Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) is one of my favourite tunes on the The Suburbs and the new interactive website does it justice. In another collaboration with Vincent Morisset (having previously directed the interactive website for Neon Bible), Arcade fire present a dystopian suburban nightmare in which you control the characters with your own movement.
Readability is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you’re reading.
Drag this link to your browser’s toolbar: Make easy to read
Of course, there is some self-selection here: the guys showing off their abs are the ones with abs worth showing, and naturally the best bodies get lots of messages. So we can’t recommend this photo tactic to every man. But, contrary to everything you read about profile pictures, if you’re a guy with a nice body, it’s actually better to take off your shirt than to leave it on. We would never suggest to a Fitzgerald or a Dave Eggers to limit his profile to 100 words, and so why should guys with great bodies keep their best asset under wraps?
via The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures « OkTrends.
This papercraft self portrait, inspired by big-head mode seen in videogames, is awesome. I really want one.
Apparently, men prefer websites designed by men and women prefer those designed by women.
Men’s preferences show greater visual-spatial abilities and reduced colour sensitivity, which are invaluable skills for hunters. Women’s preferences show greater sensitivity to colour would have helped them in their gathering tasks.
Very likely mis-represented original research from the Telegraph
#sixweeks is a blog by Paul McCrudden detailing the time he’s spent in shops and services over a six week period and then billing them.
For the six weeks from mid-June to end-July 2009, I recorded all the time and money I spent as a consumer. And, having invoiced over 50 companies, I’m now waiting for them to pay me for this time I’ve spent with their brand.
I did this for two main reasons: firstly, to further understand how I spend my life as a consumer, and secondly to challenge the basic assumption that consumers are subservient to brands.
Apparently Pret A Manger has paid up and Cranberry Fruit and Nut sales has invoiced him for the time they spent reading his blog.
An amusing insight into consumerism and brand subservience which not only serves the fight back against the brands but then, rather awkwardly, ends up giving them a platform to promote their pro-consumer (prosumer?) good nature.
Premier 90s DJ/Producer/remixer Sasha has a Google map of his favourite places in London. I think I may pop along to the Japanese Knife Company on Blandford Street. Other celebs map their favourate places in london.