Monthly Archives: August 2012

Read your books and eat them, too?

Let’s talk brain food. Skip past the fruits and veggies and Omega-3s and get down to the uncontested best course — dessert. While for some bibliophiles it may seem almost sacrilegious to dig your fork into a copy of Emma, Atlas Shrugged, The Giving Tree, or any of the Harry Potter books, these seriously cool images of literary cakes courtesy of Booklicious prove that you can indeed have your cake and read it, too. Yum!

If those hit the spot, check out Booklicious’ June 2012 feature of another batch of book cakes, this time focusing on the more bizarre and disturbing side of the industry. (But we’ll bet they probably still taste good.)

Fresh for Fall: Literary-inspired fashion for back-to-school

If it seems that beach season is winding down too quickly for you to match your reading list to your two-piece, never fear — the quest to coordinate the book you’re toting around with your wardrobe endures for fall! This slideshow from the Huffington Post presents 10 options for hitting the books in style this semester, whether you’re into Homer, Hawthorne, or Harper Lee.

A fresh take on “suit jackets”

Have you ever noticed how well bikinis match up to the covers of some of the greatest works of literature? Oh, you haven’t? That’s because it’s a freaking weird thing to notice.

Well, I have to agree with Gaby Dunn of ThoughtCatalog on this one. I can’t say I’ve ever spotted someone’s suit while soaking up the summer sun, sand, and surf and thought, “Oh look, Slaughterhouse 5!” or “Gosh, there goes Crime and Punishment!” But I’ll give credit where credit is due: Matchbook.nu has capitalized on filling a void the literary world didn’t even know existed. Maintained at the matchbook headquarters in San Francisco by a mononymous Kate, the site pairs bathing suits and book jackets.

A simple, uncluttered Tumblr page, matchbook.nu features selected swimwear juxtaposed with a book cover it closely resembles. Beneath the images you’ll find the book’s first sentence, the cover designer, and the retailer and price of the bikini. Have a look at the Vonnegut pairing:

Not bad, right? Here’s a Dostoevsky classic (and may I add that this suit, not to mention the resulting tanlines, seems like it would indeed be a “punishment”):

“And then there were” an Agatha Christie match and one for the guys, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi:

The site only launched in mid-July but fortunately, you should have just enough time left this summer to get one of these flashy suits, crack open the accompanying title, and impress beach-goers and book lovers alike.

4-D Multimedia Storytelling with Meograph

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Meograph, a new digital storytelling tool released in beta on July 23, takes its name from its two key components: media and infographics. The concept, a hybrid of the Facebook Timeline, Google maps, photo albums, and sound files, sprung from the personal experiences of founder and CEO Misha Leybovich with multimedia storytelling and his resulting itch to improve upon those platforms and capitalize on their interactive potential.

As he told SocialTimes, the inspiration behind Meograph was threefold: “1) When I was 8, I read a book called Flatland and have been thinking about how to visualize space and time together ever since! 2) At my last job as a strategy consultant I became an expert at pairing data visualization and storytelling. 3) Over the past 7 years I’ve traveled to 70 countries and couldn’t find any way I liked to visualize my adventures. All those came together into Meograph, and once I started talking to my friends about it, the other applications (journalism, education, biography, etc.) became very clear.”

Meograph takes the Timeline concept to the next level. Users are prompted to identify important “moments” and flesh them out by providing information as to the what, where, and when of each. In addition to textual and photographic captioning, they can add audio narration, video clips, and hyperlinks to enhance personal experiences with outside perspectives. All of these media sources are set against the backdrop of a moving Google map or Google Earth street-level view matched to the event location. It’s an experience in 4-dimensional memory — a digital slideshow of your life, albeit a version that can be rewinded and fast-forwarded as desired.

Meographs can be embedded, shared, and interacted with using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr and personal blogs, and viewers are transported from moment to moment with a simple click of the play button.

Users can try out the platform and view a demo of how it all works on the Meograph site. As it is currently in beta, however, potential testers must submit their email addresses to be granted an invite to do more than that at this point. Behind the scenes, Leybovich and his team have been working to fix glitches and improve the functionality of the platform. At present, Meograph operates best with Google Chrome, and Firefox users may experience inconsistencies with audio playback. In a month’s time, Meograph plans to introduce a new graphical authoring tool that will make file uploading more intuitive. Continuing to integrate the platform with social media networks so users can easily interact with their personal data throughout the Meograph creation process is also a top priority.