Noah Swartz writes, "We live in what is now being hailed as the social media age. Every news article, blog post, or landing page is replete with links to various networks like Twitter or Facebook. More often than not these networks serve to wrap us in our own bubbles, rather than really giving us an experience akin to socializing in person via the Internet."
That's what @ednapiranha's chat.meatspac.es does so stunningly well. The concept is simple, a single chat room with no login, no user names, and no default identity - just the ability to post 2 second clips from your webcam along with
each of your messages.
These GIFs get displayed alongside the chat and for the first time ever allow text chat to be truly emotive. Think about it, you'll never need to clarify sarcasm, worry about if your apology will come off as sincere, or type 'lol' ever again. Instead you can just make the expressions that come naturally to you and share them along with your text.
Since its debut, it has forged friendships between hundreds of people around the world, sparked 'meat-ups' and relationships, and, thanks to ednapiranha's dedication to keeping the source open to developers, brought in many collaborators who have made their own projects: ranging from bots to automated digests to fashion brand inspired t-shirts.
The community has coalesced into a group who values the welcoming of 'newbros' over all else. So the next time you take a coffee break from work, or reach for your Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit feed, consider popping in to chat.meatspac.es to say hi.
The Flux chair is a $130, 12lb “origami-style” polypropylene lounge chair designed by Douwe Jacobs; it sets up in minutes and is stable and lovely (there’s also a $65 kids’ version and a whole range of furnishings including a bar, coffee table, countertop, end-table, etc). (via Yanko Design)
The first time Merle Rasmussen played Dungeons & Dragons, he thought it was a Halloween game.
“It was October 1975, and I was an 18-year-old freshman at Iowa State University. My roommate got this game filled with skeletons and undead monsters. I had no idea.” The role-playing bug had bitten him, but fantasy wasn’t his genre. So that same year, he started writing a game set in a modern world, the spy game that would become Top Secret.
Janelle Shane trained a recurrent neural network with a data-set of more than 2000 ancient proverbs and asked it to think up its own: “A fox smells it better than a fool’s for a day.”
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