[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
I would totally download a car.
— Sean Bonner Ⓥ (@seanbonner) January 16, 2014
#biggest news this week
What blogging was – “The expectations around engagement, transparency, and immediacy for mainstream writing have changed in part because of blogs. We have changed where we turn for analysis, if not for news. We expect the Web to be easy to post to. We expect conversation. We are more comfortable with informal, personal writing. We get more pissed off when people write in corporate or safely political voices. We want everyone to be human and to be willing to talk with us in public.”
‘Him’ – (‘Her’ Official Parody Trailer) – “When a woman falls in love with her operating system, she thinks she’s found the man of her dreams. But it turns out “Him’ is no “Her.””
Musicless Musicvideo / THE PRODIGY – firestarter – it’s surprising how ridiculous Keith looks without the music.
BEAUTY – classical paintings animated, nice, except the paintings he used suck.
“Losing” Ballon d’Or hurts Ribéry more than most – “France puts huge importance on award” and Ribery is so butt-hurt now.
Three arguments about climate change that should never be used – “Please, can we try to make sure that these stop appearing in our discussions?”
Successful comedians display symptoms of psychosis, study says – “Unusual personalities ‘connect random thoughts’ and impulsive, irrational minds can create best comedy, research suggests”
Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Discusses Efforts in China to Monitor Him – “In a SPIEGEL interview, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 56, discusses how the authorities monitor his movements in sometimes bizarre detail and the feud with the government in Beijing that has kept him from being allowed to leave the country for three years now.”
Game Plan: Making Moirai, a Game About Suicide and Other People – “Moirai is a game about a woman who attempts to kill herself after the death of her husband and son. You spend a few minutes speaking to her neighbors—among them a priest—to learn about her story.”
CERN contest to give students access to accelerator’s proton beam – “Thanks to the European physics research center CERN, up to 30 high school students will be able to provide an exceptional answer when asked “what did you do over your summer vacation?”
The Problem With Facebook – Erica Lust – “Facebook has turned us all into advertizers instead of creative individuals. It stifles diversity and debate like no other social media outlet. And this is the problem with Facebook.”
Watch an Internet Addict Confess to a 300-Hour Warcraft Binge – “Internet addiction is becoming a huge problem in China. As ever-larger numbers of teens and young adults spend ever more time at cyber-cafes playing games and exploring online worlds, they are spending less and less time AFK”
‘Swiss Cheese Pervert’ terrorizes Mayfair – “the suspect, a heavyset white man estimated to be in his late 40s or early 50s, approaches women while driving a silver or black sedan with his genitals exposed. He then displays a piece of sliced Swiss cheese and offers to pay the women to put the cheese on his penis and perform sexual acts on him using it.”
Pirated DVD Screener Linked to Oscars Host Ellen DeGeneres – “Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres has been embarrassed by a pirated DVD screener of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty that was just released onto the Internet. The pirated film has Ellen’s name watermarked all over it”
Jeder kennt die Frage, kaum einer die Antwort (39) – “Was ist der /die Hausgrafiker/in des BSC Young Boys eigentlich von Beruf?” Metzger?
Abschied von der Utopie: Die digitale Kränkung des Menschen – “Das Internet ist nicht das, wofür ich es so lange gehalten habe. Ich glaubte, es sei das perfekte Medium der Demokratie und der Selbstbefreiung. Der Spähskandal und der Kontrollwahn der Konzerne haben alles geändert.”