May 26th, 2017

It is Friday once again!

And sadly: the last one in May. But that means nothing but (northern hemisphere) Summer now! Yay.

And! Links.

Here we go…

Sounds Of NYC

Sounds Of NYC

“Sounds of New York is our tribute to a city we love. We spent months capturing the buzz and energy of New York City’s neighborhoods and present it to you as ambient noise to help you focus while you work”

I like it! I wonder if there should be more of these for different cities.

‘Star Wars’ Flashback: When No Theater Wanted to Show the Movie in 1977

'Star Wars' Flashback: When No Theater Wanted to Show the Movie in 1977

Yes, believe it or not, Star Wars was not perceived as a guaranteed hit the week it opened. “…After opening on 42 screens, the film expanded to 1,750 and stayed in theaters for over a year.”

This is a great read. Also: happy 40th anniversary, Star Wars.

Architecture in Miniature: 13 Modern Dollhouse & Other Tiny Buildings

Architecture in Miniature: 13 Modern Dollhouse & Other Tiny Buildings

Created by Miniio, “a company specializing in stylish modern dollhouses made of wood.”

Cold War

Cold War

A really well made semi-simulation of what nuclear war would sort of look like.

Read the about page (the question mark in the top right corner.) It’s worth it.

Created by Simon Swain. Well done.

And in case you missed it, you can buy Elvis Presley’s last known private jet at an auction:

Elvis Presley's Lockheed Jet for Sale

It’s been sitting on the same Roswell, TX runway for the past 30 years, where it has been a minor tourist attraction.

Opening bid is only $10,000.

More info – and great interior shots – at The Observer.

And that’s what I’ve got!

Have a great weekend everybody. See you next week.

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May 19th, 2017

Welcome, Friday people.

Come, look at these links…

Giant Lion Sculpture Carved from Single Tree Trunk Took 20 People and 3 Years to Complete

Giant Lion Sculpture Carved from Single Tree Trunk Took 20 People and 3 Years to Complete

Easily the best headline I read this week. 🙂

Currently on display at the Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, China.

Down and Out in Los Santos

Down and Out in Los Santos

“Documenting homelessness and poverty in the city of Los Santos and Blaine County.”

For those unaware, “Los Santos” is the fictional California city which is the setting for Grand Theft Auto V.

Hard to believes some of this imagery is from a videogame.

Dirty Lola Antique Altered Plates

Dirty Lola Antique Altered Plates

“Miss Scarlett is a full-time professional illustrator, who specialized in watercolor and gouache painting.”

So imagine antique China plates upon which your favorite 80’s artists have been lovingly depicted.

I love these.

Brick Block

A fun little digital apartment building which you can add to or destroy parts of until it looks just right.

Created by Oskar Stålberg. Pretty cool.

And there we go! Links! On a Friday!

…Friday Links! (right?)

Have a lovely (long?) weekend.

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May 12th, 2017

Friday has arrived everybody…

Let’s hit the beach!!

But before we do that, here are some links!

Science Fiction Interfaces

Science Fiction Interfaces

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From a variety of sources, with no commentary. Let us now praise hard-working production designers working in film.

Musclewiki

“Understand your body, simplify your workout.”

A great website which identifies each of the muscles in the body, and links to specific exercises to improve them.

Really well done.

Fabian Oefner: Disintegrating – Part II

Fabian Oefner: Disintegrating - Part II

Really intricately-shot exploding views of some very, very expensive automobiles. Wow. Beautifully rendered!

Map Zoom Quiz

“Each quiz starts by taking you to a pin on a fully zoomed-in map. You just need to guess where the pin is!”

Or you can zoom out until you recognize it, but the points you would earn go down.

Also: No street names are visible. 🙂 Very challenging.

Bonus Link!

Banana Phone

Technically: a banana “bluetooth handset device”.

But still!!

[obligatory: ringringringringringringring…]

Sent in by Jennifer R. (who wants one!)

And there you go. Friday: Linked!

I hope your weekend is warm and wonderful.

Happy Friday!

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May 5th, 2017

Happy Cinqo De Mayo!

And of course: Happy Friday!

Let’s look at some links, shall we?

ViewMaster World

ViewMaster World

An exhaustive compendium of many, many ViewMaster reel sets. Not the best design I’ve ever seen but as far as content goes: knock yourself out.

Marketplace: Robot-Proof Jobs

Part article, part report, part quiz. Very interesting.

