I can sing a raaaiiiin-bow

If you’ve heard of Flickr, you know it’s a very cool photo-sharing application where users can upload their photos, show them to other people, and browse the photos of everyone else. Flickr also allows you to put a “tag” on a photo — a word or catchphrase explaining what the photo represents — which makes for another fun way to peruse its offerings: Try pumping in “lazy” or “wonderful” into the Flickr directory and see what you get.

Now Jim Bumgardner has created an even cooler browsing mechanism: Colr Pickr, in which you point to a particular color on a color-wheel mandala, and the app displays a set of Flickr photos that are all precisely that hue. Anyone know how he did this? He doesn’t explain on his site. Either way, it’s mesmerizing.

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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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