[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
#best news this week
The transformative potential of gardening with data – "Allotment and open data communities may initially seem unconnected, but they share many concerns: around ideas of knowledge sharing, exchange, collaboration, ‘the commons’, and access to shared resources (digital and land)."
Bloc Party – Ratchet – Cyriak all over this video.
I have a Drone! Thomas Kinkaid meets Anthony Freda – Freda live stencils a drone onto a Thomas Kinkaid painting
The Pirate Bay Party – "We call upon all lovers of The Pirate Bay, culture and digital jungles! Join the celebration of 10 years of file sharing and the making of the new culture generation. 10th of August in Upplands Väsby just north of Stockholm. Wikparken."
The First Tour de France (1903) – Photos of the first Tour de France
The Slavoj Žižek v Noam Chomsky spat is worth a ringside seat – “It’s barely caused a ripple outside leftist discourse, but their debate on theory, ideology and reality touches on important stuff”
The Changing Way Americans Meet Their Partners – "I was born in a world where online dating was seen to be for socially challenged weirdos. I now live in a world where 20% of heterosexual couples met online; 70% of same-sex couples."
Infographic: global financial institutions are back in the red, in a big way – "The data also tells us how much of each bank’s assets are based on loans. The more of a bank’s assets are taken up in lending money to others, the more vulnerable it is to those clients defaulting. Too big to fail? You decide."
THE “A” LIST: A Catalog of Trauma and Abuse – "The following is a list of categories of abuses committed by Andrew Cohen and the EnlightenNext community over the years against students, with selected representative examples. All of these acts have been reported, verified and corroborated by first-person witnesses."
Crass – 04/03/84 – A write up of one of the last Crass concerts.
MIT Moves to Intervene in Release of Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service File – "I have never, in fifteen years of reporting, seen a non-governmental party argue for the right to interfere in a Freedom of Information Act release of government documents. My lawyer has been litigating FOIA for decades, and he’s never encountered it either. It’s saddening to see an academic institution set this precedent."
Bettina Flitner [Portraits Abakanovicz] – "Bettina Flitner photographed for 10 days in the brothel "Paradise" in Stuttgart/ Germany. The men, between 21 and 73 answered – and posed for the photos on the beds."
Icelandic Artist Denies He Is the Nature Terrorist Vandal – "Icelandic artist Hlynur Hallsson believes to have found the person responsible for vandalism of Iceland’s purest nature sanctuaries. Earlier in April, a series of large words was found spray-painted across the landscape in a small portion north-east Iceland. Julius von Bismarck"
Thom Yorke calls on Spotify to give new artists a fairer deal – "Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has removed his solo album The Eraser, along with music he’s recorded while fronting the band Atoms for Peace, from music-streaming service Spotify."
Piracy Collapses As Legal Alternatives Do Their Job – "Quietly behind the scenes music piracy has collapsed to less than a fifth of the level it reached five years ago while movie and TV show downloading has been cut in half."
Aktuelle Luftbelastung Stadt Bern – "Hier finden Sie die aktuellen Messwerte der Luftschadstoffe Ozon, Feinstaub (PM10) und Stickstoffdioxid – stündlich aktualisiert."
Die Robin Hoods der Container – "Sie kochen mit Abfall, um die Verschwendung von Lebensmitteln zu bekämpfen. Die Dumpster Diver sind im Vormarsch"
Bern: YB-Kultfan «Lupo il Grande» ist gestorben – "Praktisch jeder YB-Fan kannte Lupo. Im Alter von 51 Jahren ist er gestern Dienstag verstorben. Die Fangemeinde trauert." Heute ist Beerdigung, Lupo R.I.P.