ATN: Two links that are NOT designed to help productivity!

ATN-300InsightaaS: When I first started using the Internet, I had a friend – a programmer – who said, “I work all day with computers. Why would I want to play gaomes on them?”

Fast forward to today, and I think it’s clear that even those of us who aren’t gamers use the web daily for personal rather than professional pursuits. For the most part, InsightaaS and ATN sticks to the business side of this equation. However, I’ve recently been directed to two links that I thought I’d share.

The first is Every Noise at Once. The link was forwarded to me by my colleague Doug Adams, who described it this way: “an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1289 genres by The Echo Nest. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.” If you like music, this will eat at least an hour of your day; if you actively explore different genres of music, it will absorb you for much longer!

The other item popped up from the Twitter feed of Gareth Coxon (@GarethDotDesign), a UK-based graphics professional who favorited one of our IoT tweets. His stream included a link to a TechCrunch article entitled “The Internet Archive Now Lets You Play 900+ Classic Arcade Games In Your Browser.” is already home to the Wayback Machine and a live music archive that houses nearly 10,000 Grateful Dead tapes – now it has 900+ video games, too? Here’s yet another way to lose hours on the net! Now…does anyone know where I can get a two-joystick controller for the online version of Robotron? 


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