[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
The Roast of Facebook – – awww, almost makes you feel bad for myspace.
Gil Scott-Heron, "The People's Poet" – "The poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron died this afternoon in New York City, at 62." he was often reduced to that famous line, "the revolution will not be televised", which of course inspired this blogs tagline "the revolution will be blogged" which of course i should change to "the revolution will be blogged – but not here – because i have blog burnout syndrome"
World's least efficient machine – "it took the universe 14 billion years to make this video"
Depeche Mode – official CD cover remixer – this cover remix was done by BD, but you can create your own. nice idea
Cook along with Steve Albini – "The producer has launched a food blog, sharing dishes he prepares for his wife. But he's not the only indie gastro geek …"
About that autopen – "What makes this news even more depressing? The president, who is on tour in Europe, didn't even sign it in person. According to a White House spokesperson, Obama used a device called an autopen, which mechanically reproduces a human signature."
"Literally Unbelievable" – a collection of outrage posts on facebook by people believing stories the onion published.
sonar.me – "Sonar uncovers the hidden connections you miss everyday, in real time, in the palm of your hand."
Tornadoes, climate change, and real scientific literacy – "Case in point: Tornadoes and climate change. If you want a simple, talking-point answer on whether the tornadoes of 2011 were caused by climate change, the best you're going to get is: Probably not, or at least, not entirely." aww snap, that would have been a snappy argument against global warming.
China used prisoners in lucrative internet gaming work – "Labour camp detainees endure hard labour by day, online 'gold farming' by night" great idea actually.
Pea and mint croquettes, plus conchiglie with yoghurt, peas and chilli recipes – "A fresh and healthy (ish) deep-fried snack, plus a pasta dish (or salad) with an unexpected bite" can't wait for the peas in my garden to be ready …
Mark Zuckerberg's new challenge: Eating only what he kills (and yes, we do mean literally…) – "The only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself," i have to say i respect that. best joke i read about this was a comment by some guy on twitter, that this might explain why no one has heard from MySpace Tom for some time.
Backlash in Germany at wisdom of Beijing exhibition – "Artist's arrest prompts a heated debate on ethical implications for country's museums" ahhh german dramaz, gotta love it
Prix Ars 2011 – the winners a announced
Happy guys finish last, says new study on sexual attractiveness – "Women find happy guys significantly less sexually attractive than swaggering or brooding men, according to a new University of British Columbia study that helps to explain the enduring allure of "bad boys" and other iconic gender types" fuck me, and i have a smiling pict on my facebook profile… done deal, changed it to a brooding picture.
OECD Better Life Initiative – "This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life."
Google invests $55 million in wind farms in California's Mojave desert – "Google announced today that it will invest $55 million in a large Mojave Desert wind energy farm."
Happier meals: four Toronto chefs reimagine the Big Mac combo – "Four local chefs turn the most famous dish at McDonald's into a five-star meal." it still mostly looks and surely smells like a Big Mac, but nice idea
Jerry Seinfeld, comedian – "Is there anything you regret? – No. Regret is very philosophical and very arrogant. It's like: "Things should go the way I want and when they go wrong something terrible has happened."
The Burning House – "If your house was burning, what would you take with you?"
cuadernistas – illustrations of the protest in spain
This Is England '86 / Vicky McClure wins Best Actress BAFTA – "Vicky McClure picked up the Best Actress BAFTA for her performance as Lol in Shane Meadows' drama which revisits the characters of his feature, This Is England, three years on." me likee vicky.
Hurt Locker Makers Target Record Breaking 24,583 BitTorrent Users – "After being honored with an Oscar for best motion picture last year, the makers of The Hurt Locker have now also secured the award for the biggest file-sharing lawsuit the world has ever witnessed. By targeting at least 24,583 alleged BitTorrent users, Voltage Pictures hopes to recoup millions of dollars in settlements to compensate the studio for piracy-related losses."
Ryan Giggs gets Taiwanese animation, pooped on by Twitter birds – "Ryan Giggs crying waterfalls of tears in court, while surrounded by Twitter birds."
Some 20,000 people participated in the biggest anti-nuclear protests for 25 years on Sunday. – "An estimated 20,000 people participated in the biggest anti-nuclear protest in Switzerland for 25 years on Sunday."
PlayStation Network Outage: The Real Costs [INFOGRAPHIC] – "Sony was still having trouble with the PlayStation Network, taking down its password resetting facility because of another Sony oversight: not realizing that hackers might be able to re-exploit any of the 77 million hacked accounts because of the information they obtained."
Understanding cities by riding bikes – "Invite a motorist for a bike ride through your city and you'll be cycling with an urbanist by the end of the day. Even the most eloquent of lectures about livable cities and sustainable design can't compete with the experience from atop a bicycle saddle."
reinhard dienes: sunday kitchen grocery – "the 'sunday' kitchen grocery, created by colombia-born, germany-based designer reinhard dienes, is a modular storage system adaptable to a range of common kitchen and garden needs."
Ai Weiwei – und die rote Linie zwischen Kunst und Recht – “Ai Weiwei […] has been close to the red line of Chinese law. As long as Ai Weiwei continuously marches forward, he will inevitably touch the red line one day […]. Ai Weiwei will be judged by history, but he will pay a price for his special choice”
SQUATters des champs – 2 guerilla gardeners arrested in geneva, in lausanne there is struggle, but they are fine
Johannes Mundinger: “Chatroulette-Porträts” – "Johannes Mundinger malt Jungs und Mädchen aus dem Internet. “Ist ja eigentlich schon länger wieder out, dieses Chatroulette. Aber nachdem im Netz mittlerweile, vom googlen bis zum Revolution starten, so alles möglich ist, ließ ich mir randomized Modelle für meine kleine Porträtserie zuschalten.”