Links vom 27. 11. 07: Dear Rockers, Futurama, Uranium Ice Cream und das Kuschelsperma

Music

Dear Rockers
Fans schreiben ihren Lieblingsbands und entschuldigen sich fürs Filesharen. Süß:
Dear Radiohead, I'm totally a Johnny-come-lately fan. I don't think I heard OK Computer until the 21st century. Anyhow, I've downloaded a couple of your great albums without paying, and I wanted to even the score. I suppose I could have just paid a lot for In Rainbows, but here's $5 instead.

IPod/IPhone Ads Promote Both Apple and Artists
Apple ads are just... different. When a band licenses a song for use in, say, a Mitsubishi commercial, fans accuse them of selling out, but when the song ends up in an Apple ad, the opposite can be true.
Established artists don't seem to lose credibility by licensing songs to Apple. And for unsigned artists, it can be the quickest way to be discovered by millions. Chalk it up to the cultural ubiquity of the iPod, Apple's "halo" effect, the production values of the ads, or something else, but for whatever reason, having your song featured in an Apple ad is almost always a good thing.

Forget MTV - Apple's iPod ads are the new music-star makers
Nick Haley took just 30 minutes to pluck the Brazilian band CSS from obscurity and hurl it into the national spotlight. In September, Haley paired the band's dance-pop song "Music is My Hot, Hot Sex" with his 30-second amateur video, displaying the capabilities of Apple's new iPod Touch.

Video: MTV Covers the CD vs. Vinyl Debate in 1993
This "Week In Rock" segment from MTV circa 1993 probably won't teach you anything you didn't already know about the difference between vinyl and CDs, but it does contains lots of nice chartsengrafs interspersed with quotes from Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, and other luminaries.

iPunx
hello world, welcome on planet iPunx. we got some heavy mash up sound for your pretty little ears, and it might change your life. so be prepared for the ride.
Daft Beasties!

Universal Music CEO: Record industry can't tell when geeks are lying to us about technology
"There's no one in the record industry that's a technologist," Morris explains. "That's a misconception writers make all the time, that the record industry missed this. They didn't. They just didn't know what to do. It's like if you were suddenly asked to operate on your dog to remove his kidney. What would you do?"
Personally, I would hire a vet. But to Morris, even that wasn't an option. "We didn't know who to hire," he says, becoming more agitated. "I wouldn't be able to recognize a good technology person — anyone with a good bullshit story would have gotten past me."

Movies

The Original Futurama
In the pilot of the animated comedy Futurama, the protagonist awakens from a millennium of cryogenic slumber to find himself in the year 3000. The first thing he hears is a portentous, booming voice: "Welcome...to the world of tomorrow!" The speaker is soon revealed to be a lab technician with a flair for the melodramatic. The scene riffs on a 70-year-old fair ride, a vision of the future that's been so influential it'll probably seem familiar even if you've never heard of it.
The direct reference is to the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair, whose tagline was a promise to show visitors "the world of tomorrow." The most memorable exhibit at the fair was the General Motors Pavilion, and the most memorable feature in the General Motors Pavilion was a ride called the Futurama. People stood in line for hours to ride it and experience the exciting possibilities of life in the distant future —the year 1960.

First Two Mickey Mouse Cartoons
Plane Crazy was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon produced; it debuted on May 15, 1928. It was followed by The Gallopin' Gaucho, which had a sneak preview on August 28, 1928.
Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho originally were silent; sound was added after the success of Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon with sound, which debuted on November 18, 1928. The Gallopin' Gaucho was a parody of Douglas Fairbanks' The Gaucho.

Futurama Is Back! Grab a Can of Slurm and Settle In
David X. Cohen is watching a short animation clip on a computer monitor. It's a tight shot of two robots' pelvises. They thrust their cube-shaped midsections together and swap a DVD from one of their disc drives to the other. This, Cohen explains, is footage of a sci-fi stage show, a suggestive all-robot version of Cirque du Soleil. "Nothing makes me happier than a scene with no living being in it," he says.

