June 26th, 2015

It’s Friiiidayyy!



Links time!

Cabbibo / Enough

“It’s difficult to describe the joy that I found from picking up a picture book and reading it cover to cover. They let me explore galaxies, ride dinosaurs, slay dragons.”

This is a stunning web installation in HTML5 created by Cabbibo. There are more to play with on this site as well. Really beautifully done.

Passport Index

“Passport Index displays and ranks the world’s passports. Discover the visa free power rank of each passport. How powerful is your passport?”

An interesting little site.

Todd McLellan: Things Come Apart

Photographer Todd McLellan disassembles a variety of machines and presents all of their parts in satisfying organizational displays.
There are also two short time-lapse videos of some of the disassembly process.


Think: “Lunar Landar”, but now multiplayer, and HTML5. You can compare your moves and compete for the best landing. I have always sucked at this game, but maybe you do not. Have at it!

Bonus Link!

Google Sheep View

[making the rounds…]

“At last!”, I hear you cry.

Some interesting bits and pieces:

Let’s Rebuild Nepal

“These blocks are miniature versions of the structures that collapsed in the recent Nepal earthquake. By buying these toys you help rebuild Nepal for generations to come.”

A pretty good idea.

I spent the last 15 years trying to become an American. I’ve failed.

Written for Vox by William Han. A pretty sobering read.

Thanks for reading, as always. And as always, have a great Friday!

See you soon.


June 19th, 2015

Hooray for Friday!


Let’s begin…

10 Great Performances from Game of Thrones Actors to Help You Fill the Void

[self explanatory]

Also: I completely forgot that Lena Headey was in Dredd! A great list that only underscores the sheer acting firepower of this series.

On The Grid

“On the Grid is a designer’s guide to neighborhood gems. It was created by Hyperakt, a design agency based in Brooklyn.”

Really cleverly designed. I like it!

A 1920s Hotel Lobby Hidden In An Upper West Side Apartment Building

A great discovery in New York’s upper west side, lovingly detailed by Nick Carr. (And yes, that is two NYC links this week. You’re welcome, America.)

Game Oldies

“Game-Oldies.com is an online emulator website and community. We support many classic systems, and add some very often.”

These guys are not kidding! If they merely had Sega Genesis and Super NES alone it would be a pretty huge accomplishment, but they emulate a lot of other systems too. (Note: No Atari of any kind, but still…)

There goes your weekend…

Bonus Link!

World’s biggest compliment shower

[self explanatory?]

I’m a bit behind, since “World Compliment Day” occurs annually on March 1st, but still: this creation by Dutch (or Belgian?) fashion retailer e5 is cute!

Some reading for your weekend:

Let’s Not Schedule Phone Calls Anymore

Illuminating North Korea

Have a great weekend everybody.


June 12th, 2015

Friday again. Surpriiiise!!

Here we go…

SFMTA Photo Shelter

SFMTA = The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

This is a huge trove of photography created by this transit authority. It covers a selection of years between 1903 and 1975. Some of these are just amazing.

Underwater Street Views

Google merges several “Views” into the broader Google Maps app.

And it’s not just oceans, either.

These are great.

The Kitten Covers

A series of recreations of classic album covers using kittens. Oddly, several of these look pretty close to the originals.

Happy Wheels

I do not know what is even happening here. But I am playing this repeatedly.

Sent in by Stephanie L.

Bonus Link!


“Close your eyes and step under a different kind of shower. Where the spout is a pair of headphones and the plumbing is the Internet.”


Sent in by Traci T.

The two long reads I recommend this week are as follows:

Paul Ford: What is Code?

This has been making the rounds and it is definitely long but in my opinion worth it.

Four Columbia House insiders explain the shady math behind “8 CDs for a penny”

This I post not purely for nostalgic reasons but because it illustrates that the music business has rarely if ever been about compensating their artists, especially in pre-internet days.

Have a great weekend everybody. It’s mid-June!


P.S. Are you guys excited about the X-Files reboot?

June 5th, 2015

Well here we are all Friday’d up and no place to go.

Here: have some links!


(Yes. That is “tree” with three e’s)

A generative tree maker written in JavaScript.

You can click on it while it generates and rotate it around.

Quite beautiful.

A graphic tale: the visual effects of Mad Max: Fury Road

A pretty great breakdown of the visual effects and other details of the making of this insane action film.

Type To Design

You type, and this tool represents the letters with randomly-selected pictures from Instagram. You can correct specific letters by clicking on them.

Suggested by Chris H.

Dogfight 2

An addictive biplane shooter. Super fun.

Bonus Link!

Exhausting a Crowd

What appears to be an installation piece about surveillance in the 21st century. You zoom in to specific people in a video segment and try to determine what each of them is doing. Others also do this. It’s kind of interesting and odd.

Special this week: Some “Long Reads”

I had heard from a few of you recently that long reads are a thing that you might be interested in. I have been a huge fan of them but held back on linking them here, but since more people are checking out the Friday Links and commenting on it (thanks!) I am adapting to that feedback. It may not be every week, but once in a while if there are really great ones.

So here are a couple for you:

Dissent in Putin’s Russia

An interview with Ilya Ponomarev, a (former?) member of the Russian State Duma who now lives in the United States. It’s an insiteful read.

How I tracked FBI Aerial Surveillance

Ars Technica’s John Wiseman writes about aerial surveillance over Baltimore.

Wait But Why: How Tesla Will Change The World

A great read. His previous post about Elon Musk is also pretty excellent.

Yay! Long reads.

Have a great Friday everybody. See you next week!