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Links vom 30. 10. 07: Hip Hop Zombies, Terry Jones, Vintage New York und die Samurai-Attacke

Music

Ion USB Turntable with iPod Dock
Ion are known for their USB supported turntables and has now come up with a new version featuring an iPod dock for easy use.
The belt-driven turntable converts and saves your vinyl records to MP3 directly to a 5th Gen iPod or 2nd Gen Nano connected to its built-in dock.

New Daft Punk Live Video – “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”
Daft Punk’s show at Keyspan Park on Coney Island this summer was the show where everyone saw god. The divine robots, in their providence, compassion and good grace, asked fans to bring video recording equipment to capture the rapturous proceedings for posterity. The dance deities have since harvested and edited footage from 250 fans (with the directorial assistance of Olivier Gondry) to produce this live video for a souped up, “Around” and “Television” teasing “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.”

Interview: Inside the Mind of a 9 Year Old File-Sharer
Everyone knows that a significant number of file-sharers are teenagers and young adults and they get their share of press. But what about the true kids – the under 10’s ? TorrentFreak makes itself feel old trying to keep up with the agile mind of a 9 year old file-sharer.

Hip Hop Zombies
Ich dachte mir ja schon, dass Hip Hopper Zombies sind, hier der Beweis.

The Flaming Lips March 1,000 Skeletons Through Oklahoma City
When Wayne Coyne delivered the weather and got a pound from the local weatherman after his televised chat about Flaming Lips Alley, he teased his grand plan for the Flaming Lips’ March Of 1,000 Flaming Skeletons, as part of Oklahoma City’s inaugural Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade. It all went down this past Saturday night, and it looks like a riot.

Movies

Interview: Monty Python’s Terry Jones
QUICK STOP: I suppose the first thing I have to say is how much I’ve been enjoying your Barbarians series…
TERRY JONES: Are you in the States?
QS: I’m in the States.
JONES: Then how are you seeing it?
QS: The joys of the internet.
JONES: Amazing. I never knew.

Dance Trooper, Dance!
Danny Choo, seines Zeichens Überotaku und Japans berühmtester Stormtrooper hat sich mal wieder in Schale *hüstel* geschmissen und Tokyos Straßen tanzenderweise unsicher gemacht. Während er beim letzten Mal noch zu Let’s Groove Tonight von Earth, Wind & Fire im Vergnügungsviertel Akihabara das Spaßpotential des Imperiums zur Schau gestellt hat, ging er diesmal nach einer YouTube Party zu Eurodance von Uniting Nations ab.

Time Magazines Top 25 Horrormovies
Bambi auf der 20

38 Essential facts about Frankenstein
Q: In what year was the feature film Frankenstein 1970 released?
A: 1958, of course.
Q: And in what year was the feature film Frankenstein ‘80 released?
A: 1972, naturally.
Q: Finally, in what year was the feature film Frankenstein ‘90 released?
A: 1984. Duh.

Night Of The Killer Lamp: 23 Ridiculous Horror-Movie Adversaries
2. Demonically possessed bed (Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, 1977)

Design

Matt Stuart
Can you shoot photos of things that don’t really exist? Matt Stuart is a professional photographer. He lives in England and is fascinated about people and the way they live their lives. But what is really interesting is that Matt shots photos from perspectives which create an illusion of objects and situations that don’t exist in reality.

Fotografie: Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison «Listening to the Earth» 2003
Inherent in this civilization of consumption and technology is the waste and destruction of the vulnerable earth. The mythic world we create in our photographs mirrors our world, where nature is domesticated and controlled. The scenes we depict however, display futile attempts to save or rejuvenate nature. We portray these attempts within our work by inventing machines and contraptions from junk and obsolete equipment. These contraptions are intended to help the character we portray to jump-start a dying planet. We patch holes in the sky, create rain machines, chase storms to create electricity, communicate with the earth to learn its needs. Within these scenes, we create less refined, less scientific, more ritualistic and poetic possibilities to work with nature rather than destroy it.

So You Want to Create a Font. Part 2
The sheer number of fonts out there (MyFonts.com sells over fifty-five thousand) is a testament to the fact that there are nearly an infinitude of creative choices that can be made when designing a font. Of course there are the basics: serif vs. sans serif (and the numerous subcategories of each of these); handwritten vs. precision print-quality; wide vs. narrow; bold vs. light.

