Unlike Pandora or Spotify, where you carefully curate your own stations or playlists, Songza.com is more like a Choose-your-own-adventure radio station. By following the prompts from the Music Concierge, you narrow down the type of music you're in the mood for, and Songza.com offers you a carefully selected playlist to match your mood - except, of course, if you're in the mood for silence.On the homepage, there are six starting points based on the day and time. Would you like to hear music for doing housework? For a party? For going back to bed? Choose one as a starting point and Songza will lead you through a couple more pages that narrow down the selection based on your mood and genre preferences.How do they know what type of music pairs best with your emotional state? Probably magic. Or warrantless wiretapping. Either way, it works. Check it out at www.Songza.com
1. http://vimeo.com/52184390 - Bird on a Wire is a projected display on a Manhattan street corner. By simply calling out a number, passberby can set virtual birds perched on virtual telephone wires into virtual motion as they listen to their virtual bird sounds on their cellphones. Quite pretty and rather intriguing.2. http://tinyurl.com/bq4g5t2 - When I first saw Avatar, I was like, "The future is here." Boy was I ever wrong: This year, volunteer amputees will be implanted with robotic arms that have their sensors fixed directly to the amputees' nerves, allowing them to control the robotic limbs with their minds. Check the link for the full article.3. http://tinyurl.com/8e8zh8w - When an iPhone receives a text or SMS, its default mode is to display that message on the screen. Watch this web video to learn how you can gain a bit of privacy by turning off these message preview notifications.4. http://tinyurl.com/9ujmstc - Bad Robot Interactive's Action Movie FX is a great app for your phone's video camera. It allows you to paste realistic Hollywood special effects (think dramatic lightning strikes and terrifying crashing meteors) over your standard, oh-so-ordinary videos. It's free, too.5. http://tinyurl.com/auao35y - I caught a 1-second glimpse of this neat "waterfall swing" that allows you to take a swing in the rain on a clear day or night without getting wet. (Yes, that's correct.) So I did a bit of searching to see if I could find an extended video to learn how it worked. I found it. It's pretty. And pretty cool, too. It'd make a lovely summertime addition to one of our local parks, though because it's actually a unique art collaboration and installation, it's not for sale. Darn.Erin Pheil is the owner of timeforcake creative media - the Web Design & Strategy company voted #1 in Best of Summit. Visit the timeforcake website at www.timeforcake.com or email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org.