Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The best Sesame Street guest appearances, ejection-seat bicycles, smoking a pig and more in our weekly look at the web


1. The Nine Best Sesame Street Guest Appearances

From Johnny Cash and Oscar’s duet to Richard Pryor’s alphabet and the self-aware Ricky Gervais skits with Elmo, this list put together by Good is a testament to the classic TV show’s knack for clever casting and its far-reaching influence.

2. Olaf Breuning at Surface To Air

As seen on Curated, the edgy French label Surface To Air hosts a selection of Olaf Breuning’s work now through 11 January 2011 at their Paris flagship.

3. V Magazine’s iPad and iPhone App

Fashion and culture magazine V expands their editorial reach with the introduction of their iPad and iPhone apps. Priced at just $1 each, cover costar Marc Jacobs joins in as a launch sponsor, and interactive features include a DIY cover, along with an embedded fashion quiz.

4. The Cricket Trailer

Yatzer covered the incredibly compact Cricket Trailer, a new built-to-order design for the outdoor adventurer looking for a spatially flexible accommodation.


5. Rockaway Taco, A Selby Film

Photo blog success story Todd Selby debuted his first film, visiting Rockaway Taco to explore the neo-strip mall, bee farm and community that have all sprung up around the restaurant.

6. (Untitled)

Margiela’s ad for the perfume called “(Untitled)” (which launched earlier this year ), is a seductively-edited collage, mixing in the label’s more iconic images and showing the process for the bottle’s gorgeous paint-dipped design. High-contrast shots, footage played in reverse and a guitar-heavy soundtrack hit all the right ’90s-tinged aesthetic notes.

7. The Paris Review Interviews

Perfect for reading while curled up with an iPad and a cup of tea on a chilly autumn day, The Paris Review recently made six decades worth of interviews with literary greats—R. Crumb, Dorothy Parker, Borges, Vonnegut, Philip Roth and Don DeLillo, to name a few—available on their site.

8. Look at What the Light Did Now

A documentary on the making of Feist’s Grammy-winning The Reminder, “Look at What the Light Did Now” peeks into the artist’s process and creative community to show “the synergy of collaboration, art as magnifying glass, and the power of trust.” Check out the trailer to get a taste and look for it playing at a film festive near you.


9. How Your Pork Gets Smoked at Fatty ‘Cue

Brooklyn-based filmmaker, future prolific director, and one of the latest additions to Team CH, Gregory Stefano produced this video for Gothamist, giving the audience an inside look into the processing and smoking of a whole pig at Fatty ‘Cue in Williamsburg.

10. Ultimate Urban Commuter Bike

U.K.-based insurance company ETA has released a video of their “ultimate urban commuter bike.” This “theft proof” bike has it all, including a back tire with a tank-style tread, a ski blade, an ejector seat and of course a flame thrower.

11. Bench10 by The Lollipop Shoppe

During London’s Design Festival, local design merchant The Lollipop Shoppe asked 11 different furniture designers to each create their own public bench. The finished designs, scattered throughout Old Spitalfields Market, spread awareness of the mostly banal public spaces we use.

12. Surface To Air, JCDC, Andre and Yorgo Touplas for Range Rover

Leading up to the launch of the new Range Rover Evoque, sculptor Benedict Radcliffe created a three dimensional wireframe of the vehicle which was then reinterpreted by four artists as installations around Paris.