September 6th, 2019

Welcome back!

Second last Friday of Summer 2019. (Or for you southern-hemis: Winter 2019.)

So fast.

At least we have these links to get us through it! Let’s go!

GoodAfterNine: Rings

GoodAfterNine: Rings

Beautifully rendered rings with animal faces, most notably birds.

Really lovely.

R2bEEaton’s Phonetic Reverser

R2bEEaton's Phonetic Reverser

“When we say “phonetic reverser” we mean that rather than simply reversing the order of letters, we show you exactly how to pronounce something backwards.”

What an odd, but entertaining tool.

There’s also a YouTube video describing the development process of this… thing. Interesting!

Nailing jelly to a wall: is it possible?

Nailing jelly to a wall: is it possible?

“In this experiment I attempt to establish, one way or the other, the validity of the old proverb.”

This is quite old, but I find it fascinating.

Incremental Memory

Incremental Memory

A fast-paced memory game. You are shown a series of boxes for a brief amount of time and must correctly select their location.

It ramps up pretty quickly.

Extremely challenging!

And that is that! Done! Kaput!

Have a great Friday everybody! Thanks for reading along at home / work / wherever.

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August 30th, 2019

It’s Friday!

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

And it’s sunny! And warm!

And Friday!

OK let’s go…

AnalyzeWords

AnalyzeWords

“AnalyzeWords helps reveal your personality by looking at how you use words. It is based on good scientific research connecting word use to who people are.”

Specifically your Twitter words.

Star Trek Motion Stabilized

Star Trek Motion Stabilized

“When the USS Enterprise was hit with an enemy attack, it would rock the entire starship, throwing crew members over equipment and to the floor. Most people know the effect on the old Star Trek television series didn’t have the budget to put the set on a shaker, and the old school movie magic effect was created simply by shaking the camera and have the actors throw themselves around the set as if the room was in sudden movement.”

I mean it’s funny, but also (to me) shows the physicality that the performances required to sell the whole thing.

It may be cheesy, but it works.

Mapgen4

Mapgen4

“Paint mountains, valleys, and oceans on the map! It will simulate evaporation, wind, and rainfall to determine biomes and rivers.”

Sort of rudimentary output but still pretty fun. And it runs in your browser!

Pocket Pilot

Pocket Pilot

A fun, early-80s style shooter.

I like it!

That’s what I’ve got for you.

Have a great (long?) weekend.

See you next Friiiiiiday!

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August 23rd, 2019

It is Friday at last.

And only one more left in August already. How did that happen?

Are you ready?

Okay!

Kirsty Elson

Kirsty Elson

“Unique driftwood sculptures, created in Cornwall”

Delightful tiny dioramas made of items found by the seashore.

Sent in by Julia M.

Found: A Stash of Mystical Charms and Amulets in Pompeii

Found: A Stash of Mystical Charms and Amulets in Pompeii

“It’s really a remarkable discovery,” says Drew Wilburn of Oberlin College, a specialist in the ancient Roman practice of magic. “Finding magic and evidence of the practice of rituals like this, it’s pretty uncommon.”

From Atlas Obscura of course.

Caution: graphic desriptions of earthquake death.

Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music

Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music

Can’t tell your breakbeat from your tech house? Now you can.

Works a lot like Google Maps, but for electronic music.

Zoom in to a particular genre and click on a segment. An example track will play.

Exhaustive and well made.

One Tap Quest

One Tap Quest

Carefully time your click, and hope your little dude makes it across the playing field.

The tension can be quite something.

And there we go!

Enjoy you nearly-last August Friday.

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August 16th, 2019

I’m so glad it’s Friday!

And there are these links to share!

Let’s go.

Dan Marker-Moore: Eclipse

Dan Marker-Moore: Eclipse

This is the total solar eclipse on July 2nd, 2019 near Santiago, Chile.

Mr. Marker-Moore is a photographer and cinematographer based out of Los Angeles.

