April 21st, 2017

We have arrived at the end of your work week.

And as your reward, some links. 🙂

c. 1960s – The lost photos of Barcelona

c. 1960s - The lost photos of Barcelona

“Sponheim spotted a stack of photo negatives on a table, and after checking that they were decently exposed, asked the vendor how much. She asked for $2.50 for an envelope of the shots. He paid her $3.50.

“Upon returning home, Sponheim scanned the negatives and discovered that he had stumbled upon the work of an unknown but immensely talented photographer.”

These are beautiful!

I am developing a thing for found film projects. Ever since “Finding Vivian Maier” I’ve been a little obsessed, and so far there is no shortage of new, interesting finds.

Barbara Custom Motorcycles – Photoshop Preparations

Barbara Custom Motorcycles - Photoshop Preparations

Barbara Custom Motorcycles design (but do not build) some extraordinary 2-wheeled vehicle designs. They can assist with the design of custom parts, which I find interesting.

Definitely check out their Instagram and Facebook page. Just great stuff.

PotusStaff

“In solidarity with others who were courageous enough to create #altgov twitter accounts, pushing back against President Trump’s attempt to silence dissent and inconvenient facts, we are committed to supporting the resistance by revealing the inner chaos and incompetence of President Trump’s White House.”

This is… definitely very interesting.

Run 3

A pretty straightforward run-and-jump game, but it gets challenging pretty fast.

Sent in by Raf M.

Bonus Link!

Flour Crowns: Delicious Food Crowns Self-Portraits by Lauren Hom

Flour Crowns: Delicious Food Crowns Self-Portraits by Lauren Hom

Exactly what it says on the tin.

Meticulously staged. Beautiful. Also probably delicious. 🙂

Sent in by Lauren M.

Also: I dunno if you guys saw but Google Earth overhauled its interface this past week and man… it is excellent.

Google Earth and Google Maps are my two very favorite inventions in the world.

And there we go! Links! Sorted!

I hope your Friday, and your Weekend, are great.

See you in seven days.

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April 14th, 2017

Happy Friday (off?)!

Where I live, it’s a day off. And it’s nice out! And it’s Friday!

And there are these links I found…

North: An Illustrated Travelogue by Christoph Niemann

North: An Illustrated Travelogue by Christoph Niemann

Created by this author, artist and photographer Niemann, this is an insightful, beautiful travelogue to the far North. Lovely.

Self-Reflected

Self-Reflected

“Dr. Greg Dunn (artist and neuroscientist) and Dr. Brian Edwards (artist and applied physicist) created Self Reflected to elucidate the nature of human consciousness, bridging the connection between the mysterious three pound macroscopic brain and the microscopic behavior of neurons.”

These visualizations and renderings look just beautiful!

A lot of science is behind them too. Come and learn about your brain!

Solar System In A Bottle

(To scale)

“A small bottle attempting to maintain the correct scale between the 8 planets of the solar system at a scale of 1:5,000,000,000.”

I love this. 🙂

Easter Egg Hop!

A frantic, but still very much fun, flash game.

Sent in by Traci T.

Bonus Link!

Katafocus

“Katafotus reflective pins can be easily attached to clothes, bags or rucksacks to dramatically improve safety of night walks and bicycle rides without compromising appearance.”

A great, great idea. For a safer pedestrian.

And there we go!

Happy Easter (if you’re into that kind of thing.)

See you next week!

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April 7th, 2017

And we’re back, and it’s Friday again!

Over to Jerry with your weather… (no? Ohhh…)

To the links!!

FedEx Soundtrack

A music / web installation from FedEx. If you have a tracking number, enter it, and this site will generate graphics and music based on that id.

Strange that FedEx came up with this, or probably their agency of choice. Pretty well executed.

Inside Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

Inside Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

“A Palestinian guesthouse packed with artwork of the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy unveiled itself in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, with a sneak peek of what the owner sarcastically called the ‘hotel with the worst view in the world.’ The hotel will open on March 20 with rooms costing $30 (Dh110) a night.”

As with most things Banksy, it’s stunning, and quite a statement.

Levitating Turntable by MAG-LEV Audio

Levitating Turntable by MAG-LEV Audio

Hoooo boy look at that.

