May 25th, 2018

If you can believe it, it’s already the last Friday in May 2018.

But that also means that June starts next week, which is awesome.

Welcome, to your Friday Links!

The Secret Annex of Anne Frank in 3D

The Secret Annex of Anne Frank in 3D

An online interactive experience where you can visit the Anne Frank house in some considerable detail.

Making the rounds, along with some interesting new discoveries in the original Frank diary.

Robbie Barrat: A.I. created paintings

Robbie Barrat: A.I. created paintings

“AI researcher Robbie Barrat decided to see what would happen when he fed a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) thousands of nude portraits from a dataset and then trained it to create its own bizarre artworks.”

He features his art on (of all things) a github site.

To be clear: the nude portraits are “bizarre”, but still fascinating. The landscapes are quite lovely.

His twitter feed is also worth a look.

FlopStarter

FlopStarter

“Flopstarter is a real crowdfunding site.

“A platform for bad ideas.

“So far we have had hundreds of submissions to the site, all of them useless.”

Funny! And real(?!)

Sent in by Mandy C.

Mouse Dodger

Mouse Dodger

Simple: move the box (aka: your cursor) to avoid the larger obstacles.

It’s challenging. I’m a little addicted.

That’s all I got!

Now get out there and enjoy the last Friday in May!

Happy Friday.

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May 18th, 2018

Happy Friday!

And where I live, it’s a long weekend. Whuhoo!

And now, the links.

Legoland Royal Wedding

Legoland Royal Wedding

39,000 bricks to create this diorama of this Saturday’s festivities.

Created by the fine folks at LegoLand Windsor (Of course.)

Not The Moon

Not The Moon

“NOT THE MOON really is a pancake, digitized as a high-res, film quality scan, its texture applied to a true-to-scale sphere representation and virtually photographed with a 600 mm telescopic lens using minimal shutter and small aperture.”

One of the stranger art projects I think I’ve seen but I also love it. A little bit of a prank but definitely still lovely.

lobe.ai

lobe.ai

“Build, train, and ship custom deep learning models using a simple visual interface.”

This is a fascinating tool.

You have to request to join their beta. No notice anywhere on whether they distribute what your AI learns, etc. Still: super interesting.

Three Seconds

Three Seconds

A hyper challenging game. You have to race to clocks to gain 3 more seconds in the hopes of eventually escaping / conquering / winning.

Stressful! But fun.

And that’s that. That’s it. I have HAD IT! (wait. no… wrong thread.)

Have a lovely Friday, and a lovely (long?) weekend.

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May 11th, 2018

Friday is back in town.

…And this summer, he’s not taking anything sitting down… [action music]

Welcome! To your Friday Links!

Here we go…

Accidentally Wes Anderson

Accidentally Wes Anderson

[self explanatory sort of]

Some beautifully designed environments, photographed symmetrically.

Moritz Stefaner: Multiplicity

Moritz Stefaner: Multiplicity

“This interactive installation provides an immersive dive into the image space spanned by hundreds of thousands of photos taken across the Paris city area. Using machine learning techniques, the images are organized by similarity and image contents, allowing to visually explore niches and microgenres of image styles and contents.”

I find it kind of mesmerizing.

Sent in by Kate S.

SkyKnit: When knitters teamed up with a neural network

SkyKnit: When knitters teamed up with a neural network

Some really fascinating designs came out of this. What an odd choice.

Tomolo Bike

Tomolo Bike

A frustratingly challenging game.

I did only kind of okay at this game, but I still like it.

And that’s all I have this week.

I hope your Friday is most excellent.

Have a great weekend.

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May 4th, 2018

Happy Friday!

Historic Tale Construction Kit

Historic Tale Construction Kit

You create your own medieval Bayeux-style tapestry to tell a heroic tale of… whatever you want. Or I guess you could try to re-create the existing one.

What’s so funny?: 25 singers cracking up at their own songs

What's so funny?: 25 singers cracking up at their own songs

“…The rarer kind of laughter is the spontaneous crack-up, the studio gaffe in which the facade briefly drops and the singer is suddenly amused by their own lyrics, or a bum note—or who knows what—and the moment thereafter becomes part of their song. Here are 25 examples.”

Exhaustive and well written. Some great examples.

Sent in by Lisa A.

Mimi Choi Makeup Artistry

Mimi Choi Makeup Artistry

Wow. I’ll say. Really progressive glitch-style face painting. Well done.

Her Instagram feed is also worth a look.

Sent in by Amy W.

Jedi Trainer

Jedi Trainer

“Use your sword to deflect enemy lasers into floating orb droids.”

A simple sentence, with what sound like simple instructions.

This is a fun, challenging game. It starts off really easy, but definitely progresses from there.

Bonus Link!

Rudy Generator

Rudy Generator

Enter your own text for the chyron and screen-grab your very own Rudy Giuliani interview photo.

Single-use, simple little gag.

And that’s your Friday Links for the first Friday in May 2018!

Have a great, hopefully warm, hopefully dry, hopefully earthquake-free weekend everybody.

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