Links We Love
Editor's note:There's so much that's beautiful, funny, smart and informative on the Internet. Problem is, there's also a bunch of garbage. Here's the best of the web right now:
1. Call Me Hannah is the best tween blog you've ever read. Hannah Alper is probably the only community activist and prominent blogger trying to navigate the fourth grade. The tenacious 10-year-old is also going on a world tour with the Jonas Brothers and former secretary general of the UN Kofi Annan for Free The Children's "We Day." Catch up on her blog (which includes an adorable movie review and an eco-friendly school supply list), and you can say you knew her way back when.
2. No, a severed finger will not be able to access a stolen iPhone 5S. If you've been living under a rock, you might not have heard about the iPhone 5S and its fancy schmancy fingerprint reader. For the rest of us, it's all we've been thinking about for the past week. And our hypothetical, worst-case scenario brains went straight to this thought: "If someone steals my phone AND cuts off my finger, will my data still be safe?" The answer, my paranoid technophiles, is yes.
3. Giving video from Thailand shows the power of paying it forward. This three-minute (very) short film is making waves the world over with nearly 6 million views and counting. I won't spoil the ending, but it's a poignant story about generosity, kindness and people with exceptionally long memories.
4. There's no getting around it. The new Chipotle ad is amazing. Speaking of amazing three-minute videos, Chipotle recently released an animated short with Oscar buzz. It's a very clever advertisement of a new iPhone game called Scarecrow. As it features Fiona Apple's pipes and barely even mentions the word Chipotle, you don't feel like you're watching an ad at all.
5. National Geographic launches "Proof" to show off its bea-u-tiful photos. Nat Geo has a reputation for pretty sweet photography, and now it's displaying them with all the power of the Internet. Stunning, high-resolution images fill the screen and photographers share insight on shoots and shots. Bookmark-worthy.