Today's edition is nothing if not eclectic. You'll find links to literary Web journals and magazines, fascinating projects at MIT's Media Lab, harmonic overtone singing, and fingerpainting with sound.
✦ The MIT Media Lab is conducting online a crowd-sourcing project, Place Pulse: Creating a Collaborative Image of the City, the objective of which is to identify perceptions of what gives streets "curb appeal" and thus appear to be "safer". Take a look at the choices and rankings. The project hopes to garner a million unique users' answers and demo responses visually at a Place Pulse exhibit at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, from September 3 to October 22.
The Media Lab conducts some fascinating projects. Of particular interest currently are the health-monitoring mirror that displays heart rate; an eyepiece attached to a cell phone to detect and quantify cataracts, called CATRA (video); carpal skin, a prototype for a protective glove to protect against carpal tunnel syndrome; digital clay combining gesture, touch, and click interfaces; the center for mobile learning; and intelligent neurotechnology engineering.
✦ The online journal Everyday Genius is updated five days a week
✦ A nationally distributed, graduate-student run literary journal, Lit Magazine publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose.
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✦ Having trouble remembering some word you need? Try Tip of My Tongue and never fear memory lapse again. This Reddit page might help those trying to recall the title of a book read years ago. Reddit also maintains a What's the Word page that crowd-sources the answer to your question.
✦ If you have never heard harmonic overtone singing, take a moment and visit Spectral Voices. The site's available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Dutch.
✦ Did you know that you can fingerpaint with sound? Take a look and then head over to the Singing Fingers site.