Ünnecessary Ümlaut


A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Süperfad x Nando Costa: Tactile Waveforms Video

Trippy couple of days. First multiplying sheep. Now bar graphs and pie charts exploding off the page into something like a Pink Floyd LP cover on peyote.

Created by design and live-action  production company Süperfad and directed by Nando Costa,
this video “explores the connections between science, mathematics and music“. Music is by World Gang, a side-project of Modest Mouse‘s Jeremiah Green and Plastiq Phantom Darrin Wiener. Nando and Jeremiah have a previous relationship, as he shot Modest Mouse “Whale Song” video.

The unnecessarily umlauted Süperfad is on a roll as of late. Just the other day they released their HTML5 and WebGL -powered Global Traffic Visualizer. Check out the vid:

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Infographic: The United States of GOOD Beer

Recently GOOD Magazine asked readers for “the most awesome, best-tasting, sustainably brewed, independently owned, community-oriented craft beer brewed in your state“. This (updated) map is the result. Let the list-bitching begin …

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Beer Art: The Bruery Autumn Maple in Sections

Now I wanna try this beer even more.

I’m crazy for pumpkin ales in the Fall. But yam beer? Sounds good. Looks even better.

Alyson Thomas of Drywell Art designed this separation of The Bruery‘s Autumn Maple ingredients in watercolor and ink illustration over digital background. It’s currently on The Bruery website.

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Ümlaut: Heavy Metal Band Name Flowchart

What about Assück? Beowülf? Or the doubly-unnecessary Infernäl Mäjesty?

The pentagram of knowledge has only so much room for ümlauts. Thankfully, the thoughtful groupings and classifications of metal band names more than make up for it.
Get a closer look at One For The Road.

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MP3: Rock out with the Ümlaut
InfoGraphics: Periodic Tables of Schtüff
Ongoing: A Collection of Facial Hair Collections
Beer: How Much Water Does it Take to Make Your Favorite Liquids?


Look: The Islands (and Canals) of San Francisco

Burrito Justice has answered the question (which he also brilliantly asked), What if the neighborhoods of San Francisco were islands and the streets canals?

A lovely view of the Valencia Street Canal. See the rest »


Whoa: Clash Of The Titans Kraken Is Rancor Monster + Sarlacc Love Child

Took my son to catch Percy Jackson and saw this new Clash Of The Titans trailer (readers know I’m unabashedly amped for this flick). While the appropriately gargantuan Kraken made me even more stoked, something didn’t add up. So I did the math:

Kraken 2010 is the love child of Star Wars Rancor Monster and Sarlacc pit.

Geek Out: All Things Ackbar … It’s A Blog!
Trailer: Clash Of The Titans Remake
WTF: Japanese Star Wars Chicken
Roaming Star Wars Cantina Band In The Mission Halloween Nite!
OMG: Double Bikini Princess Leias Circa ‘82
Star Wars: Ecko Hoodies and Bikini Women Reading SW Scripts
Videos: Star Wars vs Star Trek vs San Francisco
Play: Official Star Wars Soundboard


Ongoing: A Collection of Facial Hair Collections

Many have attempted to collect and classify the various species of facial folliclery. None have attempted to collect those collections. Well, at least not here. Until now …

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Video: Socialnomics Makes The Case For Social Media

Interesting. I’d like to see how these stats compare in just another year. Either way, Socialnomics‘ point is well taken: social media is bigger than you think. So? (via AllThingsD)

Just another reason to stay on top of the Umlaut!
Click to follow ÜÜ on Twitter

He made the shit up (via Dog & Pony Show)

Twitter: Lou Barlow Is Staying On Top Of The Umlaut
Ad Man Creates Crash-Course Crowd-Source Twitter Diet


Data Viz: What One Trillion Dollars Looks Like

“… you know what I’m craving? A little perspective. That’s it. I’d like some fresh, clear, well seasoned perspective. Can you suggest a good wine to go with that?” (via Mint.com)

Data Viz: The Credit Crisis


Web Search: Daaaamn!


Daaaamn.com: A fascinating journey into the phonetic spelling of a classic.

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InfoGraphic: Evolution of an Adman


Diego Zambrano, former Ogilvy Art Director, created this spot-on series. Man, I remember back “in the early stages” when you’d list the programs you’re proficient in, “Quark, Photoshop, Illustrator …” on your resumé. So rad.

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InfoGraphics: Periodic Tables of Schtüff

Updated 08.15.10 The Periodic Table of Swearing
It’s from the UK so you’ll need a metric/swearing converter.

See it large. (via Kottke)

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Added 05.26.10 The Periodic Elements of a Super-Hero
See it large. (Thanks, Phridaze)

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Added 05.25.10 –> The Periodic Table of Controllers (Thanks, Fang)

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Geek out on more Periodic Tables of Schtüff collected since March of 2009 …

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