March 30th, 2018

Happy Friday!

The last Friday in March. Another fast month. Crazy.

Let’s get started!

Scarfolk Council

Scarfolk Council

“Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum.”

Some great artwork and overall design work here. Scathing.

h/t: Kottke.

Outrider: Bomb Blast

Outrider: Bomb Blast

“Experience the power of a nuclear blast in your area”

Since it’s 2018, we were bound to see another of these simulators. This one is pretty lean but definitely gets the point across.

17 Harmless April Fool’s Pranks That Are Easy To Pull Off

17 Harmless April Fool's Pranks That Are Easy To Pull Off

Actually funny!

128k – a detective game

128k - a detective game

“You have been assigned to find a lost password that’s hidden in an old Macintosh.

“This is a difficult game, please give it time.”

A pretty great little Original Mac simulator too. To a point.

Have a lovely (long?) weekend, and a wonderful Friday!

See you next week. Stay safe!

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March 23rd, 2018

It’s Friday again! Which I love. Which you love!

We love Friday!

And so here are some links…

Old Toronto

Old Toronto

“Old Toronto is an open-source map tool created by Sidewalk Labs that provides block-by-block browsing of historic Toronto photographs. The tool maps more than 30,000 (and growing!) historic city photographs from the City of Toronto Archives, which holds more than 1.7 million photographs dating back to 1856.”

This is great. There are some examples (e.g.: this one ) that show quite a progression across a really long time period. Really well done.

And so refreshing to see a thing like this that is finally NOT only made for New York City. 🙂

h/t CBC MetroMorning

Where Is Roadster?

Where Is Roadster?

A site that tracks Elon Musk’s “Starman” Tesla Roadster’s orbit in real time.

Check back in eight months. It’ll be interesting to see what they add to this site (if they do.)

Stanley Kubrick Memorabilia Auction: Aste Bolaffi

Stanley Kubrick Memorabilia Auction: Aste Bolaffi

“Stanley Kubrick memorabilia from the collection of his assistant Emilio D’Alessandro up for auction, including Jack Torrance’s jacket in The Shining and the Eyes Wide Shut clapperboard.”

Gravisim

Gravisim

The goal is to shoot a projectile into a somewhat stable orbit.

Also: you can fire multiple times, so the projectiles also react to each others’ mass and velocity.

It’s tricky. I like it.

And this is the end of today’s Friday Links, the first of Spring 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere.

Have a great, great weekend everybody. See you next week.

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March 16th, 2018

Happy Friday!

Next week = sprrrinnnnng! (in my hemisphere.) I’m pretty excited because this winter has felt… well… super long.

And now! Some links. And this week it appears to be predominantly art-oriented.

Alma Haser: Within 15 Minutes

Alma Haser: Within 15 Minutes

“Alma photographed sets of identical twins and made them into identical jigsaw puzzles. She then swaps every other piece of their puzzles, completely mixing them half and half.”

This is some quite beautiful work.

h/t: kottke

Josef Schulz: Sign out

Josef Schulz: Sign out

“Photographer Josef Schulz created striking images of something typically mundane to most Americans, by taking deadpan photos of roadside corporate signage and removing all branding and text. It is a curious comment on how forms and graphics work together to make something as a whole.”

Exhibit portfolio here.

Diana Sudyka: Postage Stamp Storybook Scenes

Diana Sudyka: Postage Stamp Storybook Scenes

“Chicago-based Illustrator Diana Sudyka uses vintage stamps from Europe as the starting point for fanciful paintings created using gouache, ink, and watercolor.”
Not included on the artist’s website.

Monopoly.io

Monopoly.io

This is a weird, 3D-rendered, multiplayer online version of the board game Monopoly.

It’s buggy (the creators even tell you that) but it’s neat.

Invite your friends!

And that’s what I’ve got for you. That’s it. No more. Okay? God!

😉

Happy Friday everybody!

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March 9th, 2018

Happy Friday! And welcome to your Friday Links.

Let’s begin…

Disco’s glory days were a kaleidoscope of yes

Disco’s glory days were a kaleidoscope of yes

“Emerging from its urban working-class origins in the early 1970s, disco got real big real quick.”

This feels much longer ago than I was expecting.

