May 29th, 2015

Say goodbye to May, folks. It’s been swell!

And now: some Friday Links!

OldNYC

“This site provides an alternative way of browsing the NYPL’s incredible Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s collection. Its goal is to help you discover the history behind the places you see every day.”

Think of a kind of Google Street View composed completely of very old stills. I could spend hours on this.

Querkles

“At first glance the Querkles are nothing but a seemingly random arrangement of indecipherable overlapping circles but cunningly hidden within each one is a famous face waiting to be revealed.”

The iRotary Saga

“I miss the olden days, where you had a nice physical handset you could slam into the phone to relieve your tension, but mobile phones just don’t provide the same pleasure. Undeterred, I set out to create a rotary phone that was also a mobile phone.”

Pretty impressive, and the guy is funny.

GameBoy Emulation with JavaScript

The list of games is crazy big. I tested a few of them and they definitely do work. That is remarkable!

Amazing. I love this concept. It’s both artwork and a puzzle.

Bonus Link!

A 10-step guide to party conversation for bioinformaticians

[Somewhat self-explanatory]

A funny but insightful read from bioinformatician Alicia Oshlack.

See you next week!

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May 22nd, 2015

Yes: Friday! My favorite.

Here are some clever links…

Alexey Kondakov Embeds the History of Art in Everyday Life

Ukranian artist Alexey Kondakov takes renaissance paintings and re-stages them in 21st century Kiev.

The article is in French. Google Translate can assist.

Some of these are just excellent.

Super Micro Paint

Create old-school LCD animations using this web tool.

Wired: The Untold Story of ILM, a Titan that Forever Changed Film

ILM stands for Industrial Light and Magic, George Lucas’s effects shop.

This is a really engrossing read whether you’re a fan of Star Wars or not.

Garbage Cat

“You play as my garbage cat, who wakes me up at 3AM literally every morning.”

This game is relevant to my interests.

Bonus Link!

Mad Men Integrated

A tumblr of Mad Men gifs from a digital agency perspective. Funny (ish)

Have a lovely Friday everybody!

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May 15th, 2015

Hello again. Welcome to Friday!

And half of May has disappeared. No good…

Here we go!

Shader Toy

“Shadertoy is the first application to allow developers all over the globe to push pixels from code to screen using WebGL since 2009.”

Some of these are pretty amazing.

This was this week’s featured entry. Really beautiful / geeky.

Concept Kitchen 2025

“Ten years in the future, the world will be a very different place. What does that mean for us, for the design of kitchens, and the people who make them – and how will we be able to live a sustainable life at home?”

A project created in collaboration with Ikea. Some really interesting ideas in here.

WebGL Fluid Experiment

“Experimenting coupling a CPU-based rigid body simulation with a GPU-based fluid simulation.”

Created by developer George Corney, aka “Haxiomic“.

Pretty amazing that that renders in a browser.

Murder!

A very subtly challenging browser game. Try to stealthily murder the king, then become the king, then try to murder that king.

Harder than it sounds.

Note: ridiculous pre-roll ads. (Sorry. No escape.) But it’s worth it.

Bonus Link!

Homicide Monitor

“Exploring the distribution, dimensions and dynamics of intentional homicide around the world.”

An HTML5 app that shows you everything you want to know about the rate of homicide in your country of choice.

Have a great Friday, and a fabulous (long?) weekend.

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May 8th, 2015

Well hello there Friday followers…

Friday Link time – GO!

The Martian Diaries

“Curiosity has explored Mars for over two and a half years. What if the rover kept a scrapbook?”

Actually for any of you who have seen the rover’s Twitter feed, you know that whoever is manning the probe’s social media efforts has been pretty chatty. This is a great compendium of the data it’s collected so far.

64 Yourself

“Drop a PNG or JPG <2MB from your filesystem onto the screen to upload and convert your image.”

This web app converts any image into a bitmap that would have been compatible for viewing on a Commodore 64 computer (circa 1982 – 1984.)

Nostalgia bitmaps. This is a thing now. 🙂

Tom Waits Map

Making the rounds. But still pretty cool.

This is a Google map hack that shows locations (and stories) behind any geographical location referenced in a Tom Waits song.

Pretty great.

Speaking of Mr. Waits, were you aware that this was also in the works…?

 

BED✰HOGG

A tiny pillow fight in your browser. Super fun and funny.

 

Bonus Link!

 

Web Mandelbrot

A mandelbrot fractal graph, generated using HTML5.

That author of this (Karol Guciek) also made other great generated art. Just click on the top-right “More apps” link.

Have a lovely weekend. Where I live, it’s hot!

Happy Friday!

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May 1st, 2015

Welcome back to Friday, and of course welcome to May, 2015.

Links time!

William Kass: Minimize – FOOD

Some really stylized photography of miniature characters using food (and food related items) as the foundation of the setting.

Some of these are just great.

Alton Brown Answers 23 Of Our Most Difficult Questions

“Yes, we asked him about Beyoncé.”

Cute!

NoonPacific.com

“Noon Pacific™ is a weekly playlist of the best songs handpicked from the best music blogs, delivered to your inbox every Monday at Noon (Pacific Time).”

Not bad at all.

Circle Game

A completely addictive browser game. Collect balls smaller than or equal to your size, and avoid anything larger. It is crazy difficult to master, but once you get okay at it it becomes somewhat meditative.

If you prefer, there is also an online multiplayer version known as Agario which is just as addictive, but adds a competitive aspect as well.

I like.

Sent in by Taylor M.

Bonus Link!

Streetart Meets Optical Illusions: Felice Varini unveils a Series of new Pieces in Paris // France

These are beautiful, but at the same time if I were driving I would probably be distracted by some of these.

I hope your Friday is most excellent!

See you next week.

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