Prints are of course available.

There’s also a link to how he achieved these shots.

So good.

The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project

“The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

This is an important series of essays which discuss the historical “long tail” of racism in American society, politics, policy, etc.. Really well presented also.

Sent in by several subscribers. Thank you.

McSweeney’s: Critically Acclaimed Horror Film of the 2010s or Your Ph.D. Program?

McSweeney's: Critically Acclaimed Horror Film of the 2010s or Your Ph.D. Program?

Expertly written by Erica Vause.

VoxelBot

VoxelBot

Think “Q-Bert”, but in a more pastel palette.

And that is that, y’all. (“Y’all”?!)

See you next week!

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August 9th, 2019

Oh hey Hiiiii Friday!

Good to see you. Let’s go!

Touch This Art: The Nautilus

Touch This Art: The Nautilus

“The Nautilus is a constellation of 95 interactive poles that are activated by touch. Passersby are invited to engage with the immersive space or observe others’ interactions from its central enclosure.”

Located in NYC’s Seaport District

MORPH: Robotic Sculpture

MORPH: Robotic Sculpture

“MORPH is a modular and kinetic interactive installation that reaches beyond two-dimensional pixels and embodies three-dimensional information.”

An intereting little piece of interactive art. A ton of tech went into this. Really impressive.

One of many such interesting creations from Mindbuffer.

Yael Kirav: Conductive Origami

Yael Kirav: Conductive Origami

“A series of lighting fixtures that are produced using 3D printing directly onto textiles. Stiff printing on canvas allows creating complex fixtures. When the printed material conducts electricity, the tangent points created by the wisdom of origami folding, produce a new opportunity – lighting the fixture by shrinking and stretching the structure.”

Yael Akirav is an Industrial Designer based in Jerusalem.

Hex Blaster

Hex Blaster

It’s breakout, but with bouncing and sequences and points and… I really find it addictive.

Not a mobile game, but probably should be. Super fun!

Therrrrre we go. Links. Friday. Friday links!

See you next week everybody!

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August 2nd, 2019

Hooray for Friday!

It’s here again! yay.

And now some linkages… es.

Snack Packaging Turned Into Amazing Art

Snack Packaging Turned Into Amazing Art

This is the work of a Kobe-based art student named “Harukiru“.

It’s really quite something. He completely transforms these packages into intricate, beautiful, often whimsical sculptures.

Somewhat making the rounds. Excellent work.

Dog Photographer Of The Year Winners (UK) 2019

Dog Photographer Of The Year Winners (UK) 2019

[self explanatory]

See also (unrelated / but similar): Ravi Zupa: Dog Posters and Matchboxes

So good!

Poolside.fm

Poolside.fm

An odd little retro-90s experience in your browser.

It presents a mid-90s computer desktop interface and streams audio and videos from that era with a tv scan-line filter on it.

Sent along by Kate S. I like it!

Cub ‘n Pup

Cub 'n Pup

“Drag cub to the star”

Starts off simple, then clever, then… uh… challenging.

Sent along by James F.

Have a great (long?) weekend everybody.

See you in a week.

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July 26th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And where I live: it’s hot!

Let’s get started…

Diary Wheel

Diary Wheel

A somewhat odd little… thing that creates a tiny diary based on a series of randomized interactions.

Suggested by Tara P.

Trennd.co

Trennd.co

“Trennd surfaces rapidly growing google search topics – so you can find the next big thing!”

As of this writing, Stranger Things, the Women’s World Cup and the 2019 Cricket World Cup were all top trending (3 month.)

Dazzling Color Photos of the Legendary Romanov Costume Ball of 1903

Dazzling Color Photos of the Legendary Romanov Costume Ball of 1903

Some pretty excellent portrait photography from the era, colourized by Olga Shirnina, who has colourized several other things as well.

I love that the quality of this work keeps improving. It’s mind-blowing.

