September 15th, 2017

It is now mid-September!

Mid! I kind of can’t believe it. This year is zipping by.

And: It is now links time.

Dance Tonight

Dance Tonight

A WebVR experiment from LCD Soundsystem and Google.

I had not sounded off previously about this, but the new LCD Soundsystem album – American Dream – is my favorite new musical release in quite some time.

(It’s also the band’s first #1.)

Christie’s Auctions – Audrey Hepburn: The Personal Collection

Christie's Auctions - Audrey Hepburn: The Personal Collection

A really wide-ranging auction of personal items of the classic American actor Audrey Hepburn.

A lot is super, super pricy, but there are some comparitively affordable items. I love that they include old-school Hollywood “Call cards.” (What time to be up, to be in the car, to be in makeup, on set, etc.)

Pictured: Annotated script for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Estimate: 60,000 – 90,000 GBP. Ulp!)

Diana Rakasko: Pastry Art

Diana Rakasko: Pastry Art

Her work is so amazing. It’s also probably delicious.

Via: Colossal

Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw Puzzles

A straightforward jigsaw puzzle game, but with the added feature of using a randomly selected image from the Unsplash website.

Bonus Link!

Abandoned States: Places In Idyllic 1960s Postcards Have Transformed Into Scenes Of Abandonment

Sort of making the rounds.

These are fascinating.

And there you are. Linked up!

Have a lovely mid-September weekend everybody.

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September 8th, 2017

Happy Friday!

It is link time 🙂

Nov. 4, 1922: The discovery of Tutankhamun, in color

Nov. 4, 1922: The discovery of Tutankhamun, in color

There have been a variety of examples of new colorization of vintage historic black and white photographs over the past few years.

This one was commissioned for an exhibit entitled “The Discovery of King Tut” at Premiere Exhibitions in NYC. The colorization was performed by “Dynamichrome“, aka Jordan J. Lloyd, who is releasing a hardcover book of some of his works.

These are gorgeous. You would never suspect they were taken in 1922.

How to decode the images on the Voyager Golden Record

How to decode the images on the Voyager Golden Record

Nerd alert: I have been wanting to know this information since I was ~11 years old. I continually question whether any alien intelligence will understand any of how to do this. It’s so… weird. And archaic by today’s standards. But I love that we as a species sent this out into the universe.

Windy.com

Windy.com

This is a great (and timely) web interface to examine current wind conditions around the world. It’s extremely fast, especially considering the vast amount of data it’s visualizing.

You can even do forecasts! Pretty great.

UnPuzzle

UnPuzzle

You drag squares and puzzle pieces apart to clear the board.

A fun little time-waster.

And that’s all I have this week.

Stay safe, everybody. See you next week.

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September 1st, 2017

Welcome to your Friday, and your links, and your Friday Links!

And where I live: it’s a long weekend! Huzzah!

Here we go…

The Polar Coaster – A Drink Coaster Drawing Machine

The Polar Coaster – A Drink Coaster Drawing Machine

“I designed this machine to draw custom, round drink coasters.”

The mechanical parts are 3d printed, and the electronic parts use arduino with some custom software.

A delightful little project! It is mesmerizing watching it work. I’d love one. (And: xmas is coming…)

Coin

Coin

[self explanatory]

Somewhat addictive.

Instagif Camera

Instagif Camera

“I built a camera that snaps a GIF and ejects a little cartridge so you can hold a moving photo in your hand! I’m calling it the ‘Instagif NextStep’.”

A pretty involved project, but also kind of neat.

Swarmation

A multiplayer pixel arrangement game. Every time I’ve been on there’s been only three of us. (This screen grab shows me and only one other player.) You have to make shapes within a certain amount of time to earn points.

Definitely challenging. Maybe a bunch of Friday Links members can fill this up. 🙂

Bonus Link!

This is How Canada Talks

This is How Canada Talks

An actually interesting statistical analysis of how Canadians refer to certain things.

A similar map was made a few years back for American names for similar things.

I find it interesting.

And so Happy Friday (eh?)!

Have a great (long?) weekend. (eh?)

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August 25th, 2017

If you can believe it: it’s Friday!

No joke. It really is. We did it guys!!!

So. Links!

Accidental Wes Anderson Sets in Real Life

Accidental Wes Anderson Sets in Real Life

[self explanatory!]

Beautiful!

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist

Dani Ives | Fiber Artist

Dani’s medium is felt and wool via needlepoint.

Her work is extremely lifelike! So good.

You can, of course, buy some. Her Instagram is also recommended.

Mr. Pip’s Double Cross

Mr. Pip's Double Cross

“The most beautiful dice game in the world.”

Sort of a bid-placing / odds-increasing dice game.

