December 14th, 2018

Here we are. Friday. And it’s mid-December!

And! There are links!!

Here we go…

Present & Correct: Modernistmas 2018

Present & Correct: Modernistmas 2018

“A revised collection of the modernist gingerbread houses currently on the world wide web. ”

These are so good!

Rocky Bergen

Rocky Bergen

Mr. Bergen creates paper models of vintage computers like the Apple //e, the Commodore 64, etc.

You can download, print, and cut your own. They look great.

Comixify

Comixify

Note: this takes some time to load.

Give this app a link to a YouTube video and click “Run.”

Using a neural network with reinforcement learning, the app will select “the most interesting frames” from the video, and generate a sort of comic book / storyboard output.

It reminds me very much of A Scanner Darkly. Just beautiful.

Swing Triangle

Swing Triangle

Another shape-avoiding game.

Right off the bat it’s pretty fast. My score is terrible, but yours might be better.

And that’s what I’ve got this week.

Have a lovely Friday. Stay warm. Stay safe.

See you next week!

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December 7th, 2018 – Xmas Gift Guide Edition 🎄

Hello again, and welcome to your December Friday Links!

It’s time for the Friday Links Xmas Gift and Giving Guide for 2018! As such, this is a longer than usual email.

As with every December, I can’t believe it’s already here. The year felt like it went by super quickly. Maybe not for you, in which case: congratulations.

My go-to’s for every Xmas:

And a couple of new ones for this year:

[And (if you’re into that kind of thing,) Goop.]

ThinkGeek has a pretty good list of overall “gifts” but otherwise has everything broken into categories like “techies”, “Her universe”, etc., which they define as “interests”. Worth a look. Definitely some unique items there.

Now Magazine: Toronto’s best holiday markets, street fairs and fleas 2018
Now Magazine: Toronto’s best holiday markets, street fairs and fleas 2018

Now Magazine has a list of the best Christmas markets, flea markets and street fairs in Toronto.

And of course there are a lot of good lists of charities to give to, as there are every year.

I’d personally like to highlight the ongoing crisis in Syria, which has for many years required financial support to protect their citizens from further strife during what appears to be an endless war there.

The UN Refugee Agency
The UN Refugee Agency

The UN Refugee Agency has a donation page which I recommend.

Canada took in a large number of Syrian refugees over the past year, and they also need our help. You can donate to the Canadian Council for Refugees. That organization does important work to help these people settle and survive.

And then besides that there are these charitable efforts:

Canada Helps: Charitable Gift Guide
Canada Helps: Charitable Gift Guide

Canada Helps has a Charitable Gift Guide which is worth a look.

Covenant House is a Toronto shelter for homeless youth, who could also use our help this year.

UK Homeless assistance tips

You can also make your own homeless backpack care package like this guy did back in 2014.

There are likely homeless missions in your city that could use these, or of course cash donations.

If you want to see some Christmas light displays – especially the really blown out ones – there are a lot of guides for those too.

Or maybe you know a family that needs some help this holiday season. Or maybe you don’t, but want to help in any way you can.

In Toronto, Holiday Helpers has a goal this year of “delivering Christmas to 600 GTA families”. That’s a tall order, and they could used our help.

Similar “adopt a family” efforts are available for Hamilton, Calgary, and Vancouver. Guaranteed you can find one in your own community no matter where you live.

And of course I wish you a happy holiday, a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a wonderful Kwanzaa. However you celebrate this season, I hope it’s awesome.

And now! Some links.

Ink / Oscillations

Ink / Oscillations

“Some organic lines and waves, thought on computer, then patiently drawn by a hand-made drawing machine. Here, the computer and the machine do not involve any generative process, but are used only as performing tools in the creative process.”

Created by Fabien Bouchard.

These are beautiful!

You can buy prints in their online store.

D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now

D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now

Very carefully aligned photographs of WWII D-Day landing sites, and how they appear today.

Really well done. I’m late to the game with this item from 2014 but it still looks great.

Make your own Die Hard tree ornaments!

Make your own Die Hard tree ornaments!

Self explanatory.

Someone should update it with an led flickering flame light for the lighter.

People Power

People Power

“In this post-apocalyptic hellscape, feeding citizens to giant robots is the only way to generate electricity for the rich.”

I mean… yeah, duh!

This is a challenging little game. You drag individual things on to the screen in order to guide the “citizens” into the chomping jaws of the giant robot. It definitely takes some trial and error.

Bonus Link!

Chocolates By Ryan L Foote

Chocolates By Ryan L Foote

“Ryan L Foote has set out to create chocolates that are both visually engaging and are reflective of contemporary design, while also discussing our multicultural world.”

I mean I’ve never bought or eaten a chocolate so I can “discuss” anything before. But these look amazing. Extremely intricately designed.

There is a shop of course, and (just a warning) they are quite, quite expensive.

And this concludes this week’s Friday Links!

Only 17 shopping days left until feasting day everybody.

Stay warm, stay safe, and see you in a week.

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November 30th, 2018

Happy Friday!

And welcome to your Friday Links!

It’s officially December tomorrow, so there are only four (4) Fridays left in 2018.

