Friday Five for November 26th, 2010

Welcome back to your favourite weekly slice of the internet, the Friday Five! If you’re new, every week I round up the best that the intertron has to offer and wrap it up in one distracting little package. Why focus on work on Friday afternoon when you could be focusing on things that are awesome? Not that your job can’t be awesome – but everyone needs to slack off sometimes.

1) Black Friday vs. Buy Nothing Day! Today is Black Friday, aka the kickoff of holiday shopping in the US. Not coincidentally, today is also Buy Nothing Day, a movement started by an artist named Ted Dave in Vancouver in 1992. Read up on the Adbusters Buy Nothing Day Campaign, and if you’re having a hard time getting motivated to stop the consumer madness, give Consumable Youth Rebellion a read.

2) Did you think tablets were just going to be a fad? It’s cool, I kinda did too. But the evidence is mounting that we were wrong. Salon talks about the new Samsung Galaxy iPad 2 rumours from macstories (via Jimmy Bones), and Digitimes spoke with Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci, who thinks they can be at the top of the tablet market in 2 years.

3) Media baron Rupert Murdoch is determined to hold off the extinction of the newspaper for as long as possible. He announced his iPad newspaper project, The Daily, this week. Unfortunately for him, reviews of the project have not been kind. Even so, Virgin’s Richard Branson announced his own iPad magazine this week, calling it “revolutionary multimedia”. My take? Even if they both fail miserably, Branson will come out on top, because he’s the one with a fleet of fabulous airplanes.

4) Eye candy! I loved Smashing Magazine’s round up of Beautiful but Unusable Websites, 30 Covers 30 Days is NaNoWriMo-meets-design, an interactive graphic of Tim Burton’s films from the National Post is delightful, and these fantastic t-shirts that Bryan found are absolutely going on my Christmas list.

5) Learn something valuable! Mashable breaks down 3 Things to Consider when Staffing a Software Development Project, Apartment Therapy’s Home Hacks 2010 is loaded with great How Tos, and for those moments of e-mail regret: Cancel Sending Emails by Quickly By Pulling Out Your Ethernet Cable on Lifehacker.

That’s it for this week, I hope you enjoyed! If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Broken City has been running 2 for 1 burgers all week, so get there if you can. The Texan burger is delicious. Until next time!