[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
online video killed the …
ストリートビューのプライバシーについて – cute japanese animation demonstrates how google streetview works.
The Sandpit – "A day in the life of New York City, in miniature." amazing how it looks like minatures, but its actually filmed in the real new york.
One-Eyed Doll: A Rockumentary – "Punk rock meets poetics in an intimate view of Austin, Texas underground rock star, Kimberly Freeman, a beauty with an irresistible voice, magnetism and moves, who delivers a range of soulful original songs that reflect on her personal story and have a transforming influence on her fans." its a 1 1/2 hour long lowtech documentary, quite impressive and intimate, punk rockers like this only exist in the US.
Chat Roulette Funny Piano Improv #1 – "Your host, Merton, freestyling in real-time with random strangers on Chat Roulette." adorable.
schmooze and abuse
Google Maps – boah, close call [via b3ta]
Obesity: The killer combination of salt, fat and sugar – "Our favourite foods are making us fat, yet we can't resist, because eating them is changing our minds as well as bodies" after reading this only one thought on my mind, gief crisps.
The politics of yakuza (or Q&A with Jake Adelstein pt 2) – "In part two of our Q&A series with Tokyo Vice author Jake Adelstein, we'll answer some basic questions about the yakuza: why people join, how they operate, and how much influence they have on mainstream Japanese culture."
I LEGO N.Y. by Christoph Niemann – "It’s easy to imagine how hard it would be to make something complex out of LEGO bricks. But let me try to convince you that the opposite – making simple things out of LEGO – is just as hard if not harder." the complexity of the simplicity.
Loud Sex Enough for Cops to Search Your Home, Court Rules – "For Brian McGacken of Farmingdale, New Jersey, an evening of loud sex resulted in a 10-year prison sentence for growing marijuana." stop loud sex? or hide the drugs better?
Swiss man makes watch out of dinosaur droppings "When it comes to watches the Swiss lead by example, but we doubt this latest model from Artya will spark a trend as it contains fossilised faeces." dare i say it? this watch is shit.
Chatroulette Is 89 Percent Male, 47 Percent American, And 13 Percent Perverts – "We soon had detailed data on 2,883 Chatroulette sessions that tied users to geography, gender, appearance, and more."
Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely – "More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments."
TV series to satirise Apple's Steve Jobs – "Seinfeld veteran and Borat director Larry Charles teams up with 'Fake Steve Jobs' to develop show for cable channel Epix"
Steve Jobs Cheese Head – "Try Spicy Steve Nachos, iPad Thai and an Apple Cheese Plate and pay homage to the greatest consumer electronics company of all time"
WHAT MAKES A FART – "Did you know that no two farts are exactly alike? It’s true. Farts are sort of like snowflakes in that regard. Little, invisible, smelly, snowflakes." i learned sooo much.
Activists turn 'hacktivists' on the web – "Among activists who hack to make a point, some stay firmly on the right side of the law but others push the idea of civil disobedience to the limits."
Blizzard Hopes for StarCraft 2 Mac Beta in April – "It's been about a month since the launch of the StarCraft 2 beta on PC, but Mac users have been feeling left out in the cold."
13 Best 'South Park' Catch Phrases – "South Park returns this Wednesday, March 17, kicking off its 14th season as the most controversial cartoon on television. To celebrate the new season, we're looking back at our 13 favorite South Park catch phrases from over the years." and the latest one is “what handkerchief?!”
Media tycoons wanted: Make your own newspaper – "Or you could just go online, now, and print your own paper using the Newspaper Club. This new London-based start-up allows anyone to print their own 12-page newspaper."
Introducing the Ten Finalists in the 2010 Pi Day Pie Bake-Off… : Page 3.14 – "The 2010 Pi Day Bake-Off was such a smashing success that it would be a challenge for even the most extreme pie enthusiast to fairly judge all 35 entries."