Monday, December 19, 2011

Fun, Fun, Fun

As I'm periodically moved to do, I'd like to share with you some websites I've encountered that struck me as cool or useful or intriguing or perhaps all of the above. First of all, in music. I'm always looking for a new way to enjoy music or for some capability involving music I don't presently have. So have a look at these:
  • ListnPlay - this site is designed to marry songs and videos together. Type in a band or artist or album or song, and the site delivers up videos which you can then pull singly into a playlist.
  • LyricsnMusic - another aggregator site. This one not only gets the lyrics to a tune, but will also deliver up YouTube videos, concert dates, artwork, tabs, and Wikipedia results all on one page.
  • uWal ltv - massive walls of artist/band pictures. Move your mouse over them, click, and up comes a playlist, some of them pretty extensive. The key here is that you can narrow your search to specific genres, and there are 23 of these, everything from classical to tango. You can earmark favorites and construct playlists. In fact, you can do that with all of these sites.
And here's some more I've found recently:
  • Visual.ly - "Infographics and Data Generlizations" I'm a sucker for this sort of thing. I still have a much loved volume of this sort of thing called Understanding that first alerted me to these arresting ways of presenting data. Here's what the site says about itself: "Infographics and data visualizations are shifting the way people find and experience stories, creating a new way of seeing the world of data. They help communicate complex ideas in a clear, compact and beautiful way, taking deep data and presenting it in visual shorthand. We’ve collected the best examples on the web and gathered them for you to reference, share, and enjoy." Almost 6,000, divided by category.
  • knoword - From directions: "a game of quick thinking, smart decisions and great words. When you begin, you will be given one randomly generated dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word. You must fill in the rest of the word to experience a gain in points and an added time bonus. You will start off with one minute before the game ends, and every word is an opportunity to extend your time. If you're ever stuck on a word, just hit the skip button and a new puzzle will present itself."
Have  a blast.
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