January 25th, 2019

Fridayyyyeeeeeyuh!

And it’s already the last one in January! Boom! Just like that.

Links time!

Lego: Welcome to Apocalypseburg

Lego: Welcome to Apocalypseburg

“Enjoy an epic 360-degree play experience—and prepare for an alien invasion—with THE LEGO® MOVIE 2™ 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! construction toy. An advanced building set, it has over 3,000 pieces and presents an awesome challenge even for master builders.”

Crrrrrazy. But also beautifully conceived.

Sketchnthecity

Sketchnthecity

“In 2016 sketch artist Carl Lavia joined forces with photographer Lorna Le Bredonchel and together they formed the ambitious ’69 cities of the UK’ project. Which aims to create a portrait of the whole United Kingdom through large-scale sketches of its 69 cities.”

These are beautiful!

Sent along by Mark J.

The 1959 Project

The 1959 Project

“A snapshot of jazz 60 years ago, every day.”

1959 was, of course, 60 years ago this year. This website documents a lot of predominantly Jazz Music happenings that year, and of any year in Jazz 1959 is a pretty excellent one to dig into.

It’s updated daily and lovingly curated. Recommended.

Booster.Space

Booster.Space

An extremely challenging multiplayer version of Asteroids.

I do not last very long, which is pretty much how things went in the original Asteroids too. 🙂

This has been your Friday Links!

Please join us again next week.

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January 18th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And where I live, we’re finally getting some real snow now. Weee! (Wee?)

And now: the links!

TeamLab: Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Fire

TeamLab: Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest - One Stroke, Fire

“When a person stands still close to a lamp, it shines brightly and emits a color that resonates out. The light of this lamp becomes the starting point, and it spreads to the two nearest lamps.”

This is a permanent installation at the Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel in Kyushu, Japan. It consists of numerous lights which have been modified to sense when new visitors arrive.

So beautiful! More info here.

Scott Reinhard: Mapping and Visualization

Scott Reinhard: Mapping and Visualization

Mr. Reinhard combines vintage maps of US terrain with contemporary land elevation data to produce these super original map views of several states and the US overall. Some of them are quite abstract.

You can purchase gorgeous prints of these works too.

Dimitris Ladopoulos: Algorithm

Dimitris Ladopoulos: Algorithm

“I wanted to create an algorithm that would allow me to produce different random geometric patterns based on a rectangle.

“The inspiration came from the type of diagrams called ‘treemaps’. I implemented a procedure in Houdini, that takes a rectangle and splits it vertically and then horizontally.”

Really lovely work here.

Deep Heat

Deep Heat

A fairly challenging little arcade shooter with some lovely retro graphics.

And that’s what I’ve got!

Have a fantastic, warm, safe Friday, and a terrific weekend.

See you next Friday.

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January 11th, 2019

Happy Friday!

We’re definitely officially in Winter weather mode where I live. (Temperature-wise at least.) Stay warm out there.

And now: some links!

Chronas

Chronas

“Chronas is a history map application with over 50 million data points which every registered user can curate and contribute to (just like Wikipedia).”

There is a tutorial video as the site has a variety of indepth features.

A crazy amount of detailed historical data here. This definitely took some effort to achieve!

Amber Cowan

Amber Cowan

“Amber Cowan is an artist and educator living in Philadelphia. She is a faculty member of the glass department of Tyler School of Art, where she received her MFA in 2011 in Glass/Ceramics.”

Her glass work is incredible.

Her newest works are on display at the Toledo Museum. Simply lovely.

Inverted Grand Canyon

Inverted Grand Canyon

“I wondered, then, if flipping the Grand Canyon into a Grand Mountain might in some way help me make sense of its scale. I’m much more accustomed to seeing the mass of something rather than the massive void of something. So, here’s what that looks like.”

Actually pretty interesting.

Excit

Excit

Note: Flash required.

A weird little online game which takes place in an Excel Spreadsheet (?!)

You use arrow keys to quickly move your cursor, one direction at a time, to “excit” the spreadsheet.

Trickier than it sounds. But at least no formulas are involved. 😉

Have a happy Friday, and a spectacular weekend.

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January 4th, 2019

Hooray for Friday!

Welcome to 2019 everybody. And your Friday Links.

Of course now the web is inundated with “2018 best of” lists, so I’ll include just a few. There’s a huge rabbit hole you can go down if you search for them obviously.

To the links!

WebGL Water

WebGL Water

A water simulation right in your browser.

Pretty basic but beautifully done.

Building a Spotify player for my Mac SE/30

Building a Spotify player for my Mac SE/30

Note: the Mac SE/30 was created in 1989.

This is a super impressive hack!

Roger Vail: Carnival

Roger Vail: Carnival

An exhibition from 2015 of long-exposure midway rides.

Beautifully shot.

More on Vail here.

Boulder Marcielo

Boulder Marcielo

“Be the Boulder from ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark'”

Even though it’s a pretty basic little game, it’s challenging!

Bonus Link!

Big Shot Camera

Big Shot Camera

A digital camera that you build yourself. Aimed at kids primarily, but this is a great idea!

This concludes the first Friday Links of January, 2019!

Have a great Friday and a calm, warm, relaxing weekend.

See you next Friday!

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