This day is coming, so it’s best to be aware in advance. 🙂

Motion Exposure

Motion Exposure

Stephen Orlando from Waterloo, Ontario creates these stunning motion-art photographs. There is some great, great work here. Very creative.

Flight

1: Pick up paper airplane.
2: Throw paper airplane.
3: Earn points based on bonuses and distance.

Addictive. Cute.

Bonus Link!

Trump’s Ties

Trump's Ties

A whimsical single-use Twitter feed. Some great satirical imagery here.

Also: If you haven’t checked out The Oatmeal lately, I recommend that you should. He’s just great.

And there we go! Allllll linked up for your Friday.

See you next week, Friday people!

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April 28th, 2017

Hello Friiiiiday!

At last.

Let’s get to the linkages!

Mini Paper Pavilion Club

Mini Paper Pavilion Club

“The Miniature Paper Pavilion Club met biweekly throughout 2012 – 2015 in Vancouver, Canada, to build tiny commemorative public spaces. We created approximately sixty imaginary landscapes with structures using paper exclusively.”

Carefully constructed. I like. Also: prolific!

TV Food Maps

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If you’re a fan of a TV food show, you can use this site to find the location of several restaurants, diners, etc. featured on any popular TV food show.

You can search by city or geographic location, or you can start from the show you want, and see all the geographic locations they went to.

Comprehensive!

Sent in by Lauren M.

First Drive: 1949 Kurtis Sport Car

First Drive: 1949 Kurtis Sport Car

Now, I’m not generally a “car guy”, but… look at this thing!

It’s super, duper rare (one of only 36 ever made,) and wow it’s a beaut.

Wooden Path

A subtle little puzzler. Like very basic tetris.

Bonus Link!

Reverse OCR

“I am a bot that grabs a random word and draws semi-random lines until the OCRad.js library recognizes it as the word.”

Yes… Yes, you sure are. (What?)

A couple of great little reads this week:

I’m Wes Anderson, And I’m Directing This FBI Investigation Into Russia And The Trump Campaign.

Written by Matthew Disler for McSweeney’s. Just great.

Also: R.I.P. Jonathan Demme, by David Byrne. :'(

And there we go. Friday is all wrapped up.

Enjoy your hopefully seasonably warm weekend everybody.

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April 21st, 2017

We have arrived at the end of your work week.

And as your reward, some links. 🙂

c. 1960s – The lost photos of Barcelona

c. 1960s - The lost photos of Barcelona

“Sponheim spotted a stack of photo negatives on a table, and after checking that they were decently exposed, asked the vendor how much. She asked for $2.50 for an envelope of the shots. He paid her $3.50.

“Upon returning home, Sponheim scanned the negatives and discovered that he had stumbled upon the work of an unknown but immensely talented photographer.”

These are beautiful!

I am developing a thing for found film projects. Ever since “Finding Vivian Maier” I’ve been a little obsessed, and so far there is no shortage of new, interesting finds.

Barbara Custom Motorcycles – Photoshop Preparations

Barbara Custom Motorcycles - Photoshop Preparations

Barbara Custom Motorcycles design (but do not build) some extraordinary 2-wheeled vehicle designs. They can assist with the design of custom parts, which I find interesting.

Definitely check out their Instagram and Facebook page. Just great stuff.

PotusStaff

“In solidarity with others who were courageous enough to create #altgov twitter accounts, pushing back against President Trump’s attempt to silence dissent and inconvenient facts, we are committed to supporting the resistance by revealing the inner chaos and incompetence of President Trump’s White House.”

This is… definitely very interesting.

Run 3

A pretty straightforward run-and-jump game, but it gets challenging pretty fast.

Sent in by Raf M.

Bonus Link!

Flour Crowns: Delicious Food Crowns Self-Portraits by Lauren Hom

Flour Crowns: Delicious Food Crowns Self-Portraits by Lauren Hom

Exactly what it says on the tin.

Meticulously staged. Beautiful. Also probably delicious. 🙂

Sent in by Lauren M.

Also: I dunno if you guys saw but Google Earth overhauled its interface this past week and man… it is excellent.

Google Earth and Google Maps are my two very favorite inventions in the world.

And there we go! Links! Sorted!

I hope your Friday, and your Weekend, are great.

See you in seven days.

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April 14th, 2017

Happy Friday (off?)!

