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Silk: Surreal Abstraction in a Browser

New web technologies give us the ability to create outstanding, beautiful artwork in our browser window without Flash. Silk is an app unlike anything we’ve seen before. We had trouble nailing down how to describe it since we couldn’t compare it. It’s not a tool or a game.

Visit Silk, and click-and-drag a line across your browser. Once you let go, an organic shape will begin to form and glide across your screen. The design looks like waving fabric, or arcs of lightning, or smoke from a cigarette, all depending on what your draw. The shape cycles through colors as it grows, giving you a piece that you’ll want to save and share with friends. Hold down your Shift-key and move your mouse to control the wind.

What surprised us about Silk is that there is a business model behind the tool. The website previews upcoming iPhone and iPad apps. After all, with an app like this one, why would you want to be limited to your browser? We don’t have any other details at this point. But, once they are released in the App Store, we’re willing to bet they will become instant classics.

Sponduu: Meet Locals For Group Events

Sponduu is a new social network designed to match you with people in your area with similar interests. Maybe your friends don’t like the symphony, or basketball, or playing hockey, or comedy shows. Sponduu connects you with people who do.

Once you create an account and punch in your zip code, Sponduu shows the Bulletin Board, which contains activities started by other members (or “Sponduuers”). Click on any activity to view the details, how many people can accept, and which members have already accepted. Actually coordinating the event takes place between whoever accepts.

The service also works well with your core group of friends. You can create groups and specify who to invite. After all available spots are filled, it disappears from everyone else’s Bulletin Board. Non-profits can use Sponduu to recruit volunteers as well.

Creating a new activity is a simple one-page form. Activities make up a very long list in a drop-down menu. They were also kind enough to add in an Other option for the truly adventurous. Give a name, date and description, and specify how many people can attend and whether the event should be open to all. Your new listing appears in the Bulletin Board.

Sponduu has a native iPhone app available in the App Store. It’s everything you’d expect. Android and WAP versions are coming soon.

Sponduu is in its very early stages of growth. The site is clean and functional, and people appear to be posting their events. At the moment, the founders are soliciting requests from partners as part of a version 2.0 launch in 2011. Could it be something like Groupon with more of a focus toward meet-ups? We’re definitely curious to see.

Miso: Check In To Your Favorite Shows

It’s fall, which means networks are airing new episodes each week. It’s also sweeps, which means primetime TV actually means something.

Miso is a community created for the love for television. Create an account (in less than five seconds), and begin checking in to your favorite shows. The site is set up so each show has its own fan page. When you come across a show you like, check in, leave a comment, or share a link to join the conversation with other fans. Miso extends beyond shows, too. After a quick search, we came across movies and sports teams and leagues.

The service has recruited a dedicated community. Shows like Conan and Glee have more than three thousand members, and you see a new person check in to these pages every few minutes.

Different actions on the site are rewarded with badges. They don’t keep a list of what’s required to earn each badge, just to keep things interesting. And badges are unique to what’s popular now, like the Vampire badge or the Sci-Fi badge that reads, “You secretly wished you lived in an alternate universe – a universe in which Firefly had never been canceled.” These people love TV, and they’ve been paying attention.

If you don’t feel like checking in on your computer, Miso offers iPhone, iPad and Android apps. The apps look good.

Miso grasps a really important concept on why we watch TV. Even with DVRs and Tivos making their way into our living rooms, we still watch shows that same night. After all, we want to be part of the conversation the next morning when our friends and coworkers talk about what happened. Miso tells us we don’t have to wait until the next day.