January 13th, 2017

Friday…

… the thirteenth!! [orchestra!!]

And time for your Friday Links.

Mystery Search

You enter a search, and instead of this site providing your search result, you get the one of the person who searched before you.

My test was “Mashed potatoes.” The result was “Snoop Dogg.”

Fun! Weird. Fun!!

Hugh Holland

Hugh Holland

“In 1975, when Hugh Holland first began photographing the skateboarders in southern California, he had already been living in Los Angeles for nine years.”

These are gold.

The Year In Memes

Including (of course) Harambe. Never forget!

Yeahboi

It is not obvious what you’re supposed to do here, but you’ll get it. And then you’ll always want to keep getting it.

This ate up an hour of my day.

I do not have a bonus link this week. It’s a new year!

A quick little read:

Odd Lots: Curious Objects Up At Auction. (Self explanatory.) Interesting!

A longer read (and fascinating!):

Facial Reconstruction: Police Use Found DNA to Create Suspect Profiles

That is fascinating. I love that there’s a reference to an art project from a few years ago which similarly had pretty accurate reconstructions of people’s faces. Bizarre!

There we go. I’ll see you next week everybody!

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January 6th, 2017

Welcome to the first Friday in 2017.

Links time – heeeeere we go…

The 100 best photographs ever taken without photoshop

The 100 best photographs ever taken without photoshop

[self explanatory]

Nice!

Daniel Cheong: Dubai Fog

These are just beautiful. You can order (expensive) prints as well.

The Online Knitting Reference Library

Check out some of the modeling shots here. Eeeeeyikes. 🙂

Suggested by Kate S.

Endless Boss Fight

Kind of self explanatory. Difficult! Addictive. Frustrating / fun.

Bonus Link!

Sourgrassbuilt: Bird Houses

“Sourgrassbuilt features home decor including birdhouses, bread boxes, and furniture created by Douglas Barnhard of Santa Cruz, California. His influences are mid century modern architects like Eichler and Frank Lloyd Wright mixed with the rich skate and surf culture in Santa Cruz.”

These are amazing. (And expensive!)

And this concludes the first Friday Links of 2017.

Ladies and gentlemen we are adjourned! [bangs gavel…]

See you next week. Happy New Year!

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December 30th, 2016

It is Friday again.

And (perhaps thankfully?) it’s the final Friday in 2016.

Here are some linkages-es… es.

One Shot Editions

“One Shot celebrates the fragile beauty of analog by commissioning photographers to shoot new and exclusive work that we turn into the most limited, limited-edition prints ever. Each unique shot is sold sight unseen and will remain a mystery until you receive the print in the mail.”

They destroy the negatives after the shots are sold. Apparently it’s already pretty popular. I’m in!

Mandala Creator

There are a few versions of this kind of artistic tool but I like this one. It’s also making the rounds. Beautiful.

Steven Kenny

Steven Kenny

An interesting collection of portraits that appear to be done in a classical style.

Some odd choices that I still love. He sells a lot of his works. Good work!

Extreme Heli-Boarding

A classic, but it’s in season, so here we go. There goes your weekend. 🙂

Bonus Link!

Salman Koshroo: The Wanderer

Tehran-based artist Salman Koshroo works primarily with a gigantic pallete knife to create jarring, bold portraits and other artworks.

Have a Happy New Year everybody!

And happy Friday!

See you next year.

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December 23rd, 2016

Hooray for Friday!

And it’s Chrismukkah weekend! At last. I hope your holiday has started early already.

Here are your Friday Links!

Mack Photography: Parallax

Basically: scroll down. Subtle but beautiful. Wonderfully executed.

Speaking of photography challenges…

New York Skyline 360 Panorama: 20 Gigapixels

This is New York City. This is the largest photo that has ever been made of NYC. The finished spherical image is over 20 Gigapixels in size, at 208000 x 104000 pixels. (This includes the sky, which was shot at a lower focal length than the land.) This photo was shot handheld with a 135mm lens over the course of two days from the top of the Empire State Building. The total number of photos shot was over 2000, and the time needed for shooting was a total of four hours.”

Just lovely. 🙂

Music Map

Enter a musical artist you like and this website will produce a list of artists who are either similar to them or who (perhaps) influenced them. This can definitely lead to some interesting suggestions.

