Links: Beer from North Korea, das kleine Gespenst and the Space Odyssey on a Kids’ Menu
Hier die Links, die letzte Woche liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit ‘nem Short über korrupte Robocops, Brauereien in Nord-Korea, dem Stephen King Universe Flowchart, David Foster Wallace’ This Is Water-Rede als Kurzfilm, einem Webcomic über Steve (Jobs) und Steve (Wozniak), HighRes-Scans der Originalausgabe von Otfried Preußlers Das kleine Gespenst, eine Kinder-Menükarte aus den 60s mit Kubricks 2001, The History of House and Garage von 1991 bis 2000 und noch viel mehr:
FROM THE FUTURE WITH LOVE – YouTube: Squads of privatized police officers from various corporations, walking the streets of New York and selling protection plans. Make sure your insurances are up to date. This is not the future. This is YOUR future.
Building A Human – YouTube: Video by Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz. An instructional film made by The Visitors for Human Collaborators on Edité-Frignim (Earth).
Project Kronos on Vimeo: Project Kronos is a documentary film set in the not too distant future, following a mission to achieve interstellar space travel. As the mission unfolds with extraordinary results, the scientists find themselves dealing with a much bigger agenda.
THIS IS WATER – By David Foster Wallace on Vimeo: In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.
Rhizome | Emoticon, Emoji, Text: Pt. 1, I Second That Emoticon: By September of 1982, the Computer Science Bulletin Board System at Carnegie Mellon University was a social hotspot, at least for certain science professors and tech geeks. Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs or bboards) pre-date the Web as such; they allowed users to dial into a local hub, through which they could send messages to and receive messages from other machines dialed into the same hub. Dating back to 1978, bboards didn’t get popular until the 80s, following the 1981 release of Hayes Communications’ cheap and effective Smartmodem, which made hosting bboards more affordable and using them less arduous, if still not entirely intuitive.
Rhizome | Emoticon, Emoji, Text II: Just ASCII: Following in the footsteps of Baudelaire–and paving the way for the Surrealists and the French New Wave–early 20th-century artist Guillaume Apollinaire cultivated a cerebral taste for the most sensational elements of modern life. A poet by calling and a publicist by trade, Apollinaire seized on the outrageous whether he found it in the avant-garde (he coined the term “Cubism” in praise of early paintings by Braque and Picasso) or mass culture (he called the serialized tales of fictional super-villain Fantomas “one of the richest works that exist.”) Apollinaire’s poetry fed on the chaos of Paris in the early 1900s.
Galaga | ShiftyLook: Released in 1981, Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game that made the genre famous! It is now one of the most well known and loved arcade games in history. The player controls a space ship located at the bottom of the screen as enemy aliens fighters in the shape of “bugs” fill the upper portion and take turns firing at and dive-bombing the player’s ship. Galaga has been ported to nearly every home gaming system as well as modern phones and tablets, and it’s spawned more than sequels and remakes. Now Galaga has been re-imagined as a webcomic from three of the comic industry’s top creators: written by Ryan North, illustrated by Chris Hastings, and colored by Anthony Clark.
Podcast: Klänge des Grauens: Musik und Geräuschen wird nachgesagt, die Seele des Horrorfilms zu sein. Durch sie erscheinen Leinwandängste noch grausamer und furchteinflößender. Dissonanzen, Atonalität und klangliche Experimentierfreude sind die Markenzeichen des Horrorsounds, der sich nicht an konventionellen Hörerwartungen orientiert. Das Fremde und Unheimliche widersetzt sich gängigen Normen und klingt anders. Komponisten suchen es in elektronischen Sounds, vermeintlich unschuldigen Kinderliedern, geistlichen Chorälen, plötzlich und laut einsetzender Musik oder seltsamen Geräuschen, die ein Gefühl von Bedrohung und Terror auslösen können. Die Akustik des Grauens macht die Materialität des Messers spürbar, sie signalisiert die Anwesenheit von Gespenstern oder öffnet den Weg in das Unterbewusste des Psychopathen. Sie schockiert und traumatisiert, verstört und verunsichert. Sie hat dämonische Qualität und nimmt Besitz vom Zuschauer. Man kann sich ihr nicht entziehen.
Dreams of Space – Books and Ephemera: “2001: A Space Odyssey” Howard Johnsons Children’s Menu (1968): Howard Johnsons was actually aboard the 2001 space station in a brief product placement. They also issued a children’s menu which highlighted the movie (and their placement) but gave the story of the movie in a slightly different way than I remember.
Saul Bass’ design for Anatomy of a murder | Annyas.com design blog: An overview of the various designs Bass created for the film: posters, inserts, stationery and ads.
10 Things Wrong With Hollywood According to Steven Soderbergh | Film School Rejects: The simplest way that I can describe it is a movie is something you see, and cinema is something that’s made. And it has nothing to do with the captured medium, and it doesn’t have anything to do with where the screen is – whether it’s in your bedroom, your iPad. It doesn’t even really have to be a movie. It can be a commercial. I can be something on YouTube. Cinema is a specificity of vision. It’s an approach in which everything matters. It’s the polar opposite of generic or arbitrary, and the result is as unique as a signature or a fingerprint. And it isn’t made by a committee, and it isn’t made by a company, and it isn’t made by the audience. It means that if this filmmaker didn’t do it, it either wouldn’t exist at all or it wouldn’t exist in anything like this form.
