January 19th, 2018

Welcome to your Friday Links!

We’re already hurtling towards theend of January. So fast!

Here we go.

Omoshiro Block: A Memo Pad That Excavates Objects as it Gets Used

Omoshiro Block: A Memo Pad That Excavates Objects as it Gets Used

Laser perforations allow each page to leave behind a part of the note page, that together form an architectural sculpture.

These are just gorgeous! What an amazing concept.

Women Farmers Of Appalachia

Women Farmers Of Appalachia

“Women Farmers of Appalachia is a photography and interview series whose purpose is to give an honest representation of the daily lives of Appalachian women in agriculture.”

Created by members of Virginia Tech, this is a pretty engrossing photo essay of, well, Women farmers in Appalachia. These are some hard working, badass ladies.

Recommended by Erin L.

LitoGraphs

LitoGraphs

Words, either from a book or your own custom content, aligned with a specific design, printed on shirts, scarves, tote bags, etc.

I saw someone recently got their PhD thesis printed on a scarf using this. What a crazy good idea!

FalconHeavy.Space

FalconHeavy.Space

A very simple “simulation” of the steps required to erect, fuel, test fire and launch the Space-X Falcon Heavy spacecraft.

It is surprisingly challenging.

Bonus Link!

Ruby Silvious: Tea Bag Art

Ruby Silvious: Tea Bag Art

Some quite lovely artwork using Tea bags as the canvas.

h/t colossal

Finally: I also loved this take-down of Liam Neeson as filmdom’s worst (THE! WORST!) passenger. It is funny and incisive.

I hope your Friday, and your weekend, is lovely.

Happy Friday!

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January 12th, 2018

Hello, and welcome back to the Friday Links. We’ve been waiting for you!

Here we go!

How Generative Music Works: A Perspective

How Generative Music Works: A Perspective

An engrossing web installation about the history of generative music.

I really enjoyed this. It has an interesting interface too.

Beijing Silvermine

Beijing Silvermine

“Beijing Silvermine is an archive of half a million negatives salvaged over the last seven years from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing. Assembled by the French collector and artist Thomas Sauvin, Beijing Silvermine offers a unique photographic portrait of the Chinese capital and the life of its inhabitants in the decade following the Cultural Revolution.”

It’s a pretty crazy collection. I found this fascinating.

Twitter Moments: Replacing real Trump with animatronic Trump is the meme you need right now

Twitter Moments: Replacing real Trump with animatronic Trump is the meme you need right now

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Because it’s Twitter, it’s definitely making the rounds.

Well done.

Get In Shape

Get In Shape

A very challenging game.

The goal is to hit a key that they give you to keep your little square alive for as long as possible. Then at the same time, they’ll add a new “room” and a new key to hit, at the same time.

The goal is 30 seconds, in 4 simultaneous rooms, at the same time.

You spend a lot of time just figuring out what the key press actually does.

I “sort of” like this game but holy cow can it be frustrating.

Sent in by Ashy T.

Bonus Link!

McSweeneys: New Latin State Mottoes For The 21St Century

McSweeneys: New Latin State Mottoes For The 21St Century

e.g.:

South Carolina – Memento semper victos belli civilis

“Always remember the losers of the Civil War”

Happy Friday everybody!

See you in one week.

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January 5th, 2018

Welcome back to Friday, which is still a thing in 2018.

Hey also: welcome to 2018!

It’s link time!

Every Second

Every Second

A series of lists (with quantifiable references) for things that occur every second. (e.g.: spotify song plays, animal heartbeats, McDonald’s burger sales, etc.)

Sort of making the rounds. I like it!

Vector Park: Sandcastles

Vector Park: Sandcastles

Create a variety of dynamically generated sandcastles and then watch them get washed away to sea.

Uses either html5 or Flash. Nicely done.

Dwitter

Dwitter

Clever little JavaScript animations, but written in only 140 characters or less.

I’m amazed at what these people come up with. Kind of cool.

Slightly Annoying Traffic

Slightly Annoying Traffic

The goal is to stop cars from hitting each other. It gets crazy difficult the more cars there are, which takes some time.

