Spring is in the air. Or at least something smells good around here. It might be the morning coffee talking or the break in the bad weather, but something has lifted spirits round these parts.
Of course it could be that it’s Epic Friday today and time for us to indulge in this week’s internet adventures into the hall of fame and the depths of despair.
Besides being the definitive extra-terrestrial investigation machine, NASA’s Curiosity rover has become something of an internet superstar, which is easy to see when it beams back beauties like this. After making its way to a sand dune nicknamed Dingo Gap, curiosity captured a 30,000-pixel-wide panorama of the eerily beautiful Martian landscape.
So if you find your mind wandering this afternoon, why not have a wander around Mars?
Love fashion? Unnaturally addicted to tweeting pictures of your breakfast muffins? (Guilty as charged) In a culmination of e-commerce meets social marketing, Marc Jacobs has popped up in the middle of New York fashion Week with a brand new concept – the Social Shop.
The Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop trades in social shares, meaning shoppers share creative Tweets and Instagram with the hashtag #MJDaisyChain in return for their purchases. Daisy, Jacob’s most successful fragrance to date, has attracted a strong, dedicated social following and the brand are now seizing the opportunity to cash in on this social currency. In a recent conversation with Facebook, the brand was hailed as one of the top fragrances for engagement. Don’t be surprised if I show up in Soho this weekend.
The Internet has readied itself for Sochi. So far we’ve had journalists live-tweeting their far-from-finished accommodation and American Apparel coming out with a line of merchandise that sports a transcript of Principal 6 of the Olympic charter.
Now Google have entered the arena, with a timely rainbow-themed Doodle which is being shown on Google homepages worldwide, including Russia.
Included below the image is also Principal 6 of the Olympic charter. It’s an excellent example of how to stage a protest on a global scale. Some slick graphics and hard facts and only a fool would argue with you.
(In honour of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, TinderPoint would like to invite you to enjoy these Just Dance players and their perfect performance of Rasputin)
Form filling can be taxing at the best of times. So many boxes to tick, or is it cross out or do you colour them in? Fear not, though, it’s not just us, mere mortals, who are so easily flustered. The FBI fails at forms too.
Rahinah Ibrahim, a former student of Stanford University, was wrongly placed on the FBI’s No Fly list which saw her detained and questioned in San Francisco for two hours and was essentially grounded for 7 years while she fought the feds.
You can read the FBI No Fly List Bungle on Wired this afternoon.
This week it became clear that no-one in Apple has ever seen Revenge of Nerds, because if they had the Jeff Kanew classic would have advised them that those techy-types were not to be reckoned with.
In reaction to Apple’s ban on the latest Bitcoin Wallet app, avid users have begun posting videos of themselves finding creative ways to destroy their iPhones. It’s simply for the sake of destruction; Reddit user “round-peg, whose post started the movement, has promised to award 5 Nexus 5 phones to participants.
One guy brought his to a rifle range. As you do …
Our last fail has no backstory or witty context. I will warn you though, it’s quite hypnotic if you look at it for long enough.
If anything it’s representative of the horror when the person in front of you in the queue orders that last slice of carrot cake you’ve been eyeing up since you walked in.
So close, so close
It’s a month of big birthdays, with Facebook turning 10 and Mac hitting the big 3-0. Instead of filling your life with sentimental photo montages, Mac have marked their anniversary with an illustrated evolution of the Mac from the 1984’ Macintosh to last year’s Pro.
The elegant line drawings are in fact characters in a special font which is available for download. Made up of special private characters, users can’t type in this font with a standard keyboard, however, the icons can be copied and pasted from the Font Book into the document of your choice.
Those of you partial to a bit of illustration will more than likely like this, while wordsmiths such as myself are more inclined to agree with Gizmodo in pointing out no-one is going to be able to read anything, you may as well have written an email in Wingdings.