I’m fairly ridiculously exhausted right now. My writing is even more rambling than usual.
Anyway, as you might now, I am a big fan of Relevant Media group. Especially the podcast, but I also subscribe to the magazine and peruse the website from time to time. I was actually doing this last thing just a little while ago. I was reading the archives of their Questions of the Day, and I came across this one from the beginning of September: What’s Your Favorite Random Site?
I had actually answered this one a while back. During that period I kept geeking out over how awesome the Caves of Lascaux are, so I posted the link to its interactive tour of the caves (which, incidentally, is http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/#/en/02_00.xml).
When I was reading the answers to this particular question-of-the-day, I came across this comment:
input a site and then look at it. it's pointless.”
I didn't plan on checking that website out, but the comment directly under that said that that particular website “ IS AMAZING. You made my org's website BEAUTIFUL!”
So I decided to see what it was all about.
It’s a fairly simple page design: in big letters it says:
Webpages as Graphs
With a centered box directly under it, wherein one could input a site.
“What” (I thought) “shall I input? I don’t have a website. Oh yes, I have a blog.”
(Remember, of course, that I’m running on four and a half hours of sleep and my brain isn’t completely connected to the rest of me. Don't judge me.)
With a vague sense of trepidation, I typed into the box:
and clicked “Show Me The Graph!”
It was a little bit anticlimactic, as instead of showing me the graph it took me to a loading page where it gave me the opportunity to partake in a short study about Swine Flu.
So I clicked “OK - Now show me the graph!” (but not after opening the swine flu study in a different window and taking the survey. It’s not graded, but if it was I woulda aced that baby)
I was expecting a typical line graph or something that I could copy and paste on my blog. Instead, there was a growing series of dots.
And then…wait, is that a flower?
You know, this actually is quite pretty.
The final result?
My pretty little blog is actually a pretty little vine with pretty little flowers.
You can find a key to what the colors mean at the webpage.
The author of this applet is a professor at Stanford who has several other really cool conceptual art projects going on, like 365 Special Days and One Thousand Paintings.
And once again: Webpages As Graphs