December 27th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And welcome to post-Christmas. That was fast.

The final Friday of 2019. Of the 2010’s. Weird…

Let’s go!

The Most Scathing Reviews of 2019

The Most Scathing Reviews of 2019

Specifically: Book reviews.

“Despite all its ghastly goings-on, this creaky thriller constantly slips on banana peels of its own unintentional comedy…”

Oof. 100% true title.

What Did We Get Stuck in Our Rectums Last Year?

What Did We Get Stuck in Our Rectums Last Year?

Making the rounds! This is an annual article previously featured on Deadspin (RIP,) but now on Vice.

Also: not just the rectum. The nose, throat, etc., etc.

Yikes!

Suggested by Kim S.

Apollo Flight Controller 101: Every console explained

Apollo Flight Controller 101: Every console explained

“From the archives: A handy reference to each station in the Apollo Mission Control room.”

There’s other stuff here too, like how they set up the projectors to put up multiple data views on their huge wall screen.

Intensely nerdy, sure, but super interesting.

C4 Arena

C4 Arena

“Connect Four”, but now multiplayer. Play against A.I., local multiplayer, or online multiplayer.

Have a Happy Friday, and a lovely New Year.

See you on the other side.

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December 20th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And happy Winter Solstice (in the northern hemisphere.)

It’s the last Friday before Xmas 2019! Crazy how fast that happened. What a full year!

It’s link time!

Endless Jingling

Endless Jingling

“Endless Jingling was written and recorded by Josh Millard. It selects a handful of christmas songs at random from a collection of three dozen recordings, then jumps around randomly between them forever and ever and ever or until you reload for a new combination of songs.”

SUUUPER ANNOYING! But still fun.

The Happy Broadcast

The Happy Broadcast

“… I want to use my art to spread some positivity.

“I want to create something positive as an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media.”

Created by Mauro Gatti

Somewhat making the rounds. Especially after this past year, much needed.

The 2019 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog

The 2019 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog

“Come on in! Dust your boots off in the breezeway. I have a special mat you can use for it that’s woven from human hair sourced from the tribes of the South Pacific. Best snow-wiping hair ever designed, by God.”

A perennial favorite.

PAC-XON

PAC-XON

Pacman, but you have to box the ghosts in by drawing strategic walls. “Pac-Qix”?

Some powerups and yes you can still get the ghost-eating power-pill.

Genuinely addictive.

And those are this week’s Xmas Friday Links! Merry Xmas!

Stay safe out there, Santa…

See you next week.

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December 13th, 2019

Friday… The Thirteenth! [orchestra!]

And time for your Friday Links!

And only one more Friday before Xmas! Wah!

Let’s go…

The Deep Sea

The Deep Sea

Discover what kinds of wildlive thrive at which depths of the ocean, as far down as “The Challenger Deep” (10,924 metres aka ~11 km / 35,840 feet aka ~7 miles.)

And they do mean “depths”.

Created by Neal Agarwal.

NYTimes: The New York City Subway Map

NYTimes: The New York City Subway Map

A great interactive piece on this iconic transit system, and how art and design helped make the system more understandable to its riders.

Sorry Olds, Only Gen Z Can Make It Through This High School Quiz

Sorry Olds, Only Gen Z Can Make It Through This High School Quiz

“Are you part of the squad or are you an ‘old’?”

Note: very American.

Note 2: this quiz will chew up your CPU.

Yes, it’s from Buzzfeed.

Broken TV

Broken TV

A simple little “descrambler” puzzle game.

Note: click on the piece you want to move, then click on the space you want to move it to. I thought they had to be adjacent. They do not.

The motion patterns are lovely.

And there you go: alllll Friday’d up. I mean linked up. I mean Friday Linked up!

Happy Friday, and Merry Christmas!

See you in a week.

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December 6th, 2019 – Christmas Gift and Giving Guide (ish)

Welcome to your Friday Links!

This issue is normally the Friday Links Xmas Gift and Giving Guide, but I have unfortunately been too overwhelmed with work and other things going on in my life to properly compose a good one this year.

So, lazily, I am going to instead refer to last year’s guide and add just a few extras.

For the giving part, In Canada, CBC’s Sounds of the Season is on now. Always recommended.

For the gifting part: ThinkGeek, which was my perennial favorite gift guide to link to, has sadly shuttered.

In its place, this year I’ll recommend The Verge’s 2019 Home & Tech Gift Guide 2019 instead. It’s not nearly as good or comprehensive, but it’s what I’ve got.

Apologies for not being able to provide more new material. It is what it is. Happy Holidays!

And now to the links!

Steampunk Tendencies

Steampunk Tendencies

A collection of extremely unique, beautiful, whimsical creations from the Steampunk community.

I love all of this!

Rewilder

Rewilder

“Rewilder creates the best bags on & for the planet from 100% salvaged materials. Everything is washed, cut, and sewn in California for bags with a micro-footprint and highest quality. They don’t make trash; they treasure it.”

As of this writing they were sold out of a lot of stuff, but we all know there’s still plenty of trash out there so they’ll make more eventually.

Great idea. Some cool designs too.

Recommended by Tina E.

Anthony Hopkins Talks To Brad Pitt About Movies, Mortality, And Mistakes

Anthony Hopkins Talks To Brad Pitt About Movies, Mortality, And Mistakes

From Interview Magazine.

It’s a long read, and I found it fascinating.

Block Blaster

Block Blaster

A fun, slightly “drifty” version of Arkanoid or Breakout.

I suck at it but it’s still addictive.

Suggested by Kate S.

And so this concludes the Friday Links for the First Friday in December 2019.

Happy Holidays everybody! See you next week.

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