A Ton of Links: Ada Lovelace, Nate Silver, Backup Tut, Antiquarian eBook Shop und Webmemes from China

Hier noch drei Millionen Links für’s Restwochenende, unbedingt ansehen/lesen/hören:

Tempo ist ein Kurzfilm mit ‘ner schönen Zeit-Wumma und tolle Exposition (der Rest ist okayish), Eugene ist ein schöner neuer Kurzfilm von Spencer „Hersher“ Susser, aus dem Ada Lovelace-Origins-Webcomic habe ich erfahren, dass die Dame die Tochter von Lord Byron ist, in dessen Villa Mary Shelley damals Frankenstein schrieb, Chinesische Webmemes 2012, toller Text auf McSweeneys aus „My Rare and Antiquarian eBook Shop“, Nate Silver redet bei Google Authors über seinen Statistik-Voodoo, lasergescannte Pharaonengräber oder ein superunterhaltsamer Vortrag von aylord Fields über Beatles-Ripoffs.

 
 
 

Videos/Shortfilms

 Vimeo Direkttempo

Tempo on Vimeo: In this new Red Giant short film, from the creators of Plot Device, a scientist must prevent a new, powerful technology from falling into the wrong hands.

Dead Head on Vimeo
Cosmic Jungle on Vimeo
Climate 101 on Vimeo
Eugene, directed by Spencer Susser (feat. Michael Govier and Karolina Wydra) on Vimeo

 Youtube Direktmacabre

Dark Horse Comics – Criminal Macabre – YouTube: Cal McDonald is on the case…of Frankenstein, that is. The Frankenstein family is hunting for the creature their ancestor created hundreds of years ago, but the nameless creature has enlisted Cal’s aide to end their relentless chase, and gain his freedom–maybe even a name.

OVERVIEW on Vimeo: On the 40th anniversary of the famous “Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
“Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

 Vimeo Direktlaika

LAIKA on Vimeo: Laika is a re-imagining of the true story about the first dog in space and what may have happened to her on her momentous journey.
An intelligent creature, curious and proud she fulfils her duty taught to her by the scientists back on earth. Laika daydreams of her life before space travel and her humble beginnings on the streets of Moscow.
Graduation film from the National Film and Television School.

DARK VESSEL – (bloody cartoon) on Vimeo: DARK VESSEL is rife with Robot Murder, Mysticism, Reincarnation, and Revenge.

TUFTY on Vimeo: What if you knew where your Teddy Bear really came from?

The Saddest Boy in the World on Vimeo: The world has conspired against poor Timothy Higgins and he has no choice but to hang himself. Always the dramatist, he chooses his own 9th birthday party as his stage. If you find this funny, good. If you’re offended, it’s okay–our paths were never meant to cross.

FLAGPOLE on Vimeo: A serious short film. About boners and salami nipples.
 
 
 

Comics

Lovelace– The Origin | 2D Goggles

Comic Writer Services 2.0

The Brain: The Charlie Brown Effect: A comic book artist-turned-neuroscientist says the images in Peanuts tap 
the same brain processes as sentences.
 
 
 

Culture

Raised Behind Bars – The Big Picture – Boston.com: Five years ago, Reuters photographer Carolina Camps documented the stories found in the maternity wing of a women’s prison in Los Hornos, Argentina. The prison not only housed female inmates, it was also home to 63 of their children, who were allowed to live with their mothers inside the jail until they were four years old. Now, half a decade on, Camps tracked down four of the women to see what had become of them and of their young families.

BBC News – Learn English online: How the internet is changing language: Online, English has become a common language for users from around the world. In the process, the language itself is changing.

Top 10 Chinese Internet Memes of 2012 // Global Voices: With over 400 million Weibo (China’s twitter) users, Chinese social media has become a prominent source keeping people updated about what’s happening in China. As the year comes to an end, we’ve picked China’s 10 most memorable Internet memes of 2012. They cover scandal, celebrity, humour and buzzwords.

Maps of every brothel, bar, casino and saloon that existed in the Levee District between 1870 and 1905

CRIMINAL WISDOM – TWENTY RULES FOR WRITING DETECTIVE STORIES

China’s Copycat Cities – By Jack Carlson | Foreign Policy: The People’s Republic is building life-size European villages, but not for the reasons you think.

Science Fiction Under Totalitarian Regimes, Part 2: Tsarist and Soviet Russia: Science fiction has a long tradition in Russian fiction. Fantastic voyages, utopias, and dystopias exist throughout 19th century Russian literature, with interplanetary voyages appearing as early as 1784, in Vassily Lyovshin’s Noveisheye Puteshestviye. And Russia has a long tradition of popular literature, in luboks (prints made from woodcuts and engravings) and chapbooks in the 18th and 19th centuries and in newspapers and kopeck novels (dime novels) in the 20th century.

