The Verge: Nautilus lets you watch their ocean expeditions live. “The Nautilus is a research vehicle operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust, a nonprofit founded by Robert Ballard, one of the people who helped us find the Titanic. It conducts scientific research and offers live video and audio streams to those of us who are unable to come along. This year, it’ll journey along the western part of North America, from British Columbia to the Hawaiian islands. Right now, it’s exploring the Lōihi Seamount, an active underwater volcano near Hawaii.”
BGR: History buffs will love this site that maps the oldest building in every U.S. state. “We report so much on the bleeding edge of all things tech, but there’s another story on the far opposite side of that world that’s just as fascinating and as relevant to everything we see around us today. We’re talking about history — more specifically, the history of the built environment, which is the focus of one site that’s gone ahead and mapped the oldest still-intact structure in all 50 states.”
Motherboard: This Coder Fit a Bootable CD and Video Game Into a Tweet. “A few weeks ago, Alok Menghrajani, a security engineer at Square, set out to challenge himself. He wanted to fit a bootable CD-ROM, and a retro video game inside it, into a tweet. The results are pretty cool.”
Tasting Table: This Live Instagram Map Proves We Eat More Cake for Breakfast than You’d Think. “You no longer have to scroll through an endless feed of food posts on Instagram to find the latest dish to try, because there’s a new website that’s taking the sensory overload off your plate. Bites of the Big Apple, a project from consumer insight company Crimson Hexagon, took the most popular food-related hashtags in New York during a one-week period in May and plotted them on a map that constantly changes to reflect the time of day.” I looked at this and the map reflects the pictures taken that week, as far as I can tell. It’s not really a “live” map, but it’s well-designed and worth a look.
Engadget: AI-powered instant camera turns photos into crude cartoons. “Most cameras are designed to capture scenes as faithfully as possible, but don’t tell that to Dan Macnish. He recently built an instant camera, Draw This, that uses a neural network to translate photos into the sort of crude cartoons you would put on your school notebooks. Macnish mapped the millions of doodles from Google’s Quick, Draw! game data set to the categories the image processor can recognize. After that, it was largely a matter of assembling a Raspberry Pi-powered camera that used this know-how to produce its ‘hand-drawn’ pictures with a thermal printer.”
Gadgette: Audrey: an adorable online service where people read to each other. “We’re used to hearing how digital media makes us feel more isolated — envying someone’s glamorous life on Instagram, feeling left out from all the fun on Facebook — but it’s worth remembering that there are services out there that bring people together, too. One of them is Audrey, a new website that matches up pairs of people to read to one another.” I am so signing up for this. PREPARE FOR MY SOUTHERN ACCENT, AUDREY.
Tubefilter: Check Out This Fully-Functional, YouTube-Based Edition Of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’. “YouTube’s annotations, before they were phased out in favor of cards in 2017, were used to power a few cleverly-designed formats, including several choose-your-own-adventure games that lived entirely on YouTube. Though cards are now the way of the YouTube world, creators are still finding innovative ways to gamify the world’s top video site. The latest example comes from a guy named Nigel, who used cards to create a YouTube-focused version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, titled Who Wants To Be A Youtuber.”