[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
Generation F*cked – "According to the Unicef report, which measured 40 indicators of quality of life – including the strength of relationships with friends and family, educational achievements and personal aspirations, and exposure to drinking, drug taking and other risky behavior – British children have the most miserable upbringing in the developed world. American children come next, second from the bottom."
Six social media 'celebrities' emerge from the riots – "In that short time span, a number of social media heroes and villains have emerged — victims of the violence, those standing up to rioters and those helping with the clean up operation."
Is Rioting Revolutionary? – "We are in a revolutionary moment. Prepare yourself: this global insurrection will unfold in ways we lefties may not like. There might be violence, although we desire nonviolence, and there might be pillaging, although we desire the peaceful transfer of wealth."
Handmade hashtag. Impromptu bulletin board gives positive voice to riot-struck Londoners – "The boarded-up window of Poundland’s Peckham branch has become an emotionally charged bulletin board for locals’ feelings."
Riot psychology – "In terms of policing, one of the clearest effects to emerge from studies of riots and crowd control is that an indiscriminate kicking from riot police can massively increase the number of people in the crowd who become violent."
Penny Red: Panic on the streets of London. – "a young man in Tottenham was asked if rioting really achieved anything: "Yes," said the young man. "You wouldn't be talking to me now if we didn't riot, would you?" "Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. Last night a bit of rioting and looting and look around you."
Farewell youth clubs, hello street life – and gang warfare – This arcticle is a few weeks old, but receives new relevance now. "When we are all together with our hoodies up, no one wants to be around us," he said. "The youth club was just a place we could all go and have fun, at least we had somewhere to go. Now we walk down the streets, we get pulled over by police. There is nothing here for us."
If the rioting was a surprise, people weren't looking – "To behave in this manner young people have to believe they have no stake in the neighbourhood, and consequently no stake in wider society."
London riots: BlackBerry to help police probe Messenger looting 'role' – "We feel for those impacted by the riots in London. We have engaged with the authorities to assist in any way we can," Spence said. He added that RIM complies with UK legislation on the interception of communication and co-operates fully with the Home Office."
SUPER MASSIVE RAVER VS THE RIOTS LONG feat. KILLA KELA – "After the recent riots in London Super Massive Raver decided to check out the damage. Featuring Killa Kela, and a Stevie Wonder cover."
Cache Rules Everything Around Me by Evan Roth, 2010 – a video made from animated gifs found online
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis – "Spike Jonze directed visuals for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s catchy “Otis” track from their Watch the Throne album"
Message from Anonymous: Operation Facebook, Nov 5 2011 – "Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world. Some of these so-called whitehat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria." this was debunked right after… funny still.
A Day in California on Vimeo – tilt-shift time-lapse video
Burglar swipes work by artist KAWS from magazine office – "A burglar swiped a $100,000 piece of "graffiti art" from a Chelsea building, cops said yesterday. The suspect, wearing sunglasses, snatched the artwork — a 1999 Calvin Klein jeans ad featuring an acrylic image by artist KAWS — from the hallway of Complex magazine's office on West 23rd Street at about 6 p.m. on Aug. 4. The thief signed into the lobby as "Nat Heller," and then entered a security code to access the doors on the second floor.”
Conditions of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei’s Detention Emerge – "Ai Weiwei, a prominent Chinese artist and dissident, said on Friday that he had been kept in a tiny room throughout his nearly three-month detention last spring and watched 24 hours a day by shifts of two uniformed military police sergeants who never left his side."
Tar Sands Action – "From August 20th – September 3rd we’re planning a peaceful protest in Washington DC to defuse the largest carbon bomb in North America."
The Antics Roadshow – "An hour-long special made by Banksy charting the history of behaving badly in public, from anarchists and activists to attention seeking eccentrics."
TRY HELVETICA – "Brazil needs more helvetica! And so the World!"
Welcome to Chill | Chill.com – not public yet, but this will be like turntable.fm, for watching videos together. sounds like fun.
Heello is Twitter for Pretending – "the shameless knockoff looks and behaves like a stripped-down version of Twitter, down to the
tweets pings, followers listeners, and retweets echos. But it's shaping up to be more than that. Creative fakesters are using the blank slate to turn Heello into the parallel-universe version of Twitter."
Ninja Tune Statement on PIAS Warehouse Fire – i still can't quite wrap my head around this one. what hits me as ironic/outrageous: a Sony building got torched, but it contained a warehouse for many indie labels. if big corporations are considered a target, Sony would be a fitting one. as a result though, many independent labels might now struggle to survive.
Right-wing extremists tricked by 'Trojan' T-shirts – "Hundreds of free T-shirts handed out at a weekend right-wing rock festival in the eastern German state of Thuringia contained a secret surprise. Upon washing, the original graphic faded to reveal a clandestine message."
sarah illenberger: good weather exhibition – "meticulously created with analog handicraft instead of using a computer, sarah illenberger’s richly-detailed work opens up new perspectives on seemingly familiar, iconographically-charged forms and content. she expertly avoids imbuing her materials and subjects with artificial significance or forcing a meaning upon them"
Que le cheval vive en moi (May the horse live in me) – "The French artistic duo has been exploring trans-species relationships and the questioning of scientific methods and tools for 20 years now. This time their work involved injecting Marion Laval-Jeantet with horse blood plasma. Over the course of several months, the artist prepared her body by allowing to be injected with horse immunoglobulins, the glycoproteins that circulate in the blood serum, and which, for example, can function as antibodies in immune response. "
Turntable.fm’s “Slice of Pi” Email – "When you sign up to Turntable.fm, the popular social music streaming service, one of four notification options is “Send me e-mails at random times with a different subsection of the digits of pi.” They’re not kidding."
Android and iOS both fail, but Android fails better – "So why use Android? Because it requires less trust in Google than using iOS requires that you trust Apple. iOS has one official store, and it's illegal in most places to buy and install apps except through this store."
Australians: Remember to mark Pastafarian on this year’s census – "The Australian census is here and now is the time to mark Pastafarian as your stated religion, if you like."
Infinite USB port system – "The infinite USB concept aims to give you an unlimited amount of USB ports, as each cable has another on the back. Although the concept has been called "infinite" I imagine there would be problems if you wanted to add more than 5 devices this way"
Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors – some ideas how to deal with yearly zucchini abundance. oh, plus some recipes
Plike paper sample booklet for Papyrus – “Visionandfactory Belgium invited Büro Destruct, Fons Hickmann and Stefan Sagmeister to take part on the first series of «Renowned designers on Specials» project for Papyrus Europe.”
The People of Burning Man – Home – "This book is the self expression counter culture bible of our generation. It's not surprising that traditional publishers found it too controversial to print. But thanks to massive support from the community, this book exists!"