December 8th, 2017

After today, there are only three more Fridays in 2017!

So let’s make it count people.

Here we go!

Tom Whitwell: 52 things I learned in 2017

Tom Whitwell: 52 things I learned in 2017That’s one thing a week!

“#25: Women are eight times more likely to ask Google if their husband is gay than if he is an alcoholic.”

Some really fascinating learnings here!

h/t kottke

Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy: Façades

Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy: Façades“While Gaudrillot-Roy’s original iterations of the series included deconstructed images of urban landscapes by day … his recent explorations highlight buildings whose exteriors are illuminated by one, or several street lights.”

This is kind of haunting. I like it.

Also featured on Collossal.

Tianjin Binhai Library in China

Tianjin Binhai Library in China“Dutch design firm MVRDV has completed the Tianjin Binhai Library in China. Made in collaboration with local architects TUPDI, the 34, 000 square meter space features an otherworldly spherical structure in the centre and mesmerizing undulating bookshelves. It can also hold up to 1.2 million books!”

This is beautiful!

Rush Rush Santa

Rush Rush SantaA pretty straightforward Xmas-themed side-scroller. Fun though!

Bonus Link!

Magnum and the Dying Art of Darkroom Printing

Magnum and the Dying Art of Darkroom Printingaka: How photo post-production worked for nearly a hundred years before Photoshop existed.

Amazing and quite intricate.

Also: This story of how one man managed to make his shed in the UK the #1 rated “restaurant” on TripAdvisor is awesome.

And now you’re all linked up everybody!

Have a lovely Friday. See you next week!

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December 1st, 2017 – Xmas Gift Guide Edition 🎁

Hello Friday Friends

Before I begin, yes there are the normal links in this email. But since it’s officially December (I can’t believe it’s December!), and in the US you’re finally past Black Friday / Cyber Monday craziness, we can share international Xmas gift guides.

Most media outlets have one:

In a different vein, I decided a few years ago I was going less gift-giving and more just-plain-old-giving. I urge you to research charities and services in your community who need monetary or personnel assistance, but not just during Xmas. Specifically through January, February and March when the weather is grosser and most people have already forgotten the cheery haze of the Xmas season.

And here are some online suggestions too:

For the UK:

And for my own city:

For whatever specific group of needy people or pets you wish to donate to, Charity Navigator is a helpful resource.

Finally, Syrian refugees most definitely still need assistance, so do the people of Puerto Rico. This has been a hell of a year, but we can also make a hell of a difference.

And now! To the links!

Michael Zavros: Paintings

Michael Zavros: Paintings

Let me say that again: “paintings”.

Meticulously hand-painted photo-realistic images. These are amazing.

Earther: Beneath Antarctica’s Sea Ice, Scientists Discover a Rapidly Changing World

Earther: Beneath Antarctica's Sea Ice, Scientists Discover a Rapidly Changing World

[self explanatory]

Beautiful. Fascinating.

Abby Sy

Abby Sy

“Passionate about both art and travel, Abbey is best known for her hand-lettering work and travel illustrations. She is also Founder and Creative Director of ABC Magazine, a magazine for artists, crafters, and makers.”

Her illustrations are lovely and inspired.

You can buy postcards of her work.

Christmas Furious

Christmas Furious

aka: Slow flappy bird with weird gravity.

Addictive!

Sent in by Mara L.

Bonus Link!

Leah Frances: American Squares

Leah Frances: American Squares

Ms. Frances is a photographer from Vancouver Island who seeks out images of remaining 1950s structures in America. It’s like an online time capsule. Definitely check out her Instagram and portfolio.

And there we go! Your December has officially begun.

Have a lovely Friday and an amazing weekend, everybody!

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November 24th, 2017

Happy Friday!

Just a note to say that online scams are extremely rampant this year. Please take a moment during the holidays to inform your family and loved ones about how to protect themselves from getting ripped off this season.

Seriously it’s beyond anything I’ve seen in previous years. That’s because the scams were most likely successful in the past.

With that said: Here are your Friday Links!

Thomas Houha Designs

Thomas Houha Designs

Mr. Houha makes beautiful, intricate models that are flat packed for you to build yourself at home.

These are beautiful.

Graph TV

Graph TV

Enter a TV show title and this tool will graph the ratings of every episode based on ratings data from IMDB.

This is a genius idea!

I notice it doesn’t catch several Netflix shows, so it may skew more towards traditional broadcasters. Still! Great idea.

Looking Glass Factory: Holoplayer One

Looking Glass Factory: Holoplayer One

A software and hardware suite for creating, lighting, and interacting with 3D holograms.

This feels very futuristic. Really well done.

Tower Man

Tower Man

Click to jump, click and hold to jump higher. Avoid rotating saws. Go!

Surrrrre you can. This frustrating game is like Flappy Bird but… now with rotating saws.

Sent in by Alexis S. (Who hates it, but is addicted.)

Bonus Link!

Celebrity Perv Apology Generator

Celebrity Perv Apology Generator

This is where we are, in 2017.

