August 26th, 2016

Hello Friday people in the hooouuuuuse!!1!

Links time…

NYTimes: Decisive Moments at the Rio Olympics, Frame By Frame

NYTimes: Decisive Moments at the Rio Olympics, Frame By Frame

A great, great photo essay of the beauty of motion this past Olympics.

Nebula Bliss

A great little viewer of nebulae in our universe. Really beautifully realized.

Lister Gallery

Adam Lister creates portraits of hip-hop artists using what appears to be tetris-style geometry. It’s captivating.

Rotopo

A simple little platformer which is somewhat annoyingly challenging.

Sent in by Alison C.

Bonus Link!

Annie Vought: Paper Cuts

Some really intricately-cut paper art.

Seriously this must have taken weeks to complete… phew!

Have a happy Friday everybody!

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August 19th, 2016

Friday has arrived. And with it, the dawn of a new era…

…Or… maybe just a few cool sites to share with you. Either / or!

Let’s go!

Jeff Buckley Collection

Jeff Buckley Collection

First off: R.I.P. Jeff Buckley. It’s been 19 years since he left us. He is still missed.

But this is a celebration of his record collection. The interface is maybe not the best, but it’s a great way to rifle through his influences. A great little tribute (and, I guess, marketing strategy.)

Extremely Good Sh*t With Seinfeld 2000

This is an odd little simulation of the Mac computer that was in Seinfeld for nearly all of its run on TV.

Weird, but entertaining.

Every Country’s Fastest Man In One Race

Presented by the Hindustan Times. This is a great interactive infographic of just how fast Usain Bolt really is. 🙂

2D World

A very challenging 2d physics game. Their literacy is questionable (I played the “Standart” set of levels) but the game is definitely well put-together.

Bonus Link!

Desktop Ensemble

A simple music generation tool using a variety of boxes you place and stretch.

I find it soothing.

Sent in by Traci T.

Enjoy your Friday everybody!

See you next week.

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August 12th, 2016

Hooray for Friiiiiday!

Let’s get to it!

Sergio Odeith: Anamorphic Art

Sergio Odeith: Anamorphic Art

These look amazing! I would love to see them in person.

MyOats

A free online “art” tool where you can create designs which can then be rated, archived and downloaded on the site.

There are some really beautiful designs already. Love it.

Sent in by Taylor M.

FQWImages: Time In Motion

Qi Wei Fong is a fine arts photographer based in Singapore. He makes some really beautiful animated gifs of time-based processes like sunsets.

It’s difficult to describe. They look amazing. There are other works on his site.

Space Plan

Sort of a sci-fi game, sort of an interactive “thing”. You create a bunch of tools using a sort of spacecraft themed interface. It’s also funny!

Bonus Link!

Variance Explained: Text analysis of Trump’s Tweets

Analysis of Donald Trump’s tweets using a customized Twitter feed analyzer, with explanations and code. Some pretty interesting analysis.

This has been making the rounds. I’m a nerd, so I find it fascinating.

Happy Friday everybody!

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August 5th, 2016

It is Friday, and the Olympics start today. This should be interesting…

And now: some links!

Swingify

A website that lets you take (almost) any MP3 file and add either a light, medium or hard swing (or shuffle, if that’s the term you prefer.)

I linked to a research version of this back in 2008 which no longer exists so it makes me smile that someone else has made one of these.

Note: The site gets hit pretty hard, so it may take some time. Enjoy!

The Rick Astley Remixer

Rick Astley Remixer

Also making the rounds. Also pretty great.

Choose the style of every element of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”, meaning the drums, the vocals, etc. One of your choices is black metal, which just on its own is worth the price of admission.

Algorithmia: Colorize Photos

Take a black and white photo and upload it to this service, and a neural network will cleverly make decisions about how to colorize it for you.

Some of the demo results are pretty spectactular.

Sent in by Jennifer R.

Brand New Subway

You get to play subway-God and redesign the New York subway system any way you like, and see the effect it has on numerous elements of daily life.

This is making the rounds. I found it very addictive, but maybe that’s also because I live where subway upgrades take eons to achieve.

Bonus Link!

Light Paintings

American artist Stephen Knapp creates these remarkable works “using a special glass treated with layers of metallic coatings that act as a selective prism to separate focused light into different wavelengths of the spectrum”.

The images only hint at the scale of these artworks. They loom quite large on gallery walls. Must be very impressive in person. Nicely done.

