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 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.