[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
Cai Guo-Qiang Makes a 40-Foot-Tall Pine Tree Explode – “The world famous Chinese artist uses pyrotechnics to turn a 40-foot-tall pine tree into an optical illusion.”
BeetBox – “BeetBox is a simple instrument that allows users to play drum beats by touching actual beets.”
Apocalypse of Muhammad – “International women’s movement FEMEN and antiislamist Egyptian activist Alia al-Mahdi have called to say NO to Sharia constitution in Egypt! Before the decisive day of the referendum in Egypt activists came to the Embassy of Egypt in Stockholm to support Egyptian heroes who are resisting the sharia-dictatorial draft of the constitution of the president Morsi.”
Mož al’ Cifra – The Miha Artnak? – Some guy calmly spraying in Slovenia, it means “Heads or Tails”.
Quakescape 3D Fabricator – “Quakescape is a 3D fabricator that works by taking earthquake data from the site GeoNet (www.geonet.org.nz) and transferring it into the medium of art by using paint and Arduino technology.”
Another way of being is possible. – “The malls are full of anxious sweat. The throngs are out and about for the final shopping rush, hunting the aisles with a tense urgency that’s inimical to the spirit of giving. But another Christmas is possible. Another way of being is possible.”
Infographic: Understanding the Westboro Baptist Church – “Hilary Sargent, master chartmaker and explainer of complicated things, has totally outdone herself with a massive explainer on Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.”
The Pinhole CCTV Camera – “In tweleve simple stages, you can turn this five page template into a functioning pinhole CCTV camera. This pinhole camera accepts photographic paper and produces 2″x2.5″ prints”
Free the Photos | Your photos are yours – “Freethephotos allows you to easily transfer your photos from Instagram to Flickr by simply logging in and clicking a button. Think of the kittens, think of the breakfast plates, think of the converse shoes. Free the photos.”
Nara Nino Font – “My currently 6 years old son «Nara Nino» was sitting on his table writing letters and numbers he already knows. Why not creating a font out of those characters, preserving all those lovely mistakes, dancing variations of sizes and spaces?”
Cass Technical High School: Now and Then – “A 1988 basketball game superimposed over the present-day condition of the old gymnasium.” and 42 more images like it.
Free plants in your neighborhood – “PlantCatching connects you with gardeners in your area”
Instagram didn’t get the tone wrong – “The ‘clarification’ is an example of tone of voice being used to obscure and mollify. Almost like a filter applied to a photo, giving it nice fuzzy edges and an air of authenticity.”
WikiHouse / Open Source Construction Set – design your house, download the plans, so simple.
ismycomputeron.com – I so wonder how the website looks when the computer is not on.
Homemade Eggnog – “Eggnog is a full on holiday tradition, and nothing tastes better than homemade.”
Delicatessen with love – “Gabriele Galimberti pays homage to all the grandmothers in the world and to their love for good cooking, starting from his own grandma Marisa who, before the departure for his tour around the world by couchsurfing, took care to prepare her renowned ravioli.”
Dining, reinvented – kitchen.ly – airbnb for kitchens and private chefs. love it.
images from the secret STASI archives – “or: what does the Big Brother see, while he is watching you ?”
▶ Michael Stone – Waking Up Body, Mind, Culture – “Michael Stone is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, author and activist, committed to the integration of traditional teachings with contemporary psychological and philosophical understanding. His research and teaching explore the intersection of committed spiritual practice and social action.”
Sext Instagram account incites riot – “A large group of Swedish teens formed an unruly mob and then stormed a high school and mall… all over an Instagram account”
Party Identity in a Gun Cabinet – “Gun ownership has declined over the past 40 years — but almost all of the decrease has come from Democrats.”
Ding Dong – art book by Dirk Bonsma
“An artistic monograph looking through the many years of Dirk Bonsma’s work. With an Interview by Tom Kummer, Text by Daniel Baumann, Fabrice Stroun, glossary by Sam Mumenthaler, flexy-disc with the song “Ding Dong” by Beat-Man, and much much more … in german & english.” [disclosure: Dirk is an old friend of mine]
Hive Minds – “Of the various sorts of men blazing trails through the American frontier the honey hunter stood out as unique. Bold, elusive, secretive, he wandered much of the year, living off the land as he searched vast unclaimed forests for the pine stumps and oak hollows whose recesses harbored his liquid gold, and whose location, once discovered, he jealously guarded.”
How-To Download Your Instagram Photos and Kill Your Account – “Today Instagram unleashed brand-new terms of service that has rubbed many of its loyal users the wrong way. Instagram can sell your photos to third parties for ads without telling you.”
Wired Confirms Cosmo Behind Account Takeover – “The 15-year-old hacker known as Cosmo the God was behind the takeover of a Westboro Baptist Church member’s Twitter feed, a source with direct knowledge of the attack confirmed to Wired on Monday.”
Interview: Naomi Klein on motherhood, climate justice, and the failures of the environmental movement – “Klein’s alliance with 350.org’s Bill McKibben, her views on the environmental movement, and the ways in which her struggles to become a parent informed her views on climate (and vice versa).”
Daniel Ellsberg: Crowd Funding the Right to Know – “The Freedom of the Press Foundation. Our goal is to collect deductible donations for a changing suite of scrappy public-interest organizations — both new and existing — focused on exposing mismanagement, cruelty, corruption, repression, and criminality in our increasingly opaque institutions.”
eno blog: Paper Mac – download the pdf for paper mac xmas deco.
sputnik zurich – small scale manufacturer of high visibility clothing and bags.
Wie ein zusammengeflickter Zombie – “Zwei Frauen wurden als Kinder jahrelang missbraucht. Nach 14 Jahren gingen sie vor Gericht. Sechs Jahre prozessierten sie und bekamen recht. Trotzdem entkam der Kinderschänder. Der Auftakt zu einer vierteiligen Serie.”