Illustration (The Finest Occupation) on Vimeo: This is a short film about Illustration, which is based on a poem that I wrote in my last year of art school, needless to say; studying illustration. It concerns a fictitious congratulatory letter written by a proud tutor to a recent graduate.
Power Generating Mushrooms in New Mumbai on Vimeo: During the Indian Civil War, the Dharavi slums of Mumbai were flooded with refugees looking to escape the conflict. The Mumbai authorities, distracted by defence of the city and facing an already over-populated and poverty stricken slum could do little to maintain a semblance of civilised life in the area. Sometime later a cache of biological samples appeared through the criminal networks of Mumbai, in the vain hope that it might provide new marketable narcotic opportunities. The collective drive and expertise of the refugees managed to turn theses genetically-engineered fungal samples into a new type of infrastructure - providing heat, light and building material for the refugees. Dharavi rapidly evolved it's own micro-economy based around the mushrooms. This documentary tells the story of some of the characters involved from Mumbai and the rest of the world and how Dharavi came to be such a unique place.
DISFORM 2012 on Vimeo: The signage system of the alternative music festival DISFORM 2012 has two purposes: to direct the audience, informing where each area is located; and to enrich the whole experience of the festival itself, by creating an engaging dialogue between the signs
and their surroundings.
Michael Anti: Behind the Great Firewall of China - YouTube: Michael Anti (aka Jing Zhao) has been blogging from China for 12 years. Despite the control the central government has over the Internet -- "All the servers are in Beijing" -- he says that hundreds of millions of microbloggers are in fact creating the first national public sphere in the country's history, and shifting the balance of power in unexpected ways.
Michael Anti (Zhao Jing), a key figure in China's new journalism, explores the growing power of the Chinese internet.
Shareable: The Artistic Case for Abolishing Copyright: It's not that I don't think that musicians, songwriters and composers should be compensated. But I don't think it has anything to do with ownership. These are not things that are owned by the composer; they're simply things that are created by the composer, and there should be credit assigned to that labor and that imagination. At the same time, the way the system excludes many of the people that are actually necessary to the creative process, but never get credit.
Google Earth Time Machine: The Google Earth Time Machine blog uses Google's historical satellite maps to make now-and-then comparisons of interesting places around the world.
DefCon 20 Badges, the Big Reveal: A Secret Society, Crypto Challenges and Easter Eggs | Threat Level | Wired.com: As talks at the DefCon hacker conference have become increasingly sophisticated and technical over the con's two decades, the conference badge has evolved to keep pace, morphing from simple PVC and metal plates into electronic gizmos with chips, circuit boards and games begging to be hacked.
So this year [Ryan Clarke (aka LostboY, or LosT for short)] designed an electronic badge that includes an embedded game. But figuring out the badge's secrets requires hardware and software hacking skills, as well as puzzle and crypto acumen appealing to the math and language geeks in the crowd. His plan is to force attendees with different skills to combine their talents to crack the badge's mysteries.
The secret story of how they caught Canada's cannibal pornstar killer: This May 30th – the day Montreal police held a press conference naming Canadian Luka Rocco Magnotta as the fugitive suspect for the filmed murder of Chinese international student Lin Jun – I happened to end up in a North London pub enjoying a drink with David Kerekes, co-author of Killing for Culture, the definitive study of death on film.