April 9th, 2021

Hi all.

I got too busy this week and sadly have no links for you today.

Also my city returned to a stay-at-home order for the next month. Rough week.

I hope your Friday is still awesome. It’s warming up! The days are getting longer!

See you next Friday.

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April 2nd, 2021

Hello Friday Folks!

It’s Good Friday and I have had a super busy week, so this week: only three links. My apologies but I need the downtime.

Here we go!

Relax.app

Relax.app

A website that guides you through meditative breathing exercises to calm you down.

I haven’t used it extensively but a few subscribers recommended it.

Land Lines

Land Lines

You draw a line, this tiny piece of AI / ML matches it to a specific line in satellite imagery.

Steer through the Suez Canal

Steer through the Suez Canal

[Self explanatory]

As expected: Pretty challenging, but also a super rudimentary interface.

There we go! Simple!

Happy Good Friday! Happy Easter weekend. Happy Friday!

Stay safe everybody. It’s already April!

See you next Friday.

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March 26th, 2021

Heyyyyy Friday!

It’s the last Friday of March 2021!

Look at how fast that went! Unreal.

I hope you are all doing very well.

It’s links time!

Royalties Calculator

Royalties Calculator

Want to see how much your favourite musical artist earns from Spotify, YouTube Music, etc. via streaming?

A great little tool. Fairly comprehensive!

When Was I Conceived?

When Was I Conceived?

[Self explanatory]

Based on your birth date, this site provides the week you were likely conceived as well as some trivia about that week and your birth date.

Is That Ship Still Stuck?

Is That Ship Still Stuck?

“That ship” being the now infamous “Ever Given” freighter.

As of right now: Yes!

Created by Tom Neill.

Smash Karts

Smash Karts

A super challenging multiplayer version of a Mario Kart-ish game.

I suck at it but you might do better.

Ta daaaa! Friday Links! Delivered!

Happy weekend. See you next Friday!

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March 19th, 2021

Well hello Friday!

This is the last Friday of Winter 2021. Huzzah!

I hope you’re doing just as well as you can be.

It’s links time!

Zoom Escaper

Zoom Escaper

This site, which will require access to your microphone, will add extra audio to your Zoom connection so you can beg out of a Zoom meeting.

Crying baby, a man weeping, urination (?!?!) — all can be added to your feed so you can say “Sorry guys, I have to take care of something.”

There is a tutorial video.

Weird. Very much a 2021 invention. Also making the rounds.

Photographer Captures the Cast of ‘Little Women’ in Traditional Wet Plate Portraits

Photographer Captures the Cast of ‘Little Women’ in Traditional Wet Plate Portraits

“These dramatic, sepia-toned photographs were made using the collodion process—a photography style invented in 1851. This process, sometimes called tintype or wet plate photography, requires that the photo be taken while the plate is wet with light-sensitive chemicals and exposed before the plate dries.”

Fantastic!

Your Arbor

Your Arbor

“Is that company you just bought shoes from paying a fair wage to its workers? Is your new shirt made from a company who is exploiting child labour?”

An interesting little site. Search for any company to find out whether they are worth your hard-earned money.

The Blocks

The Blocks

Create a complete shape from the blocks provided.

Soothing background music.

Ta daaa! We did it you guys!

Happy Friday!

See you next week everybody.

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March 12th, 2021

Welcome back to Friday everybody!

And happy (?) pandemic anniversary. We made it this far! (Hopefully all of you did.)

We have to keep hanging in there. We’re so close.

And it’s Friday!

Here we go.

Random Rijks

Random Rijks

Loads a completely randomly selected artwork from the Rijks Museum collection. Refresh for a new randomly selected item.

“While the Rijks Museum is quite large, most of its collection is not readily available to see for the general public. This project allows people to take a deep dive and see objects they might never see otherwise.’

Great project.

Jan 6 Evidence

Jan 6 Evidence

“Since the January 6 attack on the Capitol, hundreds of volunteers have scrutinized photos and video of the event. They have reviewed thousands of hours of footage, created timelines, identified and tracked persons of interest, synchronized videos, and provided analysis.

“This site is an effort to help organize and visualize this crowdsourced information.”

Based on this story from HuffPo.

For His Newborn Daughter’s Photoshoot, This Dad Recreated Famous Paintings He And His Wife Love

For His Newborn Daughter’s Photoshoot, This Dad Recreated Famous Paintings He And His Wife Love

That headline is a mouthful but WOW the work going on here is fantastic.

Just A Platformer

Just A Platformer

[self explanatory]

The most basic platformer game of all time. Still pretty challenging.

Ta daaa! Links! On Friday!

Thanks for following along at home. I hope you’re all doing as well as you can.

See you next Friday!

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March 5th, 2021

Hello Friday!

We made it! This was a packed week for me so I’m happy to see Friday again.

It’s links time!

Fake History Portrait Animation

Fake History Portrait Animation

Using (of course) some A.I., Twitter user “Fake History Hunter” briefly animates some well known historical portraiture.

It’s just small, slight little movements, but the effect is very impressive.

Worn On TV

Worn On TV

Want to find that outfit from a show you love? This is where to do that.

Weirdly: No Wandavision! (yet)

Madeon

Madeon

A neat little sample looping… thing.

Uses samples from the band of the same name.

Pico Racer

Pico Racer

A tiny remake of 1987’s OutRun.

Kind of addictive.

