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Saturday Links: New Dinosaur Edition

A fresh face from the land before time.

Dinosaurs are my favorite, so I geek out whenever a new one is discovered. This week, the New York Times discussed the Xenoceratops. Look at this guy! He’s like a Triceratops (Though apparently 15 million years older—doesn’t it freak you out to consider the timespan between the lifespans of different dinosaurs? Fifteen million years!) but with a more badass horn helmet. Although he would immediately destroy me if I traveled back in time to meet him, I am hopelessly in love.


Our friend Seth, of Hunx and His Punx glory, has a new show on internet TV! It’s absolutely spectacular! Watch some of your favorite California superstars get weird and glittery in a solid half-hour segment of bizarre magic and rock & roll. To me, it feels very legendary, and smells quite luxurious. I can’t wait until episode two!!

Amy Rose

I am an ardent fan of Johnny Marr’s work, from the Smiths (doye) to The The to Electronic to, well, everything he does, so it should come as no surprise that I totally adore this single and its accompanying goofy video. It’s nice to see such a brilliant artist, who’s been releasing amazing work for like three decades now, strike out on his own.


Am I the last person on the internet to find out about Birdy? This week she visited Paper TV to perform a couple of covers, and I can’t wait to rewatch this Bon Iver one once it’s more wintry outside and I really need a good cry. Just imagine how it must feel to scream “BIRDYYYYY” at your computer through tears.

Refinery 29 had a feature this week on Issa Rae, creator of Awkward Black Girl, including a great interview and some gorgeous photos. Highlights: imagining how awesome a collaboration between her and Tina Fey would be, hearing how she freaked out about her NETWORK TV DEAL (YEAHHHH), and a really cute pink button-down.

At least three people have sent me this post about Claire Danes’s cry face, and with good reason.

Grace Coddington winking on the cover of i-D is, literally, the best thing ever.

Four Nigerian girls created a generator that runs on PEE! With one liter of urine, the generator can create up to six hours of energy. WHOA! Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola (who are all under the age of 16) might work with a professional engineer to develop a large-scale model. The world’s energy crisis might be solved by four teenage girls. Why am I not surprised? TEEN GIRLS RUN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!


This handwritten list of Nirvana’s favorite 50 albums was making the internet rounds this week. It’s basically the perfect starting point for every awesome mix, ever.

A fairy tale came to life this week when this 56-year-old granny wielded a wooden axe against a marauding wolf. She describes the attack thusly: “When I raised my arm up like this, the wolf was just holding my hand. Trying to claw my hand. I wanted to open his mouth and put my fist all the way there, all the way to his throat. But I could not open him. So I just left my hand, and the wolf was just clawing into it, pulling on it, pulling away like this. And then I took the axe and hit him on his head.” How’s that for a bedtime story! ♦


  • bugaleeto November 17th, 2012 1:45 PM

    i love homeland! and claire danes!!

  • purrr November 17th, 2012 1:45 PM

    this is the second post in the “russia” tag and the reason why it’s in the tag kind of made me cringe.. i’ll go and submit something russia-related to rookie to change this.

    also it think the hype around the pee generator is a bit too much. like, who measures energy in “hours”? it’s puzzling to me how stories like that don’t get researched enough, but do still get copied and pasted from blog to blog to magazine to tv etc.

    thanks for sharing the cryface link and the i-d mag cover. they made me really happy.


    • Pashupati November 17th, 2012 4:32 PM

      Energy is often measured in hours in mainstream media. They say if my laptop is being used normally, using 45 watts average (not sure!), the battery has an autonomy of x hours (don’t remember!)
      In this case it’s a reblog from a reblog, and I’m not sure whether the original article is any clearer. I can only go as far as Maker Faire Africa, which is or is not the original and talks in hours too: http://makerfaireafrica.com/2012/11/06/a-urine-powered-generator/

    • alisatimi November 18th, 2012 9:04 AM

      You’re right, from a scientific point of view the generator really isn’t such a big deal. Since urine is pretty much water, it works in the same way as all other hydrogen powered generators do. So, in order for it to work, you first need to separate the hydrogen from the water through electrolysis. You need electricity for that, and it doesn’t pay off in the end.

      But hey, it’s still a cool thing for the girls to do and I’m glad they’re getting recognized for it, even though the idea that they’ll solve the world’s energy crisis is a bit too much.

  • kendallkh November 17th, 2012 3:03 PM

    birdy’s version of the a team makes me want to sob forever

  • DreamBoat November 17th, 2012 3:14 PM

    Omggg I LUV THIS. What a great way to spend a rainnnnny Saturday! THANK YOU, ROOKIE! <3

    And LORDY, LORDY, LORDY! I love me some badass grannies! Someone should compile a list of most badass grannies of all time… BUT THEN ALL GRANDMAS WOULD BE ON THERE, BECAUSE GRANDMAS RULE, AMIRIGHT?

