Friday Finds 6.3.11
On this Friday, a selection of treasures mined from the deepest depths of the web: the inspiration for iPods, a reggae classic, architecture so good you could eat it, and an epic tennis match (that's happening right now!).
This collection of objects, culled by Microsoft Research scientist Bill Buxton and featured in a blog post by Atlantic editor Alexis Madrigal, spotlights the "forbears of today's hottest gadgets." Before the iPod came this Dieter Rams-designed German transistor radio, which looks uncannily similar. No coincidence there: It was the inspiration behind the first four generations of iPods. Click through the slideshow to see more early-era technologies, from the iconic Casio calculator watch to the touchscreen-powered Data Rover by a company called General Magic.
Happy Friday, folks. Here's a lovely vid of musicians from around the globe giving their interpretation of the Ben E. King classic, Stand by Me. It's not new, but it's nice, and not a half-bad way to spend five-and-a-half minutes. It was set up by Playing for Change, an organization which built a mobile recording studio and took it all over the world, getting performers on tape and syncing everything into a super harmonious mix of sounds and cultures. h/t to Amsterdam's What Design Can Do conference.