July 31st, 2015

Woooo Fridayyyy woooooo!

Long weekend woooooo! (For Canadians at least. 🙂 )

So anyway: here we go…

This Post Was Written by a Neural Network

“Of course, a neural network doesn’t actually have hands.”

You can also try it out for yourself.

Why I Deleted Your Band’s Promo Email

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“He depicts the difficulties that challenged him in his attempts to gain support for his music”. Real people actually sent these in. Yikes.

Rorschmap: Google Maps Gone Rorschach

I will say it’s quite difficult to navigate if you’re trying to find a specific location, but the effect is pretty amazing.

Rick and Morty Rickstaverse

Okay this isn’t exactly a “web game” in the traditional sense, but it is definitely a rabbit hole. This is an Instagram account for the awesome show “Rick and Morty” where every image leads to a new link that includes either more story or more new content. It’s not all uploaded yet either, and it changes over time.

There goes the (long?) weekend.

Bonus Link!

1041uuu

With no further details, these are a set of animated gifs depicting (mostly) orginary life in Japan. It’s been making the rounds. Some serious effort went into this. Pretty cool.

A few long reads for your weekend ahead:

• The Vegas Plot by Ashley Powers

A few weeks ago, when the mission was still a dark fantasy, their pal Scott Reibach had warned them: “What we’re doing, you know, is dangerous. We could be hurt, we could be shot by these knuckleheads, we could be thrown in prison for the rest of our lives.”

It’s a pretty gripping read.

See you in Seven Days!

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July 24th, 2015

Phew. Friday, finally!

And look: some Friday Links!!

Deep Space Network Now

“Enter the intricate world of NASA’s Deep Space Network as we provide you an inside look at how our team communicates and tracks multiple spacecraft within the solar system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.”

You can see which antenna is receiving which data from which spacecraft in real time. It’s definitely educational. Voyager 2 still regularly sends data to these receivers from over 16 billion km away. Pretty amazing.

Donald Trump Insult Generator

[self explanatory] From Time Magazine of all things.

“Total lightweight, Adam’s Friday Links”

Suggested by Matt G.

The Earliest Known Photos of People Smiling

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It never occurred to me that so many early photos simply showed stern faces. This is enlightening.

Sent in by Sarah S. (who smiles quite a bit herself.)

Crazy Alien Snake

If you ever played the “Snake” game on your old Nokia phone, this is kind of like that, only with way better graphics. Still addictive. Still difficult.

Bonus Link!

Animals Sitting on Capybaras

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There is a Tumblr for everything. 🙂

Not as many long reads this week, but there is one:

• Fairly Random Thoughts on Ashley Madison & the Swiftly Moving Line

It’s the hack heard round the world (but especially in Ottawa, Ontario.) Paul Ford has some thoughts on it.

See you again soon, Friday people!

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July 17th, 2015

Welcome to Friday everybody.

Let’s get to it!

The Formula For An Episode Of Murder, She Wrote

UK based Tom Francis itemizes pretty much every single episode of this popular series.

A great read.

Lightyear.fm

Remember the movie “Contact“? Remember that opening animation where we’re zooming through the universe towards earth and we hear radio broadcasts throughout history from far out in space until we zoom into Earth and it’s the present day? This is a website that will identify how far out in space you’d have to be to hear (for example) “Gold Digger” by Kanye West. (10 Light Years out.)

A pretty fun concept.

Zheng He’s Enormous Treasure Ships

“Between 1405 and 1433, during the Ming era, Chinese Admiral Zheng He, who was also the court eunuch, commanded seven expeditionary voyages as far away as East Africa and Middle East. These expeditions, known in Chinese history as the treasure voyages, consisted of hundreds of ships of enormous dimensions carrying a crew as large as 28,000 and great amounts of treasures.”

28,000!

You Have 60 Seconds

A severely time-limited maze game. Frustratingly addictive.

Sent in by David S.

Bonus Link!

AustenOnionHeadlines

Images from film adaptations of Jane Austen stories, overlaid with headlines from The Onion. Of course.

This week’s long reads, some of which you may already have seen.

New Yorker: The Really Big One

This piece was making the rounds all week and scaring the crap out of everybody I know. So you’ve been warned: it’s not really a “fun” read, but it is informative.

An Identity Thief Explains the Art of Emptying Your Bank Account

Yeah, pretty happy / sun-shiny reading I know. 🙂 Informative!

And that’s all I got!

Have an excellent weekend everybody. See you next week!

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July 10th, 2015

Welcome back, Friday. How have you been?

It’s link time everybody!

Detroit 1982

“Photo essay of early Reagan-era, unemployed, drunk 20 yr olds with too much time on their hands. The privilege of youth.”

Sent in by Emily J. which, frankly, made my week.

It’s like a set of band photos for a crappy roadhouse band that never really existed.

P.S. That also reminds me of  this gallery of snapshots from 1979 Jersey Shore.

Randall Rosenthall: Wood Sculpture

The site’s design leaves a lot to be desired, but just look at what this guy makes out of (usually) a single block of hardwood.

Amazing!

10 Completely Useless Websites

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Well… now you know what those are. 🙂

For contrast, here are The 101 Most Useful Websites. You’re welcome.

The Rock

A simple, extreeeeemely frustrating “flappy bird” knock off.

Sent in by Lisa S.

Bonus Link!

Cabel.me: Hooray! 4th of July Fireworks

Cabel Sasser annually catalogues the weirdest, goofiest, most unintentionally funny or bizarre fireworks titles that are on the market that year.

He’s been doing this since 2007. They’re pretty great.

As for long reads, I was intrigued by two this week:

The Message: Why the Great Glitch of July 8th Should Scare You

A takedown of the fear-mongering regarding perceived terrorist causes of last week’s major computer system outages. (The focus is instead on the more mundane “badly maintained code”.)

The Mob’s IT Department

“How two technology consultants helped drug traffickers hack the Port of Antwerp”

I love a good heist story. 🙂

Oh and by the way, there’s a remastered print of Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant screening in a few actual theatres starting in September. That excites me.

Have a lovely weekend, Friday fans.

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July 3rd, 2015

Welcome back, and welcome to July!

Summer… ahhhhh…

Links time!

The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes

“315 years. 20,528 voyages. Millions of lives.”

It’s such a simple display of the historical data, and at the same time it is utterly devastating.

Created by Andrew Kahn and Jamelle Bouie.

Pages from Ceefax

“Displays data gathered from the BBC public RSS feeds”
According to its Wikipedia page: “Ceefax was the world’s first teletext information service. It was started by the BBC in 1974.”

I had never heard of this. Kind of fascinating. I also love that retro tech is a thing now (sort of. I don’t need to ever knowingly operate a 1981 computer ever again, thankfully.)

Cruise Ships From Above

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Shockingly, the photographer Jeffrey Milstein used an actual helicopter to achieve these shots, and not a drone.

Muscle Surprise

Another bizarre creation from Old Spice.

Bonus Link!

Small Space Living: 13 Radical Tiny Cottages

Each designed by a different international architectural firm.

This week’s recommended long read (and ultra-long listen):

Here’s a giant 800-track alt/indie-focused 90’s playlist in chronological order [Medium]

[Self explanatory and… wow.] This list was lovingly curated over months, and is continuing to be revised. Links to the numerous playlists are available for Rdio and Spotify. Pretty amazing.

Sent in by Laura L.

Have a great weekend my Friday people!

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