This is the first in a weekly series where I will be writing about the most interesting things I have come across on the internet in the past week. They aren’t necessarily new or recent things, but just things that I found particularly memorable or interesting.
Website of the week
This website is fantastic! I follow sexy actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, 3rd Rock from the Sun etc) on Twitter and often see him tweeting about something called “Hit Record”. I was reading it like the phrase to describe a top-selling music album, and half-wondered what his connection to music was. Today he tweeted about a “tautogram” competition – which piqued my interest. So I clicked on the link and finally went to this mysterious website. And it’s this amazing collaborative creativity website founded by JGL himself! Where people upload videos, writing, sound clips and photos to collaborate and contribute to projects. And if something you contributed ends up in a Hit Record production, you can get royalties from it. And just for the record, Hit Record, is actually using the verb to record, not the noun record.
Videos of the week
I was so intrigued to come across this awesome little video about a group of people who live in my own Brooklyn neighbourhood of Crown Heights. I see Hasidic people every day, and have noticed their distinctive style of clothing, but I never knew the reason behind their style. This piece delves into the world of two Hasidic women and how they express their personal style within the limitations of their religion. It was heartwarming to see how their pursuit of edgy, yet modest fashion, brought them together with women of all races and religions.
I am utterly shocked at what is happening in Myanmar to feed China’s desire for jade jewelry. I have a few pieces of jade jewelry, some of it from New Zealand (greenstone/pounamu), and some of it probably from Myanmar, so I was compelled to watch this short doco. It links the spread of HIV in small mining Myanmar mining villages, right back to China’s increasing demand for jade. Miners struggling to carry on in horrific conditions are tempted into taking heroin to help them get through. Now there are countless addicts without proper rehabilitation clinics, and needle sharing has led to an HIV outbreak.
Article of the week
I love it when technology and real-life needs collide like this. A gorgeous toucan in Costa Rica had his beak hacked off by some unknown animal-haters, and now an Indiegogo campaign has raised $10,000 to fund a new beak! The beak will be made by Denver, Colorado-based Orthopets, which specialises in orthotics and prosthetics for animals. So happy for Grecia the toucan!