The obvious finnish candidate for this treatment would be Aki Kaurismäki’s Calamari Union.
Gowalla is a location-based social networking game that’s rapidly expanding all over the world.
Basically participants use their location-enabled gadgets to log their whereabouts. The social aspect is the effortless ability to let your friends know where you are, the gaming aspect is the potential to visit as many locations as possible. And to create plenty of new locations, since the world is mostly unmarked thus far.
Most of the locations are tagged with a default icon (one per subcategory such as a bar, pharmacy or a park), but the most famous ones get a dedicated symbol. Thus far Finland doesn’t seem to have any, whereas Sweden has accrued already several.
Unlike its slightly more famous counterpart Foursquare, Gowalla works well with the Nokia N900. Originally geolocation had to be enabled with a browser add-on, but these days it works out of the box.
Very much like Foursquare, the Gowalla service rewards progress with badges – testimonials of progress (such as visiting and creating new spots).
Google’s Streetview has expanded to cover Finland. The image have been taken last summer, so the country is fortunately not seen in its full November glory.
The HQ is visible, without any suspicious activity outside. Quite unlike what happened when Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne’s house was photographed.
Atlas Obscura, a collection of world’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica.
In other words: a cornucopia of material with which to kill time in boring meetings.
Brennende Autos documents the arson campaign against luxury cars that seems to be endemic to Berlin.
Triptropnyc is a new service that shows how long does it take from place A to place B in New York using the subway.
While a similar service (tied to subterranean transport alone) would be useless in Helsinki, in properfly metro-infested cities like London or Paris this would be very useful indeed.
O’Reilly is about to publish a geek atlas.
I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a few of the featured sites (no doubt heavily concentrated in California between San Jose and San Francisco): CERN ought to be there on multiple accounts, Linus Torvalds’ crib on Pietarinkatu might be.
Google Maps Typography; visual grep at its very best.
Onion’s atlas, a very iconoclastic take on the whole world seems to be increasingly available on the web as a Google Maps-application.
It’s far more enjoyable in book form since countries are not added by the week, they’re already there. Like Finland, which is missing from the web right now.
Cloverfield, the recent Big Monster Romps Through Gotham-movie, as visualized on a map. Obviously, there are major spoilers involved.
Old school paper maps have been badly sidelined by the constant innovation in the electronic realm.
Panamaps brings in multilayering.
Looks nifty in the ads, obviously – but the techology’s worth in real life remains unproven.
Do not attempt to locate a hidden message in the selection.
There isn’t any.
- Color-shifting tiles, just the thing for the upgraded bathroom.
- Let no internet meme be uninvited to this party.
- Origami CD case. Probably a bit more difficult than the garden variety crane.
- When did Star Wars jump the shark? What about Star Trek? And bad things in science fiction in general… Certainly the have been named and numbered already. You bet they have.
- Vector Magic, surprisingly effective tool to convert bitmap images into vectorized format.
- Largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an …
- A collection of Kindle links.
- Shredz64, a game for the Guitar Hero-controller on the commodore 64. Respect.
- One more great map from strangemaps, this one showing which US state matches with which country size- and GDP-wise. Finland = Colorado, which ain’t bad at all.
- Photographs of speed. Some seriously great snaps.
- The end is nigh: multicore programming is hard.
- With candidates like these, the seven new wonders are bound to be boring. Where’s teh internet from the list?
- Been a happy google reader user for quite a while, but with their recent data loss issues, having another RSS-reader might be worthwhile. Or not. Anyway, seems that there’s quite a selection of the tools available.
- Sushi books.
- Editing CSS isn’t exactly the best fun available, a good editor makes it less of a chore.
- Airlinemeals, just the thing to check before a transatlantic crossing in the cattle section of a 757.
- The 65 million dollar pants-case makes it to the court. By the description the session was high on surreal, and fortunately low on understanding the accuser.
[ image nabbed from goopymart's photoset on flickr. ]
No rhyme or reason, just things to poke and click.
- What would the world map look like if the countries were sized according to named criteria.
