5 digital delights I discovered in 2014 . . .

on 12-31-2014

 

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 Thanks to Timehop, I take a daily digital stroll down Memory Lane, like revisiting this Crab Shack moment from 2013.

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This free app reaches back up to 5 years, delivering photos and updates from my camera roll, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (It can link to Foursquare and Flickr, too).

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I discovered Waterlogue earlier this month, and this app is a keeper. Look at how it transformed this photo of Justus fishing in Hallock’s Bay into a work of art!

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Here are a few more examples of why this app is worth much more than $2.99. The painting of a snowy 5th Street Dock is my favorite.

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Brain Pickings has become part of my Sunday morning routine, and this best of 2014 round-up will show you why. Maria Popova is the genius behind this wildly intelligent, imaginative, free weekly digest of “eclectic interestingness from culture’s collective brain.”

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 While you’re checking out Brain Pickings, tune into the literary jukebox. Yes, you heard me – LITERARY JUKEBOX! I’ve been imagining the marriage of songs with literature since junior high, and Popova’s pairings are sublime.

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Shots of Awe is the brainchild of  performance philosopher Jason Silva, the insatiably curious, inherently poetic host of National Geographic Channel’s hit TV series Brain Games.

 

Silva describes Shots of Awe as  “a short film series  of  ‘trailers for the mind’ that serve as philosophical espresso shots exploring innovation, technology creativity, futurism and the metaphysics of the imagination.”

 

Philosophical espresso shots, indeed. Silva’s craving for inspiration and quest for answers is energizing.

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Could Call Me Ishmael be any cooler? Here’s how it works:

You call the number and leave a short voicemail message about a book that’s had an impact on your life. The Call Me Ishmael team selects messages to share on their website, like this one from a woman who talks about Paul Auster’s THE INVENTION OF SOLITUDE and her late father.

Each message is accompanied by a “real time” typewritten transcript — a truly novel way to celebrate books and life. Here’s another story:

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13 remarkable rumi quotes

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10 fabulous feel-good words

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5 simple ways to have a better day

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5 ways to awaken your sense of wonder 

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Jason Silva photo credit: Mallouk_microscope-image_2-2014

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