If Instagram is for squares, Rando is for … ehm … circles?

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There’s hardly anything you can eat without throwing a picture of it on Instagram, hardly anywhere you can go without checking in there on Foursquare and hardly any thought you can think without tweeting it. But even before smartphones, social media or internet, human beings have always found a way to share their behaviour with friends.

“Antisocial is the new social”

Rando, a new photo sharing app is going against the stream by delivering a totally different experience. When you take a picture with Rando, it is sent off to a random user, who receives no extra information about the picture, except for a rough geo-location which is accessible via a simple tap on the image. After the image has been received by the random user, you get a notification with the rough location of the person who received it. And here’s the cool thing, a minute or two later you’ll receive a totally random Rando as well, which could be seen as a reward.

So that’s it. No likes, no comments, no response, no usernames, no nothing. The app is like nothing you’ll ever have used before. And to add some visual purity, the designers have made the app very intuitive and simple. You can’t use flash when taking pictures with Rando, there’s also no filters or other novelties either. The only visual difference is that the app takes circular pictures, which in all gives the images a very stylized and pure look.

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Okay, but why?

It’s not easy to explain why Rando delivers such an addictive experience. One possible explanation could be that receiving a slice of life from a random place in the world is quite exciting. But there’s also no barrier not to send a Rando into the world, there’s nobody to judge you, so in a way there’s total artistic or creative freedom.

The app is now available on both Android and iOS.

via randoapp.com

** formerly posted in Apps & Software Forum on The Verge **

Hero in a dressing gown.

If there’s one artist that always succeeds in moving me with his music, it’s definitely Chilly Gonzales. This modern and world-renowned musician who produces pure gold with his fingertips each and every time, is by far my favourite pianist. The first song below this post performs an excellent job in proving this. But another feature that is less common, is that between those sensible sounds, lies a certain rawness that typifies Gonzales. Which is why I wanted to share the second video below, which is a live version of his Oregano track from his first Solo Piano album. So sit back, press play and enjoy!

The city that never sleeps?

Tokyo may seem like a city that never sleeps, but those with a watchful eye can always spot some inhabitants that don’t abide by that rule. Photographer Adrian Storey tried to capture these inhabitants in a serie of photographs titled ‘Let the poets cry themselves to sleep‘. The series is meant to be a commentary on contemporary Japanese society and shows a few very strong images which really dazzle the mind. Enjoy!

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via Uchujin Photos

Epic and Epileptic

I’ve always been a sucker for animated GIFS, so I just had to share this next thing.  The Saline Project is a New York based creative agency, which consists of brothers Adam Toht and Ben Toht, lead 3D artist/designer Jesse Roff and animator Liam Kirtley. Their latest  project is called MVHV, which is short for Monsters, Villains, Heroes and Victims. It features awesome bad guys in moving backgrounds in a film noir setting, it’s really just supercrazy awesome. So check out these amazing GIFS down below and be sure to keep an eye out for future projects by these creative geniuses.

By Saline Project.

A freshly brewed cup of Java.

Since my girlfriend got me a french press, my morning routine has changed quite a bit. Thought I’d share those changes by recording my most recent one. By the way – as most of you probably already now -you’re always welcome to have a cup of freshly brewed coffee when you drop by.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

When I look at 2011, it was a musical eye opener for me. That’s why I’d like to give you my four favourite songs of 2011. Hope you’ll find something you like.

Something Old

Bon Iver has been around for quite a long time, but since Birdy’s popular cover, some attention has gone back to this wonderful artist. Which is why, this song fits onto the 2011 list, whilst being from 2009. And although I have a lot of respect for the talented Birdy, I can’t help but think that the original is infinitely better.

 

Something New

This is new, as in ‘extremely fresh’. The Glitch Mob made an excellent album, with We Can Make the World Stop being my favourite track on it.

 

Something Borrowed

Brussels based deejay The Magician decided to borrow I Follow Rivers, by Lykke Li for his remix. And I can’t blame him for taking the song and giving it some oomph.

 

Someting Blue

Sadness is beautiful, even more so if it’s placed deep within a soothing song performed by one of the greatest and most underestimated singers of 2011, Lucy Rose. Be sure to check out her site, she’s got a few free tunes that you shouldn’t miss out on in 2011.

Ten Seconds is the new planking

I think I can speak for all of us if I say that we’ve all had it with planking and all its variations. Therefore I thought I’d introduce a less annoying and more beautiful version of it.

Alma Haser used to play Hide and Seek with her brother when she was younger. A little twist to the game was the fact that they mostly hid in places where they were pretty much still visible. This inspired her to make the serie ‘Ten Seconds’, consisting of images and videos who show just that. So head on below for a bunch of images and videos showing people who suck at hiding. Enjoy!

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