I will not be buying this but it looks just lovely. This Kickstarter project was aiming for $300,000 but funded up to $552,178. The final product cost will be around $880. (Not including shipping.)

Nicely done.

Ninjas Vs. Aliens

a.k.a.: Space Invaders, but with Ninja throwing stars.

It’s a challenging little time-waster. I like.

And there are your Friday Links!

Have a great weekend everybody.

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March 31st, 2017

We now join your Friday, already in progress…

Here we go!

MapFight

This app overlays one country’s map on top of another to get a sense of the size difference. Kind of cool!

Rich McCor: Paperboyo

Rich McCor: Paperboyo

“London-based paper artist and photographer Rich McCor (aka. paperboyo) has a way of seeing the world from a slightly different perspective. By adding a simple paper cutout to the foreground of famous buildings or other popular tourist attractions, he creates novel moments in time…”

This guy is super talented. Such a great idea.

Arinze Stanley: Larger-Than-Life Hyperrealistic Portraits

These are super impressive.

Red Remover

Click red things to remove them in as few moves as possible. Starts off pretty easy, but as usual… (ugh!)

Sadly: no bonus link this week.

But it’s still Friday everybody!! Yaaaaaay!

Okay. Off I go. Have a lovely weekend!

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March 24th, 2017

Well we finally made it back to Friday!

And now it’s Spring!! And not St. Paddy’s Day. And stuff.

And! Links…

P I N K   T R O M B O N E

P I N K T R O M B O N E

“Bare-handed procedural speech synthesis”

You move a series of very basic controls and a computer voice makes the noises that those effects would produce.

This is hilarious. But also ingenious.

Open MCT

This app replicates the environment used to command and control the NASA Mars rovers. There are a variety of things you can examine and play with. It’s a bit daunting, but fascinating. There is an intro tutorial but not much other information. Still fun to mess around with.

Listen To The Cloud

Ambient music + radio chatter from your airport of choice = background bliss (sort of.)

Making the rounds-ish.

String Theory

A neat puzzle game involving spacey-looking physics. Fun!

Note: This game requires GPU acceleration, which may be turned off by default in Chrome. (Try Firefox if so.)

Ta daaaaa! You have been Friday Linked!!

Have a great (warm?) weekend.

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March 17th, 2017

Welcome to the final Winter Friday in 2017.

About damn time, I hear you say.

And now: some linkages-es… es.

1917 Free History

“‘1917. Free History’ is a project that enables participants to find out about the history of 1917 from those who lived during this defining moment of twentieth century history.

“The project consists entirely of primary sources. It includes not a trace of invention. All the texts used are taken from genuine documents written by historical figures: letters, memoirs, diaries and other documents of the period.”

Specifically this is about Russian history in the year 1917, encompassing the build-up to the revolution. All of the information is posted as if it were via social media. It’s a pretty interesting read.

Before The Flood

A site created in support of the documentary released last year, hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio. IT shows (among other things) the effect of major sea level rise on predominantly American metropolitan areas.

I Know Joshua Smith: Works

I Know Joshua Smith: Works

“Joshua Smith is a miniaturist and former stencil artist based in Norwood, South Australia.”

“His miniature works primarily focus on the often overlooked aspects of the urban environment such as grime, rust, decay to discarded cigarettes and graffiti perfectly recreated in 1:20 scale miniatures.”

These are simply fantastic!

Madalin Stunt Cars 2

This requires Unity and definitely takes a while to load.

After that it’s a wide-open playground of ramps and loops and whatnot.

Controls are a little weird, but it’s certainly fun.

Smosh.com: 27 of the Best (and Most Hideous) Face Swaps of 2016

“…here are some of our favorite nightmare face-swaps from 2016 (plus a few classics that made their way around the internet again because they’re THAT GOOD!)”

I lol’d.

A lot.

And there we go! Links!!

Enjoy your (hopefully warm) weekend everybody.

See you in seven days!

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March 10th, 2017

You have arrived… at your Friday Links!

Sadly, no bonus link today. Got too slammed.

Here we go!

Parastone.uk: Hiëronymus Bosch Figures

Parastone.uk: Hiëronymus Bosch Figures

Parastone is a pretty old company, and they have many artisans working for them. They decided to make a series of figurines based off of imagery in Bosch’s seminal “The Garden Of Earthly Delights” tryptich. These are fantastic.

