The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 15, 2012

Winners of the 24th National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have been chosen. In a batch of more than 12,000 photos from 152 countries, the judges have chosen 11 winning pictures. Take a look through the winners archive. [The Atlantic]  

Kirby Ferguson delivers a fascinating TED talk on creativity and originality in a world where material is borrowed, stolen, re-worked, and finally transformed into something new. “Everything is a remix,” he concludes. [TED]

A smart, funny, ironic new campaign by Arctic Ready takes a look at oil drilling by promoting user-submitted ads that stick it to the corporate oil giant Shell. With all the support, they’re beginning to take their messaging to the next level by putting billboards up in Texas. [Storytelling]  

Paste Magazine recently released a list of the 50 best Rolling Stones songs. Now, they’ve got an infographic to accompany it, charting the “most used words” in those 50 songs, baby. [Paste]

The world’s first all-female Street Art conference opens today in Atlanta. “Living Walls, the City Speaks,” will feature film screenings, lectures, block parties, and lots of public art shows. Take a look at some of the showcased art. [Huffington Post]  

Seattle-based singer/songwriter Shannon Stephens was named the best vocalist in the 2012 Seattle Weekly’s ‘Best-Of Edition.’ You can download the Asthmatic Kitty artist’s EP, Cold November for free via Noise Trade. [Asthmatic Kitty]

With only two days left at Sojourners, I’m reflecting on some of my favorite memories from the year. One that’s at the top of the list was the night in December when I met the Milk Carton Kids after seeing them play a show with Over the Rhine in Alexandria, Va. If you’re unfamiliar with their music, take a look at their website. They insist on making music honestly, which is why they give away their albums for free. Check out a few songs below.

Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners.

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