February 8th, 2019

Welcome back to Friday!

I hope it’s warm where you are.

Ready for links? Ready for links!

Celebrities Then And Now (Together)

Celebrities Then And Now (Together)

(German title: “Berühmtheiten neben ihrem Ich von damals”)

“Ard Gelinck photoshopped several celebrities next to their former selves and it looks pretty good.”

Carefully placing current (ish) and former portraits of musical artists. Some great work here.

Mind Twisting Art: Cartoons Mixed Into Classic Paintings

Mind Twisting Art: Cartoons Mixed Into Classic Paintings

These are extremely good. They’re from 2011 with no credit to the creators at all. So good though.

SarcasticRover: Mars recruitment posters (fixed)

SarcasticRover: Mars recruitment posters (fixed)

“Right there. That’s where I’ll bury your corpse, Gerry.”

These are both hilarious and dire.

Just Another Stacking Game

Just Another Stacking Game

Think “Jenga” but each block gets smaller based on where you placed the previous one.

Quite tricky! I like it.

And that… is that! All linked up.

Thanks for following along at home. See you next week everybody.

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February 1st, 2019

Heyooooo!

It’s Friday. And so, so cold.

And February!

Readyyyyyyyy? Go!

Top Of The Spots

Top Of The Spots

“Which song has been played more on Spotify?”

More challenging (and probably more depressing) than you think.

Kutarq: Sp!n

Kutarq: Sp!n

“The Sp!n spinning top creates an optical illusion of levitation. When spinning the top, an exclamation mark appears. More than a simple toy, Sp!n is a tool that can be used to relieve stress or reduce anxiety.”

It spins for a super long time too. In some cases as long as five minutes. (!)

Unclear where they can ship this but you can buy one here for 972 Yen (~$9 USD.)

Sign-IO

Sign-IO

“A Support Vector Machine Implementation for Sign Language Recognition”

This is an overtly “sciency” page but it’s to present a new invention: gloves that produce speech when the wearer uses sign language.

This is a pretty groundbreaking invention. It appears to be early days for it but still: great, great idea!

Drawer Simulator

Drawer Simulator

This is a weird little game.

You can only use arrow keys to wiggle, push, pull, wiggle (etc) a rickety drawer full of kitchen utensils.

It’s challenging!!

And that’s that! Alllll linked up.

See you next week!

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January 25th, 2019

Fridayyyyeeeeeyuh!

And it’s already the last one in January! Boom! Just like that.

Links time!

Lego: Welcome to Apocalypseburg

Lego: Welcome to Apocalypseburg

“Enjoy an epic 360-degree play experience—and prepare for an alien invasion—with THE LEGO® MOVIE 2™ 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! construction toy. An advanced building set, it has over 3,000 pieces and presents an awesome challenge even for master builders.”

Crrrrrazy. But also beautifully conceived.

Sketchnthecity

Sketchnthecity

“In 2016 sketch artist Carl Lavia joined forces with photographer Lorna Le Bredonchel and together they formed the ambitious ’69 cities of the UK’ project. Which aims to create a portrait of the whole United Kingdom through large-scale sketches of its 69 cities.”

These are beautiful!

Sent along by Mark J.

The 1959 Project

The 1959 Project

“A snapshot of jazz 60 years ago, every day.”

1959 was, of course, 60 years ago this year. This website documents a lot of predominantly Jazz Music happenings that year, and of any year in Jazz 1959 is a pretty excellent one to dig into.

It’s updated daily and lovingly curated. Recommended.

Booster.Space

Booster.Space

An extremely challenging multiplayer version of Asteroids.

I do not last very long, which is pretty much how things went in the original Asteroids too. 🙂

This has been your Friday Links!

Please join us again next week.

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January 18th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And where I live, we’re finally getting some real snow now. Weee! (Wee?)

And now: the links!

TeamLab: Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Fire

TeamLab: Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest - One Stroke, Fire

“When a person stands still close to a lamp, it shines brightly and emits a color that resonates out. The light of this lamp becomes the starting point, and it spreads to the two nearest lamps.”

This is a permanent installation at the Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel in Kyushu, Japan. It consists of numerous lights which have been modified to sense when new visitors arrive.

So beautiful! More info here.

Scott Reinhard: Mapping and Visualization

Scott Reinhard: Mapping and Visualization

Mr. Reinhard combines vintage maps of US terrain with contemporary land elevation data to produce these super original map views of several states and the US overall. Some of them are quite abstract.

You can purchase gorgeous prints of these works too.

Dimitris Ladopoulos: Algorithm

Dimitris Ladopoulos: Algorithm

“I wanted to create an algorithm that would allow me to produce different random geometric patterns based on a rectangle.

“The inspiration came from the type of diagrams called ‘treemaps’. I implemented a procedure in Houdini, that takes a rectangle and splits it vertically and then horizontally.”

Really lovely work here.

Deep Heat

Deep Heat

A fairly challenging little arcade shooter with some lovely retro graphics.

And that’s what I’ve got!

Have a fantastic, warm, safe Friday, and a terrific weekend.

