Links vom 30. 9. 07: Bootlegs, Frankenstein, Shock Doctrine und 30 Jahre Atari


Youtube: The Spotnicks - The Rocket Man (1962)

Youtube: William Shatner performs "It Was a Very Good Year"

Loudblog on Air
Zusammen mit Freunden und Kollegen starteten wir das Projekt, bei dem es darum geht, Demo-Material von freien Künstlern zu sammeln. Neben dem Download und einem Bewertungssystem, das ebenso wie ein Widget noch in Arbeit ist, werden wir als zusätzlichen Anreit eine echte CD herstellen und diese verkaufen. Die Künstler bekommen den größten Anteil am Verkaufserlös.

Modest Mouse "Untitled" Documentary
Shot in 1997 by indie filmmaker Rick Madsen, this 36 min documentary filmed during the recording of the Modest Mouse album "The Lonesome ... Alle » Crowded West" will never be released commercially. Artists interviewed for the film include Elliott Smith, Spencer Moody from The Murder City Devils, Doug Martsch of Built To Spill, Sam Coombs of Quasi and Calvin Johnson.

The Making of Blonde on Blonde in Nashville.
Blonde on Blonde borrows from several musical styles, including ’40s Memphis and Chicago blues, turn-of-the-century vintage New Orleans processionals, contemporary pop, and blast-furnace rock & roll. And with every appropriation, Dylan moved closer to a sound of his own.

A Fistfull of DJ-Sets:
DJ Shum - Loungectro # 4 (MP3)

A Shitload of a Bunch of Bootlegs:
Interpol - Peel Sessions
Interpol - AOL Sessions (June 29th,07)
The Verve - Raw Club, Toronto (1995)
Radiohead - MTV Live
Radiohead - 2001-04-28 - Paris
Bloc Party - 2005-02-07 - Paris
Beck - 2006-10-31 - Santa Monica
Nada Surf - Live @ Brussels 95
Stereophonics - Completely Acoustic
Supergrass - Live - Feel Alright (Bootleg)
Supergrass - Glastonbury festival, uk, june 1995
Supergrass - sound city bristol, uk, april 1995
Placebo - Various Acoustics
Placebo - FM4 Acoustic Session
Secret Machines - Live - 01.19.06 Manchester Academy 3
Oasis - Rare Acoustic Session
Oasis - Acoustic Bit and Bobs
Oasis - Interview (The Story And The Glory)


Frankensteinia - The Frankenstein Blog
Tracking Frankenstein and all things related in the arts, media and popular culture.

RARE UK Documentary on 1989 Batman Movie

Die Komiker Stan Laurel und Oliver Hardy
Der Schriftsteller Kurt Vonnegut jr. schrieb einmal sinngemäß, der große Charme des Komikergespanns Laurel und Hardy habe seinen Ursprung in dem Umstand, daß sie im Angesicht widriger Umstände ihr Bestes tun. Der fromme Vorsatz geht natürlich meistens klangvoll in die Hose, aber das liegt nicht an ihnen, sondern an der Welt, in der sie und ihr Publikum leben.

WAR MADE EASY: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. Narrated by Sean Penn (Trailer)
War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.

Rock Paper Scissors Documentary Premieres September 25th
Proving that every conceivable documentary has not yet been made, the Calgary International Film Festival will premiere the new doc "Rock Paper Scissors" this Tuesday September 25th. In the film we see the behind the scenes machinations of running an international RPS shampionship event. Like any good documentary the film turns out to be less about the game itself, and more about the fanatics who play it.

10 Japanese Coffee Commercials Starring Tommy Lee Jones

Youtube: Quack, Quack, Quack, Donald Duck Sing ALong Songs
Here is one of the songs from Mary Poppins Sing ALong Songs called Quack, Quack, Quack, Donald Duck.

MK12's History of America
There are few stories better known or more beloved that the American Origin story. Indeed, any schoolchild can recite at least a few lines from the Declaration of Independence, or tell you abot Paul Revere's infamous Midnight Ride. Except none of it is true...
Centuries of campfire stories have spun America's history into a fanciful tale filled with myths and half truths. MK12's History of America is here to set the record straight. Set against the warm sin of Las Vegas and the cold vacuum of space, this is the true story behind the story -- one which chronicles the epic struggle between the Astronauts and the cowboys as they fight for life, liberty and justice for all.

Dog Star Wars Costumes, Batman Dog Costumes... Argh!

The Frog Prince
The classic story of the Frog Prince, told by Kermit.
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Most of the Universe is missing - Horizon Documentation
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10 Usability Nightmares You Should Be Aware Of
Sometimes you just want to get the information you’re after, save it and move along. And you can’t. Usability nightmares — which are rather the daily routine than an exception — appear every now and again; usually almost every time you type your search keywords in Google.


Just an ordinary day
Der Tag, an dem Leonie ihr Leben beendete, war ein ganz gewöhnlicher Tag.

Und so.

The Shock Doctrine by Alfonso Cuarón and Naomi Klein
Alfonso Cuarón, director of "Children of Men", and Naomi Klein, author of "No Logo", present a short film from Klein's book "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism."
In THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world-- through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.

Vintage Technology
Welcome to Emil's Vintage Technology Site - information on late 20th Century Technology

Jubiläum des Commodore 64 - 64 kB für ein Halleluja
Der "Commodore 64" war in den achtziger Jahren der digitale Urknall für eine ganze Generation: der erste eigene Computer. Jetzt wird er 25 Jahre alt. stern-Redakteur Sven Stillich erinnert sich an die erste große Liebe seines Lebens.

