February 26th, 2020

Oh hey there Friday people!

And look at that: no more Fridays in February. Huh!

I hope you are very well.

It is links time!

Read Only Memories

Read Only Memories

A neat little tribute to Daft Punk, who announced last week they were disbanding.

Sgt Pepper Photos

Sgt Pepper Photos

“My first search was for Olympic swimmer and Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller (the picture behind Ringo and Paul). When I eventually located the source image, with the unexpected chimp and horn, it was so bizarre and out of context it piqued my interest.”

A very deep dive by obsessive researcher Chris Shaw.

h/t: kottke

Ten Years Ago

Ten Years Ago

This site will show you what most of the major news websites featured exactly ten years ago.

I mean last year felt like 5 years. Reading this feels like an entirely different era.

Iceberger

Iceberger

“Draw an iceberg and see how it will float.”

Actually super interesting. Icebergs don’t always float the way you might think.

Inspired by a Twitter thread by Megan Thompson-Munson.

And there we go! Alllllll linked up!

Have an excellent weekend, and Happy Friday!

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February 19th, 2021

Welcome to Friday!

What a week!

I hope you’re all safe and warm and well. 2020 still has some spill-over effects, it feels like.

Links time!!

I Miss My Bar

I Miss My Bar

A website that lets you create the audio background of a functioning drinking establishment from the “before times”.

I do miss my bar 🙁

The Nostalgia Machine

The Nostalgia Machine

Note: I am not a fan of nostalgia.

Enter a year to hear music (primarily pop) hits from that year. (using YouTube.)

Only goes from 1952 to 2015.

Still: pretty comprehensive!

Also: join me in playing “not available in your country” bingo.

Stinky Candle Company

Stinky Candle Company

[self explanatory]

Note: Not all of them! Christmas Tree! Pear!

For me the most entertaining ones are Mary Jane, Body Odour, Rotting Flesh, and “2020 Candle” (I don’t even want to know.)

Hopp Zee

Hopp Zee

A fun little platformer. Challenging!

We did it you guys! Friday Link! Whuhoo!

Have an excellent weekend everybody.

See you next Friday.

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February 12th, 2021

Oh hello there Friday.

And where I live we get a long weekend! After the past week (busy) I definitely need one. The next few weeks are going to be crazy busy on my end (fair warning.)

But here we go!

Unreal Engine: Meta Humans

Unreal Engine: Meta Humans

“Bringing compelling real-time digital humans to life is incredibly challenging and time-consuming. It can take months of research, costly scanning equipment, and an army of tech artists. What if we could make the process radically simpler, faster, and more scalable—without compromising on quality?”

Unreal has, for many decades now, created a platform that increasingly makes more and more realistic looking film and videogame environments. Now they’re focusing on the characters, their faces, their body movement, etc.

This is a fascinating set of developments.

Making the rounds. Deservedly so. Just imagine the sheer volume of work this took to achieve. Phew.

City Guesser

City Guesser

“City Guesser is a geography based browser game that strives to provide an exceptional travel and guessing experience. City Guesser launched on August 13th, 2020, and welcomes thousands of geography-enthusiasts each day.”

Since none of us can, you know, ACTUALLY visit other international cities…

A great little time waster / educational tool.

Rubiksolve

Rubiksolve

“Input Your Rubik’s Cube Configuration”

“Solve your Rubik’s Cube simply. No terminology, memorization, or shenanigans. Enter your colors, and press solve and we’ll get you back to normal. Enjoy!”

This is honestly a pretty great idea.

I’ve been solving Rubik’s cubes since I was gifted one way back in 1984. It took me two years to figure it out and now I just do it to clear my mind.

I think more people should learn how to solve it. It’s very satisfying.

OffroadJS

OffroadJS

A super challenging, mayyyybe frustrating offroad jeep driving… thing.

I suck at it but a few subscribers sent it in, so have at it.

Huzzah! We have achieved Friday Links!

I hope your day is good. And warm. And safe. And cozy.

