Y'all. It...has...been...a week. As we crash-landed back to New York City on Tuesday after a blissful getaway to a quaint New England town that involved marathon rounds of She-Hulking our way through Marvel vs. Capcom 3, we were greeted with news of epic unrest in Libya and natural disaster in New Zealand (and breathed a deep sigh of relief when we learned our brother, temporarily residing in a remote Kiwi 'burb, wasn't affected at all by the quake.) And frankly this, piled on top of everything else in the world was enough to make us want to crawl under a rock and listen to Adele's sweet singing until the madness ends. But if that were the case, we'd never leave the house. So instead, go into the weekend looking positively golden, with proper posture, and the knowledge that lovelier things are still happening around the world.
• Gordon Bunshaft is not a porn entrepreneur, but an architect. One of his works, "The Snow Queen" is currently on display at the Lever House on Park Avenue and you'd be a fool to miss it! [NYT Magazine]
• 30 Rock's Jenna Maroney made the internet yesterday. [Gawker TV]
• Google has again proven itself to be a tech giant of the times: Presenting Recipe View. [Google Recipe View]
• Japanese pop queen Namie Amuro and nine-piece Korean girlband Afterschool (although one was on vacation during filming, according to Wikipedia) teamed up for a project which video is just as incredible as the song.
• The state of Minnesota is cracking down on walnut trees. [NECN]
• THE DOG SPLASHSPERER Splashing dolphins helped rescue an aging Doberman's life in Florida. [BuzzFeed]
• Here is a little boy singing that new Britney Spears tune. The best part of this is how he keeps time. [Actually, what's also interesting is that if you've ever heard Britney pre-production, this kid actually has better tone and pitch control than Ms. Spears. - Rod]
• This is the new HURTS video. Dazzling isn't it?
• What was once dog shit and apple cores can become new synthetic hair for that fashionable bump-it you've been coveting. The magic of science is breeding bacteria that can help recycle trash into plastic. A+. [SignOnSanDiego.com]
• Happy 25 years of fighting demons and slashing things with a sword, Link (of Zelda fame)! [PC Magazine]
• Oh and our fearless commander-in-chief is whistling a different tune--one that sounds like the song from Sleeping Beauty!--on DOMA. Thankfully. [TIME]
• Up to absolutely nothing this weekend? You're in luck because Nicole Steinberg's in town to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the EARSHOT reading series--a Brooklyn mainstay--and the launch of the book Forgotten Borough, a collection of work inspired by Queens. [EARSHOT, Forgotten Borough]
• Now go be a capitalist and pretend to care about the world by buying up a whole bunch of WikiLeaks crap! [Business Insider]
Rohin Guha is a fiction writer in Brooklyn. His book Relief Work is out now on Birds of Lace. He's been told it's not entirely terrible!