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Music

HardDisko makes music from sixteen used hard drives
"HardDisko", an art project by Valentina Vuksic controls sixteen hard drives by alternating simple power/timer circuits to conduct a symphony of sorts. Attached to each disk is a sound pickup connected to a mixer so that when the drive starts up, its initialization process is amplified out to the speakers. Maybe the "Disko" name also means that they come with LED backlit floors for getting down.

The Inevitable March of Recorded Music Towards Free
When the industry finally capitulates and realizes that they can no longer charge a meaningful amount of money for digital recorded music, a lot of good things can happen.
First, other revenue sources can and will be exploited, particularly live music, merchandise and limited edition physical copies of music. The signs are already there - the live music industry is booming this year, and Radiohead is releasing a special edition box set of their new album for £40.00 simultaneous to the release of their “free” digital album.
Second, artists and labels will stop thinking of digital music as a source of revenue and start thinking about it as a way to market their real products. Users will be encouraged (even paid, as radio stations are today) to download, listen to and share music. Passionate users who download music from the Internet and share it with others will become the most important customers, not targets for ridiculous lawsuits.

Sincerely, A former music buyer
To Whom It May Concern at the CRIA:
I have been an avid music collector for many years, and have approximately 1000 CD’s in my collection, not counting albums that I have purchased over the internet and own only digital copies of. I purchase approximately 30-40 new CDs per year. However, thanks to your recent decision to block Canadian users from accessing Demonoid, I have decided that I cannot continue to support this backwards, dysfunctional industry with my money any longer, and as such, I do not plan on purchasing music ever again if it means that one penny goes to your organization.

A Bunch of Bootlegs:
Echo And The Bunnymen 1987-11-06 REMASTERED @ 320
The Kinks 12/31/80 Palladium NYC @ 192
Bruce Springsteen - 1985-06-29 - Paris
Smashing Pumpkins - 1995-10-23 - Chicago
Kaiser Chiefs - 2005-04-04 - Belfast
Foo Fighters - 2005-08-21 - Lowlands
"Jam Like Hell" - 1991-12-31 - San Fransisco (Pearl Jam, Nirvana, RHCP)
The Smiths - 1984-05-04 - Hamburg
Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light (ADVANCE COPY)
Radiohead - Live - Pinkpop 27-05-1996
The good the bad and the Queen - live at the Exeter

Design

Gehäkeltes Monstergemüse. Nochmal: Gehäkeltes Monstergemüse.

Dedini: A Life of Cartoons
This documentary film explores the life and art of one of America's greatest cartoonists, Eldon Dedini. Dedini's work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, and Colliers, but he is best known for his full-page color Playboy cartoons. Eldon, his family, colleagues, and friends offer frank interviews about all aspects of the cartoonist's life and work; the sexual revolution, religion, Cold War humor, and intimate stories about the artist's sixty-year marriage to painter, Virginia Conroy.
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Covering Photography
Covering Photography is a web-based archive and resource for the study of the relationship between the history of photography and book cover design.

optical illusions and architecture

Just Vintage Neon
Just vintage neon signs from all over, no more than one shot per sign.

VEB Typoart: The East German Type Betriebsstätte
VEB Typoart in Dresden was East Germany’s state-run type foundry. The result of a merging of several nationalised foundries, it operated from the late 1940s to the very end of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1990. The GDR may be long gone and many of its products, including these typefaces, were quick to disappear, but recognition is slowly returning – driven not only by nostalgia but a desire to honour these numerous extraordinary fonts and their designers.

Storys

Nilzenburger: Obst mit Schlagobers
Irgendwann, es war eines der selten gewordenen Telefonate in denen wir uns ausschliesslich unterhielten, dachten wir darüber nach, ob mit dem imitieren eines allzu fremden Dialektes bei der Telefonerotik schon das Ende der Fahnenstange erreicht sei. Und klüngelten für das nächste Mal einen noch gewagteren Plan aus. Früchte. Obst.
“Kirsche.” “Banane.” “Apfelsine.” “Birne…” “Melone.” “Ananas…” “Trau…be” “Apri..Aprikose.” Was soll ich sagen? Es funktionierte ebenfalls. Wir haben das ganze Telefonat über nichts anderes gemacht, als uns Obstsorten zu sagen und es hat trotzdem funktioniert. Uns wurde bewusst: Wir sind Profis. Wir sind ein Team. Sie rief mich mitten in der Nacht an und ich war sofort am Start. Umgekehrt genauso. Wir hatten eine Telefonsexaffäre.

Julie: Braune Plörre oder: Blödsinnige Zwischenmahlzeiten
Wer bis hier noch nicht weiß, was gemeint ist: Ich spreche von Kaffee und Kuchen. Dieser mir unverständliche Brauch, nachmittags auf noch vollen Magen schon wieder etwas in sich hineinstopfen zu müssen – ich werde ihn wohl nie verstehen.

Und so.

Man's Spare Room Filled With Almost Every Apple Model Ever Made
This is James Savage's spare room, which contains one hundred Apple computers. He has more than 150 in his house and all of them are working perfectly, from an Apple II+ and a Lisa to the latest MacBook Pro. James sent us this image for our best computer rig contest, so we asked him about his passion—some would say obsession, others medical condition. You can read the full interview and see the huge gallery of all his computers after the jump.

Historical Anatomys on the web
Images have been selected from the following anatomical atlases in the National Library of Medicine's collection. Each atlas is linked to a brief Author & Title Description, which offers an historical discussion of the work, its author, the artists, and the illustration technique.

Matchbox Collector's Catalog, 1969
COOP scanned an entire Matchbox Collector's Catalog from 1969. It's filled with terrific illustrations of the diecast toy cars.

UC Berkeley puts hundreds of academic lectures on YouTube
The University of California at Berkeley has joined the ranks of YouTube partners by providing a number of full course lectures and other special events through YouTube. The school announced the availability of its own YouTube channel yesterday, with over 300 hours of video available on YouTube. This includes lectures on bioengineering, physics, chemistry, peace and conflict studies, and other topics.

Doctorows Backup
cory doctorow ist einer der fleissigsten autoren drüben bei boing². er wurde 1971 in toronto geboren, ist starker netzaktivist, visionärer autor und war auch mal bei der eff.
im heyne-verlag von ihm erschienen ist am 10. september in deutscher übersetzung sein roman “backup”, den man für ca. 8€ überall kaufen kann. das ist finanziell nicht die welt, aber wer will, darf sich direkt das kostenlose(!) pdf des kompletten buchs ziehen.

Creative Recycling of your old PC
Given the Moore's law that the power of computers doubles every 24 months, we end up with a lot of useless devices and obsolete hardware, that you sure can recycle in a normal way, but it's much more fun to recycle it in a wild and unusual ways! Let's see how to give a new life to the computing zombies of yesteryear.

The Vintage Mac Museum