Language on the Internet: The Erkernermerst | The Economist: Some of Reddit’s language conventions are born of necessity: “/s”, for example, can indicate sarcasm in an intonationless medium. Other conventions are old hat: CAPITAL LETTERS CAN SHOW EMPHASIS OR A STRONG EMOTION LIKE ANGER OR EXCITEMENT. One might use superscript to whisper, or add extra vowels to reeeeally emphasise a point. Reddit users are often delighted by bad puns of the sort your uncle might make. And while you can find emoticons anywhere across the web, emoticon creativity reaches a zenith on the comment boards of websites like 4chan and Reddit. One might express disapproval with a ಠ_ಠ (using the Kannada letter for the unvoiced, aspirated, retroflex consonant ʈʰa), or anger with a (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (a pictogram of someone flipping a table over).
 
 
 

Design/Art

Eames Computer House of Cards – AnotherDesignBlog.

3000 Vintage Japanese Newspaper-Ads (1891-1945)

The Universal Arts of Graphic Design | Off Book | PBS – YouTube: Though often overlooked, Graphic Design surrounds us: it is the signs we read, the products we buy, and the rooms we inhabit. Graphic designers find beauty within limitations, working towards the ultimate goal of visually communicating a message, be it the packaging of a product, the spirit of a book, or the narrative of a building. Utilizing a language of type and imagery, graphic designers try to make every aspect of our lives defined and beautiful.

Handwritten Typographers: The handwriting of typographers intrigues me because it raises so many questions, big and small: Do typographers exert some extraordinary control of the pen that laypersons don’t? Does a typographer’s handwriting influence the typefaces they produce? Has the rise of digital communications made handwriting redundant? Do modern typographers, born of digital tools, lack the finesse of their more wizened counterparts? If so, does that change the way their type is designed?

Bryan Saunders: portrait of the artist on crystal meth | Art and design | The Guardian: Ich mag die angebliche “Kunst” von Bryan Saunders, der schlechte Selbstportraits auf Drogen malt, überhaupt nicht. Aber das Interview von Jon Ronson ist toll: “Bryan Saunders has created 50 self-portraits under the influence of everything from Valium to lighter fluid. Does that make him an outsider artist, or a troubled man in need of help?”

THE RECODE PROJECT: An active archive of computer art.: The ReCode Project is a community-driven effort to preserve computer art by translating it into a modern programming language (Processing). Every translated work will be available to the public and contemporary artists to learn from, share, and build on.
 
 
 

Movies

 Youtube Direktwoody

12 Questions for Woody Allen – YouTube

The Hobbit – Filming Locations – Google Maps: Principal photography commenced 21 March 2011 and wrapped on day 266 of filming, 5 July 2012. Various production locations are included.
 
 
 

Science/Tech

 Youtube Direktdrive

EEVblog #395 – World’s Most Expensive Hard Drive Teardown – YouTube: Furchtbare Stimme, aber superinteressantes Video: „What’s inside a $250,000 1980’s vintage IBM server hard drive used in banks?“

Deciphering the Tools of Nature’s Zombies | MetaFilter: The ability of parasites to alter the behaviour of their hosts fascinates both scientists and non-scientists alike. One reason that this topic resonates with so many is that it touches on core philosophical issues such as the existence of free will. If the mind is merely a machine, then it can be controlled by any entity that understands the code and has access to the machinery. This special issue of The Journal of Experimental Biology highlights some of the best-understood examples of parasite-induced changes in host brain and behaviour, encompassing both invertebrate and vertebrate hosts and micro- and macro-parasites.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Welcome to My Rare and Antiquarian eBook Shop.: Why, hello there!–I was just appraising some rare PDFs in the back room when I heard you come in. Feel free to peruse our inventory, and if you have any questions, please allow me–one of the world’s foremost authorities on and purveyors of fine electronic books–to act as your steward through the wonderfully esoteric world of antique eBook collecting.

Earth at Night 2012 : Feature Articles: Scientists are using new images of Earth’s dark side to gain insight on human activity and poorly understood natural events.

BLDGBLOG: Back-Up Tut and Other Decoy Spatial Antiquities: On the 90th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, an “authorized facsimile of the burial chamber” has been created, complete “with sarcophagus, sarcophagus lid and the missing fragment from the south wall.”
The resulting duplicate, created with the help of high-res cameras and lasers, is “an exact facsimile of the burial chamber,” one that is now “being sent to Cairo by The Ministry of Tourism of Egypt.”

Moserware: The First Few Milliseconds of an HTTPS Connection: In the 220 milliseconds that flew by, a lot of interesting stuff happened to make Firefox change the address bar color and put a lock in the lower right corner. With the help of Wireshark, my favorite network tool, and a slightly modified debug build of Firefox, we can see exactly what’s going on.

Nate Silver: “The Signal and the Noise”, Authors at Google – YouTube: In the 2012 presidential election, Silver correctly predicted the winner of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Between his electoral and popular vote predictions, he was by some measures the most successful major forecaster of the presidential election. Silver’s predictions of U.S. Senate races were correct in 31 of 33 states; he predicted Republican victory in North Dakota and Montana, where Democrats won. –Wikipedia
Nate Silver joins Hal Varian (Google’s Chief Economist) to talk about his book “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t” and answer Googler questions.