See you next Friday.

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January 11th, 2019

Happy Friday!

We’re definitely officially in Winter weather mode where I live. (Temperature-wise at least.) Stay warm out there.

And now: some links!

Chronas

Chronas

“Chronas is a history map application with over 50 million data points which every registered user can curate and contribute to (just like Wikipedia).”

There is a tutorial video as the site has a variety of indepth features.

A crazy amount of detailed historical data here. This definitely took some effort to achieve!

Amber Cowan

Amber Cowan

“Amber Cowan is an artist and educator living in Philadelphia. She is a faculty member of the glass department of Tyler School of Art, where she received her MFA in 2011 in Glass/Ceramics.”

Her glass work is incredible.

Her newest works are on display at the Toledo Museum. Simply lovely.

Inverted Grand Canyon

Inverted Grand Canyon

“I wondered, then, if flipping the Grand Canyon into a Grand Mountain might in some way help me make sense of its scale. I’m much more accustomed to seeing the mass of something rather than the massive void of something. So, here’s what that looks like.”

Actually pretty interesting.

Excit

Excit

Note: Flash required.

A weird little online game which takes place in an Excel Spreadsheet (?!)

You use arrow keys to quickly move your cursor, one direction at a time, to “excit” the spreadsheet.

Trickier than it sounds. But at least no formulas are involved. 😉

Have a happy Friday, and a spectacular weekend.

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January 4th, 2019

Hooray for Friday!

Welcome to 2019 everybody. And your Friday Links.

Of course now the web is inundated with “2018 best of” lists, so I’ll include just a few. There’s a huge rabbit hole you can go down if you search for them obviously.

To the links!

WebGL Water

WebGL Water

A water simulation right in your browser.

Pretty basic but beautifully done.

Building a Spotify player for my Mac SE/30

Building a Spotify player for my Mac SE/30

Note: the Mac SE/30 was created in 1989.

This is a super impressive hack!

Roger Vail: Carnival

Roger Vail: Carnival

An exhibition from 2015 of long-exposure midway rides.

Beautifully shot.

More on Vail here.

Boulder Marcielo

Boulder Marcielo

“Be the Boulder from ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark'”

Even though it’s a pretty basic little game, it’s challenging!

Bonus Link!

Big Shot Camera

Big Shot Camera

A digital camera that you build yourself. Aimed at kids primarily, but this is a great idea!

This concludes the first Friday Links of January, 2019!

Have a great Friday and a calm, warm, relaxing weekend.

See you next Friday!

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December 28th, 2018

Welcome to Friday. And it’s the last one of 2018. That was fast.

I hope your holiday has been (and continues to be) fantastic!

Here we go…

Jon Ed De Vera: paper-cutting art

Jon Ed De Vera: paper-cutting art

“John Ed De Vera is a multidisciplinary designer, with a penchant for lettering, paper-cutting, and experimenting with different and new media.”

His work is lovely!

The 100 greatest innovations of 2018

The 100 greatest innovations of 2018

[self-explanatory]

Let the 2018 best-of lists beginnnnn!

Infernal Topography: Dante’s Inferno

Infernal Topography: Dante's Inferno

“The illustrated and interactive Dante’s Inferno, an alternative learning tool for the Divine Comedy first Cantica, made for aiding visual memory.”

This is a pretty interesting installation. If you’re a fan, it clarifies and organizes concepts of the novel, if you’re new, it’s a pretty great deep-dive / first look at the depths of this work.

Very well done.

G-Switch 3

G-Switch 3

Simply switch sides to avoid obstacles.

(Simply…)

Very addictive.

And that’s what I’ve got.

Have a great Friday, a great weekend, and a safe and Happy New Year!

See you in 2019.

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December 21st, 2018

Welcome to Friday!

And your Friday links!

And the last Friday before Christmas!

That’s a lot. Remain calm. Here we go…

Remove.bg

“Remove Image Background FREE. 100% automatically – in 5 seconds – without a single click”

I’m kind of amazed at this. Very cool technology.

CNC Milling New Records for a Fisher Price Toy Record Player

CNC Milling New Records for a Fisher Price Toy Record Player

I found this super interesting!

Quite the process to get a single loop of new music for these 1970s-era toys.

SandSpiel

SandSpiel

A weird little online toy that lets you combine a variety of materials and infestations to varying effect.

There goes your afternoon.

Sent in by Celeste B.

Totem Destroyer

Totem Destroyer

Note: requires flash to run.

“Your mission is to destroy the totems without letting the golden Idol (aka Tot) fall into the ground.”

It’s like a super specific Jenga game.

Bonus Link!

The Embraer Manhattan Is An Art Deco-Inspired Business Jet

The Embraer Manhattan Is An Art Deco-Inspired Business Jet

Boy-howdy is it ever! Wow. Some incredible design touches on this very, very expensive business aircraft.

I like it so much, I might buy two (hah!!)

And that’s the end of that!

I hope your Friday is amazing, your weekend is fantastic, and that all of you have a Merry Christmas and a fabulous holiday.

