Last Friday before Hallowe’en! Welcome to your Friday links. This time they’re 100 percent reader-suggested!
» The Daily WTF
A compendium of online and software oddities. Some are hilarious, and some are hilarious only if you’re a nerd like me. 🙂
Sent in by Michael F.
A nifty google maps hack that shows you the specific location of LCBO’s and beer stores wherever you’re looking for them. It updates based on closing times as well. Some people reeeeally need their beer. 🙂 Suggested by Mark D.
Exactly what it says. You can even search for haunted houses in your (North American) area, online! Sent in by Minh P.
» M&M’s 50 Dark Movies
A Hallowe’en promotion from M&M’s promoting their Dark Chocolate(tm) snacks. You have to find all 50 scary movies alluded to in this rather complex painting. Some very clever ones in here. Sent in by Bronwen R.
Happy Hallowe’en Friday peoples!
Welcome to it! Here we go…
» Fun-Motion: Physics Games
This site features links to two of my all-time favorites: Stair Dismount and Truck Dismount. But there are dozens of others. Very addictive and some are quite complex.
Really funny non-articles from “the content-free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” It’s a bit addictive. Check out their un-news headlines as well.
» Technology Then And Now
A pretty concise comparison of how modern technologies looked and performed when they originated, and how they do now.
» The Real Origins Of Halloween
Also see the accompanying Halloween Errors and Lies. It’s an interesting read!
[Note: I am not religious]
Have a great weekend, Fridaypeeps!
Friiidayyy… THE THIRTEENTH! [orchestra!]
I don’t believe all that “unlucky” crap.
» Insane Multi-sizing popup
This must have taken quite a bit of time to do. 🙂 Pretty nice presentation.
» WWI Skecthbooks – Online
Containing “…approximately 130 water-colour and pen and ink images which were produced by a British soldier based in France and Belgium between 1917 and 1918.” There’s a haunting quality to the work here.
» Virtual Parks: The Top 500
Note: You will need QuickTime VR (free!). This is a listing of the top 500 parks in the world, viewable in virtual 3d. Some great photography (and a not bad interface.)
» The Complete Guide To G.I. Joe
Happy Friday! (the thirteenth) [Orchestra!!]
Whuhoo Friday! In my country, it is a long weekend (Thanksgiving!)
» Bellydancing Librarians
Not exactly what you’d think, and yet: precisely what it says.
» Unusual X-Rays
Self-explanatory. Sent in by Karem. Some quite beautiful images (especially the shells.) Also some quite disturbing / hilarious ones.
Describing itself as “the new voicemail for cellphones”, this service allows some mobile customers (not all are supported at the moment) to record customized greetings based on the callerid of the incoming caller. 🙂 So now you can specifically record “Hello again, Bill. No I’m still not interested in your magazine offer.” (Or something.) You can also email your voicemails to people. Interesting concept.
» Warning Sign Generator
Also see: The Warning Label Generator.
Note: Use with caution. May contain hazardous chemicals. Yadda yadda yadda.
And have a great (long, for some of you) weekend!
» Action Comics: Issue 1
[For those who don’t want to shell out > $3000 for one.]
Scanned for your online reading enjoyment. What I love about the web is that it makes stuff like this easier to trip across. 🙂
» Call The Future
Lots of these springing up lately.
Send yourself (or someone) an automatic reminder phonecall, using an automated voice. Fill in the form. It then dials the number you gave it, on the date and at the time you asked, and says the message you told it to say. There are odd, hilarious and creepy capabilities with this site.
» 50 NFB Animated Short Films
» Chinese Pop Posters
Extremely stylized posters and stamps produced during China’s Cultural Revolution. Pretty amazing artwork.
Also: apologies for a broken link in last week’s email. Poor QA on my part. The actual link for the Daily Dose of Imagery is:
So he gets some extra Friday love today. Thanks to those of you who pointed it out. 🙂 No: there is no prize. (Sorry!)
