[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
#best news this week
Moon by Ai Weiwei & Olafur Eliasson – ai weiwei + olafur eliasson give rise to moon interactive artwork.
Michel Gondry Narrates a Scene From His Animated Noam Chomsky Documentary – “Anatomy of a Scene: The director Michel Gondry narrates a scene from his animated documentary interview with Noam Chomsky, “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?”
SOFLES — LIMITLESS. – Seemless stop motion graffiti movie all around a building.
The Sun on Sunday lied about me last week. Have they learned nothing? – “Not a big deal in the scheme of things, but it’s still the same fecund bone-yard of gossip, poison and lies” Another brilliant Russel Brand Rant.
How To Make Hoshigaki (Dried Persimmons) – “Hoshigaki are a Japanese delicacy made by, believe it or not, gently massaging persimmons while they air dry.” Doing it this year!
Is it OK to torture or murder a robot? – “We form such strong emotional bonds with machines that people can’t be cruel to them even though they know they are not alive. So should robots have rights?”
French footballer asked for headbutting statue to be removed – “A bronze sculpture by Adel Abdessemed was taken down from display in Qatar late last month after Zinedine Zidane complained, a curator says”. Fuck you, Zizou! (it rhymed, sorry)
Motion capture used to assess best sexual positions after hip surgery – “Motion capture technology has been used to quantitatively assess the range of hip movement in men and women in 12 common sexual positions in order to understand which positions pose the greatest risk of dislocation in hip replacement patients.”
Goldieblox and the Three MCs – “This could go either way, and should be a fascinating case to watch. I’m in favor of more case law in either direction, helping draw the lines for what artists can or can’t do. It can be agonizing to make something that skirts the grey areas of copyright law without knowing whether you’re going to end up bankrupt.”
Feminism’s Twist Ending – “Feminism isn’t about equal pay or equal rights. It is a way of dealing with change.”
A Rare Look at the Tunnels Under San Francisco – “One group of raccoons followed us from behind while the other group kept pace about 50 feet in front. I couldn’t help but think they were up to no good.”
Beastie Boys Fight Online Video Parody of ‘Girls’ – “When we tried to simply ask how and why our song ‘Girls’ had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US,” the Beastie Boys said. The open letter from the Beastie Boys.”
Motherfucking Website – “You. Are. Over-designing. Look at this shit. It’s a motherfucking website. Why the fuck do you need to animate a fucking trendy-ass banner flag when I hover over that useless piece of shit?”
Jake and Dinos Chapman head a stellar cast to tell stories of world’s children in need – “The Chapman brothers head lineup of artists whose works will be auctioned to raise funds”
Beastie Boys send copyright threat to toy company that remixed “Girls” – “The Beastie Boys have sent a legal threat to toymaker GoldieBlox over the company’s extremely clever ad, which parodies the Beasties’ early track “Girls”. The ad rewrites the lyrics (which are pretty terrible in the original) to insist that girls should take control over their world, reject passivity and subservience, and make things (the video accompanies this with the creation of a Rube Goldberg device that ultimately switches off a TV showing girly toy ads).”