I am back! And, therefore, so are the Friday Links. Yayyyy!
» Lost As A Computer Text Adventure
A bit old but no less funny. And, yes, extremely nerdy.
Note: If you haven’t seen the show there are some spoilers.
» Hostile Skies!
Fly a WWI plane and shoot down “the enemy”. You also get to go up against the Red Baron (if you’re good enough.)
» The World Ice Art Championships
Ice carvers compete for artistic excellence. Some pretty amazing sculptures in this site. It’s an annual event.
» The Ancient Iran Photo Gallery
Several photographer friends sent me this one. In light of recent political events, it’s easy to forget what a hub of culture this region has been for millenia. Some really beautiful work here.
» The Rare Book Room
A place where you history / rare publication nerds can view hi-res scans of texts such as the Guttenburg Bible, among dozens of other invaluable historical publications. Pretty interesting. (To me at least.)
Happy Friday, everyone!
Sorry: No Friday links for this week as I am on vacation.
Welcome to the weekend. Where I’m from: it’s been a bit of a journey to get here.
Here are your Friday Links.
Just a warning: I am on vacation next week (Jamaica!), so there will be no Friday links next week. I’ll make up for it the following week. Even the Friday Links guy needs a vacation…
» San Francisco Bread Review
A website devoted to reviewing bread. I love bread but… this is kind of over the top. Witness this review of a loaf of french bread bought at a Safeway location.
» Nanaca CRASH!
Insane insane insane. And addictive. 🙂
» The BBC’s Senses Challenge
Test your senses. You may be surprised at the results.
There are other tests on that site as well. Interesting! (to me)
» Ask Moses
Hey: Passover is just around the corner… This is a website where you can ask Rabbinical scholars questions on “topics ranging from simple questions about Jewish holidays to complex inquiries on personal issues.” Available 24/6 (harrrr)
[Note: I am not religious.]
Happy Friday, and have a great week.
Fridaayyyyyyyuh! Yes! [punches air]
» MyHeritage: Facial Recognition
Sent in by Damir and a really uncanny find. Upload a photo of your face. (Large enough, and facing forward enough.) They scan a database of celebrities to show you which ones you resemble. Mine is here. (Damir’s ishere.)
Insanely funny in most cases.
» Click Opera: Employee Of The Month
Speaking of photos… this blog listed a series of ridiculously hi-resolution employee photographs, inserting his own rather insane captions to describe their expressions. It’s kind of unsettling…
» Coltrane’s Giant Steps: Visualized
This takes a while to load (click on “Watch Movie”,) but is emminently worth it. I love Coltrane. The story behind this project is sort of interesting as well.
Developed at MIT, Clocky is an alarm clock which, when you hit snooze, “will jump off of your nightstand and wheel around your room looking for a place to hide.” That’s an interesting way to start your day. 🙂
Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are.
A little late, yes, but still ready to rock your Friday. Here goes.
» Much Better Than This
Awww? Yes: I am late for Valentines with this one. Still neat. Sent in by Bahar.
See also…. This guy appears to be an online installationist. Some neat / insane stuff in there.
Find out how badly your job will age you… sort of. Not particularly realistic but a neat little gizmo. Sent in by Damir.
Recommended by Sarah. Apparently (her words) the “highlight” is when they turn the massive block of cheese. What an odd site! 🙂 This has also been featured on numerous recent news reports.
» CG Sphere
A whooooole lotta digital artists submit their take on a cg-generated sphere.
Some Friday linkages to warm you up…
» Tangerine Panic
Dodge as many as possible. Sure: it sounds easy…
» OddCast Text To Speech Demos
Choose a language, choose a character voice (including accented voices.) Watch and listen. This must have taken a bit of time to create. Note: you can only use this a limited number of times. It’s pretty funny trying a french voice with english phrases.
» Vinyl Data: Videogames from an LP
In the late 70’s / early 80’s, numerous (predominantly British) vinyl releases featured a track at the end with data audio on it which resulted in a playable videogame for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum home computer. Nerrrrd alert! Pretty neat idea though.
» Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema
An incredibly thorough compendium of historical data on a film industry at a time when I wasn’t even aware that one existed. It even includes a listing of Victorian film projector styles.
First Friday in February! Whuhoo!
Happy Friday people. Here you go.
» Things My Boyfriend Says
e: My hands hurt from doing the dishes.
me: You’re such a delicate flower.
e: How does it feel?
me: How does what feel?
e: Being punched in the face by a delicate flower?
[Note: possibly / probably nsfw]
Guide your robot through a series of mysterious and puzzling levels. This is somewhat similar to the PSP game “PQ: Practical Intelligence Quotient”. Tricky, and addictive.
Sent in by DAM
» Steve’s Weird House
Possibly the most cluttered household in the world, never mind just Seattle. Some interesting stuff in here but… it takes a while to focus. 🙂
» Disney Studio: The Ropes
A booklet given to all new employees at Disney circa 1943. Apparently women weren’t allowed to… do anything…
Have a good weekend!
Here we go!
» Plen: Desktop Hobby Robot
Caution: annoying music. But wicked video of this desktop skateboarding / rollerskating robot. The gallery is highly recommended. From Japan (where else?)
Sent in by Minh.
» The Ad Generator
Yeah. Like we actually need one of those! 🙂
This semi-art-installation “randomizes words and structures from real advertising slogans and pairs them with related images from Flickr, generating fake ads on the fly”. Interesting. (Apologies to MeFi readers.)
» Mister Quickly: Insane Amazon.com Reviewer
This guy has been mentioned before elsewhere. He’s a lunatic (must be!) from Victoria who posts very wordy and… insane reviews of obscure books available on Amazon.com. This one is a recent favorite. [Scroll down to Customer Reviews.]
Digitally recreated building blocks which realistically react to physical motion, right on your desktop. Kind of addictive. It’s a downloadable install, but you can view videos of some of the more insane setups on (of course)YouTube.
Thanks for playing along at home!
Friday Links Tiiiiime!! [bell!]
» The Writing Automaton (1722)
Photos and video (en Francais) documenting a functioning clockwork automaton from 1722 France. These were often made for French and German royalty by Swiss craftsmen. Pretty fascinating to watch.
» The George W. Bush Conspiracy Generator
Generate a random one, or create a very specific one. Odds are 1 in 29 that one is probably true (Note: not scientifically measured, that figure came from nowhere.)
» Group Hug
Yet another confessional website. Yikes.
(And no, I don’t have a fixation. No really!)
» The Very Secret Diaries
Diaries from characters of the epic trilogy. A sample:
Gandalf, Day 13: Stuck on top of tower. Great view, but constant pelting sleet not good for pointy hat. Am amusing self by spitting gum down on the Orcs.
Saruman, Day 14: All right, who’s been spitting gum down on the orcs? Honestly.
Have a great weekend, Friday Links peoples!
The time has come….
For your Friday Links!!
» Eejanaika: An Insane Japanese Rollercoaster
Certainly not for the faint of heart. Holy crap this looks amazing! Careful on that video link (it’s 5 minutes long)
» The Museum Of Bad Album Covers
We’ve all seen that short little list that gets passed around a lot, the small list featuring “Joyce” (available here). That’s got nothing on this site. Hilarious.
» “For Dummies” Generator
Happy Friday everyone!