The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: April 30, 2012

Aussie grandma performs The Black Keys on spoons. Deb ‘Spoons’ Perry shows some peppy enthusiasm for the chart-topping tune “Lonely Boy” out in the Australian countryside. [Paste]

Twenty years ago today, the LA riots were in full swing. Now, see what it would look like if it were happening  live on twitter today @RealTimeLARiots. [The Atlantic Cities]

Explore the scale of the universe with this interactive map that charts the estimated size of the observable universe to the planck length. [Htwins]

Last Thursday, Stephen Colbert welcomed Jack White back to his show The Colbert Report. In the bit they don’t revive their ‘Catholic off’, but, per White’s suggestion, they talk behind closed doors. [Colbert Nation]

The African Queen, the famed steamboat from the Humphrey Bogart/Katharine Hepburn movie of the same name, has been rescued from life in pieces at a junk yard, thanks to a loving Florida couple. [CNN]

TED talks and NPR team up to present a new and engaging podcast. Take a listen to the introductory episode “Our Buggy Brain,” on cheating, values, and happiness. [NPR]

Take a listen to Eddie Vedder’s new song “Skipping,” which will be featured on the new Every Mother Counts charity compilation hitting Starbucks cafes tomorrow. [Rolling Stone]

Does Glamour’s ‘30 things you should have by the time you’re 30’ need to be reevaluated? [Time]

The recession is hitting more than the United States, as this picture shows, even The Empire is taking measures to cut costs.  

Need some a capella versions of pop songs to help you make it through Monday? Take a look at this collection from Mental Floss.

Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners.

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