Aug 19, 2009  •  In Funny, Twitter, Web

Woofer – When 140 Characters Isn’t Nearly Enough

Are you a verbose social media enthusiast?

Do you feel constrained and suffocated by Twitter’s 140-character maximum?

Do you ever start a tweet, only to be rejected by its imposing character maximum, shake your fists to the Twitter gods while shouting “Eff it! Who needs Twitter? I don’t!”… only to sheepishly return a mere hour later?

Because I certainly don’t. 

Now there is a option for you: Woofer, which requires a minimum of 1,400 characters.

As you can see, I chose my first woof as The Declaration of Independence. I am DECLARING my INDEPENDENCE from Twitter…get it? Hardy har har!

Woofer is entirely designed as a novelty site. It even has a link at the upper right corner titled, “Is this Twitter?” Click on it to be taken to this amusing page:

I am curiously reminded of HugeURL.

Via The Next Web.

Aug 19, 2009  •  In Art/Design, Random

Resetting the Hope Diamond

I have always had a fascination with the Hope Diamond – not because I like jewels (I don’t), but for the gruesome deaths and bad luck in its history.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Harry Winston’s donation of the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution, the infamous diamond will be reset into a different necklace design for the first time in over half a century…and the public will decide on the new design!

From August 17 – September 7, you’ll have the chance to be a part of history by voting on one of the three new setting designs. You can vote on the new design here.

To be completely frank I don’t like any of the new designs. The current setting is timeless and classic, and as representative of the Hope Diamond experience as the diamond itself.

Which setting do you like the best?

Fortunately, the change does not seem to be a permanent move. The Smithsonian has announced that the diamond in the chosen setting will be unveiled in Spring 2010, and after a limited-time exhibition it will be returned to its original setting.

I think that the best part of this announcement is that while the winning design is being created, the Hope Diamond will – for the first time in history – be displayed as a standalone diamond, free of a setting.

I haven’t seen the Hope Diamond since a school trip to D.C. in elementary school. I will surely keep tabs on the dates of the exhibitions so that I can make a trip to the National Museum of Natural History to see the famous diamond – naked, alone, and magnificent.

Via the Los Angeles Times.

Aug 19, 2009  •  In Marketing/Advertising, Personal, Web

Your Online Persona, Visualized

Those crazy folks at the MIT Media Lab have created a web application called Personas which maps out your online persona in the form of a stacked bar chart.

Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one’s aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you.

Enter your name, and Personas scours the web for information and attempts to characterize the person – to fit them to a predetermined set of categories that an algorithmic process created from a massive corpus of data. The computational process is visualized with each stage of the analysis, finally resulting in the presentation of a seemingly authoritative personal profile.

I’ve decided to try my name and “Geek in Heels.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t do “geekinheels” since it asks for a first and last name. Let’s see how the internet sees me… (click to enlarge)

Some of the keywords such as “education” and “medical” in my full name persona are surprising. But then again, my name is not truly unique.

The keyword that stunned me in my “Geek in Heels” profile was “aggression.” Do I seem that angry? Perhaps it’s all the exclamation points and the numerous things I find to b*tch about via the web? And how do I have such a large “military” presence on the web?

What is your online persona?

Via Miss Cellania.

Aug 18, 2009  •  In Colors

Color Blindness Vision Simulator

Perhaps there is something wrong with me, but I think it’s fascinating that some people are color-blind.

Can you see the number in this Ishihara color vision test plate?

I’ve always wondered how different people perceive color – even those with normal vision. Taking this into consideration, a color-blind person would be a treat for me. I want to study them, analyze them, and have one-on-one color study discussions with them. It’s horrible, I know, but doesn’t a small part of everyone delve into morbid curiosities such as these?

Now, with the help of internet technology, I can now have a glimpse into the intriguing world of color blindness.

This Vision Simulator not only lets you see how different images look to those with color blindness, it gives options for the different types of color blindness along with statistics correlating to each instance.

In fact, its parent site Causes of Color is a fascinating read in itself – an orgy of enthralling information for color lovers like me.