June 22nd, 2018

Welcome to Friday, everybody. To your right you’ll see we now have Summer in our showroom…

Let’s begin…

Megan Alessio

Megan Alessio

Among the many clever things Ms. Alessio creates are really life-like depictions of customers’ dogs.

She has a knack for making them appear quite real. They look awesome.

Etsy available here

h/t BoredPanda.

Couchmates

Couchmates

“Turn your roommates into on-demand couriers so you don’t have to leave your couch.”

Is this the zenith of the gig economy? 🙂

Site created by Burrow, a couch manufacturing company.

I like it!

AdWeek: These Shameless Cocaine Ads Prove the ’70s Were a Hell of a Time to Be Alive

AdWeek: These Shameless Cocaine Ads Prove the ’70s Were a Hell of a Time to Be Alive

Some 100% crrrrrazy print ads for genuine cocaine-use-related products.

Kinetikz

Kinetikz

A simple (?) game where you shoot “discs” at a “puck” to get it into a target.

Not the best looking game, but it is challenging.

Sent in by Carla S.

Bonus Link!

Inside the facility where Kodak brings film back to life

Inside the facility where Kodak brings film back to life

[self explanatory]

Nutshell: Kodak will again start producing Ektachrome slide film (!) later in 2018.

I for one am very excited.

Have a great, great weekend, Friday peoples.

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June 15th, 2018

Welcome to the last Friday in Autumn, 2018.

We’re halfway through the year everybody!! We made it! U! S! A!

[adjusts tie]

And now, the links…

Ancient Earth

Ancient Earth

A 3D globe of planet earth with the ability to see what its oceans and land masses looked like long, long ago (like: hundreds of millions of years ago.)

Bonus: you can look up your own address and it will approximately place it wherever that was those millions of years ago.

Pretty cool!

The Kinetic Wood Sculptor

The Kinetic Wood Sculptor

“David Roy’s kinetic wood sculptures are a symphony of movement.”

These creations are quite stunning. I love it.

They’re also (expectedly) quite expensive. Online store available here.

Awkward Family Portraits of Yesteryear

Awkward Family Portraits of Yesteryear

[self explanatory]

Uuuugh.

Ricky BerPong

Ricky BerPong

“Game I made based on a video from Ricky Berwick. He’s going to put it up on his new website soon.

“Pretty buggy cause I made it pretty quick.”

I’m pretty sure he means this video.

This game takes a lot of your CPU but it’s a fun / weird port of the original Pong game.

And that’s that. Friday Links! Wrapped for Autumn.

See you next Friday.

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June 8th, 2018

Happy Friday.

What a week! We could probably say that every single week.

It’s links time! Let’s go!! Exclamation points!!!

Kyle Lambert: Toy Shining

Kyle Lambert: Toy Shining

“After the release of Toy Story 3, I came up with the idea of using PIXAR characters to tell other stories. My friend and Pixar director, Lee Unkrich, is a big fan of Stanley Kubrick’s movie The Shining, so I thought this would be a perfect place to start.”

His artwork is spot on. Fantastic.

Scribit

Scribit

“The world’s first write & erase robot”

It draws custom artwork on your wall.

Well… when it’s finally created. It’s currently a kickstarter that over-met its goal. We’ll see if it comes out.

I love the idea though.

Broken Chains

Broken Chains

“Seeking out the restaurant and retail chains thought long-gone”

Defunct restaurant chains, primarily from the 1960s – 1980s.

Clancy’s looked like a cool little place.

Tough Growth

Tough Growth

You are a box.

The goal is to surround a smaller box, and grow.

Repeat until you consume all the boxes. And don’t get shot.

Good luck.

These have been your Friday Links.

Now get out there and enjoy your weekend everybody!

See you next… Friday? Maybe?

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June 1st, 2018

It’s Juuuuuune-uh!

Very exciting. And also: Friday!

Let’s visit some links!

Longest Poem In The World

Longest Poem In The World

A site / algorithm that matches tweets into rhyming couplets.

The source code is publicly available too.

The process is time consuming but it definitely finds them. Bonus: it seeems to also match Japanese text to English text for its rhymes. Is that a bug or a feature?

