BBC’s existentialist website “Your life on Earth” puts your life into perspective.

Have you ever wondered how many times your heart has beaten since you were born (1 billion), how many generations of house flies have birthed since then (18,648), how many major earthquakes have there been (385) or how much the Antarctic ozone hole has increased (21 million km2)?

Well, BBC’s stylish new website “Your Life on Earth” will tell you all this and a whole lot more. 

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I’m a sucker for both statistics and random trivia, and to have so much of it put into perspective while using my birth date as reference totally tickles the more existentialist fibres in my body.

The fact that the website is beautifully designed, completely responsive and as fun as it is insightful only adds to the experience.

Highly recommend it.

 

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The Thousand Dollar Shave Society lets you shave for a thousand dollars.

Hello. Have you ever heard of the Dollar Shave Club? Neither have I.

But apparently it’s big enough of a thing to be trolled by yet another beard-centric entity that lets you order shaving paraphernalia from the Internet.

I give you, the Thousand Dollar Shave Society.

The gist of the thing is that one is a cheap club that sells razors for less than 10 bucks while the other is a premium society that offers a luxury shaving kit that apparently includes a brush made of badger fur and a razor made of stag antler.

Right.

While the Dollar Shave Club is the real deal, I’m not entirely sure how serious its expensive counterpart is. The thing is, I don’t really care. The video is witty, brilliantly scripted, competently acted and well directed, creating an absurdist piece of fauxdvertising (or not) which really struck a nerve with me. The “And Presto! You’re ready to make babies… on purpose” line in the end really seals the deal with me.

I’ll still never order a thousand dollar shaving kit, though.

Whatsapp and Facebook biggest IM’s in most countries.

In a very helpful and insightful chart, WikiBrains shows us that Whatsapp and Facebook are the leading Instant Messaging platforms in most countries, thus surprising exactly no one. 

Instant Messaging War

via WikiBrains.com

Also not surprising at all: Line rules in Japan, Greece, the Ukraine and Mother Russia still think Vibe is hip, Hangouts is nowhere to be seen and the 1.3 billion Chinese using something no one else has ever heard about.

The Internet is full of wonderful things

If you don’t believe me, just dedicate three and a half minutes of your life to this video.

I’m not the emotional type. Not by a long shot. And I don’t usually fall for this type of heart-warming artsy videos. They’re just not my cup of tea. But the sheer honesty and simplicity, as well as the technical prowess, of Tatia Pilieva’s First Kiss completely got to me.

Also, I’m pretty sure some of these couples went straight home after the shoot. Or at least I like to think they did.

Facebook buys Whatsapp. Continues on path towards World Domination.

So by now you all know that Facebook has bought Whatsapp for a few billion dollars.

This is definitely big news, but not exactly surprising.  

While other companies go around buying every other app or start-up they come across, Facebook has been following a disciplined mixed strategy of in-house development and big market-shaking acquisitions when it comes to the mobile market. On one hand, they released Pages, their own Messenger with its infamous chat-heads and most recently Paper, their would be Flipbook-killer; while on the other they dropped 1 billion dollars on Instagram in 2012 and now a jaw-dropping 19 billion dollars on Whatsapp, by far the biggest player in the instant messaging market.

This goes to show that despite all the rumours and studies going around, Facebook isn’t going anywhere any time soon. 

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“Organic reach dropping? Pay up!” says Facebook

For once Facebook is being pretty straightforward about their approach to business. As in, “Yes, we’ve cut your organic reach because we want more of your money.”

As reported by AdAge, a three page document sent out by Facebook to its partners clearly states that “We expect organic distribution of an individual page’s posts to gradually decline over time” and that the solution is simply to spend more money on promoted posts and social ads “to maximize delivery of your message in news feed.”

Now ain’t that nice.

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New Chrome Experiment whisks you away to Middle-Earth

I’m an admitted fan of both Google and Tolkien, so it’s no surprise that I can safely say A Journey Through Middle Earth” is my favourite Chrome Experiment yet. 

From the Trollshaws to the Lonely Mountain, through Rivendell and Mirkwood, this perfectly crafted digital experience invites you to relive some of the most famous scenes and location’s from The Hobbit.

A Journey Through Middle Earth

Part of Warner Brother’s massive promotion effort for the upcoming “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“, this website’s navigation is both intuitive and fluid, the transitions are seamless, the loading times are surprisingly short and every little detail is flawlessly designed.

From the world map to the mini-games, from the menus to the scarce text screens, everything fits in. Even on a (powerful enough) tablet the website works perfectly and it’s a delight to swipe, pinch and furiously tap the screen to escape Tom, Burt and Bill.

It might not be the most creative or ground-breaking experienceout there, but the immersion is absolute and I feel like I could spend hours of my day fiddling around with it. Not only because it’s my “job”, but because I just feel like it.