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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April 15th, 2022

Happy Good Friday!

It’s a long weekend and where I live it’s finally feeling like actual Spring weather. (With rain, sure.)

And it’s links time!

Cameron Robbins: Wind Drawings

Cameron Robbins: Wind Drawings

“The Wind Drawing Machines are installed in different locations to receive weather energy and translate it into an abstract format of ink drawings on paper”

Really interesting!

Sent in by longtime friend Stewie.

Park My Spaceship

Park My Spaceship

Choose a ship, place it over any geographic location to see its scale.

You can also choose seasonal items like Santa’s sleigh, etc.

Nicely done!

Chef’n: Smores Roaster

Chef'n: Smores Roaster

Note: for outdoor use.

A delightful little device!

Sent along by Kevin H.

Easter Egg Hop

Easter Egg Hop

Weirdly named in that: there’s no hopping.

Try to collect baby chicks, butterflies, and eggs, and the faster the better. Avoid hens.

Happy Easter!

Well there you go. Links!! Friday!

Have a great (long?) weekend, and I’ll see you next week.

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April 8th, 2022

Happy Friday everybody!

Just like that: Links time! Let’s go!

DuoLingo: Essential phrases for helping Ukrainian refugees

DuoLingo: Essential phrases for helping Ukrainian refugees

They offer a free Ukrainian phrasebook for download.

Great idea!

ADS-B Exchange – tracking aircraft using tar1090

ADS-B Exchange - tracking aircraft using tar1090

A live map tracking all known aircraft, their tail number, flight number, source and destination, etc. in real time.

It’s beautifully rendered.

I still rely on FlightRadar24 which is the industry standard, but this is a nice alternative for sure.

Also, just for clarity, this is what ADS-B and tar1090 are.

Hey speaking of international travel….

Explordle

Explordle

A random geographic location is presented in first-person POV video, and after a few seconds it asks you what place you’re looking at.

It’s pretty challenging! A great idea.

Lose95

Lose95

“Someone is downloading huge files. But there isn’t enough space on the disk!”

Basically: click on individual files to delete them. And also avoid obstacles, and don’t delete the wrong files.

In a kooky cartoon Windows 95 design.

Delightful.

Well happy Friday everybody! It’s slowly warming up where I live, and I’m looking forward to a nice weekend. I hope the same for all of you.

Stay safe, and have a great weekend.

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April 1st, 2022

Happy Friday!

And now we’re in April! And where I live, the weather is a little bizarre.

To the links!!

RouteShuffle

RouteShuffle

Enter a street address to start; set how long you want to run, walk, or bike; generate route.

It works really well!

Sent along by Tyler F.

100,000 Stars

100,000 Stars

A simulation of exactly what it says: zoom in, pan around, turn things over, find out details of individual stellar bodies, etc.

Discovered via Kottke.

Jazz Keys

Jazz Keys

Type, and a preset sequences of notes on a piano will play. Only your tempo and phrasing will shape what it turns into.

When you’re done typing you can hit the play button on the top-right and it will play it back to you.

Kind of interesting! Sent in by Tianna S.

Slap Chris

Slap Chris

(Chris Rock, of course.)

Today is April Fools’ Day so they have temporarily switched it to be Will Smith.

And there we go!

Happy April! Happy Spring! Happy Friday!

Have an excellent weekend everybody.

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March 25th, 2022

Welcome to Friday!

And it’s the last Friday in March, 2022. We made it to Spring!

I hope you’re all doing very well.

Let’s go!!

Kika Studio Miniature

Kika Studio Miniature

Tiny fairy housing carved into wood and set inside walnut shells.

These are all hand-carved. The artist, Kristina, is very fervently against using a 3d printer for any of these creations. She also makes custom works by request.

Her Instagram is worth a follow as well.

100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying

100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying

It’s a pretty good list!

Sent along by Ashy T.

Driving Simulator on Google Maps

Driving Simulator on Google Maps

The steering is a little wonky but it works!

sort of hilariously fun.

Open Golf

Open Golf

A very straightforward mini-golf game.

It’s pretty impressive that something like this can be created in the browser. Crazy.

And so there we go. Linked up! On a Friday!

Happy Friday! Happy Weekend! Happy Spring!

See you next week.

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March 18th, 2022

Welcome back to Friday!

And it’s almost Spring! (Sunday! In my hemisphere.)

It is link time!

Let’s go!

Dream by WOMBO

Dream by WOMBO

Type something you want to make a picture of, choose an artistic style, and click “Generate”.

Machine learning and A.I. of course. Interesting.

It’s definitely way more abstract than literal. Also, sadly, no gallery.

Barry Webb: Slime Moulds (Myxomycetes)

Barry Webb: Slime Moulds (Myxomycetes)

“These organisms go through different stages. At one stage in their life cycle they are single cell amoebae. Most of my images show them as fruiting bodies which are the spore bearing stage. They are extremely small, averaging 1-4mm. This is probably the reason I had never noticed them before, during many years of photographing fungi.”

These photos are astonishing.

Beautifully done.

Worldle

Worldle

(Interesting to pronounce!)

You are presented a country shape.

Identify the country.

Super challenging.

The Wordle adaptations keep on coming…

Farmers Stealing Tanks

Farmers Stealing Tanks

“Steal a tank that has run out of fuel and take it back to your shed.”

Despite recent events, harder than it looks.

And there we go!

Happy Friday everybody. Happy Spring! Happy mid-March!

Have a great weekend, and see you next Friday!

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March 11th, 2022

Hooray for Friday!

Welcome to it.

Links time!!

Heardle

Heardle

It’s the “Wordle” interface but you basically have to name the song. (Artist and title.)

Very brief segments of the intro = super hard.

It appears to only include music going as far back as maybe 2002. Still! Pretty well done.

Alex Ten Napel: Portraits Of Hens And Roosters

Alex Ten Napel: Portraits Of Hens And Roosters

Honestly quite beautiful and striking portraits of these birds.

Nicely done.

Lots more work on his site. Well done.

Internet Movie Cars Database

Internet Movie Cars Database

“You will find here the most complete list on the web about cars, bikes, trucks and other vehicles seen in movies and TV series, image captures and information about them.”

They are not kidding.

I went looking for this car, but on the way also found this one, which I had completely forgotten about.

It is exhaustive! Cars in traffic! Cars in the background. It’s a little crazy.

Crazy Flips 3d

Crazy Flips 3d

Click to crouch, release to jump, click to tuck and roll.

I find it super challenging. VERY satisfying to land a difficult jump. Fun!

Well there you have it. Allll done with Friday Links for another week.

Happy Friday, Happy Weekend, and I hope you’re all doing as well as possible.

See you next Friday!

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