See you next Friday!

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February 5th, 2021

Yeaaaah it’s Friday!

This week went quickly for me. Hopefully for you as well.

I hope you’re doing as well as you can. This year is still a struggle.

And now! To the links!

Bops.fm

Bops.fm

Load the site, pick a year, it sends you to a random song from that year. Click the same year: random, different song from that year. Repeat for any year between 1950 and 2010

Kind of cool!

Pandemic Graphics Archive

Pandemic Graphics Archive

“Today, Coronavirus signs, are often dismissed and perceived as an enforcement. However this now everyday visual language of our lives globally, has provided and communicated the new ‘normal’.”

This is true!

My city has some very stylized iconography around this whole topic.

Reconstructing the Menu of a Pub in Ancient Pompeii

Reconstructing the Menu of a Pub in Ancient Pompeii

“Eat like a first-century Roman, using recent archaeological discoveries as your guide.”

This is an extremely deep dive and I am here for it.

Lots of long-simmering broths and meat.

Gear Grappler

Gear Grappler

Interesting game.

Click to swing on to a gear, and then from there try to do it to another gear.

But it moves weirdly, and you can get snagged.

More fun than it sounds.

Sent in by Tia T.

And there we go! Allllll linked up. For Friday! In February!

Have an excellent weekend. See you in seven days.

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January 29th, 2021

Happy Friday everybody!

There went January 2021. Poof! Just like that. Crazy.

I hope you’re all doing as well as possible.

And so here we go!

Snowflake Generator

Snowflake Generator

Created by Vivian Wu.

Beautiful!

Animals interrupting wildlife photographers. A thread:

Animals interrupting wildlife photographers. A thread:

Because yes please.

Making the rounds for a while now but still worth it.

Trash Loop

Trash Loop

Put the trash in the basket. Repeat. Forever.

Neumorphic knot

Neumorphic knot

A simple (simple?) puzzle solving game.

I find it very meditative. Well done.

Bonus Link!

Calm: Keep Calm and Poke Me

Calm: Keep Calm and Poke Me

A random, weird little noisemaker.

And that’s what I have this week!

Have a happy Friday and an excellent weekend!

See you in seven days.

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January 22nd, 2021

Happy Friday everybody!

This week feels different somehow. I wonder why? We’ll probably never know.

And now! Your Friday Links!

Find Satoshi

Find Satoshi

“A Six Degrees of Separation puzzle. Is it possible to locate a man given only his photograph and first name?”

The independent sleuthing in this story is really something else.

h/t kottke (again)

Olafur Eliasson: Atmospheric Wave Wall

Olafur Eliasson: Atmospheric Wave Wall

This work “creates a dynamic experience activated by the motion of passersby; by the motion of the earth in ration to the sun as light moves across it; and by changes in the season and weather”.

It’s installed in Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower.)

Put Bernie Anywhere!

Put Bernie Anywhere!

Enter a street address, and this web app will put the Bernie Sanders sitting meme in that location.

Actually kind of amazing.

Powerline.io

Powerline.io

A multiplayer Tron-like racing game. Don’t cross the streams!!

Feels easy for a while, then suddenly incredibly challenging.

And there we go!! Links! On a Friday!

Friday Links!

I hope you are all well, and safe, and healthy, and calm.

Happy Friday!

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January 15th, 2021

Happy Friday!

Looks like we made it!

And it’s now mid-January. That feels fast to me.

I hope you are all doing as well as possible. This is already quite a year. Yikes.

Let’s begin!

Quant Fund Or Metal Band

Quant Fund Or Metal Band

Suuuper challenging. I averaged about 50/50.

Checkboxes

Checkboxes

Simple: check the box.

Oh look: more checkboxes!

Repeat. Forever.

Paul Cocksedge Studio: Please Be Seated

Paul Cocksedge Studio: Please Be Seated

“Please Be Seated was a landmark commission for London Design Festival and British Land, located in the busy thoroughfare of Finsbury Avenue Square. It was designed as a rippling wave of wood that rises up to form arches for people to walk through, and curves under to create spaces for people to sit, lie, and relax.”

