December 2nd, 2016

Welcome! It’s December! It’s (sort of) cold! It’s Fridayyy!

And now it’s links time.

Here we go now.

Money Face Challenge

Money Face Challenge

Almost (almost!) as good as Sleeve Face. Made me laugh.

Infinite Drum Machine

“Sounds are complex and vary widely. This experiment uses machine learning to organize thousands of everyday sounds. The computer wasn’t given any descriptions or tags – only the audio.”

Kind of a weird / random interface. [The programming interface is available here.] Create a drum kit, and loops, out of individual samples of actual drums or just… random objects. Limitless combinations.

Copy Pastry

“3D-Printed Custom Cookie Cutters. Turn your photos into cookies”

Literally just in time for Xmas! Genius idea.

Bubble Spinner

Sort of like an upside down Bubble Bobble, but also with the game board on a wheel.

Challenging! Fun.

Bonus Link!


A fun little image-glitching tool. A *lot* of possibilities here. Nicely done.

Now get out there and Friday it up!

See you in a week.


November 25th, 2016

Welcome! It is Friday!

And apparently it’s Black Friday. Use caution, everybody (in the US.)

Let’s begin…

Eric Standley

Eric Standley

Eric is a particularly gifted paper artist.

Discovered via the website Strictly Paper. You guys know me. You know I have a thing for intricate paper art. This is one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Some of these constructions involve 184 layers of laser-cut paper. Intricate, complex and just lovely.

I’ve featured Mr. Standley here a few years ago, but that link is dead now, and this has much more detail.


Choose a location. Color / design it however you like. Order a large-size print of it. Hang it on your wall.

This is a great idea!

You Are Listening To Los Angeles

Police scanner + ambient music = induced drama…

(Note: not solely Los Angeles. You can choose from a variety of [American] cities.)


An interesting and eye-opening little site that shows you the things your web browser can “know” about your browsing activities.

It’s also funny. (The sound is worth it.)

Making the rounds, for good reason.

Bonus Link!


Click to stretch your galloping giraffe’s neck to plant kisses on approaching giraffes of varying heights.

Just like it sounds! 😉

There we go. You’re all linked up!

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to my American friends. I hope your family dinners were delicious and stress-free.

See you next week.


P.S. Exactly one month until Xmas. So fast!

November 18th, 2016


There are only six more Fridays left in 2016.

Use them wisely!

And now: the links!

The Roaring Twenties

“An interactive exploration of the historical soundscape of New York City” (in the 1920’s)

A cool project to support the book The Soundscape of Modernity.

Suggested by the podcast 99% Invisible.



“Can a neural network learn to recognize doodles? See how well it does with your drawings and help teach it, just by playing.”

A pretty fun guessing game (for the computer.) Amazing.

Inside AirBNB

A really well-made map-based view into how AirBNB is being used in Los Angeles (only.)

There is a LOT of data here. Well presented. Interesting.

Monster Milktruck!

Drive a milk truck across roads supplied by Google Earth satellite imagery.

The gravity is a little weird so I ended up flying quite a bit. Still fun.

Bonus Link!

Airports Furthest From Their Cities

[self explanatory]

Almost all of them in Europe. (No shout out for Vancouver?)

And so there we go, hey? All done, riiiight?

Thanks for following along at home.

Happy Friday!


November 11th, 2016

It is Friday.

It is Remembrance Day where I live.

It is Veteran’s Day in the US.

[pause here for moment of silence.]

And on top of that this has been quite the week. But at least we have some links to check out!

Here goes.


“Facts and Stats about your Name.”

That tagline does not do justice to this site.

It presents those stats as a cleverly-designed infographic. Nicely done.

Maotik: Flow

Maotik: Flow

“Inspired by the natural phenomenon of the tides, the multimedia environment offers a sensory experience poetic, playful and aesthetic principles of the rise and fall of sea levels.”

This would be pretty amazing to see in person. Beautiful. Nerdy!

Digital Doilies

A quick little in-browser reflective / kaleidoscopic drawing program. Lovely!

Fist Of Awesome

You fight bears with an incredibly powerful punch.

It’s funny, a little irreverent, and definitely addictive.

Bonus Link!

Caleb Charland: Back To Light

“By inserting a galvanized nail into one side of a potato and a copper wire in the other side a small electrical current is generated. The utter simplicity of this electrical phenomenon is endlessly fascinating for me.”

Mr. Charland photographs some pretty intricate still lives of plants self-generating their own light.

I mean: Who knew?! Pretty fascinating! And beautifully composed.

These have been your Friday Links!

Shout out to all of our veterans and members of our armed forces around the world. We owe you everything.

See you next week. Thanks for reading, especially this week.


November 4th, 2016

Hello Friday Fans!

This is the last Friday before the US presidential election.

What will all our future Fridays be like? I guess (if you’re American) that’s up to you now.

I remain optimistic. For example: Congratulations, Chicago Cubs! 🙂

Ok. Here goes! Friday Links Time!

This is How New York City Celebrated Halloween in 1993

[self explanatory]

Not a cellphone in sight! Amazing.

Slightly nsfw in places, but otherwise an outright gas.

A Movie Poster A Day

I’m designing a movie poster every day for 2016.

