January 7th, 2022

Happy Friday! Happy New Year!

We made it! (I hope)

And it’s Links time!!

Let’s go!

Mini Tokyo 3D

Mini Tokyo 3D

You can zoom in, move around, discover the current location of a specific train, and then follow that train as it moves. It also has live cameras throughout.

This must have taken quite a bit of work. So crazy!

Note: It’s a live, real time monitoring setup.

Template Maker

Template Maker

Choose the unit of measurement, enter the specific measurement you want, and print paper templates to make bags, cylinders, boxes (including lids, etc.) of your choosing.

A brilliant site. Well done.

Space News To Watch in 2022

Space News To Watch in 2022

The past three years have seen some very important innovations and breakthroughs in the space launch sector.

2022 will include several brand new types of craft launching for the first time, and specifically a whole lot of probes being launched to the moon.

Exciting stuff!

Jet Rush

Jet Rush

Move only left or right to avoid obstacles.

It gets pretty fast pretty quickly. Challenging!

Huzzah! Friday links complete!

Have a lovely Friday and an excellent weekend.

See you next Friday!

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December 31st, 2021

Welcome to the final Friday in the year 2021.

I can’t believe we made it.

There are only three links for you this week because this year was a lot.

I hope you’re all doing as well as you possibly can be doing.

Links time lets goooooo!!

Where is Webb?

Where is Webb?

A great, great little site to follow the progress of the James Webb Space Telescope. The deployment of the entire telescope takes 29 days.

Suggested by astrophysicist Amber Straughan.

Things full of beans that shouldn’t be full of beans

Things full of beans that shouldn't be full of beans

[self explanatory….?]

For some reason, making the rounds. What is wrong with people?

Smash Karts

Smash Karts

Drive Kart. Smash things. Repeat.

Oh also shoot things.

And there we go!

Have a great Friday, a great weekend, and a happy, happy new year.

See you on the other side.

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December 24th, 2021

Merry Christmas!

And Happy Friday!

And it’s the second- last Friday of this terrible, terrible year.

I unfortunately got a little too busy (xmas stuff) and everything in my city is back to being pretty well shut right down, so I only have a reduced amount of Friday Links for you.

We finally made it here. It feels both so fast and way, way too slow.

First: Kottke has compiled several “Best photos of 2021” lists which I recommend. Holy crap what a year.

Readow

Readow

“The new way to find the next book to read! Let AI to help you discover the best books for you…”

Interesting! I haven’t yet used it for an actual recommendation but I think I will.

You Don’t Know African flags

You Don't Know African flags

I know exactly three African flags.

Still fun!

Sooooo that’s all I have this week. 🙁

Happy Holidays, and I hope you’re all safe and as well as you can be.

See you next Friday!

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December 17th, 2021

Happy Friday!

The last Friday of Autumn, 2021. Amazing

Happy Holildays! Merry Christmas! Etc.!

Let’s go!

WTF Do They Want

WTF Do They Want

“Take a short personality quiz and we will match them with their ideal gifts.”

An interesting gift finder based on personality type.

The One Million Dollar Puzzle

The One Million Dollar Puzzle

Buy the puzzle, build it, scan the QR code, and find out how much you’ve won.

Every puzzle wins something, but only one will win $1 million USD.

NME’s 50 Best Albums of 2021

NME's 50 Best Albums of 2021

The best of lists begin…

Tyler the Creator, Wolf Alice, Halsey, Kacey Musgraves, Doja Cat. It’s quite the list!

CanJump

CanJump

You can’t control which direction the charatcer moves in other than by bumping into obstacles. But you “Can Jump”.

Challenging.

Well there we go. Friday Links! In December! While we still can!

Have a great Friday and an amazing weekend.

See you next week!

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December 10th, 2021

Hello, and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas!

We’re in the thick of the Christmas season and I threw together a few guides for charity and gifting.

