[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
#best news this week
Better Out Than In – “For the next month Banksy will be attempting to host an entire show on the streets of New York.”
Kevin Breel: Confessions of a depressed comic – “Kevin Breel didn’t look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.”
Daptone Presents: The Poets of Rhythm feat. EDAN – Rhymes and Beats by Edan.
an open letter to sinéad o’connor, re: miley cyrus. – “Let’s give our young women the right weapons to fight with as they charge naked into battle, instead of ordering them to get back in the house and put some goddamn clothes on.”
Radical Apiculturalist Michael Thiele – “Could the huge loss of bees in recent years be because we treat them, like so may other farm animals, as cogs in a big industrial ag machine? This is just one of the questions posed by apiculturalist (he rejects the term “beekeeper” – more on that below) Michael Thiele at a workshop”
How the feds took down the Dread Pirate Roberts – “What he wouldn’t give for a holocaust cloak.”
Reasons London Is the Worst Place Ever – “The thing is, most people in London are tired of life. You’ve only got to witness the queues in the Westfield multistorey or the reaction to a crying baby on the Tube to realize that this is a city that exists permanently at the end of its rope.”
Evgeny Morozov: How to Stop a Sharknado – “Internet intellectuals often fall prey to the business of explaining the internet – rather than keeping to good old critique.”
Barbican – Plaid : Tekkonkinkreet – “See Tekkonkinkreet on the big screen, as Warp-signed duo Plaid perform the lush electronics of their original soundtrack live on the Barbican stage, with percussionists and a string ensemble combining with post-techno, trance-like alien sounds and more.” One of these, if I lived in London …
Tom Neville & Zen Freeman featuring Aaron Paul – Dance Bitch – Breaking Bad Jessie telling you to “Dance, Bitch”
Heroin, Cocaine, and Weed Are Stronger, Cheaper, and Easier to Get Than They’ve Ever Been – “Wood and his team aggregated government drug surveillance data from seven different countries. Between 1990 and 2010, the street price, adjusting for inflation, of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana fell roughly 80 percent. At the same time, the street drugs became much more potent: The average purity of heroin increased by 60 percent, the purity of cocaine increased by 11 percent, and the potency of cannabis increased 161 percent.” Great success, war on drugs!
The world of coffee – An interactive map to international coffee culture
BitTorrent Chat – “Private instant messaging via secure, distributed technology. No cloud required.”
Climate change: how hot will it get in my lifetime? – “The UN is to publish the most exhaustive examination of climate change science to date, predicting dangerous temperature rises. How hot will it get in your lifetime? Find out with our interactive guide, which shows projections based on the report”
Can You Trust Your VPN Provider? – “Many people have turned to VPNs in the hope of making their online browsing habits harder to track. While this appears to be a logical move, many people forget to ask themselves a crucial question. Can VPN providers be trusted?”
The tragedy of Grand Theft Auto V – “With all the talk about “open world,” “mayhem,” and “power fantasy,” it’s easy to forget how confining the Grand Theft Auto series now feels” Sigh, indeed, this review names the issues.
Walk [Your City] – “Customize your own wayfinding system now and have it shipped to your door.”
Modeindustrie – “Aus welchen Ländern stammt die Mode in unserem Kleiderschrank? Und was bedeutet “Made in Bangladesh” oder “Made in Italy”? Wir haben die 41 Produktionsländer der zehn in Deutschland meistverkauften Marken zusammengetragen, von C&A bis Jack Wolfskin.”