April 29th, 2022

Oh hello Friday people!

It’s the final Friday in April 2022. We made it!

On my end this month has been crazy busy, so it’s good to land on a Friday again.

Links time!

Rotary Un-Smartphone™ Kit

Rotary Un-Smartphone™ Kit

This rotary cellphone (previously) is now available for pre-order.

Due to a chip shortage there is quite a delay in shipping. But holy crap these are beautiful.

DENNIS / popcorn_10 / Always & Forever / NHX

DENNIS / popcorn_10 / Always & Forever / NHX

A dynamic, complicated, generative music video experience.

“Dennis uses WebGL and works best on desktop or the iPhone 5 and up. It’s rendered in real time, so the interactive version might feel choppy, out of sync, or entirely broken in your browser.”

Note: your mouse can slightly move the camera while it plays.

The fact that this exists would blow 15-year-old me away.

Learn How To Draw A Sloth Step By Step

Learn How To Draw A Sloth Step By Step

Actually very interesting, simple instructions.

I suck at drawing but I feel like I could try this. Also: Sloths!!

Time Shooter

Time Shooter

Pick up a gun, and attempt to shoot enemies.

Time only moves when you do, so you have an advantage of aiming carefully while time is stopped.

Really challenging and quite addictive.

Bonus Link!

Rudy Willingham: Sky Portraits

Rudy Willingham: Sky Portraits

ery cleverly prepared portraits of celebrities using the varying shades of the sky, flowers, nature in general.

His website is also pretty great.

Well there we are! A Friday, and it’s all full of links now!

Happy Friday. And have a great weekend!

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April 22nd, 2022

Hooray for Friday!

And there’s only one more Friday left in April! That was fast.

It is time for some links, yes? Let’s go!

Are You The A**hole?

Are You The A**hole?

“Describe a situation in which you may or may not have been the one at fault. The AI will tell you who’s in the right, and why.”

It can get incredibly detailed in its answer. Fascinating.

paint.wtf

paint.wtf

“Convince an AI that you’re the best artist.”

It provides art prompts (e.g.: “Draw the best upside down dinosaur”) and shows you an example, then you draw your version and submit. If it’s good enough, you get added to the leaderboard for that prompt.

The Rural Life of Victorian England in 1857 Through Stunning Historical Photos

The Rural Life of Victorian England in 1857 Through Stunning Historical Photos

“William Morris Grundy’s idyllic photographs document rural life in England during the Victorian era.”

“His pictures mostly depict hunting and fishing scenes or scenes related to rural pursuits.”

Keeping in mind what a hassle it was to take a single photograph at that time. Pretty amazing.

Flip Goal

Flip Goal

Surprisingly addictive. Try using the sides of the play area and see how weirdly you can score a goal. (Or not.)

A fun little game. I like it.

Well there we go. All linked up!

Happy Friday everybody.

See you next week.

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April 15th, 2022

Happy Good Friday!

It’s a long weekend and where I live it’s finally feeling like actual Spring weather. (With rain, sure.)

And it’s links time!

Cameron Robbins: Wind Drawings

Cameron Robbins: Wind Drawings

“The Wind Drawing Machines are installed in different locations to receive weather energy and translate it into an abstract format of ink drawings on paper”

Really interesting!

Sent in by longtime friend Stewie.

Park My Spaceship

Park My Spaceship

Choose a ship, place it over any geographic location to see its scale.

You can also choose seasonal items like Santa’s sleigh, etc.

Nicely done!

Chef’n: Smores Roaster

Chef'n: Smores Roaster

Note: for outdoor use.

A delightful little device!

Sent along by Kevin H.

Easter Egg Hop

Easter Egg Hop

Weirdly named in that: there’s no hopping.

Try to collect baby chicks, butterflies, and eggs, and the faster the better. Avoid hens.

Happy Easter!

Well there you go. Links!! Friday!

Have a great (long?) weekend, and I’ll see you next week.

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April 8th, 2022

Happy Friday everybody!

Just like that: Links time! Let’s go!

DuoLingo: Essential phrases for helping Ukrainian refugees

DuoLingo: Essential phrases for helping Ukrainian refugees

They offer a free Ukrainian phrasebook for download.

Great idea!

ADS-B Exchange – tracking aircraft using tar1090

ADS-B Exchange - tracking aircraft using tar1090

A live map tracking all known aircraft, their tail number, flight number, source and destination, etc. in real time.

It’s beautifully rendered.

I still rely on FlightRadar24 which is the industry standard, but this is a nice alternative for sure.

Also, just for clarity, this is what ADS-B and tar1090 are.

Hey speaking of international travel….

Explordle

Explordle

A random geographic location is presented in first-person POV video, and after a few seconds it asks you what place you’re looking at.

It’s pretty challenging! A great idea.

Lose95

Lose95

“Someone is downloading huge files. But there isn’t enough space on the disk!”

Basically: click on individual files to delete them. And also avoid obstacles, and don’t delete the wrong files.

In a kooky cartoon Windows 95 design.

Delightful.

Well happy Friday everybody! It’s slowly warming up where I live, and I’m looking forward to a nice weekend. I hope the same for all of you.

Stay safe, and have a great weekend.

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April 1st, 2022

Happy Friday!

And now we’re in April! And where I live, the weather is a little bizarre.

To the links!!

RouteShuffle

RouteShuffle

Enter a street address to start; set how long you want to run, walk, or bike; generate route.

It works really well!

Sent along by Tyler F.

100,000 Stars

100,000 Stars

A simulation of exactly what it says: zoom in, pan around, turn things over, find out details of individual stellar bodies, etc.

Discovered via Kottke.

Jazz Keys

Jazz Keys

Type, and a preset sequences of notes on a piano will play. Only your tempo and phrasing will shape what it turns into.

When you’re done typing you can hit the play button on the top-right and it will play it back to you.

Kind of interesting! Sent in by Tianna S.

Slap Chris

Slap Chris

(Chris Rock, of course.)

Today is April Fools’ Day so they have temporarily switched it to be Will Smith.

And there we go!

Happy April! Happy Spring! Happy Friday!

Have an excellent weekend everybody.

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