Reddit founders Steve Huffman & Alexis Ohanian talk about how it all began | Wizard – YouTube

Hochgeladene Videos von Every Apple TV Ads (ever made): YES, EVERY APPLE TV ADS EVER BROADCASTED! There’s a lot to discover in the Playlists – Go watch!
 
 
 

Games

Recently I scraped a database of 24000 videogames to determine percentages of genre and platform releases since 1975… : gaming

The In-game Economics of Ultima Online: In many ways, the in-game economy is similar to a real world economy – goods and services are traded to mutual advantage and are mediated in currency or barter. In other ways, the economy is very alien; for example, some commodity prices are determined by a robotic simulation of business profit motivation. These quirky rules will be described in Chapters 3 to ensure that the reader appreciates the entire economic environment of the game.

History of Nintendo 2012 on Vimeo
 
 
 

Power and Money

Paul Krugman: Asimov’s Foundation novels grounded my economics | Books | guardian.co.uk: The fantastical tale offers a still-inspiring dream of a social science that could save civilisation

BLDGBLOG: Electromagnetic Test Town: the entire “test city” truly is miniature: indeed, the whole thing “fits in a six by eight foot area and was created using miniature buildings and houses, [and] the underlying power control systems, hospital software, and other infrastructures are directly from the real world.”
Nonetheless, this 6-x-8 surrogate urban world will be under near-constant microcosmic attack: “NetWars CyberCity participants, which include cyber warriors from the Department of Defense and other defenders within the U.S. Government, will be tasked with protecting the city’s critical infrastructure and systems as they come under attack. Cyber warriors will be presented with potential real-world attacks; their job is to defend against them. Missions will include fending off attacks on the city’s power company, hospital, water system and transportation services.”
 
 
 

Music

 Vimeo Direktbeatles

Fake Beatles phenomena by Gaylord Fields on Vimeo: WFMU DJ Gaylord Fields explores the sixties phenomenon of fake Beatles albums.

▶ Solid Steel Radio Show 23/11/2012 Part 3 + 4 – DJ Food by Ninja Tune: This week Strictly Kev returns from a whistle-stop trip to Tel Aviv laden with loads of indigenous music both new and old. The Israeli Audio Montage, Delights and Fortuna labels all feature as do many tracks from the excellent Mordy Laye & The Group Modular LP, setting the tone for this Radiophonic mood/moog-fest with added psyche and surf trimmings. Blending in amongst all these you’ll find The Stepkids, Beta Hector remixed by The Simonsound and the jazz stylings of Jan Hammer, John Murtaugh and Dick Hyman !

Boom Pam _ Pop Oud _ Delights
Les Hippies _ Sourci (Marigold) _ Delights
Mordy Laye & The Group Modular _ Tripping in Sogo City _ Audio Montage
Beta Hector _ Trust Me feat. Rosi Lalor (The Simonsound Remix) _ Tru Thoughts
Jan Hammer Group _ Don’t You Know _ Nemperor
Mordy Laye & The Group Modular _ Hunters of The Coral Reefs _ Audio Montage
DD Denham _ Now You’re Furtive _ Cafe Kaput
The Stepkids _ Sweet Sensation _ Stones
 
 
 

Podcasts

Imagine. Lennonos Nutopia – 09.12.2012: Der Zündfunk-Generator macht zusammen mit Nicolas Bardola eine kleine Reise in den utopisch-visionären Kosmos von Yoko Ono und begegnet naturgemäß dabei auch oft John Lennon. Vor fast 40 Jahren, am 1. April 1973, verkündeten Yoko Ono und John Lennon die Geburt eines neuen Staates und erklärten: “NUTOPIA hat keinen Grund und Boden und keine Grenzen; es gibt keine Pässe, es gibt nur das Volk. Es gibt keine Gesetze in NUTOPIA, außer den kosmischen.” Mit Sicherheit wurde die visionäre “Nutopia”-Aktion des Künstler-Ehepaares damals von vielen belächelt oder gar verspottet. Andere hielten sie für einen weiteren genialen Baustein im Lennonoschen Gesamtkunstwerk. Der Schweizer Schriftsteller und Biograph Nicolas Bardola zum Beispiel war schon als Kind Fan der beiden. Der Zündfunk-Generator macht sich mit Nicolas Bardola auf eine kleine Reise in den utopisch-visionären Kosmos von Yoko Ono und begegnen naturgemäß dabei auch oft John Lennon.

Zündfunk: Motor City Detroit. Neustart zwischen Ruinen und Gemüsefeldern – 08.12.2012: Detroit ist eine perfekte Filmkulisse. Es ist die Leere, die schockiert und anzieht: Künstler und junge Farmer, die neu anfangen wollen. Unsere Reporter waren zehn Tage lang unterwegs in der Motor City, der Geburtsstadt des Techno.

Yekaterina Samutsevich: ‘Why I joined… – Artists mentioned in the WIRE magazine: Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich tells Matthew Bannister how her conservative family background turned her into a protester. Yekaterina was one of three members of the Russian punk rock band convicted of hooliganism in a trial that caused an international outcry. She was released in October with a suspended sentence.