I recently launched a project entitled "Astronaut," which is basically a visualization of my friend's song, with random Flickr photos dynamically appearing at set keyframes. The images I'm pulling in come from Flickr photos whose tags match the lyrics of the song.
Every viewing should be different, as the Flash piece pulls in a new set of images each time. I've seen a few breathtaking photo combinations; I've seen several humorous combinations as well, that end up subverting the song entirely. I think the neatest part of the project is its randomness and its fluctuation. This was a lot of fun to work on, and I hope you find it fun to watch.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
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