When a person gives away a book, chances are part of the book stays with them. But what many may not know is that from time to time, something of them stays with the book too.
Forgottenbookmarks.com exists solely to discover what others have left behind in what they read. Most of the time, it’s pressed old leaves, but there is also no shortage of gems, be they menus from steak houses across the country, black and white pictures of strangers and their families, hosts of hand-written recipes, centuries-old newspaper clippings, children’s tickets to county fairs, and even the page of flattened Skittles. Some finds date back to the 19th century, while others are kitsch of the 1970s and 1980s.
The website was started by a woman named Michael who began working at her family’s bookstore in upstate New York at age seven. Now the proprietor, she sorts through 500 to 600 books a day, and finds maybe five or six items of interest.
Among the memorabilia, of course, is an indisputable homage to quirky and unusual bookmark aesthetics. Take for example the leather bookmark from Bermuda with a tab reading “Here I fell asleep,” or similarly, the one from the obstetrician’s office in shape of a bespectacled man reading a book entitled “my eyes tired here.”
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The art of film is the art of kinetic, dynamic narrative. One film still is never meant to be inert or isolated, but builds upon and weaves into another. Even films with still frame shots are still in motion – the pause is one through time, it feels unnatural, tortured. But what if you took that dynamic out of film and insert a wholly different sensory narrative – creating in effect a whole way to experience the story?
You would get Peter “Peterski” Nidzgorski’s Nevver.
Nidzgorski’s Tumblr page is, in simple terms, “a song and a film still, daily.” And from the look of it — a plain page with post-card size pictures over unimposing play buttons, a page of more grey-blue negative space with no more than four posts and tiny, oft-missed direction arrows — Nevver is a humble and modest site against which its film stills seem magnanimous and powerful.
And each film still does have power – each comes alive, just not before your eyes.
When Nevver guts every aspect out of a film save a static photo, and re-plugs what was lost through a curated song, it creates in essence a new film, a collage of different sensory experiences, where you hear the narrative and imagine it on what you see.
Nevver is a death of film and a birth of music. Not only does it invigorate what is heard, but it acts as a discovery tool for songs and bands one never knew, never remembered they knew, or never heard played before, the way it is through an emancipated shot.This Tumblr Teaches You The Art Of Hearing Music
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Open landing at Bio Bak, one is immediately presented with a host of questions, and none more pressing than, “Just what the hell is this?” And after the initial shock: Why does the French-accented narrator with a megaphone for a mouth have such a long, pimpled tongue? Will the crabby, foul-mouthed metal detector ever wake up again? And don’t those kids know where jam really comes from?!
Such is the chimerical world of Dutch web designer Coen Grit, whose gritty, phantasmagoric creation defies the boundaries of art and websites. It is at times a game, a still life labyrinth of connected and seemingly random creatures and situations, and other times an interactive landscape that begs for exploration.
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We’ve all used applications that try to recommend new books depending on what we’ve already read… but what if there was a website that also recommended movies and music… and what if that website did it as a drawn out map? Yup, you know I’m going to tell you there is one. And you know you’re going to love it.
Gnod, The Global Network of Discovery, is all about helping users discover cool new artists that fall within the same web of genre, style, and tone as other artists they’re already fond of. Pretty cool, right? The website takes a moment to generate a map, but once it’s completed loading, it actually groups similar artists together, meaning not only can you make one new discovery, but you can make a dozen.
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Classic atari bricks… it never gets old. And guess what? If you’re hankering for a round, you can play for free via the Google search engine. It’s about as simple as it gets—and one of many Google hidden hacks worth memorizing. Type “atari breakout” into Google and then select the “Images” in the sub-menu. Give it a moment. You’re so very welcome.
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If you’ve never seen a PostSecret book by Frank Warren, you’re missing out… because they really are works of art. However, as lovely as the published versions of anonymous secrets may be, there’s something about the official PostSecret website that is that much more entrancing. Maybe it’s because it’s instant, maybe because it’s free, maybe because it is literally limitless in its ability to be viewed by strangers all over the globe—or maybe it’s all three of those factors?
You can spend hours scrolling through the anonymous submissions of secrets on this webpage, and perhaps most significantly, you can submit your own for consideration. The range varies from light and humorous to utterly despairing and heartbreaking, so be prepared to laugh, ponder, and perhaps even cry.
There are some things we can’t tell anybody, so it feels good to be able to tell everybody anonymously.
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