Let's face facts, the Internet is a strange and amazing place that can at once be rather helpful in the day-to-day function of our lives or work ceaselessly, relentlessly, like a Terminator, to drive us to inspired distraction. This post isn't about using Safari to access your work e-mail. This post is about mind-blowing day-crushers.
For instance, strange|beautiful hits us with this: "Not too many sound projects can claim to simultaneously represent profound instances in the annals of experimental sound, incidental art, governmental secrecy, cold war/present-day espionage, creative obsession and conspiracy theory. The fact that one man’s attentiveness, curiosity and creativity spawned all of the above is a testament and an inspiration." With that, I give you The Conet Project (hat-tip to Coudal Partners).
I'm not sure how you follow that up, but Casey brought the pain miscellany-style today by digging up BibliOdyssey, a truly inspiring collection of images. Dig in, folks. And while you're digging, why not try two of my all-time favorites? First, there's the Shorpy Photo Archive, an amazing archive of high-quality vintage photographs. Next, try The Big Picture, a photo blog from the Boston Globe, updated regularly with grouped sets of larger-than-life photos that capture every facet of the world around us. Recent posts include shots from the Tour de France. Each photo is a study in perfect composition. As a consequence of both that and the subject matter, the site's photos are often emotionally gripping.
Finally, here's an informative, yet entertaining, video about a tiny snippet of music that has grown far beyond its original use, the "Amen Break":
Go out there and find some mind-blowers of your own. And while you're at it, send them our way, too. There's just so much out there, and it's all at our fingertips.