The Art of Grotesque
Art of Kris Kuksi falls in that category: wildly unpredictable and rich creations, ominous in their very amount of detail, often “unspeakable” in a very Lovecraft-ian way, pregnant with the idea that perhaps the world is more twisted than most artists care to admit. Something that Philip K. Dick might have conjured in his worst moments of battling the “demons of the mind”, or Medieval Architects would aspire to, if they were given more creative freedom.

Early 20th century Typography
In the early 20th century, avant-garde artists began working to re-invent the way in which words were presented on the page, so that their arrangement became works of art themselves. An overly simplified history of their progression in pictures…

Stainless Steel Spiders from Stolen Scissors
In the past year, the Transportation Security Administration has confiscated over 8 million items, including guns, knives, narcotics, cuticle scissors, mousse, pudding, and bottled water. I have obtained some of the TSA-confiscated scissors, and they inspired me.

Storys

Captain Blood’s B00ty
a story in which magic is real but every spell has been copyrighted by an RIAA-like organization. In the story, there is a pirate website that lets you download stuff anyway (like The Pirate Bay, but for magic).

Und so.


Vintage New York

NetzpolitikTV 026: The Pirate Bay!
NetzpolitikTV Episode 026 ist ein Interview mit Peter von ThePirateBay.org. Das Gespräch geht über die Geschichte des Bittorrent-Trackers, welche mediale Werbe-Wirkung Razzien der schwedischen Polizei entfachen können, was für Technik im Hintergrund läuft, etwas Statistiken und die allgemeine Motivation, die Seite zu betreiben.

The Terrifically Triangular Coleco Telstar Arcade
The Telstar Arcade was released in time for Christmas 1977. It featured distinctive triangular cartridges that plug into the top of the unit. Each cartridge contains a custom programmed MOS Technology MPS-7600 microcontroller with a mere 512 words of program ROM.

HR2 Der Tag: Schlachtfeld Darfur – Das Versagen der Weltgemeinschaft
Selbst der libysche Staatschef Gaddafi – nicht unbedingt als Friedenstaube bekannt – mochte nicht mehr tatenlos zusehen. Er rief die Konfliktparteien zur Konferenz über die sudanesische Krisenregion Darfur. Und scheiterte. Das Morden in Darfur geht also weiter. Die Friedenssoldaten der Afrikanischen Union scheinen ebenso machtlos wie die UNO, die von der Vetomacht China blockiert wird. Der ist das sudanesische Öl wichtiger. So bleibt Darfur ein Schlachtfeld – und die Welt schaut weg. Der Tag nicht.

The Best Conspiracy Theories (Lizard-People Are Running the World!)
If a science fiction-based religion isn’t exotic enough, followers of onetime BBC reporter David Icke believe that certain powerful people — like George W. Bush and the British royals — actually belong to an alien race of shape-shifting lizard-people. Icke claims Princess Diana confirmed this to one of her close friends; other lizard theories (there are several) point to reptilian themes in ancient mythology. And let’s not forget the ’80s TV show V.

World Speed Walking Champion Attacked by Samurai: Will he Run Away or Speed Walk Away?
In this English-subtitled video of Japanese TV uploaded by YouTuber Morizaemon, Hey! Spring of Trivia plays a cruel joke on racewalking champion Jefferson Perez. They wanted to see what would happen if Perez was attacked by a gang of sword-wielding samurai: would he rely on his expert racewalking skills to get away, or would he simply run away?

Wir brauchen eine Debatte
Die Sprache dieser ersten Internetgeneration ist beängstigend roh, sie kommt aus den Bildern und handelt von den Praktiken, die diese Protagonisten in irgendwelchen Nischen gesehen haben. Bilder, die jeder, der sie gesehen hat, nie wieder vergessen kann, es sei denn um den Preis vollständiger Abstumpfung. Wir riskieren, die wenigen Kinder, die unsere Gesellschaft in Zeiten des demographischen Wandels hat, mit seelischem Extremismus zu programmieren – wenn wir nicht bald eine Debatte über pornographische und kriminelle Inhalte im Internet beginnen.

Chicken Foot 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Weird USB drives is nothing unusual, you see them every week, but this has got to be the weirdest looking ones in quite a while.

Alan Johnston answers your questions
The BBC’s former Gaza correspondent answers your questions about his time as a hostage. Alan Johnston was held captive for 114 days by Palestinian militants in Gaza. Last week he published, for the first time, a full account of his experiences. (via)

Crazy Facts
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Health Problems Related to the Geek Lifestyle
#4 Poor Attention Span
I am always amazed at the number of people that mention to me that their attention span is poor. Frequently they will wonder if they have ADD. Sometimes they will even complain about the inability to stay awake during long meetings or stay focuses on non-computer tasks.