October 23rd, 2020

Well happy Friday everybody.

So good to see you again. And look! It’s Frrrriiiiidaaaayyyyy!

Links time!

Vocodes: Vocal Playground

Vocodes: Vocal Playground

Not just any text to speech site. They replicate – fairly accurately – anime and cartoon voices as well as several celebrities.

This is amazing!

12 Sunsets: Exploring Ed Ruscha’s Archive

12 Sunsets: Exploring Ed Ruscha's Archive

“Originally captured as the medium for Ed Ruscha’s creative work, the more than 65,000 photographs selected from this archive present a unique view of one of Los Angeles’ quintessential streets, Sunset Boulevard, and how it has changed over the past 50 years.”

Quite an interesting project. I wonder how many other cities this would be possible with (using existing archival imagery.)

h/t: Kottke.

NYC MTA Subway Map

NYC MTA Subway Map

I don’t live in New York, but if I did this would be a godsend!

Live subway status including real-time subway train location.

A pretty great making-of video is available as well.

Stackhouse

Stackhouse

A fast-paced stacking game. Stack until you can’t anymore.

It’s challenging! Kind of tense.

As you can tell from my score, I’m not very good at this one. 🙂

Sent in by Treena A.

Bonus Link!

‘Scooby Don’ Impressionist James Austin Johnson on How to Impersonate Our Dying Wet President

‘Scooby Don’ Impressionist James Austin Johnson on How to Impersonate Our Dying Wet President

Look i know we’re honestly all SICK TO DEATH of hearing his voice, but this impression is absolutely amazing.

“That’s the main thing I focus on, is that this is a rasping old man who is inches from death at any moment.”

Sent in by Traci T.

And there we have it! Allllll linked up.

Happy Friday!

See you next week everybody.

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October 16th, 2020

Hoorah! It is Friday!

And look: Links!

Let’s goooooowuh!

GANKsy

GANKsy

“We trained a StyleGAN2 neural network using the portfolio of a certain street artist to create GANksy, a twisted visual genius whose work reflects our unsettled times.”

These are, in my honest opinion, fantastic.

Weird, somewhat H. R. Geiger-ish, 2020 needed this.

You can buy prints of course.

Spooky Halloween Pies By Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin

Spooky Halloween Pies By Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin

Holy crap LOOK at these!

Her Instagram is worth a follow for sure.

See also her Prince, Betty White, and Bruce Willis / Die Hard pies.

She’s a definite artist.

Calligrapher.ai

Calligrapher.ai

“Realistic handwriting generator. Convert text to handwriting using an in-browser recurrent neural network. Choose from various print and cursive styles. Customize the outputs and download as SVG.”

If you try the same method repeatedly, each try looks slightly different.

Super interesting.

Moto X3M Spooky Land

Moto X3M Spooky Land

It’s fun!

Takes some practise to get the controls down. Fun!

And there you go: Links… For your happy Friday.

Have a great Autumn weekend everybody.

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October 9th, 2020

Well hello there all you Friday people!

It’s links time!

And where I live, it’s a long weekend.

Let’s go!

Roland 808303.studio

Roland 808303.studio

A virtual Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, and Roland TB-303 Bass Line composer. In your browser. You can create new pieces with it and record them.

It sounds fantastic!

Lo-Fi Player

Lo-Fi Player

“Welcome to our magical room! By interacting with elements in the room, you can build

your own custom music stream.”

This is a bit basic but the idea is playful.

Penguin Of The Year 2020

Penguin Of The Year 2020

“The original Penguin of the Year is back for a third year and it’s your chance to vote for the penguin that has captured your heart.”

From the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

Adorable.

I voted for Burny.

Last Ball

Last Ball

You roll the bar as far as you can and try to avoid obstacles and collect points.

It gets pretty challenging!

They made the playing area too tall for my laptop’s screen, so finding the restart icon took some time. Still good!

Huzzah!

Friday is now linked!

I hope your (long?) weekend is fabulous.

See you next Friday!

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October 2nd, 2020

Hello Friday!

And October!

And (where I live) cold!

It’s Friday Links time!

For The Last Decade, Artist And Collector Thomas Sauvin Recovered Discarded Negatives From A Recycling Plant Outside Beijing

For The Last Decade, Artist And Collector Thomas Sauvin Recovered Discarded Negatives From A Recycling Plant Outside Beijing

“His Beijing Silvermine archive, one of the largest archival projects in China, now encompasses over 850000 anonymous photographs spanning the period from 1985 to 2005, thus allowing the reconstruction of a large part of the history of popular analogue photography in the country. This unceasingly evolving archive provides a visual platform for cross-cultural interactions, while impacting on our collective memory of the recent past.”

These are GOLD!

Also: So much smoking!

Small Scale L.A.

Small Scale L.A.

“I build miniatures inspired by my love of LA’s iconic businesses and historic buildings.”

These are fantastic!

h/t: MessyNessyChic

A List Of Things I’ve Learned About The Comic Book Industry Since I Got Into It In 1970, Many But Not All Of Which Still Apply

A List Of Things I've Learned About The Comic Book Industry Since I Got Into It In 1970, Many But Not All Of Which Still Apply

From Mark Evanier, who was mentored by legendary comic artist Jack Kirby

“#28: One of the biggest mistakes made by beginners involves the density of information. They try to convey too much of it in one panel or too little.”

Spot The Troll

Spot The Troll

This is where we are now, in 2020.

Sounds about right.

And so there we go. Links. On Friday. In October.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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September 25th, 2020

Heyooooo!

It’s Friday!

And I’m back. And we’re back. And everything is back!