In light of this horrible string of sexual assaults coming to light (at last,) here’s a semi-handy tool for “not all men”.

It’s not funny. None of this is funny. But if this shines even more of a light on the ongoing sexual assaults being uncovered on a daily basis: good.

(Also: when will someone build the Trump Russia Denial Generator?)

I hope your Friday is excellent. And for my American friends, I hope your thanksgiving was full of food, and decidedly not full of political discomfort.

See you next week!

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November 17th, 2017

We made it you guys! Friday! High fiiive.

Your reward: some links.

From Scraps

From Scraps

“I’ve been collecting scraps for a very long time. I turn them into very small objects that hold distinct memories.”

These are delightful.

Geode Generative Jigsaw Puzzles by Nervous System

Geode Generative Jigsaw Puzzles by Nervous System

Because Xmas is right around the corner.

These look both beautiful and exceedingly difficult.

Available for (expensive!) purchase here.

Tony Wu: Marine Life Photographer

Tony Wu: Marine Life Photographer

(Among other wildlife.)

These photos of humpback whales in Tonga are gorgeous.

He was nominated Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2017, winning in the “Behaviour: Mammals” category.

Prints are available for purchase.

Try. Die. Repeat.

Try. Die. Repeat.

You basically have to use the dead bodies of your previous attempts to complete sections of the levels.

Morbid but cool.

Bonus Link!

Make Trump Tweets Eight Again!!

Make Trump Tweets Eight Again!!

“We made a browser extension that converts Trump’s Tweets into their rightful state: a child’s scribble.”

Created by The Daily Show. I think this may actually be an essential browser extension in 2017. (And beyond?)

Sent along by Laura S.

I hope you are having a wonderful Friday everybody.

See you next week!

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November 10th, 2017

Happy Friday!

And where I live, it’s definitely Autumn weather.

Let’s look at some cool links…

Levon Biss

Levon Biss

Mr. Biss is a photographer who specializes in, among other topics, high resolution macro photography of arthropods. (Insects. Bugs. Creepycrawlies.)

His work is astonishingly vibrant.

He’s featured in a new book titled “Micro Sculpture” which is out now. Beautiful work.

Re:Scam

Re:Scam

“I’m an artificially intelligent email bot, made to reply to scam emails.”

Did you receive yet another (!) Nigerian scam message? Forward it to me@rescam.org and an A.I. will engage with the scammer for a lengthy back and forth that leads nowhere.

They feature some examples and claim it’s been somewhat effective.

Not a bad idea!

Andrew Waits: Boom City

Andrew Waits: Boom City

A selection of fireworks photographed in cross-section.

Kind of beautiful.

Pomg

Pomg

It’s Pong, but you play as the actual ball, trying to get into the goal of one of the paddles. You hit the spacebar as often as possible to change the angle the ball goes in. It is challenging! I loved it though.

Sent in by Erin W.

Bonus Link!

Enhancenet

Enhancenet

This is a dryly-written whitepaper on a method of de-pixelating and de-blurring images.

The results are pretty impressive!

And those have been your Friday Links!

Stay warm and dry out there!

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November 3rd, 2017

Welcome to November!

Unbelievable. Almost US Thanksgiving and then almost Xmas. So fast.

And now! The links!

NASA’s Carved Hallowe’en Pumpkins

NASA's Carved Hallowe'en Pumpkins

And we do mean “Carved”. Holy crap these are amazing.

Color by Klimbim

Color by Klimbim

Russian nobility portraits from the 1890s through the 1910s, colourized by “Klimbim”.

I’m loving the advances in custom photo colourization in the past several years. They look amazing.

Syrian artist and architect builds suitcase dioramas of homes refugees left behind

Syrian artist and architect builds suitcase dioramas of homes refugees left behind

“These are some of the harrowing scenes out of Syria, where conflict and civil war over the past six years have cost millions of people their homes, livelihoods, and, for many, their lives.”

In a suitcase, as a diorama.

These are (predictably) heartbreaking.

Infinity: To The Top

Infinity: To The Top

A relentless little arcade shooter. I suck at this, but you might not.

Sent in by Amanda C.

Bonus Link!

Anime Floppy Disks

Anime Floppy Disks

I know: “What’s a floppy disk?” 🙂

An odd little site. Note: sometimes also CD’s (I know: “What’s a CD?”)

Have a great Friday and a great Weekend everybody.

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October 27th, 2017

Today is Friday.

Today we also bid farewell to all the Fridays in October. Good job everybody!!

And now: linkages…es….

Where ‘La La Land’ was shot in L.A., scene by scene

Where ‘La La Land’ was shot in L.A., scene by scene

If you’re a fan of the film, and especially if you’re in L.A., this is pretty cool.

Sent in by Traci T.

Photographer Spends Eternity Waiting For Museum Visitors To Match Artworks And The Result Is Worth The Wait

Photographer Spends Eternity Waiting For Museum Visitors To Match Artworks And The Result Is Worth The Wait

Despite the long-winded click-bait-y title, this is a pretty great little find.