Don’t Call Me Oscar (2018)

Don't Call Me Oscar (2018)

They’re back. 🙂 A family recreates still images from the current crop of oscar-nominated films. Cleverly done.

Little Quill Studios

Little Quill Studios

Rachel Beltz is an illustrator who works at a teeny tiny visual scale.

Some great work here.

Tanks!?

Tanks!?

A pretty challenging, weird, funny, cleverly designed little 2-player game. Fun!

Bonus Link!

Unbelievable Latte Art

Unbelievable Latte Art

Including, pictured here, 3D animals.

They don’t say how long each of them take to make but holy crap: some incredibly talented, patient people make these things.

This has been your Friday Links, for Friday March 9th, 2018.

Have a great (daylight savings) weekend. See you in a week!

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March 2nd, 2018

Happy Friday!

And welcome to March. That was fast.

Links time!

Six Degrees Of Wikipedia

Six Degrees Of Wikipedia

You can see the interconnections between really different topics, people, places, etc.

What a great idea!

Dogs In Food

Dogs In Food

Some great photography that maps the faces of several breeds of pooches into carefully photographed culinary delights.

Yes, of course, there is an Instagram.

Jelly Mario Bros.

Jelly Mario Bros.

It’s not really the game it’s just… you’ll see. 🙂

Flappy Doge

Flappy Doge

If it’s possible, it’s even harder than normal Flappy Bird.

You’re welcome?

And this concludes the Friday Links!

Happy Friday! And have a lovely weekend.

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February 23rd, 2018

Welcome back to Friday.

We are only 26 days away from Spring everybody! Hang in there.

And here we go…

Negative Collection

Negative Collection

“The Negative Collection is a unique site that has scoured flea markets and auction houses for forgotten negatives and Kodachrome slides and then makes high quality, limited edition prints from them.”

What an interesting, random idea.

Found Polaroids

Found Polaroids

“We invite you to write a short story, or a number of stories (250-350 words each) based on one of the images found on the home page.”

A bit of an odd concept, but people are participating, and the writing is overall pretty great.

Sent in by Taylor M.

Deepsky

Deepsky

Deepsky is a photographer from Tokyo.

And that’s just about all I know.

Some great, great work on this Instagram feed.

Endless Archery

Endless Archery

A pretty straightforward 8-bit archery game.

It’s slightly more challenging than you might think. I like it!

Bonus Link!

Paris made out of Lego

Paris made out of Lego

[self explanatory]

Think of the hours that this took to create… wow.

This concludes your Friday links for February 23rd.

Have a lovely weekend.

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February 16th, 2018

Happy Friday! And welcome to your Friday Links.

Maria Kreyn: A millennial with an Old Master’s hand

Maria Kreyn: A millennial with an Old Master's hand

This twenty-something Russian artist creates artworks that look like they’re from the Renaissance.

They’re quite something. Really beautiful.

h/t SwissMiss

Vox: Figure Skating Jumps Explained

Vox: Figure Skating Jumps Explained

[self explantory explanatory]

I found this interesting!

Sent in by a few subscribers. Thank you!

Candy Heart messages written by a neural network

Candy Heart messages written by a neural network

As with most current “not enough data / not enough training” neural nets, this one is occasionally hilarious.

“LOVE 2000 HOGSYEA”!!
“CHERT FACE”!

I’d eat ’em.

Sent in by Ashy T.

Number 7

Number 7

If you’ve played 1024 before, this is sort of like that. You need to match numbers, and the highest number is 7.

This is a crazy addictive game. And yes: mobile versions are available.

Bonus Link!

James Nolan Gandy: Mechanical Drawing Machine

James Nolan Gandy: Mechanical Drawing Machine

Mr. Gandy creates mesmerizing generative artwork using a pair of complex mechanical drawing machines. The results are pretty amazing. The gallery is worth a look, as is his Instagram.

There we go! Friday: linked!

Happy Friday and have a lovely (long?) weekend.

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February 9th, 2018

Happy Friday!

Great to see you all again.

Let’s get to it!

Igor Lipchansky

Igor Lipchansky

On his instagram page, Mr. Lipchansky recreates what’s going on just outside of the frame of several well known album covers.

