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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April 13th, 2018

Friday… the thirteenth! [orchestra!]

Friday has arrived. We can all exhale again.

Are you ready?

Here we go…

Frank Kunert – Photographs of Small Worlds

Frank Kunert - Photographs of Small Worlds

Mr. Kunert’s works are all over the place but so interesting. He has a series of miniature constructions including interiors that are pretty breathtaking.

Discovered via The Guardian.

A Most Curious Doctor’s Bag

A Most Curious Doctor's Bag

This is quite the find. Worth a read. Some really fascinating things here, and it’s well written.

Sent along by Traci T.

Andreas Wannerstedt

Andreas Wannerstedt

A motion graphics designer who creates some pretty fascinating virtual looping animations.

His instagram is a delight as well.

Tiny Game

Tiny Game

A really, really basic platformer, but I found it entertaining (and quite pink.)

Sent in by Emma S.

And those are the links I have this week.

It’s finally warming up where I live (sort of.) Spend part of your weekend outside.

Happy Friday!

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April 6th, 2018

Welcome back to Friday everybody!

All set for the weekend? Not yet!

Here we go.

Olivier Ratsi: Echolyse

Olivier Ratsi: Echolyse

“The Echolyse is an ensemble of works that deal with the perception of space. Using various devices, geometric structures are projected into different architectural sites with the aim of simulating immaterial three-dimensional spaces. Depending on the project, the resulting immaterial space can provide a virtual extension or a means of perturbing the existing space.”

“The projected structures come to life, decomposing and breaking into fragments over time.”

I particularly like the “Onion Skin” portion of this installation.

Some beautiful, beautiful works here. There are others on his site as well. Really exceptional work.

XKCD’s Right-Click

XKCD's Right-Click

A fascinating, quite in-depth… thing from XKCD.

Really well done. You’ll see

Climate Atlas of Canada

Climate Atlas of Canada

“The Climate Atlas of Canada combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to bring the global issue of climate change closer to home for Canadians. ”

Pretty sobering stuff. My region has already seen some of these effects in the past several years.

Speak & Spell (US, 1979 Version)

Speak & Spell (US, 1979 Version)

A free online emulator of this essential late-70s tech toy.

There you have it. All linked up.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next Frrrriiiiidayyyyeee

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March 30th, 2018

Happy Friday!

The last Friday in March. Another fast month. Crazy.

Let’s get started!

Scarfolk Council

Scarfolk Council

“Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum.”

Some great artwork and overall design work here. Scathing.

h/t: Kottke.

Outrider: Bomb Blast

Outrider: Bomb Blast

“Experience the power of a nuclear blast in your area”

Since it’s 2018, we were bound to see another of these simulators. This one is pretty lean but definitely gets the point across.

17 Harmless April Fool’s Pranks That Are Easy To Pull Off

17 Harmless April Fool's Pranks That Are Easy To Pull Off

Actually funny!

128k – a detective game

128k - a detective game

“You have been assigned to find a lost password that’s hidden in an old Macintosh.

“This is a difficult game, please give it time.”

A pretty great little Original Mac simulator too. To a point.

Have a lovely (long?) weekend, and a wonderful Friday!

See you next week. Stay safe!

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March 23rd, 2018

It’s Friday again! Which I love. Which you love!

We love Friday!

And so here are some links…

Old Toronto

Old Toronto

“Old Toronto is an open-source map tool created by Sidewalk Labs that provides block-by-block browsing of historic Toronto photographs. The tool maps more than 30,000 (and growing!) historic city photographs from the City of Toronto Archives, which holds more than 1.7 million photographs dating back to 1856.”

This is great. There are some examples (e.g.: this one ) that show quite a progression across a really long time period. Really well done.

And so refreshing to see a thing like this that is finally NOT only made for New York City. 🙂

h/t CBC MetroMorning

Where Is Roadster?

Where Is Roadster?

A site that tracks Elon Musk’s “Starman” Tesla Roadster’s orbit in real time.

Check back in eight months. It’ll be interesting to see what they add to this site (if they do.)

Stanley Kubrick Memorabilia Auction: Aste Bolaffi

Stanley Kubrick Memorabilia Auction: Aste Bolaffi

“Stanley Kubrick memorabilia from the collection of his assistant Emilio D’Alessandro up for auction, including Jack Torrance’s jacket in The Shining and the Eyes Wide Shut clapperboard.”

Gravisim

Gravisim

The goal is to shoot a projectile into a somewhat stable orbit.

Also: you can fire multiple times, so the projectiles also react to each others’ mass and velocity.

It’s tricky. I like it.

And this is the end of today’s Friday Links, the first of Spring 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere.

Have a great, great weekend everybody. See you next week.

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March 16th, 2018

Happy Friday!

Next week = sprrrinnnnng! (in my hemisphere.) I’m pretty excited because this winter has felt… well… super long.

And now! Some links. And this week it appears to be predominantly art-oriented.

Alma Haser: Within 15 Minutes

Alma Haser: Within 15 Minutes

“Alma photographed sets of identical twins and made them into identical jigsaw puzzles. She then swaps every other piece of their puzzles, completely mixing them half and half.”

This is some quite beautiful work.

h/t: kottke

Josef Schulz: Sign out

Josef Schulz: Sign out

“Photographer Josef Schulz created striking images of something typically mundane to most Americans, by taking deadpan photos of roadside corporate signage and removing all branding and text. It is a curious comment on how forms and graphics work together to make something as a whole.”

Exhibit portfolio here.

Diana Sudyka: Postage Stamp Storybook Scenes

Diana Sudyka: Postage Stamp Storybook Scenes

“Chicago-based Illustrator Diana Sudyka uses vintage stamps from Europe as the starting point for fanciful paintings created using gouache, ink, and watercolor.”
Not included on the artist’s website.

Monopoly.io

Monopoly.io

This is a weird, 3D-rendered, multiplayer online version of the board game Monopoly.

It’s buggy (the creators even tell you that) but it’s neat.

Invite your friends!

And that’s what I’ve got for you. That’s it. No more. Okay? God!

😉

Happy Friday everybody!

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