Saturday, February 28, 2015

Favorite websites in review, part 9

These websites have been featured on Tech-media-tainment. So they bear the TMT stamp of approval.

201. Fake AP Stylebook (twitter.com/FakeAPStylebook)
202. Poynter’s Regret the Error (poynter.org/tag/regret-the-error)
203. Jim Romenesko on Pinterest (pinterest.com/jimromenesko/jimromenesko-com-posts)
204. Who Is That Hot Ad Girl? (whoisthathotadgirl.tumblr.com)
205. Coverjunkie (coverjunkie.com)
206. IKEA or Death (ikeaordeath.com)
207. Who Said It? Kanye West or Your Creative Director (kanyevscreative.com)
208. Cheese or Font? (cheeseorfont.mogrify.org)
209. Headlines Against Humanity (headlinesagainsthumanity.com)
210. Black Friday Death Count (blackfridaydeathcount.com)
211. Maps on the Web (mapsontheweb.zoom-maps.com)
212. Amazing Maps (amazing-maps.tumblr.com)
213. Reason (reason.com)
214. Used to Be a Pizza Hut (usedtobeapizzahut.blogspot.com)
215. Honest Slogans (honestslogans.com)
216. Our Incredible Journey (ourincrediblejourney.tumblr.com)
217. Retro Report (retroreport.org)
218. Emergent (emergent.info)
219. Snopes.com (snopes.com)
220. Couldn’t Be Reached (couldntbereached.tumblr.com)
221. Where Bloggers Blog (wherebloggersblog.tumblr.com)
222. Thomas Wolfe Was Wrong (thomaswolfewaswrong.tumblr.com)
223. BuzzFeed Articles Without the GIFs (buzzfeedminusgifs.tumblr.com)
224. Awful Reviews (awfulreviewposters.tumblr.com)
225. Art of the Title (artofthetitle.com)

Photos: Netflix logo from Honest Slogans; “Big” movie poster from Awful Reviews.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Fun movie websites: Movie title stills, final images and famous objects

I love movies and I enjoy interesting websites about movies.
Yesterday, I profiled Awful Reviews. Today I’ll discuss six other fun movie-themed websites

Art of the Title

The website Art of the Title appreciates the artistry that goes into making compelling title sequences for movies and TV shows.
Founded in 2007, the website has examined opening credit sequences for such TV shows as “Twin Peaks,” “Game of Thrones,” “Adventure Time” and “The Walking Dead.” It’s covered movie title sequences from the likes of “The Interview,” “Forrest Gump,” “Taxi Driver” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Movie Title Stills Collection

On a similar note, the Movie Title Stills Collection is a website containing hundreds of main titles from feature films, both classic and recent.
The collection spans from 1920s silent films to present-day blockbusters.

The Final Image

While some film buffs are obsessed with movie opening title sequences, The Final Image focuses on the last shots.

Famous Objects from Classic Movies

Famous Objects from Classic Movies is an online game where you guess the titles of movies based on silhouettes of objects from those movies.
The early stages are easy, but it gets progressively harder.

Google Street Scene

The website Google Street Scene doctors images from movies to make them look like they are photos from the street view feature of Google Maps.
The blog is the work of Tre Baker, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Quiet Earth

Quiet Earth is a website focused on science-fiction and horror movies. It has a particular interest in post-apocalyptic movies.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Awful Reviews: If movie posters used the worst reviews

The website Awful Reviews takes movie posters and replaces positive reviews from film critics with 1-star reviews from customers on Amazon.com.
The results are often hilarious as average Joes and Janes miss the point of many classics or are offended by swear words and other content.
The best posters on the website are for universally acclaimed movies featuring remarks from clueless bumpkins.
Sometimes the scathing amateur reviewers make an interesting point about a movie, even if their arguments are crassly written.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Interesting news media websites: Retro Report, Emergent

Some say the Internet has fostered a golden age of journalism. The Internet supports a host of new media outlets, niche-subject websites and miscellaneous blogs on writing and reporting.
What follows are several websites I have yet to spotlight on Tech-media-tainment, but are worth visiting.

Retro Report

Journalists on average are good at breaking news, but not so great with following up on those stories after their initial coverage.
Retro Report does video segments on old news stories that deserve a second look.
Launched in 2013, Retro Report is a documentary news organization that provides forward-looking coverage of older news stories. The Retro Report team includes veterans of the CBS news show “60 Minutes,” the New York Times and other prestigious journalism outlets.

