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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. 

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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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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

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What you could see if it passes.

Mozilla

Crocheted Firefox Phone Cover

Education

  • 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

Games 

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.
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  • 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!!!!
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  • 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 COOLEST STUFF ON THE WEB THIS WEEK