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Music

Das wollte ich hören - Radiohead Spokesperson: Fans Paying Close to Retail for Pricing-Optional Album
Fans can pre-order the digital version of Radiohead's upcoming In Rainbows album for any price they want, but most of them have ponied up an amount similar to what would be charged at a retailer, according to band spokesperson Murray Chalmers.
Chalmers also said that rather than choosing the digital-only version of the album, most pre-orders have been for the $80 "discbox" collection, which includes the CD, a second CD with extra material, a heavyweight vinyl version of the album, and a hardcover booklet with lyrics and other material.

Get Entire New Charlatans Album For Free With Xfm
We want 'the people' to own the music and we want the artist i.e. us, to own the copyright. Why let a record company get in the way of the people getting the music?

Sony BMG's chief anti-piracy lawyer: "Copying" music you own is "stealing"
Pariser has a very broad definition of "stealing." When questioned by Richard Gabriel, lead counsel for the record labels, Pariser suggested that what millions of music fans do is actually theft. The dirty deed? Ripping your own CDs or downloading songs you already own.

RIAA anti-P2P campaign a real money pit, according to testimony
A Sony executive said what many observers have suspected for a long time. The RIAA's four-year-old lawsuit campaign is costing the music industry millions of dollars and is a big money-loser for the record labels. The revelation came during the first day of Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas, the first file-sharing case to go to trial.

Study: file-sharing leads to "chart churn," helps indie acts
More albums from the independent labels appear on the charts, and those that appear survive longer than they had before. Releases from indie labels are still at a disadvantage compared to those from the majors, but the gap between them appears to have narrowed. Those who predicted that file-sharing would help popularize more obscure titles appear to have been on to something.

A Fistfull of DJ-Sets:
Pitchforkmedia Crystal Castles mix
Described by pitchfork as an 8-bit terror duo, which frankly I'm a bit confused by, Crystal Castles make the aural equivalent of a strobe light flooding. Using modified microKorgs, the toronto based group experiment with a sound palette rich in nintendo era bleepery though miraculously avoid the sort of gimmick one sees from that asian kid who plays the mario theme on piano.

A Bunch of Bootlegs:
Guns And Roses 7/12/88 Live In Nakano Sunplaza @ 224
Guns And Roses 02/02/88 Silver Bullet - Live At The Ritz @ 192
The Verve Boston Harbor lights @ 256
Johnny Thunders - Play With Fire
Radiohead - Black Session 1993
Weezer - DC Demos 5-27-01
Radiohead - Glastonbury 26-08-97
Blur - Live in Boston Avalon 11-02-1996
Amy Winehouse- The Astoria; London, UK 2-19-07
Amy Winehouse - Coachella Festival 27.04.2007

Movies

Speed Levitch's The Cruise
The Cruise, director Bennett Miller's timeless portrait of New York City, free thinking and the 1990s as lived by Timothy "Speed" Levitch. In eleven beats on youtube.

John Waters on the mainstreaming of gay culture
After decades of notoriety, can anyone be shocked by John Waters anymore? Probably not: This year has been very good to the one-time underground filmmaker who has seen his 1988 movie Hairspray turned into a Broadway smash, and in turn, a hit mainstream Hollywood film.
Waters is justly proud of the multiple versions of Hairspray. And yet, the man who made his cinematic reputation with a scene involving the consumption of dog excrement in 1972's Pink Flamingos doesn't see the difference between the family-friendly tale and his more ... esoteric films.

Star Wars Rube Goldberg Machine
Using action figures, string, pulleys, balls, buckets of water, dominoes and other misc props within two rooms, these fans put together the ultimate Star Wars Rube Goldberg machine.

H.P. Lovecraft film may be next for Guillerma del Toro
Good news for fans of Guillermo del Toro – and after Pan’s Labyrinth, that should be all of you.
For it seems that after the great man finishes his current pet project, the currently-shooting Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, he’ll move onto another pet project: his long-awaited adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness.

25 Moving Movie Moments for Men
Real men don't cry, right? Heck, they don't show any emotion at all. The average guy is a rock steady super-human, who, in the infamous words of Dennis Leary, is a "suburbanized slob" who likes "football and porno and books about war." Indeed.
So, following that line, men definitely don't cry during movies. Instead, it is said, at the most they get "choked" up. Getting "choked up" is infinitely more manly and far more accepted than crying.

Wallace and Gromit are to return in a half-hour television adventure - the first since 1995's A Close Shave.
Aardman Animations has announced that the cheese-loving inventor and his loyal dog will star in Trouble at' Mill - to screen on BBC One in late 2008. Creator Nick Park said: "The story takes Wallace and Gromit in a direction we haven't seen before - both emotionally and technically." Shooting starts in January at Aardman studios in Bristol.

Rocket-Powered 21-Foot Long X-Wing Model Actually Flies (Updated: Built-in R2-D2)
Andy Woerner and his crazy rocketeer friends have built a 21-foot long X-Wing model that can actually fly. Yes, this is a real X-Wing powered by four solid-fuel rocket engines complete with radio-controlled moving wings.

Dokumentation: The iPod History

Undersea Kingdom: Chapters 1 - 4
Undersea Kingdom (1936) is a Republic Pictures film serial released in response to Universal's Flash Gordon. It was the second of the sixty-six serials made by Republic Pictures.

Design

The Propaganda Remix Project
475 remixed Propaganda Poster

Up, Down and All Around - 9 Brilliant Outdoor Ads
Everywhere you look, you are surrounded by advertising. So, being inundated with advertising what would make you stop and pay attention to an ad? If you are on the streets, something witty and playful may do the trick.