Happy Friday, Friday folks!
Hooray for Friday! And Autumn! (buh bye summer. 🙁 )
» Brawny Man Innocent Escapes
Hard to explain. Funny!
» Daily Dose of Imagery
Sent in by Janet (but numerous people also recommended it.) Photo blog of Toronto photographer Sam Javanrouh.
Fascinating, but also somewhat disturbing and heartbreaking. Real peoples’ anonymous confessions. This was set up by a fairly right-wing US church organization. Somewhat depressing, but endlessly readable. Similar to (but vastly different from) the previously mentioned PostSecret site.
People write down their dreams and send them in. The site allows people to comment on them, and has a huge amount of statistics. You can also create your own “dream blog” on that site. All free.
A bit of a mish-mash this week, but what else is new hey?
» Don Marco: The Master Crayon Artist
Sure. Go ahead. Laugh. 🙂 Marco’s work is pretty impressive.
The opening screen alone is worth it, but they also sell t-shirts, mugs, etc. featuring detailed pixel-based art.
» Flash-based Enigma Machine
The WWII encryption machine used by the Nazis: now available for the masses! Pretty fascinating to see how it works. (If you’re a nerd like me.)
Creates “infinite videos” based on images found on flickr. Pretty mesmerizing after a while. (It apparently takes some time to “warm up”.)
Welcome, again, to your Friday Links!
This week I decided to focus on a bunch of online flash artists. I’m a huge fan of folks like Joshua Davis and it’s been a while since I’ve seen anything like his work. So here goes. Note: you may need Shockwave and will definitely need Flash on these sites.
» Levitated.net: Gravity Index
Some really engaging flash art. Some of it reacts to your mouse, some just does its own thing. They’re all quite beautiful. Also see his “caustic painting”section.
Very abstract and based on interactions you make with it. I especially recommend the “reactive” section.
Speaking of Joshua Davis… After abandoning his ongoing “PrayStation” series of online workshops and works in progress, Davis switched gears and created this site, which showcases a dazzling array of very hard to describe interactive art pieces. The selections are pretty slim right now but they’re still interesting.
An application that “wanders the web, downloads random images and mixes them.” There are some pretty insane (and beautiful) results.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Wow… there went August! 🙂
Link tiiiiiime!!!! [siren!]
» Disturbing Auctions
[self explanatory] (200 Freeze-Dried Pork Chops?!)
» YongFook: Hong Kong Gotham
Described as “High Dynamic Range images of the new and old of Hong Kong,” these photos are breathtaking, and shot as a series of composite exposures for maximum dramatic effect. Very cool. It makes the city look strangely deserted.
[Note: the rest of that site is definitely also worth a read.]
You have a secret. You write it down on a postcard. You anonymously mail it to this guy. He posts it on his blog. Simple! He has even published a book!
» Diet Coke + Mentos = lookout!
Unreal! All of those videos make for highly addictive viewing. Plus check out their scientific research (no joke) With much thanx to Janet. Also see: this site.
Hope your September is amazing!
Yes! I am back! All refreshed from a much-needed vacation in Halifax.
Here are the linkages! This is a mostly all-request Friday links.
» Starbucks: The Magic Bean Shop
A map showing how many countries are involved in producing a cup of Starbucks coffee.
» 10,000 Reasons Civilization is Doomed
Sent in by Courteney
» Lego New York City
Exactly what it says. Cityscapes of NYC made entirely of Lego.
Sent in by Janet
» Paper CD Cases:
Enter album info. Submit, print, and fold into an elegant cover for your “summer jamz” mix. (yo?)
Sent in by Kent.
» Snakes On A Plane Voicemail Constructor
Bonus link – and one week late (sorry, vacation.)
Get Samuel L. to send a very specific message to friends and loved ones. Crazy promotion for a ridiculous (but entertaining) movie.
Happy almost-end-of-summer everyone. 🙂