September 30th, 2016

And so, we bid farewell to September 2017… (snif)

Happy Friday everybody!

Let’s begin…

MeteoEarth

MeteoEarth

A real-time, 3D model of planet earth and its weather systems.

This is pretty incredible. It does forecasts. I like it.

Tony Wu: Humpback Whales Underwater

Just one of numerous galleries from this awesome photographer. He lives in Tonga, so he has regular access to some stunning underwater fauna. Some great, great photos here.

Every Car from Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

“With quotes from Jerry Seinfeld.”

[self explanatory] Some real gems here.

Pirac.io

“You start as a small ship and kill computer players, and later other players in order to upgrade your ship to the max.”

Addictive. Vengeful!

Sent along by Kim N. (Yarrrrr!)

Bonus Link!

Smart Phones Replaced With Butter

[self explanatory]

I like it! (But why butter? Hm…)

Also there’s whatever this thing is. I find it therapeutic. Mmmm ripples…

Have a lovely weekend everybody. Enjoy your pumpkin spice whatever-it-is you consume this time of year.

See you in a week.

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September 23rd, 2016

Happy Autumn everybody!

And Happy Friday!

It is links time…

Paperplanes.World

A bit complicated but pretty beautifully executed.

Load the website on your desktop to view all the paper planes being deployed.

Load the website on your phone to launch your own (location must be turned on.)

Fold and “throw” the paper plane using your phone, and you’ll see it launch on your desktop / laptop browser.

Clever.

Young-Deok Seo: Belt Chain

Young-Deok Seo: Belt Chain

Young-Deok Seo is a Seoul-based very accomplished fine artist.

In this gallery he molds chains into stunning sculptures.

Beautiful, beautiful work here.

botsplaining

“I made a troll honeypot on Twitter. It posts opinions on a couple dozen topics, then, when people respond to it, responds at random from a list of 18 possible replies. Assholes like to mansplain at it, and I like to laugh at them.”

In 2016 this is pretty ingenious. 🙂

Sent along by Kate S.

The Gods Are Hungry

“As leader of a prehistoric tribe, it’s your job to keep your people fed, housed and safe.”

A complicated little game that I find addictive. The UI is not obvious but stick with it. It’s interesting.

Bonus Link!

McSweeney’s: It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherf*ckers

“When my guests come over it’s gonna be like, BLAMMO! Check out my shellacked decorative vegetables, assholes.”

Written by the inimitable Colin Nissan, who has tread similar territory before.

And there we go! Links! Sorted!

Have a lovely Autumn Friday and weekend.

See you next week.

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September 16th, 2016

This is the last Friday of Summer 2016 (in the Northern Hemisphere.) :'( Wah!

But don’t fret old chum: here are some links! 🙂 (“Chum”?!)

(ahem)

Current Condition

This makes me feel old, and slightly nostalgic. In the late 70s and 80s, there was always a channel on your TV set that would show weather and the current time. This is a replication of that system (using html5) which instead just randomly selects music to play, and shows a variety of odd, humorous messages.

I like it!

Living Portraits: Carl Van Vechten’s Color Photographs of African Americans, 1939-1964

Living Portraits: Carl Van Vechten's Color Photographs of African Americans, 1939-1964

[self explanatory] Gallery link is here.

Dizzy Gillespie! Ella Fitzgerald! Eartha Kitt!

There are some pretty fantastic shots in this gallery.

Wikiverse.io

A 3D graphical interface to explore Wikipedia.

I am not a fan of the user interface but the idea is great.

Sent in by many subscribers.

Topple Trump

A game where you alter the success of the upcoming US election by exercising your knowledge of which words Donald Trump has used in speeches.

It’s tricky, and kind of fun.

Sent in by James H.

Bonus Link!

 

Reiner Riedler: The Unseen Seen

“The concept is to confront the viewer with the image of an object (filmrolls) and in doing so recall images from the spectator’s memory. By reading the movie title, I want to generate emotions and images from our memory.”

Film reels of classic cinema. Not images from the movies themselves, just the reels of celluloid used to present the movies.
I’m struck by how distinctly different each of these are. (The Godfather especially.)

And there we go! All linked up.

Happy Friday, friends. 🙂 And happy last weekend of Summer.

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September 9th, 2016

Friday, everybody!

Friday!! Do you realize what this means?!?!

Well. Links, for one thing.

Here we go!

Adventure Machine Pro

Adventure Machine Pro

A great little exploratory music creation… thing. I’ve only limited my time on this to a scant few minutes but I could play with it for a while. It’s fun to explore.

The Ramsophone

Another great little interactive music… thing. The best/worst part of this is that it is random, so there’s no way to save what you make. But it’s still pretty awesome. Note: Stranger Things musical vibe is present.

TeleGeography: Submarine Cable Map

“The Submarine Cable Map is a free resource from TeleGeography. Data contained in this map is drawn from the Global Bandwidth Research Service and is updated on a regular basis.”

Now you know where your internet comes from (and goes.)

Sugar Sugar

Use your mouse to draw lines to direct falling sugar into mugs. It’s tricky.

This sort of reminds me of Line Rider from so many years ago.

Bonus Link!

Sub-Reddit Turns Photos Into Movie Posters

[self explanatory]

Some great ones here. The guy (girl?) has talent.

Happy Friday everybody!

See you in a week.

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September 2nd, 2016

And just like that: it’s September.

And! It’s Friday. And where I live: a long weekend. (Hopefully for you as well.)

Links time!

Printed by Somerset

This is the corporate website of Somerset, a company based out of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada that does vintage style letterpress and other styles of printing.

The site was created using HTML5 and a lot of clever design choices. Really excellently done.

BlokDust

A web based synth, using geometric… things. You can compose songs with it. For example this… whatever it is. 🙂 (Song? Work? Opus?)

Making the rounds, and very interesting.

Cesium.js

“An open-source JavaScript library for world-class 3D globes and maps”

Wow. If you play with this thing for a while you get a pretty good idea of the sheer volume of options that exist for any map implementation in the 21st century (so far, anyway.)

And it’s not just for “simple” Google-earth-style views of our planet. Check this out to see what I mean.

Pretty great.

Gun Blood

A pretty challenging old-west gun-duel game.

It takes a bit of getting used to but it’s certainly addictive.

Bonus Link!

Jennifer McCurdy: Wheel Thrown Ceramic

Jennifer McCurdy: Wheel Thrown Porcelain

Ms. McCurdy creates what appear to be semi-organic shapes using ceramics, a process that can’t be easy at all. To whit:

“Each piece is thrown by hand on the potter’s wheel, then altered, carved and incised, one at a time, then fired to cone 10 (2350 degrees), so there are welcome variations in size and shape.”

They’re beautiful!

There you have it. Happy Friday everybody!

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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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