Let’s get to it!

Google Street View Xmas Postcards

Google Street View Xmas Postcards

A street view adaptation that overlays animations, snowfall and other seasonal effects. Like this.

I really like this.

Miku Tap

Miku Tap

Created by Dani Well, who also created the Nyan Cat Song.

An interesting little randomized geometric pattern generator. I like it!

Live Air Traffic Control

Live Air Traffic Control

Nerdy, yes, but still cool.

A startling number of airports and landing strips are included here.

Sent in by Mark F.

Pass Me

Pass Me

Pass the ball.

Drag, aim, release, hopefully they catch the ball.

It gets hard for sure. Fun!

Sent in by Mark L.

Other stuff:

Way back in the 1980’s you used to be able to download computer games from… the radio?!

This Twitter rant on the imperial measurement system is… gold.

McSweeney’s: Nihilist Dad Jokes.

And that’s it!

I hope your Friday is great, and your weekend even greater.

Happy Friday!

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November 23rd, 2018

Happy Friday!

Welcome to your Post-US-Thanksgiving Friday Links!

Let’s get going…

Matthew Shlihan

Matthew Shlihan

A self-described “paper engineer”, Mr. Shlihan’s paper sculptures evoke a sense of motion I don’t think I’ve seen anywhere before. Really beautiful work. Extremely detailed.

“Beginning with an initial fold, a single action causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds, which ultimately manifest in drawing and three dimensional forms. I use my engineering skills to create kinetic sculpture which have led to collaborations with scientists at University of Michigan. We work on the nanoscale, translating paper structures to micro folds. Our investigations extend to visualizing cellular division and solar cell development. Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles; I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration. In my studio I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor.”

“Designed By Nature”: Russian Fisherman Posts Terrifying Creatures Of The Deep Sea Again, And People Want Him To Stop

'Designed By Nature': Russian Fisherman Posts Terrifying Creatures Of The Deep Sea Again, And People Want Him To Stop

This is a story about Roman Fedortsov, who is a deep-sea-trawling fisherman. This story has made international news in the past week. The pictures he takes are really incredible but it’s an controversial line he’s walking. The deep trawling method is considered damaging to the ocean ecosystem.

Frank Stella 3D-printed Star Ornaments

Frank Stella 3D-printed Star Ornaments

We’re in the season. Here it is. These are quite pricey, but also striking.

Pacman.io

Pacman.io

A massively multiplayer, free-form version of Pac-Man.

I mostly got eaten by other players. Hmph.

And that’s our show!

Thanks for being a Friday Links Subscriber. I’m thankful for you.

See you next week.

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November 16th, 2018

Well hello there, Friday folks…

Let’s get it going on!

Alan Williams: Metal Artist

Alan Williams: Metal Artist

Based in Brighton, England, Mr. Williams creates intricate large-scale dragons and other sculptures out of steel, copper and glass, but also using found objects.

Beautifully done.

Puzzle Montage

Puzzle Montage

“Jigsaw puzzle companies tend to use the same cut patterns for multiple puzzles. This makes the pieces interchangeable, and I sometimes find that I can combine portions from two or more puzzles to make a surreal picture that the publisher never imagined.”

These are fantastic.

Created by imaginative artist Tim Klein. You’re welcome.

Emoji Builder

Emoji Builder

[self explanatory]

You can randomize or carefully construct a distinct emoji of your very own.

I like it!

Making the rounds. Sent in by Jennifer R.

Lightybulb

Lightybulb

Click on things until you figure out the pattern that lights the bulb.

Some of them are frustratingly challenging.

Sent in by Ashy.

I hope your Friday is not too cold yet, not super snowy yet, and that your weekend is excellent.

US Thanksgiving next week! Exciting!

See you then.

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November 9th, 2018

We made it. It’s Friday!

And I have some linkages for you.

Cage Of Thrones

Cage Of Thrones

I am late to the game on this one. Redditor CarlosDanger100 created a gallery of every Game of Thrones character as portrayed by Nicholas Cage back in 2015.

You’re welcome (?)

See also: Nicolas Cage as Disney Princesses, linked here back in 2013.

Julien Tabet

Julien Tabet

Mr. Tabet creates whimsical, surreal portraits of animals.

Really clever work here. He sells prints of his works on Etsy.

Gift Wrap My Face

Gift Wrap My Face

You take a carefully prepared photo of your face, upload it to the site, choose the patterns you like, and order a few rolls of your now custom wrapping paper.

Note: it is strongly recommended that you use the Firefox browser for this. I ran into numerous issues with Chrome. (Weirdly.)

Just in time for Xmas!

Sent along by Traci T.

Argent Ball

Argent Ball

A super challenging and addictive game. You focus the tip of a laser / line on a small approaching red ball that will avoid it. Eliminate the red ball. Repeat.

It’s a simple, pretty intense little game.

Ta daaaaa! Friday Links: Sorted!

I hope your Friday is great, and your weekend is relaxing and calm. (And not too cold.)

See you next week everybody.

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November 2nd, 2018

Happy Friday!

And welcome to today’s Friday Links, which is mostly fine-art-related.

