[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
#best news this week
Among Giants – "Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy."
Convos With My 2 Year Old – EPISODE 1 – "Actual conversations with my 2 year old daughter, as re-enacted by me and another full grown man – Episode 1."
Art Student Freak Out, Smashes Painting – "Art student freaks out during critique over peer comments, responds by smashing her work and storming out."
Ai Weiwei – Dumbass (Explicit) – "Music video for Dumbass by Ai Weiwei. Song by Ai Weiwei with music by Zuoxiao Zuzhou." Not as horrible as David Lynch, but almost.
DREAM – Art & Culture of Burning Man – "Illuminating the culture of Burning Man – the annual pilgrimage to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert – as a catalyst for community, innovation and the actualization of dreams, this film offers a glimpse into the art and culture of this dynamic community with the hope to spark a dream within you."
Reggie Watts — Reg Rolled – reggie reg rolls the rick roll. so meta.
MELANIE CHERNOCK – Love hurts – "Love Hurts contains all of the essentials for going through a rough breakup such as dark chocolate, vodka, bubble bath soap, a candle with matches, candy hearts, a mix CD, and if all else fails, tissues. All of the products come neatly packaged in a compact kit."
De La Soul classic dissected by United States of Audio – "This week though, sees the return of United States of Audio aka Dave Trigg with what I’m already calling ‘Mix of the Year’. Riffing off the same idea as our ‘Paul’s Boutique’ reconstruction last year, he takes on De La Soul‘s classic ’3 Feet High & Rising’ LP. I’ll turn it over to Dave for the explanation: “Several years in the making (well it’s an idea that’s been knocking around for a while anyway!), and including around 100 tracks, this is my personal tribute to De La Soul’s ’3 Feet High and Rising’. Using original sample sources, album tracks, interviews and rarities, ‘How High’s The Water Mama’ tells the story of one of hip hop’s most influential albums."
DJ Food: BOC RFTD DJFOOD 10min Extension – “An extended re-edit of Boards of Canada’s ‘Reach For The Dead’ – because it’s so incredible and way too short. Hope you like, might only be up for a short time.”
How to Handle Temper Tantrums – "Unfortunately people don’t grow out of temper tantrums the way they do shoes or car seats. Here’s how to defuse a fit of rage, whether the person throwing it is 5 or 45."
Ludum Dare 26 – You Must Escape – navigate via sound and echo in this stunning flash game.
Getting started with login verification – "This is a form of two-factor authentication. When you sign in to twitter.com, there’s a second check to make sure it’s really you. You’ll be asked to register a verified phone number and a confirmed email address." Not working in Switzerland with Orange, sadly.
GIF Creator, Steve Wilhite, Receives Lifetime Achievement Webby Award – "The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Mr. Wilhite said. “They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story." Jif. Mkay?!
Ichwohnehier’s Photostream – Spätis, shops open until late at night, in Berlin photographed.
Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories – "[…] believers are more likely to be cynical about the world in general and politics in particular. Conspiracy theories also seem to be more compelling to those with low self-worth, especially with regard to their sense of agency in the world at large. Conspiracy theories appear to be a way of reacting to uncertainty and powerlessness."
Download The Cosmonaut – "The Cosmonaut is one film that has already soared above all others as the first, fully crowd funded, Creative Commons Licensed project of a grandiose scale. This beautifully shot sci-fi drama is out TODAY, FREE around the world and simultaneously on the web, TV, DVD and in the theaters."
Under the Shadow of the Drone – "Under the Shadow of the Drone, commissioned by The Lighthouse, is a one-to-one representation of one of the military drones piloted remotely to strike targets in distant areas of the world. The aerial attacks they conduct leave hundreds of people dead, many of them innocent civilians. "
Honeybees trained in Croatia to find land mines – "Mirjana Filipovic is still haunted by the land mine blast that killed her boyfriend and blew off her left leg while on a fishing trip nearly a decade ago. It happened in a field that was supposedly de-mined. Now, unlikely heroes may be coming to the rescue to prevent similar tragedies: sugar-craving honeybees. Croatian researchers are training them to find unexploded mines littering their country and the rest of the Balkans."
Start the Week – Antonia Fraser, David Graeber & Jesse Norman 20th May 2013 – "Anne McElvoy explores movements and people that have changed the political landscape with the MP Jesse Norman; the historian Lady Antonia Fraser; and one of the co-founders of the Occupy movement, David Graeber."
Beacon Food Forest – "We are integrating a Food Forest into the current designs for the area adjacent to the west side of Jefferson Park. Located just 2.5 miles from downtown Seattle, Jefferson Park hosts a variety of recreational opportunities, one of which could be community gardening."