[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
#best news this week
The IT Crowd | Friday, 9pm | Channel 4 – “The last episode of The IT Crowd, ever!” Until the next last one ever?
Percussive Maintenance – “my grandmother used to say, anything mechanical, give it a good bash.”
This ain’t California – A documentary about skateboard culture in eastern germany before the mauerfall.
Exposing the Invisible – "Our currency is Information is the first episode of the documentary film series Exposing the Invisible by Tactical Tech. In this episode you will learn about methods for investigating corruption and organised crime. You will meet Paul Radu from the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, one of the most inspiring investigative reporters from Romania."
Lawrence Lessig: Keynote at the EFF Pioneer Awards 2013 – "Keynote at the EFF Pioneer Awards 2013 for Aaron Swartz, James Love, Glenn Greenwald, and Laura Poitras. Regency Center, San Francisco, CA."
Chuck Palahniuk and the SF Cacophony Society: Creating Culture from Mayhem – "Welcome to the Cacophony Society, an underground group of pranksters whose culture-jamming antics have helped shape the contemporary zeitgeist for the past three decades. Now, from flash mobs and SantaCon to groups like Improv Everywhere and the Yes Men, new generations of instigators are taking a page out of the Cacophony book, driving pranks and events with social media tools."
Foursquare Data Viz Shows The Pulse Of New York, London, Tokyo – “The startup turns its data into fascinating visualizations of urban ebbs and flows.”
What are Facebook and Google Doing in Bed with Climate Deniers? – "Both Google and Facebook also gave money to support the Competitive Enterprise Institute, an anchor tenant in the climate science denial propaganda machine that’s been funded by the likes of Exxon, the Koch Brothers and Donors Trust, the dark-money ATM for ultra-conservative moneyed interests."
“We met in a dungeon, and it was love at first sight”: The inimitable Genesis Breyer P-Orridge on life, art and the quest for pandrogeny – “Genesis Breyer P-Orridge – industrial pioneer, gender-erasing pandrogyne, gleeful wrecker of civilisation – is not an artist who has thought little about speaking to journalists.”
What 95% certainty of warming means to scientists – "In science, 95 percent certainty is often considered the gold standard for certainty. "Uncertainty is inherent in every scientific judgment," said Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist Thomas Burke. "Will the sun come up in the morning?"
Samuel L Jackson disillusioned with President Obama: ‘Be a leader, stop trying to relate’ – “You need to have your physical body out there in the streets and let these people – and the rest of the world – know. When our anti-war movement led the world, it was because people could see us in the streets, see our faces, hear the protest music. You can’t do that s**t blogging in a room.”
THE FACES OF FACEBOOK – lets you see who of your friends joined earliest, looking at you, Jenny!
Sam Droege’s Bee inventory – Stunning bee photos in high definition.
The Rhetoric of Data – "It’s important to recognize and remember that data does not equal truth. It’s rhetorical by definition and can be used for truth finding or truth hiding. Being vigilant in how you develop arguments from data and showing the context that leads to the interpretation you make can only help raise the credibility of your data-driven story."
Finding Stories in the Structure of Data – “The broader challenge is to think about how a little data-thinking could fundamentally alter how stories get made and told on the internet. I believe there is fertile ground to plow here. Lets get to thinking.”
MatchStory: Football data insight – “We’ve combined Paddy Power’s Premier League title odds and the proportion of points each team won at home in the league last season using a simple algorithm to rank each team’s fixtures by difficulty.We’ve then ranked and categorised these using the key at the bottom to highlight relatively easy and difficult runs of games.”
How success challenges events – “All this buzz around Burning Man makes me wonder how the festival will survive this overload of attention. Events are like vacation spots, they have two distinct lives: there is before they are known, and there is after, when the buses of French/German tourists (vacation spots) or marketers/salesmen (events) arrive and make the whole experience different.”
Bangladeshi Workers Are Rioting and Burning Down the Terrible Factories They Work In – “The front page of the website of Bangladesh’s Daily Star right now reads “RMG Workers Go Berserk,” RMG being local shorthand for the Ready-Made Garment business. This reads funny to a Western ear, but in all likelihood “berserk” isn’t a totally inaccurate description of the state of the workers whose protests demanding a raise in the local minimum wage have now shuttered more than 400 factories in and around Dhaka, the capital.”
Atlas Obscura – "Explore the world’s hidden wonders"
Fest300 | World’s Best Festivals – Lists many amazing festivals from around the world
Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova: Why I have gone on hunger strike – "In an open letter, the imprisoned Pussy Riot member explains why the brutal conditions at Penal Colony No 14 have led her to undertake a hunger strike in protest"