Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
“Back to the … …” With a news theme this week, it might be timely to mention the quirky site that is News of the Future.
Who needs a Delorean time machine when you can link to future news? Oil at $180 a barrel, Talking search engines, First Marathon Under Two Hours, and Euro Banknotes Invalid by Friday It raises some fascinating questions, like Can Paralyzed People Walk in the Future? Even some of the advert banners are mock ups of future possibilities: “Beam Yourself Around the World with Telebeamer!” There are also some more serious sides to the site. An example: a section on AIDS offers some sobering thoughts.
The way the site looks back at “past events” from these days, offers a good insight into how reporting can present or misrepresent “facts” too. In the words of Marty McFly: “Well, history is gonna change”
Who knows what might happen, but “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything”.
These ‘news words’ are accepted by audiences for their implied meaning. But often loaded words are misused or used out of context. The actual definitions can be different than what is implied.
Newswordy is a growing collection of these words*, updated every weekday. Along with each word is a definition, a quote with its use (or misuse) in the media, and a news and Twitter feed on the subject.
*Click the tiny graphic, in the top right-hand corner, to find an archive of past words.
Another fascinating news explorer is Newsmap, which is an application that visually demonstrates the constantly changing landscape of the “Google News” aggregator. Another fascinating, and discussion provoking, tool.
The more frequently a story is reported in the news, the larger it becomes in the “map”.
It is also possible to compare different countries, and to see which elements are given more coverage in those countries. You can view the map by region, topic, or time.
Extra! Extra! Read all about it (tomorrow)!
10×10™ (‘ten by ten’) is an interactive exploration of “the words and pictures that define the moment”. It is also possible to look back, in great detail, for the last ten years!
Every hour, 10×10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale. Each hour is presented as part of a window, composed of 100 different frames. Each one allows us to peer a bit deeper into the story. Because of the nature of the world, and world news, some of these stories can be challenging, and even disturbing, of course.
10×10 runs with no human intervention, autonomously observing what a handful of leading international news sources are saying and showing. 10×10 makes no comment on news media bias, or lack thereof. It simply shows what it finds.
A Super-fast, fully interactive and immersive 3D way to discover some fascinating aspects of the capital.
Recce features built-in GPS and Compass functionality to locate yourself, quickly, but it is available both on-line and off-line, with rich and relevant information.
Take a quick tour and explore London’s finest landmarks, from the classics such as Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace & Big Ben to the modern additions such as The Shard, Gherkin, and Olympic Park. Explore areas known & unknown with fresh eyes.
Recce could be useful when planning, or taking part in, a trip to “the smoke”, or if studying a contrasting landscape. An intriguing experience of a different form of mapping. Fascinating.
The History Today dictionary is a compendium of facts, figures, mini-biographies and definitions of historical terms. It covers people, places, & key events. Each entry is concise and expertly written, and the dictionary is ideal as a study tool or to improve your knowledge of history. Search those intriguing terms.
To celebrate the launch of their Augmented Reality technology, String™ have released a showcase ~: String™ Augmented Reality Showcase
Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a dragon flew out of your screen, or out of your wall? Try the AR Dragon. Investigate Scrawl, the first world’s first 3D augmented reality drawing app.
Download and print the target images from www.poweredbystring.com
Stat World features an intuitive interface that enables both technical and non-technical users to easily explore and analyze data.
Select map areas (such as countries) and details for that area are displayed inside popups and visualization components. Animate changes over time as maps, bar charts, vertical bubble charts and scatter plots.
A massive, adaptable and engaging, experience that would intrigue many ages, and abilities, when investigating elements about the history, geography, social and economical aspects of the development of our planet.
*This is Flash based (sadly) but will work on most non “i” tools.*
Pixabay is a collection of free to use images. The top line of pictures are the sponsored pictures from Shutterstock. They are not free. But, if you were to search for textures, or leaves, or many other key words, you will find a vast amount of copyright free, and high quality, images to download. Great for teaching resources of many kinds.
If you register, for free, (& you don’t have to) you avoid the need for Captcha tests. (Thank you @NessMatthews)
Two, slightly surprising, places to discover images, and video, shared under Creative Commons licenses. Select an image on Wikipedia to see the license attributed to it.
Also, search the entire Wikipedia collection by visiting the Wikimedia Commons website.
SoundBible.com offers free, and royalty free, sound clips, and sound effects, for download in either wav or mp3 format.From dog barks, city sounds, bird song, game show sounds, through to sports sounds, crowds, and a vast amount more. Some are openly unsavoury, but most form a big collection of useful audio for many uses.