Vox Ex Machina
"In 1939, an astonishing new machine debuted at the New York World’s Fair. It was called the “Voder” and looked sort of like a futuristic church organ. An operator — known as a “Voderette” — sat at the Voder’s curved wooden console with a giant speaker behind her. She placed her hands on a keyboard and then played something the world had never heard before.
A synthesized voice. "
Another brilliant episode of the Podcast "99% invisible". It will teach you the beginnings of synthesized voice, how it helped to win the second world war and, why without it, we probably couldn't watch funny cat movies on youtube.
All the ships of the world
An astonishing piece of information, visualizing all the ship movements in 2012 across the world. Zoom in by yourself and click the plus button to guide you through.
—> Ship Map
How to make friends
We're constantly shredding our friends, growing in opposite directions, not heaving much in common anymore. "Most children have no trouble walking up to another kid on the playground and asking if they want to be friends. Imagine doing that at Starbucks."
So, how do you make a friend now?
Hail the maintainers
thought provoking and important.
"Innovation is a dominant ideology of our era. As the pursuit of innovation has inspired technologists and capitalists, it has also provoked critics. What happens after innovation, they argue, is more important. Maintenance and repair, the building of infrastructures, the mundane labour that goes into sustaining functioning and efficient infrastructures, simply has more impact on people’s daily."
This animated short is nothing for the faint-hearted of you.