Portrait of an Artist Painting Her Self Portrait (19th C.). Jean Alphonse Roehn (French, 1799-1864).
It’s time for a link dump! Yaaay! At least I’m cheering. I haven’t done one in a while, and my bookmarks are getting ridiculously huge. So for those unfamiliar with my link dumps, this is a post that contains random gif.s that I found fun, silly videos that don’t deserve a separate post, and articles that I have found interesting, but haven’t had time to write up (and likely won’t.) Oh, and many links to perfectly useless websites to get you through the rest of the week. Enjoy!
This link falls between useless websites and very interesting websites. Peoplemovin is an interactive graph that shows the numbers of immigration and emigration of people between any and every country using lines. It gives you a different perspective on the movements of people today.
Postcards from Google Earth is very useless, but can give a few good laughs. This is a collective website with many images of computer errors that marred the landscape when uploading the views on Google Earth. Some are quite hilarious!
The history of the fork is a history you may not expect. And it wasn’t that long ago that we started using them. This is definitely blog worthy, however since I bookmarked this one over a year ago, it’s very likely that I will never get to it.
Tipu’s Tiger is a rather macabre toy dating back to 1793, where an ingeniously designed mechanical toy shows a lion mauling and eating a man. And not only is it mechanical, but the motion of the mechanics generates power that blows air through special bellows – sort of like an organ – which creates pretty realistic tiger growls. Now that’s genius!
The embroidery trouble shooting page from sew.com has a very unique problem. Maybe from a computer error or an annoying hacker, the words on the page get progressively bigger as they continue down the page. It gets quite ridiculous after a while.
How far is it to Mars? is just how it sounds. This interactive website gives you a new perspective on how far away Mars really is.
And after that sobering link, here’s one to unwind – with just the touch of a button. Or two. Warning: High sound.
The Evolution of the New York License is definitely worth clicking. It shows the history and design of driver’s licenses issued by the state of New York from 1910 to 2013.
Warning: Clicking on this link may cause you to waste an inordinate amount of time. This game tests your ability to measure time. All you have to do is click and hold a button for an allotted amount of time and try to make it as closely as possible. Highly addicting.
Curious to know where you stand in the population? This website tells you exactly how many people came before you in the history of the world.
I think that’s good for now. Let me know if I should do these more often!