As I do nearly every year, I recommend giving to Covenant House. If you have a roof over your head, food in your fridge, and a job to go to, it’s worth it to send some of your income to this charity.

Red Door Family Shelter is also an excellent charity to donate to.

Canada Helps has an excellent charity giving guide, under the guise of it being a gift guide.

Charitynavigator also has a decent one.

And at spruce.com there is a list of the top 10 charities that help children specifically.

It appears that rather than just have one specific gift guide, the magazine industry in particular has split everything into weirdly specific groups of gift guides, indicating that ad impressions are more important than, you know, actually providing the info we’re looking for.

Esquire has four specific xmas gift guides this year.

Elle has a few specific gift guides (including one specifically branded one.)

The whole vibe is different. I don’t like it. But you have to do what you can do when ad revenue is down. (The spirit of xmas, right?)

And two more I actually did like:

The Guardian

Real Simple

Nearly nobody I know is giving gifts this xmas. It’s nearly all donations and charity. And that is a good thing. Merry Christmas!

And now: the links!

Eat Like A Sultan

Eat Like A Sultan

“Welcome to Daniel Newman’s website on the history of Arab cooking in the Middle Ages. The site combines two passions of mine, food and history. The site is much more than mere facts or historical background as it brings medieval recipes back to life through painstaking recreation of the original dishes.”

Medieval Arab food and techniques!

BookStash

BookStash

“Top books recommended by famous folk, in 3m or less.”

Not so much “reading” the book itself so much as “gleaning” the key points of the book so you can talk to people as though you had.

It’s an interesting idea!

Scale of the Universe 2

Scale of the Universe 2

Use a scrollbar to zoom waaaaaaaayyyyyy down to the subatomic level, or way, way, wayyyyyyy up to the macro full-size universe scale.

This is fun to bookmark because you can turn to it while you’re on hold during a zoom call. There is never not something to learn about micro or macro scale objects.

Space Is Key Christmas

Space Is Key Christmas

Use your spacebar (which is key) to jump your block over other blocks.

Surprisingly challenging!

Well there we go. All linked up!

Merry Christmas! Happy Friday! Have an excellent weekend.

Stay safe.

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December 3rd, 2021

It’s Friday!

The first Friday of the last month of 2021. We’re getting through this godforsaken year you guys!

I hope you’re all doing well.

It’s links time!

WeirdSpot.fyi

WeirdSpot.fyi

“enter a sentence. get a playlist.”

Basically, yeah: that!

Some excellent tech went into this.

DrawNames

DrawNames

A fantastic little “Secret Santa” / gift exchange utility that more properly randomizes who buys gifts for whom.

Especially for larger groups, this is a great little tool

Townscaper

Townscaper

Click on things and begin creating a little town. That can eventually become a pretty large town.

Note: It takes quite a bit of time to load. And for good reason. It is detailed.

Addictive! Suggested by Janet C.

Caida Libre (Free Falling)

Caida Libre (Free Falling)

Avoid all obstacles except for the parachute backpack.

Challenging and a little addictive. Also: some frankly annoying music, but I’ll survive.

And there we go! Links! Friday!

Friday Links!

Happy Holidays everybody. I hope you’re all doing as well as you can.

Have a great weekend.

See you next Friday!

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November 26th, 2021

Friday Links Time Everybody!!

We made it! Again! Whuhoo! And it’s the last Friday in November. That was fast.

And a very Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends. I hope it was fantastic.

Let’s go!

Theban Mapping Project: Valley of the Kings

Theban Mapping Project: Valley of the Kings

“The purpose of the Theban Mapping Project is to design and implement existing condition reports and management plans for the archaeological sites of the Theban Necropolis.”

This is a great, great project. Explore the tombs of the pharaohs virtually supported by a crap-ton of white papers, reports, archives, etc. on the history and construction of these enormous historic structures.

Fantastic site.

