A new email service allows you to send emails that fade away seconds after the recipient opens them. Though I assume, of course, that the NSA will still have a full, permanent record of it all.
Available at fade.li
Connect computers over the phone lines?!? Never gonna happen!
The latest outbreak of "Humorous Amazon Reviews" centers around the product depicted above.
I couldn't resist adding one of my own. Click for readability.
The lengthy url http://www.111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111.com/
takes you to a website created by artist Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung. He refers to the site as "60x1.com." Elsewhere
he explains that the site is an artistic experiment in bad website design:
60X1.com is a website whose sole content consists of splash pages — the opening pages for most websites, usually containing a small amount of graphics. After clicking through all the splash pages the spectator will find there is actually no core content, opening the question of definition regarding content in web pages.
60X1.com is designed to be user-unfriendly, aiming to serve as a counter structure to the model of most successful websites — portal sites where all the links are contained in one interface in order to generate a maximum number of hits, instead 60X1 is designed to generate a minimum amount of hits with it's long domain name, one way navigation and it's big file sizes of images, existing as an experiment to test viewers' patience and expectation, as well as calling the internet into question as a forum for communication.
The challenge, as you click through the splash pages, is to find the word "enter" which is hidden somewhere on each page. Until you find that word, and click on it, you won't be able to get to the next page. I got about five pages in before I gave up. So I guess his experiment in bad site design worked! I've reproduced a few of the splash pages below.
Steve Jobs passed away earlier today. This may not seem like the kind of thing to post on Weird Universe, but consider what kind of place this world would be without him. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the Apple II, the first home computer many would use, and thanks to this and other innovations like the graphical operating system, the internet friendly iMac, and the always connected iPhone, the world is now fully connected, allowing anyone instant access to the kinds of weird things we here at Weird Universe love. Sure, he didn't create the internet all by himself, but if it weren't for some of the innovations his company pioneered, the world might have turned out to be a much more normal (and boring) place than it is today.
Is the news getting you down? Then why not visit the Cornify page
, where you can brighten up any gloomy photo? See how I've made the BP Oil Spill contamination look more cheerful?
I thought this conjunction of advertisement and article was too good not to share.
Enlarge the screen shot with a click to see why.
As very few of you are probably aware, I have been away for a while. Now that I have returned from winter vacation I can start posting again, and I will start with a few weird things I have found around the internet over the past few months.
First, we have an ad that I noticed right here on Weird Universe:
I know Microsoft is evil, but getting their rival to link to their competing service? That's just terrible.