Boink!

Boink!

This is a two-player game.

Left side player uses wasd, right player uses keyboard arrows. You want to knock your opponent out of the ring.

It’s fun and funny.

Soooooo there you go! Links! For your Friday.

Stay cool out there everybody. See you in a week.

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July 19th, 2019

It is finally Friday and you guys we made it!

Fantastic. Good job everybody.

Let’s go!

AI Portraits ARS

AI Portraits ARS

“AI Portraits Ars is able to paint portraits in real time at 4k resolution. You will find yourself in front of a mirror and feel thousands Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Titian portraying you moment after moment.”

Never mind this whole Faceapp thing (especially with its glaring privacy concerns,) this app takes your photo and renders it in the style of a legendary art master.

It definitely takes some time, but the results are pretty startling. It’s also becoming “a thing” and its servers are frequently overwhelmed.

upcomingbinge

upcomingbinge

“Your Reference For Upcoming Movies, TV Series And Games. Release Dates, Trailers, IMDb, Platforms, Genres, Description, etc.”

As of this writing the TV show “For All Mankind” is the highest rated upcoming TV show. I’m in!

Cleverly designed. I like it.

Lost New York

Lost New York

A gallery of artworks depicting New York restaurants, diners, etc. which have closed.

Created by NYC artist Yen Ha. Some strikingly beautiful work here.

Hexel

Hexel

This is an odd little “1024”-like game. You move dots within a hexagon until they join together. It’s not immediately obvious how to do this, but it kind of feels natural, and somewhat meditative to play.

Sent in by Karen F.

And that’s that. Friday! Linked!

See you next week everyone.

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July 12th, 2019

Well howdy Friday folks!

It’s link time!

doodle.place

doodle.place

Create a new doodle, draw it, submit it, name it, and it gets animated in a weird vector-graphics 3d landscape.

A weird, joyful little time waster.

Mandelbrot Set Explorer

Mandelbrot Set Explorer

An in-browser Mandelbrot fractal geometry explorer.

Each time you zoom in, your CPU is performing some pretty excellent mathematics.

50 Facts About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing for Its 50th Anniversary

50 Facts About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing for Its 50th Anniversary

My favourite: Michael Collins designed the Apollo 11 insignia. I had no idea. Collins remains my favourite unsung astronaut.

Mutilate-A-Doll 2

Mutilate-A-Doll 2

“Welcome to MAD2, a physics sandbox with over 1500 items for building, destroying, or of course mutilating ragdolls.”

Cathartic. Watch out because it will eat up your computer’s CPU. (Lots of calculations to imitate the physics.)

That, sadly, is that.

Have a fantastic Friday everybody! Whuhoo!

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July 5th, 2019

Hey it’s Friday!

Short week = fast week. Yay!

And now, to the links!

Delicate, Miniature Sculptures Made From Dandelion Seeds by (euglena)

Delicate, Miniature Sculptures Made From Dandelion Seeds by (euglena)

For real. Dandelion seeds. Crazy!

More of euglena’s works here.

Ableton: Learning Synths

Ableton: Learning Synths

“On this website, you’ll learn the basics of using synthesizers (or synths). No prior experience or equipment is required; you’ll do everything right here in your browser.”

I find this extremely cool.

Costello’s 500

Costello's 500

“From Abba to Zamballarana, and from Mozart to Eminem, one of rock’s finest talents has identified 500 albums essential to a happy life. It was a long, tortuous undertaking, but the man knows music—and his aim is true”

From 2013, but still relevant.

See also: Christopher Nolan’s favourite movies.

Mix Shapes

Mix Shapes

“Fit as many shapes as you can”

Sounds easy!

Similar shapes, if they touch, will be removed.

It’s definitely challenging!

And finally there’s this investigative report on the accuracy of the Domino’s Pizza Tracker. It’s funny, but also pretty rigorous.

Have a lovely Friday!

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