Dec. 26th, 2014

Happy Friday!

Where I live, today is Boxing Day, and I am not going to explain what that is.

Instead: Links!

» Festive Funk Family

A cute little groove creator with a festive theme. Nice!
Sent in by Miko C.

» Ten Things You Might Not Know About Christmas

… like, for example, that it was once illegal in America.
You might actually know several of these but it’s an interesting collection of factoids.

» Tim Flach: More Than Human

“In his collection More Than Human published in 2012, Flach makes a photographic exploration of animal species ranging from mammals to marine creatures to insects. By removing the creatures from their natural environments, and shooting in a minimal studio setting, the images take on a curiously ‘portrait-like’ appearance, usually distinct to humans.”
Amazing.
Suggested by Cassie P.

» Pixels For Christmas

An addictive little flash game. Fun!

Bonus Link!

» Windows 95 Tips

Created by Neil Cicierega, who also is a great mashup DJ. These are great.

Have a lovely Friday. I hope your holiday was amazing.

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Dec. 19th, 2014

Hello again Friday Fans.

Here are your Friday Links!

» Aerial Wallpapers

“Hello! I love satellite imagery and topographic maps so I made several wallpapers with those gorgeous pictures.”
These are pretty cool.

» Paperholm

“A growing paper city, daily models by Charles Young”
The paper models created here are stunning.
More information at MyModernMet.

» Nicola Yeoman: Installations

Some great mind-bending use of perspective and found objects. I like it.
Her complete portfolio can be viewed here.

» Late Night Driver

Note: This requires the Unity player plugin, which in my opinion is well worth it if you enjoy web games.

Bonus Link!

» Typeset In The Future: Alien

A pretty great breakdown of the use of typefaces, design, iconography and more throughout Ridley Scott’s 1979 film “Alien”. Great writing here.

Bonus Link!

» Unrealistic Comet Landing Simulator

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Shockingly easy to use. Not-so-shockingly difficult to master.

Yes: TWO Bonus links!!

It’s a season of giving.

Happy Friday, and Happy Hanukkah (already underway) to those who celebrate it.

Have a great weekend everybody.

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Dec. 12th, 2014

Hello again, Friday folks.

If you live in the Toronto area and you haven’t already been, I recommend the Toronto Christmas Market in the Historic Distillery District. It’s fun, and very festive. And no, they didn’t sponsor this message (nobody does.) I just like it.

Also: here is a list of 17 Weird Presents In Every Price Range, because… you know… consumerism. 🙂

To the links!!

» The 19 best drone photos of 2014

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Some of these are breathtaking.

» Business Week: The 85 Most Disruptive Ideas in Our History

This is a great read. Seriously.

» Hello Danbo

“Photographic project of the famous Danbo! He accompanied me through my travels in the garden, and across the world. Small, square, waterproof, wind and fears eagles, loves playing hide and seek and the countryside.”
This is an adorable photographic project.

» Swat Tank

Angle, aim, and fire. Some fun animations here though.

Bonus Link!

» Imaginary Foundation: Cosmic Symbolism

A pretty amazing HTML5 visualization. I like.
Their merch is pretty excellent also.

Have a lovely Friday everybody! See you next week.

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Dec. 5th, 2014

Welcome to Friday! Welcome to December!

I’m going to switch things up a bit this week, since we’re officially in “the holiday season” and I get a lot of requests to provide more useful info as opposed to purely entertaining links.

I decided this year that I’m going to provide a series of links to what I think are really interesting and unique holiday gift guides, or to specific sites that offer unique or independently created gifts so that each of you can discover some cool things to give each other this year. I’ll try a few of these each week until Xmas. If it catches on, I’ll do it again next year. Let me know.

So here’s the first one:

The Kid Should See This is a cool blog that curates a bunch of content that would be educational or inspiring for the young-uns. Their gift guide is similarly filled with really clever and inspirational fare. Definitely worth a look.

Here’s a bunch of ornate, lush (or merely historic) holiday display windowsfrom around the world. Or if you’re in NYC, here’s a visitor’s guide to all of the department stores and their display windows. Very creative work.

Okay! Links time! Let’s go!

» Radio ISS

“This is an experiment in imagining what the residents of the International Space Station might hear if they were to listen in to the radio stations below as they orbit the Earth.
RadioISS tracks the position of the ISS, and plays the “nearest” audio stream at that moment from a database of audio streams originating from around the world.”
This is pretty amazing. I’m making this my weekend soundtrack.

» Cayce Zavaglia: Embroideries

“I was originally trained as a painter, but switched to embroidery 12 years ago in an attempt to establish a non-toxic studio and create a body of work that referenced an embroidered piece I had made as a child growing up in Australia. My work focuses exclusively on the portraits of friends, family, and fellow artists.”
These have a certain haunting quality to them. Really well done. I’d enjoy seeing these in person.

» Interview: David Blaine and Madonna

“BLAINE: You knew lots of incredible artists in your early New York days. What artists today do you hope will inspire your children?

MADONNA: I like Banksy. I think he’s inspiring and he speaks to what’s going on in the world, socially.”
This is actually a very good read.

» Madburger 3

(I never knew there was a 1 or 2.)
An odd little game, but definitely fun. And funny.

Bonus Link!

» Buffalo Bill Gates

I think my favorite is Quentin Tarantina Turner. Holy crap these are funny.

Before I leave you: here are some places that could use your assistance this Holiday season. I’m sure we’re all inundated with notices for donations from a variety of charities and organizations. After a year like 2014 has been, I think it’s especially important to help out. It’s been a rough year. It feels good to do good, so here are a few I think are worth contributing to.

Happy Holidays everybody. See you in seven days!

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