June 24th, 2022

Welcome back to Friday!

And already: that’s the last Friday in June of 2022! Fast!

I only have three links due to the week being pretty crazy busy. Apologies in advance.

DALL·E mini

DALL·E mini

“AI model generating images from any prompt!”

(What’s Dall-e? Here!)

Giant sinkhole with a forest inside found in China

Giant sinkhole with a forest inside found in China

630 feet deep!!

With a FOREST inside it!

I’m a bit late to this story but that is mind-blowing!

Maze: Path of Light

Maze: Path of Light

Guide the light path in the correct direction to solve the maze.

I like it!

Sent in by Tara S.

We did it! Friday Links! Huzzah!

Have a great weekend everybody!

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June 17th, 2022

Happy Friday!

Next week it will be summer in my hemisphere. It already definitely feels like it. Phew.

It’s links time! Let’s gooooowuh!

Beauer 3X: The expandable travel studio

Beauer 3X: The expandable travel studio

This is a travel caravan that expands to 12 square meters (39 sq. ft.!)

It sells for €31,993 ($33,585.52 USD)

eally beautiful and clever.

Aaron Adding Machines

Aaron Adding Machines

“Antique calculators by Andy Aaron”

A bizarre, steampunk-y wood and metal calculator.

No price given, but assume typical “steampunk creator” pricing of… a lot. Quite a lot.

Hot Wheels by Year

Hot Wheels by Year

From the insanely comprehensive Hot Wheels fandom site.

My earliest toy memory is this one (I am old.)

Solar Survivor

Solar Survivor

Steer around planets and stars and shoot attackers.

Gravity plays a part and it can get kind of tricky.

We did it you guys! Friday Links on a sweltering hot June day!

I hope your weekend is most excellent.

Stay cool, and see you next week.

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June 10th, 2022

Happy Friday there, eh?

And welcome to June 2020!

We’re back! And look! It’s links time!

Elon Talks

Elon Talks

Select a video template, type the text you want Elon Musk to say (be as brutal as you like) and generate a custom video.

The speed of the output text is a little fast but… it does what it says it does. Pretty clever A.I. / M.L. tech here.

Found Wood by Oliver Chalk

Found Wood by Oliver Chalk

“A body of work offering an imbued sense of human predominance, disruption and corruption within our landscape. Through the use of excavation and stain, these votive forms pose the question and peer deeper into what we will leave behind; Are we being good ancestors?”

Some incredibly textured, beautifully carved wooden vessels.

These definitely take time to create. Really beautifully executed.

Steam-Powered YouTube

Steam-Powered YouTube

Choose a YouTube video and load the url, then crank the audio and video valves to bring the video to full resolution.

A weird little web tool.

Hedgehog Launch

Hedgehog Launch

A slingshot from which you fire a hedgehog, with extras like a rocket pack.

Super, super addictive!

And well there we go!

Have a happy Friday, and a most excellent weekend.

See you next week!

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June 3rd, 2022

Due to ongoing technical issues I had to omit this week’s Friday Links. Look for more next week, and have a lovely June weekend!

May 27th, 2022

Hooray for Friday!

And where I live it’s finally warming up. (Despite some quite insane weather last weekend.)

It’s links time!!

Persepolis Reimagined

Persepolis Reimagined

“Twenty five hundred years ago, in what is now southern Iran, stood and ancient city of awe-inspiring beauty. Built by powerful kings, it served as the ceremonial capital of Achaemenid, Persia – the largest empire of its time. Today we know is as Persepolis.”

An incredible virtual recreation of this iconic city from the Getty Center. Well done.

Outhorse your email

Outhorse your email

“Disconnect from work and let the horses of Iceland reply to your emails while you are on vacation. (Seriously)”

This hilarious idea took many months of training to realize. (My favourite statement: “Did we really teach the horses of Iceland to type on a giant keyboard? Yes, we did.”)

Unreal. A funny, kind of amazing concept. Also sort of making the rounds.

The Secret History of the Lost Champagne Cellars Under the Brooklyn Bridge

The Secret History of the Lost Champagne Cellars Under the Brooklyn Bridge

“Washington Roebling hatched a deal with the owner of a small Brooklyn wine shop, Rackey’s Wine Company, which made use of the vaults in the base of the Brooklyn Bridge (near Front Street, under the ramps leading up to the anchorages) as a cellar to store his inventory”

Note: This is a real story. Not the Onion.

Robrik

Robrik

A seemingly straightforward platformer but… oddly quite challenging.

Addictive!

Sent along by Jennifer R.

Well there we are. Alllll linked up on a Friday! At the end of May!

Have a lovely weekend. See you next Friday!

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May 20th, 2022

It’s Friday everybody!

And where I live, it’s a long weekend. Yay!

And now it’s also Links time!

LeoLabs

LeoLabs

A visualization of all of the known / identified / unclassified objects in low-earth-orbit (LEO)

It is fascinating watching them all zoom by your city up close.

Lays Around The World

Lays Around The World

A site documenting the extremely wide array of different flavours of Lays potato chips in different countries around the world.

Thailand: yes!

Symphony In Acid

Symphony In Acid

A web… presentation… art… thing, from Max Cooper.

Rendered in your browser completely using html, css, and javascript.

It must have taken a while to create this.

It may not look like much from the screenshot but this thing is extremely dynamic. Really interesting work. (Also I love Max Cooper’s musical works.)

1996 “me” would be having a heart attack at the notion of programming this…

Cue Billiard Club

Cue Billiard Club

Some pretty specific mouse+keyboard controls to put spin / english on the ball, but it’s a fairly decent simulation.