Pepsi Invaders - Primordial Adverware
There were only ever 125 Pepsi Invaders cartridges built for Coke executives at an Atlanta convention - each exec got an Atari system, a handful of games, and this limited issue "Pepsi Invaders". Instead of aliens, the player struggles to shoot down the letters of the word "Pepsi" floating in space. Occasionally a Pepsi logo flies by along the top for bonus points.

Artikelserie bei Retro-Thing: The Atari 2600 celebrates 30 years of low-rez fun
The 2600 very nearly didn't happen. Originally code-named Stella, the system has a history that stretches back to 1973. The early prototypes relied on a circuit board full of video circuitry which was later miniaturized into a single IC, the TIA (Television Interface Adapter). Development costs skyrocketed, and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell realized in 1976 that the company simply didn't have the financial strength to complete the project as Pong sales plateaued. He sold the company to Warner Communications for $28 million, and it is rumored that the final development cost of the system was more than $100 million. It proved to be an insanely risky but shrewd gamble for Warner.

Atari's Biggest Blunder
The 2600 topped many Christmas gift lists in 1978, thanks to some solid titles and a gradual realization that the incredibly flexible microprocessor-based system wasn't simply an expensive "Ultra Pong." The Atari VCS game library grew to 32 titles in their 1979 catalog and cartridge sales hit an estimated $100 million annually, but there was trouble brewing in pixel paradise.

Atari Console Trivia
Things really took off for the console industry (and Atari) when they ported Taito's arcade hit Space Invaders to the 2600 in early 1980. The cartridge grossed over $100 million, but programmer Rick Mauer is rumored to have received a mere $11,000. I hope he bought Microsoft stock.

Unknown Atari: A Few Secrets From The Labs
Curt Vendel (one of the designers of the Atari Flashback) has collected many concept sketches by Atari's industrial designer Regan Cheng at his superlative Atari History Museum website, but a surprising number of these projects made it to the prototype stage. Others remained the kinds of dreams that only kajillionaires can have. Here are just a few...

Atari Week Kicks Off With A Paddlin'
It's Atari Week here at Retro Thing, and all week long we're going to looks at some lesser known aspects of the video game company that started it all; Atari. Poor old thing has fallen on hard times - after years of being bounced around, Atari's current owners have incurred huge financial losses over the last few quarters... so it seems like a good time to remember a lot of those things that made Atari great.

The Poultry That Changed Atari History Forever
The Atari 2600's hardware was designed with just a few games in mind - pong games, and combat type battles. Because the 2600 was only ever designed to support two moving objects on screen at a time, it took really clever programmers to expand the play abilities to the amazing point we've seen.

Google testet eigenes Second Life
Die Anzeichen verdichten sich, dass Google schon bald mit einer Alternative zu Second Life auf den Markt kommen will. Die Gerüchteküche angeheizt hat in diesem Fall die Arizona State University, die Studierende zur aktiven Partizipation an einem Projekt eines «grossen Webunternehmens» einlädt. Dabei soll es unter anderem um 3D-Modellierung und Video-Gaming-Komponenten gehen, so die Universitätsleitung, die schon in der Vergangenheit immer wieder eng mit Google zusammengearbeitet hat. (via)

Despite his recent canonization, mainstream critics still cast this American visionary as a poor writer, a drug addict, and a wacko.

Plasma Sperm: Keep Up With Your Little Guys
For as low as about $60 bucks you can get this high tech home microscope that will allow you to check out your little guys yourself. Why spend the money and embarrassment to visit a doctor when you can do it from home.
Not sure what to look for… The Plasma Sperm has information to help you know what things to check for.

10 ways the world could end: Stephen Petranek on
Stephen Petranek reveals the question that occupies scientists at the end of the day (and the beginning of happy hour): How might the world end? He lays out the challenges that face us in the drive to preserve the human race. Will we be wiped out by an asteroid? Eco-collapse? How about a particle accelerator gone wild? (Recorded February 2002 in Monterey, California. Duration: 29:10.)

Urban Camping: Subversive City Living from Times Square to the Car Tent
Urban camping means different things to different people, from living without a vehicle or electricity and plumbing to squatting in unused properties and more. However, the most popular definition of urban camping provided by the urban dictionary is: “camping in an urban setting by sleeping on rooftops, under bushes, and in public parks.”

One step closer to the return of the woolly mammoth?
An international research team has discovered that they can obtain good DNA samples from the shafts of mammoth hair. Apparently keratin, the protein out of which hair is made, acts as a kind of plastic, preserving the DNA from contamination by marauding bacteria. The research could help scientists figure out why the mammoths went extinct at the end of the last ice age, and the technique could be applied to samples from other species that went extinct in relatively recent times, even samples that have been tucked away in museum drawers for decades.

hr2 Der Tag: Sklaven der Globalisierung: willig und billig
Eine Tube Tomatenketchup aus Italien kostet 60 Cent, maximal; T-Shirts aus Indien gibt es schon um einen Euro und Spielzeugautochen aus Plastik made in China kosten so gut wie nichts . Fein, sagt sich der Konsument, kauft und genießt die Früchte der Globalisierung, wogegen nichts zu sagen wäre, denn Fortschritt ist Fortschritt. Die schöne neue Warenwelt aber wird erkauft um den Preis dessen, was früher Sklaverei hieß und auch heute noch so genannt werden muss. Die unbestreitbaren Segnungen des weltweiten Handels, so analysiert DER TAG, beruhen nach wie vor auf diesem alten Prinzip. Es heißt nur anders. Und ist freiwillig.

Apple vergrätzt seine größten Fans
Die Stimmung kippt: Apple-Fans in den USA fühlen sich gegängelt und getäuscht. Denn Apple sperrt auf dem iPhone Software unabhängiger Programmierer. Dem Handy fehlen auf einmal nützliche Funktionen. Das harte Urteil mancher Ex-Bewunderer: Kauft das Krüppel-iPhone nicht.