March 22nd, 2019

It’s the first Friday of Spring 2019 (in the Northern Hemisphere)!

Welcome!

And here are this week’s links!

Neil Dawson

Neil Dawson

“Neil Dawson has produced many public sculptures throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the UK.”

His work is really interesting. Some of it is large-scale cartoonish. I love it.

More info here.

generative.fm

generative.fm

“The pieces featured on this site are not recordings. The music is generated by a different system created for each piece. These systems have been designed such that each performance is unique and plays continuously without repetition.”

I notice some of these bog down my browser, so it is definitely doing some real-time processing that takes some processing power to achieve.

These are interesting! Especially just leaving it on in the background, it develops over long periods of time.

h/t: kottke.

“Under” – Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

“Under” – Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

“Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, where the sea storms from the north and south meet, the project is situated at a unique confluence. Marine species flourish here in the both briny and brackish waters to produce a natural abundance in biodiversity at the site.”

Also:

“In Norwegian, “under” has the dual meaning of ‘below’ and ‘wonder’.”

Huh! Interesting.

Looks beautiful!

3-3 Gravity

3-3 Gravity

Gravity has been turned off.

It’s up to you to turn it back on.

It’s a confusing game but I found it super entertaining.

This was again the result of a game jam, developed in a super short amount of time.

I would play this on my phone no problem.

That’s all I’ve got this week.

Now get out there and… spring! Or something.

See you next week.

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March 15th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And, I guess – if you’re superstitious – beware!

We made it you guys!

Here are this week’s Friday Links!

The Boat

The Boat

“An interactive graphic novel about escape after the Vietnam War. Based on the story by Nam Le, adapted by Matt Huynh.”

Created to promote the SBS Australia show “The Boat“.

This is really beautifully executed.

1969 & 70 – Bell Labs

1969 & 70 - Bell Labs

“I spent a couple of years as Operations Manager at a Bell Labs data center in Oakland, CA developing what was the a state of the art database search system. One day I brought a camera to work and this was the result.”

Those outfits! That super-old computing equipment. That guy with the guitar! It’s a crazy gallery but so good.

h/t: kottke

Matthew Simmonds: Sculptures In Marble And Stone

Matthew Simmonds: Sculptures In Marble And Stone

“Inspired by a life-long fascination of stone buildings, and drawing on skills learnt as an architectural stone carver, Simmonds’ work takes stone architecture, and particularly sacred architecture, as a central theme.”

This is impressive work. More info here.

Rocketate Next

Rocketate Next

A pretty challenging little game!

You mostly move by rotating the playing field. You only occasionally use your jetpack, because it doesn’t have much fuel.

I like it!

There we go. All done! Good work everybody!

See you next Friday.

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March 8th, 2019

Happy Friday!

I wish it was warmer, is my main message this Friday. But at least the days are getting longer where I live.

Heeeere we go…

Crypto Voxels

Crypto Voxels

“Cryptovoxels is a virtual world where the city is owned by different people on the Ethereum blockchain.”

It’s a weird, but well-rendered virtual environment. It’s definitely not what I thought would result from cryptocurrencies, but there we are.

Scientists Have Built a Real Star Trek ‘Replicator’ That Builds Objects With Light

Scientists Have Built a Real Star Trek 'Replicator' That Builds Objects With Light

“…Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have found a shortcut: a printer that can fabricate objects in one shot using light – and which could, potentially, revolutionize rapid manufacturing technology.”

White paper available here.

What a crazy invention!

Underwater Photographer Of The Year 2019

Underwater Photographer Of The Year 2019

[self explanatory]

Some breathtaking work here.

Tanks.pw

Tanks.pw

A multiplayer tank game. It’s actually pretty good. It depends on how many people are connected obviously, but it’s fun.

Bonus Link!

25 Times People Asked To Cover Up Their Scars And Birthmarks, And Tattoo Artists Nailed It

25 Times People Asked To Cover Up Their Scars And Birthmarks, And Tattoo Artists Nailed It

[self explanatory]

These are great!

And that… is that!

Enjoy the rest of your Friday everybody. Thanks for playing along at home.

See you next week!

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March 1st, 2019

Happy Friday! And welcome to March.

Spring is on the way…

And now: some links!

If 2019’s Oscar-nominated movie posters told the truth

If 2019's Oscar-nominated movie posters told the truth

A bit dour, but still funny.

Sent in by many subscribers.