See you next week.

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December 14th, 2018

Here we are. Friday. And it’s mid-December!

And! There are links!!

Here we go…

Present & Correct: Modernistmas 2018

Present & Correct: Modernistmas 2018

“A revised collection of the modernist gingerbread houses currently on the world wide web. ”

These are so good!

Rocky Bergen

Rocky Bergen

Mr. Bergen creates paper models of vintage computers like the Apple //e, the Commodore 64, etc.

You can download, print, and cut your own. They look great.

Comixify

Comixify

Note: this takes some time to load.

Give this app a link to a YouTube video and click “Run.”

Using a neural network with reinforcement learning, the app will select “the most interesting frames” from the video, and generate a sort of comic book / storyboard output.

It reminds me very much of A Scanner Darkly. Just beautiful.

Swing Triangle

Swing Triangle

Another shape-avoiding game.

Right off the bat it’s pretty fast. My score is terrible, but yours might be better.

And that’s what I’ve got this week.

Have a lovely Friday. Stay warm. Stay safe.

See you next week!

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December 7th, 2018 – Xmas Gift Guide Edition 🎄

Hello again, and welcome to your December Friday Links!

It’s time for the Friday Links Xmas Gift and Giving Guide for 2018! As such, this is a longer than usual email.

As with every December, I can’t believe it’s already here. The year felt like it went by super quickly. Maybe not for you, in which case: congratulations.

My go-to’s for every Xmas:

And a couple of new ones for this year:

[And (if you’re into that kind of thing,) Goop.]

ThinkGeek has a pretty good list of overall “gifts” but otherwise has everything broken into categories like “techies”, “Her universe”, etc., which they define as “interests”. Worth a look. Definitely some unique items there.

Now Magazine: Toronto’s best holiday markets, street fairs and fleas 2018
Now Magazine: Toronto’s best holiday markets, street fairs and fleas 2018

Now Magazine has a list of the best Christmas markets, flea markets and street fairs in Toronto.

And of course there are a lot of good lists of charities to give to, as there are every year.

I’d personally like to highlight the ongoing crisis in Syria, which has for many years required financial support to protect their citizens from further strife during what appears to be an endless war there.

The UN Refugee Agency
The UN Refugee Agency

The UN Refugee Agency has a donation page which I recommend.

Canada took in a large number of Syrian refugees over the past year, and they also need our help. You can donate to the Canadian Council for Refugees. That organization does important work to help these people settle and survive.

And then besides that there are these charitable efforts:

Canada Helps: Charitable Gift Guide
Canada Helps: Charitable Gift Guide

Canada Helps has a Charitable Gift Guide which is worth a look.

Covenant House is a Toronto shelter for homeless youth, who could also use our help this year.

UK Homeless assistance tips

You can also make your own homeless backpack care package like this guy did back in 2014.

There are likely homeless missions in your city that could use these, or of course cash donations.

If you want to see some Christmas light displays – especially the really blown out ones – there are a lot of guides for those too.

Or maybe you know a family that needs some help this holiday season. Or maybe you don’t, but want to help in any way you can.

In Toronto, Holiday Helpers has a goal this year of “delivering Christmas to 600 GTA families”. That’s a tall order, and they could used our help.

Similar “adopt a family” efforts are available for Hamilton, Calgary, and Vancouver. Guaranteed you can find one in your own community no matter where you live.

And of course I wish you a happy holiday, a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a wonderful Kwanzaa. However you celebrate this season, I hope it’s awesome.

And now! Some links.

Ink / Oscillations

Ink / Oscillations

“Some organic lines and waves, thought on computer, then patiently drawn by a hand-made drawing machine. Here, the computer and the machine do not involve any generative process, but are used only as performing tools in the creative process.”

Created by Fabien Bouchard.

These are beautiful!

You can buy prints in their online store.

D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now

D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now

Very carefully aligned photographs of WWII D-Day landing sites, and how they appear today.

Really well done. I’m late to the game with this item from 2014 but it still looks great.

Make your own Die Hard tree ornaments!

Make your own Die Hard tree ornaments!

Self explanatory.

Someone should update it with an led flickering flame light for the lighter.

People Power

People Power

“In this post-apocalyptic hellscape, feeding citizens to giant robots is the only way to generate electricity for the rich.”

I mean… yeah, duh!

This is a challenging little game. You drag individual things on to the screen in order to guide the “citizens” into the chomping jaws of the giant robot. It definitely takes some trial and error.

Bonus Link!

Chocolates By Ryan L Foote

Chocolates By Ryan L Foote

“Ryan L Foote has set out to create chocolates that are both visually engaging and are reflective of contemporary design, while also discussing our multicultural world.”

I mean I’ve never bought or eaten a chocolate so I can “discuss” anything before. But these look amazing. Extremely intricately designed.

There is a shop of course, and (just a warning) they are quite, quite expensive.

And this concludes this week’s Friday Links!

Only 17 shopping days left until feasting day everybody.

Stay warm, stay safe, and see you in a week.

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