weeklies 21-4-12

Here we are, already past mid-April, with no intention of slowing down before May. Thesis stress is looming, but so is awesome travel to see friends and re-network with classmates. But first, cool links and interesting articles I came upon this week:

– Let’s start with awesomeness. Jason Lee, a wedding photographer, lets loose of his creativity, with his two adorable daughters. Click on the link to see many other crazy photos like the one below. Sasha K.

photo by Jason Lee

– I’m sure you might have heard about the Swedish Culture Minister’s weird incident with the African Golliwog Cake laughter thing. It has been all over the news including Jezebel and Al Jazeera. Here’s an interesting write-up, looking at the whole situation: art, politics and race.

– After killing #SOPA and #ACTA, you thought it was over, right? Wrong! Here comes CISPA – The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which can pretty much be classified as the evil brother of ACTA. Go over the Electronic Frontier Foundations’ FAQ on CISPA and learn about it, so that you can fight against it.

– Here’s a PhD research from my university who is writing about sustainability and the opera. Interesting way to look at the paradox of sustainability as well as opera’s sustainability.

– Came across Aaron Swartz’s (founder of Demand Progress, internet activitst) 2011 Review of Books. Some gems you might like out of the ones he actually reviews.

– A last minute addition to the list, Orhan Pamuk is opening the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul today, named after the title of his previous book. Pamuk wrote to Guardian about museums and how they should be focusing on the individual. It’s an interesting way to look at the future of the museum.

– I have already turned in my report on the Middle Eastern emerging art markets, so this Guardian article on The Rise of the Gulf Art Scene is a bit delayed for it. But, it gives a great overview of Qatar’s and United Arab Emirates’ strategies on becoming cultural hubs and why their purchasing power does not equal a guarantee.

– This is a video of Judith Butler talking about the nature of boycott politics and global responsibility. It’s a long one, but worth it. zunguzungu Sunday Reading

– Al Jazeera taking a critical look at Rachel Maddow.

And to end the week’s links on a high note, here’s the lawyer corgi meme at its best:

we are all in trouble with the lawyer corgi

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