August 10th, 2018

Welcome to your Friday Links.

I hope it’s not too hot where you are. Or too flooded. Etc. My city got both in the past few days. Yikes.

Here we go…

Lucy Sparrow

Lucy Sparrow

“In May 2017, Lucy undertook her first solo show in the US, opening The Convenience Store, a New York bodega stocked with 9,000 felted artworks. Scheduled to run for a month, the store was an instant hit, selling out in just over two weeks to a constant stream of art lovers, most of whom had queued for an hour to visit the store.”

She hand-creates each item out of felt. These are amazing.

Her official website had hit bandwidth limits when I found this, but it’s also worth a look.

Guessmoji

Guessmoji

You guess film titles based on the emoji you’re presented with.

I got pretty far but they become really difficult really quickly.

Sol Coffee

Sol Coffee

“This innovative mobile architectural experience is built from an upcycled 1979 Toyota camper truck powered by onboard solar energy.

“As a direct service mobile unit we are available for special events, catering, festivals, farmer markets, and street locations throughout Colorado.”

I wonder if they’ll get into franchising. This is a pretty great idea.

Bango.io

Bango.io

A multi-player soccer game.

Super fun! Very challenging.

And that’s that! Friday Links: accomplished!

Have a great (moderately temperate, dry) weekend everybody.

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August 3rd, 2018

Welcome to your Friday Links.

I hope your August is already off to a smashing start.

Let’s begin!

HeyJackass!

HeyJackass!

A site that meticulously documents and analyses gun crime in the city of Chicago.

This was brought to my attention in light of rising gun crime in my own city of Toronto. We definitely still have a ways to go before we’re a contender for this level of gun crime insanity. (Note: Chicago and Toronto are cities of approximately equal size and population.)

philip barlow

philip barlow

Note: these are paintings. Made by hand.

Really beautiful, expressive works.

McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were so Much Better than we Realised

McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were so Much Better than we Realised

These were effectively medium-HD images, created and digitized from space in 1966.

This recovery effort is astounding.

The recovered, super hi-res versions are available at the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project.

Running Round

Running Round

Simple. You’re a box. You are running on top of a circle. Jump over gaps. Avoid obstacles.

Simple…. 😉

Bonus Link!

Female Money

Female Money

(ssssort of.)

Created by Noora Schroderus who creates other stuff too.

These have been your Friday Links, your weekly dose of tolerable, non-aggravating Internet.

See you next week!

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July 27th, 2018

We have arrived… at Friday.

And it’s the last one of July 2018. That felt way too fast.

Here… are your links…

Evan Leeson (ecstaticist)

Evan Leeson (ecstaticist)

Mr. Leeson’s nature photography is gorgeous.

He plays with light via dew that’s condensed on the plants he photographs. Really interesting effect.

Sleep Science: In the Era of Screens, Rest is Crucial

Sleep Science: In the Era of Screens, Rest is Crucial

This is an incredible read which I thought was worth sharing.

Nearly everybody I know is having rough sleep this year – I mean: 2018 right? – so this seems to be a timely article.

The CIA’s Simple Sabotage Field Manual

The CIA's Simple Sabotage Field Manual

From 1948. Declassified some time in the 1980s.

These guys were assholes. 🙂 Lots of sneaky, frustrating ways to cause strategic damage to your opponents’ plans.

Full text is available at Project Gutenberg. It’s an interesting read.

Orbity.io

Orbity.io

“An online multiplayer orbiting simulation.”

This is a very challenging game. The goal is to launch from the earth into a stable orbit for as long as possible. That is not easy at all. I keep running out of fuel. You only have a small number of controls and there’s a lot to crash into.

Still: fun!

Bonus Link!

They Fight Crime!

They Fight Crime!

“He’s a suave pirate boxer living undercover at Ringling Bros. Circus. She’s a plucky hip-hop Valkyrie from Mars. They fight crime!”

An odd little single-use website.

Sent in by Ashy T.

And this concludes the Friday Links for July 2018.

Have a lovely weekend, everybody.

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July 20th, 2018

Welcome back to Friday!

Are you ready? I’m ready!

Let’s go!!

Below The Surface Amsterdam

Below The Surface Amsterdam

“Along the banks of the Amstel, at its mouth in the IJ, a small trading port originated about 800 years ago. At Damrak and Rokin in the city centre, archaeologists had a chance to physically access the riverbed, thanks to the excavations for the massive infrastructure project of the North/South metro line between 2003 and 2012.”

