Links vom 2. 1. 2008: Star Wars Garage Remake, Joker, Gotham-Design und die Evolution der Blogs

Music

BBtv: Russell Porter with Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip
Russell Porter already has quite a following in the UK -- his Porter Report videos chronicle alt music culture with aggressive wit and offbeat charm. Today, the "professional chancer and well known layabout" joins us on Boing Boing TV, for an on-the-street and in-the-club exchange with Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, who became YouTubeFamous this year for their track "Thou Shalt Always Kill".

Bjork Discusses "Independence", Videos, Grammys
What better way to start a new year than a talk with Björk? The Icelandic superstar has already set 2008 off with a bang, releasing "Declare Independence", the third single from her latest album, Volta, on January 1. (The accompanying video, which premiered in December, reunited Björk with director Michel Gondry, who helmed such classic clips as "Human Behaviour" and "Army of Me".)

R.E.M.'s New Album Gets Title, Website
We saw and heard a lot from R.E.M. in '07 -- between their Live videos and our homage, it seemed like Stipe & Co. were never far from our thoughts. On this first official blogging day of '08, seems like that trend's continuing into the New Year: It's official that the Athenians' 14th album, recorded in Vancouver and Dublin and produced by Jacknife Lee, will be titled Accelerate, and should be out in April.

Global Market for Cellphone Ring Tones Is Shrinking
After years of double-digit growth rates, the global ring tone market appears to have come to the end of its crescendo, according to a variety of measures.

Ripped to Shreds
In the dying days of the music business as we once knew it, record labels are waging war on leaks—only to discover that many of the saboteurs come from within the industry itself.

DJ Earworm - United States of Pop
Die 25 Billboard-Chart-Hits 2007 in einem Mashup.

EMI dreht Geldhahn weiter zu - Jobabbau droht
EMI findet keinen Weg aus der Krise. Mit einem verschärften Sparkurs will das Management des britischen Musikkonzerns nun gegensteuern. Die Kreativität der Mitarbeiter soll künftig noch stärker kontrolliert werden.

Movies

Star Wars 1977 Garage Remake
The homemade 1977 Super 8 version of "Star Wars" (the real thing! Greedo doesn't shoot first!)

How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time)
The following is a tutorial on how to build your own cheap, portable and hood-style bullet time camera rig on the cheap and the fly. This rig was designed by the Graffiti Research Lab and director Dan the Man to use in a hip-hop music video for underground rappers Styles P, AZ and the legendary Large Professor (spinning below).

Filmindustrie will Tauschbörsen stärker ins Visier nehmen
Die Zukunft Kino Marketing GmbH (ZKM) und die Gesellschaft zur Verfolgung von Urheberrechtsverletzungen (GVU) haben gemeinsam an die seit Neujahr geltenden überarbeiteten Regelungen beim Urheberrecht hingewiesen. "Wir begrüßen das neue Urheberrecht und die darin enthaltenen schärferen Bestimmungen zur Nutzung von Tauschbörsen", erklärte ZKM-Geschäftsführer Jan Oesterlin. "Illegales Kopieren und Downloaden von Filmen schadet unserer Gesellschaft nicht nur finanziell, sondern auch kulturell." So könnten etwa kleinere, gewagte Filmprojekte nicht mehr umgesetzt werden, wenn die Kostendeckung nicht sichergestellt sei.

Chart Shows Most Post-Apocalyptic Movie Of All Time
How does I Am Legend stack up against other post-apocalyptic movies? We compared fourteen movies to see whether they contain key elements of the post-apocalypse, such as pee-drinking and cannibalism.

Sesame Street Video Player

Six Reasons Why Star Trek Should Stay Dead
Star Trek was relevant twice: in the 1960s, and then in the late 80s-early 90s. But now, it's become a microcosm of everything that's wrong with science fiction. Here's our list of reasons Star Trek should rest in peace.

A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope - Reconsidering Star Wars IV in the light of I-III
If we accept all the Star Wars films as the same canon, then a lot that happens in the original films has to be reinterpreted in the light of the prequels. As we now know, the rebel Alliance was founded by Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa. What can readily be deduced is that their first recruit, who soon became their top field agent, was R2-D2.

Storm Trooper Stripper (OK, Prostitute)

Why So Serious? - The Many Faces of Joker
As the baddie arrives on IMAX, Stars spotlights the Clown Prince of Crime.

