Be a Virtual Vagabond Via Random Rambling

Screenshot of Random Street View

Due to a wearisome wintry mix generating treacherous travel conditions throughout rural and metropolitan areas in the Georgia, many of my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances are stuck at home today. Home is a great place to be when weather makes driving so dangerous and deadly. Since  many of the people I know chafe at being sequestered in their own domiciles, I’m offering up a bit of a digital distraction today, a means of electronic egress from the shackles of familiar surroundings. RandomStreetView picks up visitors and drops them down in a random location. Travelers never really know where they are likely to end up. So what? It’s the journey–not the destination–that matters.

Article cited:
Martin, Jeff. “Mix of ice, snow pelts Georgia, snarls traffic.” Atlanta journal constitution 28 Jan. 2013: n. pag. Atlanta Journal Constitution. Web. 29 Jan. 2013.

Reference Ratiocination: The Quote Investigator

Quote Investigator

Fearful of creating an oratorical oversight by accrediting words to the wrong writer? At a loss for words when friends, peers, acquaintances, or colleagues want to know who originally uttered a particular phrase? Feel as though famous lines have been erroneously attributed to an individual? A solution to such citational slip-ups would be a great relief to one’s mind.

Well, it turns out that we may all rest with lighter hearts. The Quote Investigator, a tireless tracker of initial utterances, stands ready to rid the world of misquotations whether innocent or iniquitous. The Quote Investigator (QI), also known as Dr. Garson O’Toole, meticulously explores the origins of great quotations. Seeking to substantiate storied statements with a reasoned train of thought, Dr. O’Toole’s blog is a captivating collection of assiduously analyzed allusions, a veritable Study in Citation that would undoubtedly please the Great Detective himself. QI even tweets! If your mind rebels at stagnation and craves for mental exaltation, make stopping by The Quote Investigator a habit. You will be most pleased, and you may quote me on that.

Old Book Illustrations, New Ideas

Old Book Illustration Blog

The images at Old Book Illustrations Scrapbook Blog are a treat to explore. Poring over this collection of vintage illustrations (mostly wood engravings/woodcuts, etchings or metal engravings) taken from books published between the 1700s through the early 1900s, is an exciting endeavor. One of my favorite pastimes is grabbing an illustration, dropping it into an image-editing program and overlaying colors.

Beautiful Noise

Screenshot of myNoise.net

I enjoy experimenting with audio especially if the sounds I am tinkering with lend themselves to relaxation. Being able to construct a soundscape that evokes multiple moods is a pleasure that could, if I had the time, provide me enormous delight for all of my days. That’s why I was so pleased to come across a website maintained by a genial signal processing engineer, Dr. Ir. Stéphane Pigeon. Although Dr. Pigeon’s alluring auditory work, myNoise.net, is designed primarily for sound therapists and hearing professionals, exploring the noises portion of the site is an exhilarating experience. Imagine expertly-crafted sounds wafting into your welcoming ears, systematically exciting your neurons, and refreshing your mind and you have a pretty good idea of how wonderful Dr. Pigeon’s site is. Find a sound set, put some headphones on, close your ideas and drift away into a soothing sonic universe. I like highly recommend Wind Noise.