Look again at that Facebook Map

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I did what I suspect a lot of people did. I saw this beautiful Facebook visualisation and went “oooh”. My oooh contained just a couple of things:

  1. Isn’t that pretty
  2. Facebook is big and global

But I just read this account by Paul Butler, the intern who made the thing. And all of a sudden it took on a whole new dimension. It gets a little technical in places, but you should read it, you’ll view the whole thing as more than just a pretty picture once you have. Go on read it.

All of a sudden you realise that there isn’t a background map here. Everything you see, including the recognisable shapes of countries is created by connections between people.

And once you’ve read Paul’s piece, click and view the high-resolution version of the map and drink it up.

Techno Music for Warrior Gods

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If you want to explore an exquisitely curated world of electronic music all you need to do is hang out over here: http://mnmlssg.blogspot.com/. So many great mixes. So much great stuff. Lots of it fresh and exclusive to the site.

Currently listening to a mix by Ancient Methodstracklist here. It’s very.

Their description is much better than mine:

AM is powerful and brutal, without ever getting too aggressive or banging. this is techno music for warrior gods, it’s what i imagine you would hear at a rave at valhalla…

They do a really nice thing where they post up the mixes for a week or so before they release the tracklist. So it stops people from being judgmental based on what they think something is going to sound like. A little touch that I love a lot.

http://mnmlssg.blogspot.com/ thank you for this and all the other music.

The Small Things That Make the Difference

I’m visiting a mix on SoundCloud (this one if you care).

The top of the page looks like this:

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Then I start playing the mix, and look what happens to my tab:

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Spot it? If not let me make it clear…

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SoundCloud have always been very good at attention to UX detail and this might seem like just a tiny little thing. But it’s actually really very good. It means that you can spot in a multitude of tabs which one is playing. Love it a lot.

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