Created by Pip Tompkin Studio (check out their work.)

A great looking package. $34 for the game. Looks fun! (But also like it could be argument city, but still fun.)

Amateur Surgeon

Amateur Surgeon

Oddly enough, a puzzle game. 🙂

Not for the easily squeamish, but well made.

Bonus Link!

Bibo Bi-Hotell

Bibo Bi-Hotell

“BiBo is a Bi hotel for solitary biis. Today, solitary veins are difficult to find a natural place to winter and threaten to eradicate several species of bees. By hanging this product on the balcony or in the garden, several bees will find a sleeping place. Solitary bark is harmless to us humans because their bones are too weak to penetrate our skin. BiBo is made entirely of natural materials. The outside of the body is painted to protect the bones from getting wet. The front of the body is untreated and will over the years have a beautiful silver gray patina.”

Beautiful. Helpful. Save the beeeees! (“Biiiiiis!” ?)

Thanks for playing along at the Friday Links!

See you all again next week.

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August 18th, 2017

Given recent events: what a week! (I could have put that for every week I guess.)

But we made it to Friday.

So: here are some links!

[Lego] Building Guides: Technology

[Lego] Building Guides: Technology

“Feeling nostalgic? You’ll find building guides for my latest Lego® retro-tech models on this page. Just click the desired model to download the building guide as PDF.”

There are some incredible works here. Retro 1970s desk with a TRS-80 terminal? Check. Commodore 64? (or Vic-20?) Check.

All created using Lego. Crazy!

Mashable: 1970s Stock portraits

Mashable: 1970s Stock portraits

“For when you need a shot of “reclining businessman with shoes.”

Yikes!

Sent along by Alissa M.

MANIFESTO

MANIFESTO
“L’ARCHITECTURE DU MOYEN-ORIENT [1930-1990]”

(Architecture of the Middle-East) (i.e.: Before digital cameras. 🙂 )

A tumblr gallery with (unfortunately) no further details, but the imagery and the structures are just lovely.

MicropolisJS

MicropolisJS
An in-browser, JavaScript powered build of the original SimCity game!

I used to love this game (on a Mac II back in 1991.)

This is pretty similar. Really well done.

Bonus Link!

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s Hand Carved Oddities.

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s Hand Carved Oddities.

Sculptor and artist Yoshitoshi Kanemaki, from Chiba, Japan, hand carves miraculously surreal “glitch art” sculptures that are absolutely jaw-dropping. Really well done.

These have been your Friday Links!

Have a great weekend everybody.

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August 11th, 2017

Happy Friday everybody!

It is linkages time!

Superformula

Superformula

A pretty fun little math -> graphing… thing. It never shows you the formulas, it just changes the shape based on your modifications.

The only info provided is a link to the Wikipedia entry for superformula

, which you math nerds may also find interesting.

Brewdog: Make Beer Not Walls

Brewdog: Make Beer Not Walls

“BrewDog has today announced plans to open a new craft beer bar that ‘straddles’ the border between the USA and Mexico.”

Brewdog is a microbrewery with locations in the US, the UK and other select international cities.

They don’t much like the idea of “build a wall”. So they’re doing this instead.

Ten Years Ago

Ten Years Ago

See what the internet was doing on today’s date, ten years ago.

Especially this year, it’s a little jarring (and normal.)

Big

Big

The goal is to grab and move the red ball, and to avoid all the blue balls. Your red ball gets larger the longer you hold it.

It’s tricky.

Sent in by Jennifer R.

Bonus Link!

Project Subway NYC

Project Subway NYC

“Like most New Yorkers I am constantly amazed and annoyed by the city’s subway system, and Project Subway NYC is a product of this love-hate relationship. It is a collection of sketches, photographs, and architectural drawings.”

The isometric diagrams of the stations = gold! I’m ordering this poster of Lexington and 59th.

You are now llllinkkkkkked uppp!

🙂

Happy Friday everybody.

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August 4th, 2017

How is it already August?

And already Friday?

And already time for your Friday Links?

How?

wavegrower

wavegrower

A tumblr of some mesmerizing math-based graph animations. Beautiful.

Pics of Earth from Space Station

Pics of Earth from Space Station

“SS Exp 52 (Jun-Sep 2017) & a few from 50 & 51”

A really extensive map compendium of photos taken by individual members of the ISS crew. You can filter by specific astronauts, location, and it has a handy pathway guide for the August 21st Solar Eclipse.

I like everything about this.

Comic Book +

Comic Book +

“The majority of our books belong to what has been termed the Golden Age of Comics. This began primarily with newspaper reprints and then ‘went up, up and away’ with the introduction of Superman. Styles changed, new genres superseded old and then a new era dawned, the Silver Age of Comics, of which we also have many examples.”

