Take a City Tour Entirely Planned By Google

A new service from Google called City Tours is now available in the Google Labs area, meaning the service is still in testing phases, and the idea behind it is really cool. All you have to do is enter the city in which you want to take a tour and the map will update with spots to visit and walking directions for you to travel to get to each spot. They try to give you the most efficient directions possible, which aren’t too bad, but definitely could use some work. They also provide the amount of time it will take to walk to each location and how long you can expect to spend at each spot.

I did a test using a city I know very well, Denver, CO and it came back with a tour that looked quite fun, especially for taking photos. As you can see from the screenshot above (click it for a larger view), it maps out some great places to visit. For some reason, the first location is in Asian language, but it’s actually the state capital. Not sure why that is. I’ve lived in the Denver area my entire life and I’ve never heard of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or the Mammoth Gardens, so that’s really cool. I think these tours are a great idea and would also be very helpful to print out before going on a vacation.

Mismatched Socks That Go Well Together

I’ve probably never heard of this site before because I don’t have children, but it seems that Little Mismatched is actually quite popular with lots of kids and pre-teens. From what I understand, the company started by selling socks that aren’t exactly the same, yet they still go well together. You can’t buy a pair of socks that match here.

It appears the business has taken off quite well because they now sell socks for boys, babies, women and men. You can even find bedding, furniture and toys. I probably won’t be buying from them, but I had to post about it because I love this idea. I wonder if these socks would be OK to give to my sister for Christmas? I better just put them in her stocking and then give her money so she can buy the next popular phone she’ll most likely be wanting.

Time Crisis – The Live Action Recreation of the Video Game

Freddie Wong has an obvious passion for video games as you can see by checking out his YouTube channel. Not too long ago, he created a video called “Chrono Trigger: Short Action Scene” which went viral. It wasn’t anything like the game Chrono Trigger, but instead more like Max Payne and Rainbow Six Vegas, but I’m sure he had a reason for naming it that.

So anyway, he just came out with a new video, another one that’s already going viral, called “Time Crisis.” If you have ever visited an arcade, you’ll instantly recognize this game. Not only is this recreation amazing, but Freddie was actually able to get Andy Whitfield to star alongside him in the short film. Whitfield plays Spartacus in the show “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” which airs on the Starz network.

Watch the video below. I love the part with the innocent bystander. 🙂 Oh, and check out the short Behind the Scenes of Time Crisis with Andy Whitfield video afterwards.

The Longest Stop-Motion Wall Painting I’ve Ever Seen

I’m absolutely fascinated with stop-motion art, probably because i know how hard it is and how long it takes to complete even the simplest of stop-motion projects. I’ve done one before back when I was in eight grade (14 years ago) and it was tough. I worked on it every day for two weeks and when it was done, I had a 20 second clip of a couple of army men walking around the table. Not very impressive, but I was pleased with my accomplishment.

Much later, I came across a video from BLU, whom I’m not sure is one person or a group of people.

This is one of the coolest videos I’ve ever seen. It’s quite old now though, at least by internet standards so you’ve probably already seen it.

You might not have seen BLU’s latest project though, which takes stop-motion wall painting to a much higher level. BLU worked on this project for several months and used up hundreds of buckets of paint to complete it. There are lots of other projects and videos on the official BLU website too if you want to check them out.