January 29th, 2016

Already: the last Friday in January. That was fast? (Just me?)

But hey: it’s Friday!

And there are links to visit…

PolyGraph: Hip Hop

20160129_flinksNote: make the browser window full-screen. This interactive timeline let’s you hear a mix of hip-hop singles from 1989 to 2015. It is a pretty amazing tool for exploring and diving into this music. It’s a collaboration with Billboard magazine. Great work.

Sent along by Traci T.

 

Glittering Blue

“This is one day’s observations from Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, animated in a loop. It shows the western Pacific, Australia, and parts of Asia, Antarctica, and Alaska as they looked on one day in mid-2015. It covers 24 hours in 12 seconds – a time lapse factor of 7,200×.”

I watched this for several minutes and bookmarked it. It’s beautiful.

Aydın Büyüktaş: Flatland 2015 – 2016

A great photo collection of landscapes folded onto themselves a-la Inception. Created by this gifted Turkish artist.

Taco Paradise

A bizarre, insane little game. Eat as many tacos as possible and grow to as large as possible.

Slllightly nsfw. (Cartoon feces.)

Bonus Link!

How To Win At Monopoly and Lose All Your Friends

The title is self explanatory but the process is interesting and not obvious. 🙂

I do not want to do this. But it’s an interesting read.

Sent in by Amanda C.

I also enjoyed this little article: 5 Mysterious Structures from the World’s Smallest Architects. Nature is amazing!

Have a lovely Friday everybody!

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January 22nd, 2016

I, for one, am glad that it is Friday.

Here are your links.

FractalJS

20160122_flinksA web-based, zoomable fractal geometry generator. Really well done.

Also: your computer’s fan may get some use during the browsing of this page. (Caution.)

 

Ignant: Abstract Underwater Art by Kim Keever

These are gorgeous! You can of course also visit the artist’s website for more details.

Wherefor

For random travel buffs: you enter your budget, your origin and other details, and this website tells you where you can afford to travel for that amount.

I love this idea!

1010!

Sort of like Tetris only without the animation. You place shapes on a 10 x 10 grid until you fill up lines. It is quite challenging.

Sent in by Amanda C.

Bonus Link!

koh.money: Men

Illustrator Irene Koh draws several heartbreaking comics on the topic of attempting to date really awful men in the modern era. Beautifully imagined, but as you might imagine: sad and frustrating.

And finally, if you have 7.5 million euros on hand, you could be the proud owner of Michaelangelo’s original villa.

Have a Happy Friday!

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January 15th, 2016

Good  afternoon everybody.

It’s been quite the week hasn’t it?

I do believe it is time for your Friday Links!

Let’s go!

Powerball Lottery Simulator

a.k.a.: precisely how you will probably lose.

The Life of Poo

“In the Life of Poo, you can type in an address in San Francisco and see where your toilet waste flows.

An odd little virtual tool. And… I guess now you know all about that. You’re welcome.

photosgraphé

Photographer Lucea Spinelli creates these animated works using light and natural or interior spaces. They’re quite striking.

Orbiting

Try to keep in orbit for as long as possible. I like this one.

Bonus Link!

Molecule Quilts

“As an offshoot of my work creating renderings of molecules for my Molecules book, I developed Mathematica code to turn MOL files into various pretty forms, including nice sort-of-physics based glows around the structure diagrams.

Naturally I decided to extend this code to create quilting and embroidery patterns.”

They look pretty great!

So there we go.

Have a great weekend everybody. Stay warm!

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January 8th, 2016

Welcome to Friday!

Week two! That was fast.

Links time!

Street View: Then And Now

“A public domain remix by Bert Spaan of NYPL Labs, using the Fifth Avenue from Start to Finish collection.”

A quasi-Google-street-view comparison of NYC’s Fifth Avenue from 1911 versus now.

This is a portion of the massive trove of media the New York Public Library made available this week of items that are now in the public domain. Since they invited the public at large to “remix” this media, this is one of the things that came out of that. Really excellent work.

Let Artificial Intelligence guess your attractiveness and age

[self explanatory]

There is also a mobile app. (I know what you’re saying: at last)

Sent in by Teresa S.

Wave City Coffee Table

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“Inspired by a film this table is a well balanced mixture of wood, steel and 3D printed technology.”

(The film being, of course, Inception.) And only €4000.00! I’ll take two.

Darkest Days

The intro is long, but the game is beautifully rendered and quite frantic at times. Addictive!

Bonus Link!

Magic+

“Using Magic+, you have a real super power – you can make anything happen with a simple text message.”

And they do mean anything. Remodel your house! Meet your favorite celebrity! It comes at a hefty price, but this is a crazy, pretty amazing idea.

A couple of reads…

Why the U.S. Should Never Host Another Olympics

“It’s expensive, demanding, and in the eyes of the many cities that have refused to throw their hats into the five-ring circus, a total scam”

This goes for any country, really, but the article is about the US specifically.

6 Pieces of Adorable, Edible Disney Food Art

[self explanatory]

The one of Goofy is sublime.

So there we go!

See you all very soon.

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January 1st, 2016

Happy New Year!!

And obviously: Happy Friday!

Let’s get this party started…

Star Wars Intro Creator

[self explanatory]

Well done!

Gingerbread Overlook Hotel from ‘The Shining’

Making the rounds. The incredible amount of effort that went into making this is astonishing. Very well done.

Archillect

“Archillect [archive + intellect] is a synthetic intelligence (or artificial intelligence, depending on the point of view) made to find and share inspiring visuals over social media channels. She is a living inspiration archive. She is a digital muse.

She currently has an active Twitter profile, a Facebook page, and a Pinterest board where she converts unhappy human beings to inspired artists.”

This is fascinating to me.

Where Is 2016

Do you remember the game Myst from way back in 1993? This is kind of like that, but in this game you’re in search of the year 2016. Challenging and addictive. Well done.

Bonus Link!

Fractal Gears

A dynamically generated series of turning gears arranged in fractal geometry. All done using HTML5 and JavaScript. You can play with the settings as well. Crazy.

Some reads!

“A Visit From St. Nicholas” in the style of Earnest Hemingway

[Self explanatory…?]

Why Do We Sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ On New Year’s Eve, Anyways?

Digg.com’s Dan Fallon gets to the bottom of this lingering question.

New Year’s Resolutions Are Bad For You. From Time magazine’s Jessica Lamb-Shapiro. Worth a look.

And there you go. The first Friday Links of 2016: done!

Let’s do this again in a week!

Happy New Year everybody.

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