And that’s what I have for you this week.

Happy Olympic August Friday!

See you right here in seven days.

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July 29th, 2016

It is the end of the month, and the last Friday of July.

There are only seven more Fridays this Summer. Let’s make the most of them!

Starting with some links!!

Princess Etch-A-Sketch

Princess Etch-A-Sketch

Some frankly incredible work all done by artist Jane Labowitch solely using an Etch-A-Sketch. Impressive.

Meet Graham

“As much as we like to think we’re invincible, we’re not. But what if we were to change? What if our bodies were built to survive a low impact crash?”

Graham looks… uh…. weird. But he’s apparently what we’d look like if we adapted to car collisions.

Yyyyyiiiiiii….!

Gus Pedro: Merge

Combining landscapes of Death Valley and the cityscape of New York.

These are great. He has other works on his site also.

“Gus Petro is an artist and photographer based in Zurich, Switzerland.”

Thoughts And Prayers: The Game

A sad indictment of the current mass shooting situation in the US. Not really a game so much as an art / think piece (I guess.)

Sent in by Matt S.

Bonus Link!

An Exhibition of Japanese Portable Record Players

These are adorable. 🙂 I would probably shell out for that “Lucky” radio / phono. Awesome.

And here are a couple of quick reads I liked and wanted to share:

10 Fascinating Facts About Egyptian Hieroglyphs. (Self explanatory I believe.) I found that pretty interesting.

Let Me Remind You F***ers Who I Am is a satirical but factually accurate piece written by a fictional version of Hillary Clinton. I like it. It’s funny, and inspiring.

And that’s it. That’s what I’ve got. Okay?

Have a great Friday everybody. 🙂

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July 22nd, 2016

Welcome back to Friday!

I love when that happens! 🙂

Here are some links…

Alex Gross Cabinet Card Paintings

Alex Gross Cabinet Card Paintings

Alex Gross takes “cabinet cards” created between 1870 and 1920 and turns them into superhero art. There is some great work here. Funny!

Rosa de Jong: Micro Matter

This Dutch multi-media artist creates tiny, detailed dwellings inside glass test tubes. Some of these are just lovely. All are quite detailed. There’s a lot more of her work available on the site as well. A great little find from Kate S.

Emanuele DaScanio: Photorealistic Drawings

I’ll say that again: drawings.

These each take dozens to hundreds of hours to complete. His sense of composition is also impressive. Really beautiful work.

h/t MyModernMet.

Winnie The Pooh Home Run Derby

Oddly challenging and addictive.

Sent in by Traci T.

Bonus Link!Monoscope

This single-use website is a water simulation completely rendered via JavaScript in the browser.

And that concludes the Friday Links!

See you next week.

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July 15th, 2016

It is already mid-July! (And of course: Friday!)

Where is the year going?

However: Links time!

Space Dashboard

Space Dashboard

[100% self-explanatory]

Now you can feel like you work for NASA mission control (for the ISS.)

Well executed. Simple!

WhoSampled

“Dig deeper into music by discovering direct connections among over 393,000 songs and 135,000 artists”

Ever wondered what that killer sample was on your favorite new or old-school hip-hop track? This site very likely has the answer.

My favorite section of this site though is their Six Degrees page. It scans the database for connections between pretty disparate artists. e.g.: Nine Inch Nails and Paul McCartney = only 2 degrees of separation.

Tate Time Machine

A really beautifully executed archive of the history of art which has graced the hallowed walls of London’s Tate Gallery of Modern Art between 1970 and today.

Created to celebrate the grand re-opening. Amazing.

Frantic 3

Frantic is indeed the word. Just your standard arcade shooter, but holy cow do you ever need to be fast (and caffeinated.)

Good fun but a little stressful.

Bonus Link!

Send.Dog

After the past few weeks, we’re all feeling quite a bit down and out. So maybe you could use an instant photo of a puppy, texted to you automatically via this service.

Once a day. Easy to unsubscribe. You can request more than one. Now you know.

A medium-sized read I recommend is 61 Glimpses of the Future by Jan Chipchase. I shared this with several people this week and decided hey what the hell, I’ll share it here too. This one piece makes me want to travel, and travel, and travel…

Also there is now a company that will sell you a baseball cap with an emoji on it. Yes they sure will.

Happy Friday everybody! See you in seven days.