Design

DJ Umeks Myspace
Myspace geht nicht in schön? Eat this.

Will Burtin: Forgotten Master of Design
In the early 1990s, when I first saw Burtin’s 14-page “The American Bazaar” feature (above), created for Fortune magazine in 1947, it struck me as a masterpiece, possibly one of the greatest sequences of its kind ever committed to paper, something so accomplished, extraordinary for its time and memorable that any designer could enjoy it and learn from it. Everything I heard about Burtin convinced me that he was a figure as significant in the history of 20th century graphic design as the handful of heroes we tend to obsess over – Paul Rand, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Wim Crouwel (still alive, of course) – and in some respects even more interesting.

Und so.

Radioactive Products
Das ist doch wohl mal der Werbeslogan des Jahrhunderts für die Eiscreme des Jahrtausends... Uranium Ice Cream - you'll be surprised! Da verwette ich aber meinen Hintern drauf, dass da einige überrascht waren!

Facebook will sink under the weight of socially obligated "friendships"
For every long-lost chum who reaches out to me on Facebook, there's a guy who beat me up on a weekly basis through the whole seventh grade but now wants to be my buddy; or the crazy person who was fun in college but is now kind of sad; or the creepy ex-co-worker who I'd cross the street to avoid but who now wants to know, "Am I your friend?" yes or no, this instant, please.

Shredz64
Toni Westbrook has taken the time to interface a PS2 Guitar Hero controller with a C-64 and then build, from scratch, a Guitar Hero-ish type game to use the controller with.

Internet Bill of Rights
rivacy, data protection, freedom of expression, universal accessibility, network neutrability, interoperability, use of format and open standards, free access to information and knowledge, right to innovation and a fair and competitive market and consumers safeguard.
On these principles the Internet Bill of Rights will have to be set up, an idea produced by our country and supported by the Italian delegation, led by the Communications’ Undersecretary, Luigi Vimercati, during the UN internet Governance Forum concluded today in Rio de Janeiro.

My Monster Museum
My obsession with monsters fills the entire house, but it's mostly concentrated in this one room.

Vintage Futurist Ladies
Bin mir fast sicher, dass ich die schonmal hatte. Aber was solls.

Scanner provides inside knowledge
Human organs, bones and blood vessels in living patients are unveiled as never before by a new type of X-ray scanner. The Brilliance CT machine provides stunning three-dimensional images of the inner workings of the body.

Transparenter Körper
Philips hat auf der Jahrestagung der Radiological Society of North America in Chicago einen neuen Computertomographie-Scanner vorgestellt, der mit wesentlich weniger Bestrahlung superscharfe dreidimensionale Bilder von Organen und dem Skelett erstellen kann. Nach Angaben von Philips kann der neue Brilliance iCT in der Zeit von zwei Herzschlägen das gesamte Herz scannen. Dabei werden 256 Schnittbilder in einer Drittel Sekunde gemacht.

The Internet Phenomena Phonetic Alphabet
E is for Enlarge your penis

Kuschelsperma

Viral manipulieren, tricksen und täuschen
Hui, bei Techchrunch hat vor wenigen Tagen ein Viral-Marketing-Macher aus dem Nähkästchen geplaudert. Neben bekannten How-tos auch das Bekenntnis zu: bezahlten Bloggern, aufgesexten Spots (wenn sonst nichts mehr hilft), spam-artigem Zumüllen von Kommentaren mit Videolinks, gefakten Selbstgesprächen in den Kommentaren, kruden Taging-Strategien und anderen dirty tricks. Aufschlussreiches Bekenntnis eines Nestbeschmutzern samt einer sich anschließenden wahnwitzig intensiven

Computerspiele sind fragmentierte Erzählungen
Martin Ganteföhr, Gamedesigner von "Overclocked", über die ästhetischen Qualitäten von Computerspielen und warum sie Mythen gleichen