Interesting interactive map documenting the supposed rise and fall of East London, whoich Dazed and Confused now seem to be considering 'over' due to the mainstream-ness of the Olympics.
I added one of many anecdotes about the Blue Note in Hoxton Sq.
Lovely website up documenting John Peel's record collection, with an interactive view of his studio, plus clickable racks of records with scanned covers and links to play on Spotify where available. It's just the first 100 A's for now, with a plan to upload the first 100 of a new letter every week. That's still going to be a tiny dent of the 24,000 LPs and 40,000 singles ...but it's a start.
365-24-7 access to every detail of the Earth getting you down? Try this 8-bit Google Map.
@YouTube have been setting up some new content partnerships recently and @RIDEChannel is one such offering, from Tony Hawk's 900 Films. The idea is to push channels with regular, programmed content - as YouTube attempst to push itself as a TV replacement.
Ride Channel features a number of skateboard-related shows, such as Jamie Thomas' Let The Good Times Roll, Trick-a-day, Hand in Hand - which features interviews with musicians who have inspired skating (Thurston Moore, for example), Free Lunch which rolls down memory lane with famous skaters and In Focus, which provies great technical tips on making your own skate movies.
Just been remided of Jamie Livingston's amazing, touching and powerful photography project - where he took a Polaroid photo every day for 18 years, ending at his deathbed.
You can see many of the photos here.
Via Chase Jarvis
Check out this fun interactive Google map simulation from State Farm insurance. Though I imagine an interstellar robot attack comes under 'force majure' and you won't be covered...
Visit amazing site Another Earth for a double sided browser that lets you compare any area of the earth, even setting left and right to different areas of time - for example to compare the effects of the recent Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami disaster.
With the impending release of Google's online-only Chrome OS netbooks, they seem to be attempting to get us into the concept with a free Angry Birds plug-in for anyone using the Chrome Browser. Bizarrely, it also works fine in Safari. The only advantage to using Chrome seems to be that you can play .....offline.
It's that time of the decade again when we overhaul the mothership and drag Chimpomatic into the future. We're all about the content stream this time around, as much of our data is now coming from Twitter and Flickr. Scroll down for an endless torrent of hard to read rectangles, colour coded by content type. If it's all a bit much for you, narrow your browser and it will all drop into a single column.
The flailing reviews section has seen the most notable improvement, with Twitter reviews now getting the on-site treatment, meaning there's hundreds of new film reviews and many more recent music ones. You can also click on the different star ratings to filter the reviews, making it easy to find those zero star reviews that are well worth avoiding, or those unmissable five star ones.
Tagging also gets an upgrade, with tags now site-wide across content and photos.
Feel free to add comments....
Despite the blatantly home made stylings, Sean Young has a great selection of personal photos on her apparently 'official' and seemingly up-to-date website, including this great batch from her days on the set of Blade Runner.
Apple will be launching iCloud at their WWDC event on Monday. Music seems to be the primary focus of the rumours, providing a service where all your music will be accessible from any device, rather than stored locally. That will go some way to eliminating the capacity limitations of many phones/pads etc, as I currently have 113.94 GB of music just on my 'essentials only' laptop. 4000+ albums on the Death Star.
Talk has also expanded to including Movies/TV Shows in the service, as well as the obvious opportunity for a Dropbox-style service (hopefully better than the existing iDisk), and even a Spotify-style music subscription.
As usual, the consent of the labels/studios seem to be the hold up.
Picture nabbed from Apple Insider
The BBC are dumping the previous hard-copy iteration of their time-capsule "Domesday Project" for a more modern format. I have no doubt that "A Website" has about as little life-span as "A Laser Disk" - as Toby Anstis illustrates below.
Most people respond well under pressure, so setting a clock when you're dealing with email can make decisions a bit easier. Try the email game. Though I'd suggest swapping points for beers. Or just toughen up in general.
PS: CBBC Tony Anstis LOLZ web URL below.
Netflix seems to be fancying itself as the next HBO, commisioning a remake of 1990 British TV show House of Cards under the guiding hand of David Fincher - and starring Kevin Spacey. The show will initially run exclusively via Netflix's own streaming services late next year. In a show of confidence, they have commisioned two full series up front - 26 episodes. Quite a stretch, considering the original was only four parts.
Netflix already has 20m subscribers, compared to HBO's 28m. If only Love Film was as ambitious.
Just stumbled across GBV Digital - Guided By Voices' own digital download store. Looks like the perfect place to pick up any of those 130-odd GBV-and-related albums that you may be missing. For completists only. Think I actually have a good chunk of them already...
Dig out a couple of the dozen plus we have reviewed on Chimpomatic here.
Anyone who remembers J.R. Hartley from 1983 will get the joke with Yell's mildly nauseating updated commercial, but the campaign goes beyond the TV ad. Check out Day V Lately's website, in all in 1996-era glory. Best viewed in Internet Explorer.
Strange to only aim an ad at the over 28's, but at least Yellow Pages seem to be becoming aware of who might actually use them these days. We have Ask Jeeves now after all.
Take a look at Irina Werning's lovely photo project Back To The Future, which re-creates childhood photos years later.
Great shot of a low-flying airplane over Russell Square. Via Google Maps.
The Big Picture has a round up of some of the winners from the 2011 World Press Photo awards.
Wacky pranksters M. Ward and Jim James have a new website - reviewing crème brûlée from around the world. Possibly including Paris, France.
