July 31st, 2020

Oh hello there, Friday!

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

I hope you are all safe and well. No joke at all.

Also farewell to July. Holy cow that was fast. (To me.)

OK! Friday Links time!

Michael Velliquette: Paper Sculpture

Michael Velliquette: Paper Sculpture

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“Michael Velliquette is a paper sculptor whose intricate works combine exuberant abundance with an inventive formalism.”

These almost look like they’re 3d printed. I imagine they look stunning in person.

Well done.

Photoreal Roman Emperor Project

Photoreal Roman Emperor Project

“Using the neural-net tool Artbreeder, Photoshop and historical references, I have created photoreal portraits of Roman Emperors. For this project, I have transformed, or restored (cracks, noses, ears etc.) 800 images of busts to make the 54 emperors of The Principate (27 BC to 285 AD).”

This is fascinating. Incredible work.

Note: There are links to different eras of the leadership which feature more of the artwork.

Somewhat making the rounds, and for good reason.

Geoquiz

Geoquiz

The game gives you a country and you have to correctly click on it on the map.

Super challenging. I’ve been trying to just memorize African countries. If they had it for just that, I’d probably be using this every day.

Anyway: great!

Metamaze

Metamaze

A fairly challenging side-scroller with some great sound effects.

Fun!

There we go. Friday links!

Have an excellent (long?) weekend, and see you next week.

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July 24th, 2020

Yaaaaaaaay Friday!

For me this was a fast week. But good! Hopefully for you as well.

Let’s begin!

MyHeritage: Photo Enhancer

MyHeritage: Photo Enhancer

“Enhance your family photos automatically with the world’s best deep learning technology. Faces will come into sharp focus!”

This is amazing.

You can upload any photo that has bothered you for how blurry the image was, and this will bring it into reasonable focus.

Just a great idea.

Sent in by Janet P.

Supercook

Supercook

Not sure what you want to eat? Only have a few ingredients in your fridge / cupboards?

Enter your ingredients here and it will provide a variety of actually pretty great recipe choices.

My only issue is the sorting of ingredients. I spent a good amount of time trying to find “potatoes”.

But also: once you choose an ingredient, it suggests other ingredients.

Potato News Today

Potato News Today

“A no-frills, no-nonsense daily account of breaking global potato news stories”

I came for the assumed “hilarity” of the site (it IS hilarious!) but then stayed for this story about McCains, a huge Canadian packaged food company, coming up with innovative regenerative farming practices.

But it’s still kind of funny.

Perfect Peel

Perfect Peel

Press and hold to peel a variety of unlikely fruits and vegetables in a very satisfying way.

Oddly: in the screenshot, I’m peeling a… football? Weird. (But delicious?)

Sent in by Traci T.

And there ya go. Linked. For Friday!

Have a great weekend everybody. Stay safe. Hang in there.

See you next week.

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July 17th, 2020

Hallooooo Friday!

And where I live, we’re hot! Crazy hot. I hope you’re all safe and comfortable and happy.

It’s links time!!

90s Festival Generator

90s Festival Generator

Every page load will create a random selection of 90s bands with some randomized design choices.

Band names link to a sample live performance. Super cool.

If The Moon Were A Pixel

If The Moon Were A Pixel

A perpetually scrolling example of the vastness of space.

Sent in by Katrina

Hollowed-Out Jet Engine Camper Took 6 Years, 1,000 Hours to Build

Hollowed-Out Jet Engine Camper Took 6 Years, 1,000 Hours to Build

“Many things are done with grounded aircraft — some rust away in airplane graveyards, while others are sold away to newcomer airlines. But in the time of the coronavirus crisis, people are finding new uses for unused planes, including one mechanic who converted a 1967 Vicker VC10 airliner engine nacelle into a customized camper that fits on a trailer…”

The mechanic: Steve Jones.

This is a beautiful design. Well done.

Also: Suuuuuper tiny. SUPER tiny.

Tallest Tree

Tallest Tree

“Grow your tree as tall as possible in this tower stacking game. Try to land the blocks perfectly to stack your combo multiplier.”

Also: if you don’t land the block precisely, the size you landed becomes your next block.

Super challenging. Very satisfying.

Sent along by Jennifer R.

There we are. Linked!!

Happy Friday!

See you next week.

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July 10th, 2020

Well helloooooo Friday!

My city is in the midst of a heatwave, *and* we had our very first Tornado watch a couple of days ago. 2020 IS A LOT!!

But we made it to Friday! Huzzah!!

Links time!

Explore The Last Supper

Explore The Last Supper

Created by Google Arts and Culture. A deep dive into the materials, history and composition of this legendary Da Vinci artwork.

Cool 3D World

Cool 3D World

“Cool 3D World is a collaborative multimedia project between Brian Tessler and Jon Baken.”

There is SO MUCH here! Some really incredible, creepy, bizarre visual work. The interface is a bit of a nightmare (try to click on the “About” link on the homepage. Super challenging.)

A note: some of their work can be NSFW, and generally a little creepy. They remind me a bit of Cyriak, who I’ve featured here many times.

Weird. Funny. Extremely unique.

Paperboyo

Paperboyo

This is artist and maker Rich McCor who creates paper templates of popular movie characters which he then incorporates into his household to do thing like organize cables.

Playful, whimsical, detailed, funny.

h/t my modernmet

School Bus Demolition Derby

School Bus Demolition Derby

Self explanatory

A good stress reliever during these crazy, crazy times.

And that is that! All done. (For this week.)

Thanks for playing along at home.

See you next Friiiiday!

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July 3rd, 2020

Well happy Friday everybody!

And where I live… it’s HOT!

Happy North American Holiday weekend.

Links time let’s gooooooo…

World’s largest wet collodion plate created in abandoned house converted into a camera

World’s largest wet collodion plate created in abandoned house converted into a camera

“Wet colldion” is basically the old school, 1800s-era method of photography.

A house…. That’s actually a camera. Insane.

There is a full 30+ minute documentary in this article. Worth a look. Just beautiful.

All The Minutes

All The Minutes

“a Twitter clock by @studiomoniker”

This site will show tweets that state the current time based on your local computer’s clock.

A weird choice but okay!

BirdNet

BirdNet

Created by the an Ornithology team and a Machine Learning team at Cornell University.

“Our research is mainly focused on the detection and classification of avian sounds using machine learning – we want to assist experts and citizen scientist in their work of monitoring and protecting our birds.”

I used this to identify a red-tailed hawk that is nesting in my neighborhood. Pretty amazing technology here.

Mining Around Zenox

Mining Around Zenox

Sort of a “Lunar Lander” style game but without the concern of running out of fuel.

Challenging!

I hope you’re all still hanging in there wherever you are. It’s July! It felt like that would never get here.

Stay safe. Happy July. See you next week.

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