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Link About It: This Week's Picks

The Simpsons IRL, Delta’s photon shower, the history behind 4/20 and more in our weekly look at the web

by CH Editors in Link About It on 20 April 2013

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1. In Memoriam: Graphic Artist Storm Thorgerson

Undoubtedly the man who made album covers a veritable artistic force, Storm Thorgerson sadly passed away Thursday, 18 April, at just 69-years-old after a battle with cancer. Sweet, introspective and energetic, Thorgerson left an indelible impression on the entire world through his "contrary" album covers, to which he has created over 300 works for bands like Ween, Biffy Clyro, Led Zepplin, Phish and most famously, Pink Floyd. In our interview he told us, "The thing that I do, it's a performance in some strange place that nobody can get to. So if I didn't take a picture of it, you would never see it and the band would never see it. And if the band never saw it they may wonder where their cover is, you see. So I have to take the picture." And we're so very glad he did.

2. Delta’s Photon Shower

Once back on the ground after a lengthy flight, fight jet lag with a little light therapy. Designed by Wieden + Kennedy New York, the device showers users in blue light streams which mimic bright sunshine in an effort to trigger a reset in the body's internal clock. Although no official plans have been laid for airport deployment, rumors are Delta may be first to jump on board.

3. Celebrate: The Journey

Over 40 internationally-renowned designers have taken on the task of exploring the limits of art and technology in the realm of TSA-approved carry on baggage. From Karim Rashid's amoeba-shaped backpack of carry dinnerware, to Venice Beach architect David Hertz's Suit=Case design, which, believe it or not is a suit that becomes a suitcase. Each unique piece will be featured in a "runway" show and auction at LA's Architecture and Design Museum on 11 May 2013 to mark the institution's 12th anniversary.

4. Do Not Touch

Like social experiments and don't mind a slight invasion of privacy? Try Do Not Touch, a crowd-sourced music video for the band Light Light. By recording your curser—and those that have come before yours—the video sheds light on group think and the collective ability to follow instructions, all the while celebrating the "nearing end of the humble computer curser."

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5. Jailhouse Tattoo Guns

Inspired by DIY tattoo machines made in prisons the world over, Amsterdam-based production designer and art director Goof Vermeulen has recreated these rebellious gems and is peddling them on Etsy. Although in working order, the decorative sculptures are suggested for display purposes only—but we ask ourselves, what would an inmate do?

6. A Giant Worm Made Of 10,000 Interlocking Balloons

Unveiled at the recent Edinburgh International Science Festival at the National Museum of Scotland, "Pisces" is a spiraling installation made from over 10,000 balloons. The colorful helix is the brainchild of NYC-based artist Jason Hackenwerth, who resurrected the sculpture along with his assistant and three museum employees nearly six days to fully inflate.

7. The Simpsons, IRL

Celebrating one of the most memorable title sequences in television history, London-based creative agency Devilfish recreated The Simpsons' intro, using real people. While enchanting and all-around awesome, the reenactment gives an eerie feeling as even though you've never seen it before, despite simultaneously being able to predict the very next frame.

8. 20 Things You Didn’t Know About 4/20

For many, this Saturday, April 20th, will go by like any other day—albeit the uninitiated may still notice a rather skunky smell infiltrating the air—but for much of the US and beyond, 4/20 is a highly anticipated holiday celebrating one of Mother Nature's most beloved offerings. Glean a little insight on the celebration's weed-inspired origins, which stem back to 1971, with a look at 4/20 in all its glory. Happy holidaze!

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