November 9th, 2018

We made it. It’s Friday!

And I have some linkages for you.

Cage Of Thrones

Cage Of Thrones

I am late to the game on this one. Redditor CarlosDanger100 created a gallery of every Game of Thrones character as portrayed by Nicholas Cage back in 2015.

You’re welcome (?)

See also: Nicolas Cage as Disney Princesses, linked here back in 2013.

Julien Tabet

Julien Tabet

Mr. Tabet creates whimsical, surreal portraits of animals.

Really clever work here. He sells prints of his works on Etsy.

Gift Wrap My Face

Gift Wrap My Face

You take a carefully prepared photo of your face, upload it to the site, choose the patterns you like, and order a few rolls of your now custom wrapping paper.

Note: it is strongly recommended that you use the Firefox browser for this. I ran into numerous issues with Chrome. (Weirdly.)

Just in time for Xmas!

Sent along by Traci T.

Argent Ball

Argent Ball

A super challenging and addictive game. You focus the tip of a laser / line on a small approaching red ball that will avoid it. Eliminate the red ball. Repeat.

It’s a simple, pretty intense little game.

Ta daaaaa! Friday Links: Sorted!

I hope your Friday is great, and your weekend is relaxing and calm. (And not too cold.)

See you next week everybody.

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November 2nd, 2018

Happy Friday!

And welcome to today’s Friday Links, which is mostly fine-art-related.

Han Hsu-Tung: Wood Works

Han Hsu-Tung: Wood Works

This artist creates breathtaking sculptures that look like they are dissolving into pixels / bricks.

It’s a very striking effect. Beautiful.

Simon Schubert: Licht (Light)

Simon Schubert: Licht (Light)

Artworks made completely of very precise creasing of a piece of paper.

The effect is quite stunning.

Schubert is based out of Cologne, Germany.

Hero Forge Custom Miniatures

Hero Forge Custom Miniatures

You design the character – right in your web browser – and this company 3D prints your creation as a tabletop model and ships it to you.

It’s focused on Dungeons and Dragons / fantasy table-top game fans, but you can make them just to make them. I love this idea.

Pixel Plucking

Pixel Plucking

A frantic little game.

In a limited time you have to move the big pixel to roll over smaller ones. Each time you do, more appear. Higher score = good.

I felt a little panicked as it went on but it’s definitely addictive.

And that is that. Finished. Kaput. Over.

Thanks for playing along at home, Friday Links-ers!

See you in a week.

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October 26th, 2018

Welcome back!

It’s the last Friday in October. So fast!

And! Time for the Friday Links…

These Artists Are Carving Incredibly Detailed, Art-Historical Pumpkins

These Artists Are Carving Incredibly Detailed, Art-Historical Pumpkins

Some *incredible* work here! It’s honestly amazing that these don’t immediately collapse from being so thin.

Beautiful.

Lokokitchen

Lokokitchen

This Seattle-based pie artist makes some astounding creations using fruit and pastry. So beautiful!

Sadly no recipes or tips on how to (impossibly!) recreate these works. So good.

Of course there’s an Instagram!

Postage Stamp Paintings

Postage Stamp Paintings

Created by Molly Rausch.

Delightful!

Halloween Ghost Rider

Halloween Ghost Rider

A frantic motorcycle game. You can do wild flips that are challenging to land.

For Halloween!

Sent by Tessa H.

Bonus Link!

Holding Pattern

Holding Pattern

A collection of overhead / satellite shots of airports from around the world, with no other details at all.

Created by Lauren O’Neill. More information here

There you go! Alllll linked up for Halloween (and, I guess, November.)

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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October 18th, 2018

Welcome to your Mid-October Friday Links, everybody.

This week’s focus appears to be 2/5ths fine art. (So… “fine-ish” art?)

Let’s begin!

DDDance Party

DDDance Party

A weird little installation that presents dancers that you can modify, clone and move, and over a background you can change.

Created by Fuzzy Wobble

John Peralta Fine Art

John Peralta Fine Art

“John A. Peralta is a self-taught artist whose unconventional style of sculpture incorporates iconic mechanical objects and high-tech materials to produce astonishingly beautiful and complex representations. His interpretation of what is known in engineering terms as the exploded diagram, is truly original and demonstrates his extraordinary imagination, technical expertise, and inventiveness.”

This is some complicated work right here. Wow! So beautifully achieved as well. I like it a lot.

h/t Nag On The Lake.

