“Oh, you know how to draw/write/animate/some other creative work? That’s awesome! I’ve been looking for someone to help me out with some illustration work. It’s not too laborious, and it’s something you can do in your spare time. All I ask is a commitment of 30 hours a week and to be available at all hours of the day. In addition to illustration work, any background in social media, accounting, or sales will be extremely beneficial. You’ll pretty much be doing all the work, or at least as much work I can get away with exploiting you with. Oh, and the pay? Uhh, this is more like an internship. But even though the position is unpaid, you’ll be getting your work out there and gaining lots of exposure. Deal?”
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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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Created by Miranda July, the Somebody application for the iPhone is one you can literally spend hours using. The thought process behind the program is that “when you can’t be there… somebody can!” So what exactly does this app do?
Users are allowed to type in a text message to the program and leave it floating in a bin for other users to select and voice record, at which point the voice recorded message is then sent to the original recipient. And, of course, you can also choose floating messages to voice record for your friends before they are forwarded to their recipients. Users don’t have to worry about their messages being read by just anyone, however, as the application only allows approved friends to have access to your floating messages. Yup. Pretty cool.
So what are you waiting for? It’s free, fun, and totally artsy. Download. Type. Talk. Connect.
|Recommended by Chelsey Grasso||Friday, May 15th, 2015||No Comments »|
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.
|Recommended by Chelsey Grasso||Tuesday, April 21st, 2015||No Comments »|
Beware: the Patatap website is one you will spend hours on once you click the link. It’s also the coolest web app I’ve seen online in months. Matching individual keys up with unique sounds, you can use this website to make some of your own sick beats. You can also see what different words sound like in Patatap sounds, which, I’m not going to lie, is pretty damn addictive.
Bringing the ability to simply and playfully make music to web users is something to be applauded. There’s a lot of crap on the internet, which makes this innovative and creativity-fueled website all the more impressive. Why surf the web for hours when you can be making music for hours?
|Recommended by Chelsey Grasso||Monday, April 20th, 2015||No Comments »|
Turn your lights off. No, really. You won’t be able to view this interactive art project unless your lights are switched off (or if your finger is covering your webcam). Created by Rostlaub and featuring illustrations by Kim Köster, Ana Somnia is an art project that combines generative illustrations with user interaction. The site uses your webcam to detect if your lights are on or off. If your lights are on, you watch a little girl toss and turn in bed as she struggles to fall asleep. Once you turn your lights off, that’s when the real fun happens. The entire screen goes black while white illustrations start generating all over the screen. There’s really no limit to the type of illustrations generated. We let the site run for at least a good 10 minutes and it still kept producing new illustrations. Don’t believe us? Try it out for yourself. And don’t forget to turn off your lights.
|Recommended by The Absolute Staff||Friday, April 10th, 2015||No Comments »|
We’re eager to look for any excuse to be lazy procrastinators, and Beepo is an unapologetic enabler. Created by deviantArt user tschery, the mini flash game lets you create music by sending a little ball over the screen with the control of arrow keys. There’s no score to keep or goals to make–only to make music by flicking a ball around. No matter how you press the arrow keys, it’s impossible to create an awful song. Instead, what you have is a mindless time waster that lets you play around with oddly sad music. Why is this so addicting?
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