If you can believe it, it’s already the last Friday in May 2018.
But that also means that June starts next week, which is awesome.
Welcome, to your Friday Links!
The Secret Annex of Anne Frank in 3D
An online interactive experience where you can visit the Anne Frank house in some considerable detail.
Making the rounds, along with some interesting new discoveries in the original Frank diary.
Robbie Barrat: A.I. created paintings
“AI researcher Robbie Barrat decided to see what would happen when he fed a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) thousands of nude portraits from a dataset and then trained it to create its own bizarre artworks.”
He features his art on (of all things) a github site.
To be clear: the nude portraits are “bizarre”, but still fascinating. The landscapes are quite lovely.
His twitter feed is also worth a look.
“Flopstarter is a real crowdfunding site.
“A platform for bad ideas.
“So far we have had hundreds of submissions to the site, all of them useless.”
Funny! And real(?!)
Sent in by Mandy C.
Simple: move the box (aka: your cursor) to avoid the larger obstacles.
It’s challenging. I’m a little addicted.
That’s all I got!
Now get out there and enjoy the last Friday in May!
And where I live, it’s a long weekend. Whuhoo!
And now, the links.
Legoland Royal Wedding
39,000 bricks to create this diorama of this Saturday’s festivities.
Created by the fine folks at LegoLand Windsor (Of course.)
Not The Moon
“NOT THE MOON really is a pancake, digitized as a high-res, film quality scan, its texture applied to a true-to-scale sphere representation and virtually photographed with a 600 mm telescopic lens using minimal shutter and small aperture.”
One of the stranger art projects I think I’ve seen but I also love it. A little bit of a prank but definitely still lovely.
“Build, train, and ship custom deep learning models using a simple visual interface.”
This is a fascinating tool.
You have to request to join their beta. No notice anywhere on whether they distribute what your AI learns, etc. Still: super interesting.
A hyper challenging game. You have to race to clocks to gain 3 more seconds in the hopes of eventually escaping / conquering / winning.
Stressful! But fun.
And that’s that. That’s it. I have HAD IT! (wait. no… wrong thread.)
Have a lovely Friday, and a lovely (long?) weekend.
Friday is back in town.
…And this summer, he’s not taking anything sitting down… [action music]
Welcome! To your Friday Links!
Here we go…
Accidentally Wes Anderson
[self explanatory sort of]
Some beautifully designed environments, photographed symmetrically.
Moritz Stefaner: Multiplicity
“This interactive installation provides an immersive dive into the image space spanned by hundreds of thousands of photos taken across the Paris city area. Using machine learning techniques, the images are organized by similarity and image contents, allowing to visually explore niches and microgenres of image styles and contents.”
I find it kind of mesmerizing.
Sent in by Kate S.
SkyKnit: When knitters teamed up with a neural network
Some really fascinating designs came out of this. What an odd choice.
A frustratingly challenging game.
I did only kind of okay at this game, but I still like it.
And that’s all I have this week.
I hope your Friday is most excellent.
Have a great weekend.
Historic Tale Construction Kit
You create your own medieval Bayeux-style tapestry to tell a heroic tale of… whatever you want. Or I guess you could try to re-create the existing one.
What’s so funny?: 25 singers cracking up at their own songs
“…The rarer kind of laughter is the spontaneous crack-up, the studio gaffe in which the facade briefly drops and the singer is suddenly amused by their own lyrics, or a bum note—or who knows what—and the moment thereafter becomes part of their song. Here are 25 examples.”
Exhaustive and well written. Some great examples.
Sent in by Lisa A.
Mimi Choi Makeup Artistry
Wow. I’ll say. Really progressive glitch-style face painting. Well done.
Her Instagram feed is also worth a look.
Sent in by Amy W.
“Use your sword to deflect enemy lasers into floating orb droids.”
A simple sentence, with what sound like simple instructions.
This is a fun, challenging game. It starts off really easy, but definitely progresses from there.
Enter your own text for the chyron and screen-grab your very own Rudy Giuliani interview photo.
Single-use, simple little gag.
And that’s your Friday Links for the first Friday in May 2018!
Have a great, hopefully warm, hopefully dry, hopefully earthquake-free weekend everybody.