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July 8th, 2016

Hottttt Friday! Get your hot Friday heeeere!

Phew.

And now: it’s time for the Friday Links!

Tilt-Shift Van Gogh

Tilt-Shift Van Gogh

Only a few of them, but they’re well done.

The US Declaration of Independence: A github repo

Someone decided to nerdily break down all of the amendments and edits, changes of wording and other things related to this historic document, and they did so with comments, background, and git users that reflect each of the real contributors to it.

Must have taken weeks. Months!

Suggested by James H.

Musical Chord Progression Arpeggiator

Though somewhat limited, this is an amazing learning tool. Lots of features, but the key one I think is missing is the ability to change the chord type for each entry. Still: brilliant!

Rambo: Last Blood

A goofy, hilarious take on the Rambo franchise, in web game form. Nice!

Bonus Link!

The 100 Best Photographs Ever Taken Without Photoshop

Considering photography has existed as a thing since the late 1800’s I’m surprised they stopped at 100. 🙂

A great collection though.

Sent in by Kim N.

And there you go! All linked up!

Have a great, happy, relaxing, stress-free Friday.

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July 1st, 2016

Hey look: it’s July!

And where I live, it’s a Holiday!

But it’s still Friday, so you know what that means…

Blitze & Gewitter: Live Lightning Maps

Blitze & Gewitter: Live Lightning Maps

A live, updated map of current lightning strikes. It also features audio.

A great little project.

The Vanual

Being an exhaustive and immaculately laid-out instruction manual for converting a van into a camper. A crazy amount of work and care obviously went into making this. Holy cow.

Sent along by Alex S.

CyArk

“CyArk was founded in 2003 to ensure heritage sites are available to future generations, while making them uniquely accessible today.”

That is: they 3D-scan heritage architectural works and present them virtually. This is especially important in light of ISIS’s recent efforts to destroy a lot of these structures.

Boiler Escape

A fun little web game that is making the rounds. It’s a straightforward little side-scroller but its use of water is inventive. Suggested by many, many subscribers this week. Enjoy!

Bonus Link!

Autocomplete Poetry

An art installation featuring a variety of Raspberry Pi computers each showing a sequence of Google autocomplete results based on common queries (“I’m scared of”, for example) and showing them as quasi-haiku poetry. (“I’m scared of toasters / I’m scared of death”)

Oddly complicated but somehow satisfying.

Finally, for those of you who like this kind of thing, there is a pretty great listing of the best 50 diners in America. No chain restaurants, all mom and pop operations. There are a few of these that might be worth a road trip…

And so there we go! Friday!

Have a great (long?) weekend everybody.

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June 24th, 2016

If you can believe it: it’s already Friday again!

And the first one of Summer 2016! (in my hemisphere.)

Huzzah!

And now: on to this week’s links…

Swiss Army Man

Created to help promote the A24-produced film “Swiss Army Man” (in theatres now), this little web… thing let’s you play with an inanimate person who responds to certain typed commands.

This ate up quite a bit of one of my days this week…

Edan Kwan: Particle Love

Edan Kwan: Particle Love

A great selection of particle physics all created and manipulated in the browser.

It definitely can eat up quite a bit of your computer’s processor to do it, but the results are pretty fantastic.

The Temple of No by Crows Crows Crows

A sort of “choose your own adventure” game all performed in browser.

Cleverly achieved. Sent in by Alyssa H.

Ragdoll Achievement

(Note: I would go see a band if their name was Ragdoll Achievement…)

The goal here is to cause damage to a crash test dummy (ragdoll.)

This is cartoon-y violence at its best. Also: similar and yet unrelated to the Swiss Army Man above!

Bonus Link!
»Malling-Hansen Writing Ball«, 1867

“The first typewriter in the world produced in series. Serial-No. 97. Pastor Rasmus Hans Johan Malling-Hansen – director of Denmark’s deaf-and-dumb institute in Copenhagen – invented this wonderful precision machine. Giant showpiece of any collection in fantastic original condition!

Estimate: US$ 65,000/104,000”

It isn’t obvious to me how this would actually be used, but apparently it was.

Beautiful looking machine though…

Finally: A great read I was sent by many subscribers this week analyzes the typography found in the movie Blade Runner. It’s making the rounds, it’s exhaustive, and I love it.

And so there we go! Summer links number 1: sorted.

I will see you again next week.

Happy Friday!

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