“Where does the Weekender come from?” a child asks. “Sol Invictus,” his father replies. In the time it takes the child to arrange his face in confusion and lose all interest in the answer to his question, dad’s already on his iPhone 4, the Wikipedia app, reciting to the child’s horror from a really long entry. The child cries. The Weekender continues…
Best of the site
A few great films emerged this week: the perfectly synchronised animation for Simian Mobile Disco’s new track Cerulean; the trailer for Knock for Knock, a trip through Japan scored by Scottish band Mogwai; and the wonderful Jean-Luc Godard-inspired trio of films for Opening Ceremony.
Best of the rest
A brilliantly engaging graphic representation all about the one percent over on the Opinion pages of the New York Times, Mashable explain why magazines look terrible on the iPad, and Creative Review deliver a nice piece on the Yayoi Kusama-inspired Hello Cube at Tate Modern.
Accidental penis of the week
Does what it says on the tin: www.accidentalpenis.com
The last email-checking-free-zone to be conquered of the week
Depending on your side of the fence, the threats/promises are soon to realised: Internet on the underground. We’re not sure how we feel about this so a quick pro/con breakdown is as follows. Pro: You’ll be able to read the Weekender on the tube. Con: You’ll be able to read the Weekender on the tube when you should be reading an intensely intelligent novel and ignoring the people around you. More…
Tweet of the week
“You’re 14 and quitting smoking? How Inspiring.”
The mellifluous voice of a condescending @WilllyWonka
Cash for access pledge campaigns of the week
A scandal emerged from Downing Street this week (yes, another one). The punchline goes: Cash for access to the Prime Minister! A number of novel pledge campaigns have cropped up to help endorse this hilarity. See here and here.
Condescending support from the people that should love you most of the week
Fans of German football team, FC Magdeburg (who had failed to score for their four previous matches) thought they’d give their team a helping, albeit enthusiastically patronising hand by directing countless fluro-arrows towards the oppositions goal. It sort of worked, they lost 2-1.
Technology that’s still surprising of the week
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of that dreadful Lady Gaga song, made numerous audio recordings during his time. A selection of these 130-year-old wax-disc records have only been digitised by some clever museum archivists and their contents have opened up an important insight into 19th Century life. One recording announces “It’s the 11th day of March 1885.” Cool!
Translate this of the week
If you learn just one word of another language, better make it a good one. Here’s a list of the top 20 untranslatable words. “Tartle!”
Tumblr of the week
Cataloguing despair-inducing online messages, cannily named Screenshots of Despair.
Now we drink beer.
- Bow down witches, it's a Best of the (cob)Web Halloween special!
- Photographer Philippe Chancel captures North Korea’s intensely choreographed ceremonies
- From a family-run “famzine” to a 30p grime mag, it's October's Things
- Wellcome Collection publishes book of early infographics, charts and diagrams for organising nature
- Sophie Koko Gate, an animator with immense illustrative skill
- Artist and illustrator Jamie Johnson's gently surreal compositions
- Bompas & Parr explores the strange world of sploshing (NSFW)
- Working Not Working reveals the top 50 companies creatives would kill to work for
- Kodak returns to its 1970s symbol, joining the retrobrand bandwagon
- Kodak unveils the Ektra: its first ever smartphone
- Retracing and recreating historic reggae record sleeves with photographer Alex Bartsch
- William Knight's socially conscious portfolio of graphic design