Links vom 15. 11. 07: Jede Menge Musikindustrie, Persepolis, Google Pirate und verlassene Swimmingpools

Music

Der Anfang vom Ende? CD-Verkäufe fallen erneut
Die CD-Verkäufe fallen weiter, und zwar recht drastisch. In den USA sogar um fast ein Drittel, wenn man diesen Oktober mit dem letztjährigen vergleicht. Und die Reaktion der Plattenverkäufer? Den Platz für die CDs und damit die Vielfalt des Angebots verkleinern.

Warner Music: Der Kunde hat gewonnen
We used to fool ourselves…We used to think our content was perfect just exactly as it was. We expected our business would remain blissfully unaffected even as the world of interactivity, constant connection and file sharing was exploding. And of course we were wrong.

Studie: Spielebranche überholt die Musikbranche
PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) erwartet, dass in Deutschland im Jahr 2007 erstmals mehr Geld für Computer- und Videospiele als für Musik ausgegeben wird.

If you love music, stop taking it for free
MP3 blogs offering downloadable music for nothing are hurting the independent labels. So maybe you should start paying up. MP3 blogs are killing music. They don't mean to. But they are, and they're killing it with love.

CD Sales Down 27 Percent in October; Floor Space Shrinking
A research report from Pali Capital released earlier this week says that CD sales were 27 percent lower last month than they were in October 2006, providing further cause for concern among record companies.

Who else is laughing at the music industry?
The future of the music industry has nothing to do with CDs and everything to do with downloading. Hasn't the music industry learned anything over the past decade as its stranglehold on our buying preferences slowly released? Sadly, the answer is no.

Movies

Zombie-Lebowski

Persepolis Trailer Online
You may watch the trailer for Persepolis, here, and wonder why you should particularly care about a cartoon drawn in a crude black and white style and with not a beautifully rendered strand of fur or patch of dappled sunlight to be seen. You would be wrong to think this.
Persepolis is getting fantastic word from early screenings and has been chosen as France's official selection for the 2008 Oscars, a rare thing for an animation.

Sneak Review: Persepolis
Zunächst ein Geständnis: Trotz meines Ein-Euro-Jobs als reisender Comicnerd, habe ich bisher weder Persepolis, noch Persepolis 2 gelesen, obwohl es sich dabei um eine der größten Comicerfolgsgeschichten der letzten zehn Jahre handelt. Daher kann ich also nicht sagen wie werksgetreu die Verfilmung ist oder ob sie nun besser, schlechter oder doch genau so gut wie der Comic ist, auf dem sie basiert. Aber, wenn ich mich mal aus dem Fenster lehnen darf: Eigentlich ist das hier auch absolut schnurz, denn Persepolis ist als Film der auf eigenen Füßen steht, unabhängig von der literarischen Vorlage, im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes ganz großes Kino.

The Brain Eaters
Crawling, Slimy Things Terror-Bent on Destroying the World! This classic 1958 horror flick is fanboy-notable as it's somewhat based on the novel the Puppet Masters by Robert Heinlein. Although the producers never quite asked Mr. Heinlein for his permission, so he sued them and the case was settled out of court. Years later the Puppet Masters would go on to be made as a bad film in it's own right in 1994 (which thankfully Heinlein didn't live to see).

Design

Miniature Vintage Electronic Instruments from Paper (via)

Pixel-Art Office
In this pixel wonderland ~ the first thing i thought was ~ wow its like a real world Diesel Sweeties mash up! I feel like if i were walking around in there, i would look down and see myself in pixel form! Anyhow, they have converted nearly everything… from coat racks and trash cans, to stickers of pixel cell phones and calculators, pixel food on pixel plates on pixel table clothes, and pixel sunsets, and pixel trailers and lunch trucks in life size (OH, and even a pixel window by the urinals…)!

Und so.

Steampunk iPod skin

A comet bigger than the Sun!
Spectacular outbursting comet 17P/Holmes exploded in size and brightness on October 24. It continues to expand and is now the largest single object in the Solar system, being bigger than the Sun (see above). The diameter of the tenuous dust atmosphere of the comet was measured at 1.4 million kilometers (0.9 million miles) on 2007 November 9 by Rachel Stevenson, Jan Kleyna and Pedro Lacerda of the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.

New and Improved Stereotypes
Germans can get pregnant from the sound of David Hasslehoff's voice. Any yet they just can't resist his dulcet tones. Which must be why one in three German women are impregnated by him at any given time.

Google Pirate
Use the power of Google to scour every corner of the internet for exactly what you need. Search for torrents, music, video, albums, software, eBooks, ringtones, comics, and roms with Google Pirate.
Eine Suche in den Comics nach „Spiderman“ erzielte... 0 Ergebnisse. Hmmmm...

Veropedia
Veropedia is a collaborative effort by a group of Wikipedians to collect the best of Wikipedia's content, clean it up, vet it, and save it for all time. These articles are stable and cannot be edited. The result is a quality stable version that can be trusted by students, teachers, and anyone else who is looking for top-notch, reliable information.

Rare Photos of the Russian "Buran" Space Program
It was the Largest and Most Expensive in Soviet Space Exploration History - a grand effort and a noble, if not fully realized, dream. The frustrating end to this titanic program (it was canceled in 1993 due to political situation and a lack of funding), and some resemblance of "Buran" to the American space shuttle, make it easy to forget the impressive results that it achieved: a fully operational line of shuttles with one (unmanned) space flight in 1988 and the development of the huge "Energia" launcher, which was fully capable of lifting 200 tonnes into orbit and delivering a payload to the Moon.

Top 10 Bizarre Mental Disorders
7. Paris Syndrome: Paris syndrome is a condition exclusive to Japanese tourists and nationals, which causes them to have a mental breakdown while in the famous city. Of the millions of Japanese tourists that visit the city every year, around a dozen suffer this illness and have to be returned to their home country.

Abandoned Swimming Pools
I have an interest in photographing old swimming pools but unfortunately never get to see any.

Dieselsweeties: Social Nerdwanking