The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 7, 2012

Time for a little quiz: NEWT or SCHRUTE? Can you tell the difference between The Office’s Dwight Schrute and current presidential candidate Newt Gingrich? You might be surprised by what you’ll discover. [Mother Jones]

The Norwegian pop group A-Ha’s hit “Take on Me” is reborn in polka form. Five musicians from North Korea give a new spark to this old tune in an accordion-only rendition. [Joey DeVilla]

Ferris Bueller’s Super Bowl ad drew large attention over the weekend… and if you saw it, you may have noticed it resembles the movie pretty well. Now see a side by side screen playing the movie and the commercial simultaneously. [I Am Bored]    

Designers hope that creative trash cans will cut the amount of litter discarded around cities. And the first location for the bins is India, where a kaleidoscope design is turning heads. [Design Boom]

An artist from the UK creates iconography with contributions from prisoners. Fine Cell Work is a rehabilitation program for inmates to learn needlework and contribute to a growing art vision. [Huffington Post]

The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland, that is, the 1890s. Fred and Carrie travel back to a contact lens-less, homebrew enthusiast time period. [Portlandia]

If you liked Jimmy Kimmel’s pranks during Halloween and Christmas, you may enjoy his latest scheme… encouraging people to turn the television off at a crucial point during the Super Bowl, then videotape the reaction. [Jimmy Kimmel]

Interview Magazine posts new interview with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver on the backdrop of his music and collaborating with fellow artists. [Interview Magazine]

Here’s one thing that hasn’t seen much attention since 1947: radiation safety posters. Browse through some of these retroesque images and slogans. [Retronaut]

Photographers have spent days exploring the beauty of Yosemite National Park and now present some of its most stunning views in timelapse HD, set to the tune of alt-rockers M83. [Project Yosemite]

Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners. Follow him at hail fellow well met.

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