This is a really comprehensive website documenting allllll the stuff they found when they dredged the River Amstel.

I find this fascinating.

It’s making the rounds. It’s worth it.

Road Trip

Road Trip

“This app will read to you about the places and points of interest you drive by.”

As you drive, as long as you have location turned on, and an active network connection, this app will ready from wikipedia entries found

in my case (at my office, not driving) it decided to tell me about The West Mall, a Toronto neighborhood.

You can skip ahead. It seems to primarily talk about geographic locations, not necessarily pop culture or historical topics.

But it’s also pretty new. I love this idea.

Random Object Generator | Science Museum Group Collection

Random Object Generator | Science Museum Group Collection

[self explanatory]

It updates every 10 seconds. It really is “random”, too.

Microbe Chain

Microbe Chain

Basically: keep your little microbe inside the circle.

It gets pretty difficult. There are also “power-ups”, not all of which are beneficial.

Bonus Link!

badly photoshopped timmy

badly photoshopped timmy

“turns out Timothée Chalamet has been an inspiration to artists as far back as da Vinci”

Odd. But I like it!

It’s apparently blowing up also. Yay! (Yay?)

Happy Friday everybody!

See you next week.

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July 13th, 2018

Well helloooooo Friday! (…the thirteenth!!) [orchestra]

And welcome, to your Friday Links!

It’s another hot one where I live. Get ready.

Here we go…

Papermau

Papermau

This is a blog that documents paper models used in dioramas.

Some of them are quite intricate.

I wish I had this kind of time available to me. 🙂

Torn Apart / Separados

Torn Apart / Separados

“A rapidly deployed critical data & visualization intervention in the USA’s 2018 “Zero Tolerance Policy” for asylum seekers at the US Ports of Entry and the humanitarian crisis that has followed.”

A pretty comprehensive data visualization of the chaotic “zero tolerance” immigration policy currently in place by the US governement.

The credits are worth a look for a breakdown of how this all came together.

Mini Strandbeest Assembly Kit

Mini Strandbeest Assembly Kit

This is a model kit you can build in your own home.

What’s a strandbeest? Here.

2048 Solitaire

2048 Solitaire

The number matching of 2048 with the card stacking of solitaire.

I like it, and I’m also currently terrible at it.

There are mobile versions. You’re welcome.

And that’s what I’ve got. That’s it. Done. Kaput!

Well… for this week anyway.

Have a lovely Friday, and a spectacular weekend.

See you in seven days.

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July 6th, 2018

Welcome back to Friday!

I know we’re done with all the fireworks etc., but what the hell: set some off anyway this weekend!

But first! Some links.

librairie_mollat

librairie_mollatThis independent library in Bordeaux started photographing their staff and other people matching up book covers with their faces.

Much like the “sleeveface” epidemic of a few years back using LP covers (covered here a few times.)

It’s pretty great!

h/t: Colossal.

Dead Coins

Dead Coins“A Complete List of ICO Exit Scams & Extinct Coins”

800 and counting. (Probably even more by the time I publish this entry.)

I was not aware of just how many scam bitcoin knock-offs there were. Crazy!

Faces Of Auschwitz

Faces Of Auschwitz“The goal of the project is to honor the memory and lives of Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoners by colorizing registration photographs culled from the museum’s archive and sharing individual stories of those whose faces were photographed.”

Colorization really does make things feel more present, more recent.

This is an important project.

h/t: Nag On The Lake.

Traffic Car Racing

Traffic Car Racing

A little clumsy in its design but it’s certainly a challenging game.

Avoid cars (duh), collect orbs.

Sent in by Amy S.

Bonus Link!

Daily Itinerary Of The Killer In A Slasher Movie

Daily Itinerary Of The Killer In A Slasher Movie

“10:07 PM— I follow a couple of teenagers from the camp into woods. I know what they’re up to and I DON’T LIKE IT.”

And there we go. Links! On a Friday!

I hope your (not long) weekend is fantastic.

Happy July!

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June 29th, 2018

Happy Friday!

And where I live, it’s a long weekend. Hooray!

And now it’s time for some links.

Calligraphr

Calligraphr

“Transform your handwriting or calligraphy into a font!”

Pretty great. There have been other variants on this functionality previously, but nowhere near as well-designed.

Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale)

Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale)

“DESCRIPTION: 5 tons of plastic waste pulled out of the Pacific Ocean, turned into a 4 story tall whale for the 2018 Bruges Triennial – a reminder of the 150,000,000 tons of plastic waste still swimming in our waters”

This is quite the creation! Beautiful, daunting, depressing.

kiszkiloszki

kiszkiloszki

“Hello! I create short animations about my true love to the mankind. My name is Kajetan Obarski and I’m a deadly serious person.”

