Links: Ghost Stories, Dwarf Fortress, Leatherman, accidental Beekeepers and The Machine Of Death

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Ist extrem viel diesmal, wahrscheinlich ist man alleine mit den Kurzfilmen nach dem Klick ein paar Stunden beschäftigt – sind aber auch 'ne Menge schöner Sachen dabei, nicht verpassen: der gilliamesque Kurzfilm The Final Moments Of Karl Brant mit Pee-Wee Herman, den 1997er Artikel Myths over Miami über obdachlose Kids in Florida und die Storys, die sie von Generation zu Generation mündlich weitergeben, und die 3D-gescannte Schifffahrtsausstellung des Smithsonian Museums. Das und noch tausend weitere Dingenskirchen nach dem Klick:


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Around Saturn on Vimeo: Waltz Around Saturn with this video showing highlights from Cassini's exploration of the giant planet, its magnificent rings, and fascinating family of moons. This video shows a selection from more than 200.000 pictures taken by the Cassini Spacecraft around Saturn's Rings in a period between 2004 and 2012, published through the Planetary Data System between June 2005 and June 2013

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Late Night Work Club presents GHOST STORIES on Vimeo: Here we are, kids. Project #1, an indie animation anthology on the theme of GHOST STORIES. All work done DIY, between jobs and classes, with no funding, between September '12 and August '13. Enjoy. […]
00:45 - I Will Miss You by Dave Prosser - (
04:46 - The Jump by Charles Huettner - (
07:22 - The American Dream by Sean Buckelew - (
09:53 - Mountain Ash by Jake Armstrong & Erin Kilkenny - ( & (
14:29 - Rat Trap by Caleb Wood - (
16:23 - Loose Ends by Louise Bagnall - (
18:47 - Phantom Limb by Alex Grigg - (
23:02 - Asshole by Conor Finnegan - (
25:22 - Ombilda by Ciaran Duffy - (
29:39 - Post Personal by Eamonn O'Neill - (
32:31 - Last Lives by Scott Benson - (

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SLICED on Vimeo

Contre temps on Vimeo

1:1000 on Vimeo: 3D-Scan of a Sunflower, Digital Strategies of Distortion and Form Reduction.

THIS IS HOW YOU DIE. on Vimeo: Inspired by the anthology THIS IS HOW YOU DIE: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable MACHINE OF DEATH

The Mystery of Flying Kicks on Vimeo: Murder, sex, drugs, art, politics… sneakers hanging on telephone lines have become a powerful urban symbol, inspiring genesis theories both hilarious and sinister. In an effort to get to the truth once and for all we asked the people of earth to help us solve this mystery. Using an on-line call out and a phone message bank, this documentary was made entirely from donated photographs, phoned-in theories, video, vlogs, and animation.

AMP on Vimeo: 10 years after leaving a war his father started, Quinn and Amp live in the slums selling illegal custom-tech just to afford the batteries that keep Amp alive. When an old childhood friend tracks him down, Quinn is confronted with the dilemma of choosing to remain idle in a city run by the corrupt Coreley Corporation or finally finish the war he never wanted to be a part of.

The Found Photo Man on Vimeo: Mark Kologi has collected and sold millions of forgotten personal photos of complete strangers.

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THE FINAL MOMENTS OF KARL BRANT Starring Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) - [STROBE] - YouTube: Set in the near future where experimental technology allows two detectives to bring a murder victim back to life in a digital state in order to question him about his final moments.

The Flying Man on Vimeo: A new superhero is coming, only this time it's on his terms. Will he still be considered a hero?

PostHuman - sci-fi action animated short film directed by Cole Drumb - YouTube: Set in an adrenalized future of espionage, assassins, and out of control super science, PostHuman follows a genius hacker and his dog as they help an enigmatic young woman to free the remaining test subject of a black ops ESP test lab.

Sleep Walk by Hey Beautiful Jerk, Festival Version on Vimeo: Set in 1959, a black hole appears over Manhattan and during these last few moments of the apocalypse; a homeless doomsday enthusiast learns that it is never too late for redemption.

Your Man on Vimeo: A (dress rehearsal) homage to 80's movies, 90's video games, and the city of Dublin.

▶ I BOUGHT A JEEP - THE FILM (MA15+) - YouTube: When one Jeep bought a jeep, and loses the interest of his jeep, his best jeep will bought a jeep that inevitably leads to the buying of a jeep.

Record on Vimeo: A short film that explores how different people respond to the same piece of music, all captured from the point of view of a vinyl spinning on a record player. The film was created for “Hello, Again,” an initiative by The Lincoln Motor Company that asks filmmakers to reimagine the familiar into something fresh and new.