C-3P0 Leggings by Nicolas Ghesquière
sci-fi inspired fashion, complete with C-3P0 leggings designed by French designer Nicolas Ghesquière

Design

Gotham: The City of Babel
The city of the future was not always synonymous with shimmering pods set upon stilts: there was a time when architecture looked less to sci-fi to predict tomorrow’s cityscapes and more to the Tower of Babel. This is the look of Gotham: Biblical enormity, architecture that sets up the ideas of mankind — our dreams, our hopes, our designs — as the new gods, so much larger than our flesh that the individual is something smaller and less potent than an insect. A city of holy dread.
On the forefront of this very retro-futuristic city design was Hugh Fenriss, an architectural draftsman who made atmospheric chiaroscuros of the awesome cities he composed in his head. Clearly, his work was a major inspiration to the look of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

Severynko's handsome junk sculpture
I'm quite taken by Ukrainian artist Andrew Severynko's "Gourmand" junk-sculpture. I think it's the glass beaker combined with the kitsch souvenir suit-of-armor head

From Beyond The Unknown Comic Covers

Calvin and Hobbes Complete!

Paris Changing by Christopher Rauschenberg
Between 1888 and 1927, Eugène Atget photographed thousands of Paris scenes, cataloguing the city as it grew into the modern era. Christopher Rauschenberg spent a year in the 1990s revisiting many of Atget’s locations to see what had changed.

Und so.

Mac Tablet
The Axiotron Modbook attaches a wacom touch sensitive screen to a Macbook and turns it into the first true tablet PC that runs Mac OSX.

The Evolution of the Blog
Personal journals and professional logs, concepts rooted in ancient times, are two types of precursors to the modern blog. Here's a timeline tracking the development of the blog as we know it today

Amateur Astronomy Images

Close Up Movies of the Sun
Using the latest technological advances, solar physicists are nowadays able to observe in great detail complex phenomena on the Sun; like the one shown in this movie. This sunspot (NOAA 875) appeared on the Sun one year ago, erupting many flares during it's lifetime.

Darwin’s God
Call it God; call it superstition; call it, as Atran does, “belief in hope beyond reason” — whatever you call it, there seems an inherent human drive to believe in something transcendent, unfathomable and otherworldly, something beyond the reach or understanding of science. “Why do we cross our fingers during turbulence, even the most atheistic among us?” asked Atran when we spoke at his Upper West Side pied-à-terre in January.

Second thoughts on life, the universe and everything by world's best brains
The changes of mind that gave philosophers and scientists new insights

Scientists Use Your Brain to Read Other People's Minds
brainreading.jpg Your private thoughts could be used to pry information out of somebody else's mind. Today a group of neuroscientists announced they used test subjects' brains to train computers how to "recognize" electrical patterns created by thoughts. Specifically, they trained the computers to recognize thoughts about objects such as hammers and drills.

Brainwaves become commands
NeuroSky has made a system which can turn brainwaves into commands. This is a revolutionary technique that will have a big impact on all kinds of markets. The gaming industry for instance: playing games without a game controller. But also the elderly can benefit from techniques like this: not physically having to move to control electronic devices/machines around the house. Watch the videos. Must see.

Recut, Reframe, Recycle
When college kids make mashups of Hollywood movies, are they violating the law? Not necessarily, according to the latest study on copyright and creativity from the Center and American University’s Washington College of Law.

The Pirate Bay plans to buy island
Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is planning to buy its own nation in an attempt to circumvent international copyright laws.

Creativity – The Last Human Stronghold?
Humans are better than machines. However, the advantages of humans over machines have been in steady retreat – we gave up on physical strength first, then on some mental capacities such as computation, and now we’re in the process of conceding machine superiority in mental tasks that used to be considered as evidence of high intelligence. Is there a last stronghold of capabilities machines will never have? This column considers the possibility that this last stronghold is human creativity.

"Gerade das vermeintlich Unpolitische ist in höchstem Grade politisch"
Es ist doch auffällig, wie sehr sich das Spektrum der politischen Diskussion bei uns verändert hat: Wenn es in den späten sechziger Jahren “links” war, über die Enteignung von Springer, über die öffentliche Kontrolle der Grossbanken nachzudenken und die in der UNO diskutierte Neue Weltwirtschaftsordnung zu begrüssen, wird heute schon als “links” verschrien, wer die Bezugsdauer des Arbeitslosengeldes für Ältere verlängern will. Wir sind uns gar nicht bewusst, in welchem Ausmass hier eine Gehirnwäsche stattgefunden hat, die Themen jenseits des neoliberalen Mantras einfach nicht mehr zulässt.