3D Murals by Peeta

3D Murals by Peeta

Tromp-l’oeil effects galore. Really beautifully done.

His website and instagram are both worth a look.

Artist Creates Sculptures out of Babybel Wrapping Wax

Artist Creates Sculptures out of Babybel Wrapping Wax

The artist is Gianluca Maruotti.

He does much more than just cheese-wrapping art. Check out his website. Very good work.

Throw Ice Cream

Throw Ice Cream

A surprisingly graphically intensive game for such a simple premise.

And: it’s tricky. It fakes you out. Challenging…

Bonus Link!

Sphero: R2Q5

Sphero: R2Q5

A mobile-app controlled Star Wars droid.

$110 in Canada.

Awww?

And there we have it. Your Friday Links.

I can’t believe it’s already June!

Have a great weekend everybody. See you in a week.

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May 25th, 2018

If you can believe it, it’s already the last Friday in May 2018.

But that also means that June starts next week, which is awesome.

Welcome, to your Friday Links!

The Secret Annex of Anne Frank in 3D

The Secret Annex of Anne Frank in 3D

An online interactive experience where you can visit the Anne Frank house in some considerable detail.

Making the rounds, along with some interesting new discoveries in the original Frank diary.

Robbie Barrat: A.I. created paintings

Robbie Barrat: A.I. created paintings

“AI researcher Robbie Barrat decided to see what would happen when he fed a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) thousands of nude portraits from a dataset and then trained it to create its own bizarre artworks.”

He features his art on (of all things) a github site.

To be clear: the nude portraits are “bizarre”, but still fascinating. The landscapes are quite lovely.

His twitter feed is also worth a look.

FlopStarter

FlopStarter

“Flopstarter is a real crowdfunding site.

“A platform for bad ideas.

“So far we have had hundreds of submissions to the site, all of them useless.”

Funny! And real(?!)

Sent in by Mandy C.

Mouse Dodger

Mouse Dodger

Simple: move the box (aka: your cursor) to avoid the larger obstacles.

It’s challenging. I’m a little addicted.

That’s all I got!

Now get out there and enjoy the last Friday in May!

Happy Friday.

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May 18th, 2018

Happy Friday!

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

And now, the links.

Legoland Royal Wedding

Legoland Royal Wedding

39,000 bricks to create this diorama of this Saturday’s festivities.

Created by the fine folks at LegoLand Windsor (Of course.)

Not The Moon

Not The Moon

“NOT THE MOON really is a pancake, digitized as a high-res, film quality scan, its texture applied to a true-to-scale sphere representation and virtually photographed with a 600 mm telescopic lens using minimal shutter and small aperture.”

One of the stranger art projects I think I’ve seen but I also love it. A little bit of a prank but definitely still lovely.

lobe.ai

lobe.ai

“Build, train, and ship custom deep learning models using a simple visual interface.”

This is a fascinating tool.

You have to request to join their beta. No notice anywhere on whether they distribute what your AI learns, etc. Still: super interesting.

Three Seconds

Three Seconds

A hyper challenging game. You have to race to clocks to gain 3 more seconds in the hopes of eventually escaping / conquering / winning.

Stressful! But fun.

And that’s that. That’s it. I have HAD IT! (wait. no… wrong thread.)

Have a lovely Friday, and a lovely (long?) weekend.

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May 11th, 2018

Friday is back in town.

…And this summer, he’s not taking anything sitting down… [action music]

Welcome! To your Friday Links!

Here we go…

Accidentally Wes Anderson

Accidentally Wes Anderson

[self explanatory sort of]

Some beautifully designed environments, photographed symmetrically.

Moritz Stefaner: Multiplicity

Moritz Stefaner: Multiplicity

“This interactive installation provides an immersive dive into the image space spanned by hundreds of thousands of photos taken across the Paris city area. Using machine learning techniques, the images are organized by similarity and image contents, allowing to visually explore niches and microgenres of image styles and contents.”

I find it kind of mesmerizing.

Sent in by Kate S.

SkyKnit: When knitters teamed up with a neural network

SkyKnit: When knitters teamed up with a neural network

Some really fascinating designs came out of this. What an odd choice.

Tomolo Bike

Tomolo Bike

A frustratingly challenging game.

I did only kind of okay at this game, but I still like it.

