August 18th, 2017

Given recent events: what a week! (I could have put that for every week I guess.)

But we made it to Friday.

So: here are some links!

[Lego] Building Guides: Technology

[Lego] Building Guides: Technology

“Feeling nostalgic? You’ll find building guides for my latest Lego® retro-tech models on this page. Just click the desired model to download the building guide as PDF.”

There are some incredible works here. Retro 1970s desk with a TRS-80 terminal? Check. Commodore 64? (or Vic-20?) Check.

All created using Lego. Crazy!

Mashable: 1970s Stock portraits

Mashable: 1970s Stock portraits

“For when you need a shot of “reclining businessman with shoes.”

Yikes!

Sent along by Alissa M.

MANIFESTO

MANIFESTO
“L’ARCHITECTURE DU MOYEN-ORIENT [1930-1990]”

(Architecture of the Middle-East) (i.e.: Before digital cameras. 🙂 )

A tumblr gallery with (unfortunately) no further details, but the imagery and the structures are just lovely.

MicropolisJS

MicropolisJS
An in-browser, JavaScript powered build of the original SimCity game!

I used to love this game (on a Mac II back in 1991.)

This is pretty similar. Really well done.

Bonus Link!

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s Hand Carved Oddities.

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s Hand Carved Oddities.

Sculptor and artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki, from Chiba, Japan, hand carves miraculously surreal “glitch art” sculptures that are absolutely jaw-dropping. Really well done.

These have been your Friday Links!

Have a great weekend everybody.

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August 11th, 2017

Happy Friday everybody!

It is linkages time!

Superformula

Superformula

A pretty fun little math -> graphing… thing. It never shows you the formulas, it just changes the shape based on your modifications.

The only info provided is a link to the Wikipedia entry for superformula

, which you math nerds may also find interesting.

Brewdog: Make Beer Not Walls

Brewdog: Make Beer Not Walls

“BrewDog has today announced plans to open a new craft beer bar that ‘straddles’ the border between the USA and Mexico.”

Brewdog is a microbrewery with locations in the US, the UK and other select international cities.

They don’t much like the idea of “build a wall”. So they’re doing this instead.

Ten Years Ago

Ten Years Ago

See what the internet was doing on today’s date, ten years ago.

Especially this year, it’s a little jarring (and normal.)

Big

Big

The goal is to grab and move the red ball, and to avoid all the blue balls. Your red ball gets larger the longer you hold it.

It’s tricky.

Sent in by Jennifer R.

Bonus Link!

Project Subway NYC

Project Subway NYC

“Like most New Yorkers I am constantly amazed and annoyed by the city’s subway system, and Project Subway NYC is a product of this love-hate relationship. It is a collection of sketches, photographs, and architectural drawings.”

The isometric diagrams of the stations = gold! I’m ordering this poster of Lexington and 59th.

You are now llllinkkkkkked uppp!

🙂

Happy Friday everybody.

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August 4th, 2017

How is it already August?

And already Friday?

And already time for your Friday Links?

How?

wavegrower

wavegrower

A tumblr of some mesmerizing math-based graph animations. Beautiful.

Pics of Earth from Space Station

Pics of Earth from Space Station

“SS Exp 52 (Jun-Sep 2017) & a few from 50 & 51”

A really extensive map compendium of photos taken by individual members of the ISS crew. You can filter by specific astronauts, location, and it has a handy pathway guide for the August 21st Solar Eclipse.

I like everything about this.

Comic Book +

Comic Book +

“The majority of our books belong to what has been termed the Golden Age of Comics. This began primarily with newspaper reprints and then ‘went up, up and away’ with the introduction of Superman. Styles changed, new genres superseded old and then a new era dawned, the Silver Age of Comics, of which we also have many examples.”

A huge collection of “golden age” comics, online, for free.

I came for the weird horror comics of yore, like The Beyond or Forbidden Worlds, but wow they have a lot of content here.

h/t: boingboing

Rolling Turtle

Rolling Turtle

A simple, fun, challenging little game. I like the interface animations too.

Sent along by Lauren M.

Bonus Link!

Craft beer — so hot right now. But what city is the microbrew capital of the US?

Craft beer — so hot right now. But what city is the microbrew capital of the US?

A great data-centric synopsis of the current state of microbrew beer in the US.

With excellent data visualization techniques. I really liked this.

Links! Completed!

Where I am it’s a long weekend, so that makes this Friday extra good. Hopefully it is for you too.

Happy Friday!

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July 28th, 2017

Well there went the week. And July. Hmph.

But it’s Friday! And I have these links for you…

The ISS on Google Maps

The ISS on Google Maps

To be 100% clear: this is actually Building 9, Space Vehicle Mockup Assembly, in the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, but it is an exact replica, and still pretty dang cool.

Making the rounds. Sent in by Taylor M.

