May 1st, 2020

Happy Friday everybody!

You guys we did it! Friday!

I hope you are all doing well. Staying safe. Staying healthy.

And now: some Friday Links!

Akinbeat

Akinbeat

“Show me music artists similar to…”

This works shockingly well. I gave it some pretty obscure artists and it correctly came back with a huge playlist of similar-sounding other artists. Sometimes via genre, sometimes artists from the same record label, who collaborated with the same producers, etc.

Pictured is my search for artists similar to Daniel Caesar. Not bad.

Well done.

Kevin Kelly: 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice

Kevin Kelly: 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice

These are dynamite.

Somewhat making the rounds. Some genuinely valuable suggestions here.

Wealth, shown to scale

Wealth, shown to scale

All you have to do is scroll to the right, and then gradually become shocked, depressed, and eventually enraged.

Covid Blaster

Covid Blaster

A purposely impossible arcade shooter. 🙂 If you don’t shoot the little corona viruses fast enough, they multiply exponentially.

Super frustrating!

Wash your hands 🙂

And that’s that! Fridayyyyyyy!!!

Have a great weekend everybody. Stay safe!!

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April 24th, 2020

Well Happy Friday there folks!

Here we are! We made it. Friday!

And it’s link time. Here we go…

How to make pizza like a Neapolitan master

How to make pizza like a Neapolitan master

Since everybody’s sheltering in place at home and working on their sourdough, I thought this was definitely worth sharing. It’s been sent to me a few times in the past few days and I find it to be a thoughtful, fun description of every step of making any pizza, not just this particular kind.

Where’s Waldo? Corona Virus Edition

Where’s Waldo? Corona Virus Edition

[self explanatory]

Adorable. Sad.

He’s wearing a mask though!

Seinfeld Adventure

Seinfeld Adventure

“The ‘90s were ripe for video game cash-ins on popular franchises. In this game we imagine, ‘What if there was an official Seinfeld point-and-click adventure game that was never released?'”

This is merely the pitch for the game. I don’t know that I would actually ever play this game should it ever come to be, but it’s a funny idea.

Melt

Melt

A basic arcade platformer. You are a candle. When you move, your flame decreases. Shoot at nearby flames to refresh.

I am absolutely terrible at this game but it’s still super entertaining.

Sent in by Barb F.

Ta daaaaaa! Friday links!

I hope you’re all doing well. Have a great weekend! Stay safe!

See you next Friday.

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April 17th, 2020

Well hello Friday people.

We made it. For me that was a “short” week but it was still packed. Hopefully your week was good.

And now! It’s link time…

33 Moments Where Friends, Family, And Total Strangers Had Each Other’s Backs In This Pandemic

33 Moments Where Friends, Family, And Total Strangers Had Each Other's Backs In This Pandemic

[Self explanatory.]

Sent in by several subscribers.

Bimble Space: Spirograph

Bimble Space: Spirograph

I really like this particular version. You can set a bunch of values and just watch it, or you can race through and see an artform come together.

Sent along by Alexis S.

Everywhere School

Everywhere School

For those of you home-schooling / temp teaching your kids at home, this website offers daily live streams about a variety of topics.

Super, super informative. I don’t go to school and I find a lot of these to be interesting, enlightening and fun.

Highly recommended.

Sent in by Ashy T.

Oily

Oily

Move. Cover objects to consume them. Your little character grows.

Grow to the very specific shape of the exit to continue.

More challenging than it looks. Even early on. Not straightforward. But in a good way!

And that’s that! Friday Links! DONE!

Please stay safe. See that was one more week done! We can do it.

See you hopefully next Friday.

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April 10th, 2020

Well hello Friday folks!!

We made it! Again! Whuhoo!

I know that could get repetitive, but for as long as we do keep making it back to Friday, I will remain excited about it.

And where I live, it’s a long weekend. (whatever the heck that means anymore.)

Okay let’s begin!

Kiss Me Later Facemasks

Kiss Me Later Facemasks

Made by “Haus of Pink Lemonade“, whose primary output is actually some very chic swimwear.

These are great!

Sent in by Alli M.

Is This A Sandwich?

Is This A Sandwich?

“Answer a few and we’ll tell you your score”

[self explanatory]

My score: Lawful good, ingredient purist, structure purist. (Lasagna?! Do people think lasagne is a sandwich?!)

Sent along by Maria S.

McSweeney’s: White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing

McSweeney's: White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing

By McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers.

This is a reductive view of the press conferences we’ve seen in the past few days.