April is alllll out of Fridays now. That went really fast.
“Using reclaimed metal and plastic objects as materials, Sayaka’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. She describes her style as “3D impressionism”- creating an illusion of solid form using plastic objects as brush strokes that become visible upon observation from close proximity.”
“12” Action Figures of You, Friends, or Family”
They hand sculpt the head, and as a result it’s a little pricey, but it’s a pretty cool idea!
Jomnar Machado – Future Cars
This 3d illustrator from Rio de Janeiro creates some pretty incredible vehicle designs.
A nerve-wracking duel game. Really rudimentary and pretty challenging.
I like! Sent in by Darryl F.
People Who Tried to Take Panorama Shots and Ended Up Opening the Gates of Hell
I love this.
Have a lovely Friday everybody.
Welcome to your late-April Friday.
Make a wish!
Here are some links for your special April Friday!
“The Rescued Film Project is an online archive gallery of images that were captured on film between the 1930’s and late 1990’s. Each image in our archive was recovered from found film from locations all over the world, and came to us in the form of undeveloped rolls of film.”
This is so interesting to me.
Discovered via Vice.com.
Making the Mac: 20 Vintage Apple Ads
These make me feel oooooold. Some great ad work here.
Your phone is most likely 800 times more powerful than the entire list of products in these advertisements. The future: it’s here.
Sideserf Cake Studio
“Cake artist Natalie Sideserf has made a name for herself with some of the most intricate cake sculptures in the world.”
There is a Food Network show called “Texas Cake House” which focuses on this cake studio. I don’t have cable, so I had never heard of this.
Some utterly incredible work being done here. Amazing.
An addictive little arcade style game. Bounce the balls the right number of times off of objects to clear each item.
It’s tricky. And fun. And I’m addicted.
O Moldy Night
“The stars were brightly shining in Durham, North Carolina, when three women obsessed with Jell-O mounted a pop-up museum exhibition of molded foods.”
Caution: questionably jiggly… “food”
And there you go! Friday Links: delivered!
Have a lovely (warm?) weekend everybody.
See you next week.
Friday… the thirteenth! [orchestra!]
Friday has arrived. We can all exhale again.
Are you ready?
Here we go…
Frank Kunert – Photographs of Small Worlds
Mr. Kunert’s works are all over the place but so interesting. He has a series of miniature constructions including interiors that are pretty breathtaking.
Discovered via The Guardian.
A Most Curious Doctor’s Bag
This is quite the find. Worth a read. Some really fascinating things here, and it’s well written.
Sent along by Traci T.
A motion graphics designer who creates some pretty fascinating virtual looping animations.
His instagram is a delight as well.
A really, really basic platformer, but I found it entertaining (and quite pink.)
Sent in by Emma S.
And those are the links I have this week.
It’s finally warming up where I live (sort of.) Spend part of your weekend outside.
Welcome back to Friday everybody!
All set for the weekend? Not yet!
Here we go.
Olivier Ratsi: Echolyse
“The Echolyse is an ensemble of works that deal with the perception of space. Using various devices, geometric structures are projected into different architectural sites with the aim of simulating immaterial three-dimensional spaces. Depending on the project, the resulting immaterial space can provide a virtual extension or a means of perturbing the existing space.”
“The projected structures come to life, decomposing and breaking into fragments over time.”
I particularly like the “Onion Skin” portion of this installation.
Some beautiful, beautiful works here. There are others on his site as well. Really exceptional work.
A fascinating, quite in-depth… thing from XKCD.
Really well done. You’ll see
Climate Atlas of Canada
“The Climate Atlas of Canada combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to bring the global issue of climate change closer to home for Canadians. ”
Pretty sobering stuff. My region has already seen some of these effects in the past several years.
Speak & Spell (US, 1979 Version)
A free online emulator of this essential late-70s tech toy.
There you have it. All linked up.
Have a lovely weekend and see you next Frrrriiiiidayyyyeee
The last Friday in March. Another fast month. Crazy.
Let’s get started!
“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.
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
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!
It’s Friday again! Which I love. Which you love!
We love Friday!
And so here are some links…
“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?
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 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.”
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.