Bonus Link!

What every Browser knows about you

What every Browser knows about you

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To be clear though, these are things that browsers have always known about us.

I’m concerned that we’re nearing a point where some sites just won’t work without allowing all of it.

Interesting!

Finally, there were so, so many “year in photos” galleries. I’ll just link to the great compendium kottke put together.

Or how about this Flickr group for your best shot of 2017? Also pretty great.

And that is the end of your first Friday Links of 2018!

Enjoy your (hopefully not too cold, Bomb Cyclone sufferers) weekend.

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December 29th, 2017

Welcome to the final Friday of 2017.

Guys: We made it! Cheers!

And now: your Final Friday Links (for 2017.)

DynamicLand

DynamicLand

“…We are building Dynamicland as a community space, where the people of Oakland will come to ‘live in the future’ and shape the medium with us”

This is… quite something. Every surface is a potential computing area. Really well done.

Cards Against Humanity’s Pulse Of The Nation

Cards Against Humanity's Pulse Of The Nation

“For the fifth day of Cards Against Humanity Saves America, we used your money to fund one year of monthly public opinion polls. We’ll ask the American people about their social and political views, what they think of the president, and their pee-pee habits.

“In fact, we secretly started polling three months ago. What a delightful surprise!”

A weird range of questions, which is to be expected from Cards Against Humanity. 🙂

Sent in by Jennifer R.

Drunk Pirate

Drunk Pirate

An online drinking game.

Best with more than one person. You are given a randomly selected card and must perform what is stated on the card.

The first person to fail – or meet a criteria – must take a drink.

Repeat.

Just in time for New Year’s! You’re welcome. (Ugh)

Short Life

Short Life

You just try to make it through each level. The animations are funny, and the injuries are rather gory (caution!)

But it’s super fun, and super funny.

It looks like it was made by the same people who gave us QWOP. (But I don’t think it is.)

Bonus Link!

I Hacked HQ Trivia But Here’s How They Can Stop Me

I Hacked HQ Trivia But Here’s How They Can Stop Me

Ever since friends invited me to play this extremely challenging trivia game, I’ve wondered about doing precisely this.

Pretty great / complicated. 🙂

Finally: Were you aware that famed pilot Amelia Earhart was working on her own fashion line? I was not! (The more you know…)

And that’s a wrap on 2017, for Friday Links anyway.

I want to thank all of you for following along with me.

See you next year!

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December 22nd, 2017

Welcome!

It’s the second-last Friday in 2017, and I’m so happy to spend this portion of it with you.

And now: some links!

Origamis by Cristian Marianciuc

Origamis by Cristian MarianciucDefinitely also check out his Instagram feed and Etsy shop.

Holy cow these are intricate and just lovely.

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweater

You can completely create your own godawful xmas sweater using their intuitive interface.

I know: it’s too late now. But I was just sent this and I think it’s cool. 🙂

Ugly Renaissance Babies

Ugly Renaissance Babies[self explanatory]

Merry Christmas! 😉

Slingshot Santa

Slingshot SantaYou have a catapult. Santa is in it. You have to start the catapult moving and then fire Santa across a chasm.

Why? No idea. But it is difficult.

Sent in by Vicki C.

Bonus Link!

New Year’s Music Box

New Year's Music BoxClick one of the circles (orbs?) to change the instrument, modify the volume to suit your own mix tastes, and optionally add an ambient sound effect.

It only plays Auld Lang Syne, and the harmony voicings are… a little weird. But it’s a neat idea.

Finally here is an interesting read about how far ahead Google Maps is from every other online / virtual mapping service: Google Map’s Moat.

Now you are all Friday Linked Up!

Have a lovely Friday, a great weekend, and a very Merry Christmas.

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December 15th, 2017

Welcome to Mid-December!

And your Friday Links.

There are now 9 shopping days left until Xmas. Do with that what you will.

Apollo17.org

Apollo17.org

“A real-time journey through the Apollo 17 mission.”

aka the last time humans went there, in 1972.