Let's hope they put this much effort into each of their new albums.
Another incredible HTML5 video, not unlike Arcade Fire's recent effort - but actually a bit cleverer.
As with all these smart ass things though, it won't work on phones or ipads - and you need to allow pop up windows.
We're a little off the bleeding edge with this one, but here's a great lazy greetings card template for you: Mad Men starring YOU.
Ever since Shazam wowed the world with their call-this-premium-number-to-ID-some-music trick, I've been wondering when the concept will expand to other searches - such as faces, book covers, posters and more. Google goggles does that through their Google App.
Only problem is, if it's a book cover you can probably already tell what it is, by the power of eyes. Check out two tests below of stuff in my office. Goggles ID'd Jennifer Aniston OK, but for some reason they think the Chimpomatic logo belongs to The Misfits...
Ever wondered who that was ranting about parking tickets on DJ Shadow's Stem/Long Stem? Turns out it was Murray Roman (not Elliot Gould, surprisingly). A question I finally answered thanks to www.whosampled.com - a database of beats and pieces listing all types of loops and lifts.
"Traffic offences! Bah! Parking tickets!"
Check out this clever/creepy viral promotion for The Last Exorcism. The viral played on the potentially dirty minds of users of Chat Roulette - a webcam site that hooks you up with a random other user...
Devour.com is an attempt to curate YouTube, getting rids of the dancing cats and just leaving the fancy stuff. Not bad, if a little snooty.
like this idea: "A site where musicians recommend new music to new listeners. As simple as that.." Steve "Sonic Youth" Shelley, Elf Power, Tennis, Everything Everything up so far
Not sure what to make of The Social Network. Seems like a strange premise for a movie - but there must be something to it for David Fincher to be attracted.
Take a look: www.thesocialnetwork-movie.com
have you been wondering during this world cup what your favourite chimp/space/rock/tech site would look like if it was powered by vuvuzelas? wonder no more!
It's a love story, with robots. Trailer up top.
Our old pal Prof. Poliakof (see here for his periodic table of videos) is back in action, this time disputing the claimed solid-gold quality of the FIFA World Cup. FIFA claim the cup is solid gold and weighs 6.175 kg, but by the professor's calculations it would weigh at least 70kg if it was actually 'solid' gold.
It seems like there's finally a decent YouTube-for-audio in the form of soundcloud.com, with it's success measured by the number of labels that have started using it to distribute their MPFrees.
Sub Pop are using it to giveaway/stream a total of 4 tracks from the new Wolf Parade LP, and if you head over to their soundcloud page they also have a few mix-tapes to listen/download - featuring the likes of Avi Buffalo, No Age and Vetiver.
TV on the move is becoming more and more of a reality, thanks in no small part to the BBC iPlayer (which is even HD on the iPad) and now TV Catch Up, who have just launched an iPhone-friendly version of their site.
The name is a little misleading, as much of the site's original PVR functionality has been dropped to meet legal requirements, and by all accounts the service is now legal. Barely.
Visit iphone.tvcatchup.com from your (i)phone browser or ipad.tvcatchup.com from your iPad and once registered you can watch live TV from the bulk of the better Freeview channels. Add it to the home screen for easy access.
Nice series of films up at Vice Magazine's VBS.tv, with Spike Jonze interviewing various people of interest.
The owners of the fahsion store Opening Ceremony is a highlight - particularly with their stereophonic talking trick.
Arrrrrr! is it all over for the Pirate Bay? this Guardian article thinks it might be
UPDATE: Of course not. Back online.
Like an automated version of the Six Degrees game you can play counting the clicks between items on IMDB, Six Degrees of Black Sabbath will link two artists together ...though not always in exactly 6 clicks.
I have yet to defeat it.
Why I Steal Movies... Even Ones I'm In: Peter Serafinowicz On Piracy, Downloads and the death of Hard Copies
v interesting take from peter @serafinowicz on the whole digital v hard copy debate that we know a lot of chimps out there are having at the moment
"In the meantime, I'll be suing myself for pirating my own show. And I'm pretty scared, because I have an amazing lawyer."
YouTube are still creeping towards feature film distribution - and Ken Loach is the latest director to get his catalogue online. Watch Kes, Poor Cow, Cathy Come Home, Riff Raff and more here in their entirety.
so hang on Steve, you do or you don't like Flash?
If you were voting for the policies and not the man, where should you actually place your cross? Take the Vote for policies poll and you'll find out, although judging by the attached chart it could be true that Green voters like doing online polls....
Nice YouTube mash-up at Time Tube, which pulls together clips related to your search word and places them on a contextual timeline. 'Barack Obama' is a good place to start.
"We met at a bar, and after a few hours, he came home with me. We started to make out, and he called me “Melissa”–not even close. Then he stands up, runs to the bathroom but doesn’t make it, projectile vomiting all over the hallway and into my roommates’ closet and shoes..."
funny collection of awful first dates
It's been a long time coming, but IMDB finally have their own iPhone App. At last, you can recall what Mel Gibson is actually famous for from the comfort of your local pub (Mad Max, Lethal Weapon, Braveheart, surprisingly not much else).
It's a pretty thorough recreation of their comprehensive website - and in many ways is a lot more intuitive.
brilliant/slightly terrifying tale of revenge from some tech-savvy dude who had his iPhone nicked. good ad for mobile.me too