These are reminiscent of Monty Python. Quite well done. Funny!

Unstable

Unstable

A very much 8-bit inspired platformer. Someone should make this into a cartridge for Atari 2600! 😉

I liked it. It’s fast!

Bonus Link!

Click For Corgi

Click For Corgi

Click button. Get picture of Corgi. Repeat!

Especially these days: Why the hell not? You bet: click for friggin’ Corgi!

A single-use website. Sent in by Stella H.

Have a lovely Friday and a wonderful (long?) weeekend.

See you next time.

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June 22nd, 2018

Welcome to Friday, everybody. To your right you’ll see we now have Summer in our showroom…

Let’s begin…

Megan Alessio

Megan Alessio

Among the many clever things Ms. Alessio creates are really life-like depictions of customers’ dogs.

She has a knack for making them appear quite real. They look awesome.

Etsy available here

h/t BoredPanda.

Couchmates

Couchmates

“Turn your roommates into on-demand couriers so you don’t have to leave your couch.”

Is this the zenith of the gig economy? 🙂

Site created by Burrow, a couch manufacturing company.

I like it!

AdWeek: These Shameless Cocaine Ads Prove the ’70s Were a Hell of a Time to Be Alive

AdWeek: These Shameless Cocaine Ads Prove the ’70s Were a Hell of a Time to Be Alive

Some 100% crrrrrazy print ads for genuine cocaine-use-related products.

Kinetikz

Kinetikz

A simple (?) game where you shoot “discs” at a “puck” to get it into a target.

Not the best looking game, but it is challenging.

Sent in by Carla S.

Bonus Link!

Inside the facility where Kodak brings film back to life

Inside the facility where Kodak brings film back to life

[self explanatory]

Nutshell: Kodak will again start producing Ektachrome slide film (!) later in 2018.

I for one am very excited.

Have a great, great weekend, Friday peoples.

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June 15th, 2018

Welcome to the last Friday in Autumn, 2018.

We’re halfway through the year everybody!! We made it! U! S! A!

[adjusts tie]

And now, the links…

Ancient Earth

Ancient Earth

A 3D globe of planet earth with the ability to see what its oceans and land masses looked like long, long ago (like: hundreds of millions of years ago.)

Bonus: you can look up your own address and it will approximately place it wherever that was those millions of years ago.

Pretty cool!

The Kinetic Wood Sculptor

The Kinetic Wood Sculptor

“David Roy’s kinetic wood sculptures are a symphony of movement.”

These creations are quite stunning. I love it.

They’re also (expectedly) quite expensive. Online store available here.

Awkward Family Portraits of Yesteryear

Awkward Family Portraits of Yesteryear

[self explanatory]

Uuuugh.

Ricky BerPong

Ricky BerPong

“Game I made based on a video from Ricky Berwick. He’s going to put it up on his new website soon.

“Pretty buggy cause I made it pretty quick.”

I’m pretty sure he means this video.

This game takes a lot of your CPU but it’s a fun / weird port of the original Pong game.

And that’s that. Friday Links! Wrapped for Autumn.

See you next Friday.

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June 8th, 2018

Happy Friday.

What a week! We could probably say that every single week.

It’s links time! Let’s go!! Exclamation points!!!

Kyle Lambert: Toy Shining

Kyle Lambert: Toy Shining

“After the release of Toy Story 3, I came up with the idea of using PIXAR characters to tell other stories. My friend and Pixar director, Lee Unkrich, is a big fan of Stanley Kubrick’s movie The Shining, so I thought this would be a perfect place to start.”

His artwork is spot on. Fantastic.

Scribit

Scribit

“The world’s first write & erase robot”

It draws custom artwork on your wall.

Well… when it’s finally created. It’s currently a kickstarter that over-met its goal. We’ll see if it comes out.

I love the idea though.

Broken Chains

Broken Chains

“Seeking out the restaurant and retail chains thought long-gone”

Defunct restaurant chains, primarily from the 1960s – 1980s.

Clancy’s looked like a cool little place.

Tough Growth

Tough Growth

You are a box.

The goal is to surround a smaller box, and grow.

Repeat until you consume all the boxes. And don’t get shot.

Good luck.

These have been your Friday Links.

Now get out there and enjoy your weekend everybody!

See you next… Friday? Maybe?

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