- Should You Use Twitter? [Flowchart]
- Bug Memorials: Paying Respect To Dead Bugs On The Street
- Mammoth Lego Organ Barrel Plays The Star Wars Theme
Posted: 14 Apr 2012 12:00 PM PDT
How do you know if you should keep using Twitter or just simply close down your account? Leaving it idle is simply not an option (according to some) since a bunch of people have probably already tried to sign up with the exact same username/alias as you have now. You might be thinking that whatever happens, you will always have your Twitter account to keep you company. Well, of course you can keep your account no matter what. It's Saturday, and I am just pulling your leg in an attempt to be funny. I guess that didn't work out quite as I had hoped, doh! If you think you are starting to get a little bit too attached to your Twitter account, there are of course ways to determine what you should do.
Simply use this infographic, or flowchart, in order to figure out what you are supposed to do. Are you a Twitteroholic? Maybe you're a spam/porn bot that just needs a reason to stop bugging other people. Or, maybe you have just simply gotten super tired of the way that Twitter works. Either way, there is a way now to perfectly sort out all those loose ends and send you off on the right path.
This is a flowchart created by the ever so creative FlowTown and designed by Column Five Media, and it simply details the different ways that people use Twitter. Well, it doesn't really list them out, but if you start at the top beginning with the question Should You Use Twitter? (which is also the title of the flowchart itself), you'll be able to follow it through and then get your doom delivered to you. It's a nice way to avoid deciding yourself about whether or not to close down your account, start tweeting a little bit less, or actually GET a Twitter account. It's not more complicated than that. Period.
Posted: 14 Apr 2012 11:00 AM PDT
Unless it's a mosquito or roach that's flying towards me (roaches fly here in the south), I don't kill bugs. I don't kill anything. I'm just not a fan of that. And yes, I eat meat, and lots of it, so maybe I'm a hypocrite, I don't know. All social graces aside, I don't like to see anything get killed, even disgustingly dirty bugs. When I saw this installation about little bug memorials, it touched my heart, in a humorous way.
This project, by Carmichael Collective, is ongoing and very creative. Since those of us who live in a big city are often scurrying from place to place, and busy all the time, we often forget to stop and check out the world around us, especially when we're all on smartphones all day long.
The purpose of this installation is to make people stop, stare, and in that moment become aware of their surroundings. Seeing a dead bug on the street or sidewalk with a little memorial around it suddenly makes everything outside seem more significant and worth seeing. These itty-bitty flowers wrapped in tissue paper and wreaths are so cute. I wish I could find more information about how they make these little miniatures for each memorial. If you want to see how another artist memorializes dead bugs, check out Squished Bugs Peeled From A Car Windshield.
Posted: 14 Apr 2012 10:00 AM PDT
It's not too often that we see Lego used to create music. As a matter of fact, I could probably count how many times I've seen it using just the fingers on my right hand. Usually people create some mammoth or epic build of a spaceship, bust or portrait and then get it out there into the viral world. So when we stumble over something that actually does something extraordinary, that's when we get really excited. You might think it all stops here, right? I mean, to get excited about a Lego build that plays music should be quite enough for one day. But that's where this thing takes a step onto the awesome-path and delivers yet another "epipunch" (as in "epic punch").
This build actually plays the Star Wars theme when rotated. The different structures on the barrel trigger each organ stroke and create a sound, which when put together in the correct order, will play the Star Wars theme. How badass is that! It must have taken the creators (Rene Hoffmeister and Axel Al-Rubaie) quite a long time to put this piece of awesomeness together, since the distance between the structures is vital for the timing of the key strokes, if you know what I mean.
It might look easy, and if we were to just look at the structures themselves, it probably was. The structures on the barrel only have to be one size in height in order to strike the keys on the organ just right, but again, it's the placement between the structures that creates the timing and the necessary tone that the keys will strike, so there's no doubt that was the most important part of the process when building this badboy.
It's made up of over 20,000 Lego pieces and incorporates 4 different Star Wars worlds. That is what I call an epic build. There are so many aspects to this build that could possibly blow your mind, so instead of just reading my ramblings in this article, check out the video clip of it in action and you will instantly have your mind twisted and turned until you finally start taking it all in. Enjoy!
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