Diary of a London Man. History 3.0

The city of Westminster is digitizing the saucy diary of a 19 year old wharf clerk, circa 1846. This happy marriage of history and the Interwebs takes you through nearly a year of his life as a bachelor, working man and Londoner.

It tickles me when we’re able to experience bits of otherwise forgotten history halfway across the globe thanks to some brilliant folks in tweedy coats with an idea and a computer.

The City of Westminster (for those of you who don’t know, it’s central London and home to some of the biggest Landmarks in the world including Buckingham Palace and Parks Hyde, Regent’s and St. James) has a nifty Web site, complete with interactive map and sticky RSS. Subscribe? Yes, please.

Courtesy of my other love, Londonist.


Bleeding Edge. Google Maps Artist MashUp

editorsbeingabitsillyThings like this next post make me happy. Giddy in fact. The harmonious pairing of two simple viral concepts to create a brand new compelling experience – aka the Mash-Up – still remains at the top of my list. Take a look at UK band Editors and how they mashed static media, music and Google Maps to promote their new album. Genius. Granted, Editor aren’t my cup of tea, but the concept definitely is.

Full story via the amazing addicting Londonist blog here.