As I write this it is a real-time, moment by moment replay of the entire mission, but after that it will remain an extensive online archive of it.

Some huge heavy lifting must have been needed to gather all this content. I love it.

The Rotten Apples

The Rotten Apples

“The Rotten Appl.es is a searchable database that lets you know whether or not a film or television show is tied to a person who has been accused of sexual misconduct.”

This is where we are now.

Women To Look Up To

Women To Look Up To

“The Christmas Angel, Fairy, Tree Topper, by whatever name you call her, is a woman from a bygone era; a woman made of no more than plastic and glitter. No wonder, when the Victorians invented her!

“The old dame was due a modern makeover, so we thought why not venerate the real women inspiring us in 2017. Women leading politics, culture, business, who are worthy of wings – the likes of Serena Williams, Beyoncé, and a woman voted for by you.”

These are fantastic!

Santa’s Village: Wrap Battle

Santa's Village: Wrap BattleThink “Parappa The Rapper” but in your browser, and more Xmas-specific.

Definitely an addictive little game. The music is pretty great.

Created by Google as part of their overall “Santa Tracker” campaign. I love it.

Bonus Link!

Buzzfeed: 19 Weird Ways Christmas Was Totally Different 100 Years Ago

19 Weird Ways Christmas Was Totally Different 100 Years Ago

…You mean besides having no Internet, TV or self-driving cars?

It’s an interesting list.

These have been your Friday Links!

Have a lovely weekend everybody!

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December 8th, 2017

After today, there are only three more Fridays in 2017!

So let’s make it count people.

Here we go!

Tom Whitwell: 52 things I learned in 2017

Tom Whitwell: 52 things I learned in 2017That’s one thing a week!

“#25: Women are eight times more likely to ask Google if their husband is gay than if he is an alcoholic.”

Some really fascinating learnings here!

h/t kottke

Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy: Façades

Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy: Façades“While Gaudrillot-Roy’s original iterations of the series included deconstructed images of urban landscapes by day … his recent explorations highlight buildings whose exteriors are illuminated by one, or several street lights.”

This is kind of haunting. I like it.

Also featured on Collossal.

Tianjin Binhai Library in China

Tianjin Binhai Library in China“Dutch design firm MVRDV has completed the Tianjin Binhai Library in China. Made in collaboration with local architects TUPDI, the 34, 000 square meter space features an otherworldly spherical structure in the centre and mesmerizing undulating bookshelves. It can also hold up to 1.2 million books!”

This is beautiful!

Rush Rush Santa

Rush Rush SantaA pretty straightforward Xmas-themed side-scroller. Fun though!

Bonus Link!

Magnum and the Dying Art of Darkroom Printing

Magnum and the Dying Art of Darkroom Printingaka: How photo post-production worked for nearly a hundred years before Photoshop existed.

Amazing and quite intricate.

Also: This story of how one man managed to make his shed in the UK the #1 rated “restaurant” on TripAdvisor is awesome.

And now you’re all linked up everybody!

Have a lovely Friday. See you next week!

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December 1st, 2017 – Xmas Gift Guide Edition 🎁

Hello Friday Friends

Before I begin, yes there are the normal links in this email. But since it’s officially December (I can’t believe it’s December!), and in the US you’re finally past Black Friday / Cyber Monday craziness, we can share international Xmas gift guides.

Most media outlets have one:

In a different vein, I decided a few years ago I was going less gift-giving and more just-plain-old-giving. I urge you to research charities and services in your community who need monetary or personnel assistance, but not just during Xmas. Specifically through January, February and March when the weather is grosser and most people have already forgotten the cheery haze of the Xmas season.

And here are some online suggestions too:

For the UK:

And for my own city:

For whatever specific group of needy people or pets you wish to donate to, Charity Navigator is a helpful resource.

Finally, Syrian refugees most definitely still need assistance, so do the people of Puerto Rico. This has been a hell of a year, but we can also make a hell of a difference.

And now! To the links!

Michael Zavros: Paintings

Michael Zavros: Paintings

Let me say that again: “paintings”.

Meticulously hand-painted photo-realistic images. These are amazing.

