Ist 'ne Menge Holz diesmal, da ich letzte und diese Woche ziemlich mit dem Relaunch beschäftigt war und keine Zeit hatte. Und wenn ihr nur eins von den Items hier anschaut, dann lasst es Moxie sein: „A pyromaniac bear misses his mother.“ Ziemlich artyfarty, aber eben auch sehr… nennen wir's mal strange.
Nach dem Klick noch eine großartige, superminimalistische Erzählvariante von Rotkäppchen, Kurzfilme über Ghost-Avatare in virtuellen Welten, ein großartiges Interview mit Douglas Adams über künstliche Intelligenz, einem Artikel darüber, wie Milliardäre buchstäblich eine Luxusgegend in London unterirdisch aushöhlen, Paul Bloom erklärt in einer hochinteressanten Stunde die Psychologie von allem, den sozialistischen Wurzeln Monopolys, Art of the Title erklärt das Intro von Cabin in the Wood, nicht ein sondern zwei Interviews mit Cory Doctorow, Donald Pettit erklärt Space-Fotografie und und und. Wie gesagt: Jede Menge Holz, aber es lohnt sich.
Outer Osmo Ghost Mode - Art + Music - MOCAtv - YouTube: Outer Osmo Ghost Mode is a fictional narrative centered around the interactions of Elda and Dell Banner, two online avatars stuck in the home map of a proto-virtual internet exploration program, Osmo. You create an avatar based on your self, and much like the program Second Life, create a ritual of activities that mirrors some idealized version of your life. Elda and Dell were created by an actual married couple of the same name who used the program for decades. Essentially, they have become the digital ghosts of the Banners.
Manolito's Dream on Vimeo: Join us in the subconscious of Manolito to a fascinating journey back and forth and get carried away by strange beings through the rare landscapes of Manolito's Dream!
UNDERCURRENTS on Vimeo: "Undercurrents" is based on a series of interviews collected by Tobias Hülswitt. He asked different people to explain how the world works and they came up with the broadest variety of answers.
"Undercurrents" by Norman Morris was one of the first contributions.
Jammed on Vimeo: Lamenting the demise of the audio cassette, we at M-I-E, thought it would be nice to try and find a fitting tribute to it's faded glory. 'Jammed' is the story of a bold, heroic, Viewmaster robot, venturing into an unknown world to save an unknown soul. We had great fun making this short film, using a mixture of stop motion and 3D techniques. The music was composed by our talented friends, Dan and John, at Meanred.
Havana Heat on Vimeo: Havana Heat is a steamy love letter to Good Books in the bodice-ripping language made famous by Mills & Boon books -- available along with millions of other titles through the online store at usegoodbooks.com
Animated by world-famous duo mcbess and Simon of The Mill in London (LIA 2012 Post Production Company of the Year), Havana Heat joins our earlier film Metamorphosis in the Great Writers series, building on the concept of telling the Good Books story in the style of some of the world's greatest authors.
NIGHT OF THE PUNKS - YouTube: Small town punk rockers THE BRAIN DEADS have their first out of town gig. But there are a few problems: The venue is deserted, the promoter is a creep, their bass player has gone missing, and the only kids in the audience appear to be bloodthirsty monsters from hell. It's gonna take a lot more than a few power chords and teenage angst to survive this night.
NYC Dark on Vimeo: Seeing lower Manhattan without power was a surreal experience. This is traditionally a city that never sleeps. One in which the lights are always on. One that is always bustling with people. When the lights went out it was wholly different. This piece is meant to capture and relay the feeling of what it was like to walk around the darkened streets of lower Manhattan.
THE SLEEPOVER on Vimeo: 2012 Official Selection of Fantastic Fest, Shriekfest, Knoxville Horror Fest, Vassar FilmFest, and winner of "The Cabin In the Woods"/Lionsgate/Vimeo contest! THE SLEEPOVER is a proof-of-concept for a feature film about a town living "between the sequels" of its infamous masked killer.