Han Hsu-Tung: Wood Works

Han Hsu-Tung: Wood Works

This artist creates breathtaking sculptures that look like they are dissolving into pixels / bricks.

It’s a very striking effect. Beautiful.

Simon Schubert: Licht (Light)

Simon Schubert: Licht (Light)

Artworks made completely of very precise creasing of a piece of paper.

The effect is quite stunning.

Schubert is based out of Cologne, Germany.

Hero Forge Custom Miniatures

Hero Forge Custom Miniatures

You design the character – right in your web browser – and this company 3D prints your creation as a tabletop model and ships it to you.

It’s focused on Dungeons and Dragons / fantasy table-top game fans, but you can make them just to make them. I love this idea.

Pixel Plucking

Pixel Plucking

A frantic little game.

In a limited time you have to move the big pixel to roll over smaller ones. Each time you do, more appear. Higher score = good.

I felt a little panicked as it went on but it’s definitely addictive.

And that is that. Finished. Kaput. Over.

Thanks for playing along at home, Friday Links-ers!

See you in a week.

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October 26th, 2018

Welcome back!

It’s the last Friday in October. So fast!

And! Time for the Friday Links…

These Artists Are Carving Incredibly Detailed, Art-Historical Pumpkins

These Artists Are Carving Incredibly Detailed, Art-Historical Pumpkins

Some *incredible* work here! It’s honestly amazing that these don’t immediately collapse from being so thin.

Beautiful.

Lokokitchen

Lokokitchen

This Seattle-based pie artist makes some astounding creations using fruit and pastry. So beautiful!

Sadly no recipes or tips on how to (impossibly!) recreate these works. So good.

Of course there’s an Instagram!

Postage Stamp Paintings

Postage Stamp Paintings

Created by Molly Rausch.

Delightful!

Halloween Ghost Rider

Halloween Ghost Rider

A frantic motorcycle game. You can do wild flips that are challenging to land.

For Halloween!

Sent by Tessa H.

Bonus Link!

Holding Pattern

Holding Pattern

A collection of overhead / satellite shots of airports from around the world, with no other details at all.

Created by Lauren O’Neill. More information here

There you go! Alllll linked up for Halloween (and, I guess, November.)

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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October 18th, 2018

Welcome to your Mid-October Friday Links, everybody.

This week’s focus appears to be 2/5ths fine art. (So… “fine-ish” art?)

Let’s begin!

DDDance Party

DDDance Party

A weird little installation that presents dancers that you can modify, clone and move, and over a background you can change.

Created by Fuzzy Wobble

John Peralta Fine Art

John Peralta Fine Art

“John A. Peralta is a self-taught artist whose unconventional style of sculpture incorporates iconic mechanical objects and high-tech materials to produce astonishingly beautiful and complex representations. His interpretation of what is known in engineering terms as the exploded diagram, is truly original and demonstrates his extraordinary imagination, technical expertise, and inventiveness.”

This is some complicated work right here. Wow! So beautifully achieved as well. I like it a lot.

h/t Nag On The Lake.

Hubble History Timeline

Hubble History Timeline

“This timeline describes Hubble’s history from the first proposal of a space telescope by Lyman Spitzer in 1946, through the completion of Hubble’s five servicing missions in the 1990s and 2000s, and to many of the significant observations and discoveries Hubble has made during its years in orbit.”

The user interface is a little weird but it’s a great, great resource for fans of space photography.

Recommended by Amber S.

Voxel Shooter

Voxel Shooter

A challenging, potentially frustrating arcade shooter presented in isometric 3d.

Beautifully designed. You will certainly beat my high score of 18.

Bonus Link!

Kazuhiro Tsuji’s Hyperrealistic Sculptures

Kazuhiro Tsuji’s Hyperrealistic Sculptures

“Kazu is a self-taught pioneer in the craft of using contemporary materials to create the illusion of life. Having discovered the art of special effects makeup for himself while perusing American magazines as a teenager, he developed skills through mimicry, trial and error.”

These things are huge! They must be very impressive up close, for sure.

Sent in by Ashy T.

These have been your Mid-October Friday Links.

Stay safe and warm out there people.

See you in a week.

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October 12th, 2018

Happy Friday everybody!

Only 18 shopping days until Hallowe’en!

Let’s get to the links…

NOAA: Sea Level Rise Viewer

NOAA: Sea Level Rise Viewer

“Use this web mapping tool to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 10 feet above average high tides).”

An informative, and definitely scary tool.

Happy Hurricane Season everybody!

Bargain Blasphemy

Bargain Blasphemy

A tumblr that reimagines classic pop and rock album covers as death metal.

The Onion: U.S. Citizens: ‘We Love When Thing Taste Like Other Thing’

The Onion: U.S. Citizens: ‘We Love When Thing Taste Like Other Thing’

“‘Chip Taste Like Salsa! Soda Taste Like Fruit!’ Rejoice 325 Million Americans”

Ohhh Onion. How I’ve missed you…

Tunnel Rush

Tunnel Rush

You merely steer, and avoid obstacles.

I find it kind of meditative.

And there we go! Friday! And Links! And Friday Links!

See you in seven days folks.

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