Orange Drive on Vimeo: A year in the life of a guy and his car.

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The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4 on Vimeo: I met a very interesting fellow recently. His name is Desmondo Ray, and this is his video dating tape.


The Death of an Insect - Erään hyönteisen tuho on Vimeo: In a lifeless urban landscape where time itself has stopped its crawl, a mad ballet is commencing and a newly hatched butterfly is about to die. This tragic story was constructed using dead insects gathered from forgotten attics and tool sheds, between window panels and cobwebs. It combines a number of animation techniques from classic stop-motion animation to animated 3D models of x-ray CT-scanned insects.

▶ It's Not You, It's Me -- Gillian Jacobs, Rob Huebel & Fran Kranz - YouTube: Matt Spicer presents "It's Not You, It's Me" -- a short film starring Gillian Jacobs, Rob Huebel and Fran Kranz.


CATDAMMIT! by Fir&Flams

PaperDude VR: Oculus + Kinect + KickR = Our Homage to Paperboy

Dungeons & Dragons and the Influence of Tabletop RPGs | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios - YouTube: Since their growth in popularity in the 1970s, RPGs have had a huge influence not just on players, but on everything from Hollywood to the development of video games. Now, In a world dominated by video games and social media, there remains an enduring interest in gathering around a table and playing games face to face. Beyond cards and board games, Role Playing Games allow not just for interaction and play, but the creativity of storytelling, world creation, and engagement with ideas.The adaptability of D&D and other tabletop RPGs can satisfy players in a way that our digital world still cannot, with unique game mechanics and engagement and limitless use of imagination. As tabletop RPGs enjoy a cultural resurgence, more and more people are discovering the freedom and interactivity that makes them unique.

Dwarf Fortress in 2013: "What we've done is lay out a framework for version 1.0, and you just have a giant piece of paper with everything on it, and there's the stuff that's on the paper, and there's the stuff that's off the paper." Tarn Adams and his brother Zach have been working on procedurally-generated fantasy game Dwarf Fortress for around 11 years now, although if you include the DragSlay and Slaves to Armok development work that preceded it -- and essentially molded the game's early beginnings -- it's more like 13 years. Although you can download and play the game for free right now, version 1.0 is still a long time coming. Tarn Adams recently estimated that we can expect 1.0 in around 20 years' time, although he admits it'll probably take even longer than that, "because I always underestimate release times."


A History of Film in Wikipedia | Arg! Team Blog: What story does the link structure of Wikipedia tell about the history of film? My timeline represents the most important movies of the last 100 years – generated via a link analysis algorithm on Wikipedia.

Podcast: Masters of the Universe. Wie man fiktive Storywelten erschafft und am Leben hält - 07.07.2013 (MP3): "Wookieepedia" umfasst 100.00 Einträge. Wer sind die Weltenbauer, die dafür sorgen, dass in Welten wie "Star Wars" alles in sich stimmig bleibt? Und warum bekommt heute jede popkulturelle Marke ihr eigenes Universum übergestülpt? Im Oktober 2012 hat Disney die Firma Lucasfilm für über vier Milliarden US-Dollar übernommen. Doch der Mickey Mouse-Konzern hat damit keinen x-beliebigen Konzern gekauft, sondern "Star Wars" und damit die größte und erfolgreichste Medienmarke der Welt. Längst besteht "Star Wars" nicht mehr nur aus einer Handvoll Filmen mit dazu passenden Büchern und Computerspielen. "Star Wars" ist ein gigantisches fiktives Universum, das sich seit dem ersten Film "Krieg der Sterne" (1977) in rasanter Geschwindigkeit ausgedehnt hat. Ein Beispiel für die Größe dieser Welt liefert die "Wookieepedia", eine Datenbank, die das Wissen rund um "Star Wars" sammelt. Sie umfasst weit über 100.000 Artikel, das ist mehr als etwa die griechische oder thailändische Wikipedia der wirklich...

Breaking Bad: The Finest Hour on Television - Newsweek and The Daily Beast: "Have you ever 'seen red'?" Bryan Cranston asks. I'm not sure where this is coming from. "I mean, have you ever gone insanely mad, to where you are incredibly dangerous?" "Me?" I mumble. "No." Cranston nods and continues. "I did once."


A Visit to Leatherman, in Which I Briefly Become One with Their Production Process, by Kat Bauman - Core77: "It has to be Batman". Every Leatherman tool is made in Portland, OR, where the company employs 525 people full time, and runs 24-hour production at three locations. The smallest space is the site of the original machine shop, and the largest is the 90,000 sq. ft. factory, which I recently got to tour because I am an important regional figure.