Curbed.com: Dollhouse Renovation Ideas

Curbed.com: Dollhouse Renovation Ideas

A great compendium of lovingly created miniature living spaces. These are fantastic!

National Weather Service: Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

National Weather Service: Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

A flood prediction service provided by NOAA. Especially this year: helpful!

Super Grapple Duck

Super Grapple Duck

A challenging little game. Click once to throw a grapple, then click again to swing to where the grapple attached, all while avoiding enemies and collecting items.

This was made in 48 hours for a game jam. I really like it.

Bonus Link!

SBNation: I watched in bewilderment while a man tried to return butternut squash because he thought it was cheese

SBNation: I watched in bewilderment while a man tried to return butternut squash because he thought it was cheese

I found this on Twitter moments after it had happened. This breakdown is great, and hilarious.

Customer service. It is not fun.

Have a lovely weekend everybody!

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July 21st, 2017

Happy Summer Friday! (where I live, anyway.)

Are you ready? All strapped in? Suitably contented?

Allllll righty.

Foodnited States

Foodnited States

A lovingly designed set of food puns for each of the contiguous United States of America.

You can buy t-shirts, posters and stickers.

Sent along by Jared S.

streetchange

streetchange

“…a new way of measuring changes in the physical appearances of neighborhoods using a computer vision algorithm.”

From a bunch of big brains at MIT. See the before and after of urban change on (in NYC) a nearly block-by-block basis.

Eye-opening. I like it.

Adam Makarenko

Adam Makarenko

This guy… He has directed several music videos, he’s working on a full length film, and he’s won awards for his miniature diorama photography, which is how he came to my attention. He hand-crafts his own planets and other heavenly bodies, then constructs environments to shoot them in. Really beautiful, well-realized work here.

Deterministic Dungeon

Deterministic Dungeon

An RPG game where randomization plays a part in nearly every single interaction.

I really like this game! I’m not a huge fan of RPG’s so this feels like a slightly faster version of those (with a sense of humor.)

Also if you’re a Radiohead fan, and were the least bit interested in the new re-release of OK Computer, you may be interested in this nerdy tidbit they included in the extended box set. 🙂

And now you’re all set. You’re equipped. You’re prepped! For your weekend.

Have a great rest-of-your Friday!

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July 14th, 2017

Friday. It’s here. Welcome!

Links time!!

Cambodian Artist Visoth Kakvei Is Taking Doodling To Another Level

Cambodian Artist Visoth Kakvei Is Taking Doodling To Another Level

No joke. Look at his work! So amazing.

Recently

Recently

This is a cool service that you can subscribe to either quarterly or monthly. It will print a custom magazine of your photos based on your phone’s images.

This looks wonderful.

A.I. Movie Posters

A.I. Movie Posters

As with most other “A.I.” generators, it’s obviously still learning. One of the ones I got was titled “Death Monny Photographer: The Ultimate Hates” (Starring James Fleet and Emma Watson.)

Mostly a weird little novelty, but I like it. 🙂

Sent in by Trevor H.

Jump Ball

Jump Ball

A challenging multiplayer game. You jump your ball to flip tiles and possibly reveal coins. Collect the coins to grow in size and devour your opponents.

It’s hard! But I bet with practise it’s super fun.

Also this Thrillist article about the “The 100 Greatest Props In Movie History

” has been making the rounds, and I think it’s worth a read for you film nerds out there.

And that’s what I have for you. Okay? Okay??? [glares]

Okay!

Thanks again and have a great Friday everybody.

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July 7th, 2017

Well there went the first week of July!

So fast!

And now you’re all ready for… your Friday Links!! (amirite?)

Factitious

Factitious

A quick little quiz site that tests how well you can spot a fake news item versus a genuine, fact-based, properly researched news story.

There are some surprising items in here.

Sent in by Traci T.

It Is As If You Were Doing Work

It Is As If You Were Doing Work

If by “work” you mean “very repetitive tasks with no meaning but due immediately.”

This is making the rounds and it’s a little weird but fun.

Sent in by Trevor M.

Hipster Sound

Hipster Sound

“Stay focused, improve productivity or just relax by creating a stress-free ambience.”

Basically: Sound loops of several distinct environments so you can “act like” you are working in a Café in Paris, or Texas, or a variety of restaurant ambiences. Or just natural environmental sounds like rain.

“It is as if you were doing your real work in a fake café…” 😉

There are more options if you sign up. Sort of interesting.

Monkey Kick-Off

Monkey Kick-Off

You are a monkey with a ball. You want to kick the ball as far as possible.

Go ahead. Try. 🙂

Challenging. Simple! But definitely challenging.

Bonus Link!

Retronaut: September 1942 – Making The New York Times

Retronaut: September 1942 - Making The New York Times

“In September 1942, Office of War Information photographer Marjory Collins paid a visit to the offices of the New York Times, located at the iconic One Times Square and an annex on 43rd Street.

