The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 20, 2012

Students fed up with the redundancy of cafeteria foods stage a lunch boycott at a Texas junior-high school. After four days they believe they have been heard, and plan to stop. [CBS Local]  

If you haven’t discovered the vocal/video adventures of Nick McKaig yet, you should really check out his work. To date, he’s created 18 videos of classic television theme songs, all sung acapella, no instruments. [Viral Viral Videos]

Maddie the Coonhound is a crafty project where an Atlanta-based artist takes his dog across America to balance on local attractions. See the hound balance on odd objects, tourist signs, and even people. [Swiss Miss]

Animalistic hairstyles are the future. This hair late-artist has worked with The White Stripes and her design has been worn by Lady Gaga. Take a look at her creative and somewhat-creepy hairpieces. [Visual News]

Mavis Staples’s music has given voice to civil rights and social justice for decades. Now, listen to her talk about her music, beliefs, and influences on this CBC broadcast. [Tapestry]

There’s some pretty strange species in this universe, the Dumbo octopus, the sea pig, the giant Chinese salamander, the star nosed mole, take a look at this compilation of odd animals. [Environmental Graffiti]

Street artist Hanksy has expanded his work from parodies combining Tom Hanks and Banksy, to parodies on Bill Cosby and Ted Danson. [Wooster Collective]

Nothing defines a presidency like a song. And today, you can listen to the sweet (or not so sweet) sounds reminding you of each commander-in-chief. [Paste]

If you combine snowboarding, a custom-made LED jumpsuit, and the aesthetic of black and white film, this is about the best video you’ll find.  Film maker Jacob Sutton and pro snowboarder William Hughes collaborate to make the short film “Glowing Man,” where Hughes carves down some incredible slopes in the French Alps with remarkable beauty. [Make]

Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners. Follow him at hail fellow well met.

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