I have a whole section in my bookmarks of “people to add to my blogroll” that I will honestly get around to doing someday. In the meantime, this one’s open in a tab right now so I am reminded to share: occasional commenter and all-around gent Dan has started Freshly Ground, which is mostly a blog about eating well. He muses in an entertaining way about how his young family is doing food-wise, with an eye on sustainability and nutrition and of course the NOM NOM NOM factor. And shares loads of tasty and simple recipes as he goes! Today’s entry is about when to cheat…
(And on the subject of food, Giffy is flickr’ing her lunches. Check out the one she blogged today: this is a good example of lunchy awesome, in my book.)
I’ve talked about Purity Balls before – it’s one of my posts that keeps getting traffic off of google and being passed around Facebook – and am thus inclined to share this commentary from Salon.com’s Broadsheet section: “We’ve written before about Generations of Light Ministries’ fantastically creepy “purity ball,” where fathers make a pledge to protect their young daughters’ hymens. But the New York Times’ coverage of the 2008 ball launched the event’s creepy quotient into the cosmos…” Go see. Yeesh.
And from the “holy cow” files, here’s what happens when a ten-year old boy writes a letter the Charles Manson and gets a reply.
That’s all I gots for ya this week. Additional linky from you folks is encouraged in comments…
This has been sitting in my pile for an age – Malc pointed me at this set of videos in the GUBA library: seminal Brit sci-fi, Quatermass and the Pit and Quatermass II. I have the script books somewhere in a box but have never seen them before – very exciting, from back when TV was filmed live like a stage show. The Cluetrain Manifesto – written in response to the dotcom boom that had yet to burst, and still brimming with value a decade later. e.g. “26. Public Relations does not relate to the public. Companies are deeply afraid of their markets.”
Last linky I showed you Kate Beaton’s Napoleon eating cookies. This week I show you Kate Beaton getting into an hilarious online fight battle with the Stereotypist!
And that may be all the linky we have time for. We’ll see if inspiration strikes late in the game. The whistles go woo woo!
Okay, a brevity linky:
Stumbled across Kate Beaton’s comics for about the fifth time and this week I will linky them. They are good. Especially Napoleon eating cookies and Conversations With Younger Me.
Make your own Music television – a mashup of Last.fm and YouTube that searches YouTube for music videos that’re liked by people who like the music you like, like. Is good. Hattip to the imperator DavidR for this one. Potsie Syndrome – characters on TV shows who still show up each week because the actor’s on contract, but just kinda stand around and never do anything because the writers just don’t have a clue why they’re there.
And did you catch the Ewok gospel, via linky in last week’s comments by Dave W?
From the other moose, I give you seminal West Coast rappers N.W.A. with their debut album, Straight Outta Compton – Explicit Content Only. That’s right, its remixed so it’s only the explicit material. This brings back memories.
The site has loads of other interesting art projects. I like HipHop PopUp, an online player of Kanye West’s Graduation album that pops up the websites of brands as he mentions them. Its a pretty neat critique of the bling culture at work in much of hiphop. Also Satanic Images, which searches online galleries for photos that were the 666th image recorded by that particular digital camera.
Here is World Without Oil, an alternate reality game that ran to a conclusion last year. Depicting a world responding to an oil crisis, it engaged a lot of people with vivid imagined accounts of what life would be like. I’ve only just found this so Im only just getting my head around it. It seems like a neat way to explore this issue, although like Zeb Cook, I wonder if this is so arcane it ends up restricted to an elite – maybe not exactly the elite Zeb is talking about, but a preaching-to-the-converted thing does seem likely. It was promo’d at SXSW, fer pete’s sake. Anyway, I’m just amazed I haven’t heard about it before.
I’ve been dabbling in a new phenomenon on YouTube lately – clips of Iranian women getting into trouble for not wearing the hejab properly. Girls wailing as they’re forced into police cars, or roughly pushing aside old ladies who are trying to restrain them. It’s fascinating and troubling, and best viewed with some kind of contextual knowledge – Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis will do. Beware of the comments, where neo-Nazis, American freedom bigots, Persian Muslims of both traditionalist and reformist stripe, other Persians, Arab Muslims, other Arabs, feminists, and others conduct furious five-directional wars full of invective and lacking much illumination.
And to close, here’s forty-five years of Doctor Who clips played to an Eminem-Benny Hill theme mashup. Probably bewildering to the uninitiated, but fun nonetheless.
Av Club interview with Lower Hutt’s finest, Anna Paquin, about her new production company shared with her brother, liberal politics, and the X-Men. (Lower Hutt reprazent!)
Abi at Making Light a week ago, talking about things with deep value: “Looking at a world where the economy is probably going to be tightening up for a while, I find myself drawn to things with deep value, things a little less dependent on the state of our technology and shipping infrastructure to build and repair. Living in a small country with a history of pollution problems, I want to own things I don’t have throw away after one use. And spending much of my time as a crafter, I am attracted to things that I can fix.” Check out her list of things, and of course the comments on Making Light are always worth a look.
PRINT magazine has an article on how Young Adult book covers change over the years. The photo comparing four different covers of Judy Blume’s ‘Forever’ is my favourite.
And via talula, NPR on the New York guy who responded to getting mugged by inviting the mugger to dinner.
Enjoy your Friday everyone.
This is probably my favourite video on the internets, evar. Watch it. If you’ve seen it before, watch it again. The cats are great.
Via some Wellybloggers, a mesmerising short film portrait of Wellington by Massey Design student Richard Sidey, his showpiece at the end-of-04 exhibition Exposure (which is always worth a look if you’re in Welly in December). It’s an awardwinning film, and watching it you’ll see why. Timelapse reveals new rhythms in familiar spaces. It’s wicked. Music by Dubtown’s percussionistas Strike!, and also featuring calligraphy by Stan Chan.
Via Svend, a deeply weird true-life mystery – nine experienced skiers, out camping in the mountains, who didn’t make it through the night. But what the details suggest about what happened will give you shivers.
Via Hottieperm, Stuff White People Like. It misses as often as it hits, and “white people” seems to mean “urban liberals”, but its dogged commitment to that one joke is pleasing to me.
I wish you a Very Leapy Friday.