Procrastinaut: Ten things to waste your time with this weekend

Rob Walker, Yahoo News
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Reports say Edward Snowden got a job, but no word on whether it includes health-care benefits. Kill time waiting for details to emerge with the help of the Procrastinaut Tumblr, where @gilbertjasono, @danielwbean, and I leak the latest divisionary wonders and amusements in the virtual world, all week long. Here are this week’s highlights, plus a few bonus items. Enjoy. (Oh, and follow the Tumblr here).

1. Smooch 2.0

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Kissing machine

Artist Patrick Camut brings you The Kissing Machine, an “interactive sculpture” that enables a “mechanically assisted kiss.” With the look of a torture device, the contraption involves an electric motor that pulls kissers together when a switch is thrown. Via Tumblr Open Arts.

2. Suspicious Verse

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NSA Haiku Generator

The NSA Haiku Generator draws on the agency’s list of terms “that can turn you into a suspect and target of spying if they’re used in electronic communication,” and makes haiku out of them. More about the project here and here.

3. R.I.P Lou Pop

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Lou Reed/Iggy Pop t-shirt


Etsy troll? But aren't they usually the sweetest, folksiest artisans on the Internet? Either way, we tend to think this Lou Reed memorial t-shirt featuring a picture of Iggy Pop is a fail, but you can pick one up at the link here if you want. Iggy Pop is still alive and well, by the way...as far as we know.

4. Fab Photos

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Five Beatles fans reunited to recreate an iconic shot taken by Ringo Starr five decades ago

Give Ringo credit for this cool idea: Reuniting some then-teenage Beatlemaniacs he snapped 50 years ago for an excellent then-and-now photo pairing. Would Pete Best have come up with this? I think not. Via: Metafilter.

5. Throwback Upgrade

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Mac OS System 7 emulator

For the tech nostalgic who would rather not think about the Mavericks OS, Yahoo Tech reports that, thanks to developer James Friend, “you can now fire up a working version of Apple's old Mac OS System 7 — from 1991!) right in your web browser.”

6. Snappy Dispenser

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Polaroll toilet paper dispenser

Here we have Polaroll: a toilet-paper dispenser that looks like a Polaroid camera. Via Bem Legaus. (Part of our unstoppable collection of Things That Look Like Other Things.)

7. Hang It Up

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F.A.T. - fffffartsy.com

Now’s your chance to display your digital artwork in “a real gallery room.” Actually it’s a digital representation of a gallery room, created by F.A.T. But it’s pretty fun. Upload your creations here, or go browsing here. Via Prosthetic Knowledge.

8. Synesthesia? There’s An App For That!

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Sadly by your side

For advanced Procrastinauts, “Sadly By Your Side” is a multimedia doozy: book, music, app, and “interactive experience.” First the app absorbs colors from the book; then you walk around pointing the app at the real world, where it picks up appropriate colors, tweaking both your screen view and a related, malleable musical piece, all in accord with what it sees. Phew! Anyway the demo video is super-neat. More here.

9. States of Mind

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Which state matches your personality?

Take a short quiz that will (allegedly!) determine which state you should live in, based on your personality.

10. Ye Olde GIFs

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The Richard Balzer Collection

The Richard Balzer Collection presents an amazing cavalcade of vintage optical toy creations repurposed as GIFs. Fantastic.

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