Similar, but yet different from the “Gallery Doppelgangers” from a couple weeks back.

Suggested by Scott D.

Should I Work For Free?

Should I Work For Free?

A helpful (?) flowchart. Way more options here than I was expecting.

The 100 Meter Scroll

The 100 Meter Scroll

Note: You need a mouse with a scroll wheel.

A little “exhausting” (in a first-world-problems kinda way.) 🙂

Bonus Link!

_estebandiacono

_estebandiacono

Mr. Diacono (from Buenos Aires) creates some pretty amazing 3D generated models and animations. His latex face-punch loop has been making the rounds, but his other works are definitely worth a look.

These have been your Friday Links, for Friday, October 27th, 2017.

Have a lovely Autumn weekend everybody. And Happy Hallowe’en!

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October 20th, 2017

Happy Friday everybody!

One more week to Hallowe’en! ooOOOOOoooo…

And now: some links.

Gastaloops

Gastaloops

“It started as a small project, just to try a set up in After Effects.

“But it grew and probably outgrown out of my best expectations.”

These are wonderful.

Noni Noni

Noni Noni

You draw things, and this interface identifies and renders it into an image.

It also does letters.

Pretty cool!

Conor Nickerson: Childhood

Conor Nickerson: Childhood

“Myself hanging out with myself, c. 1997-2005.”

Conor Nickerson photoshops his adult self into snapshots of himself as a child, sometimes wearing similar clothes.

This is really well done, and making the rounds.

Super Hot Pellet Muncher 2000

Super Hot Pellet Muncher 2000

A weird adaptation of Pac Man. Everything moves only when you move, and it moves a lot faster than the original. A little challenging to get good at, but definitely addictive.

Bonus Link!

Travel Scratcher

Travel Scratcher

A wall map which is covered by scratchable gold foil, so you can scratch off the countries you’ve visited.

An ingenious, if messy, idea.

An extra thing I wanted to include was this episode of the “Hurry Slowly” podcast on RadioPublic.com. It’s an interview with Jason Fried, the founder and CEO of Basecamp, and the discussion covers a lot of extremely important points related to how we work, how much we work, and how to balance our work with a health, content life. It’s one of the most interesting conversations I’ve heard on the subject. People who know me know I work a lot, and usually for very long hours. This is the kind of discussion that could save your life. I found it really insightful.

And there we go! All Friday Linked Up!

Have a great Friday, a great weekend, and see you in seven days.

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October 13th, 2017

Friday…

…the thirteenth! [orchestra!]

And time for your Friday Links!

Native-Land.ca

Native-Land.ca

“Native-Land.ca is a resource to help North Americans learn more about their local history.”

Note: this can take a little time to load, but it’s impressive.

First nations tribe information overlaid on a Google map of North America. Start with just territories.

You can include overlays for certain treaties, and first nation languages, or you can select just one and investigate its history, culture, languages, etc.

This has clearly taken some significant effort. Well done.

Eiko Mori: Toast Art

Eiko Mori: Toast Art

“Eiko Mori Food Coordinator / Cooker / iPhone 7 / Kobe / JAPAN”

These are just delightful! She’s currently on a Hallowe’en kick and it is amazing.

If Dr. Seuss Books Were Titled According to Their Subtexts

If Dr. Seuss Books Were Titled According to Their Subtexts

Funny / concise

Universal Paperclips

Universal Paperclips

Your role is to be an A.I. with simple controls that lets you figure out the market for manufacturing and selling paperclips.

It’s hard to explain but I found it extremely addictive. It’s not really a game. More like an economic simulation? I guess.

It’s interesting.

It’s surprisingly making the rounds.

And that’s what Iive got.

Happy Friday everybody!

See you in a week.

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October 6th, 2017

Happy Friday! I can’t believe it’s already here again.

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

And now: links!

The Nib: This Comic From 1990 Accidentally Predicted Trump’s Wall

The Nib: This Comic From 1990 Accidentally Predicted Trump’s Wall

Crazily prescient! Amazing. And on top of that, a pretty great piece of work. From a July 1990 issue of Heavy Metal Magazine.

2017 Fall Foliage Map

2017 Fall Foliage Map

For the continental US only. Hmph.

Great idea though!

I could only find an Ontario map for Canada. It’s pretty well done though.

JustPano: Where Is Waldo? 360-degree Version

JustPano: Where Is Waldo? 360-degree Version

Oof that hurts my eyes. But it’s a fun variation on the puzzle. 🙂

Super Mario Icy Tower

Super Mario Icy Tower

…winter is coming…

Surprisingly challenging. Also note: this was not created or endorsed by Nintendo (“Softendo”?!) so it may not last long.

Fun!

Bonus Link!

Things More Heavily Regulated Than Buying A Gun In The United States

Things More Heavily Regulated Than Buying A Gun In The United States

McSweeney’s strikes again. Written by Sarah Hutto

[self frikkin’ explanatory] Ugh!

And there we go. Allll Friday’d up!

Have a great (long?) weekend everybody!

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