Note that the cue is like a sort of slingshot. Pull and then release.

We did it! Links! On a Friday! Whuhoooo!

Have an excellent (long?) weekend everybody.

See you next Friday.

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May 13th, 2022

Welcome to Friday… the thirteenth!! [orchestra!!]

Sadly I only have three links for you. I ran out of time.

Here we go!

what if apple had developed a pocket macintosh back in the day?

what if apple had developed a pocket macintosh back in the day?

“For those who are wondering what a marriage of the first Mac computer and a Game Boy pocket would look like, designer Rex Sowards has the answer. With the ‘Macintosh pocket’, the designer seeks to enliven an Apple product comparable to the beloved iPhone of today that could match back at the time.”

This is an actual prototype developed by Rex Sowards.

It would likely have been completely unaffordable. And probably quite hot. But it sure looks cool!

Logle

Logle

The “Wordle” knock-offs just keep coming… 😊

Can you guess a corporate logo in fewer than 9 tries?

Sometimes quite challenging. Sent in by Ashy T.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Kick ‘n’ Run

Cristiano Ronaldo: Kick 'n' Run

Basically Railway Runner, but for some reason featuring football mega-star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Still fun!

Well there we are. All linked up on a Friday (the thirteenth.)

Have an amazing, hopefully warm, weekend.

See you next week!

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May 6th, 2022

Welcome back to Friday!

And welcome to May of 2022. We made it!

And it’s links time…

Bartosz Ciechanowski: Mechanical Watch

Bartosz Ciechanowski: Mechanical Watch

“Over the course of this article I’ll explain the workings of the mechanism seen in the demonstration below. You can drag the device around to change your viewing angle, and you can use the slider to peek at what’s going on inside.”

This is delightful!

Over the pandemic I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos of people restoring things, and one of those things has been vintage, broken mechanical watches. These devices are still very impressive.

h/t/: kottke (again),

but also making the rounds. (Worth it.)

Antonin Personnaz’s Autochrome Dreams Of Early 20th Century France

Antonin Personnaz’s Autochrome Dreams Of Early 20th Century France

“Autochrome” = the earliest colour photography process. These are from 1907 to 1914. Not a lot of saturation, but some pretty amazing composition. Beautiful.

COVID 19 Tattoos: The Best Coronavirus Tattoos

COVID 19 Tattoos: The Best Coronavirus Tattoos

“The Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic is a serious time. And, in serious times we all need a little break. That is why we are trying to lift your sprits with a bit of fun.

“And what can be more fun than tattoo lists?”

Gary The World Eater

Gary The World Eater

Click and move the character to move. It continuously drops TNT, so avoid blowing yourself up.

Challenging!

Huzzah! We have now been Friday Linked!

Happy Friday! And have a fantastic weekend!

See you next week.

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April 29th, 2022

Oh hello Friday people!

It’s the final Friday in April 2022. We made it!

On my end this month has been crazy busy, so it’s good to land on a Friday again.

Links time!

Rotary Un-Smartphone™ Kit

Rotary Un-Smartphone™ Kit

This rotary cellphone (previously) is now available for pre-order.

Due to a chip shortage there is quite a delay in shipping. But holy crap these are beautiful.

DENNIS / popcorn_10 / Always & Forever / NHX

DENNIS / popcorn_10 / Always & Forever / NHX

A dynamic, complicated, generative music video experience.

“Dennis uses WebGL and works best on desktop or the iPhone 5 and up. It’s rendered in real time, so the interactive version might feel choppy, out of sync, or entirely broken in your browser.”

Note: your mouse can slightly move the camera while it plays.

The fact that this exists would blow 15-year-old me away.

Learn How To Draw A Sloth Step By Step

Learn How To Draw A Sloth Step By Step

Actually very interesting, simple instructions.

I suck at drawing but I feel like I could try this. Also: Sloths!!

Time Shooter

Time Shooter

Pick up a gun, and attempt to shoot enemies.

Time only moves when you do, so you have an advantage of aiming carefully while time is stopped.

Really challenging and quite addictive.

Bonus Link!

Rudy Willingham: Sky Portraits

Rudy Willingham: Sky Portraits

ery cleverly prepared portraits of celebrities using the varying shades of the sky, flowers, nature in general.

His website is also pretty great.

Well there we are! A Friday, and it’s all full of links now!

Happy Friday. And have a great weekend!

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April 22nd, 2022

Hooray for Friday!

And there’s only one more Friday left in April! That was fast.

It is time for some links, yes? Let’s go!

Are You The A**hole?

Are You The A**hole?

“Describe a situation in which you may or may not have been the one at fault. The AI will tell you who’s in the right, and why.”

It can get incredibly detailed in its answer. Fascinating.

paint.wtf

paint.wtf

“Convince an AI that you’re the best artist.”

It provides art prompts (e.g.: “Draw the best upside down dinosaur”) and shows you an example, then you draw your version and submit. If it’s good enough, you get added to the leaderboard for that prompt.

The Rural Life of Victorian England in 1857 Through Stunning Historical Photos

The Rural Life of Victorian England in 1857 Through Stunning Historical Photos

“William Morris Grundy’s idyllic photographs document rural life in England during the Victorian era.”

“His pictures mostly depict hunting and fishing scenes or scenes related to rural pursuits.”

Keeping in mind what a hassle it was to take a single photograph at that time. Pretty amazing.

Flip Goal

Flip Goal

Surprisingly addictive. Try using the sides of the play area and see how weirdly you can score a goal. (Or not.)

A fun little game. I like it.

Well there we go. All linked up!

Happy Friday everybody.

See you next week.

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