[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
best saddest news this week
Zurich’s Infamous Binz Squat Is No More – "On Friday morning, Zurich authorities entered the Binz, Switzerland’s most infamous squat, with the intention of ending its seven-year run by turfing out every living soul they could find inside. However, when they turned up at 111 Üetlibergstrasse, they were in for a surprise—instead of being met by a horde of Molotov-wielding anarchists, they discovered a fully barricaded, but completely deserted building. Where had all the squatters gone?"
Boards of Canada – ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ premiere listening event, Lake Dolores, CA – "On May 27th the first ever listening of the new Boards of Canada album ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ took place in the middle of the Californian desert. Decoded from a graphic and a film, with no promise of what lay at the end of the road – around 100 fans drove for up to 15 hours to this long-abandoned water park."
Marina Abramovic Institute – This promotional video is freaking me out. Smells cultish.
JONAH – "A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way" [via habi]
Ultimate Ears Social Music Experiment #1 Can Music Get You Laid? – "The mission for Socio-musicologists Reggie and Asif is to get to the bottom of everything music can do, using nothing but music and…music." and yes, it’s a goddamn commercial. But still very Reggie. Oh well …
NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily – the article that broke it all
“We Are Gone and Yet We Remain”: The Last Days of Zurich’s Binz Squat – "Still, in the meantime it appeared they were willing to make exceptions; there seemed to be a sense among the squatters that shutting themselves off from outsiders went against one of their founding principles: openness. They referred to the Binz complex, after all, as a free space."
These Aren’t the PRISMs You’re Looking For – "In the process, I realized that the U.S. government loves the "PRISM" acronym. There are literally dozens of projects and applications named PRISM at the state and federal level, many with delightfully goofy logos. Here are some of my favorites."
Announcing Digg Reader – “23 days 16 hours 00mins 32secs …until Google Reader shuts down.” that was then.
Actors laughing between takes – some great clashing images here
It Takes a Quiz Show Host: #Occupygezi and Culture Jamming aganist CensorshipTurkey – "Perhaps one of the most striking attempts to pierce and criticize the veil of censorship on Turkish media came from a quiz show host, Ali İhsan Varol, whose “Guess the Word” program airs on weeknights. As citizens of Turkey watched with their jaws on the floor (and many standing up and clapping in front of their TV sets according to my social media feeds), he asked his guests to guess words such as “resistance,” “censorship,” twitter”, “tear gas”, and more. He finished his 70 queries with questions whose answers were “resign” and “apologize.”"
Anarkissed.Org — A Dating Website for Anarchists – "How do anarchists find true love without marginalizing their own beliefs, on one hand, and without wrecking havoc on the organizations they are building, on the other hand?"
Fairphone – "A seriously cool smartphone that puts social values first"
Twitter Map of Hate – "All together, the students determined over 150,000 geotagged tweets with a hateful slur to be negative. Hateful tweets were aggregated to the county level and then normalized by the total number of tweets in each county. This then shows a comparison of places with disproportionately high amounts of a particular hate word relative to all tweeting activity."
Off-the-Record Messaging – "Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging allows you to have private conversations over instant messaging by providing: Encryption Authentication Deniability"
How Two Plant Geeks Grew a Permaculture Oasis in an Ordinary Backyard – "They managed to transform their Massachusetts front yard into a tropical garden. In their backyard, they installed a pond, shed, and greenhouse, and they grow about 160 edible perennials, many of which you’ve likely never heard of before."
Capitalism Makes Us Crazy: Dr. Gabor Maté on Illness and Addiction – "In other words they used them to elevate their level of consciousness, whereas the very essence of addiction is to obstruct your level of consciousness, because you don’t want to be aware. So, addiction is an escape from awareness whereas the spiritual use of these substances is the enhancement of awareness."
Is there a Social-Media Fueled Protest Style? An Analysis From #jan25 to #geziparki – "It was after the Gezi protesters were met with the usual combination of tear-gas and media silence something interesting started happening. The news of the protests started circulating around social media, especially on Twitter and Facebook."
Turkish Spring: Taksim Gezi Park protests in Istanbul – "On Twitter, Jacob Appelbaum sends this advice to protesters: "Photograph radios and communications gear of the police or any other violent thug – what are they using to communicate?" "Try to use anonymous pre-paid SIM cards and throw away phones; use secure communications software to avoid likely interception." "Remember that the police and the telecommunications companies will work together to identify every #OccupyGezi person during and afterwards" etc.
Tweets Visualization: Europe – "The geography of Tweets: This image uses all of the geo-tagged Tweets since 2009 — billions of them. (Every dot is a Tweet, and the color is the Tweet count.)"