Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2008 by

TimesMachineExtra Extra read all about it, The New York Times has launched a new time machine. Well, not an actual time machine but the feeling is similar. The TimesMachine can take you back to any issue from Volume 1, Number 1 of The New-York Daily Times, on September 18, 1851, through The New York Times of December 30, 1922. Choose a date in history and flip electronically through the pages, displayed with their original look and feel. At the moment the site offers free access only to a sample of issues, full access is available only to home delivery subscribers. I am feeling nostalgic, do you remember The Time Tunnel?

SoSauce – Is it photo sharing? Is it travel blogging? Is it a fun arena? It’s Sosauce! Sosauce is a place for enthusiasts. Those who enjoy documenting their experiences and observations and are passionate about their interests. On Sosauce, people can upload photos, create journals, recreate travel experiences, explore 3D virtual spaces, and play real-time, multiplayer games. People can also interact with one another through collaborative content creation, commenting, messaging, and rating. Sosauce is a well designed site, that offers you a different dimension to social networking in that interaction is not profile-based and is instead centered on sharing people’s own content with those they care about.

SpotCrime – Know your neighborhood, SpotCrime offers a comprehensive online source of crime information. Crime reports such as arrest, arson, assault, burglary, robbery, shooting, theft and vandalism are collected and displayed on real-time interactive maps. So which city do you think is safer NYC, Boston, LA or maybe Miami?

DailyLit – As the internet was born my mother couldn’t stop exclaiming “email is the best invention ever” and as a fact the only thing we do more consistently than read the paper is read email. DailyLit takes advantage of the time and frequency we spend checking our email in order to educate and entertain us. Choose a book from a bank of titles (750 classic and contemporary books). Enter your email and according to your instructions you will start receiving installments of the chosen book straight to your email. I have just registered to My Life and Work – Henry Ford, I am looking forward to a 5 minute enjoyable daily read. Most titles are free and are also available by RSS.

ExpoTV – Do you think seeing is believing? Would you trust the opinions of your friends and family before those of so-called experts? Then welcome to ExpoTV, where consumers – just like you – are creating their own product reviews and consumer reports in video. I have checked several products, such as the iPhone and the Lenovo T60, it is interesting to receive insights from regular people, what tips can they tell you that owner manuals and advertising never will?

AmazingTunes – For some people hearing a new song before anyone else is the essence of music. Do you enjoy discovering music and being a groupie from the beginning? Before they were famous. If you answered YES then AmazingTunes is the place for you. AmazingTunes is all about showcasing the best unsigned artists and bands. Whatever your taste is, there are thousands of songs to choose from. Cherry pick your faves, or use the radio player to listen to whole genres of new music. What do you think of yo that’s a lot of body?

Spectra – Spectra merges the news spectrum and the color spectrum into an expansive news viewing experience. Confused? I guess a bit but actually it is quite simple. Choose your interest from the various channels (Top Headlines, Entertainment, Sports and more) continue on by applying the topics of your interests. Get ready for a colorful visual ride.

Tag Galaxy – Explore Flickr photos via virtual planetary systems. Enter a tag, and the related galaxy appears on screen. Each planet contains the pictures of a certain tag, and when you click on them, the images are placed on a 3D rotating globe. It almost seems as he’s got the whole world in his hands.

Every Person – This guy is absolutely crazy, he claims that he is trying to draw every person in New York. Will he succeed? I doubt it. However, the idea is nice and the sketches are not bad. So if you are visiting NYC and would like to be featured on his blog, contact him at art@jasonpolan.com and schedule a sketch at a street corner or other public place that you will be standing at for a duration of two minutes. I assure you the next time I visit NYC, I am going to check this guy and his real intentions. Craziness Rules!

Dirk Valentine – In this game your goal is to save the world from the evil Baron Battenberg. You run around a “steam fortress” with a cannon that can shoot bad guys as well as connect to certain surfaces to serve as a ladder to climb up. This is a perfect time waster. Enjoy!

Discover More