Useful for a given value of useful, from The Verge: Create emoji masterpieces with any image using this fun web tool. “The emojification of human culture is not complete until every object, verb, symbol, emotion, and image is captured using this once-obscure, now all-consuming pictorial format. That is why Emoji Mosaic is so helpful. Simply feed this free web tool any image you like, and it’ll churn out an emojified version for you in real time.”
MakeUseOf: 9 Great Sites Where You Can Explore the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence. “While most companies cannot stop talking about what they’ve done in the field, there are a host of cutting-edge AI-powered websites that are useful for everyday tasks today. Here are several awesome and insightful artificial intelligence sites you probably don’t know about.”
Weekend fun from ABC News Australia: Museum Dance-Off sees curators cut loose with moves unlikely to gain much street cred. “Librarians, archivists, curators and sound technicians are not normally associated with busting a move, but staff from two national institutions in Canberra are in the midst of battling it out in the fifth international Museum Dance-Off. While unlikely to gain any street cred for their dance moves, about 165 staff at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) have embraced the limelight to produce a music video and go toe-to-toe with the National Portrait Gallery.”
Teacher Reboot Camp: 34+ Nonsense Apps, Web Tools and Resources to Wake Up the Brain Cells!. “Students can get restless about this time of year. Summer vacation is near and so is April Fool’s Day and Easter. Many students also are testing or gearing up for graduation and this can be a stressful time for both teachers and students. Humor can help you and students avoid burn-out. Humor also engages students and keeps their minds open to the learning when implemented appropriately! Below are some free web tools, apps, and resources to add some humor to lessons.” Have to do a silliness roundup every now and again.
Useful for a given value of useful, but hey, weekend! From Amit Agarwal, who has just been fire this week: How to Make Pixel Paintings with Google Spreadsheets. “If you would like to create your own spreadsheet art but don’t have the time to carefully paint every cell manually, here’s a simple workaround for you. You can take any photograph, vector art, or any other image and use a Google Script to convert that bitmap image into spreadsheet art.”
Not particularly useful, but hilarious, and it IS the weekend. From CNET: Create hilarious medieval memes with this online generator. “The famous Bayeux Tapestry — which is returning to the UK for the first time in 950 years — tells the story of the Norman takeover of England via elaborate embroidery. But you don’t have to invade the UK to make your own version of the tapestry. Using the Historic Tale Construction Kit, you can grab the same images of warriors, citizens, beasts, buildings, ships and more from the tapestry and create your own embroidered memes.”
Oh, why not. From The Drum: Oreo’s latest gimmick lets fans virtually launch cookies into space via Google Earth. “Mondelez’s Oreo has rolled out a mobile game that lets fans of the cookie brand launch Oreos into space and watch them fall into glasses of milk all over the world.”