This week I have an assortment of awesome. More creepy stuff made by networks who (?) seem to love their job. On the other hand, I also found the entirely more wholesome blog with logos from a bygone era. Some of the posts are amazing but I picked the 80s toy logos to share because Thundercats.
Elsewhere, if you are involved in building "the web" then I encourage you to look at the Sustainable Web Manifesto. In what could be the next trend, YouTube recently experienced blowback for their carbon emissions. Get ahead of sustainability now and reap the rewards in the, not too distant, future.
🕸️ The Cool Side of the Web
Please don't catch them at all: A bunch of grotesque Pokémon drawn by a neural network. 👹
The original tweet doesn't call for adding them to any games but if they end up in Pokémon then someone is going to be arrested.
Elsewhere in AI Samsung developed an AI that can create a video from a single photo. There's a demo here but it's still early days.
Remember the innocent days when Samsung just worried about refrigedating?.
My favorite website discovery: Reagan Ray collects cool logos for things like 80s toy lines to 70s movies soundtracks. 🕹️
⚒️ Tools and Resources
Random color generator with slick animation. 🎨
Now, color generating tools might be thriving in the wild, but this is one of the coolest ones I have seen. It displays a spectrum based on the color item you select. You can randomize it again and again. Very cool.
Pixlr.com is a free image editor with a good range of options like clone stamp, filters, and adjustments.
🕷️ Design & Development Arena
The tech industry has managed to avoid pressure over sustainability. That's not going to last. If you'd like to know how to build a sustainable web then check out and sign The Sustainable Web Manifesto.
One of the authors is Tom Greenwood who presented Zero Carbon WordPress at WordCamp Europe 2017. With his team at Wholegrain Digital, they make some great, sustainable products.
If you have any doubt about the value of moving towards a sustainable web, then check out this map of climate impact based on electricity consumption..
🤔 Articles of interest
If the internet wasn't frightening enough please consider it a dark forest now.
Nothing good happens in a dark forest. I have never heard someone say "I meet my husband in a dark forest and we're going on 14 years now. Of course, he was a big bad wolf at first but we made it work."
On a related note, The University of Oxford has a Junk News Aggregator which collects all the junk published on Facebook. Recency can be limited to the last hour of posts and includes all the engagement metrics.
If you're feeling particularly brave you can click through to the actual post.
That's it for the week. I will be shifting the publication date to Thursdays in the future. I need to take some pressure off the start of my week, so I slight change to the schedule makes sense.
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