Hilarious! Also cleverly executed.

Tom Ryaboi: Rooftopping Toronto

Tom Ryaboi: Rooftopping Toronto

Caution: not recommended if you have a fear of heights.

Some breathtaking photography of my city from way, way up.

Beautiful.

Christopher David White – HUMAN:NATURE

Christopher David White - HUMAN:NATURE

“American artist manages to give his creations the organic aspect of wood, creating surrealist works of fascinating beauty”

And he does so by creating them out of ceramic.

Not simple. At all. Really beautiful work here.

Monster Breeder

Monster Breeder

An odd little online game. Created by polymath Nick Cicierega.

Entertaining!

Bonus Link!

A Miniature Video Store Offers a Tiny Slice of ’90s Life

A Miniature Video Store Offers a Tiny Slice of ’90s Life

As someone who worked in an indie video store, I would also add “a tiny slice of mid-80’s life too.”

This is delightful.

Created by Andrew Glazebrook, who works in makeup effects, props and miniatures for the film industry.

And finally: This discussion of setting up the Super Bowl half-time show is a little mind-blowing.

That’s that! Have a great Friday everybody, and stay warm.

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February 2nd, 2018

Happy Friday!

Happy February!

Happy link discovery time!

Heeeere we go…

Calvin Nicholls Paper Sculpture

Calvin Nicholls Paper Sculpture

This artist from Lindsay, Ontario (Canada) creates some incredible 3-dimensional sculptures of wildlife using paper and a boatload of patience.

These are just beautiful.

A Spacecraft For All

A Spacecraft For All

“In 2014 Dennis Wingo and Keith Cowing formed the ISEE-3 Reboot Project, a crodfunded effort to attempt to get in contact and gain control of the decommissioned spacecraft for the benefit of citizen science.”

I remember hearing about this then. They did it! So this site shows you live data and a bunch of cleverly animated scenarios to show the spacecraft, its current stats, and what it’s doing at the moment.

Mind blowing.

Larry’s Quest

Larry's Quest

For some reason someone (?) made this web thing featuring Leisure Suit Larry (90’s era game character.) For the first bit, you control him. Then… others appear.

It’s a little weird.

Sent in by Tyler C.

BitCopter

BitCopter

Sort of like a take on flappy bird, only you’re “Flying” a bitcoin. Avoid (for some reason) potatoes. It’s just like real cryptocurrency! (not)

Bonus Link!

Ipnot: Embroidered food

Ipnot: Embroidered food

Some pretty incredible, super tiny creations made entirely of thread.

h/t SoBadSoGood

That’s all I have this week. I hope your Friday is awesome.

Only 47 days until Spring, everybody!

Happy Friday.

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January 26th, 2018

Friday has arriiiiiived!

So fast. But it’s not done yet. There’s still time for these links!

The Grammies: What Should Have Won

The Grammies: What Should Have Won

“Before we all lose our minds over who wins big at the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, it might be helpful to remember that the Grammys have always been lousy at celebrating the present and even worse at predicting the future.”

The Washington Post’s Chris Richards re-picks the past 38 years of Grammies, focusing on the really innovative works versus corporate (or “who knows why”) winners.

Some great choices here.

Little Brick Lane

Little Brick Lane

“Have a scale model of your home built exclusively out of Lego pieces! Celebrate your home with this creative art form and the perfect addition to your home decor!”

Pricey, but pretty cool.

The Selfie Toaster

The Selfie Toaster

This artist accepts an image of your face – only one face in the image, very important – and creates a custom insert for your toaster to “print” that face on your toast.

It looks like a lot of people didn’t get that point about the one face only, but what a clever idea!

Ugent: Map Quiz

Ugent: Map Quiz

A map quiz game where you have to accurately guess how much larger one country is versus another.

I scored 64%! They’re pretty picky about the accuracy of the sizing.

Bonus Link!

United States Capitol Subway System: A Brief History

United States Capitol Subway System: A Brief History

“The United States Capitol subway system was first built in 1909 to link the US Capitol to the Russell Senate Office Building.”

I had no idea! (But also: I’ve never been, yet.)

Suggested by Tamara H.

And there we go.

Links! Sorted!

Happy Friday everybody.

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