Code Red

A decidedly un-Christmasy side-scrolling game. Very challenging but fun.

Bonus Link!

Blind Ltd.: Rogue One A Star Wars Story

Blind Ltd.: Rogue One A Star Wars Story

A gallery of several of the user interface designs created by this firm for the new Star Wars off-shoot movie.

Beautifully created.

This has been your Friday Links for December 23rd, 2016.

Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays everybody!

See you next week for the last Friday of 2016.

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December 16th, 2016

It’s Friday! It’s mid-December! We did it you guys!!

And it’s also time for some web links. So… here goes!

Radio.Garden

A really neat interface that “scans” the globe for radio stations. As you move over certain regions in this display, radio stations tune in. You can select individual stations of course, but I like the random nature of scrolling around.

Sent in by Maria S.

Barry Martin’s Hopalong Orbits Visualizer

Barry Martin's Hopalong Orbits Visualizer

“These orbits are generated iterating this simple algorithm:

(x, y) -> (y – sign(x)*sqrt(abs(b*x – c)), a -x )

where a, b, c are random parameters. This is known as the ‘Hopalong Attractor’.”

(See? Simple!)

Beautifully rendered. I like.

Note: This may cause your computer’s cpu to work a little extra. (Fan!)

Asterank

“Asterank is a scientific and economic database of over 600,000 asteroids.”

Holy crap!

Since we’re on the verge of extraterrestrial mining operations getting funded, this is now a thing. Interesting! A huge amount of data here.

It’s also beautifully rendered.

We Become What We Behold

Take little snapshots of the different people that populate the screen. Watch what happens when that snapshot identifies something unique.

Kind of a fascinating… game? (Not sure if it’s a game.)

Bonus Link!

Your Name In Gum

[self explanatory]

Ugh!

And I have a couple of long-ish reads that spoke to me this week:

99 Reasons Why 2016 Was A Good Year. Worth a read. Then maybe a re-read. Because we probably all need to know at least some of them.

Inside Jobs – Hear what American workers have to say about their jobs

You can randomly browse, or you can filter down to the demographic you want to know more about.

You could spend considerable time here. I like this.

So there we go. Linked!!

Happy Holidays everybody!

See you next week.

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December 9th, 2016

Welcome to your Friday Links!

And where I live, it is a cold one.

I was going to compile my own Xmas gift guide this year but I got too busy. So instead I’ll direct you to a few that I think are awesome.

Kottke.org has a great breakdown which includes a few I was going to mention (notably The Kid Should See This and The Wirecutter.)

Also recommended: The Verge‘s xmas gift guide.

Several readers recommended Elle’s tech gift guide, so I will too. 🙂

Okay. Links time!

Solar System Exploration

Brought to you by NASA. It’s about a lot more than just the planets (although if all you look at is the planets, that’s also pretty cool on its own.)

Some great, in-depth information about anything you could possibly want to know about our solar system.

Game of Phones

Game Of Phones

Part board game, part card game, part bragging rights.

This looks hilarious and fun. Also: inexpensive! You’re welcome.

10 x 16

“10x is a yearly tradition started by Richard Perez and Eric R. Mortensen. Every December, a group of designers, illustrators, and artists countdown their top ten favorite albums of the year through reimagined cover art, all working within a fixed color system.”

They’re beautiful!

Aztec Stones

Click connected series of same-coloured stones to clear them. Repeat. Forever.

There goes your weekend. 🙂

Bonus Link!

How Much Will It Snow?

[self explanatory]

Especially useful this week. Yikes…

And there we go. All Friday’d up!

Have a lovely weekend and stay warm. (Seriously. Polar Vortex is a thing again.)

See you next week!

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December 2nd, 2016

Welcome! It’s December! It’s (sort of) cold! It’s Fridayyy!

And now it’s links time.

Here we go now.

Money Face Challenge

Money Face Challenge

Almost (almost!) as good as Sleeve Face. Made me laugh.

Infinite Drum Machine

“Sounds are complex and vary widely. This experiment uses machine learning to organize thousands of everyday sounds. The computer wasn’t given any descriptions or tags – only the audio.”

Kind of a weird / random interface. [The programming interface is available here.] Create a drum kit, and loops, out of individual samples of actual drums or just… random objects. Limitless combinations.

