July 29th, 2016

It is the end of the month, and the last Friday of July.

There are only seven more Fridays this Summer. Let’s make the most of them!

Starting with some links!!

Princess Etch-A-Sketch

Princess Etch-A-Sketch

Some frankly incredible work all done by artist Jane Labowitch solely using an Etch-A-Sketch. Impressive.

Meet Graham

“As much as we like to think we’re invincible, we’re not. But what if we were to change? What if our bodies were built to survive a low impact crash?”

Graham looks… uh…. weird. But he’s apparently what we’d look like if we adapted to car collisions.

Yyyyyiiiiiii….!

Gus Pedro: Merge

Combining landscapes of Death Valley and the cityscape of New York.

These are great. He has other works on his site also.

“Gus Petro is an artist and photographer based in Zurich, Switzerland.”

Thoughts And Prayers: The Game

A sad indictment of the current mass shooting situation in the US. Not really a game so much as an art / think piece (I guess.)

Sent in by Matt S.

Bonus Link!

An Exhibition of Japanese Portable Record Players

These are adorable. 🙂 I would probably shell out for that “Lucky” radio / phono. Awesome.

And here are a couple of quick reads I liked and wanted to share:

10 Fascinating Facts About Egyptian Hieroglyphs. (Self explanatory I believe.) I found that pretty interesting.

Let Me Remind You F***ers Who I Am is a satirical but factually accurate piece written by a fictional version of Hillary Clinton. I like it. It’s funny, and inspiring.

And that’s it. That’s what I’ve got. Okay?

Have a great Friday everybody. 🙂

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July 22nd, 2016

Welcome back to Friday!

I love when that happens! 🙂

Here are some links…

Alex Gross Cabinet Card Paintings

Alex Gross Cabinet Card Paintings

Alex Gross takes “cabinet cards” created between 1870 and 1920 and turns them into superhero art. There is some great work here. Funny!

Rosa de Jong: Micro Matter

This Dutch multi-media artist creates tiny, detailed dwellings inside glass test tubes. Some of these are just lovely. All are quite detailed. There’s a lot more of her work available on the site as well. A great little find from Kate S.

Emanuele DaScanio: Photorealistic Drawings

I’ll say that again: drawings.

These each take dozens to hundreds of hours to complete. His sense of composition is also impressive. Really beautiful work.

h/t MyModernMet.

Winnie The Pooh Home Run Derby

Oddly challenging and addictive.

Sent in by Traci T.

Bonus Link!Monoscope

This single-use website is a water simulation completely rendered via JavaScript in the browser.

And that concludes the Friday Links!

See you next week.

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July 15th, 2016

It is already mid-July! (And of course: Friday!)

Where is the year going?

However: Links time!

Space Dashboard

Space Dashboard

[100% self-explanatory]

Now you can feel like you work for NASA mission control (for the ISS.)

Well executed. Simple!

WhoSampled

“Dig deeper into music by discovering direct connections among over 393,000 songs and 135,000 artists”

Ever wondered what that killer sample was on your favorite new or old-school hip-hop track? This site very likely has the answer.

My favorite section of this site though is their Six Degrees page. It scans the database for connections between pretty disparate artists. e.g.: Nine Inch Nails and Paul McCartney = only 2 degrees of separation.

Tate Time Machine

A really beautifully executed archive of the history of art which has graced the hallowed walls of London’s Tate Gallery of Modern Art between 1970 and today.

Created to celebrate the grand re-opening. Amazing.

Frantic 3

Frantic is indeed the word. Just your standard arcade shooter, but holy cow do you ever need to be fast (and caffeinated.)

Good fun but a little stressful.

Bonus Link!

Send.Dog

After the past few weeks, we’re all feeling quite a bit down and out. So maybe you could use an instant photo of a puppy, texted to you automatically via this service.

Once a day. Easy to unsubscribe. You can request more than one. Now you know.

A medium-sized read I recommend is 61 Glimpses of the Future by Jan Chipchase. I shared this with several people this week and decided hey what the hell, I’ll share it here too. This one piece makes me want to travel, and travel, and travel…

Also there is now a company that will sell you a baseball cap with an emoji on it. Yes they sure will.

Happy Friday everybody! See you in seven days.

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July 8th, 2016

Hottttt Friday! Get your hot Friday heeeere!

Phew.

And now: it’s time for the Friday Links!

Tilt-Shift Van Gogh

Tilt-Shift Van Gogh

Only a few of them, but they’re well done.

The US Declaration of Independence: A github repo

Someone decided to nerdily break down all of the amendments and edits, changes of wording and other things related to this historic document, and they did so with comments, background, and git users that reflect each of the real contributors to it.

Must have taken weeks. Months!

Suggested by James H.

Musical Chord Progression Arpeggiator

Though somewhat limited, this is an amazing learning tool. Lots of features, but the key one I think is missing is the ability to change the chord type for each entry. Still: brilliant!

Rambo: Last Blood

A goofy, hilarious take on the Rambo franchise, in web game form. Nice!

Bonus Link!

The 100 Best Photographs Ever Taken Without Photoshop

Considering photography has existed as a thing since the late 1800’s I’m surprised they stopped at 100. 🙂

A great collection though.

Sent in by Kim N.

And there you go! All linked up!

Have a great, happy, relaxing, stress-free Friday.

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July 1st, 2016

Hey look: it’s July!

And where I live, it’s a Holiday!

But it’s still Friday, so you know what that means…

Blitze & Gewitter: Live Lightning Maps

Blitze & Gewitter: Live Lightning Maps

A live, updated map of current lightning strikes. It also features audio.

A great little project.

The Vanual

Being an exhaustive and immaculately laid-out instruction manual for converting a van into a camper. A crazy amount of work and care obviously went into making this. Holy cow.

Sent along by Alex S.

CyArk

“CyArk was founded in 2003 to ensure heritage sites are available to future generations, while making them uniquely accessible today.”

That is: they 3D-scan heritage architectural works and present them virtually. This is especially important in light of ISIS’s recent efforts to destroy a lot of these structures.

Boiler Escape

A fun little web game that is making the rounds. It’s a straightforward little side-scroller but its use of water is inventive. Suggested by many, many subscribers this week. Enjoy!

Bonus Link!

Autocomplete Poetry

An art installation featuring a variety of Raspberry Pi computers each showing a sequence of Google autocomplete results based on common queries (“I’m scared of”, for example) and showing them as quasi-haiku poetry. (“I’m scared of toasters / I’m scared of death”)

Oddly complicated but somehow satisfying.

Finally, for those of you who like this kind of thing, there is a pretty great listing of the best 50 diners in America. No chain restaurants, all mom and pop operations. There are a few of these that might be worth a road trip…

And so there we go! Friday!

Have a great (long?) weekend everybody.

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