The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains. — Marcel Proust.
Learn The Secrets Of A City As You Go With Google’s New App -
‘Field Trip‘ is a new location-based app from Google that pushes you updates about the “cool, hidden, and and unique” things around you. It works in the background and a card pops up with information about places nearby. The frequency of these notifications can be set from three different modes. You can also use the map view to discover locations on your own.
The app tells you about cultural and historic locations, food and drink spots, deals, movie locations, outdoor art, and obscure places of interest. The information comes from publications including Atlas Obscura, Thrillist, Cool Hunting, Eater, and Zagat.
Users can select the topics they are interested in and which information sources they want to use. Field Trip will also read alerts out if your phone is connected to a headset or placed in a car dock, informing you of nearby locations as you walk or drive around. The free app is available on Android and coming soon to iOS. You can check out the video for Field Trip below:
World's first 'tweet' shop opens in London -
The world’s first high-street shop where customers pay by Tweet instead of money has opened in central London today. The Tweet Shop is a standalone retail outlet from Special K and is being used to mark the famous cereal maker’s move into the savoury crisps market.
Customers are encouraged to put away their money and pay for a packet of new Special K Cracker Crisps by simply Tweeting a message about the low calorie snack range and sharing the news with the wider Twittersphere.
As well as the company’s first move into crisps, the shop is also Kellogg’s first venture into the retail arena with its very first dedicated physical space in the UK.
The shop is staffed by a number of iconic Special K girls in red dresses who will check each customer’s Tweet before handing over the crisps.
Kim Murray, 28 from London, was the first person to pay for the product with a Tweet.
Sarah Case from Special K comments: “The value of positive endorsements on social media sites is beyond compare so we’re excited to be the first company to literally use social currency instead of financial currency to launch this new product in our bespoke Special K shop.
“This is big news for Special K and we are hoping the brand’s move into crisps and the high street will create a major buzz on and offline.”
The Tweet Shop on Soho’s Meard Street, London is open from 9am to 5pm on Tuesday 25th September to Friday 28th September. It is lined with hundreds of packs of crisps, a ‘try before you buy’ snacking area and a ‘community noticeboard’ that captures social media reaction to the unique retail space.
Special K Cracker Crisps are a low calorie savoury snack (under 100 calories per pack) and are available in sea salt and balsamic vinegar, sweet chilli or sour cream and onion flavours.
via Creative Boom
After more than a hundred years of technological innovation, the digitization of music has inadvertently had the effect of emphasizing its social function. Not only do we still give friends copies of music that excites us, but increasingly we have come to value the social aspect of a live performance more than we used to. Music technology in some ways appears to have been on a trajectory in which the end result is that it will destroy and devalue itself. It will succeed completely when it self-destructs. The technology is useful and convenient, but it has, in the end, reduced its own value and increased the value of the things it has never been able to capture or reproduce. —
David Byrne in an excerpt from How Music Works.
Also see the origin and cultural evolution of silence.
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