Slashdot founder Rob Malda on why there won't be another Hacker News

You followed my bot! Transforming robots into influential users in Twitter | Messias | First Monday: Systems like Klout and Twitalyzer were developed as an attempt to measure the influence of users within social networks. Although the algorithms used by these systems are not public known, they have been widely used to rank users according to their influence, especially in the Twitter social network. As media companies might base their viral marketing campaigns on influence scores, users might attempt to boost their influence scores with simple mechanisms like following unknown users to be followed back or even interacting with those who reciprocate these actions. In this paper, we investigate if widely used influence scores are vulnerable and easy to manipulate. Our approach consists of developing Twitter bot accounts able to interact with real users to verify strategies that can increase their influence scores according to different systems. Our results show that it is possible to become influential using very simple strategies, suggesting that these systems should review their in...

Periodic Table of the HTML-Elements - Josh Duck

Bret Victor - The Future of Programming on Vimeo: In the beginning we programmed in absolute binary... Finally, a Symbolic Assembly Program was devised -- after more years than you are apt to believe during which most programmers continued their heroic absolute binary programming. At the time [the assembler] first appeared I would guess about 1% of the older programmers were interested in it -- using [assembly] was "sissy stuff", and a real programmer would not stoop to wasting machine capacity to do the assembly.

"How the Internet Ecosystem Works" by Will Stephen and Caldwell Tanner


Myths Over Miami: Folktales are usually an inheritance from family or homeland. But what if you are a child enduring a continual, grueling, dangerous journey? No adult can steel such a child against the outcast's fate: the endless slurs and snubs, the threats, the fear. What these determined children do is snatch dark and bright fragments of Halloween fables, TV news, and candy-colored Bible-story leaflets from street-corner preachers, and like birds building a nest from scraps, weave their own myths. The "secret stories" are carefully guarded knowledge, never shared with older siblings or parents for fear of being ridiculed -- or spanked for blasphemy.

Writers of Reddit, what are exceptionally simple tips that make a huge difference in other people's writing? : AskReddit: This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It's like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

Omni Reboot | THE MONDO MOMENT: What sort of perverse imps could generate such madness on the printed page and carry it all the way to the cover of Time magazine in three short years? Well, I was there, at the center. I’m the person who got the whole thing started by publishing a small psychedelic periodical called High Frontiers in 1984. The story of MONDO 2000, then, is partly my memoir.

The Accidental Beekeeper: In a breezy, cloudless Tuesday in mid- August, I accompany Barry Harris to one of his bee yards. He and his wife, Jill, who own Silver Spoon Apiaries, a bee- keeping company in eastern North Carolina, run nearly a dozen bee yards between Brunswick and Pender counties, a range of about a hundred miles. They spend lots of time on the road. Most of the yards are home to between twenty and sixty hives, but the largest can hold 225. The one we're visiting today supports about half a million bees. Barry and his wife will be pulling honey– "and in a hurry," he told me, since they are three to four weeks behind, and the honey season is a limited window. He agreed to let me come watch under the condition that I keep my mouth shut; there is too much work for him to do and talk to me at the same time. I can watch now and, if I'm lucky, ask questions later. I have not yet considered that my questions might be the wrong ones.

Charles Bukowski reads his "Friendly Advice To A Lot Of Young Men" by brainpicker on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds

"Wir lesen die Zukunft" | Technology Review: Die Phantastische Bibliothek Wetzlar besitzt die weltweit größte Sammlung von Science-Fiction-Literatur. Ihr Leiter Thomas Le Blanc will diesen Schatz systematisch nach Ideen für neue Technologien und Produkte durchkämmen.

Stephen King's Family Business - for sheer volume of books, cultural impact and accumulated readership, none of those families come close to the Kings. The closest comparison would have to be the Brontes, and even they maxed out at a paltry three published novelists, plus one dissipated poet.

Why Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences - Joe Fassler - The Atlantic: "This is what happened." For me, this has always been the quintessential opening line. It's flat and clean as an affidavit. It establishes just what kind of speaker we're dealing with: someone willing to say, I will tell you the truth. I'll tell you the facts. I'll cut through the bullshit and show you exactly what happened. It suggests that there's an important story here, too, in a way that says to the reader: and you want to know.