Hubble History Timeline

Hubble History Timeline

“This timeline describes Hubble’s history from the first proposal of a space telescope by Lyman Spitzer in 1946, through the completion of Hubble’s five servicing missions in the 1990s and 2000s, and to many of the significant observations and discoveries Hubble has made during its years in orbit.”

The user interface is a little weird but it’s a great, great resource for fans of space photography.

Recommended by Amber S.

Voxel Shooter

Voxel Shooter

A challenging, potentially frustrating arcade shooter presented in isometric 3d.

Beautifully designed. You will certainly beat my high score of 18.

Bonus Link!

Kazuhiro Tsuji’s Hyperrealistic Sculptures

Kazuhiro Tsuji’s Hyperrealistic Sculptures

“Kazu is a self-taught pioneer in the craft of using contemporary materials to create the illusion of life. Having discovered the art of special effects makeup for himself while perusing American magazines as a teenager, he developed skills through mimicry, trial and error.”

These things are huge! They must be very impressive up close, for sure.

Sent in by Ashy T.

These have been your Mid-October Friday Links.

Stay safe and warm out there people.

See you in a week.

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October 12th, 2018

Happy Friday everybody!

Only 18 shopping days until Hallowe’en!

Let’s get to the links…

NOAA: Sea Level Rise Viewer

NOAA: Sea Level Rise Viewer

“Use this web mapping tool to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 10 feet above average high tides).”

An informative, and definitely scary tool.

Happy Hurricane Season everybody!

Bargain Blasphemy

Bargain Blasphemy

A tumblr that reimagines classic pop and rock album covers as death metal.

The Onion: U.S. Citizens: ‘We Love When Thing Taste Like Other Thing’

The Onion: U.S. Citizens: ‘We Love When Thing Taste Like Other Thing’

“‘Chip Taste Like Salsa! Soda Taste Like Fruit!’ Rejoice 325 Million Americans”

Ohhh Onion. How I’ve missed you…

Tunnel Rush

Tunnel Rush

You merely steer, and avoid obstacles.

I find it kind of meditative.

And there we go! Friday! And Links! And Friday Links!

See you in seven days folks.

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October 5th, 2018

It’s the first Friday in October. And where I live, it’s a long weekend for Canadian Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let’s begin!

Josh Usmani: Funny Money

Josh Usmani: Funny Money

“Ten years ago, Josh Usmani quit his day job to pursue a career as a full-time artist. Months later, the 2008 economic meltdown sent Josh’s aspirations into uncertainty. His lifelong monetary issues eventually became the inspiration for using currency as an art medium.”

These are fantastic, and quite detailed. I love it.

There is also a coffee table book coming out that you can order.

For Detroit

For Detroit

“The Open House was a historic occasion for Ford to announce its renewed commitment to the city of Detroit with the purchase and future renovation of Michigan Central Station.”

“As you read through history, and view images, words move off the screen onto the grand arches and ultimately culminating in a 65ft barrel vaulted ceiling.”

This is a great art / community installation piece.

The Ringer: The Horror Oscars

The Ringer: The Horror Oscars

“The Best Scary Movies of Every Year Since 1978’s ‘Halloween’”

This list is pretty great.

The past six years have had some awesome entries too.

Helicopter Game

Helicopter Game

Sort of like a mashup of Flappy Bird and Choplifter.

It’s hard. But also sort of meditative.

Bonus Link!

Wow’en Wilson

Wow'en Wilson

“Hear the ‘wow’ & guess the movie”

I find this super challenging.

Have a lovely Friday and an excellent (long?) weekend everybody!

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September 28th, 2018

Happy Friday!

It is already the last Friday in September 2018. That went so fast!

But here we are with some more links to check out. This week there were a lot of very creative artistic finds. I hope you enjoy them. Let’s go!

Hybridizer

Hybridizer

A fun little tool to combine species.

Kind of cool. Clever little animations.

Rogan Brown: Paper Sculptures

Rogan Brown: Paper Sculptures

Mr. Brown creates large-size paper sculptures which depict microbes or other objects as they appear through a scanning electron microscope. (Plant stems, cells, fossils, etc.)

Really beautiful, inspiring work.

His instagram is worth a follow.

Tom Deninger

Tom Deninger

Mr. Deninger creates what he refers to as “large found object works.”

From afar they look like one distinct thing, but as you get closer they are actually a collection of various items.

