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Holy Shit, Technology: Black MIDI Magic

by Paddy Johnson on September 27, 2013

The frantic pace of digital life has given birth to a music genre. It’s called “black MIDI”, because the visualization in a midi file– which can carry multiple channels of electronic information– is so packed with waveforms that it’s almost entirely blacked out. You end up with a pulsing electronic symphony so powerful that you have to go holy shit, technology.

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Portrait of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Sparks Controversy

by Paddy Johnson on September 20, 2013
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This goofy portrait of Toronto’s alleged crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford makes me very happy. What a ray of light this mayor has been for the city!

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Best Link Ever! Rich Dead People Are Cooler

by Whitney Kimball on September 11, 2013
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Here’s a $20 splurge we can justify: Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs. Art historian Paul Koudounaris has travelled all over Europe taking photos of the “Catacomb Saints,” skeletons of Christian martyrs that were found in the catacombs in the late 1500s, dressed up, and shipped out to various European churches to show people what happens if you join Christianity.

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Best Link Ever! Distractions Sell Cars

by Paddy Johnson on August 12, 2013
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There’s a bizarre bit of small print on the top of Lingscars.com, a website dedicated to leasing cars at low prices to UK drivers, and today’s Best Link Ever! “I live inside this website Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, to give you the very best service and make your experience a happy one! – I am Ling, accept no substitutes.” Ling is available to chat if you are.

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Best Link Ever: The Useless Web

by Ian Marshall on August 8, 2013
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The internet is a big, beautiful place, and thanks to Tim Holman it’s now easier than ever to get directed to single statement, single page websites. Rejoice, for the Internet Gods have spoken. The Useless Web takes you to any number of new and classic internet goodies with the click of a button, making it our new Best Link Ever. Say goodbye to the next hour of your life.

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Best Link Ever: Block by Block, Brooklyn’s Past and Present by BRKLNR

by Ian Marshall on August 5, 2013
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The folks at BRLYNR, a Brooklyn-obsessed blog, are really good at innovative and informative maps. They’ve made a map about journalism coverage neighborhood by neighborhood, a map about the most dangerous bike routes, and now, an interactive map that uses color to depict when every building in Brooklyn was built.

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Best Link Ever: The Burger Foundation

by Paddy Johnson on July 26, 2013
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Michelle Ellsworth’s site doesn’t host a single embeddable video, and that may be the only reason more of us haven’t heard of her important work with the Burger Foundation. We recommend you peruse this site. What can we do to evolve the predictable relationship between burgers and humans? This foundation is seeking those answers. They’ve been compiling research on hamburgers, veggie burgers, faux burgers and gestures that represent burgers. They’ve been cataloguing the like too.

Yeah, you’re welcome.

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Best Link Ever: Rap Board

by Ian Marshall on July 12, 2013
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We’ve all had our share of internet soundboards, but this one is better than any other we’ve seen in our history of forever. Let us present The Rap Board, your home for iconic rap sound bites that range from the Gucci Mane “yeaaa!” to the Lil Jon “YYEAA-YUH”. Every sound is organized alphabetically by rapper (find all your classic Puff Daddy and P Diddy sounds filed under “Diddy”). Lil Wayne has nine sounds, and we should all be grateful. On the other hand, Will Smith has more sounds on this board than Kanye West, which really isn’t fair given the range of weird noises that grace Yeezus. We all need to complain to the Internet Gods over that injustice.

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Best Link Ever! Kittycat Snowstorm!

by Paddy Johnson and Ian Marshall on June 25, 2013
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Your day just got a hell of a lot better. Let us introduce you to Catflakes, a website that floats cat heads and legs in snowflake shapes across your screen.

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Best Link Ever! ‘You’re My Favorite Artist’

by Paddy Johnson on April 24, 2013

Scott King is a UK-based artist who’s produced a delicious send up of the New York art world, rife with Canadian music and art influences. Think Peaches meets the political Canadian artist collective and electro-pop band Hooded Fang and you’ve got your track. As a Canadian living in New York with anglophile tendencies, naturally, I love it.

Take a few minutes out of your day for this. Things start to get really good around the 1:50 mark. I’m not issuing any spoilers, but there’s this; “Dan Colen, pigeon shit”. h/t Andrew Russeth

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