The Third Man (1949) – Art of the Title: Though the modern title sequence would not emerge until several years later, the main titles for Carol Reed’s 1949 film noir The Third Man remain one of the more distinctive pre-Saul Bass examples to come out of either Hollywood or Britain. Aligned with the plucked strings and ovoid aperture of a zither – a guitar-like instrument common to Eastern Europe – the simple titles fade in and out listing cast and crew, adhering to the rigid formality of most films of the era.
PL – 4 on Vimeo: Experience the 1981 Pioneer PL – 4.
BBC – Future – Technology – Bruce’s Sterling’s vision of the future city: In 2050, the Earth’s population is expected to hit 10 billion, and 75% of those people will live in cities. As our urban environments grow and grow, how do we make sure that growth is sustainable? In the coming weeks, seven experts will looks at ways cities may be able to lessen their impact and build a more sustainable future. To begin with, award-winning science-fiction author Bruce Sterling presents a cautionary view of what the sprawling cities of 2050 may look like.
▶ Stranger Than Fiction: Neal Stephenson by SlateRadio: Tim Wu talks with Neal Stephenson, a science fiction writer and author of such books as Anathem and Snow Crash.
Predicting Google closures: in the following essay, I collect data on 350 Google products and look for predictive variables. I find some while modeling shutdown patterns, and make some predictions about future shutdowns.
Exploring Google’s PageRank: I recently started looking at Google’s PageRank, and as part of trying to understand it a little better I made a simple web app to see how PageRank depends on the damping factor, links, etc.
NeXT: NeXT Computer (the original 68030 cube) was a high end workstation that was manufactured between 1988 – 1990. Back then it was a very expensive machine as a complete system would start at $6500 (in 1988 dollars). The machine is a 1 foot cube magnesium case that houses the computer. At the time, its performance was impressive, with a Motorola 68030 CPU running at a screaming 25Mhz, a dedicated floating point CPU, and a digital signal processor built into the system. NeXT cubes featured a magneto-optical drive that stored a whopping 256 Megabytes (by comparison, high end Mac systems at the time might have featured a 20 Megabyte hard drive.) In its day, this was the “Ferrari” of desktop systems!
Perpetual Motion Test Could Amend Theory of Time | Simons Foundation: They plan to build a time crystal, not in the hope that this perpetuum mobile will generate an endless supply of energy (as inventors have striven in vain to do for more than a thousand years) but that it will yield a better theory of time itself.
This Is What Really Happens During an Autopsy – Chicago magazine – May 2013 – Chicago: A day at work with Ben Margolis, one of Chicago’s leading forensic pathologists.
Das kleine Gespenst – a set on Flickr: Otfried Preussler / Das kleine Gespenst, Mit Zeichnungen von F. J. Tripp, Copyright 1966 by K. Thienemanns Verlag in Stuttgart
Low Poly Techniques for Cinema 4D on Vimeo: In this tutorial, I go over a few different techniques in Cinema 4D to get that low-poly style that has been popping up around the web lately.
Ultimate List of all the Best Art + Photo Tumblrs to Follow – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS: I am starting to compile an extensive curated list of all the art and photography Tumblrs worth following.
Power and Money
The Prophets of Oak Ridge | Style | Washington Post: Last summer, in the dead of night, three peace activists penetrated the exterior of Y-12 in Tennessee, supposedly one of the most secure nuclear-weapons facilities in the United States. A drifter, an 82-year-old nun and a house painter. They face trial next week on charges that fall under the sabotage section of the U.S. criminal code. And if they had been terrorists armed with explosives, intent on mass destruction? That nightmare scenario underlies the government’s response to the intrusion. This is the story of two competing worldviews, of conscience vs. court, of fantasy vs. reality, of history vs. the future.
‘Kim Jong-Ale': North Korea’s surprising microbrewery culture explored (Wired UK): North Korea has a robust domestic beer brewing culture, despite its isolation from the outside world. Famously, the regime bought a British brewery in 2000 for £1.5m and had the whole thing shipped and rebuilt on the edges of the capital, Pyongyang. That formerly German-owned Ushers equipment now produces Taedonggang beer, one of the most popular domestic brands (and, like every other enterprise in North Korea, it’s state-owned).
A Practical Utopian’s Guide to the Coming Collapse | David Graeber | The Baffler: Until 1968, most world revolutions really just introduced practical refinements: an expanded franchise, universal primary education, the welfare state. The world revolution of 1968, in contrast–whether it took the form it did in China, of a revolt by students and young cadres supporting Mao’s call for a Cultural Revolution; or in Berkeley and New York, where it marked an alliance of students, dropouts, and cultural rebels; or even in Paris, where it was an alliance of students and workers–was a rebellion against bureaucracy, conformity, or anything that fettered the human imagination, a project for the revolutionizing of not just political or economic life, but every aspect of human existence. As a result, in most cases, the rebels didn’t even try to take over the apparatus of state; they saw that apparatus as itself the problem.
Let’s Cut Through the Bitcoin Hype: A Hacker-Entrepreneur’s Take | Wired Opinion | Wired.com: Perhaps the only thing that’s clear about Bitcoin is that it’s not going away anytime soon. Who am I to say? I’m not an economist; I’m a hacker, who has spent his career exploring and repairing large networks. And networks may very well be how the world works – financial, social, electronic, even physical.
Violence and guns in best-selling video games – interactive | World news | guardian.co.uk: Research into connections between gun violence and video games to violence in real life has been inconclusive. As the hype for the latest in the Grand Theft Auto series builds up, a Guardian analysis of the top 50 video games sold in 2012 found more than half contain violent content labels, as assigned by an independent video game rating board based in the US (ESRB). Overall, one-third have weapons that depict real-life firearms