The effect is pretty startling.

Also see his Instagram.

h/t: colossal

Neon Flames

Neon Flames

From the palette, select a color.

Then, elsewhere on the screen, click and hold your mouse. A flame will appear and grow.

Repeat until artistic.

An original, beautiful art-making tool.

Bonus Link!

Space Is The Place ISF Example

Space Is The Place ISF Example

A slightly modifiable starfield generator.

I love that this is a thing that can appear in a web browser these days.

These have been your Friday Links!

Have a great weekend everybody.

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September 21st, 2018

Happy Autumn everybody (in the northern hemisphere. Of earth.)

And welcome to Friday! And today’s edition of Friday Links! And Friday!

Let’s begin…

Christy Lee Rogers: Muses

Christy Lee Rogers: Muses

Nashville-based artist Christy Lee Rogers creates breathtaking images reminiscent of epic baroque art by suspending her models in water and using creative lighting effects.

It’s stunning.

Making the rounds and worth every second.

More info here.

Rave.dj

Rave.dj

There is no information on this site about how it does what it does, but it’s a video mashup service that allegedly uses some kind of A.I.

More info here.

Sneaking into an Abandoned Soviet Circus in Moldova

Sneaking into an Abandoned Soviet Circus in Moldova

“Moldova’s Chisinau Circus was built in 1981, back when the nation was known as the ‘Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic’ under the USSR.”

There are some quite lovely artistic details in this piece. Really beautiful.

Funny Man

Funny Man

“Place shapes on the playing field to make it possible for you to move your character from one side to the other.”

Note: gravity is involved. It can mess things up.

I like this game but it needs a better title.

Sent in by Amy S.

And that’s that.

I hope your Friday is fantastic and your weekend is awesome.

See you next week.

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September 14th, 2018

Welcome to mid-September Friday!

September. Already nearly done. So fast.

But! It’s Friday! And look: I found these links!

ungermario

ungermario

Mario Unger restores and carefully colourizes old photographs. His work is really incredible. A photo from 1900 can look like it was taken this week.

So good.

Prop Store Auction Sept. 20th

Prop Store Auction Sept. 20th

A ton of pretty iconic props are going on the auction block next week. I love perusing some of these. Costumes and models from Aliens! Indiana Jones’s hat! The teddy bear from A.I.! Some cool stuff here (if you can afford it, of course.)

Airport Walking

Airport Walking

“At some point in college, I found myself at the Tweed New Haven airport at an odd hour, and decided to try my hand at walking downtown rather than taking a cab. I found that it was surprisingly pleasant, and the distance was not outlandish.”

A well-documented listing of walking routes to several US airports.

I live in Toronto. This takes 5 hours. And people have done it! (e.g.: this)

Tetris With Physics

Tetris With Physics

Tetris, but with gravity, friction, and collisions.

I find it impossible, and also hilarious.

Bonus Link!

Adam Hillman: Object Arranger

Adam Hillman: Object Arranger

You can buy prints at his website.

Perfect for any of your OCD friends. 🙂

And that’s that.

I hope your weekend is amazing, and dry, and safe, and warm, and lovely.

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September 7th, 2018

I welcome you to your Friday Links, Friday fan!

Are you sitting comfortably? Good.

Stellarium Web: Online Planetarium

Stellarium Web: Online Planetarium

[self explanatory]

It asks for location data to show you “your” sky. (You can opt out.)

See a star you want to know more about? Click on it.

Really well done and nicely designed.

18 Iconic Album Covers With Deceased Band Members Removed

18 Iconic Album Covers With Deceased Band Members Removed

[self explanatory]

Christopher Bauder: Polygon Playground

Christopher Bauder: Polygon Playground

First: this site has a great UI. Very sleek. I like it.

Second: this Polygon Playground installation is beautiful, and intricate, and well executed.

Incremental Popping

Incremental Popping

Click where you know the balls will end up and hopefully pop many of them. Upgrade and repeat.

I found this very satisfying. (Note: this screenshot includes my actual, no joke score.) They should make this into a mobile app.

Sent in by Stella R.

Bonus Link!

How BoJack Horseman Got Made

How BoJack Horseman Got Made

[self explanatory]

A great exerpted oral history from the forthcoming book.

Well that went by fast. That’s all the links I have today.

Have a lovely Friday, and a fantastic (and dry, and not too hot) weekend.

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