January 26th, 2018

Friday has arriiiiiived!

So fast. But it’s not done yet. There’s still time for these links!

The Grammies: What Should Have Won

The Grammies: What Should Have Won

“Before we all lose our minds over who wins big at the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, it might be helpful to remember that the Grammys have always been lousy at celebrating the present and even worse at predicting the future.”

The Washington Post’s Chris Richards re-picks the past 38 years of Grammies, focusing on the really innovative works versus corporate (or “who knows why”) winners.

Some great choices here.

Little Brick Lane

Little Brick Lane

“Have a scale model of your home built exclusively out of Lego pieces! Celebrate your home with this creative art form and the perfect addition to your home decor!”

Pricey, but pretty cool.

The Selfie Toaster

The Selfie Toaster

This artist accepts an image of your face – only one face in the image, very important – and creates a custom insert for your toaster to “print” that face on your toast.

It looks like a lot of people didn’t get that point about the one face only, but what a clever idea!

Ugent: Map Quiz

Ugent: Map Quiz

A map quiz game where you have to accurately guess how much larger one country is versus another.

I scored 64%! They’re pretty picky about the accuracy of the sizing.

Bonus Link!

United States Capitol Subway System: A Brief History

United States Capitol Subway System: A Brief History

“The United States Capitol subway system was first built in 1909 to link the US Capitol to the Russell Senate Office Building.”

I had no idea! (But also: I’ve never been, yet.)

Suggested by Tamara H.

And there we go.

Links! Sorted!

Happy Friday everybody.

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January 19th, 2018

Welcome to your Friday Links!

We’re already hurtling towards theend of January. So fast!

Here we go.

Omoshiro Block: A Memo Pad That Excavates Objects as it Gets Used

Omoshiro Block: A Memo Pad That Excavates Objects as it Gets Used

Laser perforations allow each page to leave behind a part of the note page, that together form an architectural sculpture.

These are just gorgeous! What an amazing concept.

Women Farmers Of Appalachia

Women Farmers Of Appalachia

“Women Farmers of Appalachia is a photography and interview series whose purpose is to give an honest representation of the daily lives of Appalachian women in agriculture.”

Created by members of Virginia Tech, this is a pretty engrossing photo essay of, well, Women farmers in Appalachia. These are some hard working, badass ladies.

Recommended by Erin L.

LitoGraphs

LitoGraphs

Words, either from a book or your own custom content, aligned with a specific design, printed on shirts, scarves, tote bags, etc.

I saw someone recently got their PhD thesis printed on a scarf using this. What a crazy good idea!

FalconHeavy.Space

FalconHeavy.Space

A very simple “simulation” of the steps required to erect, fuel, test fire and launch the Space-X Falcon Heavy spacecraft.

It is surprisingly challenging.

Bonus Link!

Ruby Silvious: Tea Bag Art

Ruby Silvious: Tea Bag Art

Some quite lovely artwork using Tea bags as the canvas.

h/t colossal

Finally: I also loved this take-down of Liam Neeson as filmdom’s worst (THE! WORST!) passenger. It is funny and incisive.

I hope your Friday, and your weekend, is lovely.

Happy Friday!

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January 12th, 2018

Hello, and welcome back to the Friday Links. We’ve been waiting for you!

Here we go!

How Generative Music Works: A Perspective

How Generative Music Works: A Perspective

An engrossing web installation about the history of generative music.

I really enjoyed this. It has an interesting interface too.

Beijing Silvermine

Beijing Silvermine

“Beijing Silvermine is an archive of half a million negatives salvaged over the last seven years from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing. Assembled by the French collector and artist Thomas Sauvin, Beijing Silvermine offers a unique photographic portrait of the Chinese capital and the life of its inhabitants in the decade following the Cultural Revolution.”

It’s a pretty crazy collection. I found this fascinating.

Twitter Moments: Replacing real Trump with animatronic Trump is the meme you need right now

Twitter Moments: Replacing real Trump with animatronic Trump is the meme you need right now

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Because it’s Twitter, it’s definitely making the rounds.

Well done.

Get In Shape

Get In Shape

A very challenging game.

The goal is to hit a key that they give you to keep your little square alive for as long as possible. Then at the same time, they’ll add a new “room” and a new key to hit, at the same time.

The goal is 30 seconds, in 4 simultaneous rooms, at the same time.

You spend a lot of time just figuring out what the key press actually does.

I “sort of” like this game but holy cow can it be frustrating.

Sent in by Ashy T.

Bonus Link!

McSweeneys: New Latin State Mottoes For The 21St Century

McSweeneys: New Latin State Mottoes For The 21St Century

e.g.:

South Carolina – Memento semper victos belli civilis

“Always remember the losers of the Civil War”

Happy Friday everybody!

See you in one week.

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January 5th, 2018

Welcome back to Friday, which is still a thing in 2018.

Hey also: welcome to 2018!

It’s link time!

Every Second

Every Second

A series of lists (with quantifiable references) for things that occur every second. (e.g.: spotify song plays, animal heartbeats, McDonald’s burger sales, etc.)

Sort of making the rounds. I like it!

Vector Park: Sandcastles

Vector Park: Sandcastles

Create a variety of dynamically generated sandcastles and then watch them get washed away to sea.

Uses either html5 or Flash. Nicely done.

Dwitter

Dwitter

Clever little JavaScript animations, but written in only 140 characters or less.

I’m amazed at what these people come up with. Kind of cool.

Slightly Annoying Traffic

Slightly Annoying Traffic

The goal is to stop cars from hitting each other. It gets crazy difficult the more cars there are, which takes some time.

Bonus Link!

What every Browser knows about you

What every Browser knows about you

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To be clear though, these are things that browsers have always known about us.

I’m concerned that we’re nearing a point where some sites just won’t work without allowing all of it.

Interesting!

Finally, there were so, so many “year in photos” galleries. I’ll just link to the great compendium kottke put together.

Or how about this Flickr group for your best shot of 2017? Also pretty great.

And that is the end of your first Friday Links of 2018!

Enjoy your (hopefully not too cold, Bomb Cyclone sufferers) weekend.

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