Where I live, it’s a day off. And it’s nice out! And it’s Friday!

And there are these links I found…

North: An Illustrated Travelogue by Christoph Niemann

North: An Illustrated Travelogue by Christoph Niemann

Created by this author, artist and photographer Niemann, this is an insightful, beautiful travelogue to the far North. Lovely.

Self-Reflected

Self-Reflected

“Dr. Greg Dunn (artist and neuroscientist) and Dr. Brian Edwards (artist and applied physicist) created Self Reflected to elucidate the nature of human consciousness, bridging the connection between the mysterious three pound macroscopic brain and the microscopic behavior of neurons.”

These visualizations and renderings look just beautiful!

A lot of science is behind them too. Come and learn about your brain!

Solar System In A Bottle

(To scale)

“A small bottle attempting to maintain the correct scale between the 8 planets of the solar system at a scale of 1:5,000,000,000.”

I love this. 🙂

Easter Egg Hop!

A frantic, but still very much fun, flash game.

Sent in by Traci T.

Bonus Link!

Katafocus

“Katafotus reflective pins can be easily attached to clothes, bags or rucksacks to dramatically improve safety of night walks and bicycle rides without compromising appearance.”

A great, great idea. For a safer pedestrian.

And there we go!

Happy Easter (if you’re into that kind of thing.)

See you next week!

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April 7th, 2017

And we’re back, and it’s Friday again!

Over to Jerry with your weather… (no? Ohhh…)

To the links!!

FedEx Soundtrack

A music / web installation from FedEx. If you have a tracking number, enter it, and this site will generate graphics and music based on that id.

Strange that FedEx came up with this, or probably their agency of choice. Pretty well executed.

Inside Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

Inside Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

“A Palestinian guesthouse packed with artwork of the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy unveiled itself in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, with a sneak peek of what the owner sarcastically called the ‘hotel with the worst view in the world.’ The hotel will open on March 20 with rooms costing $30 (Dh110) a night.”

As with most things Banksy, it’s stunning, and quite a statement.

Levitating Turntable by MAG-LEV Audio

Levitating Turntable by MAG-LEV Audio

Hoooo boy look at that.

I will not be buying this but it looks just lovely. This Kickstarter project was aiming for $300,000 but funded up to $552,178. The final product cost will be around $880. (Not including shipping.)

Nicely done.

Ninjas Vs. Aliens

a.k.a.: Space Invaders, but with Ninja throwing stars.

It’s a challenging little time-waster. I like.

And there are your Friday Links!

Have a great weekend everybody.

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March 31st, 2017

We now join your Friday, already in progress…

Here we go!

MapFight

This app overlays one country’s map on top of another to get a sense of the size difference. Kind of cool!

Rich McCor: Paperboyo

Rich McCor: Paperboyo

“London-based paper artist and photographer Rich McCor (aka. paperboyo) has a way of seeing the world from a slightly different perspective. By adding a simple paper cutout to the foreground of famous buildings or other popular tourist attractions, he creates novel moments in time…”

This guy is super talented. Such a great idea.

Arinze Stanley: Larger-Than-Life Hyperrealistic Portraits

These are super impressive.

Red Remover

Click red things to remove them in as few moves as possible. Starts off pretty easy, but as usual… (ugh!)

Sadly: no bonus link this week.

But it’s still Friday everybody!! Yaaaaaay!

Okay. Off I go. Have a lovely weekend!

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March 24th, 2017

Well we finally made it back to Friday!

And now it’s Spring!! And not St. Paddy’s Day. And stuff.

And! Links…

P I N K   T R O M B O N E

P I N K T R O M B O N E

“Bare-handed procedural speech synthesis”

You move a series of very basic controls and a computer voice makes the noises that those effects would produce.

This is hilarious. But also ingenious.

Open MCT

This app replicates the environment used to command and control the NASA Mars rovers. There are a variety of things you can examine and play with. It’s a bit daunting, but fascinating. There is an intro tutorial but not much other information. Still fun to mess around with.

Listen To The Cloud

Ambient music + radio chatter from your airport of choice = background bliss (sort of.)

Making the rounds-ish.

String Theory

A neat puzzle game involving spacey-looking physics. Fun!

Note: This game requires GPU acceleration, which may be turned off by default in Chrome. (Try Firefox if so.)

Ta daaaaa! You have been Friday Linked!!

Have a great (warm?) weekend.

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