The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: January 10, 2012

Election talk got you down?

Watch this video of a 2012 candidate in the New Hampshire primary — Vermin Supreme — who thinks dental hygiene is the key to a stronger America, and promises a pony for every American.

 

And the word of 2011 is ... OCCUPY. According to a recent CNN report, a collection of American linguists met in Portland to determine the year's word, following in the steps of previous winners, “app,” “tweet,” and “bailout.”  

 

After everyone’s gone home, the lights have been turned off, even the books at a bookstore can get a little lively.

 

Creativity and culinary aesthetic meet in the newest installment of miniature photos! See mountaineers ascending a tasty cliff, construction workers investigating the crack in a pastry, and many more delectable portraits.

 

Thanks to Kickstarter, a zombie version of the classic educational computer game Oregon Trail will soon be available for phones and tablets. Travel from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh with your party and combat hordes of zombies along your journey. 

 

Canada's CBC News reports on the newest music industry practice in our Twitterfied world: a band is plucked from relative obscurity on the strength of just a few words from a celebrity. Just ask Burlington, Ont. band Walk Off the Earth, who were surprised with a tweet by Russell Crowe on Saturday. "Check out Walk Off the Earth's cover of Somebody I used to know. Brilliant," the actor-singer posted. Just two days after this particular shout-out, the band's Somebody That I Used to Know video has logged more than 4.5 million views on YouTube. Wow.

Here's what Crowe saw:

http://youtu.be/d9NF2edxy-M

 

Ever wondered what it would look like if Dr. Suess illustrated batman?

Can an App a day keep the doctor away? The smartphone application The Eatery thinks so. According to Good.is, "The Eatery encourages users to document a snack or meal with a photo and rating of its perceived healthfulness. Using data like the time of day and frequency of consumption, the program plots an eater's trends to discover a person's 'silent habits' and help them improve.

"For example, discovering that you tend to pig out at lunch when you don't eat breakfast may help people rethink their hasty morning routines.  The crowdsourced piece comes into play by letting users offer feedback on each other's meals to provide a more objective look at a meal and keep friends on top of goals."

 

The growing digital collection of grandmas getting down to the hits receives a new addition:

Aunt Carol grooving to Usher’s “You Make Me Wanna.” Enjoy!

Joshua Witchger is an editorial web assistant for Sojourners. Follow Joshua on his blog, Hail Fellow, Well Met.

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