Latest

Here are twenty of the latest tools and inspirations I have added to the site.

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You should be able to open this up, figure out how it works and have fun with this. There are lots of online "toys" that are actually worth playing with just for the experience, they'll give you ideas.


This category is for things that may take a little learning but don't need lots of effort. 


These items will require some studying but are worth the time. You can watch a few YouTube videos to get to grips with it, right? 


These are complex tools for those who are more technically minded, or researchers or professionals. But hey, don't let that stop you. 

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Batch Image Tools

Tools to adjust batches of images, such as face removal (this looks handy)


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Item Remover

Remove an item from a photo seamlessly and easily.


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Upscale Media

Uses A.I to make a small image bigger without going all pixelated.


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Adobe Background Remover

Web-based. Remove backgrounds from images easily.


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Watermark Remover

Remove annoying watermarks from images.


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Search YouTube Transcripts - Filmot

Disaster of an interface, but a nice tool that searches YouTube transcripts for what you want.


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Connected Papers

Search for an academic paper, and explore a network diagram of related papers.


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Point In History

Brilliant map tool that shows which dynasties and empires have owned that land over time.


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Virtual Graph Paper

A drawing tool that is like a notepad with graph paper.


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Felt

A tool to create very interesting maps


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Web Midi Keyboard

A FULL midi keyboard (that you can use your computer keys with). Useful


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Twitter Video Downloader

This tool can help you download a video from a tweet.


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Basicpitch

A tool that turns any audio file into midi.


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Anvil

Python-driven web application tool. Looks great.


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Plant Generator

Strange flow diagram tool to create plants and leaves that can be saved as 3D models.


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The Greats

Create your protest artwork, and give it to the community to use. Interesting idea.


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Pulp-o-mizer

Create your own pulp fiction cover. Loads of fun.


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Adapter

A utility that converts audio, movies and images into various formats. Looks useful.


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Storytelling Resources

Huge collection of links to resources and tools related to storytelling.


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Javascript Snippets

A collection of useful Javascript snippets to do all sorts of things. Handy!


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Tree FM

Listen in to various forests.


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QR Code Generator

Python code to generate QR codes, even animated ones.


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Solitude

Brilliant text tool. Write, or paste in a few paragraphs of text. This tool then translates it to and from lots of languages, bending the words into similar but strange reflections of the original.


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WordsAPI

A really power API for getting words to generate stories etc.


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Handy Mnenomics

Article about a particular way to remember things


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IBM 1401, A User’s Manual

nspired by a recording of an IBM mainframe computer which Jóhann’s father, Jóhann Gunnarsson, made on a reel-to-reel tape machine more than 30 years ago, the piece was originally written to be performed by a string quartet as the accompaniment to a dance piece by the choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir.


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Wikipedia Haiku

Haikus that are found accidentally in wikipedia text.


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Country Comparisons

Select a country to view its performance relative to the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries and see how it compares with other countries. Dark green circles show the social foundation and ecological ceiling. Blue wedges show social performance relative to a threshold associated with meeting basic needs.


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MRI of the Earth

Interesting project looking at "The Earth" and climate change etc.


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Where have you cried?

Interesting project documenting where people have cried, and why.


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How is Felix today?

Lifelogger put his entire life into one database.


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The Polish System

Really interesing article about one way of displaying historical information.


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Polytopias

An article introducing the ideas of polytopias (and how to get there) and world-building... linked with sci-fi and interactive narratives too.


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How A Mechanical Watch Works

Amazing interactive visualisations of the inner workings of a watch.


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Ezekiel Aquino

I'm not entirely sure. A round score? 


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Moon Phases Explained

At last a really great interactive tool to help you understand moon phases.


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Sci-fi Covers Made With A.I

Lewis Hackett makes sci-fi covers with A.I and even links to the Colab notebooks so you can make your own.


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ICONOGRAPHIC ENCYCLOPÆDIA

Huge collection of old illustrations of science, literature and art.


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John Peel Roulette

Listen to a random moment from the John Peel show archives.


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ExpoDubai

Created by the XRStories team at the University of York, the ExpoDubai app is a VR experience that has landscapes, treasures, quests and even dragons.

Go get the app and travel around the exhibition, it's pretty amazing.


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R Mock Ward Round Scenario - End of Life Patient

360 VR video used in the medical profession to train staff.


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Interiors of Instruments

Lovely photos of the INSIDES of instruments


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Discovering Speed Data From Photos

Interesting article on how photos are used to generate speed data from the Tokyo Olympics.


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Music Events At Uni of York

Always something strange and alluring coming up at York.


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David Attenborough Mindful Mix

What is this? An ambient track with David's voice occassionally drifting in and out. Very strange. I quite like it. 


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Abandon Normal Strategies

Based on Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies, this art project evolves it based on living through current times 


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Jodorowsky's Dune Storyboards

A fascinating look at a film in storyboard format.


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Surveillance Atlas of Infectious Diseases

Brilliant explorable dataset, with downloadable data


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Collection of Equirectangular Images

A Flickr collection of equirectangular images, many of which are Creative Commons licenced for use in your own VR creations.

Lots more here.


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Collection of Posters

Fabulous collection of posters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture  in the 1930s


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A REVIEW OF NINE INTERACTIVE NARRATIVE SYSTEMS

An academic paper about interactive narrative systems.


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Prelinger Movie Archive

Huge collection of movies.


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Freepik

Great collection of Creative Commons images and vectors to download and use if you credit the creators.

Note: As ever, watch out for sponsored links at the top of the page for paid images. And use the Filters to find what you want.


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Livecode Stacks

Large collection of stacks for you to 


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MIT App Inventor Extensions

Thunkable is based on a very similar free tool call MIT App Inventor. Because lots of people create Extensions for it, that also work with Thunkable, you can find extra code, called Extensions which do everything from rotation detection, to sound analysis, to QR code recognition and connecting to other devices.


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Public Domain Vectors

Large collection of downloadable .svg files 


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Royalty Free Video Clips

Another place to find free video clips to use.


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Royalty Free Video Clips

Lots of royalty-free videos to use. Can you tell a story with these sorts of videos?


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Animation Frames

A collection of sprite sheets that you could use to help you with your animation.


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List of Proverbs

Useful to help inspire you.


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Idiom Connection

A collection of categorised idioms.


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List of Idioms

Wonderful collection of sayings and idioms that you might use for inspiration.