Emergent

Social media is rife with false news reports. The website Emergent is trying to be the Snopes.com of breaking news.
Emergent describes itself as “a real-time rumor tracker.” The website “focuses on how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media. It aims to develop best practices for debunking misinformation.”
Emergent is a research project of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

Couldn’t Be Reached

A blog entitled “____ couldn’t be reached” documents the many times public officials decline to make themselves available to discuss important issues.
“Whether it’s an investigative, nonprofit newsroom like us, an international outlet like the New York Times, or newer media like Politico or BuzzFeed – when journalists call, officials are choosing to comment less for stories on the record,” the website says.

Where Bloggers Blog

Where Bloggers Blog shows photos of the workspaces of notable bloggers.
My reaction: their desks are way too tidy.

Thomas Wolfe Was Wrong

Author Thomas Wolfe wrote the famous adage, “You Can’t Go Home Again.”
The blog Thomas Wolfe Was Wrong documents the many times people think they’re being clever online when they write that Wolfe was wrong, you can go home again. It’s now an annoying cliche.

BuzzFeed Articles Without the GIFs

BuzzFeed has been an enormous success with its stupid quizzes and click-bait lists. It also runs a lot of articles with animated GIFs.
The website BuzzFeed Articles Without the GIFs shows how terrible those articles are without the GIFs.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fun websites: Honest corporate slogans, repurposed Pizza Hut buildings

I come across a lot of interesting websites in my travels online. Over the next few days, I plan to list some of them by category. Today I’ll review a few business-related websites.

Used to Be a Pizza Hut

Used to Be a Pizza Hut documents the many shuttered Pizza Hut buildings that get repurposed for other uses.
“These beautiful structures, most likely now devoid of the table-top Pac Man machines, dot the American landscape,” the website says. “Some provide ethnic food, some, used cars, and a rare few are now municipal buildings. Whatever their current purpose, we can always be reminded of the mediocre pizza that was once served in these establishments. That, and those red plastic cups.”
Mike Neilson, a mobile software designer in Bethel Park, Pa., created the website in 2008 and has documented more than 500 former Pizza Hut buildings since then.
The website was discussed on Brandflakes for Breakfast.

Honest Slogans

Honest Slogans is a funny website that features rejiggered corporate logos and slogans. It portrays products and companies as how they are actually perceived.
Honest Slogans is the work of graphic designer Clif Dickens. He posted some of his favorites on Huffington Post.

Our Incredible Journey

Our Incredible Journey is a blog that documents when one company buys another and then shuts down its services. This happens all the time with Internet companies. The blog is the work of Phil Gyford.
The website was discussed on Laughing Squid.

Friday, February 20, 2015

LFL wardrobe malfunction photos moved to new website

In the summer of 2013, Tumblr unceremoniously deleted three blogs I had created and managed, including one on Lingerie Football League wardrobe malfunctions.
I recently posted almost all of the LFL photos that Tumblr erased on a new service, Soup, based in Vienna, Austria. Hopefully Soup is a more trusted entity than Yahoo’s Tumblr and can respect “fair use” exemptions to copyright.
Since Tumblr deleted my research on the photos, I had to recreate descriptions for the photos, which was difficult. It’s something I put off doing for a year and a half.
In November 2010, I boasted that Tech-media-tainment had become “the Web’s leading aggregator of Lingerie Football League wardrobe malfunction photos.” This website generated a lot of traffic because of that distinction.
But the torch has long since passed to the Italian blog Very Special Girls, which is the now the top aggregator of LFL wardrobe malfunction photos worldwide.
TMT posted LFL wardrobe failure photos, including nip slips and bare butt exposures, to show the absurdity of the players’ uniforms. The LFL flaunts female sexuality to the detriment of the sport. If it wants to be taken seriously as a sport, it needs to provide uniforms that fit.
My curated photos were copied by a few other websites for their own LFL photo galleries.

For an archive of LFL wardrobe malfunction photos, check out LFL Wardrobe Malfunctions on Soup.io.

Photo: An LFL player flashes a nipple pasty while high-fiving fans. (Photo from Flickr user Feric89.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Yahoo fails continue

Yahoo is one of my daily go-to resources on the Internet. I use MyYahoo, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Mail every day.
So, it’s disturbing to me that those services are so buggy now. Perhaps Yahoo is spending too much energy chasing mobile Web users and not enough on its traditional desktop services.
In the photo up top, the RSS feeds on MyYahoo homepage went down recently.


Clicking on a Yahoo Finance news article occasionally takes me to a blank page.


My Yahoo Finance portfolio page is all sorts of messed up here.

See earlier posts on the subject:

Yahoo errors continue, but web portal spruces up its oops page (Oct. 17, 2014)

More Yahoo error messages: A portfolio of fail (Sept. 13, 2014)

Long-time Yahoo user sick of website’s buggy services (Sept. 3, 2014)
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