It’s not scant on the details that were provided in those press conferences.

Hatchoo!

Hatchoo!

Aim and sneeze with the goal of “infecting” as many people as possible.

Timely…

I found this super challenging. Your mileage may vary.

And these have been your Friday Links!

Happy Friday!

Happy Easter!

Happy Passover!

Happy getting-through-this!

See you all in seven days.

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April 3rd, 2020

Well happy Friday everybody.

We made it to April!

Hooray!

I mean I’ve been saying that “we made it to Friday” for many years now, but especially now… that’s definitely a plus. Hopefully you’re all hanging in there.

Going day by day right now. Week by week. It’s working! Hopefully for you as well.

Links time!

A.I. Gahaku

A.I. Gahaku

“The AI artist named ‘AI Gahaku’ generates canvas renaissance painting from your photos.”

The Rembrandt-y choice gave me a half-mustache and a decidedly disinterested expression.

Really interesting choices here.

Creative Dad Elegantly Plates and Serves His Son’s Lunch as a Waiter in a High-End Restaurant

Creative Dad Elegantly Plates and Serves His Son’s Lunch as a Waiter in a High-End Restaurant

“After a couple of weeks in quarantine, sommelier and stay-at-home dad Jason Booth found that he missed being in a restaurant, so he began plating a series of meals for his toddler son Jonah‘s lunch in a quite elegant fashion…”

The kid seems to enjoy it also.

I’m loving the ways people are passing the time during this crazy period in the world.

NBA.fm

NBA.fm

“The lost 2020 season – Simulating the lost games as hyper-realistic audio broadcasts”

I for one really miss basketball. And baseball.

Don’t Touch Your Face

Don't Touch Your Face

Click on the hands that are trying to touch the face.

I can attest: nearly impossible with a trackpad.

Bonus Link!

Tussen Kunst & Quarantaine

Tussen Kunst & Quarantaine

Dutch for “Between Art & Quarantine”.

“If you work from home and the walls come at you. Here is some homemade art.
“1. Choose your artwork
“2. Use 3 attributes
“3. Share @ intermediate arts quarantine”

A group of artists from across Holland recreate famour artworks using whatever they have at hand during quarantine.

Some of these are just amazing.

And that’s that! Your Friday: alllll linked up.

Have a good, safe, healthy weekend everybody.

Hopefully see you all in a week.

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March 27th, 2020

Welcome to the last Friday of March 2020.

We made it here. We can make it further.

This year man…

But it’s Friday dammit! And these are your Friday Links!

Let’s go!

CookMind

CookMind

“Find recipes with ingredients you already have. Keep an inventory of your kitchen. Create meal plans.”

Suggested by several subscribers.

A pretty great idea. There’s a whole shopping / shopping list part but obviously that’s going to be less helpful in the current age. You can see the number of recipes increase the more ingredients you select. Pretty great.

Dress David Rose

Dress David Rose

David Rose being the inimitable character from the TV show “Schitt’$ Creek”. Note: Only tops / shirts / jackets.

A clever little virtual paper doll.

Ew David!

Sent in by Ashy T. (Who is obsessed)

Filip Hodas Imagines Cartoon Characters’ Skulls On His Modern Art

Filip Hodas Imagines Cartoon Characters’ Skulls On His Modern Art

[self explanatory]

Really well done.

His Instagram is a hoot also.

Zamboni Simulator

Zamboni Simulator

Very chill. I spent longer on this than I expected. The “completionist” aspect of it is very satisfying.

See also (less effective but still fun): “Relax, Mow Some Grass“.

The controls are super sticky on that one, but the same idea. Also a cute isometric design.

And that’s that! Friday linked up!

Keep your head up. We can get through this.

Stay safe. Be careful.

See you next week.

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March 20th, 2020

Welcome, I hope, to Friday. And to Spring of 2020!

This is quite the year. That’s a phrase I’ve been saying since the new year, but especially now, nearly daily.

It is impossible NOT to talk about, mention, or think about COVID-19. I don’t want to further depress people, and this email list and website are here to act as a distraction from such depressing, overwhelming topics. But it definitely is challenging.

Keep your head up. Keep doing what you’re doing. We can do this.

Unfortunately I only have three links for you today. It’s my day off and I need to be offline after this. My apologies. Hopefully bonus links in the next few.

Here we go.

Netflix Party

Netflix Party

This is a browser extension you can install so that you can create a “party” and invite people to it.

Create the party, open a video in Netflix, and invite people to chat / video chat with you while you all watch.

