February 14th, 2020

Happy Friday!

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

But hey guess what!! Link time!

Here we go…

Justine Haupt: Rotary Cellphone

Justine Haupt: Rotary Cellphone

“Why a rotary cellphone? Because in a finicky, annoying, touchscreen world of hyperconnected people using phones they have no control over or understanding of, I wanted something that would be entirely mine, personal, and absolutely tactile,while also giving me an excuse for not texting. “

This is a real thing that she made, and that she uses regularly.

Full plans included. You could make your own.

This ended up blowing up in the past few days so Wired did an interview with her, which is also very insightful.

Based on a True True Story?

Based on a True True Story?

“Scene-by-scene Breakdown of Hollywood Films”

This is making the rounds but it represents some pretty incredible research and detail.

Most egregious film as of this writing: “The Imitation Game”, even in the most forgiving light.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

A constantly updated map indicating the rate of infection around the world.

The Giraffe who wants to collect every cute tiny hat

The Giraffe who wants to collect every cute tiny hat

[self… explanatory…?]

It’s like a step-by-step version of Snake. What a weird little game! Delightful… Also more challenging than it first appears.

There we go. Alllll Friday-linked-up!

Enjoy your (long?) weekend.

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February 7th, 2020

Happy Friday!

February. Already. Okay!

I hope your week has been… positive. And calm.

Let’s get to the links…

Russian Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin’s Images of Earth from the Space Station

Russian Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin’s Images of Earth from the Space Station

“Russian Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin has some of the most time spent aboard the space station, with over 672 days spent in space.

“Over that time he has captured some incredible photos of Earth.”

The title is so benign. It should really read “Gorgeous Earth Photography from Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin”

Lumos Matrix Helmet

Lumos Matrix Helmet

“What if you could count on your bike helmet to signal everyone around you when you’re turning, stopping and slowing down? The Lumos Matrix Helmet does just that.”

A pretty ingenious idea.

Sent in by a few subscribers.

DownLink

DownLink

“Every 20 minutes (or every hour, you pick), Downlink updates your desktop background with the freshest images of Earth.”

MacOS only.

I’m a meteorology nerd. I would use this. (But run Windows.)

Bubble Blaster

Bubble Blaster

Move your constantly-shooting character to shoot each balloon the number of times needed to destroy it.

A challenging little game. I suck at it, but you might not.

Sent by Jennifer W.

Enjoy your weekend everybody. Thanks for playing along at home.

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January 31st, 2020

Welcome back!

It’s the last Friday of January 2020. We did it!!

Let’s take a look…

Metallica Frontman’s Built-From-Scratch Vintage Car Collection

Metallica Frontman's Built-From-Scratch Vintage Car Collection

“Hetfield, a lifelong car enthusiast, views his collection as a form of expression to convey his artistic energy and distinctive personality.”

The cars were all customized by Rick Dore Kustoms.

On display now at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.

However, it’s completely sold out, sorry.

There are some frankly gorgeous designs here. Just amazing.

If you like this kind of thing, I also recommend Chip Foose.

Apple Archive

Apple Archive

A carefully curated archive of all things Apple Computer, from 1977 through to today.

Beautifully designed.

Etsy: moleculartstore

Etsy: moleculartstore

“UK based store selling handmade embroidered creations”

Buries the lede: these are detailed embroideries of internal medical anatomy.

Created by Firdusi Khan from Cardiff, Wales.

These are great!

Tomolo

Tomolo

Tomolo runs. Your only task is to make sure he jumps at key moments.

Surprisingly challenging!

There ya go! There ya have it! There it is!

Enjoy your fabulous Friday.

See you in seven days.

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January 24th, 2019

We’re back!

And it’s Friday.

And we’re back.

And there are links!

And let’s go!

Bond Suits

Bond Suits

“Matt Spaiser is a graphic designer located in New York. After years of research, he founded The Suits of James Bond in 2010, creating the ultimate resource for James Bond style and the first catalogue of all of 007’s outfits.”

He does mean: all of the suits. Not just the Bond character: any male character. Nearly every outfit, from every scene, of every James Bond film. Crazy.

