The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Jan. 24, 2012

Violinist responds to a cell phone ring that interrupts his performance with improvised number. The ringtone comes in around 39 seconds. [Viral Viral Videos]

the first time ever, Disney workers are allowed to grow beards. Disney’s longstanding ban on facial hair has been lifted, beginning Feb. 3. [NY Times]

Political Action Committees have a history of promoting interests using slogans including “generic patriotism and meaningless obscurity.” So the folks at New York Public Radio thought they’d have a little fun by allowing you to generate your own SuperPAC names with random political nouns and verbs. [WNYC]

German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck makes the life of trees come to life in a musical composition. By studying the growth rings on a tree – which, coincidentally resemble the grooves in a record – Traubeck translates the trees’ thickness, rate of growth, texture, and color to turnout a one-of-a-kind tune. [Nerdcore]

See the people’s reaction to Internet censorship through Twitter. In this map of the U.S. visual artists chart the vast number of tweets tagged with #sopa, #pipa, and #blackout. [Andrew Hyde]


A photographer’s journey to document America’s endangered zoo animals is filled with intrigue, but also some unexpected animal behavior. [NPR]

Check out the latest buzz films (Mike Birbiglia’s Sleep Walk With Me) and news (Tracy Morgan rushed to the hospital) from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, which is happening this week in Utah. And discover five environmental films that are predicted to shine. [OnEarth, Hollywood Reporter and Sundance]


Take a ride on the roller coaster of classical music in this video of a symphony, focused on one instrument in a sheet of music. [On Being]

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