Kubrick.Life

Kubrick.Life

An impressive synopsis of the life amd works of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. Some really excellent content here, and a lovingly-created user interface.

Beautiful.

Noclip – Nintendo Game Map Viewer

Noclip - Nintendo Game Map Viewer

“CLICK AND DRAG to look around and use WASD to move the camera”

This is a pretty amazing site if you’re a classic game nerd.

A lot more information here.

Amazeballs

Amazeballs

“Paintball your way through an invisible maze!”

What they don’t tell you is: don’t touch the walls! Just shoot paintballs to identify where the wall is.

It’s hard!

Bonus Link!

Move » LAYER

Move » LAYER

“Move is a prototype airline seat for Airbus that utilises smart textiles and clever functionality to improve the experience of Economy Class short- to mid-haul flying.”

These prototype designs look amazing!

See also: Redesigning the Boarding Pass.

This has been a Friday Links Production!

See you next week everybody.

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February 22nd, 2019

Welcome back to Friday!

And it’s the last one in Feb. 2019. That was super fast.

And now! Some links.

Nordic Style: These Vintage IKEA Catalog Covers Will Blow You Away

Nordic Style: These Vintage IKEA Catalog Covers Will Blow You Away

Or at the very least, they’re pretty well designed. 🙂

Click-baity headlines = dated! Oh well…

CERN 2019 WorldWideWeb Rebuild

CERN 2019 WorldWideWeb Rebuild

Browse the web using an in-browser emulation of the first web browser from 1990.

e.g.: the Friday Links!

It’s a little more complicated than expected. I started browsing using Mosaic in 1994. The web is old!

Why Flying On The Hindenburg Zeppelin Was So Expensive

Why Flying On The Hindenburg Zeppelin Was So Expensive

“Between 1931 and 1937 the Graf Zeppelin crossed the South Atlantic 136 times. The trips took about four days in each direction, and a one-way ticket was about $400, which translates to about $7,050 in today’s money.”

I find it interesting that many of the interiors look like mid-60s office meeting rooms.

Also: Smoking rooms. On a zeppelin. Filled with hydrogen gas. Yikes!

UFO Attack 3d

UFO Attack 3d

A really challenging arcade shooter. Nicely designed!

I would play the crap out of this on my PS4. No joke.

There ya go! That was easy right?

Let’s do it again next week!

Have a great weekend.

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February 15th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And welcome to your Friday Links! It’s mid-February, and where I live, we get a long weekend. Huzzah!

For whatever reason, this edition is half Dutch. It just worked out that way. Please know that I really did try for three-quarters.

Experience The Night Watch

Experience The Night Watch

An interactive examination of this seminal Rembrandt work presented by the Rijks Museum.

Really beautifully done.

Maptime Amsterdam #5: Street Patterns

Maptime Amsterdam #5: Street Patterns

“This is a tutorial on using OpenStreetMap road data to make physical visualizations using Fablab equipment.”

Search for a specific intersection or area of a map. Generate data from that map, transform that data into an SVG image (and its data) and 3D print that into a model of that intersection. Or print a t-shirt of it. Or whatever else you want to do with it.

A great, fun little idea.

Candida Höfer – In Mexico

Candida Höfer - In Mexico

“Her archetypal images capture the interiors of grand spaces including libraries, theatres, churches and museums—spaces of public congregation that in her photographs are rendered devoid of people.”

This is making the rounds, and currently installed at Sean Kelly in New York.

These are very large format prints covering nearly 600 years of Mexican architecture.

Really beautiful, striking work.

Mario-Combat

Mario-Combat

[Flash is required, sorry]

Mario Brothers, but Mario fights Bowser.

Challenging. Well made. I thought it would be a Mortal Combat mashup but sadly, no.

Get out there and have an excellent (long?) weekend everybody!

Happy Friday!

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February 8th, 2019

Welcome back to Friday!

I hope it’s warm where you are.

Ready for links? Ready for links!

Celebrities Then And Now (Together)

Celebrities Then And Now (Together)

(German title: “Berühmtheiten neben ihrem Ich von damals”)

“Ard Gelinck photoshopped several celebrities next to their former selves and it looks pretty good.”

Carefully placing current (ish) and former portraits of musical artists. Some great work here.

Mind Twisting Art: Cartoons Mixed Into Classic Paintings

Mind Twisting Art: Cartoons Mixed Into Classic Paintings

These are extremely good. They’re from 2011 with no credit to the creators at all. So good though.

