July 28th, 2017

Well there went the week. And July. Hmph.

But it’s Friday! And I have these links for you…

The ISS on Google Maps

The ISS on Google Maps

To be 100% clear: this is actually Building 9, Space Vehicle Mockup Assembly, in the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, but it is an exact replica, and still pretty dang cool.

Making the rounds. Sent in by Taylor M.

Curbed.com: Dollhouse Renovation Ideas

Curbed.com: Dollhouse Renovation Ideas

A great compendium of lovingly created miniature living spaces. These are fantastic!

National Weather Service: Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

National Weather Service: Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

A flood prediction service provided by NOAA. Especially this year: helpful!

Super Grapple Duck

Super Grapple Duck

A challenging little game. Click once to throw a grapple, then click again to swing to where the grapple attached, all while avoiding enemies and collecting items.

This was made in 48 hours for a game jam. I really like it.

Bonus Link!

SBNation: I watched in bewilderment while a man tried to return butternut squash because he thought it was cheese

SBNation: I watched in bewilderment while a man tried to return butternut squash because he thought it was cheese

I found this on Twitter moments after it had happened. This breakdown is great, and hilarious.

Customer service. It is not fun.

Have a lovely weekend everybody!

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July 21st, 2017

Happy Summer Friday! (where I live, anyway.)

Are you ready? All strapped in? Suitably contented?

Allllll righty.

Foodnited States

Foodnited States

A lovingly designed set of food puns for each of the contiguous United States of America.

You can buy t-shirts, posters and stickers.

Sent along by Jared S.

streetchange

streetchange

“…a new way of measuring changes in the physical appearances of neighborhoods using a computer vision algorithm.”

From a bunch of big brains at MIT. See the before and after of urban change on (in NYC) a nearly block-by-block basis.

Eye-opening. I like it.

Adam Makarenko

Adam Makarenko

This guy… He has directed several music videos, he’s working on a full length film, and he’s won awards for his miniature diorama photography, which is how he came to my attention. He hand-crafts his own planets and other heavenly bodies, then constructs environments to shoot them in. Really beautiful, well-realized work here.

Deterministic Dungeon

Deterministic Dungeon

An RPG game where randomization plays a part in nearly every single interaction.

I really like this game! I’m not a huge fan of RPG’s so this feels like a slightly faster version of those (with a sense of humor.)

Also if you’re a Radiohead fan, and were the least bit interested in the new re-release of OK Computer, you may be interested in this nerdy tidbit they included in the extended box set. 🙂

And now you’re all set. You’re equipped. You’re prepped! For your weekend.

Have a great rest-of-your Friday!

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July 14th, 2017

Friday. It’s here. Welcome!

Links time!!

Cambodian Artist Visoth Kakvei Is Taking Doodling To Another Level

Cambodian Artist Visoth Kakvei Is Taking Doodling To Another Level

No joke. Look at his work! So amazing.

Recently

Recently

This is a cool service that you can subscribe to either quarterly or monthly. It will print a custom magazine of your photos based on your phone’s images.

This looks wonderful.

A.I. Movie Posters

A.I. Movie Posters

As with most other “A.I.” generators, it’s obviously still learning. One of the ones I got was titled “Death Monny Photographer: The Ultimate Hates” (Starring James Fleet and Emma Watson.)

Mostly a weird little novelty, but I like it. 🙂

Sent in by Trevor H.

Jump Ball

Jump Ball

A challenging multiplayer game. You jump your ball to flip tiles and possibly reveal coins. Collect the coins to grow in size and devour your opponents.

It’s hard! But I bet with practise it’s super fun.

Also this Thrillist article about the “The 100 Greatest Props In Movie History

” has been making the rounds, and I think it’s worth a read for you film nerds out there.

And that’s what I have for you. Okay? Okay??? [glares]

Okay!

Thanks again and have a great Friday everybody.

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July 7th, 2017

Well there went the first week of July!

So fast!

And now you’re all ready for… your Friday Links!! (amirite?)

Factitious

Factitious

A quick little quiz site that tests how well you can spot a fake news item versus a genuine, fact-based, properly researched news story.

There are some surprising items in here.

Sent in by Traci T.

It Is As If You Were Doing Work

It Is As If You Were Doing Work

If by “work” you mean “very repetitive tasks with no meaning but due immediately.”

This is making the rounds and it’s a little weird but fun.

Sent in by Trevor M.

Hipster Sound

Hipster Sound

“Stay focused, improve productivity or just relax by creating a stress-free ambience.”

Basically: Sound loops of several distinct environments so you can “act like” you are working in a Café in Paris, or Texas, or a variety of restaurant ambiences. Or just natural environmental sounds like rain.

“It is as if you were doing your real work in a fake café…” 😉

There are more options if you sign up. Sort of interesting.

Monkey Kick-Off

Monkey Kick-Off

You are a monkey with a ball. You want to kick the ball as far as possible.

Go ahead. Try. 🙂

Challenging. Simple! But definitely challenging.

Bonus Link!

Retronaut: September 1942 – Making The New York Times

Retronaut: September 1942 - Making The New York Times

“In September 1942, Office of War Information photographer Marjory Collins paid a visit to the offices of the New York Times, located at the iconic One Times Square and an annex on 43rd Street.

“There, she documented each step of the messy, physical process as news coming in over the wires was sorted, edited, rewritten, laid out, and printed, all under an ever-approaching deadline.”

To see how much things have REALLY changed in how news is disseminated, this is a good starting point. So much hard work.

These have been your Friday Links! Please: enjoy responsibly.

See you next week.

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