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Rome, Warcraft 2 Style

Rome, Warcraft 2 Style

Oh, Italy, how far you’ve fallen: Rome gets redone as a giant Orc camp with this Warcraft 2-style map; it uses Cartagen, a mapping framework that can load GSS (geo style sheet) files.

We Choose The Moon

We Choose The Moon

The JFK Library celebrates the 1969 moon landings with We Choose The Moon, a website which will recreate–down to the minute–Apollo 11’s journey; it starts 7/16/09 at 8:02 am.

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Website: Eternal Moonwalk

Website: Eternal Moonwalk

Eternal Moonwalk is one of the best tributes to Michael Jackson we’ve seen: it’s a never-ending, sideway-scrolling montage of moonwalks from fans; submit your own here!

Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS

A shot across Microsoft’s bow, Google Chrome OS will run on x86 and ARM chips with a focus on web-based apps; it’ll be open sourced this year, with consumers getting it 2H 2010.

App: TweetCraft

App: TweetCraft

One more reason for World of Warcraft players to never logout, TweetCraft is an in-game Twitter client that’ll let you queue tweets based on priority and send screenshots via TwitPic.

Website: gdgt

Website: gdgt

Created by Ryan Block and Peter Rojas, gdgt is a new “social gadget platform;” it’s essentially a social network for gadget lovers, with the ability to list your own gadgets and review them.

Funny: Web Site Story

Funny: Web Site Story

If you’re a Web 2.0 blogger who happens to be a theater major, Web Site Story will be right up your Avenue Q: it’s a Broadway musical filled with references to Hulu, Facebook and more.

Twitter Pulse Box

Twitter Pulse Box

We’ve seen Twitter hooked up to plants and to your electrical wiring, but this Twitter Pulse Box takes the cake for sheer morbidity: it measures your heartbeat–or the lack thereof.

The Story (so far) of Twitter

The Story (so far) of Twitter

The Story (so far) of Twitter is an infographic for mainstream media types seeking insight on the micro-blogging phenomenon; it stretches from Unix’s Talk in the 80s to the Twipocalypse.

Cause: Re~Cycle

Cause: Re~Cycle

Re~Cycle collects second-hand bicycles and ships them to Africa, where they can be used as personal transport, ambulances and more; donate a bike if you’re in the UK, or money elsewhere.

Website: ManBabies.com

Website: ManBabies.com

In honor of this Father’s Day, we present to you ManBabies.com: sure, the premise is simple to the point of stupid, but we dare you not to laugh at these father-son odd couples.

Website: Hahahaha.fr

Website: Hahahaha.fr

Today’s inane entertainment award goes to Hahahaha.fr; it’s essentially a laughtrack tied to your keyboard which, silly as it sounds, had us laughing too (especially with the spacebar).

Website: Quirky.com

Website: Quirky.com

Quirky.com doesn’t just let you buy things–it lets you build them, too; the social product development site lets users submit product ideas, vote on them and earn cash for their help.

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Twitterverse v0.9

Twitterverse v0.9

Twitterers @BrianSolis and @Jess3 wrangle a nebular glob of Twitter-related apps into a galactic map with Twitterverse V0.9; they’re grouped by purpose into spiral arms.

Gadget Teardowns

Gadget Teardowns

iFixit’s Gadget Teardown is tantamount to gadget porn, not that we’re complaining; it allows users to contribute their own disassembly photos of everything from G1s to Nintendo DSis.

Indy 500 Race Tracker

Indy 500 Race Tracker

The 2009 Indy 500 Race Tracker is an infographic-lover’s way to watch races; it shows all 200 laps from start to finish, with cars shown in relation to their time behind/in front of the leader.

Video: Google Holodeck

Video: Google Holodeck

Seen at Google I/O, the Google Holodeck shows Street View at high speed; it gives viewers the illusion of motion, which is fun as long as the safety protocols don’t go offline.

Free: Spymaster

Free: Spymaster

It’s in private beta, but we’re chomping at the bit to try Spymaster: it’s a Twitter-based social game where you’ll purchase weapons on the black market and assassinate for hire.

The Cryptic Canvas

The Cryptic Canvas

Like a cinematic version of Where’s Waldo, The Cryptic Canvas challenges you to ID 50 movies from the past two decades using clues; it’s in celebration of Empire Online’s 20th birthday.

Website: Map the Fallen

Website: Map the Fallen

It’s Memorial Day in the US, so in honor of 5,700+ fallen servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, please visit Map the Fallen; it shows both their homes and places of passing.

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DIY: Tweet-A-Watt

DIY: Tweet-A-Watt

Finally, a twitter tool with real “utility”: Adafruit Industries’ Tweet-a-Watt tweets your power usage using a Kill-A-Watt monitor and a wireless transmitter; build your own or buy a kit.

Site: Starring the Computer

Site: Starring the Computer

We’ve already blown a good half hour at Starring the Computer, with many more to come: the website’s goal is to catalog and identify every appearance of a computer in movies.

App: Email N’ Walk

App: Email N’ Walk
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Texting while walking can be almost as dangerous as driving, but Phase2 Media’s Email N’ Walk uses your iPhone’s camera to project what’s in front while you message away.

Star Wars Soundboards

Star Wars Soundboards

A million voices cried out and were played in a loop: Star Wars Soundboard has dozens of squealing Jawas, growling Wookiees and whiny Lukes to mix at your mercy. Thanks, Thorir!

Website: TeeMagnet.com

Website: TeeMagnet.com

Tired of missing those one-day-only t-shirt sales? TeeMagnet.com is a godsend: it compiles tee-a-day sites and displays their current offerings along with the time remaining.

YooouuuTuuube.com

YooouuuTuuube.com

Yooouuutuuube may cause brain damage: it’ll take any YouTube video and play it in a 36×36 column with each video slightly out of sync; check out Numa Numa or Alice. Thanks, everyone!

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