The brain of a gamer

No two are alike

A room of one’s own

Here’s a cool app: Sidestepper, a generator of “relational architecture”. Input any URL, and Sidestepper scours the site for images and text, and inserts snippets of them into a 3D living room. That room above is Sidestepper’s rendition of Collision Detection. Squint, and you can see that the picture on the left is the intro text from my site — “I’m Clive Thompson, a writer on politics, technology, and culture …” — and the picture next to it is of the baby hippo I posted about on the weekend. The room is fully 3D, so as I explored it I found other images and bits of text scattered around. My favorite detail: The image of the TR-3B government UFO is showing on the television.

(Thanks to the J-Walk blog for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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