Do it already!
Designer Alexandra von Feldmann's "Birth Clock" looks like a glass dome with a digital clock inside - turned off. When you smash the glass, though, the clock becomes active, and starts ticking upwards. "...it is designed to help you come to a decision when you're stuck at a specific point in life." See it here. (Found it via Godin's blog.)
From the Quantitative Trading Blog
Regarding stock pricing and earnings announcements.
Physically pixelized art
Devorah Sperber's work is now at Mass MoCA - her arrangements of (for example) spools of thread become recognizable works when viewed through simple optics. Here's a photo, and here's her exhibit at Mass MoCA.
International Dialects of English Archive
Hear clips of people from different states and countries reading specially-designed texts. Here's one from Massachusetts. Here's the top-level menu, from which you can listen to Saskatchewan, Maine ("downeast farmer"), and a guy from the Bronx born in 1940.
I just returned from a business trip to Saskatchewan, actually, which was really great - everyone I met was so friendly, amplified by many sentences ending with "for sure - you bet!". (I don't know, Jenn, could I have been sensitized by our watching clips like this?) Also, I managed to bring a Japanese geocaching travel bug from Waltham, Mass. to Regina, SK!
For Douglas Coupland Fans
In the NYTimes (2006).