May 29th, 2020

We have arrived at Friday, at last.

I hope you’re all doing okay. This has been a hell of a week.

It is link time! Let’s go.

Tomb of Queen Meresankh III (G 7530-7540)

Tomb of Queen Meresankh III (G 7530-7540)

More on the Queen here. She was the granddaughter of the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu – he of the most well-known classic pyramid.

She lived from c. 2620–2570 BC.

A lot of you saw last week’s virtual tour of Rameses VI and sent me htis, so thank you. It’s amazing.

This Word Does Not Exist

This Word Does Not Exist

“This Word Does Not Exist uses an artificial intelligence model named GPT-2 to invent new English words.”

When I visited it it generated:




  1. a supporting part sideways “the upflank of the bay”
  2. a word that does not exist; it was invented, defined and used by a machine learning algorithm.

Sort of making the rounds. If it becomes somewhat popular, I wonder if we’ll see these terms enter common usage.

The Remaking of Steve Buscemi

The Remaking of Steve Buscemi

“Steve Buscemi has seen it all. He was hit by a car and a bus as a kid, was once stabbed in a bar fight, volunteered as a firefighter during 9/11, and somewhere along the way became one of the most accomplished film actors of his generation. And then tragedy struck: In 2019, Buscemi lost his wife of over 30 years. In a rare interview, Hollywood’s most beloved misfit opens up about anxiety, loss, and the hard work of getting through it all.”

This is a hell of a read. He’s an impressive figure.

Sent along by Jennifer R.

Song Trivia 2

Song Trivia 2

Basically “name that tune / name that artist”, but multiplayer, and multiple choice (which makes it possibly too easy.)

This is up my alley.

Well there you go. Links! On Friday! We did it you guys!

I hope your weekend is most excellent.

See you in seven days. Hang in there. No joke.


May 22nd, 2020

Holy crap it’s Friday already!

My week got busy, so I am a bit late posting today’s links. But also: what is time right now?

Here we go.

Pharaoh Ramesses VI Tomb – Matterport 3D Showcase

Pharaoh Ramesses  VI Tomb - Matterport 3D Showcase


More on the Pharaoh here, who reigned from 1145–37 BCE

There are some fantastic, extremely well-photographed views inside this tomb.



“ISRU COVID-19 PPE: A DIY face mask designed with as little as possible, for as many people as possible.”

This is actually ingenious!!

fyi: “ISRU” is NASA’s “In-Situ Resource Utilization” protocol for creating industry standard items using readily available items.

Inside the Flour Company Supplying America’s Sudden Baking Obsession

Inside the Flour Company Supplying America’s Sudden Baking Obsession

Suuuper interesting. I’ve never seen a time when there was literally a huge retail run on everything! It’s so weird. But especially flour and yeast.

Making the rounds, unsurprisingly.



“This is a virtual ecosystem where different species of creature can live, grow and die as part of a self-contained food chain.




& Observe”

It takes some practice to get everything to survive. Pretty interesting little virtual creation.

Suggested by Tia T.

Bonus Link!

Crocs: KFC Edition

Crocs: KFC Edition

Apparently 100% real. Jeeeeeee-zuss.

And no: do not want.

Thanks, but no.

No seriously no thanks.

And there we go! Friday: Linked!!

Hang in there everybody. We’ll get through this. Stay safe.

See you next Friday!


May 15th, 2020

Welcome back Friday, everybody!

Where I live, it’s supposed to be warm, sunny, lovely. It has not been. Which during lockdown turns out to be okay.

But come on! 🙂

So here we go…

Penguin Classics Cover Generator

Penguin Classics Cover Generator

[self explanatory]

So simple! So recognizable! I love it.

The Hyper-Detailed Imaginary Cities Of Ben Sack

The Hyper-Detailed Imaginary Cities Of Ben Sack

“Benjamin Sack makes amazing, large-scale pen and pencil drawings of fantastic cities, both real and imaginary.”

Holy crap yes he sure does. These are… ridiculous! (In good ways.)

Nature Mixer

Nature Mixer

“A customizable and immersive audio-visual nature experience to help you relax”

A pretty great little time waster, especially now.

SPACEX – ISS Docking Simulator

SPACEX - ISS Docking Simulator

This is alleged to be pretty close to the actual interface used by real astronauts to train to dock the real Dragon Crew craft to the ISS.

It’s definitely challenging. You need some patience.

Note: most ISS docking is performed 100% automatically. This is only used when that process is broken or unavailable.

And there we go!


Have a great Friday and a lovely (“long”?) weekend.


May 8th, 2020

It’s Friday!

This week felt fast for me. I like measuring the weeks by Fridays.

And it’s links time! Let’s goooooo…



“We’re introducing Jukebox, a neural net that generates music, including rudimentary singing, as raw audio in a variety of genres and artist styles. We’re releasing the model weights and code, along with a tool to explore the generated samples.”

This is really incredible. Lyricaly super confusing but musically, melodically, and from an arrangement point of view: just fantastic!

The Frank Sinatra one cracks me up. It for some reason associates “Christmas Time” with hot tubs, and then that’s all he wants to sing about. Super strange.

Listening Together

Listening Together

“Two people starting to play the same song, at exactly the same time.”

It’s a tool from Spotify and I kind of love it.

This Website Will Self Destruct

This Website Will Self Destruct

That is… unless you post a message on it (anonymously.)

Sweet little idea.



Fire the rocket to get started an dthen launch your projectile.

Once it’s in the air, fire side boosters to guide it to a specific target.

Suuuper challenging but a really fun game. Addictive.

There we go! That went fast too.

Have a great, safe, calm Friday and a wonderful, safe, healthy weekend.


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!



“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!!


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.



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.


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.



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.


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.



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


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.


April 3rd, 2020

Well happy Friday everybody.

We made it to April!


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.

“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.


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!



“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.