SarcasticRover: Mars recruitment posters (fixed)

SarcasticRover: Mars recruitment posters (fixed)

“Right there. That’s where I’ll bury your corpse, Gerry.”

These are both hilarious and dire.

Just Another Stacking Game

Just Another Stacking Game

Think “Jenga” but each block gets smaller based on where you placed the previous one.

Quite tricky! I like it.

And that… is that! All linked up.

Thanks for following along at home. See you next week everybody.

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February 1st, 2019

Heyooooo!

It’s Friday. And so, so cold.

And February!

Readyyyyyyyy? Go!

Top Of The Spots

Top Of The Spots

“Which song has been played more on Spotify?”

More challenging (and probably more depressing) than you think.

Kutarq: Sp!n

Kutarq: Sp!n

“The Sp!n spinning top creates an optical illusion of levitation. When spinning the top, an exclamation mark appears. More than a simple toy, Sp!n is a tool that can be used to relieve stress or reduce anxiety.”

It spins for a super long time too. In some cases as long as five minutes. (!)

Unclear where they can ship this but you can buy one here for 972 Yen (~$9 USD.)

Sign-IO

Sign-IO

“A Support Vector Machine Implementation for Sign Language Recognition”

This is an overtly “sciency” page but it’s to present a new invention: gloves that produce speech when the wearer uses sign language.

This is a pretty groundbreaking invention. It appears to be early days for it but still: great, great idea!

Drawer Simulator

Drawer Simulator

This is a weird little game.

You can only use arrow keys to wiggle, push, pull, wiggle (etc) a rickety drawer full of kitchen utensils.

It’s challenging!!

And that’s that! Alllll linked up.

See you next week!

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January 25th, 2019

Fridayyyyeeeeeyuh!

And it’s already the last one in January! Boom! Just like that.

Links time!

Lego: Welcome to Apocalypseburg

Lego: Welcome to Apocalypseburg

“Enjoy an epic 360-degree play experience—and prepare for an alien invasion—with THE LEGO® MOVIE 2™ 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! construction toy. An advanced building set, it has over 3,000 pieces and presents an awesome challenge even for master builders.”

Crrrrrazy. But also beautifully conceived.

Sketchnthecity

Sketchnthecity

“In 2016 sketch artist Carl Lavia joined forces with photographer Lorna Le Bredonchel and together they formed the ambitious ’69 cities of the UK’ project. Which aims to create a portrait of the whole United Kingdom through large-scale sketches of its 69 cities.”

These are beautiful!

Sent along by Mark J.

The 1959 Project

The 1959 Project

“A snapshot of jazz 60 years ago, every day.”

1959 was, of course, 60 years ago this year. This website documents a lot of predominantly Jazz Music happenings that year, and of any year in Jazz 1959 is a pretty excellent one to dig into.

It’s updated daily and lovingly curated. Recommended.

Booster.Space

Booster.Space

An extremely challenging multiplayer version of Asteroids.

I do not last very long, which is pretty much how things went in the original Asteroids too. 🙂

This has been your Friday Links!

Please join us again next week.

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January 18th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And where I live, we’re finally getting some real snow now. Weee! (Wee?)

And now: the links!

TeamLab: Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Fire

TeamLab: Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest - One Stroke, Fire

“When a person stands still close to a lamp, it shines brightly and emits a color that resonates out. The light of this lamp becomes the starting point, and it spreads to the two nearest lamps.”

This is a permanent installation at the Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel in Kyushu, Japan. It consists of numerous lights which have been modified to sense when new visitors arrive.

So beautiful! More info here.

Scott Reinhard: Mapping and Visualization

Scott Reinhard: Mapping and Visualization

Mr. Reinhard combines vintage maps of US terrain with contemporary land elevation data to produce these super original map views of several states and the US overall. Some of them are quite abstract.

You can purchase gorgeous prints of these works too.

Dimitris Ladopoulos: Algorithm

Dimitris Ladopoulos: Algorithm

“I wanted to create an algorithm that would allow me to produce different random geometric patterns based on a rectangle.

“The inspiration came from the type of diagrams called ‘treemaps’. I implemented a procedure in Houdini, that takes a rectangle and splits it vertically and then horizontally.”

Really lovely work here.

Deep Heat

Deep Heat

A fairly challenging little arcade shooter with some lovely retro graphics.

And that’s what I’ve got!

Have a fantastic, warm, safe Friday, and a terrific weekend.

See you next Friday.

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