Back with another week of cool stuff, which was scoured from the distant corners of the web. Music, and politics, and science, and learning, Lego(TM) and robots from China, and all that jazz. Or David Bowie at least. Send us any links you think sufficiently cool.
State of the Web
- The Internet is Drowning. Forbes gives its opinion on the future of the internet: “For 20 years the internet has been open and it is slowly drowning to death. Will you just stand by and let it die or will you dive in and help it out?”
- CISPA passes the house. Ok, this isn’t cool at all. The only thing even remotely close to being cool is that it’s highly doubtful that this bill will pass through the senate, and also that the white house has threatened to veto the bill.
- How to knit a Firefox costume for your FirefoxOS phone:
- The White House Science Fair Mozilla was proud to participate in this event! Maker party 2013 is looking good!
- Lego school! Using Lego to teach critical thinking and logic. Wouldn’t you have loved this as a kid? Or maybe as an adult? Brickheads uber alles!
- A site to learn how to fix your own gadgets, all free. Shows how how to fix them, how things work and where to get the parts.
- Make Blocks: – Design your own robot and they’ll build it for you. Check the download section for a complete part selection. Some of them can get quite complex. Located in Shenzhen China.
- Google I/O elucidated: Case Study “Google I/O 2013 Experiment“
- David Bowie developed a text remixing app in the 90′s that helped him author lyrics, called ”The Verbasizer” that he used to write ”Dead men don’t talk.”
Meme of the Week
- Acapella games themes from Smooth McGroove – – he gets bonus points for looking like a cross between Team Ross and what Doug will look like at this year’s MozFest!
- Smooth McGroove- Acapella of Guile’s Stage, Street Fighter 2
- Check out Lucas Pope’s beta of Papers Please, a retro game where you play as an overworked, underpaid customs agent in the glorious people’s republic of Arstotzka. In Arstotzka, paper shuffles you!
- What It’s Like to Get Online After 25 Years in Prison – Michael Santos has written several books on his experience of being in prison for 25 years. He started his own web site while in prison, by giving hand written code to his wife. A life coach and vocal crusader for prison reform, you can follow him on twitter at @MichaelGSantos.
- Javier Aguera was working at startups as a young teen, and started the smart phone company, Geekphone, at 16 (Geekphone). Geekphone is now selling smart phones that run the Firefox OS, as of Tuesday. [Out of stock as of April 25th, 2013]