February 26th, 2016

We have arrived at Friday.

Your mission is almost complete. To the links!!

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An amazing website that simulates the global spread of a deadly infection starting from your own address, your neighborhood, nearby stores, hospitals, etc. Really well executed.

It’s a promo site to promote Ubisoft’s new videogame “Tom Clancy’s The Division“. Really well done.

Sent in by Erin F.

Mar Cerdà: Cut Paper + Watercolor

Mar Cerdà: Cut Paper + Watercolor

Mar Cerdà, a gifted artist from Barcelona, Spain, creates intricate dioramas depicting set pieces from Wes Anderson movies, among other things. There is just an unbelievable attention to detail here. Great stuff.

Iris.ai: The science around the TED Talk

A pretty amazing site. You enter the url for a TED talk, and this site digs up all the science behind that talk. A great educational discovery tool. I don’t know how complete it is but it works for most of the talks I entered into it.

Minefield

This is a massively multiplayer online version of the classic Minesweeper game.

There goes your weekend… 😉

Bonus Link!

Paul Fuentes Design

Some really whimsical work here from this Mexico City designer and artist. I think I like the Junk Food section the best. His Instagram is also pretty awesome.

And before I go I wanted to share this song, Arizona, by the band Frances Cone out of Brooklyn, NY. I’ve been playing it a great deal since last Saturday. It’s awesome. Catch them on tour this spring and summer.

Have a lovely Friday, and a great, great weekend.

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February 19th, 2016

Ahhh February…

This is the second last Friday in it! Then we topple towards Spring. Yay.

And now: some links!

Polygon Shredder

Polygon Shredder

“The polygon shredder that takes many cubes and turns them into confetti”

A crazy web installation that I find mesmerizing. A huge amount of computing power goes into producing this. You can move around it as well. Great work.

Drawings365

“After an inspiring conversation with my wife, I decided to join her photo 365 project with my own drawing 365 project. 1 Drawing per day for 365 days.”

This would be artist Curtis Wiklund’s daily drawings of whatever happened on each day. The sub-gallery of just him and his wife is touching. There is a coffee table book underway. Well done.

Suggested by Jess B.

Ocean Wave Simulation

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Really beautiful. I love that this quality of computer simulation is available right in a simple web browser.

Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage

Leo DiCaprio is being blocked from receiving awards, and it’s up to you to help him.

“Collect as many Emmy’s and Golden Globes as you can along the way. but beware of pushy photographers and watch out for Lady Gaga… and icebergs”

(Really that last bit are words to live by no matter who you are.) 😉

Timely and crazy.

Bonus Link!

BeepBox

“BeepBox is an online tool for sketching and sharing chiptune melodies.”

Their Twitter feed features individual tracks that people have composed. Pretty great.

Some little bits and pieces this week:
“This is Strunk & White, rewritten using a predictive text generator by Jamie Brew.”

Hilarious, but also sometimes indistinguishable from the original. Sent along by Emma T.

And hey who knew Silence of the Lambs was already 25 years old? (I feel old again.) A great read from Rolling Stone.

See you in seven days!

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February 12th, 2016

There are now only 38 shopping days until Spring!

And it’s Friday!

And there are Friday Links!

And!…..

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Jheironimus Bosch

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Jheironimus Bosch

A really, really great interactive tour of this complicated 16th century masterpiece. Very well done. The sheer volume of detail that went into making this painting is astonishing.

Because Recollection

An interesting, arty little web… “thing” (installation? presentation?) that rolls through a bunch of sounds, music, and images.

Hold the space bar to load a new track, click and hold to “stop time”.

It’s kind of cool.

Read By Famous

Want to buy a copy of “Lawrence In Arabia” that was once owned by (and is autographed by) Francis Ford Coppola? Now you can! (For a price, obviously.) “The proceeds from the sales benefit book and literacy focused non-profits.”

A pretty great idea.

Zebra

From the great minds behind the eminently challenging QWOP. This is a challenging, brilliantly conceived little maze game.

Note: Very hard on the eyes. But still cool.

Bonus Link!

Chill The Lion

Yup. That’s what it does. 🙂

I also have a couple of mid-sized reads!

10 Viral Sensations on Life After Internet Fame
Miss South Carolina Teen USA! The “Evolution of Dance” guy! The “Charlie Bit My Finger” guy! Actually a pretty interesting read.

And from Richard Grant over at Avaunt we have the true story that the movie (and novel) “The Revenant” is based on: A Life Wild And Perilous: The Ultimate Buckskin Badass.
If you ever think you’re having a bad day, just read a portion of this. I’m glad I didn’t live in those times. Yikes!

And there we go!

See you in a week everybody. Happy Friday!

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February 5th, 2016

Welcome to our First February Friday of 2016.

And your Friday Links!

Ready? Here we go…

Cinesift

You choose a variety of criteria and this site uses a bunch of resources to recommend movies to you. This works best (of course) in the US, but it’s still a great discovery resource for the film nerd in all of us.

Deep Forger

“Send me your creative photos and I’ll forge them (legally) in the style of famous painters.”

This is a “bot powered by deep neural networks and an Encyclopedia of Art,” and the results are pretty interesting.

Sent in by Emily J.

The Infinite Jukebox

The Infinite Jukebox
The Infinite Jukebox

“For when your favorite song just isn’t long enough”

Choose a song, let it do some processing to find “pathways”, and it creates an infinite loop that isn’t usually too repetitive on its own.

This is an interesting piece of technology. Well done.

HyperDoods!

A goofy, bouncy little arcade platformer. Fun. (Caution: music.)

Bonus Link!

Slap Kirk

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Bizarre! And, yes, you can also slap Spock.

Well that went fast. I hope your weekend is super-cool.

See you next Friday!

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