Lego Ideas: International Space Station

Lego Ideas: International Space Station

864 pieces!

$99

“Coming Soon on February 1, 2020”

Yes please.

Royalty Now

Royalty Now

“I wasn’t aware when I started this one that Alexander the Great would look like a modern day member Harvard Crew team, yet here we are. 😂”

“What royalty from the past would look like today”

Created by Becca Saladin. I couldn’t find any other details about her. This is some great work.

Guess My Word

Guess My Word

Start with any word you can think of and the game will merely say whether that word is before or after their word.

One new word per day. Or you can try a hard word for more variety.

It’s tricky but you can narrow it down.

I found this very enjoyable.

And there we go! Allll linked up.

Enjoy the rest of your Friday, and have a fantastic weekend!

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January 17th, 2020

Happy Friday!

Busy month so far on my end. Crazy. FYI.

Letttt’s begin!

Celebreedy

Celebreedy

“This new bot on twitter, tumblr and (shortly) Instagram, posts blended celebrity pictures. The proportions are chosen at random, though never more than 60% of either, to ensure that the resulting image sits right in the uncanny valley.”

They really just turn out looking (to me) like “normal, ordinary people”.

Lei Xue

Lei Xue

A Chinese artist who creates crushed aluminum cans in Ming Dynasty porcelain.

h/t: Colossal.

His other works are pretty amazing too.

Tom Whitwell: 52 things I learned in 2019

Tom Whitwell: 52 things I learned in 2019

“#8: Drunk shopping could be a $45bn /year industry, and only 6% of people regret their drunk purchases.”

A very wide range of discoveries. I found this interesting.

Dungeon Basket

Dungeon Basket

A pretty simple platformer with some clever features.

Sent along by Ashy T

There you have it! Links! On a Friday! Friday Links!

Have a great weekend everybody.

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January 10th, 2020

It’s Friday! At friggin’ last.

Especially this week: we made it. (I hope most of you made it. This was a terrible week. 😟 )

Let’s see some new links…

Judith Hope: Puppets

Judith Hope: Puppets

Ms. Hope makes some incredibly intricate, really detailed puppets, including some weird choices like (among others) bactriophage. (?!?!) Her Instagram is also worth a follow.

Just amazing. And Bananas!!

The London Time Machine

The London Time Machine

A great little map mashup using “The Morgan Map of 1682” and current satellite photographs to show (a) how accurate that very old map was and (b) how the terrain has changed in 338 years.

Vatican Library Online

Vatican Library Online

A really vast, really carefully curated archive of a lot of material in the physical Vatican Library.

It’s a bit daunting to use – among other things, you should probably understand Latin – but wwwwwow the history in this collection.

It’s making the rounds, and rightly so.

NGSnake

NGSnake

It’s the original “Snake” game, but way, way faster.

Super hard.

I hope your weekend is calm, peaceful, happy, etc.

Happy Friday.

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January 3rd, 2020

Welcome to Friday!

Welcome to 2020!

Let’s begin…

We’re obviously seeing tons of “best of 2019” lists. I’m sure you’ve already seen several of them.

The one I will link to, is IMDB’s “Most Anticipated Movies of 2020” That’s a nice alternative to lists of stuff we all saw last year. (Although, note, for some reason “Top Gun II” is on that list, and yet Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” is not. Very confusing.)

But having said that:

Kottke: The Best of the Best-of-the-Decade Lists

Kottke: The Best of the Best-of-the-Decade Lists

He finds the good ones. You could spend a week here. Consume with caution.

I’ll include one more to round it out.

Reddit’s Favorite Mindblowing Facts of All Time, Fact-Checked

Reddit’s Favorite Mindblowing Facts of All Time, Fact-Checked

I hemmed and hawed about including this one, but it’s got some interesting findings.

Suggested by several subscribers.

Lego: Maximum Security Prison

Lego: Maximum Security Prison

(I mean it’s 2020!)

“In this two floor setup a fully functional prison was designed to fit on a 32×32 base panel. “

Somewhat making the rounds.