Pulp Science Fiction Under German Totalitarianism: Pulp science fiction – in this case, meaning both serial magazines and stories and films which emphasized action, adventure, and plot at the expense of character and aspirations to Art – has been popular in Germany from the beginning.
While never the most popular genre – mysteries and action/adventure were #1 and #2 – science fiction was consistently popular with the German pulp-reading public. From 1901, when the first German SF pulp called Aus dem Reiche der Phantasie appeared, to 1926, when the situation for German pulp publishers changed permanently for the worse, pulp science fiction consistently appeared in Germany.
Endzeit on Vimeo: Doku über Endzeit Live-Action-Role-Playing Events in Deutschland
Shelter: a look at Manchester's homeless. Full film. on Vimeo: With homelessness on the rise in the UK and with more people sleeping rough on the streets than ever, I decided to speak to the homeless people of Manchester to see just how bad it is.
With the council only providing a 'snap shot' of the true statistics of how bad the situation really is, we go on a journey with some of the people that the council are refusing to acknowledge.
Paul Bloom: The Psychology of Everything - YouTube: The Psychology of Everything: What Compassion, Racism, and Sex tell us about Human Nature.
Give Paul Bloom one hour, and he'll teach you "the psychology of everything," illustrating some of the most fundamental elements of human nature through case studies about compassion, racism, and sex. He discusses some of the biggest questions in the nature versus nurture debate, including "Are we hard-wired to care about others?" Bloom points out why stereotyping can be both detrimental and beneficial, and he even explains what the porn preference of monkeys tells us about our own sexual choosiness, or lack thereof. After the hour is up you'll understand why Bloom calls psychology, because of its cross-disciplinary nature, "the perfect liberal arts major."
Interview with the late Douglas Adams speaking about artificial life on Vimeo: I was making a video for CyberLife about the artificial-life (AL) technology being used in their Creatures series of computer games. Douglas was impressed with the evolutionary, bottom-up approach that CyberLife had used to evolve life-like digital entities that could learn and pass on characteristics from generation to generation. Douglas was a true geek, fascinated by evolutionary biology and computer science, and one of the first people in the UK to own an Apple Mac. Douglas's ability to 'riff' on subjects that interested him was exceptional and in this interview he talks about the potential for AL, as it seemed at the time. CyberLife's unique approach to developing artificial-life seemed then to have huge potential outside of Creatures, for example in industrial applications that could fundamentally change the way we interact with computers and software.
The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell: In the spirit of Dante Alighieri's Inferno, this paper takes a humorous look at the fate that awaits scientists who sin against best practice.
The Last Laughing Death | The Global Mail: After 55 years, the final patrol for cases of the mysterious 'laughing death' in remote Papua New Guinea has returned from the highlands. From this pursuit came Nobel-winning science, clues to 'mad cow' and insights into Alzheimer's disease. It also revealed a little bit of cannibal hidden in us all.
Monopoly Is Theft | Harper's Magazine: [Monopolys] true origins go unmentioned in the official literature. Three decades before Darrow's patent, in 1903, a Maryland actress named Lizzie Magie created a proto-Monopoly as a tool for teaching the philosophy of Henry George, a nineteenth-century writer who had popularized the notion that no single person could claim to "own" land. In his book Progress and Poverty (1879), George called private land ownership an "erroneous and destructive principle" and argued that land should be held in common, with members of society acting collectively as "the general landlord."
Magie called her invention The Landlord's Game, and when it was released in 1906 it looked remarkably similar to what we know today as Monopoly.
The International 2012 - YouTube: Relive all the action and get a glimpse behind the scenes of The International 2012, Valve's Dota 2 tournament featuring a grand prize of one million dollars.
Share.mov II on Vimeo: Share 2 gathered more than two thousand activists, bloggers, engineers, programmers and artists from Serbia and internationally, in three days of interesting lectures, workshops and meetings at central venue. The lectures were given by leading international stars in the field of Internet activism and social changes, cyber dissidents and world-class bloggers, who gave their thoughts on new forms of activism and approaches in use of new media and advanced technologies. Discussions dived deep into the underground of the Internet movements and explored groups that fight for digital rights, protecting the privacy of fellow residents. With progressive music and culture, Internet is glorified as an open and free territory for all.
