thingful - Discover the Internet of Things

Thingful is a search engine for the Internet of Things, providing a geographical index of connected objects around the globe. Including energy, radiation, weather, and air quality devices as well as seismographs, iBeacons, ships, aircraft and even animal trackers. Nice!

Thingful’s powerful search capabilities enable people to find devices, datasets and realtime data sources by geolocation across many popular Internet of Things networks, and presents them using a proprietary patent-pending geospatial device data search ranking methodology, ThingRank®.

If you are concerned about asthma, find out about any air quality monitors in your neighbourhood; somebody working with a Raspberry Pi can find others round the corner using the same computing platform; if you notice a ship moored nearby, discover more about it by tracking it on Thingful, or get notified of its movements; a citizen concerned about flooding in a new neighbourhood can look up nearby flood monitors or find others that have been measuring radiation. You might even watch the weekly movements of a shark as it explores the oceans. The possibilities are unbounded!

The closest “things” to my hometown are one Raspberry Pi, two weather stations and one gamme radiation sensor. Well, no comparison to Berlin:



Art as Aftershock

Earthquakes are dangerous phenomena, yet two artists chose to present these natural disasters, in a way that makes viewers contemplate, rather than fear them.

Luke Jerram and Carlos Amorales created works that comment on the 2011 Japanese Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, respectively. Their works allow viewers to contemplate the nature of earthquakes with the help of visualizations through seismographic data.

In Jerram’s piece, the artist took the seismographic data from the Tōhoku earthquake, and rotated it using a computer program to see the data in three-dimensions, later printing it in those dimensions. The sculpture, made in 2011, represents nine minutes of the earthquake, allowing viewers to calculate, and imagine, the severity of the disaster on their own.

Amorales approaches the 1985 earthquake in a more theoretical presentation, in “Vertical Earthquake” (2010). Rather than using data, the artist creates his own fault lines and cracks on the walls, drawing epicentres around each. The artist chose to capture the chaos and emotion of the event. Within the installation, newspaper clippings of the disaster are displayed, with fault lines drawn on them as well.

Where Jerram uses data to help visualize the severity of the earthquake in Japan, Morales plays with drama and emotion, creating a fragmented image which symbolically reflects the earthquake that he witnessed. Both pieces however, are sobering reminders of the immense power our Earth has over man-made constructions.

-Anna Paluch

a friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep.

welcome to night vale.


Traurig blickt der Misanthrop,
Durch sein Kaleidoskop,
Formt dort infinitesimal,
Aus schwarzen Splittern Stahl.

Der gärt sodann direkt fatal,
Wirkt offensiv und infernal,
Dirigiert den Takt infam,
Gebiert darin den Schwarm.

So hebt sich also stetig
Ein Strang in die Magnetik
Verändert Splitter ungerecht
Webt ein purpurnes Geflecht.

- Hirn/per/fusion

"Sleepy & Hollow" by Seismograph // Gatherings: Halloween Compilation #2 (Out Now via Snowbeast Records)

Halloween is just a little over a week away and hopefully, you’ve been spinning the hell out of Snowbeast Records' wonderful Halloween compilation, Gatherings. If you’ve managed to miss that one, let this gorgeous track from Seismograph be the kick in the pants that convinces you to grab the whole thing (it’s free, what’s stopping you?). While not as eerie or ominous as some of the tracks on Gatherings, “Sleepy & Hollow” finds Seismograph building a swirling collage of textures - layered vocal samples, twinkling synths, propulsive percussion - that feels like the audio definition of “autumn”. It captures the feel of the season as good as anything that you’re likely to hear these days. It also happens to be just flat-out incredible. Hands down one of my favorite tracks in recent months. The best part is that it’s part of a compilation loaded with extraordinary sounds for the season. Make sure you get your hands on the prize, currently available for free download over at Bandcamp. You won’t be disappointed. 

The mysterious prehistoric geoglyph of the Paracas Candelabra


The Paracas Candelabra is a prehistoric geoglyph found in the Paracas Peninsula at Pisco Bay, Peru. It is estimated to date back to 200 BC, although many believe it is much older. With a large, branchlike appearance, the purpose and meaning of the Candelabra remain unknown. There has been much speculation as to the reason it may have been constructed. Was it a godly symbol, a gigantic seismograph, or simply a navigational tool for sailors?

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