Perfect for our current lockdown situation.

Sent along by Amy Z.

Quarantine Chat

Quarantine Chat

“Talk on the phone with someone else stuck at home.”

That “someone else” is randomly selected. It’s an interesting idea. I have not (yet) tried it, and we’re in an era where actually having phone calls has become really rare. But I love the notion of it.

Sent in by Tara P., who loves it.

Loop Tap

Loop Tap

A super minimal game. Tap when the ball is on the coloured segment.

Definitely challenging, and very addictive.

Recommended by Ashy T.

There you go.

Stay safe everybody. I mean it. We need you.

Happy Friday.

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March 13th, 2020

Friday… The thirteenth! [orchestra]

The first one of 2019. The next (and final) one for this year will be in November.

And also Fridaaaaaaay!

Here we go…

The Chef Who Carves Traditional Patterns Into Fruits and Vegetables

The Chef Who Carves Traditional Patterns Into Fruits and Vegetables

That chef being Takehiro Kishimoto.

Beautiful work! His knife skills are incredibly impressive.

His Instagram is worth a follow as well.

Sent along by Tianna S.

Cut / Fold Templates: Templates for Paper Mechanisms

Cut / Fold Templates: Templates for Paper Mechanisms

Anyone who’s been following my site for any length of time you know I’m a big fan of origami and other paper folding techniques to create sculptures, artwork, and other things.

This site iamazing. Some of the builds are extremely complex but look extremely satisfying.

Sent by several subscribers. Thanks!

Wash Your Lyrics

Wash Your Lyrics

Choose a song title and artist and click “generate”, and you end up with an instructional hand-washing poster with the song’s lyrics.

Making the rounds in light of COVID-19. Crazy.

Just Flip

Just Flip

Pull back, release, flip your little guy over obstacles. Click the left mouse button to increase spin.

Repeat!

Super fun little time-waster. And the sound effects are hilarious.

Have an excellent weekend! And please stay safe.

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March 6th, 2020

Well hello Friday!

This week has been busy. I hope everybody is doing okay.

Here we go…

Yoshihiro Suda’s Intimate, Wood-Carved Flowers

Yoshihiro Suda’s Intimate, Wood-Carved Flowers

“Japanese artist Yoshihiro Suda creates hyper-realistic sculptures of plants and flowers in the tradition of Japanese woodcarving.”

Yes. These are all made from wood.

Incredible work!

h/t: Swiss Miss.

Harold Feinstein: Photographer & Photography Trust

Harold Feinstein: Photographer & Photography Trust

“Harold Feinstein was born in Coney Island in 1931. When he passed away in 2015 the New York Times declared him: ‘One of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience.'”

The images here are fantastic. He wasn’t really “discovered” as a photographer of any note until his much later years.

The site also features a trailer for the documentary “Last Stop Coney Island“.

Is It Canceled Yet?

Is It Canceled Yet?

Created in light of the COVID-19 virus, but also featuring some zingers like “Google Reader” (r.i.p.)

See also: “Who’s staying home because of COVID-19?

Double Dodgers

Double Dodgers

You control a character who is walking down a sidewalk full of obstacles, while simultaneously playing a game on their mobile phone.

I suck at this game, and I consider that to be a good thing.

So happy Friday!

Enjoy your weekend folks. See you in seven days.

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February 28th, 2020

Say hello to Friday!

And, I guess, say farewell to February. That was one crazy month!

And look! Links!!

Here we go…

Miniature Art – A Group Exhibition of Miniaturists

Miniature Art - A Group Exhibition of Miniaturists

Now on at the Beinart Gallery in Brunswick, Victoria, Australia.

Some excellent work here.

h/t: Colossal.

17th Century DEATH ROULETTE

17th Century DEATH ROULETTE

“Using real mortality records from London’s Dreadful Visitation, see what you might’ve died from in 1665. SPIN THAT WHEEL (features mild strobing & grim deaths)”

My first try said “In the week of February 14th, 1665 you died from Suddenly”

Jokes I’ve Told That My Male Colleagues Didn’t Like

Jokes I've Told That My Male Colleagues Didn't Like

“My co-worker asked me why I seem so tense. I asked him why he was massaging my shoulders.”

In response to Mike Bloomberg’s assessment that only his jokes were a problem for women.

Blockets

Blockets

Sort of a reverse-Tetris.

Tap blocks to rotate, then place them where you want.

Weird. But somehow still fun!

Enjoy your Friday.

Stay warm, stay safe, and have a fabulous weekend everybody.

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