A huge collection of “golden age” comics, online, for free.

I came for the weird horror comics of yore, like The Beyond or Forbidden Worlds, but wow they have a lot of content here.

h/t: boingboing

Rolling Turtle

Rolling Turtle

A simple, fun, challenging little game. I like the interface animations too.

Sent along by Lauren M.

Bonus Link!

Craft beer — so hot right now. But what city is the microbrew capital of the US?

Craft beer — so hot right now. But what city is the microbrew capital of the US?

A great data-centric synopsis of the current state of microbrew beer in the US.

With excellent data visualization techniques. I really liked this.

Links! Completed!

Where I am it’s a long weekend, so that makes this Friday extra good. Hopefully it is for you too.

Happy Friday!

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July 28th, 2017

Well there went the week. And July. Hmph.

But it’s Friday! And I have these links for you…

The ISS on Google Maps

The ISS on Google Maps

To be 100% clear: this is actually Building 9, Space Vehicle Mockup Assembly, in the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, but it is an exact replica, and still pretty dang cool.

Making the rounds. Sent in by Taylor M.

Curbed.com: Dollhouse Renovation Ideas

Curbed.com: Dollhouse Renovation Ideas

A great compendium of lovingly created miniature living spaces. These are fantastic!

National Weather Service: Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

National Weather Service: Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

A flood prediction service provided by NOAA. Especially this year: helpful!

Super Grapple Duck

Super Grapple Duck

A challenging little game. Click once to throw a grapple, then click again to swing to where the grapple attached, all while avoiding enemies and collecting items.

This was made in 48 hours for a game jam. I really like it.

Bonus Link!

SBNation: I watched in bewilderment while a man tried to return butternut squash because he thought it was cheese

SBNation: I watched in bewilderment while a man tried to return butternut squash because he thought it was cheese

I found this on Twitter moments after it had happened. This breakdown is great, and hilarious.

Customer service. It is not fun.

Have a lovely weekend everybody!

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July 21st, 2017

Happy Summer Friday! (where I live, anyway.)

Are you ready? All strapped in? Suitably contented?

Allllll righty.

Foodnited States

Foodnited States

A lovingly designed set of food puns for each of the contiguous United States of America.

You can buy t-shirts, posters and stickers.

Sent along by Jared S.

streetchange

streetchange

“…a new way of measuring changes in the physical appearances of neighborhoods using a computer vision algorithm.”

From a bunch of big brains at MIT. See the before and after of urban change on (in NYC) a nearly block-by-block basis.

Eye-opening. I like it.

Adam Makarenko

Adam Makarenko

This guy… He has directed several music videos, he’s working on a full length film, and he’s won awards for his miniature diorama photography, which is how he came to my attention. He hand-crafts his own planets and other heavenly bodies, then constructs environments to shoot them in. Really beautiful, well-realized work here.

Deterministic Dungeon

Deterministic Dungeon

An RPG game where randomization plays a part in nearly every single interaction.

I really like this game! I’m not a huge fan of RPG’s so this feels like a slightly faster version of those (with a sense of humor.)

Also if you’re a Radiohead fan, and were the least bit interested in the new re-release of OK Computer, you may be interested in this nerdy tidbit they included in the extended box set. 🙂

And now you’re all set. You’re equipped. You’re prepped! For your weekend.

Have a great rest-of-your Friday!

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July 14th, 2017

Friday. It’s here. Welcome!

Links time!!

Cambodian Artist Visoth Kakvei Is Taking Doodling To Another Level

Cambodian Artist Visoth Kakvei Is Taking Doodling To Another Level

No joke. Look at his work! So amazing.

Recently

Recently

This is a cool service that you can subscribe to either quarterly or monthly. It will print a custom magazine of your photos based on your phone’s images.

This looks wonderful.

A.I. Movie Posters

A.I. Movie Posters

As with most other “A.I.” generators, it’s obviously still learning. One of the ones I got was titled “Death Monny Photographer: The Ultimate Hates” (Starring James Fleet and Emma Watson.)

Mostly a weird little novelty, but I like it. 🙂

Sent in by Trevor H.

Jump Ball

Jump Ball

A challenging multiplayer game. You jump your ball to flip tiles and possibly reveal coins. Collect the coins to grow in size and devour your opponents.

It’s hard! But I bet with practise it’s super fun.

Also this Thrillist article about the “The 100 Greatest Props In Movie History

” has been making the rounds, and I think it’s worth a read for you film nerds out there.

And that’s what I have for you. Okay? Okay??? [glares]

Okay!

Thanks again and have a great Friday everybody.

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