December 31st, 2021

Welcome to the final Friday in the year 2021.

I can’t believe we made it.

There are only three links for you this week because this year was a lot.

I hope you’re all doing as well as you possibly can be doing.

Links time lets goooooo!!

Where is Webb?

Where is Webb?

A great, great little site to follow the progress of the James Webb Space Telescope. The deployment of the entire telescope takes 29 days.

Suggested by astrophysicist Amber Straughan.

Things full of beans that shouldn’t be full of beans

Things full of beans that shouldn't be full of beans

[self explanatory….?]

For some reason, making the rounds. What is wrong with people?

Smash Karts

Smash Karts

Drive Kart. Smash things. Repeat.

Oh also shoot things.

And there we go!

Have a great Friday, a great weekend, and a happy, happy new year.

See you on the other side.

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December 24th, 2021

Merry Christmas!

And Happy Friday!

And it’s the second- last Friday of this terrible, terrible year.

I unfortunately got a little too busy (xmas stuff) and everything in my city is back to being pretty well shut right down, so I only have a reduced amount of Friday Links for you.

We finally made it here. It feels both so fast and way, way too slow.

First: Kottke has compiled several “Best photos of 2021” lists which I recommend. Holy crap what a year.

Readow

Readow

“The new way to find the next book to read! Let AI to help you discover the best books for you…”

Interesting! I haven’t yet used it for an actual recommendation but I think I will.

You Don’t Know African flags

You Don't Know African flags

I know exactly three African flags.

Still fun!

Sooooo that’s all I have this week. 🙁

Happy Holidays, and I hope you’re all safe and as well as you can be.

See you next Friday!

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December 17th, 2021

Happy Friday!

The last Friday of Autumn, 2021. Amazing

Happy Holildays! Merry Christmas! Etc.!

Let’s go!

WTF Do They Want

WTF Do They Want

“Take a short personality quiz and we will match them with their ideal gifts.”

An interesting gift finder based on personality type.

The One Million Dollar Puzzle

The One Million Dollar Puzzle

Buy the puzzle, build it, scan the QR code, and find out how much you’ve won.

Every puzzle wins something, but only one will win $1 million USD.

NME’s 50 Best Albums of 2021

NME's 50 Best Albums of 2021

The best of lists begin…

Tyler the Creator, Wolf Alice, Halsey, Kacey Musgraves, Doja Cat. It’s quite the list!

CanJump

CanJump

You can’t control which direction the charatcer moves in other than by bumping into obstacles. But you “Can Jump”.

Challenging.

Well there we go. Friday Links! In December! While we still can!

Have a great Friday and an amazing weekend.

See you next week!

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December 10th, 2021

Hello, and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas!

We’re in the thick of the Christmas season and I threw together a few guides for charity and gifting.

As I do nearly every year, I recommend giving to Covenant House. If you have a roof over your head, food in your fridge, and a job to go to, it’s worth it to send some of your income to this charity.

Red Door Family Shelter is also an excellent charity to donate to.

Canada Helps has an excellent charity giving guide, under the guise of it being a gift guide.

Charitynavigator also has a decent one.

And at spruce.com there is a list of the top 10 charities that help children specifically.

It appears that rather than just have one specific gift guide, the magazine industry in particular has split everything into weirdly specific groups of gift guides, indicating that ad impressions are more important than, you know, actually providing the info we’re looking for.

Esquire has four specific xmas gift guides this year.

Elle has a few specific gift guides (including one specifically branded one.)

The whole vibe is different. I don’t like it. But you have to do what you can do when ad revenue is down. (The spirit of xmas, right?)

And two more I actually did like:

The Guardian

Real Simple

Nearly nobody I know is giving gifts this xmas. It’s nearly all donations and charity. And that is a good thing. Merry Christmas!

And now: the links!

Eat Like A Sultan

Eat Like A Sultan

“Welcome to Daniel Newman’s website on the history of Arab cooking in the Middle Ages. The site combines two passions of mine, food and history. The site is much more than mere facts or historical background as it brings medieval recipes back to life through painstaking recreation of the original dishes.”

Medieval Arab food and techniques!

BookStash

BookStash

“Top books recommended by famous folk, in 3m or less.”

Not so much “reading” the book itself so much as “gleaning” the key points of the book so you can talk to people as though you had.

It’s an interesting idea!

Scale of the Universe 2

Scale of the Universe 2

Use a scrollbar to zoom waaaaaaaayyyyyy down to the subatomic level, or way, way, wayyyyyyy up to the macro full-size universe scale.

This is fun to bookmark because you can turn to it while you’re on hold during a zoom call. There is never not something to learn about micro or macro scale objects.

Space Is Key Christmas

Space Is Key Christmas

Use your spacebar (which is key) to jump your block over other blocks.

Surprisingly challenging!

Well there we go. All linked up!

Merry Christmas! Happy Friday! Have an excellent weekend.

Stay safe.

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December 3rd, 2021

It’s Friday!

The first Friday of the last month of 2021. We’re getting through this godforsaken year you guys!

I hope you’re all doing well.

It’s links time!

WeirdSpot.fyi

WeirdSpot.fyi

“enter a sentence. get a playlist.”

Basically, yeah: that!

Some excellent tech went into this.

DrawNames

DrawNames

A fantastic little “Secret Santa” / gift exchange utility that more properly randomizes who buys gifts for whom.

Especially for larger groups, this is a great little tool

Townscaper

Townscaper

Click on things and begin creating a little town. That can eventually become a pretty large town.

Note: It takes quite a bit of time to load. And for good reason. It is detailed.

Addictive! Suggested by Janet C.

Caida Libre (Free Falling)

Caida Libre (Free Falling)

Avoid all obstacles except for the parachute backpack.

Challenging and a little addictive. Also: some frankly annoying music, but I’ll survive.

And there we go! Links! Friday!

Friday Links!

Happy Holidays everybody. I hope you’re all doing as well as you can.

Have a great weekend.

See you next Friday!

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