Links vom 29. 10. 07: Kylie und Kermit, OK Computer Hörspiel, Cyberpunks und Klowand reloaded

Music

The 10 Most Terrifyingly Inspirational '80s Songs
"Don’t Stop Believing" is in many ways the ultimate Journey song, packed to the gills with the staples of '80s rock. It includes vague references to singing in bars, drinking, cheap perfume, taking your chances, livin' in the city, romance at midnight, a jaded city boy, a lonely small-town girl, and a mysterious train whose destination, one assumes, is rock 'n' roll.

Youtube: Kylie Minogue and Kermit the Frog - Especially for You
Aaaaaw! Zu Kylie muss ich ja nix sagen, aber wie sie in diesem Frame Kermit ansieht... man könnte auf seltsame Gedanken kommen, irgendwo zwischen Froschkönig und Sodomie. (Danke Silka!)

Pop Gear
The year 1964 was a watershed period in British music. Before that year, British popular music was barely heard outside of the U.K. But when the Beatles achieved American success, a seemingly endless number of British bands and singers were suddenly able to crack the American market.
By the end of 1964, some enterprising filmmakers decided to create a cinematic year-in-review to highlight this new wave of British music talent. The result was “Pop Gear,” a strange but jolly little production that serves as a celluloid time capsule for that remarkable musical year.

A big list of FREE music making software!
20 free music making software with screenshots and full descriptions on every page.

Youtube: In Bed with the Butthole Surfers
Gibby Haynes' penchant for the psychedelics is evident in this classic video. Enjoy the magic.

Herzensgräber
The Smiths brachten 1983 ihr Debütalbum heraus und waren die erste Indie-Gitarrenband, die mit introspektiver Musik die Hitparaden stürmte.

Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD's Coffin
As counterintuitive as it may seem in this age of iPods and digital downloads, vinyl -- the favorite physical format of indie music collectors and audiophiles -- is poised to re-enter the mainstream, or at least become a major tributary.

OK Computer Hörspiel
Radiohead's 'OK Computer' has inspired a new radio play, which is to be broadcast at 21:00 BST on Friday (October 19) on BBC Radio 4. The play, given the same name as the classic Radiohead album, features 12 parts, each inspired by a song on the album, reports Ateaseweb. It is written by Joel Horwood, Chris Perkins, Al Smith and Chris Thorpe. The play focuses on the story of a man who wakes up in a Berlin hospital suffering from amnesia, then embarks on a journey to regain his memory.
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Movies


Horror-Movies for Kids
Okay kids, sure, you can go see that horror film double playing at the local bijou. What? You're surprised that I'm letting you go? Well, there's something you don't know: your father and I have made a few small changes to some of the scenes ...

Reel Life: 5 Stories Hollywood Fudged in the Movies
They say art imitates life, but sometimes the facts get screwed up. And in Hollywood, truth inevitably takes a back seat to drama. Here are a few examples.

Indian Kung Fu Fight Scene
It showed me that the best way to finish a Boss off is with an upside-down, flying Three Stooges combo to the face.

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Design

The Last Supper - Now Online in Amazing Detail
An Italian technology firm, HAL9000, has created an online mega-composite of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper at an incredible 16 gigapixel resolution (about 2,000 times more detailed than a standard digital photograph). The picture above shows the hands of the person sitting next to Jesus in the Last Supper (the individual that Dan Brown claimed to be Mary Magdalene in The Da Vinci Code), at only a 6% zoom.

Steve Pykes Cyberpunks
Cyberpunks, a small subculture, influenced by the work of the author William Gibson and particularly the film Bladerunner, existed in London in the early 1990s. I became interested and photographed a series of about fifty portraits in my studio over a short period.

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt's Heads
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736 - 1783) was a German sculptor most famous for his 'character heads,' a collection of busts of faces contorted in extreme facial expressions. In 1770 Messerschmidt began to work on his so-called character heads, obviously connected with certain paranoid ideas and hallucinations from which, at the beginning of the seventies, the master began to suffer.

Allahs 99 Superhelden
Eine neue Comic-Serie verbreitet sich mit großem Erfolg in arabischen und islamischen Ländern

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper
A lego reconstruction of the famous photograph taken by Charles Ebbets

Storys

Things I Have Failed To Masturbate To
In my long career as a masturbator (has to be about 22 plus years) I have tried with little success to find my masturbatory niche. Something that could push me ahead of the crowd, something that would really let me shine in the industry. Thus far, I am sad to report, this goal remains unfulfilled. I am still a run of the mill wanker.

Und so.

Kuka: Robot Ascetic Inscribes Bible
Kuka, what appears to be a fairly standard industrial robot, has been reprogrammed to inscribe the entire Martin Luther bible onto a endless roll of paper. It uses a calligraphic style translated by its creators RobotLab from an early font called "Schwabacher."

Fox News Anchor or Porn Star?
Quiz, ich habe 8 von 10. Ahem.

Steampunk Time Machine
The Chronotheric Fluxing Capacitron is a lovely steampunk gadget that crackles with blue light, appearing to be some kind of time-travel thinggum.

Proven by Science: Playing Video Games Can Make You Smarter!
The 30 children from St Columba’s primary school - all aged nine and 10 played Dr Kawashima’s More Brain Training game on a Nintendo DS console every morning before lessons for about 15 minutes.
The "game" is a collection of mini-games, such as number challenges, reading tests, problem-solving exercises and memory puzzles designed to exercise the brain by increasing blood flow to the pre-frontal cortex. […]
The children played the game every day for 10 weeks with "dramatic" results.

Klowand reloaded - wer es pauschal mag
Jetzt brauchen wir nicht mal mehr Außenstehende, um uns in den Pauschalschmutz zu ziehen (Klowand lässt grüßen), wenn man mal nicht nach der Pfeife und Meinung einzelner tanzt. Wer wirbt ist eben Blutblogger, wer Rezensionen schreibt ist pauschal ein hirnloser Schreiber ohne Qualität und Sinnhaftigkeit.
Mir ist jede Art von Pauschalierung zu wider. Ich ertrage diesen Populismus nicht, diese überzeichnete Schwarz-Weiß-Malerei um dem eigenen Meinungsbild zu entsprechen. Differenzierung würde da ja wohl nur “schaden”. Mir geht das langsam aber sicher zu weit und verlässt längst den Boden des gegenseitig notwendigen Respekts.

Nano Visualization / Micro reality - Life Inside a Cell
Inner Life of the Cell animation conception and scientific content by Alain Viel and Robert A. Lue.