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🎨 Help name every color in existence, Deepfake your zoom call, and Track your website links!
Want to be a celebrity on your Zoom call?
Hey everybody! It’s another week at home.
Does the word Monday even mean anything any more?
Hopefully, things will start getting back to some semblance of normal in a few weeks. We’re definitely moving in that direction. After all, I did see toilet paper and paper towel at Sam’s Club . . .
I think life is going to change quite a bit after all this. Companies are going to have to be more flexible about working from home - among other concessions.
Anyway, it’s a brand new week!
And I’ve got some brand new topics for you to ponder this week so you can get things off your mind for a few minutes.
So - grab that coffee and we’ll dive in
🎨 Help Name ALL THE COLORS
Ready to help with one really cool crowdsourcing project?
There’s a project called Colornames that’s attempting to name every color in the RGB Spectrum.
All 16,777,216 of them
Yeah! It’s pretty wild.
Crowdsourcing projects are always pretty awesome - and this one has a democratic functionality. Say there’s multiple names for a color. As long as it’s not offensive, whichever color has the most upvotes is the winner.
Heck - I named a color.
#FF7BD1 is now “VaporwaveAesthetic” 😀
If you’re looking for post ideas for social media - or an opportunity to name a color for your brand - I definitely recommend checking this out.
Check out this awesome project at the link!
🎭 Deepfake Your Zoom Call!
Now - I will admit - deepfakes are often portrayed in negative connotations. However, what if you could pop into your Zoom chat as a fake celebrity? That sounds pretty fun.
Perfectly harmless as long as you don’t use it for nefarious purposes.
It’s called Avatarify -and it’s going to get very popular I bet.
Basically - it uses the First Order Motion Model (A Github project that allows you to create your own deepfakes) so you can live stream any face on Zoom. It takes a picture of a face and maps to your eyes and face via livestream so you can essentially become that face (and Voila, Deepfake).
Here’s the demo video
Want to be Steve Jobs at your next Zoom call? Do it!
At the moment, this is a Github project. In other words, you will need to do some coding and such to make it work.
Apply this to your business for livestreaming or podcasting! Take a piece of art that has a face, or a computer generated image, and make it a fun “deepfake persona” for your brand. Could be cool? 🤔
Check it out at the link!
🔗 Track your website links!
Ever wanted to see what internal or external links are available on your or someone elses website?
Well, I found this really neat tool that will show every publically available link on a site. It’s very useful for analyzing your links for SEO purposes, or if you’re doing an audit for someone elses site.
For example, let’s say you’re analyzing a website for a job and you want to see their internal links. This is one tool you could use to do it that is free - unlike Ahrefs.
You could also check the links on your site too - what’s publically available that shouldn’t be anymore? It’s easy to lose track of webpages, especially if you’ve had your site for a while.
Check it out at the link!
🐙The Land of Random
How many of you skip down to this section? Be honest! Well, here’s some fun stuff for you this week.
Old World Internet Struggles
We complain about Internet speeds now, but if you were born later than 1996 you were born into (more or less) the modern age of the internet.
Here’s some memes about the old world internet that are sure to put a smile on your face.
Smartphone Notifications in VR
Sadly, VR is still a slumbering giant. It’s not mainstream, and may not be for another decade or so. It is still awaiting its “killer app. For example - the latest Animal Crossing game has resulted in Nintendo Switch shortages across the US. Everyone’s playing the game.
Anyway - I digress. There’s this cool VR app that lets you see your smartphone notifications in VR. Pretty neat!
The Modular Computer
I love the idea of having a “one device does all” mentality. The latest Ipad Pros (2018 + 2020 models) seem to be drawing us closer to that reality. Federico Viticci details his modular experiences with the iPad Pro. It’s really interesting!
Dark Sky is Dead
Apple does a lot of cool stuff, and they do some messed up stuff. They bought the Dark Sky Android weather app and are shutting it and its API (in its current form) down. According to Gizmodo’s speculations it is possible Dark Sky will cease to exist entirely as an independent app. It may just end up as part of Apple . . .