People Share 30 Weird Thanksgiving Recipes That Their Families Refuse To Abandon

People Share 30 Weird Thanksgiving Recipes That Their Families Refuse To Abandon

“Sea Foam Salad” people! Gyuuugh.

Enjoy… (?)

EmojiMix

EmojiMix

Combines two different emojis into one.

A fantastic little time-waster!

Into The Loop (Lite)

Into The Loop (Lite)

Jump at strategic moments to send your little ball from one loop to the next.

Challenging! Even the earliest levels are super hard.

Sent along by Ashy T.

And there we go! Friday allllll linked up!

Happy Holidays, and Happy Friday!

Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you next week.

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November 19th, 2021

Welcome to your Friday Links!

And where I live, it finally feels like Autumn.

Let’s get to it!

Hypnogram

Hypnogram

“Create an image from text”

(Within reason. They do censor your requests.)

I actually just like looking at what others submitted (including what I chose for the image.)

Early days but it’s a fun little tool.

Suggested by Kirsten S.

Scan of the Month: LEGO Minifigures

Scan of the Month: LEGO Minifigures

“LEGO knows a thing or two about plastics. They manufacture hundreds of millions of Minifigures per year. These figures are assemblies with moving parts. Each one must work with every other LEGO ever created.”

An analysis of Lego minifigures using a CT scanner.

Flag Waver

Flag Waver

You can control how the flag is hoisted, the wind speed and direction.

Pretty basic but basically your browser is doing a ton of physics and cloth simulation work right there in front of you.

Madalin Stunt Cars 2

Madalin Stunt Cars 2

It takes a while to load. It’s doing a lot.

Basically: drive around, perform and land stunts.

It’s a little slow to control but it’s still pretty fun.

Sent in by Mark S.

Voilà! Friday links!!

Thanks for playing along everybody.

See you next week.

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November 12th, 2021

Welcome back to Friday everybody!

And it’s almost mid-November already. What is time?

Links time! (Speaking of which)

Cleanup Pictures

Cleanup Pictures

“Remove any object, people, text, or defects from your pictures.”

Yup. That’s what it does.

A very clever little tool.

Rocks

Rocks

You basically stack rocks. That’s it.

It is super challenging, and I suck at it, but you might not.

You’re welcome…?

Wind Turbine Blades As Bike Sheds?

Wind Turbine Blades As Bike Sheds?

“The [re-wind] network explores the blades’ potential reuse in architectural and engineering structures, by proposing their reuse as protective bike shelters, or pedestrian bridges. one of these two ideas has already been implemented in the port of aalborg, denmark, where one can find an unusual bicycle garage, made from actual wind turbines that were once in use.”

These are beautiful!

Mini Golf Club

Mini Golf Club

The interface is a little weird, but it’s a solid 3d mini golf game.

And there we go! Your Friday now has links in it!

Happy Friday! Have a fabulous weekend. And see you next week.

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November 5th, 2021

Happy Friday!

Welcome to Friday!

Sadly I only have three links this week. Busy work week, and a lot less content being posted overall. It happens!

Here we go!

Timon Sager: Wolke 7 Flying House Concept

Timon Sager: Wolke 7 Flying House Concept

“The ‘Wolke 7’ is a design for a Flying house concept. It’s the perfect combination of travel and feel at home.”

It’s just a concept but it’s beautiful.

This Person Does Not Exist

This Person Does Not Exist

“Imagined by a GAN (generative adversarial network) StyleGAN2 (Dec 2019) – Karras et al. and Nvidia”

A site that uses an A.I / Machine Learning model to generate a face that is not of any existing person on earth.

Let’s Play (Pinball Simulator)

Let's Play (Pinball Simulator)

A fun little 3d pinball sim. Spacebar to launch, bottom row keys for the flippers.

It’s challenging and I notice a bit of lag on the flippers, but it’s still fun.

Happy Friday!

Have an excellent weekend everybody. And see you next week!

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