- Presentation files from O’Reilly’s recent Emerging Telephony 07 are available.
- Economist, the next generation? That’s what Project Red Stripe attempts to be.
- Amazing kids’ book on typographic animals.
- Evolution of blogging.
- Dance Dance Immolation, for those among us that are really confident in their steps.
- Over a million free stock photos at everystockphoto.com.
[ Abba the Hutt image from studio muscle. ]
Google Maps + Books = showing where the story happens. Brilliant.
Now if only somebody put up a map of the Middle Earth or Westeros in fully zoomable form.
The license and registration, please.
- The release imminent release of Windows Vista is accompanied weird alternate reality game: Vanishing Point (and a related wiki).
- Lounasblogi, about having lunch in downtown Helsinki would be much more usable were I able to actually have lunch somewhere else than the ghetto of Pitäjänmäki.
- Playing Fair with the Player, first new article about interactive fiction in quite a while.
- Feltron’s annual report – great idea, great design.
- What do 200 calories look like. There is quite a difference between celery and peanut butter (more than 30 times of weight).
- The initial set of Firefox 3.0 requirements is out. Nice.
- The music of Veronica Mars.
- Mapperz – an interesting blog/newssite on geographic web.
- Video on demand never got off the ground – how about books on demand?
For those about to click.
- IBM has published a gentle introduction of the wonders of virtualization.
- The collected wisdom of lifehackery is out in book form.
- The D programming language, somewhere beyond C, but not in the same direction as C++.
- Tony vs. Paul (which goes to show that stop motion is still a viable technology).
- Map of Gotham City, straight off the pages of Batman.
- A truly scary article on ultra-right wing mercenaries running wild in Iraq.
- The weather in Helsinki sucks, we’ve established that much recently. Space weather is much more interesting.
- Of the 365 days of 2006, the Internet Explorer was unsafe for 286 of them.
Jason Kottke has listed the cream of the crop of his 2400 links remaindered last year. Most still as interesting as on the day of posting.
Germany is under martial law, following the appearance of a gigantic insect on the countryside, as shown on the attached image from Google Maps. Fortunately the critter has been very docile, and has not moved since the initial sighting.
Seriously, though, this is old hat, and the insect has been identified as a thrips that got squished during the scanning of aerial (as opposed to satellite) photography.
Where n is 9.
- A page on the evolution of speech bubbles in comics.
- independent gaming is all about what the title states. Sadly windows-centric.
- Neatest google maps mash-up in a while: NYC subway mapped onto the streets of the city.
- Never tried out the addiction called World of Warcraft – according to a study, a whopping 40% of its players suffer from acute addiction.
- The firefox crop circle.
- Nintendo DS homebrew portal.
- John Heilemann’s “counter-historical” article: What If 9/11 Never Happened.
- Llamasoft history, from programming a space invaders clone on zx81 to the modern day (most of the tale still not written).
- Amazing kinetic sculptures (and yeah, it is a BMW commercial, but well worth watching).
So, all of a sudden the street-level map of Helsinki (and probably of many other places) is available in google maps. Missed the addition of non-satellite map data completely. And the satellite map data seems to have vastly increased in clarity.
Looks good, apart from some names that persist in swedish (like Berghäll in the attached image). I’m sure someone has already complained.
Not all six shots expended here.
- ASCII maps renders google maps through a slightly lossy pipeline. The site seems to have lost colour in the maps since the first visit.
- Not all the depictions of the “Internet” in the movies have been truthful – a decent WSJ article exposes some of the good, bad and the ugly.
- Woo. Warren Ellis is a guest of honor in the Helsinki comic festival
- Been looking for a new camera recently – the G3 is good, but a bit slow and definitely a bit bulky. The good old dpreview.com seems to be the 800-pound gorilla when it comes to analyzing equipment.
- Rob Hubbard was the composer in 8-bit days, now his output has been carefully collected and catalogued.
EDIT 30.8.2008: Neither the Sarjakuvafestivaali nor the Hubbard links have survived to this day.