Whose Streets? Our Streets! [NYC 1980-2000]

“New York’s streets were turbulent in the 1980s and 1990s, as residents marched, demonstrated, and rioted in response to social changes in their city as well as national and international developments.”

This is an engrossing site promoting several photographers’ works during this time period, and promoting a new book.

Sort of making the rounds.

Signs From The Near Future

“We better get used to them…!”

A tumblr with some wonderfully realized faux-future images of signage we might (!) end up seeing in the coming decades.

The site does not credit an artist, but these are quite well done.

Tangram

A very, very challenging puzzle game. Use all of the pieces to create the shape. Definitely addictive. Great idea.

Thanks once again for joining me for your weekly dose of Friday Links!

See you again next week.

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March 3rd, 2017

Welcome back Friday Fans.

Here are some links!

Moodica

Moodica.com

Claims to be “Relaxing videos catered to your mood.”

A great little background idea. Choose a scenario and just let it play.

Beautifully shot!

They have apps for Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

Logo Book

“Discover the worlds finest logos, symbols & trademarks.”

This is an impressive catalog of over 5000 logos from around the world, organized into different categories.

If you’re a design or branding nerd, this could eat up a good portion of your day, I imagine.

My Fridge Food

You enter the ingredients that are in your fridge, and this site supplies a pretty broad variety of recipes that can be made with them.

There are a lot of other sites that perform this function but I haven’t seen one with this much variation before. Nicely done.

Leaf Me Alone

An oddly addictive little platformer. Cleverly rendered. Fun!

Bonus Link!

The Atlantic: Timeline

“Tell us your birthday, and we’ll show you how the world has changed during your lifetime.”

In my case the key dividing line was before and after texting via cellphone. Interesting.

And there we have it, your Friday Links for the first Friday in March 2017!

Spring is neeeearly here (but will the weather act that way? Hmmmm…)

See you next week, everybody.

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February 24th, 2017

Well here we are! The last Friday in February 2017.

The felt really fast already. Where I live, it’s been unseasonably warm. So happy early Spring!

Here we go…

Image to Image Demo

This is a specialized A.I. which uses Tensorflow to take your sketch and produce a photorealistic representation.

It’s very narrow: building facades and cats. But it is impressive. Also, at the moment, a little creepy-looking / goofy.

The future! It’s here!

Miniature Calendar

Miniature Calendar

Brilliantly composed diorama-style scenarios of everyday life. Beautifully shot and conceived by artist Tatsuya Tanaka. Just lovely.

Progress Bar Of Life

Enter some basic information (no emails, you can lie about all of it) and this simple website will create a custom progress bar based on your country’s current life expectancy.

Kind of a downer but beautifully rendered.

Freeway Fury 3

Steal cars. Drive like crazy. Cause damage. Etc.

A great little stress-reliever. I like!

There are previous versions, of course.

Bonus Link!

Feature Shoot: Dozens Of Vintage Snapshots, All With The Same Creepy Shadow

[self explanatory]

Yyiiii!

A bit of a study in context. 🙂

These have been your Friday Links for the end of February 2017.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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February 17th, 2017

Welcome to Friday!

And your Friday Links (of course.)

Begin! (Bang!)

Whale Synth

A great little browser toy that simulates whale songs with a variety of customizable parameters.

They also created an instrument plugin for Ableton Live. Brilliant!

Favelagrafia

“The Favelagrafia Project (portuguese for slum photography) brings a new look onto Rio’s favelas.

“A new perspective.

“Here, the slums are shown in a truthful way, by those understanding most about it: its own residents.”

This is a stark but well done photo essay / web installation.

Underwater Photos Of The Year: 2017

Underwater Photos Of The Year: 2017

A great, great selection.

So beautiful. Making the rounds, and justly so.

Y8 Warships

A multiplayer warship game. Navigate and attack other players’ vessels, upgrade and accumulate better armament, etc.

It’s addictive and cartoonish and a good little timewaster.

Bonus Link!

Here are the post-apocalyptic death machines of Fury Road but with googly Pixar eyes

[self explanatory]

Comedian Paul Savage has taken up this new hobby… 🙂

I love it!

And there we have your weekly Friday Links!

Have a lovely weekend everybody!

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