[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
I'm not lazy, I just really enjoy doing nothing.
— Bill Murray (@BiIIMurray) January 9, 2014
#biggest news this week
The Day We Fight Back – February 11th 2014 – “Now, on the eve of the anniversary of Aaron’s passing, and in celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA that he helped make possible, we are announcing a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th”
New perspectives – what’s wrong with TED talks? Benjamin Bratton – “My talk is about TED: what it is, and why it doesn’t work.”
JOE STRUMMER’S LONDON CALLING – “Joe Strummer spins his favorite tracks from around the world”
Being on Call for a Swiss Call Girl – “Alice Sala, an ethnologist from the University of Neuchâtel, worked for six months as a receptionist for a prostitute in an erotic massage parlor in Geneva, as field research for her master’s thesis called “Alice in Prostituteland.””
Aaron Swartz Gets “Street Art” Tribute at His Final Workplace – “To mark the one-year anniversary of his death, the tireless internet activist and programmer Aaron Swartz received a tribute from the street artist BAMN — “by any means necessary” — on the walls of ThoughtWorks New York City, the last place Swartz worked before he died”
THE DAY WE FIGHT BACK – “REMEMBER THE DAY WE FIGHT BACK REMEMBER – WE NEVER FORGET, WE NEVER SURRENDER, EXPECT US – #OPLASTRESORT” MIT website defaced in memoriam Aaron Swartz.
The 2nd Annual Stampede Photo Contest – “You don’t have to be some super duper whiz bang photographer to win… but we do think that our stampers are pretty clever. Here are some of the entries we’ve gotten so far.”
Snake oil? Scientific evidence for health supplements – “his image is a “balloon race”. The higher a bubble, the greater the evidence for its effectiveness. But the supplements are only effective for the conditions listed inside the bubble.” There is an interactive version.
How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet – “Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and the other tech titans have had to fight for their lives against their own government. An exclusive look inside their year from hell—and why the Internet will never be the same.”
Penny Rimbaud on How Crass Nearly Started World War III – “Official UK government documents have just been released regarding one of the best things ever done by the only real punk band ever, Crass. Basically, in 1982, when the rest of punk had started playing sax, Crass made this piece of subversive décollage, splicing together recordings of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan to create a fake phone call between the conservative übermenschen.”
We Cause Scenes – “You can now download the full, feature length documentary on Improv Everywhere, “We Cause Scenes.””
The Simpsons Cleverly Cover The Pirate Bay & Anti-Piracy Enforcement – “The latest episode of The Simpsons is an absolute goldmine for anyone interested in the file-sharing phenomenon. Tired of the expensive and advert-ridden theater experience of today, Homer starts downloading from The Bootleg Bay and conducting movie screenings for the people of Springfield.”
Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky: State of the World 2014 – “It’s time for the 2014 edition of the state of the world conversation with Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky. The WELL has hosted this conversation every year since 2000, ranging free through the worlds of technology, design, politics, high and low culture, and fashion.”
Pastafarian minister sworn into office – “This may be the first openly Pastafarian sworn into office. For sure, the first to be sworn in wearing a colander.”
The journalist who hacked the old system – “an effort by those reliant on an old power structure and outdated media business models to selfishly maintain that structure and those models — journalism, facts, and democracy be damned.”
My Life With the Thrill-Clit Cult
“What is the secret to unlocking your personal potential and creating a more harmonious society? A San Francisco company says you can find it between every woman’s legs.”
Die Klobürste: Die Hamburger Gefahrenzone hat ein neues Symbol – “Die Klobürste ist zum viralen Zeichen des zivilen Ungehorsams in Hamburg geworden, nachdem die Tagesschau am Dienstag einen Videoeinspieler zeigte, in dem Hamburger Polizisten bei einer der nun üblichen und alltäglichen Kontrollen eben jenes Utensil von einem Demonstranten konfiszierten.”
Mit Vollgeld gegen Finanzkrisen: Das Wirtschaftssystem umkrempeln – “Immer mehr Volksinitiativen streben seit der Finanzkrise einen radikalen Umbau der Wirtschaft an. Die jüngste wird vorbereitet. Sie will den Geschäftsbanken die Geldschöpfung verbieten.”