Link About It: This Week's Picks
Link About It: This Week's Picks
Retro internet, Eagles of Death Metal's initiative to support Paris victims, Anjelica Huston's feminism and more
1. Cover Eagles of Death Metal and Support Paris Victims
Proving that beautiful things can come from terrible events, the Eagles of Death Metal are urging musicians to cover their sweet rock tune "I Love You All The Time"—and for every cover sold, they are donating 100% of the publishing income (aka royalties) to The Sweet Stuff Foundation. In a letter asking artists to record their versions of the song, EODM founding member Josh Homme wrote, "We dare not give another second of precious time to those who have tried to steal our freedoms and take away our power. Instead, we are writing to ask for your help to 'Play It Forward."
2. Browse the Web Like It's 1999
A new web application, called OldWeb Today, allows users to travel back in internet time and surf the web through old-school browser frames. Click into Yahoo’s 1996 homepage using Netscape or peruse Google search results using a 1999 version of Internet Explorer. The time-traveling tool is a study not only on iconography and design, but in user experience too. Head to Rhizome to learn more about the program, or try it out for yourself at Oldweb.today.
3. Pirelli's 2016 Calendar
The Pirelli Calendar—an annual tradition that usually bares the seductive poses of fresh-faced models—has taken a different direction for its 2016 edition. Helmed by Annie Leibovitz, the pages of the soon-to-be released calendar feature women recognized for their accomplishments ahead of just appearances. Fran Lebowitz, Agnes Gund, Amy Schumer, Serena Williams and more pose in front of a monochromatic background, marking an impressive turn for the Italian tire-maker—though it's unclear if they'll stick with the theme for future years. See the rest of the photos at The New York Times.
4. Presents at Every Price Curated by Yatzer
With the passing of Thanksgiving, it’s just a matter of days until it’s time to unwrap presents. Thankfully, picking out gifts just got a lot easier thanks to a myriad of great shopping guides (including our very own) that have popped up, especially one from art and design publication Yatzer. Their Christmas 2015 Gift Guide features an incredibly diverse selection of sublime products, from a TIE fighter-shaped music box to diamond-studded pearl earrings, a keyboard waffle iron and more.
5. "Tech Tats" Turn Tattoos Into Body-Monitoring Devices
Chaotic Moon—an Austin-based software design firm—is giving body art more than just aesthetic appeal. Their latest project, called “Tech Tats,” is a set of temporary tattoos made from electromagnetic paint and an ATiny85 micro-controller that can provide real-time health stats—like temperature, sweat conductance, heart rate and hydration level. Though the technology is still in the prototyping phase, Chaotic Moon believes that these tiny, circuit-like tattoos may one day transform the way we bank, visit the doctor or diagnose illnesses at home.
6. Find this Alfa Romeo and It's Yours
Auto website The Drive is taking an Alfa Romeo 4C on a five-part road trip across America and, when they’re done, they’re leaving the car for someone to find—and keep. They’ll be scattering hints throughout their car reviews, newsletters and social media channels, so follow along to see where the Alfa Romeo might be hiding. The first person to tweet a photo of themselves in front of the car with the proper hashtags will get it. Head to The Drive to learn more details.
7. The New Yorker's Impressive Animated Cover
The New Yorker’s latest magazine cover extends beyond its physical manifestation to an animated video viewable on the website—and an entertaining one at that. A collaboration between the magazine and the radio program “This American Life,” the lighthearted animation explores the real-life implications of a mother’s subconscious slip-up, in which she says, “Wow, you look so much better,” after seeing her daughter put on makeup for the first time. Head to The New Yorker see and hear the tricky—yet ultimately touching—situation unfold.
8. Anjelica Huston on How Film Shaped Her Feminism
In a new interview with Dazed Magazine, Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston discusses her celebrity-studded upbringing, early career and how working in film has shaped her feminism. She divulges a few glamorous stories from her nomadic years working as a young model and actress while simultaneously taking the position of the everywoman, saying "I really have a lot of sympathy with women. We’ve had a hard struggle and continue to have a hard struggle.”