Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Sharing (My Finds Are Yours)

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.)

The Infinite Atlas Project on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ 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

4 comments:

Louise Gallagher said...

The colour wheel is amazing -- I've always wondered if people in different cultures/languages heard animal sounds differently. Whereas we hear 'woof' and 'moo' what does another language hear?

and then... I went to Information is Beautiful -- amazing!!! Thank you for this find. I watched their video "The true cost of war" stunning.

JAPAN SAMURAI said...


Thanks always nice to hear.
It is inspiring to your report.
Introduction and background music of Japanese Bonsai at YOU TUBE
Tone of the flute is great.
Autumn is the season in Japan.
Your poem is very nice.
I love poetry.
The Japanese I love the poet Shiki Masaoka.
I also like the leaves of Remy de Gourmont French.
Japan is a very beautiful foliage is lighted up.
From Japan.
Ryoma Sakamoto.













JAPAN SAMURAI said...

Thanks always nice to hear.
It is inspiring to your report.
Introduction and background music of Japanese Bonsai at YOU TUBE
Tone of the flute is great.
Autumn is the season in Japan.
Your poem is very nice.
I love poetry.
The Japanese I love the poet Shiki Masaoka.
I also like the leaves of Remy de Gourmont French.
Japan is a very beautiful foliage is lighted up.
From Japan.
Ryoma Sakamoto.

Ann Martin said...

So many cool finds, Maureen! Spent too much time with the color wheel. :) Thanks for featuring Ben's video.