Election Night Texts Between Strangers | Slog: In 2008 I was at the Showbox for the election and I received a random text of excitement. I saved this on my phone for four years, it became the oldest thing on my phone and sort of a great story to tell people and show them. To me it summed up the spirit of the elections that year. Strangers/citizens coming together and voting with conviction and rising up to celebrate that win.
Wirtschaftsdienst: Auf dem Weg zu einem Urheberrecht für das 21. Jahrhundert: Moderne Technologien machen es den Nutzern möglich, sehr viel mehr urheberrechtlich geschützte Güter zu kopieren und weiterzugeben, als dies noch vor 50 Jahren der Fall war. Das Urheberrecht kann die Rechteinhaber derzeit nicht effektiv schützen. Es müsste gründlich reformiert werden, um Kreativen zu ihrem Recht, das weniger durch Privatnutzer als vielmehr von Verwertern beschnitten wird, zu verhelfen.
Dangerous Minds | Troma Films godfather Lloyd Kaufman, talks 'real' indie movies and the beauty of piracy: I made the mistake of going to Yale University. It was the 60's. I was going to be a teacher or a social worker. I was going to make the world a better place. Teach people with hooks for hands to finger-paint. Teach bums to paint happy faces on beads, string the beads together. Stuff like that. Then they put me in a room freshman year with a movie nut–our beds were head to toe, it was a very small bedroom. At night I would inhale my roommate's stinkin' feet. And the aroma de Troma was born.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011) – Art of the Title: A history of violence writ in blood. Millennia of human cruelty billow out into a quiet void: torture, murder, ritual sacrifice, untold suffering, fresh coffee… Huh? The images of savage protocol and hematic ceremony are jarringly replaced by an all too familiar scene: a hot cuppa joe and the morning commute of two government employees.
Between Sitterson and Hadley's mundane water cooler chit-chat and determined caffeine intake lie hints of some unnatural purpose. Is it the worried tone of their colleague's voice or perhaps it's the sinister-looking subterranean locale they call an office? As the title card for The Cabin in the Woods slams on screen, we realize that this is not your typical nine to five.
Secret Weapons - 1972 - David Cronenberg - YouTube: David Cronenberg's seldom seen 1972 made-for-TV movie, 'Secret Weapons'.
It is six years into a future American civil war. A man has created a drug that enhances fighting skills. But will he give it to the theocratic government, or the rebels?
50 Years of James Bond: The Movie - YouTube: Approximately five minutes from each of the 22 Eon produced James Bond films have been cut together, in order and in sequence, beginning with the first five minutes of DR. NO (1962) followed by minutes 5-10 of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963), minutes 10-15 of GOLDFINGER (1964), minutes 15-20 of THUNDERBALL (1965), continuing on through each of the remaining 18 Bond features (accounting for variables in each title's running time) culminating with the final five minutes of 2008's QUANTUM OF SOLACE.
Keepers of the Craft on Vimeo: "Keepers of the Craft" is a short documentary about the art of traditional sign making. This video was shot for a Digital Documentary in the Spring of 2012 at the Art Institute of Dallas. Starr Studios, of Denton, Texas is owned by 20 year veteran sign maker Sean Starr.
Dangerous Minds | Salvador Dali in New York City: Jack Bond's 1965 documentary Dali In New York is a loosey goosey affair which fits its subject quite nicely. Beautifully filmed by Jim Desmond who went on to shoot Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
Donald Pettit speaks at Luminance 2012 on Vimeo: NASA astronaut Donald Pettit has called the International Space Station home for a total of 370 days. While there, he's captured some of the most mind-blowing photos of space – and Earth – we've ever seen. Donald gives us an inside look into what it's like to take photos of space, why bringing 10 DSLRs with him is actually necessary, and the reason why hard drives tend to fail in zero gravity.