72 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye. When I find the time I will expand the explanations, to the degree that these phenomena are really understood; any nice and thoughtful comment welcome.

Typografische Stadtbesichtigung in New York
This past weekend, Tobias Frere-Jones led a typography tour of lower Manhattan for the AIGA

Marilyn Monroe Lamp
Marilyn Monroe inspired lamp designed by the Italian Slide Design company.

Zion Design
Grafik Design aus Stockholm

Und so

Cup Nude
We all know that Japanese people fucking love noodles, but did you know they also love fucking noodles? Cup Nude is an "adult toy" purchased in a naughty book shop in Akihabara. Don't forget the "flavor packet", full of soothing "Gently Acid lotion."

Be careful
The World is a very dangerous place. Here's a short list of some of the many animals that may or may not pose a threat to you on a daily basis. Each animals name is linked to a poster that details the specific dangers associated with that beast.

Rambos im Krieg
Eine wilde Schießerei in Bagdad, zehn tote Zivilisten: Wegen eines Einsatzes in Cowboy-Manier hat ein Kongress-Ausschuss den Chef der US-Sicherheitsfirma Blackwater zur Anhörung geladen. Doch längst geht es um mehr: um die Privatisierung des Krieges.

Youtube: Peter Irish- Master Juggler/Juggling Video
Hacky Sack/Jonglier-Mashup

Web Celeb 25
The Forbes Web Celeb 25 is a list of the biggest and brightest stars on the Web. From penniless bloggers to geek entrepreneurs, these are the folks who are capturing eyes, influencing opinion and creating the digital world from the bottom up. Our list consists of people who are known primarily for creating or appearing in Web-based content. Unlike Hollywood, Web celebrity is about who links to you, how often you're mentioned and what kind of traffic you can pull.

How Big is the Universe?
How big is the universe? Could it be infinitely large? If the universe has an edge, what is beyond the edge? And if the universe had a beginning, what was going on before that?

WTFCollective: So, what's the future?
That's right. The future of London. The future of you. It's out there, but what does it look like? In this original collective, we'll be bringing together cutting-edge, urban creatives who all have their own special view on our future.
Barclaycard have produced some fantastic vistas showing how London might look in the Future. The visuals were shot and illustrated by Jean-Marie Vives & Mathieu Raynault.

Welcome to Encyclopedia Of Stupid
All things stupid. May include this website.

Dragon-like Dinosaur Named After Hogwart
A dragon-like dinosaur named after Harry Potter’s alma mater has performed a bit of black magic on its own family tree, say paleontologists who unveiled the "Dragon King of Hogwarts" on Monday in Albuquerque. The newly described horny-headed dinosaur Dracorex hogwartsia lived about 66 million years ago in South Dakota, just a million years short of the extinction of all dinosaurs.

die faz und das urheberrecht
kann auch sein, dass der faz das mit fremden urheberrechten scheissegal ist, denn die faz verkauft rechte an texten an denen sie gar keine rechte besitzt. sehr witzig (perlentaucher), bei der faz kann man beispielsweise die rechte an der nobelpreisrede von günter grass kaufen und wird aufgefordert den text folgendermassen auszuzeichnen: „Alle Rechte vorbehalten. © F.A.Z. GmbH, Frankfurt am Main“. mutig. wo die rechte doch bei der nobel-stiftung liegen die den nobelpreisträgern die rechte abkauft um die texte kostenlos für alle verfügbar zu machen. auch die dankesrede von günter grass.

New York Times: 9/11 Is Over
9/11 has made us stupid. I honor, and weep for, all those murdered on that day. But our reaction to 9/11 — mine included — has knocked America completely out of balance, and it is time to get things right again.

Spiegelfechter: Quo vadis, Burma?
Die Sanktionen des Westens haben Myanmar keine andere Wahl gelassen, als sich noch enger an China zu binden. Der „internationale“ Druck auf die ASEAN-Staaten, die neben China die besten wirtschaftlichen Verbindungen zu Myanmar haben, wurde von denen mit dem Hinweis abgeblockt, man würde mit einem Boykott nur erreichen, dass Myanmar so zwangsläufig zu einem „Wurmfortsatz“ Chinas würde – was logisch erscheint, welche Wahl hätte die Junta in Yangon auch sonst?

Mindblowing: Flying to the moons of Saturn: Carolyn Porco on TED.com
Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco says, "I'm going to take you on a journey." And does she ever. Showing breathtaking images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, she focuses on Saturn's intriguing largest moon, Titan, with its deserts, mudflats and puzzling lakes, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice. Could one of these places harbor water -- or life?

Online wie Offline. Zimmermann über Online-Öffentlichkeiten
In der aktuellen Ausgabe des Berliner Journals für Soziologie schreibt Ann C. Zimmermann in einem Beitrag über »Online-Öffentlichkeiten als Gegenstand empirischer Forschung«. Zugespitzt geht es darin um die Frage, inwiefern sich internetspezifische Öffentlichkeiten von massenmedialen Öffentlichkeiten (hier: Printpresse) unterscheiden.

Ermittlungen gegen alle, die die Internetseiten aufgerufen haben
Interview mit Patrick Breyer vom AK Vorratsdatenspeicherung zur Berichterstattung über die Berliner Demonstration, der Musterklage gegen die Speicherung von IP-Nummern und der Kampagne "Wir speichern nicht"

Q&A: The creators of Digg, StumbleUpon and Netvibes on Web 2.0's future
Kevin Rose and Tariq Krim, the respective founders of online social network and news aggregation sites Digg and Netvibes, and Garrett Camp, founder of Web browser plug-in site StumbleUpon fielded questions from Jason Pontin, publisher of MIT's Technology Review magazine.