Huzzah! We did it!

I hope your Friday is wonderful, and that your weekend is so good.

Stay safe. Stay well. See you next Friday.

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February 26th, 2021

Oh hey there Friday people!

And look at that: no more Fridays in February. Huh!

I hope you are very well.

It is links time!

Read Only Memories

Read Only Memories

A neat little tribute to Daft Punk, who announced last week they were disbanding.

Sgt Pepper Photos

Sgt Pepper Photos

“My first search was for Olympic swimmer and Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller (the picture behind Ringo and Paul). When I eventually located the source image, with the unexpected chimp and horn, it was so bizarre and out of context it piqued my interest.”

A very deep dive by obsessive researcher Chris Shaw.

h/t: kottke

Ten Years Ago

Ten Years Ago

This site will show you what most of the major news websites featured exactly ten years ago.

I mean last year felt like 5 years. Reading this feels like an entirely different era.

Iceberger

Iceberger

“Draw an iceberg and see how it will float.”

Actually super interesting. Icebergs don’t always float the way you might think.

Inspired by a Twitter thread by Megan Thompson-Munson.

And there we go! Alllllll linked up!

Have an excellent weekend, and Happy Friday!

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February 19th, 2021

Welcome to Friday!

What a week!

I hope you’re all safe and warm and well. 2020 still has some spill-over effects, it feels like.

Links time!!

I Miss My Bar

I Miss My Bar

A website that lets you create the audio background of a functioning drinking establishment from the “before times”.

I do miss my bar 🙁

The Nostalgia Machine

The Nostalgia Machine

Note: I am not a fan of nostalgia.

Enter a year to hear music (primarily pop) hits from that year. (using YouTube.)

Only goes from 1952 to 2015.

Still: pretty comprehensive!

Also: join me in playing “not available in your country” bingo.

Stinky Candle Company

Stinky Candle Company

[self explanatory]

Note: Not all of them! Christmas Tree! Pear!

For me the most entertaining ones are Mary Jane, Body Odour, Rotting Flesh, and “2020 Candle” (I don’t even want to know.)

Hopp Zee

Hopp Zee

A fun little platformer. Challenging!

We did it you guys! Friday Link! Whuhoo!

Have an excellent weekend everybody.

See you next Friday.

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February 12th, 2021

Oh hello there Friday.

And where I live we get a long weekend! After the past week (busy) I definitely need one. The next few weeks are going to be crazy busy on my end (fair warning.)

But here we go!

Unreal Engine: Meta Humans

Unreal Engine: Meta Humans

“Bringing compelling real-time digital humans to life is incredibly challenging and time-consuming. It can take months of research, costly scanning equipment, and an army of tech artists. What if we could make the process radically simpler, faster, and more scalable—without compromising on quality?”

Unreal has, for many decades now, created a platform that increasingly makes more and more realistic looking film and videogame environments. Now they’re focusing on the characters, their faces, their body movement, etc.

This is a fascinating set of developments.

Making the rounds. Deservedly so. Just imagine the sheer volume of work this took to achieve. Phew.

City Guesser

City Guesser

“City Guesser is a geography based browser game that strives to provide an exceptional travel and guessing experience. City Guesser launched on August 13th, 2020, and welcomes thousands of geography-enthusiasts each day.”

Since none of us can, you know, ACTUALLY visit other international cities…

A great little time waster / educational tool.

Rubiksolve

Rubiksolve

“Input Your Rubik’s Cube Configuration”

“Solve your Rubik’s Cube simply. No terminology, memorization, or shenanigans. Enter your colors, and press solve and we’ll get you back to normal. Enjoy!”

This is honestly a pretty great idea.

I’ve been solving Rubik’s cubes since I was gifted one way back in 1984. It took me two years to figure it out and now I just do it to clear my mind.

I think more people should learn how to solve it. It’s very satisfying.

OffroadJS

OffroadJS

A super challenging, mayyyybe frustrating offroad jeep driving… thing.

I suck at it but a few subscribers sent it in, so have at it.

Huzzah! We have achieved Friday Links!

I hope your day is good. And warm. And safe. And cozy.

See you next Friday!

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February 5th, 2021

Yeaaaah it’s Friday!

This week went quickly for me. Hopefully for you as well.

I hope you’re doing as well as you can. This year is still a struggle.

And now! To the links!

Bops.fm

Bops.fm

Load the site, pick a year, it sends you to a random song from that year. Click the same year: random, different song from that year. Repeat for any year between 1950 and 2010

Kind of cool!

Pandemic Graphics Archive

Pandemic Graphics Archive

“Today, Coronavirus signs, are often dismissed and perceived as an enforcement. However this now everyday visual language of our lives globally, has provided and communicated the new ‘normal’.”

This is true!

My city has some very stylized iconography around this whole topic.

Reconstructing the Menu of a Pub in Ancient Pompeii

Reconstructing the Menu of a Pub in Ancient Pompeii

“Eat like a first-century Roman, using recent archaeological discoveries as your guide.”

This is an extremely deep dive and I am here for it.

Lots of long-simmering broths and meat.

Gear Grappler

Gear Grappler

Interesting game.

Click to swing on to a gear, and then from there try to do it to another gear.

But it moves weirdly, and you can get snagged.

More fun than it sounds.

Sent in by Tia T.

And there we go! Allllll linked up. For Friday! In February!

Have an excellent weekend. See you in seven days.

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