Created by Pete Majarich who appears to definitely have some design chops.

Sent along by Alfred A.

Jug Cerovic: One Metro World

“Metro maps are much more than mere functional diagrams to me, I consider them works of art that shape our mental image of the city and contribute to an iconic shared identity.

“I have created 40 beautiful and efficient subway maps for 40 metropolises using a common graphic language in order to offer a new perspective as well as a platform for the exploration and enjoyment of the underground world.”

These are beautiful. These were originally a Kickstarter project so it may be super limited edition, but I sure hope not. They’re beautiful.

Paint With Hillary Clinton

Suitably, it resembles a paint program for Windows 95. Nostalgia!

Bonus Link!

Seth Casteel: Pounce

Seth Casteel: Pounce

Seth is a photographer of (primarily) pets in action based out of Venice, CA.

These are great.

Have a happy Friday everyone!

See you all (hopefully) in seven days.


October 28th, 2016

At last: Friday!

And it’s Hallowe’en Weekend!

And we have some links for you to check out!

Google Maps Streetview Player

[self explanatory]

Select a start and destination, then pick your speed and watch as this nifty app shows you the trip progress in streetview and map view.

337 Songs That Changed Your Life

…and not for the better.

“Dear Twitter. What is the song you most detest and despise?”

Quite the list. I won’t spoil it for you.

Atlas Obscura: We Put All 10,000 Places In The Atlas On One Map

[self explanatory]

Amazingly done. Lots to explore here.

Pumpkin Archer

Hooooly challenging game (to me.) Super fun though.

Bonus Link!

Things I Have Drawn

Things I Have Drawn

“My name’s Dom and I’ve joined Instagram to show how amazing at drawing I am”

Dom is a child and draws his version of animals and other things he sees. Dom’s dad recreates these as photo-realistically as possible.

These are gold!

So happy Friday everybody! And have a lovely Hallowe’en!

See you in a week.


October 21st, 2016

Friday arrival achieved. Check all systems before exit.

Here we go…

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The finalists for 2016 are in, and they are awesome. 🙂

The Spells of Harry Potter

“Every spell muttered, flicked, and yelled in the Harry Potter book universe, visualized at occurrence position.”

Obsessive. 🙂

Secret Songwriters Behind The Biggest Hits

A data visualization tool for songwriters who write hit songs for specific artists.

By no means comprehensive, but it’s interesting, and well designed. I guess Max Martin would be a whole visualization of his own… (shrug.)

Parking Fury 2

Park the car, that’s it. It starts off very easy. But very quickly becomes frustratingly challenging.

You’re welcome, America.

Bonus Link!

Now Playing

A “Wall-Mounted 12″ Record Holder”

“Part of the beauty of owning vinyl is the artwork. Too often it sits in a crate. It should be displayed. Now Playing is a wall-mounted holder for your vinyl that displays the cover in all it’s glory. It holds 12″ records up to 3/8″ thick.”

A bit pricey at $80 but a great idea.

And there we go! All wrapped up, yessirree!

Have a lovely Autumn weekend everybody.


October 14th, 2016

We have arrived… at Friday!

My favorite day.

Here are some sites to check out…

The Earth Awaits

A site that helps you choose an affordable city (or town, or what have you) to live in and / or retire on a budget, anywhere in the world. It has some great research behind it, and the user interface is clean and effective. Nicely done.

Eruptions, Earthquakes and Emissions

Eruptions, Earthquakes and Emissions

An interactive map which animates any volcanic eruption or major emission of energy or pollution in the past 56 years.

Actual Film Votive

“We’re 3 projectionists who work in NYC and over the years have become unwitting collectors, because we didn’t have the heart to see film thrown out. This past year we decided to make our Christmas gifts.  We took a film cell from an old movie and embedded it onto a candle votive.”

These are great! (And Xmas is coming…)

Also available on Etsy.

Hanger 2

A sequel to the swinging / releasing / climbing game from a couple of years ago.

Addictive. Funny! Comically violent.

Bonus Link!


Artfully created taxidermy made completely of paper.

Also, you can buy them.

Great idea.

This has been your Friday Links.

Thanks for joining in.

See you next week.


October 7th, 2016

Well hello there, Friday Fans!

Fannnnncy meeting you here. This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving. Yes, it’s a thing.

But first we need to visit some links, so let’s get to it!

Dark Sky

Dark Sky

They previously only existed as a mobile app. Now it’s available for your browser. A great meteorology resource.

OneZoom Tree Of Life Explorer

“OneZoom is an interactive map of the evolutionary relationships between the species on our planet. Explore the diversity of life on Earth, and discover your favourites on our tree of life.”

This is an immense site. If you’re interested in this stuff (and I am) it can eat up hours of your life.

What Hallowe’en Was Like The Year You Were Born

An interesting retrospective.


A surprisingly addictive web-based tennis game. You can mess around with the stats in exhibition mode, which can make for some odd game-play. I like it.

Sent in by Alyssa H.

Bonus Link!

How to Draw a Pig


Hey btw you can look at a certain resume as well. (So a bonus, bonus link.)

And there we go! All set up.

Have a lovely (long?) weekend everybody.


September 30th, 2016

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

Happy Friday everybody!

Let’s begin…



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.

“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.