🕸️ The Cool Side of the Web
Nvidia have a new GAN demo for you: Faceswap for pets. 🐾
I translated it alot until I was able to make my troublesome beagle into a more family-friendly pet like a jaguar.
Entertain yourself with this library of Open Source Three.JS animations. Use them or for projects or just to get through to 5pm. ⌛
1. TopoTopo: Enter any geographic location anywhere on Earth and watch the terrain form into a physical model you can hold in your hand.
2. Paper palnes: Make paper airplanes on your mobile and send them flying around the world.
3. Physijs: A physics plugin for Three.Js but you can play with some of the demos which include...Jenga.
🤖 Robots et. al.
Delegate your obligations, great your houseguests, skip work for a day with a Robo-C the robot clone from the future.
It's about time we had a more sophisticated approach to the Homer Simpson jury duty episode. The spectacular promo images show you a face only a team of engineers could love with the "I've been a bad boy" (number 5) being my favorite.
All of these developments might be enough to creep you out, so take a moment to skim this comparison of Blade Runner's imagined November 2019 vs the real thing. At least our bots don't have the same identity confusion.
On the other hand, they are getting damn good at creating visualizations of sound.
⚒️ Tools and Resources
Now Todo is an app for iPhone which will help you create meaningful ToDo lists. ✅
A to-do list is a complicated beast; on the one hand, it reminds you how little time you have and on the other is a great way to get frustrated. Now ToDo has a focus mode to help you decrease frustration and anxiety by showing only one task at a time.
However, to make the most of it try taking Cal Newport's advice to marry it with a time blocking solution. It's a great way to find more time in your day by clearing smaller, easier tasks in small breaks.
🕷️ Design & Development Arena
Great for students: $100k worth of tools with the GitHub Student Developer Pack. 👩🎓
This pack is available to verified students over the age of thirteen. It has a bunch of hosting offers, design resources, IDEs, testing platforms, and more. Probably the best Christmas gift you can get for the kids.
If you'd like to see what's possible there's a student gallery containing a selection of the best projects students have made recently.
If you're one of the 100% of people who care about performance, then you'll like this breakdown of custom fonts and how to make them performant.
My other font obsession, Variable Color Fonts. Learn how they work and how you can use them on your site. 🔤
When you're done learning, you can play with variable fonts here
You can use Robocap the font based on the trials and travails of a humble robotic cop from Detroit.
Or, maybe you're more interested in LeBron James and how Nike turned him into a design system and typeface.
🎮 Fun & Games
The Climate Trail is an update to the world famous "The Oregan Trail" from the 80s. 🚋
Its a multi-platform game about climate refugees fleeing ever-worsening conditions after inaction on climate has rendered much of the world uninhabitable. It's completely free with no ads or in-app purchases.
That's it for the week.
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