[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
#best news this week
Bee Colony Collapse – "A song about this very serious matter."
I Forgot My Phone – Only slightly exagerated.
Grass beatboxing – "Ben Livingston beatboxes a blade of grass."
▶ Let The Machines Do The Work – “Let Me Be The One” (Official Music Video) – "The debut single and video from LTMDTW is probably the first ever video to be shot at an actual EDL rally. Rather than members of the English Defence League, the Brighton four piece are fans of the English Disco Lovers"
plastique fantastique’s inflatable aeropolis community center – "the pneumatic structure acts as a medium to experience the same physical setting"
False Punx – "If you don’t know who Winston Smith is then you aren’t punk. End of story. And if you aren’t punk, that’s cool, we aren’t here to judge."
Newest YouTube user to fight a takedown is copyright guru Lawrence Lessig – "Lessig has teamed up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to sue Liberation, claiming that its overly aggressive takedown violates the DMCA and that it should be made to pay damages."
History vs. Hollywood: Steve Jobs – "Was Steve Jobs a fruitarian? – Yes, at one point he was. He always followed strict diets, which varied at different times in his life. He went through phases of being a fruitarian, a vegan, a vegetarian and he often dabbled in fasting. He believed his diets would prevent body odor so he rarely showered. His assumption was incorrect and was a problem for various companies he worked for, including Atari and Apple."
Polar Partners – "Welcome to website celebrating partnership for Arctic petroleum project of two mighty companies: Gazprom, Russian energy leader, and Royal Dutch Shell, Anglo-Dutch company with impeccable history of extraction in many fields worldwide. Today, Gazprom and Shell together are making far-reaching plans to uncover new vast energy reserves in Russia Arctic region, now available to public through sea-ice-loss." The Yes men spoof, with Greenpeace
Humanity Is Getting Verrrrrrry Close to Extinction – "It’s depressing to think that humans, in our current state, could be the Omega Point of consciousness. Maybe sentience and the knowledge of our inevitable death have given us a sort of survival vertigo that we can’t overcome. As the separate paths of environmental exploitation quickly and quietly converge around us, we might just tumble off the precipice, drunk on fossil fuels, making duck faces into black mirrors."
Groklaw – Forced Exposure – "There is now no shield from forced exposure. Nothing in that parenthetical thought list is terrorism-related, but no one can feel protected enough from forced exposure any more to say anything the least bit like that to anyone in an email, particularly from the US out or to the US in, but really anywhere. You don’t expect a stranger to read your private communications to a friend. And once you know they can, what is there to say? Constricted and distracted. That’s it exactly. That’s how I feel."
Terms And Conditions May Apply – "This documentary should be mandatory viewing for everyone who uses the internet."
Post-Crash Fascism – "If climate change is allowed to destroy whole economies and nations, no amount of walls, guns, barbed wire, armed aerial drones, or permanently deployed mercenaries will be able to save one half of the planet from the other."
Bradley Manning and the Two Americas – "While we spin into conflict about information, about access, about who gets consulted, Manning will go away into the quiet of a military prison, retired, for now, from the information war he helped start."
Russian riot police detain eight Pastafarians during ‘pasta procession’ in Moscow – "Russian authorities in Moscow broke up a march of Pastafarians on Saturday with some help from anti-gay Russian Orthodox religious activists."
Reggie Watts Wants to Make You Uncomfortable – "This week, Reihan Salam gets comedian Reggie Watts to reveal his agenda of world domination."
“Manifestation Station” – a utility box painted transparent. Artist: Mona Caron – "If you look at this box from a specific point and distance, its perspective lines will match the background, providing a glimpse into an alternative reality."
Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidation – "The detention of my partner, David Miranda, by UK authorities will have the opposite effect of the one intended"