This week's Saturday Sharing leads you to and then away from the Shakespearean Insulter, into the realm of color, alien civilizations, and origami bonsai. You might find the Infinite Atlas a help.
✦ This color wheel at CrowdFlower is like no other; it has at least 4,000 colors, with the names in nine different languages and translations in English. So, what do you think: Do people from different countries have different concepts of color boundaries, as the researchers ask?
✦ If you're insult-oriented, the Shakespearean Insulter might be the tool for you.
✦ Looking for a free online photo editor? Try ribbet. (Thanks to Diane Lockward for the tip.)
✦ Infinite Atlas plots all the locations (there are more than 600) mentioned in the late David Foster Wallace's novel Infinite Jest. Created by William Beutler, the GoogleMaps-based interactive atlas is searchable, even by character. In the About section you'll find a link to Infinite Boston, described as a "ruminative travelogue and photographic tour of key locations" in Boston, Massachusetts, and a link to Infinite Map, a poster, available from the Infinite Shop, that identifies 250 of the "most interesting" locations identified in the novel. (My thanks to Publishers Weekly for the link.)
✦ Ever wonder how to calculate the number of alien civilizations in our galaxy? Information Is Beautiful created this interactive infographic, using an equation offering a wide range of answers. You may tweak the statistical probabilities but you won't learn what to do when the ETs show up.
✦ My friend Ann Martin at All Things Paper not long ago spotlighted the lovely and wonderful designs of origami artist Ben Coleman. Here's a video of his origami bonsai sculpture "Peach Dream".
Origami Bonsai on FaceBook