Friday, March 23, 2007

Friday fun for Mar 23, 2007

What's the big hairy deal about this?

Ever wanted to send a message to someone, but you didn't want it to get lost in all those other messages that fill up peoples' inboxes?

Well, I can't guarantee that your recipient will read this message, but if they do open it, you'll certainly get their attention.

Welcome to Hairy Mail, the world's first (and - I'm sure - only) web-based, back-hair messaging system.

This is one of the strangest little messaging apps I've seen on the Web.

It's a little bit creepy -- but mostly pretty funny. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

And just in case you're wondering, there is a bigger campaign behind it. You'll see what I mean when you follow the link below.

Here's the link. Just go ahead and look, it won't hurt.

Hat tip to Geoffrey for pointing me here.

Prepare to be impressed

I've always been fascinated by savants, but while I watched Rainman and I've seen the odd documentary on TV, I never delved into the topic further.

Then I saw this post on Boing Boing. It linked to some video from CBS's 60 Minutes featuring a story on Daniel Tammet. He's a UK savant believed to be the first ever who does not suffer any obvious disabilities (such as autism, deafness, blindness, etc.)

The clips from the show are fascinating. Here's the link.

And here's a link to a 50-minute video about Tammet on Google Video.

There were other links to previous Boing Boing articles about savants as well, including:

-- Profile of Tammet in The Guardian Link

-- Gilles Tréhin, a savant and his imaginary city Link

-- Stephen Wiltshire -- The "Human Camera" -- draws Rome after flyover Link

Technorati Tags:

No comments: