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Webmaker awesome links of the week

Lots of great links this week. Looking forward to seeing a summer filled with hacking mad art/science, both on the web and in real life. There are also a bunch of interesting non-Mozilla instructional links, and finally an rocking end to Chris Hadfield’s journey into space.

Gear up for a summer of making and connecting! NYT article about the summer of making and connecting campaign. “It’s about following your interests, not being afraid to ask questions or make mistakes, and producing something real.”- Article.

A mobile, fire-breathing dragon, 90 feet long, that contains a lounge for 20, was created by Ryan C. Doyle and Teddy Lo for the World Maker Faire in 2011

Popathon Europe – A huge collaborative effort to show some of the awesome stuff popcorn can do. New videos come out Monday!

This photo of Mark Surman shaking hands with Obama:

Mark Surman shaking hands with Obama

This Great Storify from Matt Jukes on Connected Learning from #teachtheweb shows how remixing can help us learn. 

“Weaponizing Collusion.” A sneak peak at Collusion 1.0. You can use it to control tracking and setting for individual sites. Collusion is designed to make the web (and trackers) more transparent, improve user awareness and increase web privacy and security. If you missed it earlier, you can check out the Ted Talk.

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This CCS gradient tool was created by Microsoft. Surprise: It’s actually pretty good!

Learn how to use CSS box shadows:  @Debloper created this brilliant tutorial.

Google Image search ‘atari breakout’ You can check out other Google Easter eggs, here.

Atari Breakout on Google image search

Child Abuse Billboard: Advertising for social justice. This billboard shows a special message for children and a number for them to call which is invisible to those over 4 feet tall.

Sign viewed differently by children

Sad Rap“Basically we represent the side of rap that isn’t being glorified. We’re embracing the reality of the struggle rather than trying to portray a facade or a lifestyle that we aren’t really about without going about it in a conscious way. We’re sad and proud.” – Little Pain

Ryan Gosling won’t eat his cereal – Meme of the week. It’s much funnier than it sounds.

Gosling won't eat his cereal

Space Oddity… IN SPACEEEEEEE! Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield with the most epic cover ever (and an epic mustache).

That’s it for this week. Be sure to send us any cool stuff you find!


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Its time again for the most awesome stuff on the web this week, as suggested by the Webmaker community. This week’s selection showcases some great webtools and how they are being used, particularly Popcorn. Also, see how big the border is and how small the world is. 



The Earth from orbit

  • This cool image gallery that lets you explore the US / Mexico border:

Border Fence

  • This isn’t new, but if you liked Amy Burvall’s History Lessons For Music Lovers, why not check out Crash Course World History? There’s also videos for chemistry and American history. Warning: Addiction may follow! Also, beware of the Mongols.

Crash Course Logo

  • A little heavy for this list, but this Ted Talk by Dr. Jackson Katz shows the importance of men and bystanders in ending sexism. Its from back in February, but its making some viral rounds right now, and its message is critical.


Awesome stuff from the web!

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Awesome Things From the Web

And now, 16 more awesome (and awful) things from the web. As always, send in your suggestions to the link below.


  • Red Panda Gymnast – Imagine a raccoon, only fluffier and much more adorable. This one also does 300 pull ups a day.
Red Panda doing what it does best: being absurdly cute

Not the uber fit Red Panda, but this one’s pretty cool too.


  • Churnalism – Just plug in text or a URL and this checker will look to see how much of the article is ripped from another source, and what source it’s ripped from. Great to spot plagiarism or questionable sources.
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  • I had never seen this (not new): It’s great to see games used to teach coding!

Learn to code!


  • Chad Sansing published this incredible blog post about his journey with coding, teaching and Webmaker that I think is essential reading for us all. He’s a teacher in central Virginia that is a leader with the National Writing Project and been a key bridge builder between our organizations.
  • Why I Code: A student’s perspective

From "This is why I code" on facebook.


Viral Marketing done right


“Would you kindly click the link above?”

Amazing Webdesign!


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  • Neat visual analogy of how the web works: understanding a DDoS attack with Pong 
  • This dynamic video experiment from art, copy and code gathers data points like time, location, weather and what’s happening on the web and incorporates them into the video. The result is a personalized experience that rewards repeat views.


  • A very meta form of copy protection: release a pirated version of your game development game, in which users go bankrupt due to ridiculously high piracy rates after a few hours of play.

Yo dawg, I put piracy in your piracy so you can know what it feels like to be a tiny indie developer.


Is It Worth the Time?


Star Wars 

  • Behind the scenes pics from the filming of Star Wars.
Image taken from comics beat, via creative commons.

Behold the empire, reborn!

That’s all for now! As always, add in your own suggestions below if you find a website that is particularly awesome/awful/cool or just funny.

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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


What you could see if it passes.


Crocheted Firefox Phone Cover


  • 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!

Lego School, Denmark

  • 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.
Cool Tech 
  • 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.

Meme of the Week


More then meets the eye!

Amazing stories
  • 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]


That’s it for this week. Feel free to contact us with any suggestions for sites.
And remember, “Don’t forget to be awesome.” John & Hank Green

The Coolest Stuff on the Web This Week

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More awesome stuff from the web. This time, we look at the sound of money, the dangers of social media, and a CAD program from the days when computers measured their memory in bites. Plus, some Harrison Ford.
  • That there? That’s the sweet, sweet sound of internet commerce. Hear BitCoin transactions in real time. So how much do you think a BitCoin is really worth, anyway?

  • The incredible social media cautionary tale of Adam Orth.  The tl:dr version is that Adam Orth lost his job because he wasn’t thinking when he made some public tweets. I guess we can start counting the days till someone else ends up loosing their job because they didn’t pay enough attention to social media.
  • Harry Potter Quidditch meme:  AKA. Pottering.  If the Russians had of had broom technology in the 80’s, Red Dawn would have been a very short (but even cooler) movie. Wolverines!!!!
  • Hyper-lapse!   Remember how we were saying last week that every city should have something like this?
    Well, this is just a little bit closer to reality now.
  • This video from a Learning Party Pop-Up at Hive NYC member NYSCI is the best explanation/demonstration of what we hope the Maker Party 2013 will be like: teens describing exploring their passions, skills, experience and fun in a Real World style “confession booth.” Plus, Webmaker Tools get a shout-out about five minutes in.
  • Avengers get medieval of the medieval times:
Verily, I wouldist partake of yonder purveyor of Shawarma, for I hath heard tales of the legendary foodstuff.

Verily, I wouldist partake of yonder purveyor of Shawarma, for I hath heard tales of the legendary foodstuff.

Photoshopped "Radiers of the Lost Arc" poster.

No Shia Labeouf or nuking fridges in this one, we promise.

  • Check out this candid interview with Han Solo Harrison Ford on Jimmy Kimmel that are in no way related to the new Star Wars movie.
  • How Animals Eat Their Food: This just had me in stitches. And at 41 million hits, I’m guessing I’m not alone.
  • And, because we’re all about mixing up art and science…
    Equations on paper.

    Equations on paper.

    Also, we learned to count to 12 this week.


The 12 Coolest Things You Saw On The Web This Week

Another week, another 12 cool, amazing things on the web, as suggested by the Webmaker community in our community callCheck out Mozilla Webmaker and help contribute to the web’s awesomeness by making your own site. Or just tell us about a particularly cool amazing thing you found on the web. 
  • One Community Ranch is building a village out of 100% earth friendly, sustainable materials, for around $1000-1500 a unit. Each unit has a different design, but all of them are sustainable, practical and quite beautiful.

    Sustainable Village

  • GrabBox. This ridiculously useful utility automatically copies any screen shots you make to your Dropbox folder and your clipboard for easy access. Extremely useful. Kate Hudson sent us this one.
  • The Free Art and Tech Lab presents F.A.T. Gold, an awesome exhibition showcasing some of its the coolest projects in its five year history. Has some streaming video as well.
    “Release early, often and with rap music.” This is Notorious R&D.” –F.A.T. Lab
  • Stroll through the streets of Zurich: I’ve never wanted to go there but this site sure showcases the city. Make sure you turn the sound up for this one. Other cities really need to have something like this!
  • @tldrio, my new favorite startup/service, launched some new features.
    The great part is that they are going to conform to the Web Literacy Standard, which we proudly support.
  • Anyone for Pizza? Those little clips on the side may back memories if you are a child of the 80’s/early 90’s. Anyone else remember Samurai Pizza Cats? I’ll bet Jacob does.  Anyway, its adorable.
  • Am I Responsive? Was a candidate for the .Net awards, along with a lot of other Mozilla projects. Voting just ended. We wish them the best of luck.
  • Because bacon makes everything better (supposedly). Bacon up your website!
    I’m afraid this was a huge hit at a recent webmaker school visit (with 9/10 year olds).
  • “You Must Code to Survive.” Giant Robots really do make everything better.
    This video game teaches kids javascript through battling robots. A lovely example of gamification.


And of course, there’s some Mozilla stuff.


  • MOUSE Squad teens participate in a challenge to remix the front page of the New York Times the year 2112 using X-Ray Goggles. Here’s the hilarious winning entry.


  • Jason Silva always blows my mind. Check out his latest creation, Brain Games.

See you next week!

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Hello World!

So, here we go, my first post on WordPress!

No more tilting at windmills by spending six hours writing a cover letter for some position advertised on Cragislist!

Now I can work on developing my online portfolio with an ever widening suite of social media! Hopefully, this will be less like striking a windmill and more like building a competent online portfolio. I promise, my next post will be a less shameless attempt to just put something up.