Special links on the internet that are of interest.
How much would you pay for something completely useless? I’d pay nothing. Yet, the dudes over at thinkgeek.com have offered ‘The Useless Box’ that does nothing for $40. They even market it as useless, “Turn it on, so it can turn itself off… silliest electronics kits ever.” I went to buy one as soon as it showed up on my screen and it was already sold out. I live in Dubai, so it would cost me twice as much to have it shipped here, yet I’m heartbroken. Turns out there are 117 Facebook comments on the page, with similar reactions to mine, I’m not the only idiot out there drawn to an awesome yet useless experience:
“Shut up and take my money!”
“It’s the most useless and stupid thing I ever seen. I want it now…”
“I want to see the disappointment in my moms face when I spend 40 dollars on this.”
“MUST… RESIST… AAARRRRGGGGHHHH! This is the DUMBEST THING I have ever seen yet, I want one to put on my desk!!”
and so on…
Watch the video below and if you’re as dumb as I am, you can sign up to be notified when the Useless Box Kit is in stock again on ThinkGeek.com.
Update: I couldn’t actually buy the useless box. After a long thread of pleading emails with ThinkGeek.com’s customer service where I begged them to take my $40 dollars, somehow their poor business rules, checkout QA or UX won’t let me order one. And they didn’t really seem to care. I order things from American online stores all the time. I live in Dubai, use my UAE credit card and have things shipped to my friend’s address in the states. This is the first company of ‘geeks’ (yeah right) that I’ve had this problem with in 3 years. #fail
When video content breaks out of the box and unexpected actions happen all over the page, then you’ve got users in suspense and their attention focused on your message. Many have tried this creative approach, I’ve included videos of three popular ones from Honda, Frito Lays and the Expendables movie interview. Hope you enjoy the videos, and if you’re keen here is a link to 25 Awesome Youtube Takeovers. (more…)
Users often quickly judge the quality of a person, group, product or company by their first visual impressions of the website. The importance of an aesthetically pleasing website can not be underestimated. Thus I present this inspirational collection of colorful websites from tripwire magazine.
Yes, a ball fitted with 36 cameras that capture a 360 degree panoramic photo. Would I buy it? Absolutely not, I don’t have the passion or skill to use it. So why have I posted it? Because its a cool invention and future implementations of this type of photography could reveal new perspectives and stories in action packed events, activities and sports. Imagine a video version of this?! I wonder what tomorrow will bring.
Stunning time lapse photographs of Earth from Space, taken by the ISS Expeditions in 2011 via Earth by Michael König.
In a top-secret lab in an undisclosed Bay Area location where robots run free, the future is being imagined.
It’s a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low. Your dinner plate could post to a social network what you’re eating. Your robot could go to the office while you stay home in your pajamas. And you could, perhaps, take an elevator to outer space.These are just a few of the dreams being chased at Google X, the clandestine lab where Google is tackling a list of 100 shoot-for-the-stars ideas.
Does robotics, artificial intelligence and the upcoming era of pervasive computing make your heart skip a beat? Keep reading on NYTimes.com – Google’s Lab of Wildest Dreams.
Smashing Magazine is a brilliant inspiring resource for the internet’s potential. To raise awareness for poverty, they showcased beautiful portraits of children who lived in poverty but are now supported by charitable organizations. Check out all the 25 Powerful Children Portraits on Smashing Magazine.
Did you know it takes just 30 seconds, a few clicks and an online payment to make a difference today?! You should donate to or sponsor vulnerable children now.
Probably my favorite collection of portrait photography, interesting that most of them are in black and white. The lighting, the subjects, the faces, the expressions and poses are simply stunning. Check out the inspirational treasure yourself on 50 Inspiring Examples of Emotional Portrait Photography on Richworks.
It is true. I don’t do it on purpose, but it happens. I love plants. I love having them in my house and at work. But over time I’ve somehow become a serial plant killer and I hate myself for it.
Have no fear, redemption is here (at the cost of $168). God has done some UX work and sent us a plant angel on the iOS and web to save us from sinning again, aka the Koubachi Wi-Fi Sensor.
Dear Sheikha Mahboob (my dying palm tree),
Help is here. I shall love and care for you when notified by the plant angel. Look forward to seeing you green again.