Game Of Thrones, Children’s Edition

The Huffington Post

There’s nothing quite like sharing the joy of reading with a friend. Suggesting and enjoying books and stories build bonds that last forever. Lately, the most popular series on the planet is “A Song of Fire and Ice”, the inspiration for the astoundingly popular HBO program “Game of Thrones,” But, how do you share this captivating and often times very adult-themed story with a precocious youngster? Fear not, parents. The acclaimed author George R.R. Martin has written a children’s companion to “A Song of Fire and Ice” called “The Ice Dragon.” Rather, Martin had written the story in 1980, but the TV show’s popularity provided the impetus for the story’s re-release. “The Ice Dragon” will hit the shelves October 21st, complete with illustrations. Older readers are recommended to give the kid-friendly excursion into Westeros a read as well.

Enjoy sharing the fantastical tales with your children; just try to hide the HBO GO account password from them, because they’re probably not ready to watch the series yet.

The Infinite Jukebox

The Infinite Jukebox visualization of "Scatman"

Didn’t get enough “Scatman” in the 90s? Now you can potentially loop those “ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-bop’s” for-ever with The Infinite Jukebox, “for when your favorite song just isn’t long enough.” This web app uses “the Echo Nest analyzer to break the song into beats…but at every beat there’s a chance that we will jump to a different part of song that happens to sound very similar to the current beat.” The Infinite Jukebox also creates a neat visualization of the pathways between beats (pictured here).

Source: Neatorama

 

Then Everything Looked Like Facebook, And We Collectively Yawned

http://readwrite.com

Selena Larson, writing for ReadWrite, hits the nail on the head in her post, “The Unbearable Sameness of Social Networks.” She shows screencaps of her profiles on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn, all of which have embraced the “cover photo” (to put it in FB language). Maybe this explains my recent disenchantment with social networking sites; and the increase in social media “hiatuses” I’ve seen popping up from “friends” and “follows.” Or maybe we’re seeing an acceptance of the visual. But more likely we’re seeing a troubling uniformity in how we engage with one another on social networking sites.

Embroidery Stop Motion Music Video. Say What?

Throne, a London-based metal band, recent video for their song, “Tharsis Sleeps,” is a visually stunning stop motion masterpiece created entirely with embroidery. ::insert sound of record scratch:: Come again? Metal band…stop motion music video…embroidery. Yes, indeed!

Here’s some of the mindblowing stats: “3,000 hand-drawn frames, 250 square metres of denim, 12 million stitches, 40 days of animation, 1,800 hours of digitizing, 3,500 hours of embroidering, 500 hours of capturing.” About halfway through the video you forget this is all done in embroidery because it looks more like animation, but then you remember and are amazed at the craftspersonship required for such a production. Stunning. Watch the video below, then have a look at some behind the scenes pics on The Creators Project.