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Weird Wide Web: the week in online oddities

Some of the internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at some of the internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.


Paul Miller is going where many fear to go: he is leaving the internet. For an entire year. What will happen? Will he survive? Will gaze into the eyes of god? Only time will tell.

What’s on your mind?

If you yearn for those all-affirming Facebook ‘likes’ but feel your status updates are bereft of charm or wit, there is a solution: cheating, of course. Status Shuffle is a new app will present you with an array of messages to choose from – with categories like ‘inspirational’, ‘haters’ (we assume this is anti-hater), coffee (?) and even ‘crazy funny’.

Yes. You too can be ‘crazy funny’.

Everything you need to know about human-computer interaction

If you want to lose yourself in a nerd hole, this is probably a good way to do it: welcome to the encyclopedia of human-computer interaction,  a resource which “covers areas relevant to the design of interactive products and services like websites, household objects, smartphones, computer software, aircraft cockpits, you name it.”

InteractionDesign have also put together a pretty nifty video series about social computing, check it out:

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A stitch in time

Clocks, watches, hourglasses, metronomes, sundials – all so over. From now on, the only way to check the time is to watch a group of men in hard hats in a field rearrange giant planks of wood to represent different numbers. Every minute.

See here for your real-time clock.

And the prize for long-winded message of the day goes to…

Facebook – for explaining what the whole thing is ‘about’ in this video aimed at potential investors. Yes, you might be better informed about the company after watching it but will take a very large chunk out of your day.

Also, there’s a lot of earnest, gazing-straight- into-the-camera shots courtesy of Zukerberg et al. Creepy.

If it looks like a zebra…

(It’s probably wrong to laugh at this.)

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