society. Again and again, these heroes fight to uncover injustice and shine light in areas that others (usually with power and/or money at risk) try hard to keep in the shadows. There are several truly stunning stories available for viewing in their video archive. They’re in the process of updating their site, so...
Several weeks ago I posted a brilliant photograph taken by Karen Larsen. While I credited her as the photographer, I did not have her permission to use the picture on this blog, and wish to apologize for that mistake. The post has been removed at her request. Artists work extremely hard to produce their work, and should be able to control how it’s used. It’s easy to assume that...
If you shop online, be sure to check out a site like this before you check out! There are countless times when I’ve been able to find a coupon or discount code for a site I’m about to purchase from just by searching here, and they have some great tools for incorporating automatic coupon-checking via your browser. Why pay retail if you can avoid it?
Free Recycling Through the Mail →
The United States Postal Service is now offering a recycling program for small electronics. Just head to the Post Office to pick up free envelopes for mailing inkjet cartridges, PDA’s, digital cameras, and MP3 players for free. [via Lifehacker]
Liquid Webtoy →
From our friends at DAN-BALL in Japan comes one of my all-time favorite web toys. Mess around with the fluid dynamics, colors, bombs, and ducks. I find this one very soothing for some reason.
Most of us take pictures with our digital cameras. This site is one of my favorite for discovering ways to take better photos and do extremely cool things with them. They feature tips, DIY photo projects, and photo gear reviews in their newsletter. I find the archive is also a great resource, and they have an active community in their forum. Highly recommended.
Popular 'green' products test positive for... →
This article from the Los Angeles Times describes recent testing of 100 “natural” products that revealed many contained trace amounts of a cancer-causing chemical. Yikes! Even as someone who tries to “buy green” as much as possible, I guess it’s not really surprising. Sigh. [via Consumerist]
Adventures in Rechargeable Batteries →
Jeff Atwood offers some excellent advice on using rechargable batteries on his Coding Horror blog. I’ve just ordered the charging unit he recommends, and am looking forward to checking it out. [via Lifehacker]
Within the next 24 hours I hope to incorporate these blog entries into my home page at tomgrom.com … this is a big step towards v 2.0 of my site, which will be complete when the my new podcast launches. Other changes in the works include: Web Chat on my contact page, Voicemail on my contact page, A new music page that includes a player and download links, Replacing my old links page with...
Mixed tapes for the 21st Century. Lots to explore and discover (plus add your own). [via Waxy Links]