I know, many of our readers here are averse to the idea that animated gifs are art. But still, whenever I see some clever web app, regardless of how crassly novel it is, I always get super jealous them sheer hard coding skills. Here are a few cool interactive and creative sites I've come across recently.
You Are Listening To is a website that mashes live police radio streams from a variety of cities with drone and ambient music sourced from Soundcloud. Sounds excellent, and it's very addicting! Listening for an hour or so the other day, I heard radio from a car chase in progress, a man trapped in an elevator and some cop complaining about how bad traffic is.
PointerPointer is a web-app that detects where your cursor is and then pulls an image with a person pointing at your cursor from a huge library of party shots.
The Museum of Endangered Sounds lets you click and listen to sounds from defunct technologies. 56k modem login sounds, fax machines, Speak and Spell toys, etc.
Staggering Beauty is a site where you...ummmm....make this little worm guy rave....trust me on this one.
The Blonk Organ is an interactive instrument that samples Jaap Blonk. He's one of my favorite extended vocalists...by which I mean, yes, all those sounds are produced by his mouth.
Tug of Store is a very ad-friendly app that lets users debate in realtime over whether a product sucks or not by playing a virtual tug-of-war game.
Though I've not heard of it being implemented, Upside-Down Ternet is a funny prank - you can set up your wireless router so that anybody who uses your wireless network (ie, cheapskate neighbors) sees all the images on websites they look at flipped upside down!