Tag Galaxy: Coolest Flickr App I’ve Seen Yet

Tag Galaxy is a new Flickr-based visualization web app from Germany. I gotta tell you that I find this utility simply mesmerizing.

This is how it works.

From Tag Galaxy you enter a tag to search Flickr for, it returns what looks like a star in the middle of your screen with one or many planets revolving around it. Your ‘star’ is actually a representation of the tag you searched and you’ll see the number of photo’s represented by it that used your tag.

Tag Galaxy

The ‘planets’ are other popular tags (second tags) that are associated with your tag. For instance, I searched for the tag of my town’s name. The planets that showed up were things like ‘sunset’, ‘lake’, ‘park’, etc… Clicking on one of the planets zooms in and you see a new representation of the star/planet configuration again. Though each of these new planets are a third tag associated with the two tags being represented in the middle.

You can continue to hone in on more specific photos using an every growing list of tags, or click on the star in the middle at anytime.

When you click the star, it turns into a spherical object that contains up to 200+ photo thumbnails that comprise the tag list you’ve drilled down to.

Tag Galaxy 2

You can click on any of the photos and they’ll expand to a larger version to view, you can click through to the Flickr page from here if you like. You can scroll this planet in any direction as you scan the thumbnails looking for the photo of interest.



Temporary Reminder Tatts

To Do Tattoo

To Do Tattoos, get them at Amazon for under US $4. I send myself SMS notes with a to do list or reminders of other activities I need to accomplish, but if you’re one of those folks like Bill Gates that still writes notes on his/her hands (or other creative locations on your body) then this little novelty is for you.

The kit includes 12 graphic “To Do” forms that you can apply to your body wherever it’s most convenient (or creative) and a skin-safe, washable-ink gel pen. You’ll never again have to make lame excuses for missing bowling night or your mom’s birthay.

[via boingboing]


Phoenix Lands on Mars!

Phoenix Lands

Watch the NASA broadcasts of the event and upcoming mission briefings at NASA-TV.

Follow the status live on the Phoenix blogs hosted by NASA.

Phoenix has landed on the Red Planet, and mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are waiting for confirmation that the solar arrays have deployed. The first images could come later tonight. And word just came in as I was typing this that the platform is resting at a quarter degree angle which means it’s almost perfectly flat.

Well done, and it’s good to know that we can rely on the rockets to land objects on other planets which means we can start sending heavier payloads like the science lab and larger ‘bots.


Elbows Home To Bacteria Tribes


In the ‘I think I was better off not knowing Dept.’, researchers inform us that the patch of skin for the human elbow contains 6 tribes of bacteria and that you should be thankful for the value they bring.

The research is coming from a paper published a few days ago out of the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the human microbiome project. The project is a government-financed endeavor to catalog the typical bacterial colonies that inhabit each niche in the human ecosystem.

Read the elbow article at Seattle Times.

If you don’t know anything about the Human Genome Project, here’s an overview. Most educated geeks should know at least a little something about it, it’s pretty important to the future of our species and our understanding of how to solve some of the more difficult medical diseases and genetic unknowns of homo sapiens.


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