This sounds incredible, but it has been almost three years since I last mentioned the word “emoji” here. It also happened to be first as well. That is weird though, because the world is awash with emoji, the smileys, emoticons, or pictographs, that originated in Japan.
I better get back with the program then… here’s a link to Emoji Mosaic, by Eric Andrew Lewis, that allows you to turn any image you care to choose, into a mosaic of emoji characters.
A Room Listening to Itself is an intriguing sound installation created by Montreal based composer and sound artist Adam Basanta, made up of numerous microphones that are “listening to themselves”, by way of a series of reclaimed speaker cones.
The feedback generated by this loop, together with the sounds made by people viewing the installation, results in a somewhat ambient consonance.
If, like me, you’re a Microsoft Windows user who has recently upgraded to version ten of the operating system, or OS, you may be surprised to learn that a fee is now payable before certain games, including the much loved Solitaire, that are bundled with the OS, can be accessed. Or, more to the point, accessed free of adverts.
Lucky for me I have an older machine – that I keep as a back up – running on a previous version of Windows, I can fire up when the desire to play a hand or two manifests itself.
You may need to look twice next time you’re on a flight, cruising at thirty thousand feet, when you think you see someone standing on the wing, or engine, of the aircraft. Most likely, and hopefully, it will be an illustration by Claire Harvey, that has been carefully placed on the window, rather than an actual person.
It’s been a while since I wore a watch, now that smartphones are the timepiece of choice and all, but if I had to wear a watch, a smartwatch at that, it’d be the Helvetica 1, a smartwatch that isn’t really a smartwatch, except pretty much for the smart font that its face bears.
Then there’s the fact that the watch isn’t particularly smart, at least not in the “Hey look, ma! I can send my heartbeat” sense of the word. There are no notifications, no voice activation, no gimmicky apps, or watch faces that can be loaded onto it.