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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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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Instant Logo Creator

Enter your brand name and A.I creates your logo(s).


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DALL·E mini

A text to image tool. I put in "Digital Skills and Creativity at the University of York" and got this.


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BlocksCAD

Create 3D objects with block-coding.


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Pangur

Interesting. A visual text processing language. 


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Redact Photos

If you need to hide all the faces in a photo, this app will help.


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Collection of Javascript Snippets

Single line examples of how to do all sorts of things with Javascript


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CCCreate

A lovely collection of tools for web developers


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Aphantasia Colab Notebook

Text-to-Image Google Colab notebook. Run all the code sections, add your text, and get an image AND a movie.


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OpenAI API

Lots of example text-based A.I apps that you can use to help your ideas along. If you like what they do, you could maybe integrate that feature via an API into your app.


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DNaW

Automatically generates a sketch, and a poem/story... quite interesting.


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MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia

Bring any photograph to life with A.I.


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Curaturae

As you type, A.I finds artefacts in its collection that matches what you have written.


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ProsePainter

Amazing A.I. tool that lets you define the text for painted areas of an image. A.I then fills in and blends a generated image into the image you have uploaded.


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Face The Music

Play music with your face.


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Text to Image Notebook (nsheppard's)

A slow, but create Google Colab Notebook that turns text into images.


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Waifu2x

Tool that uses A.I to upscale the size of smaller images, hopefully without losing detail


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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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Neuro Symbolic Lab

To be honest, I don't have a clue what this is. It's a brain and er.

Oh I get it, it's a very fancy marketing web site that shows off some of the skills of A.I, and could be used as an idea generator.


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Better Images of AI

Interesting idea looking at the tropes connected with A.I. 


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Archive Of Lamppost Stickers

Lovely collection of street art stickers.


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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.