    Go Grannies and Rookie <3


    • Rose November 17th, 2012 3:52 PM

      You are exactly right. Cheers to all grandmas everywhere. <3

  • Christi November 17th, 2012 4:02 PM

    Awk Black Girl is my life! I’m happy an African-American woman (who is a natural, too!) is getting so much success and I wish her well

  • arabellasfireflies November 17th, 2012 5:16 PM

    actually my econ professor was talking about the urine generator on friday in class. he said that when they actually did more research they realized that it had already been created before but it really isnt even all that feasible since it needs to run on a battery as well. but hey, at least its in a direction moving forward.

    • Lascelles November 18th, 2012 8:43 AM

      Your professor is looking at it the wrong way. Yes, originality, efficiency, scalability, etc are normal standards for technology research we would recognize. This is not normal. It’s the Maker Faire not a peer review journal or something. The Maker community more often than not tries to produce something that already exists as scientific ideas or products. The whole idea behind Maker, among other things, is three teenage girls in Africa can design and prototype a product. Even produce for sale, on the small scale, without having to wait for some western corporation to make a sell it for them. Yes, at the heart of this thing is just a fuel cell. The idea exists. Using urea as a source material (which is more efficient than water), yes, already considered. No one has made a product that I know of. Why? Because the considerations are well, if it scales, there would need to be purification of raw sewage, which is very energy intensive. So, maybe a product for a water purification plant. Or maybe something for the home, purer source, that might feed back into the energy grid or charge gadgets? On a smaller scale, a farm might find it useful. They get energy from biomass a lot already. These are niche products at best because they cannot compete with a largely subsidized energy system. What I did not consider is what if your country does not have an energy grid, large farms or even sewers? This is a great product if you look at it from the perspective of designing for the third world or design coming from the third world. If these girls were American I bet (cont)

    • Lascelles November 18th, 2012 8:49 AM

      (cont) they would have a great thesis paper or science fair project that might end up becoming a great charity or small company. I can think of a lot of examples of young women Makers actually. It’s probably because the system is so democratized, there are fewer glass ceilings. Anyway, this month’s theme is Invention Rookie staff :D You should write about women Makers. Feels like a very Rookie topic to me.

  • loonylizzy November 17th, 2012 5:25 PM

    i’m so glad you guys mentioned birdy!! i discovered her a few months ago, and she is so incredibly talented. i’ve been hoping that y’all would do an interview with her (hint hint wink wink)

  • Freaky Hufflepuff November 17th, 2012 5:41 PM

    I love Birdy! Especially “Just a game” from The Hunger Games album ^^ It’s so beautiful, and I cry every time I hear it (I don´t think the song will have the same effect on people that haven’t read and enjoyed the books) :´(

  • saramarit November 17th, 2012 6:10 PM

    Always greaful to Kurt for introducing me to the Pixies, the Breeders, Mudhoney, the Stooges, Leadbelly and the Vaselines! Probably wouldn’t have heard those bands so early on if I hadn’t been totally obssessed with Nirvana. That man had some good taste.

  • LittleMissE November 17th, 2012 9:41 PM

    Aaslkdjf I LOVE Birdy. I just finished learning her version of Skinny Love on the piano.

  • Erykaneisha November 18th, 2012 12:23 AM

    I’M SO GLAD Y’ALL KNOW ABOUT AWKWARD BLACK GIRL! I love it so much. I know Issa’s brother, Enimal, is in Fly Guys and my former film teacher’s son forms part of it too so to know that I have some type of “connection” (if I may) to her is auhmazing. I’ve also been to many of the locations where most of the episodes have been filmed. I’m from South L.A. which is pretty damn close to Inglewood (where the “Gutbusters” office is actually located).
    I’m not African-American myself but I did grow up in a African-American & Latino community… nonetheless, ABG has that ability to cross racial barriers because its humor is totally universal. EVERYONE has experienced awkward moments, which includes people of color, even though mainstream media may not depict that often.

  • Eryn November 18th, 2012 12:47 AM

    Ah, I love Birdy.


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  • catpower44 November 18th, 2012 11:44 AM

    Ahh! That list is so awesome! Kurt Cobain is so cool. Also, Russian grannies who attack wolves? LOVE.

  • roseinthedesert November 18th, 2012 2:33 PM

    AMAZING just amazing!! I love Johnny Marr so much! xxx


  • fourf89 November 18th, 2012 2:52 PM

    Wait whatt that list of Kurt’s albums has been around for a long time. It was in his journals book. Why are people just seeing this now? haha

    • Tavi November 18th, 2012 3:32 PM

      i think it makes new rounds online every now and then

  • vintagewhimsy November 18th, 2012 8:42 PM

    I love Birdy!!!


  • Vesperstar233 November 18th, 2012 9:01 PM

    So I had just finished watching Jurassic Park for the first time in 8 years, and then I got on rookie… and I saw more Dinosaurs…. yeah. That’s how awesome y’all are Rookie!!!!

  • decemberbaby November 19th, 2012 4:25 PM

    johnny marr and dinosaurs and grandmas oh my

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica January 20th, 2013 9:59 AM

    Haha the pee generator! That is awesome!!!