Firework Jumper

Firework Jumper

An unusually challenging jumping platformer.

Addictive and (to me) super frustrating game, but you might enjoy it.

Well Happy New Year everybody!

Hopefully see you next week.

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December 27th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And welcome to post-Christmas. That was fast.

The final Friday of 2019. Of the 2010’s. Weird…

Let’s go!

The Most Scathing Reviews of 2019

The Most Scathing Reviews of 2019

Specifically: Book reviews.

“Despite all its ghastly goings-on, this creaky thriller constantly slips on banana peels of its own unintentional comedy…”

Oof. 100% true title.

What Did We Get Stuck in Our Rectums Last Year?

What Did We Get Stuck in Our Rectums Last Year?

Making the rounds! This is an annual article previously featured on Deadspin (RIP,) but now on Vice.

Also: not just the rectum. The nose, throat, etc., etc.

Yikes!

Suggested by Kim S.

Apollo Flight Controller 101: Every console explained

Apollo Flight Controller 101: Every console explained

“From the archives: A handy reference to each station in the Apollo Mission Control room.”

There’s other stuff here too, like how they set up the projectors to put up multiple data views on their huge wall screen.

Intensely nerdy, sure, but super interesting.

C4 Arena

C4 Arena

“Connect Four”, but now multiplayer. Play against A.I., local multiplayer, or online multiplayer.

Have a Happy Friday, and a lovely New Year.

See you on the other side.

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December 20th, 2019

Happy Friday!

And happy Winter Solstice (in the northern hemisphere.)

It’s the last Friday before Xmas 2019! Crazy how fast that happened. What a full year!

It’s link time!

Endless Jingling

Endless Jingling

“Endless Jingling was written and recorded by Josh Millard. It selects a handful of christmas songs at random from a collection of three dozen recordings, then jumps around randomly between them forever and ever and ever or until you reload for a new combination of songs.”

SUUUPER ANNOYING! But still fun.

The Happy Broadcast

The Happy Broadcast

“… I want to use my art to spread some positivity.

“I want to create something positive as an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media.”

Created by Mauro Gatti

Somewhat making the rounds. Especially after this past year, much needed.

The 2019 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog

The 2019 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog

“Come on in! Dust your boots off in the breezeway. I have a special mat you can use for it that’s woven from human hair sourced from the tribes of the South Pacific. Best snow-wiping hair ever designed, by God.”

A perennial favorite.

PAC-XON

PAC-XON

Pacman, but you have to box the ghosts in by drawing strategic walls. “Pac-Qix”?

Some powerups and yes you can still get the ghost-eating power-pill.

Genuinely addictive.

And those are this week’s Xmas Friday Links! Merry Xmas!

Stay safe out there, Santa…

See you next week.

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December 13th, 2019

Friday… The Thirteenth! [orchestra!]

And time for your Friday Links!

And only one more Friday before Xmas! Wah!

Let’s go…

The Deep Sea

The Deep Sea

Discover what kinds of wildlive thrive at which depths of the ocean, as far down as “The Challenger Deep” (10,924 metres aka ~11 km / 35,840 feet aka ~7 miles.)

And they do mean “depths”.

Created by Neal Agarwal.

NYTimes: The New York City Subway Map

NYTimes: The New York City Subway Map

A great interactive piece on this iconic transit system, and how art and design helped make the system more understandable to its riders.

Sorry Olds, Only Gen Z Can Make It Through This High School Quiz

Sorry Olds, Only Gen Z Can Make It Through This High School Quiz

“Are you part of the squad or are you an ‘old’?”

Note: very American.

Note 2: this quiz will chew up your CPU.

Yes, it’s from Buzzfeed.

Broken TV

Broken TV

A simple little “descrambler” puzzle game.

Note: click on the piece you want to move, then click on the space you want to move it to. I thought they had to be adjacent. They do not.

The motion patterns are lovely.

And there you go: alllll Friday’d up. I mean linked up. I mean Friday Linked up!

Happy Friday, and Merry Christmas!

See you in a week.

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