Shitty Week Links

I’ve been having the worst week. If I didn’t have the internet to distract me, things would be a lot worse. To cheer me up, I’m going to pass along these links!

1. My President is a Badass.


2. A bunch of crazy images from cult leader Father Yod.

Via The Rumpus.

3. Albert Einstein was a man of principle.

Letters of Note has a letter that he wrote to rebuke a radical Zionist group that was terrorizing Arab residents of Israel.

Dear Sir:
When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first responsible for it would be the British and the second responsible for it the Terrorist organizations build up from our own ranks.
I am not willing to see anybody associated with those misled and criminal people.
Sincerely yours,
Albert Einstein

4. The National has a new song: “Bloodbuzz Ohio.”

You can download it from Stereogum.
The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

5. Steve McQueen Photos

LIFE magazine has 20 never-before-seen photos of Steve McQueen. A perfect example of vintage cool. It also tells me that I probably would have hated him.

6. A really cool drawing tool.

I don’t know anything about this website, or even where I got the link from. All I know is it’s a pretty cool online drawing tool that is good for minimum 15 minutes of wasting time.

7. Katie Spotz is the youngest person to row across the Atlantic.

There’s so much crazy in this story. Why anyone would try to row across the Atlantic is beyond me. On the other hand, that rowboat/sleeping area/kitchen thing would have really appealed to me as a child.

8. If you ever wanted to know the science behind farts…

Vice Magazine can hook you up.

9. Internet Censorship

I had no idea that Australia censors the internet. The founder of Encyclopedia Dramatica blogs about how fucked up it is.

10. LA Architecture

I’m not really an LA native, but due to geography and the fluid nature of distance in California, I’ve always considered it my “home city.” Flavorwire has a list of 10 architecturally interesting buildings in LA picked by the staff of architecture networking site Architizer.

11. Alex Chilton’s Death

I’m not going to pretend that I was a lifelong fan, or even that he was more than on the periphery of my musical awareness. I will say that I’ve always been haunted by his raspy voice, and the awkward way that he sounded older than his age. When he recorded “The Letter” with The Box Tops, he was 16!

12. A 23 Mile Skydive.

This dude is trying to break the records set by Joseph Kittenger. I’m going to use this as an excuse to once again post the music video to Boards of Canada’s “Dayvan Cowboy:”

13. A librarian walks into a monastery…

…via a secret passage and steals over 1000 books over the course of years.

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