Looks fantastic. Remember sitting in groups?

Just Pong

Just Pong

Well: yes, but you can earn upgrades.

Starts off slow. Gets interesting after that.

And that’s that! Friday Links! On a Friday! In January! In 2021!

Stay safe everybody. Happy Friday!

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January 8th, 2021

Well hello there, Friday!

I mean: what a week! Yikes!

I hope you’re all as safe as you can possibly be. It’s the thirteenth month of 2020. We’re going to get through this.

Links time!!

Microsimulation of Traffic Flow: Onramp

Microsimulation of Traffic Flow: Onramp

Kind of interesting. You can control numerous paramters of the simulation: how many lanes, max. speed, what kind of road, etc.

It is kind of weird what causes backups. Several factors can cause them.

User Design

User Design

A gorgeous website discussing Soviet industrial design. Great user interface, great writing, really well done.

A See-Through Steel Church By Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

A See-Through Steel Church By Gijs Van Vaerenbergh

The architect’s website doesn’t provide any further info. What a great looking structure!

2020 Game

2020 Game

Avoid wildfires, the coronavirus, collect toilet paper at the grocery store, etc.

This! Game! Has! Everything!

And there we go! Friday! 2021! We did it you guyyyyys!

See you in seven days. Definitely stay safe. What a week.

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January 1st, 2021

If you’re reading this, two things have happened.

1: It’s Friday!

2: It’s 2021!!!!!

We did it!! We made it out the other side of a terrible, terrible goddamn year!

Welcome to the First Friday of 2021! Happy New Year!

As there are every year there are big lists of lists of lists of the best “something something” of the year. Here are a few of my favorites that will keep you occupied and probably shopping for many hours.

Barack Obama!

Miss Cellania.

A really diverse and comprehensive list of lists from Larry Ferlazzo.

And of course: Year End Lists.

Happy New Year!

And Happy Friday!

Let’s get going…

Flight Patterns

Flight Patterns

“The hub of logistics creates a dance of take-offs and landings as the aviation industry delivers people and goods around the world.”

Even though right now there aren’t that many flights going on, this is a beautifully realized site.

Bongo.cat

Bongo.cat

Play bongos! As a cat! Or cowbell! Or bad piano!

What a goofy little site!

Gravity Points

Gravity Points

Created by Akimitsu Hamamuro. Kind of mesmerizing.

Color Tiles

Color Tiles

“Click on a blank space.

“If the color matches the nearest neighboring tiles,vertically or horizontally,

“from the clicked space, you get the matching tiles.”

Note that you can only make four mistakes and the game ends.

Challenging!

Well there we go! 2021 already off to an okay, fun little start.

I hope you are all well, and warm, and safe, and dry, and not stressing out too much.

We got through 2020! That is definitely a huge accomplishment!

Let’s struggle through.

I’ll hopefully see you next Friday.

Thanks for following along from home.

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December 25th, 2020

Happy Friday!

And Merry Christmas!!

I can’t believe it’s already Christmas. What a crazy year. But also: we made it! We can do this!

It’s links time!

Reuters: Pictures of the year 2020

Reuters: Pictures of the year 2020

h/t: kottke.

Best Year In Music

Best Year In Music

An interesting little web… thing that sequentially plays top 5 singles from any year you select and shifts the artists / songs around to reflect their chart position through time.

Kind of complicated but it’s pretty well done.

The best science images of 2020

The best science images of 2020

Which includes, naturally, images of the coronavirus. (Artist’s impression.)

A lot of important science work got done in 2020. This is a great recap.

3D Tilting Maze Game

3D Tilting Maze Game

Kind of challenging

Note: there is a hard mode (H) and an easy mode (E)

There we go! Links. On a Friday! Friday Links! On Christmas Day!

Have a great Christmas Friday! And see you next week.

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