December 25th, 2020

Happy Friday!

And Merry Christmas!!

I can’t believe it’s already Christmas. What a crazy year. But also: we made it! We can do this!

It’s links time!

Reuters: Pictures of the year 2020

Reuters: Pictures of the year 2020

h/t: kottke.

Best Year In Music

Best Year In Music

An interesting little web… thing that sequentially plays top 5 singles from any year you select and shifts the artists / songs around to reflect their chart position through time.

Kind of complicated but it’s pretty well done.

The best science images of 2020

The best science images of 2020

Which includes, naturally, images of the coronavirus. (Artist’s impression.)

A lot of important science work got done in 2020. This is a great recap.

3D Tilting Maze Game

3D Tilting Maze Game

Kind of challenging

Note: there is a hard mode (H) and an easy mode (E)

There we go! Links. On a Friday! Friday Links! On Christmas Day!

Have a great Christmas Friday! And see you next week.

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December 18th, 2020

Happy Friday!

And we have only one more Friday in 2020. We’re nearly out, people!! And! Next Friday is Christmas Day! Whuhoo!

I hope you’re all safe and sound and healthy and doing as well as you can be. Which is hoping for a lot.

It’s links time! Let’s go.

Blob Opera

Blob Opera

A Google Arts and Culture… thingy.

Drag each voice to make musical sounds. Once all four are there, they harmonize.

There’s also a switch on the bottom-right to toggle “Holidays” mode.

It’s kind of cool!

Making the rounds.

The Magic iPod

The Magic iPod

Drag one song on top of another one, and a custom mashup will play.

Note that only some songs can be placed on top of some other songs.

This is kind of astonishing.

Polygon: The 50 best games of 2020

Polygon: The 50 best games of 2020

“With the outside world lost, we collectively looked for a world inside. And there, as if purposefully constructed as an answer to this question we found ourselves asking, sat Animal Crossing.”

You might be surprised at where some of the more obvious “best” games ended up on this list.

Christmas Cannon

Christmas Cannon

A pointless little virtual Christmas “decorating” cannon.

But kind of fun, especially if you shoot a bunch of times in a row.

And there we go!! Friday Links!

Thanks for following along at home. Hang in there. We’re almost done with 2020. I can’t friggin’ wait.

See you next Friday.

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December 11th, 2020

Happy Friday!

Happy Hanukkah!!

Merry Christmas!!!

And welcome to your Friday Links.

Let’s begin…

Old NYC

Old NYC

A Google-Maps-like interface to choose a specific location and see historic photographs of buildings at that location throughout the years.

The mid-to-late 20s feature strongly for most of midtown.

3d Interactive Earth

3d Interactive Earth

[self explanatory]

Beautifully realized. Numerous versions.

64 Reasons To Celebrate Paul McCartney

64 Reasons To Celebrate Paul McCartney

A segmented long-read full of lots of deep insights I was unaware of.

He’s 79 this year. So crazy.

Slices

Slices

Separate the glowing “orbs” in the least amount of slices.

It is very challenging. But also very satisfying.

And there we go!

Alllll linked up!

Have a great Friday, and a fantastic weekend.

Stay safe!

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December 4th, 2020 – Christmas Edition!

Happy Friday everybody!

There are twenty one shopping days until xmas. (I know: what is “shopping”?)

I hope you are all hanging in there.

Merry Christmas!

This is the 2020 Christmas List Thingy version of the Friday links.

Obviously this year is quite different from those that came before.

One of my go-tos, kottke.org, has simply not put out a list this year. To me, that’s significant.

I decided to start by highlighting the need for donations at an unprecedented scale for food banks.

Find a food bank in Canada.

Canada, East to West, and North:

Major food bank systems in the US:

Overseas:

And then, sure, gift guides. My Xmas group is passing on gifts altogether. We might (might!) still do a dinner, but it’ll be much more frugal than usual.

Side note: I miss ThinkGeek.

It is definitely recommended that you support your local retailers as much as possible. Yes, you can get virtually anything from Amazon but we really don’t want that to be the only remaining option.

It’s links time!

Looking Glass Portrait

Looking Glass Portrait

“Your first personal holographic display. For people, real and imagined.”

Holy cow. This is actually pretty phenomenal tech.

It over-over-reached it’s goal. The device will sell next year for $349.

52 things I learned in 2020

52 things I learned in 2020

Written by Tom Whitewall.

“#31: When bar codes were patented in 1952, they were round”

h/t: Kottke.

Castles In The Sky

Castles In The Sky

“While renovating a house in San Francisco, a couple discovered a diary, hidden away for more than a century. It held a love story—and a mystery.”

Written by Christina Lalanne for the Atavist Magazine.

Includes a narrated version of the story.

Worth it!

Intercity Scooter Racing

Intercity Scooter Racing

Not particularly challenging. You have to reach a certain (unmarked) position within the available time, so you can earn more time.

The dynamic scenery is nice. 🙂

And there we are! Your pre-Christmas Friday Links!

I hope you’re all staying safe and well, and I hope your Friday is most excellent.

Hang in there. We’re getting through this.

See you next week.

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