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Facesaerch: More A Book of Faces Than Facebook

When profiling a certain celebrity, there always comes a point where you wind up looking for that perfect picture to accompany your article.  Its easy enough to use Google to search for images, but more often than not you wind up getting images that are unrelated to the search you're on.  

Bing Redux - Google Killer By Microsoft

On April 4th, in "Bada Bing... is Microsoft putting a Hit on Local Search?" I blogged that when Bill Gates filed a trademark under the name "Bing" for "web sites to link to geographic data, map images, and trip routing" it was Microsoft's attempt to perfect a better "local search" mousetrap than Google. However skeptics quickly associated it with "Kumo" as another failed attempt by the little "M" to ever become a worthy contender of the big "G". Now in and AdAge article published May 25, Abbey Klaasen suggests Microsoft might be sinking $80 to $100 million in a "Bing" ad campaign to go toe to toe with the search engine giant.

Your iPhone Camera Needs TiltShift Generator

Go ahead, take out your iPhone.  Go try to take a good picture with it.  Are you really satisfied with those results?  Even if you are, you can get a lot more out of your iPhone's camera by putting the pictures through some simple processes to enhance the picture quality.  If you're not a big Photoshop junkie, take a look at TiltShift Generator.  It's a great little online application that makes touching up your photos a snap.

Blerp: Bring Your Discussion Anywhere on the Web

Link aggregators are all the rage these days.  As a blog reader, surely you frequent such sites as Digg, Reddit, and a host of others that enable users to gather things that they like from the web and share them with other users.  Blerp is an aggragator in the same vein, only it focuses on the conversations that surround shared sites, instead of merely passing the links off to users.

Laid-Off Workers Display Business Cards at CardsofChange.com

We've all been feeling the crunch of the world's economy slowing down into this current recession, but a few hopefuls out there are trying to make the best of it.  CardsofChange is a site that collects the modified business cards of ditched workers all over the world and puts them on display.  We'll all get a few laughs out of these images, but maybe some of these bright individuals will find themselves a new gig, too!

Get Plenty of DIY Projects From Easy2DIY

Home improvement is easily one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies one can take up, and the internet has proven to be a good place to find information on lots of those particular projects on you "to-do" list.  Easy2DIY is an all-in-one stop for your fixer-upper projects that includes tutorials, shopping, and advice.

Stupeflix Helps You Easily Make Great Looking Videos

With a name like Stupeflix, you've got to be wondering what's up with this site.  What the site does is provide you with a graphical interface that allows you to create your own slide show videos, complete with soundtracks, text overlays, and image legends.  What makes the site a real winner is that it's not just easy to create these things, but you have all the freedom in the world to create your video.

Track Your Wikipedia Pages with Wiki Alarm

Recently, Irish sociology student Shane Fitzgerald fooled numerous reporters by inventing a fake quote just hours after the death of French composer Maurice Jarre.  The quote, originally posted on Jarre's Wikipedia page, wound up in blogs and publications around the world.  Fitzgerald says this was done to teach journalists the importance of double checking the facts listed in Wikipedia before publishing them.  Maybe some of these writers would have been hip to the hoax if they had used Wiki Alarm.

See Jacko's Amazing Auction Catalogue at JuliensAuctions.com

The King of Pop has been feeling the crunch of the recession just like the rest of us, and now he's getting a little hard for cash.  In an effort to stay afloat, Michael Jackson has decided to start auctioning off items from his world-famous Neverland Ranch.  For this endeavor, Jackson has employed Julien's Auctions to create a catelogue of what's up for grabs.  JuliensAuctions.com will give you an interactive experience as you peruse Jacko's mysterious and bizarre auction items.

Fastskinz Vehicle Wraps May Not Be an Easy Solution to Increased Miles per Gallon

Not too long ago, a company called Fastskinz released a product that was supposed to increase your average fuel mileage by up to 20%. The idea was fool proof, simply cover you vehicle with a made-to-fit skin and viola, instant boost in miles per gallon. Sure it sounds great, but does it actually work? According to a test conducted by our friends at Popular Mechanics, it may actually decrease your fuel economy.

Get Workout Tips from StrongestMan.org

Summer is just around the corner!  Are you ready to show off that beach body yet?  If you're still getting around to developing that perfect six pack of abs, you may want to consider StrongestMan.org for a little information.  The site has a graphical interface that lets users select workouts by muscle area, and pulls routines from sources likw WikiHow and Del.icio.us to give you what you're looking for.

Good Vibes at ThankingOfYou.com

Do you ever have those moments when you look back upon your past and think of someone who greatly impacted your life?  Ever wish that you could reach back and give them a personal "Thank You" for being such an influence?  This, and many other themes of gratitude, is the basis of a new social website called ThankingOfYou.com.

Graffitti Creator is a Shrine to the Artform

Graffiti, as an art form, has evolved very quickly to involve everything from depictions of urban surroundings to territorial tags of gangs.  Many may think of it as the defacing of public property, however Graffiti Creator sees it differently.

Travel to the Tombs of Ancient Egypt with Musée de la Civilisacion

Musée de la Civilisacion, as you may have guessed, translates from French into "Museum of Civilization" and is located in Quebec, Canada.  Their latest exhibit takes you back to ancient Egypt to learn about the process behind mummification, and the significance of the rituals these desert dwellers engaged in to secure a blissful afterlife.

Got the Swine Flu Blues? Check Out Idemc.org

With swine flu giving the world the willies about traveling, hand washing, and even breathing, it would be great to have an up-to-date referrence as to what the situation is around the world.  If you've been following the media's coverage of the pandemic, you get blasted every day with a dose of fear that can only be good for ratings.  Why not see how things are really shaping up?

RockDex: A Measure for Bands Effectiveness on Social Media

Social media is one of the cheapest, most effective ways of branding.  And for musicians, branding is what it's all about.  An artist can spend time developing social media accounts and multimedia promotions to get their name out there, but how can they tell if it's effective?  Well, unless you have big money to spend on market penetration assessments, you can use RockDex.

Headlines From Around the World on Newseum.org

If you're a news junkie like the rest of us, you'd better take a look at Newseum's new addition to their website.  They've got headlines from around the world on a graphic interface that is both easy to navigate and comprehensive to the entire globe.

Alpoy Makes It Easy to Make Custom Avatars

If you're a frequent visitor to forums, then surely you know the importance of having a cool avatar.  The net nerds of the world will never take you seriously unless they like whatever crazy picture you use to mark your forum territory first.  There's plenty of different ways to make custom avatars using offline programs like Photoshop, but now there's Alpoy, a site dedicated soley to avatar collections.

6 Authors 6 Stories 6 Weeks

This website won SXSW's award for "Experimental Websites" back in March, and looking at it now, I can totally understand why.  The site is by far one of the most unique things I've seen on the internet this year.  Beyond that I'm a totally avid reader, and this site will tickle the fancy of any bookworm or lover of short stories.  Enter into the delightfully interactive story-telling world of the aptly titled We Tell Stories.

Learn Better Keyboard Shortcuts at ShortcutWorld.com

ShortcutWorld is aiming to make a comprehensive repository of lists that will have every keyboard shortcut for any given program.  Already they have a pretty good list of programs going.