Linkingness…. ss…

Cinetrii

Cinetrii

“Cinetrii analyses reviews to infer possible inspirations behind a film. Enter a title to find other works that may have inspired (or been inspired by) it, along with the quotes that determine the connection.”

This is a great, great little tool!

Underwater Sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor

Underwater Sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor

These are just beautiful.

They’re located in a few different locations.

Ben Ashton: Empire

Ben Ashton: Empire

Weirdly glitch portraits of British Empire figures.

Interesting work. Kind of whimsical.

Stickman Hook

Stickman Hook

Click to swing from one or more anchor points to break through a wall.

Starts super simple but rapidly gets quite challenging.

And there we go! Friday is again alllll linked up!

Thanks for following along at home everybody. I hope you’re safe and healthy and well.

See you next week!

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September 18th, 2020

Hello friends.

For a change I have to take a break this week. I was having a hard time finding new sites to feature, and as time ran out I decided: This week will be a hiatus.

I’ll be back at it next week. Apologies for the absence of Friday Links this week.

Stay safe! We’re gonna make it through this year. One foot in front of the other.

See you next week.

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September 11th, 2020

It’s finally Friday again!

Also, I know: “What is time?”

I’ll tell you what time it is! It’s Friday Links time!

My Physics Lab

My Physics Lab

“Click on one of the physics simulations below… you’ll see them animating in real time, and be able to interact with them by dragging objects or changing parameters like gravity.”

Super interesting! Well done.

Zoom Earth

Zoom Earth

“Near Real-Time Satellite Images”

Really fascinating, especially when severe weather is on the approach.

Sent along by Lisa R.

Audio Tool

Audio Tool

“Audiotool is a collaborative online music production studio right in your browser.”

The results are pretty impressive. I wonder how long this took to develop. Crazy!

FS History

FS History

Microsoft Flight Simulator, from 1982 – 1989, rendered in your browser.

It works! This is a bit of a trip. Super difficult to control in my opinion. A very, very light touch is required.

And so there we go! Friday alllll linked up!

I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. We’re going to get through this year.

See you next week everybody.

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September 4th, 2020

Hey Friday people!

Welcome back!

Let’s go!!!

Press Play To Pause Your Thoughts

Press Play To Pause Your Thoughts

A lovely, random little site that I feel like we definitely need in 2020.

Sketch2Website

Sketch2Website

“Transform any hands-drawn design into a HTML code with AI.”

Wow it really works!

Sound Of Colleagues

Sound Of Colleagues

For all of us in lockdown, this site plays the ambient sounds of a typical workplace environment.

It was created by Swedish Advertising agency Familjen STHLM as a reaction

to this spring’s strict work from home policies in Sweden. Enjoy!

Oddly comforting.

Tanuki Sunset

Tanuki Sunset

In which you play a skateboarding raccoon.

Beautiful looking game! Super fun.

Friday Links! Success!

Have a great (long?) weekend!

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August 28th, 2020

Welcome to the last Friday of August 2020. (Also known as March 180th, 2020.)

And look!

Links!!

Prosthesis: Mech Racing | Alpha Mech Pilot Program

Prosthesis: Mech Racing | Alpha Mech Pilot Program

“Fourteen years ago our team had a grand vision for a global racing league that would pit multiple world-class athletes in head-to-head competitions, through complex, technical obstacle courses, wearing giant, powered mech suits.”

This is bananas!

I would 100% watch the hell out of these competitions though.

Somewhat making the rounds. What a crazy project!

Hey speaking of crazy projects…

Harrods for Everything

Harrods for Everything

Harrods for Everything is the apt title of a huge 1,525-page catalogue from about 1912, produced by the famous London department store which is still in existence today.”

This is fantastic. Look how much the entire world has changed just by leafing through this.

It took a pretty gargantuan effort as well.

Note: hteir server is not super fast. Takes a while to load. Still cool.

h/t: metafilter

Related: you can buy a print version of the 1901 T. Eaton Co catalog.

Hey speaking of catalogues…

IKEA kataloger: 1950-2020

IKEA kataloger: 1950-2020

Yes. You can browse all of the Ikea catalogues between 1950 and 2020.

This one is the

first one that came to my family’s mailbox in May of 1981. (in English.)

Well done.

Hole.io

Hole.io

You move a small hole, make things fall into it, and the hole grows. You also slow down the bigger you get.

Avoid other competing holes.

Simple! Challenging.

It’s kind of like Katamary Damaci, only you use gravity instead of stickiness.

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

Enjoy your last weekend of August 2020. Stay safe. Be well.

See you in seven days!

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August 21st, 2020

Well hello Friday!

This was a packed week. Time to let loose a little bit.

To the links!

Virtual Vacation

Virtual Vacation

Choose what speed you want to go, choose your city, and meander around the place you chose.

I picked Toronto and it was snowing. 🙂 I’m okay with that.

Webamp – Winamp 2 in your browser

Webamp - Winamp 2 in your browser

It also includes some of the visualizations. Via javascript. That must have been some crazy effort.

Join me as I relive 2000 – 2008 music playing at my enormous desktop PC.

The Statues Are Fighting Back

The Statues Are Fighting Back

“We have all heard about people taking down statues as a part of protests and riots that have been happening recently. Meanwhile the statues around the world have apparently started to fight back…”

Kind of funny.

Sent in by Kate S.

Flap!

Flap!

“you can be a bird”

Kind of a Mario Bros. take on Flappy Bird.

There we go. Friday allll linked up.

Have a great Friday, and a fantastic weekend.

See you next Friday.

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