[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
online video killed the …
Lady Gaga – Telephone (CHATROULETTE VERSION) – "Lady Gaga – Telephone (CHATROULETTE VERSION)" [via b3ta] enough said.
160 Greatest Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes – "10 minutes of cheezy one-liners. NSFW for swearing. (Obviously)" [via b3ta] enough said.
Wonders of The Solar System – spoof – "Dr Cox is well into Physics!" [via b3ta] enough said.
The Twitter Bird Prank – "When we heard that Twitter CEO Evan Williams would be the keynote speaker at the South by Southwest interactive conference, we knew we had to pull a prank."
Popular Songs summarised in 10 words or less: #4 – "Imagine" by John Lennon – "It's the fourth in our absolutely chuffin' excellent 10 word song summaries, and you know what – it's another lovely one."
'RapeLay' video game goes viral amid outrage – "The game begins with a teenage girl on a subway platform. She notices you are looking at her and asks, "Can I help you with something?" worth it just to watch the two british gamers comment.
Chat Roulette Funny Piano Improv #2 – "Your host, Merton, freestyling in real-time with random strangers on Chat Roulette. Video #2." part #2 is even funnier.
Erykah Badu – Window Seat – "[S]hot guerilla style, no crew, one take, no closed set, no warning, two minutes, in downtown Dallas, then ran like hell… I was afraid. But I was ready.'" i love it, but it should really not be pixeled in certain places. but hey, prude times are prude.
Matt and Kim – "LESSONS LEARNED" (OFFICIAL VIDEO) – “Brooklyn's Matt & Kim strip down in New York City's Time Square. Directed by Taylor Cohen and Otto Arsenault.” this is the video that inspired erykah badu, and she mentions it in a dedication. watch till the end!
HOME (DE) – "Wir leben in einer alles-entscheidenden Zeit. Wissenschaftler sagen uns, wir hätten nur 10 Jahre um unsere Lebensweise zu ändern, um das Aufzehren von Rohstoffen zu verhindern und um eine katastrophale Entwicklung des Weltklimas zu verhindern." i finally took the time to watch this free documentary, yes yes, i was well bored, and have to say, i was impressed.
schmooze and abuse
Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either) – "Gadgets come and gadgets go. The iPad you buy today will be e-waste in a year or two (less, if you decide not to pay to have the battery changed for you). The real issue isn't the capabilities of the piece of plastic you unwrap today, but the technical and social infrastructure that accompanies it." cory sums it up. i really want an ipad, but at the same time, it takes personal computing into the completely wrong direction. hmm. dilemna.
Torrent Site Ships Condoms To Anti-Piracy Offices – “We wish your parents had used it,” the message reads, venting the frustration of the Vertor team and many of the site’s users.” i HAVE TO remember this line.
No Underwear Subway Ride (April Fool’s 2010) – "This is a fake mission we staged for April Fool’s Day 2010. We posted it on April 1, fooling thousands of people into thinking we actually rode the subway with exposed genitals. We pulled this off by wearing skin-colored underwear that would blur in a convincing way." they fooled me. i admit it.
Anselm Kiefer – “In the next era, all thought will be vertical.” when adbusters discovers kiefer.
Banksy Releases Official Movie Poster For April 16th Film Premier – "Over the weekend Banksy also released the official "one sheet" poster for the film. New Yorkers and street art fans will recognize the building in the image (and the street art and tags) as the iconic old bank building at Spring and Bowery in Soho." i want to see this film already! but in fucking switzerland it will get shown in 3 years. maybe.
Dude Totally Re-Creates San Francisco With Toothpicks – "What started as a pastime became an all-consuming quest to, as he puts it, “blow people’s minds” with toothpicks. Mission accomplished."
No Flash On The iPad? No Problem. Brightcove Turns Videos Into HTML5. – "Already the Web is adapting. Videos powered by Brightcove, for instance, will stream in an HTML5 video player when it detects an iPad. On the iPhone browser, the video thumbnail will open up the Quicktime player. It will also work on Android phones." you gotta hate this, in some way, apple decides to pull a hissy fight with adobe, yet the internet adapts.
Sexy, Strange New Timepieces Debut at Basel Watch Fair – "Each year, the watch industry gathers in Basel to show off the latest models to a mix of retailers, media and moguls."
"5 Browsers and the Modes of Transportation They Resemble" – seems about right
The war on WikiLeaks and why it matters – "The public and private organizations most eager to maintain complete secrecy around what they do — including numerous U.S. military and intelligence agencies — are obviously threatened by WikiLeaks' activities, which is why they seek to harass and cripple them."
Excited about this. – "Excited about this. Non-flash version of http://ted.com is now live for iphone."