Earther: Beneath Antarctica’s Sea Ice, Scientists Discover a Rapidly Changing World

Earther: Beneath Antarctica's Sea Ice, Scientists Discover a Rapidly Changing World

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Beautiful. Fascinating.

Abby Sy

Abby Sy

“Passionate about both art and travel, Abbey is best known for her hand-lettering work and travel illustrations. She is also Founder and Creative Director of ABC Magazine, a magazine for artists, crafters, and makers.”

Her illustrations are lovely and inspired.

You can buy postcards of her work.

Christmas Furious

Christmas Furious

aka: Slow flappy bird with weird gravity.

Addictive!

Sent in by Mara L.

Bonus Link!

Leah Frances: American Squares

Leah Frances: American Squares

Ms. Frances is a photographer from Vancouver Island who seeks out images of remaining 1950s structures in America. It’s like an online time capsule. Definitely check out her Instagram and portfolio.

And there we go! Your December has officially begun.

Have a lovely Friday and an amazing weekend, everybody!

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November 24th, 2017

Happy Friday!

Just a note to say that online scams are extremely rampant this year. Please take a moment during the holidays to inform your family and loved ones about how to protect themselves from getting ripped off this season.

Seriously it’s beyond anything I’ve seen in previous years. That’s because the scams were most likely successful in the past.

With that said: Here are your Friday Links!

Thomas Houha Designs

Thomas Houha Designs

Mr. Houha makes beautiful, intricate models that are flat packed for you to build yourself at home.

These are beautiful.

Graph TV

Graph TV

Enter a TV show title and this tool will graph the ratings of every episode based on ratings data from IMDB.

This is a genius idea!

I notice it doesn’t catch several Netflix shows, so it may skew more towards traditional broadcasters. Still! Great idea.

Looking Glass Factory: Holoplayer One

Looking Glass Factory: Holoplayer One

A software and hardware suite for creating, lighting, and interacting with 3D holograms.

This feels very futuristic. Really well done.

Tower Man

Tower Man

Click to jump, click and hold to jump higher. Avoid rotating saws. Go!

Surrrrre you can. This frustrating game is like Flappy Bird but… now with rotating saws.

Sent in by Alexis S. (Who hates it, but is addicted.)

Bonus Link!

Celebrity Perv Apology Generator

Celebrity Perv Apology Generator

This is where we are, in 2017.

In light of this horrible string of sexual assaults coming to light (at last,) here’s a semi-handy tool for “not all men”.

It’s not funny. None of this is funny. But if this shines even more of a light on the ongoing sexual assaults being uncovered on a daily basis: good.

(Also: when will someone build the Trump Russia Denial Generator?)

I hope your Friday is excellent. And for my American friends, I hope your thanksgiving was full of food, and decidedly not full of political discomfort.

See you next week!

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November 17th, 2017

We made it you guys! Friday! High fiiive.

Your reward: some links.

From Scraps

From Scraps

“I’ve been collecting scraps for a very long time. I turn them into very small objects that hold distinct memories.”

These are delightful.

Geode Generative Jigsaw Puzzles by Nervous System

Geode Generative Jigsaw Puzzles by Nervous System

Because Xmas is right around the corner.

These look both beautiful and exceedingly difficult.

Available for (expensive!) purchase here.

Tony Wu: Marine Life Photographer

Tony Wu: Marine Life Photographer

(Among other wildlife.)

These photos of humpback whales in Tonga are gorgeous.

He was nominated Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2017, winning in the “Behaviour: Mammals” category.

Prints are available for purchase.

Try. Die. Repeat.

Try. Die. Repeat.

You basically have to use the dead bodies of your previous attempts to complete sections of the levels.

Morbid but cool.

Bonus Link!

Make Trump Tweets Eight Again!!

Make Trump Tweets Eight Again!!

“We made a browser extension that converts Trump’s Tweets into their rightful state: a child’s scribble.”

Created by The Daily Show. I think this may actually be an essential browser extension in 2017. (And beyond?)

Sent along by Laura S.

I hope you are having a wonderful Friday everybody.

See you next week!

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