Copy Pastry

“3D-Printed Custom Cookie Cutters. Turn your photos into cookies”

Literally just in time for Xmas! Genius idea.

Bubble Spinner

Sort of like an upside down Bubble Bobble, but also with the game board on a wheel.

Challenging! Fun.

Bonus Link!

Mosh

A fun little image-glitching tool. A *lot* of possibilities here. Nicely done.

Now get out there and Friday it up!

See you in a week.

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November 25th, 2016

Welcome! It is Friday!

And apparently it’s Black Friday. Use caution, everybody (in the US.)

Let’s begin…

Eric Standley

Eric Standley

Eric is a particularly gifted paper artist.

Discovered via the website Strictly Paper. You guys know me. You know I have a thing for intricate paper art. This is one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Some of these constructions involve 184 layers of laser-cut paper. Intricate, complex and just lovely.

I’ve featured Mr. Standley here a few years ago, but that link is dead now, and this has much more detail.

ManyMaps

Choose a location. Color / design it however you like. Order a large-size print of it. Hang it on your wall.

This is a great idea!

You Are Listening To Los Angeles

Police scanner + ambient music = induced drama…

(Note: not solely Los Angeles. You can choose from a variety of [American] cities.)

Click

An interesting and eye-opening little site that shows you the things your web browser can “know” about your browsing activities.

It’s also funny. (The sound is worth it.)

Making the rounds, for good reason.

Bonus Link!

Casanova

Click to stretch your galloping giraffe’s neck to plant kisses on approaching giraffes of varying heights.

Just like it sounds! 😉

There we go. You’re all linked up!

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to my American friends. I hope your family dinners were delicious and stress-free.

See you next week.

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P.S. Exactly one month until Xmas. So fast!

November 18th, 2016

Welcome.

There are only six more Fridays left in 2016.

Use them wisely!

And now: the links!

The Roaring Twenties

“An interactive exploration of the historical soundscape of New York City” (in the 1920’s)

A cool project to support the book The Soundscape of Modernity.

Suggested by the podcast 99% Invisible.

QuickDraw

QuickDraw

“Can a neural network learn to recognize doodles? See how well it does with your drawings and help teach it, just by playing.”

A pretty fun guessing game (for the computer.) Amazing.

Inside AirBNB

A really well-made map-based view into how AirBNB is being used in Los Angeles (only.)

There is a LOT of data here. Well presented. Interesting.

Monster Milktruck!

Drive a milk truck across roads supplied by Google Earth satellite imagery.

The gravity is a little weird so I ended up flying quite a bit. Still fun.

Bonus Link!

Airports Furthest From Their Cities

[self explanatory]

Almost all of them in Europe. (No shout out for Vancouver?)

And so there we go, hey? All done, riiiight?

Thanks for following along at home.

Happy Friday!

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November 11th, 2016

It is Friday.

It is Remembrance Day where I live.

It is Veteran’s Day in the US.

[pause here for moment of silence.]

And on top of that this has been quite the week. But at least we have some links to check out!

Here goes.

NameDat

“Facts and Stats about your Name.”

That tagline does not do justice to this site.

It presents those stats as a cleverly-designed infographic. Nicely done.

Maotik: Flow

Maotik: Flow

“Inspired by the natural phenomenon of the tides, the multimedia environment offers a sensory experience poetic, playful and aesthetic principles of the rise and fall of sea levels.”

This would be pretty amazing to see in person. Beautiful. Nerdy!

Digital Doilies

A quick little in-browser reflective / kaleidoscopic drawing program. Lovely!

Fist Of Awesome

You fight bears with an incredibly powerful punch.

It’s funny, a little irreverent, and definitely addictive.

Bonus Link!

Caleb Charland: Back To Light

“By inserting a galvanized nail into one side of a potato and a copper wire in the other side a small electrical current is generated. The utter simplicity of this electrical phenomenon is endlessly fascinating for me.”

Mr. Charland photographs some pretty intricate still lives of plants self-generating their own light.

I mean: Who knew?! Pretty fascinating! And beautifully composed.

These have been your Friday Links!

Shout out to all of our veterans and members of our armed forces around the world. We owe you everything.

See you next week. Thanks for reading, especially this week.

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