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 **

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

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.

Bonzai Worlds

Bigger is better, but not if you’re Akinobu Izumi, a Tokyo-based architect who makes “Tiny worlds in a bottle”. Have a look below, he sells his stuff too, so check the link if you’re interested.

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An Elephant on the tube

I reckon everybody has seen a animal-shaped cloud in his life, or if not in real life, at least the bunny-shaped cloud in  Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain. I get it a lot, seeing something that’s not there,  looking at optical illusions and seeing both the young girl and the old lady or the duck and the rabbit. Paul Middlewick had it too, but what he saw, was quite a bit more special, in 1988 he spotted the first animals on the London Underground maps, over the years a lot of people have contributed other animals to the collection. Now they’ve all been placed online, where both me and you can enjoy them.. so check out the gallery below or visit their site for more info.

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Soothing energy

Due to a great lack of time – caused by my exams – I haven’t been posting the many awesome finds I came across during the last couple of weeks. Luckily I’m almost at the finish line, which means I’m able to again provide you with the ultimate entertainment for moments like these.

Pro Rider Danny MacAskill – also known as Taggart – has an amazing story leading up to this indescribably amazing video. Back in 2009 he recorded a 5-minute video together with his flatmate and uploaded it on Youtube, rendering him instant fame. The video was a direct hit which displayed an extraordinary  amount of talent, originality and quite frankly also balls. It was only rightly so that a short while after the video, he was given a sponsorship by RedBull. A few months ago MacAskill and his crew decided to take on a journey from Edinburgh back to his hometown Dunvegan, in the Isle of Skye. The intense energy of this sport combined with the soothing songs, that were also parent in his first video, make this a must see for just about everybody. I could go on for hours about this video, but I’ll let the images speak for themselves, so check it out and enjoy.