And that’s all I have this week.

I hope your Friday is most excellent.

Have a great weekend.

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May 4th, 2018

Happy Friday!

Historic Tale Construction Kit

Historic Tale Construction Kit

You create your own medieval Bayeux-style tapestry to tell a heroic tale of… whatever you want. Or I guess you could try to re-create the existing one.

What’s so funny?: 25 singers cracking up at their own songs

What's so funny?: 25 singers cracking up at their own songs

“…The rarer kind of laughter is the spontaneous crack-up, the studio gaffe in which the facade briefly drops and the singer is suddenly amused by their own lyrics, or a bum note—or who knows what—and the moment thereafter becomes part of their song. Here are 25 examples.”

Exhaustive and well written. Some great examples.

Sent in by Lisa A.

Mimi Choi Makeup Artistry

Mimi Choi Makeup Artistry

Wow. I’ll say. Really progressive glitch-style face painting. Well done.

Her Instagram feed is also worth a look.

Sent in by Amy W.

Jedi Trainer

Jedi Trainer

“Use your sword to deflect enemy lasers into floating orb droids.”

A simple sentence, with what sound like simple instructions.

This is a fun, challenging game. It starts off really easy, but definitely progresses from there.

Bonus Link!

Rudy Generator

Rudy Generator

Enter your own text for the chyron and screen-grab your very own Rudy Giuliani interview photo.

Single-use, simple little gag.

And that’s your Friday Links for the first Friday in May 2018!

Have a great, hopefully warm, hopefully dry, hopefully earthquake-free weekend everybody.

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April 27th, 2018

Welcome back!

April is alllll out of Fridays now. That went really fast.

Let’s begin!

Sayaka Ganz

Sayaka Ganz

“Using reclaimed metal and plastic objects as materials, Sayaka’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. She describes her style as “3D impressionism”- creating an illusion of solid form using plastic objects as brush strokes that become visible upon observation from close proximity.”

Be-A-Doll

Be-A-Doll

“12” Action Figures of You, Friends, or Family”

They hand sculpt the head, and as a result it’s a little pricey, but it’s a pretty cool idea!

Jomnar Machado – Future Cars

Jomnar Machado - Future Cars

This 3d illustrator from Rio de Janeiro creates some pretty incredible vehicle designs.

Just beautiful.

Pixel Cowboys

Pixel Cowboys

A nerve-wracking duel game. Really rudimentary and pretty challenging.

I like! Sent in by Darryl F.

Bonus Link!

People Who Tried to Take Panorama Shots and Ended Up Opening the Gates of Hell

People Who Tried to Take Panorama Shots and Ended Up Opening the Gates of Hell

I love this.

Have a lovely Friday everybody.

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April 20th, 2018

Welcome to your late-April Friday.

Make a wish!

Here are some links for your special April Friday!

Rescued Film

Rescued Film

“The Rescued Film Project is an online archive gallery of images that were captured on film between the 1930’s and late 1990’s. Each image in our archive was recovered from found film from locations all over the world, and came to us in the form of undeveloped rolls of film.”

This is so interesting to me.

Discovered via Vice.com.

Making the Mac: 20 Vintage Apple Ads

Making the Mac: 20 Vintage Apple Ads

These make me feel oooooold. Some great ad work here.

Your phone is most likely 800 times more powerful than the entire list of products in these advertisements. The future: it’s here.

Sideserf Cake Studio

Sideserf Cake Studio

“Cake artist Natalie Sideserf has made a name for herself with some of the most intricate cake sculptures in the world.”

There is a Food Network show called “Texas Cake House” which focuses on this cake studio. I don’t have cable, so I had never heard of this.

Some utterly incredible work being done here. Amazing.

Toops

Toops

An addictive little arcade style game. Bounce the balls the right number of times off of objects to clear each item.

It’s tricky. And fun. And I’m addicted.

Bonus Link!

O Moldy Night

O Moldy Night

“The stars were brightly shining in Durham, North Carolina, when three women obsessed with Jell-O mounted a pop-up museum exhibition of molded foods.”

Caution: questionably jiggly… “food”

And there you go! Friday Links: delivered!

Have a lovely (warm?) weekend everybody.

See you next week.

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