“There, she documented each step of the messy, physical process as news coming in over the wires was sorted, edited, rewritten, laid out, and printed, all under an ever-approaching deadline.”

To see how much things have REALLY changed in how news is disseminated, this is a good starting point. So much hard work.

These have been your Friday Links! Please: enjoy responsibly.

See you next week.

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June 30th, 2017

It is the last Friday – the last day! – of June 2017.

We are mid-year. Welcome!

And it’s Friday. And here are some links. Okay go go go…

Weirdbox

Weirdbox

You enter the name of your instagram account and (if your account is not private) it creates a custom video for you.

It’s a comedic take on our weird obsessive “follow” culture.

Mine, of course, is 99% photos of my cat. 🙂

I like it.

InspiroBot

InspiroBot

“I am an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence.”

As you may expect, it hasn’t quite gotten the hang of things yet. The results range from nonsensical to “wait: WHAT did you just say?” I like.

Some more info here.

Sent in by Keith P.

NSTFM Gravity Lab

NSFTM Gravity Lab

I’ve linked previously to online gravity simulators, but none have looked as beautiful as this one. So good!

Rogue Soul

Rogue Soul
A fairly straightforward side-scroller but it’s definitely got some challenges. Nicely designed as well.

Bonus Link!

Fun Paper Kirigami and Karakuri Puppets with Unexpected Behaviors by Haruki Nakamura

Fun Paper Kirigami and Karakuri Puppets with Unexpected Behaviors by Haruki Nakamura

All of these made me smile. So well done. (“Penguin bomb”!)

You can order them online but only if you live in Japan. Amazing.

And there we go! Allllll linked up.

See you next week. Have a great (long?) weekend.

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June 23rd, 2017

Well hello Friday fans. Welcome to your Friday Links!

It’s Summer! At last.

Let’s get to it…

Postal Protest

Postal Protest

“Protests can take many different forms, and the medium I chose to use is postage stamps.”

“These stamps are decorative and cannot be substituted for proper USPS postage. However, they may be added to a letter that has proper postage attached.”

These are great!

Dynamic Periodic Table

Dynamic Periodic Table

To see just how much you can do with this site, you need to read their “about” page. This is a great, great teaching tool for chemistry.

You can try mixing elements into compounds to discover how they bind and interact. This must have taken some considerable effort to create. Really well done.

Social Fixer

Social Fixer

A browser tool that allows you to customize your facebook feed. You can remove politics (for example.)

This is pretty great. It makes me wish Facebook would implement these options. (But… $$$)

Sent in by Alison L.

Puzzle Massive

Puzzle Massive

A massively multiplayer jigsaw puzzle site.

This is really indepth and has some large, large puzzles. At any given time there are hundreds of people on this site participating. I love this idea.

Bonus Link!

Pippa Dyrlaga: Paper Cuts

Pippa Dyrlaga: Paper Cuts

“I am a paper cutting artist using traditional papercutting techniques to create contemporary artworks.”

“My work is inspired by animals, nature, the place I live, architecture and the occasional pop culture reference. My paper cut works are mostly cut from a single sheet of paper.”

This is so intricate and detailed. Lovely.

And there we go. Alllll Friday Linked Up! 🙂

Have a great (Summer) Weekend everybody!

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June 16th, 2017

It is now mid-June.

But: on a FRIDAY!

Links time!

Spirograph

Spirograph

This is not merely a little browser toy but it’s also a git repo, so you can actually download and modify this code. But as-is, you can create mechanically reproduced artwork in your browser, and print it, etc.

Beautifully realized. I love it.

Cayce Zavaglia: Embroideries

Cayce Zavaglia: Embroideries

Yes. Embroideries. These look like detailed photographs.

Just… how? Amazing!

NASA: “Shadow of the Eclipse”

NASA: "Shadow of the Eclipse"

“On August 21, 2017, the moon will pass between Earth and the sun in a total solar eclipse that will be visible on a path from Oregon to South Carolina across the continental United States. This path of totality will occur in a little over 90 minutes, while observers on the ground will see the eclipse for about two and a half minutes.”

Using extremely accurate and detailed satellite data this page will show you precisely where the eclipse will be visible.

s0urce.io

s0urce.io

“s0urce.io is a free to play hacking io game. Login and code to hack other users but be cautious and protect yourself by upgrading your firewall.”

It’s kind of like a nerdier “desktop defense” game only it’s all about you hacking other computers to earn money (bitcoins,) while also trying NOT to get hacked.

I like it. It’s really simple but over time you build up quite a complicated setup.

Bonus Link!

Trump’s Russian Ties

Trump's Russian Ties

Get it? Ties? Russian “Ties”?

He’d better hope there are no “ties” in Russia! G’hahaaaaa!

You can buy each of them for only $40 apiece except for “The Kushner” which is $3,321. You can also customize them!

This is a zazzle site. It is not at all clear what the profits are going into. So… there’s that.

Happy Friday everybody. 🙂

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