On most dating websites — including virtually all the most popular ones like Match.com or eHarmony — users find who they might want to go out with and then try to arrange a date with that person. But there’s one dating website that flips that notion around: HowAboutWe.
As in, how about we . . . try riding a tandem bicycle together. How about we . . . run around the city “one upping” each other on random acts of kindness. How about we . . . make a mixed tape from both of our music . . . totally gorge on chocolates all day while visiting different candy stores . . . go to my house and watch me play Halo for 17 consecutive hours . . . bike along the lakefront and have a progressive picnic at each beach . . . try skydiving . . . take in an opera . . . go avenge my father’s death . . . buy the craziest hats we can find and walk around town ignoring the stares . . . take a drive with no destination in mind . . . go to trivia night at a local bar . . . go blueberry picking. How about we . . . attend the Air Guitar Championships.
Fans of Spot Cool Stuff’s architecture posts—especially those who wish we’d be able to publish them more frequently—would do well to check out Open Buildings.
The goal of the Open Buildings website: collect as much information as possible about the world’s cool architecture.
Moments ago, Spot Cool Stuff placed a pre-order at the Quirky online store for a Trek Support Backpack. The waterproof, airport-friendly backpack comes with a form-fitted electronics dock and a 7-hour battery. You charge up the backpack and then can use the dock to charge up to three gadgets at once while on the go.
The Trek Support Backpack is very cool. Or, we should say, it seems to us like it will be very cool. And we aren’t the only ones who think so. Afterall, the Trek Support Backpack is the product of virtual crowdsourcing—it was proposed, vetted, designed, refined and branded by a diverse online community. All the other items sold through Quirky are communally designed too.
Spot Cool Stuff is fascinated by the ever expanding functionality companies are bringing to Twitter. Some hotels offer concierge services via Twitter. Some take-out restaurants allow customers to place orders via Twitter. And now at least one VoIP company, Jajah, is launching a service that places telephone calls via Twitter.
Here’s how Jajah’s Twitter calling works:
As the popularity of RSS feeds have grown so have the number of sites aggregating RSS feeds. Spot Cool Stuff’s aggregator of choice is Alltop, a self-described online magazine rack of popular topics.
We wish there were some sort of Life Tracker equivalent.
Many a bride-to-be—and none too few grooms—have nightmares about the logistics of their upcoming wedding. The invitations, the music, the catering, the flowers, the rehearsal dinner and on and on and on . . . keeping it all organized is tedious and stressful.
To help engaged couples rest easy there’s Wedding Tracker, an online service through which you can not only organize your wedding but to build your own personalized wedding website as well. The service costs $60 (or $25 if you only want the website builder). To see if Wedding Tracker was worth it we tried it out: