Links to Good Things

  • Nendo Drawer HouseNendo Drawer House: You really have to see this one to believe it. Everything from kitchen to bedroom, living room to stairs is hidden from view until you “open” the drawers that line the walls. Designed by a Japanese architecture and design firm. [hat tip: MoCo Loco]
  • 10×10: An interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. Every hour, 10×10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time.
  • Google Maps: Here’s yet another cool new Google tool, one I’ll be using from now on instead of MapQuest. One of the great things about it is that it incorporates Google’s local search feature, so if you search for, say, coffee houses in Grand Rapids, MI, you’ll get a map of the city with little flags representing all the coffee houses. Click on a flag, and you’ll get the street address, the web address, and options for driving directions. I promise I’m not being paid by Google to trumpet their products. (Note: apparently it’s a little buggy in Safari.) [hat tip: A Whole Lotta Nothing]
  • Timbuk2: Very cool bags
  • All Songs Considered: This is my not-so-secret source of great new music. Each week, All Songs Considered features an eclectic group of musicians from different style and different countries. Start clicking through the archives, and you’ll wonder where the time went.
  • MasterViews: The site says it has the Best resources, ideas and tools for creating, managing and delivering effective PowerPoint presentations, and it might be true.
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4 Responses to Links to Good Things

  1. Steve says:

    Maybe you can blog about how the Google maps function is still a little buggy? Perhaps how it encourages “scenic route”?
    Details here: http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2005/02/07.html#a9376
    Couldn’t resist… ;-)

  2. Not just buggy, it doesn’t work at all in Safari (and there’s a message apologising). Pretty impressive work for an early release.

  3. Dozing says:

    “Best resources, ideas and tools for creating, managing and delivering effective PowerPoint presentations”
    That’s making the perilous assumption that there IS such a thing as an effective Powerpoint presentation…
    http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/nytimes_1203

  4. Steve, point well taken, especially since I blogged about MSN encouraging a scenic route.
    James, you’re right about it being completely broken in Safari. Thanks for the clarification. I hope Google will get the maps working soon for our Safari surfing friends.
    Dozing, that is making an assumption, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it “perilous.” Let’s face it, a lot of business people are locked into PowerPoint for their presentations, due to no fault of their own. What’s the harm in helping them use it judiciously? Besides, the folks at MasterViews are no strangers to Edward Tufte; they invoke his name all over the place: Elegance Through Simplicity, Edward Tufte’s Mapped Pictures, What Is the Data-Ink Ratio?, Mind Maps as an Effective Presentation Tool

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