Feb. 27th, 2015

Welcome to the final Friday in February. (Illiteration.)

And now it’s time for the Friday Links!

» Cut Maps

Cut Maps sell a series of laser-cut maps manufactured from sheets of steel, EVA foam, or plywood.
They’ve made these for a surprisingly large number of cities. Beautiful.

» Spaceprob.es

“Spaceprob.es catalogs the active human-made machines that freckle our solar system and dot our galaxy. For each space probe, we’ve affectionately crafted a short-and-sweet summary as well as handpicked geeky hyperlinks we think are worth exploring.”
I am a spacecraft nerd, so this is kind of right up my alley. But it might be your thing too!

» Coin Jewelry Company

“I thought it would be really cool to take an everyday object and repurpose it into art. I’ve always loved coins. The history, the designs, the collectability. So I thought, how can I make them even more special than they already are?”
These are great and surprisingly affordable. I like.
Sent along by Kim N.

» Wheely 4

An interesting little puzzle game. Fun to tinker with.
Sent in by Olivia W.

Bonus Link!

» Flight Stream

“Experiment to map many of the airline flights between world airports. It’snot showing real time positions (which would be amazing but I don’t have that data) but rather, great-circle routes between major airports based on flight data from the Open Flights site.”
A great little simulation.

Have a great Friday, and a fantastic weekend. Whuhoo!


Feb. 20th, 2015

Welcome to Late-February Friday!

It has to warm up soon, right? One more month until Spring!

Links time!

» SampleStitch

A hip-hop sample reconstruction soundboard / game.
At least to me it kind of feels like a bit of a game. You’re trying to re-build the sound of certain beats and samples from iconic hip-hop artists and producers.
This is hours of fun.

» Chinatown

“Chinatown is a Chinese translation of the trademarks in a graphical way. It’s a carefully arranged series of artworks showcasing 20 well-known western brand logos with maintained visual and narrative continuity.”
I’m sensing a quasi-Blade-Runner motif here. It looks great, I’m just uncertain what the motivation was.
Sent along by Kyrsten L.

» Daft Punk Harder Faster SoundBoard

Pretty self explanatory, and endlessly fun to play with.
Discovered by kottke.org.

» Zombie Typocalypse

Zombie pops up, you type the word beside them, you kill the zombie.
A frantic, goofy little game. (And more cartoonish than scary.)

Bonus Link!

» Matthew Grabelsky: Works

Grabelsky’s “Anomaly” series depicts fabled creatures like satyrs or yetis in a modern setting, doing things like riding the subway.
It’s a bit of a crazy series but I like the “serious art” look of it.
Great work.

Happy Friday everybody. Thanks for joining me.


Feb. 13th, 2015

Friday… the 13th! [orchestra!]

One of only three this year. Welcome to Friday!

Let’s get to the links!

» A Way To Go

“Way To Go is an interactive experience for human beings between 5 and 105 years old.”
A neat little piece of browser art.

» 50 Of The Most Majestic Libraries In The World

[self explanatory]
Some of these structures are huge! Amazing.

» Solar Eclipse Finder

“Solar Eclipse Finder is a JavaScript-based web application that displays past and future solar eclipses that pass through a user defined location.”
Pretty fantastic.

» 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.”
Extremely, massively addictive.

Bonus Link!

» Mashable: 1890’s Burlesque Dancers

These are kind of interesting.
Sent in by Erin L.

I hope your Friday (the 13th) is amazing!

See you in a week!


Feb. 6th, 2015

Welcome to the first Friday in February!

You know what that means… Links time!

» Predominantly

A pretty amazing interface that presents album covers to you based on the colour you click on. It’s a celebration of the former excitement of musical discovery based nearly solely on the look of the album cover. A great little site.
Suggested by Olivia M.

» Panorama of the City of Toronto, 1857

[self explanatory]
Making the rounds, and as a patriotic Torontonian I had to share. Lovely.

» Bad Luck, Hot Rocks

Apparently a lot of people have been stealing petrified wood samples from the Petrified Forest in Northeast Arizona. Many of them then experienced some extended period of bad luck in one form or another, and returned the rocks including a letter of apology. This website (and its accompanyingbook) collects some of these letters.
These are great.

» Run 2: Unblocked

A fun little foot or skate racing game. A little challenging.

Bonus Link!

» Genetic Algorithm Walkers

“What the hell is this?
This observational pastime hopes to evolve walking creatures through genetic algorithms.”
This is a weird little simulator. I like watching it. It’s funny!

Phew! We did it guys!

See you in a week.