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#OccupyGezi Architecture by Herkes Icin Mimarlik: The protests in Istanbul indicated one simple thing for architects (designers?): We need new definitions for architecture in situations when architecture is removed from architects.Each unique structure that we encounter in the streets and Gezi Park has its own in-situ design and implementation process. Documentation of these temporary structures is of huge importance for further examination, considering their limited life-cycle.

The Art of Portrait Photography | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios - YouTube: Humans have been creating likenesses of each other for thousands of years, but with the introduction of photography, a new language developed for capturing the human image. Photography created opportunities for not just for biography and documentation, but also depth, empathy, and experimentation. Many portrait photographers today elevate their work from mere photo to art, communicating ideas and capturing the human subject with dignity, all while exploring the meaning and potential of portraiture.


Butterick’s Practical Typography

Saul Bass - Title Champ on Vimeo

Ghostly International presents Andy Gilmore on Vimeo: A master of color and geometric composition, Andy Gilmore's work is often characterized as kaleidoscopic and hypnotic, though it could just as well be described as visually acoustic, his often complex arrangements referencing the scales and melodies in music.

Jean-Edouard Dargent - Illustrations from Dante's Divine Comedy, 1870

Power and Money

March on Washington lessons: Four ways to beat 'The Man' - Successful movements are built on years of planning, trial and error, honing strategies for change. A good movement should already have an organizational structure set up to take advantage of a spontaneous act that grips the public. Some movements stage their own "spontaneous" acts. Remember Rosa Parks? […] Parks had been carefully chosen for that moment. The woman who looked so docile in the historical photographs was actually a tough, seasoned civil rights activist who had been with the NAACP for 12 years and had attended an elite training school for civil rights and labor activists. Parks was just one in a line of several black women chosen to stage "spontaneous" sit-ins on segregated buses, says Parker J. Palmer, author of "Healing the Heart of Democracy."

While We're Trying To Follow His Game Of Checkers, Jeff Bezos Is Playing Chess | TechCrunch: The goal is actually to not make a huge profit too early, and Bezos manages it perfectly. You want to avoid showing your cards too early as you continue to lay the groundwork for an ever-larger business. Occasionally, you'll have to show those cards and win a hand to prove that you can. But the rest of the time you call and fold, as you await the monster to take the entire pot.

Podcast: Zeitungssterben – Wer zahlt für die Wahrheit? (MP3): Traditionszeitungen schrumpfen oder verschwinden. Springer zieht sich aus dem Printbereich zurück. Amazon-Chef Jeff Bezos kauft die Washington Post. An der Krise der Zeitung lässt sich die Krise des Journalismus insgesamt ablesen.

Jeff Bezos and his journalists | Felix Salmon: Bezos is not the kind of man who worries about losing a few million dollars here or there: he has his eye on building long-term value and relevance, which is exactly how the best newspaper owners behave. After the Graham family bought the Washington Post in 1933, for instance, it took 20 years before the paper started making real money. Jeff Bezos, who has spent some $42 million building a clock designed to last 10,000 years, has exactly the amount of patience, and money, that a modern newspaper owner needs.


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Shipping galleries 3D model: Curator David Rooney gives a guided tour of this 3D point-cloud model of the Shipping Galleries. Originally opened in 1963, the Shipping Galleries were home to the Museum's maritime collection until 2012, when the galleries closed. Before the 1800 objects on display were moved into storage, a 3D point cloud model of the space was created.

▶ Arthur C Clarke - Fractals - The Colors Of Infinity - YouTube: Arthur C. Clarke presents this unusual documentary on the mathematical discovery of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set) in the visually spectacular world of fractal geometry. This show relates the science of the M-Set to nature in a way that seems to identify the hand of God in the design of the universe itself. Dr. Mandelbrot in 1980 discovered the infinitely complex geometrical shape called the Mandelbrot Set using a very simple equation with computers and graphics.

Inca child sacrifices were drunk, high before death: An international team of researchers studying the three Inca mummies discovered in 1999 in an ice pit atop Llullaillaco volcano in the Argentinian Andes has found that the children drank alcohol and chewed coca leaves regularly for up to a year before they were sacrificed.

Pangea with political boundaries

Pictures: What's Inside a Space Suit? X-Rays Reveal All

Podcast: Die faszinierenden Geschichten des Neurologen Oliver Sacks aus der Welt der Patienten haben immer mit der Persönlichkeit der Menschen zu tun. Viele der Geschichten wurden verfilmt. (MP3)

The Science Behind Honey's Eternal Shelf Life | Surprising Science: Modern archeologists, excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, have often found something unexpected amongst the tombs’ artifacts: pots of honey, thousands of years old, and yet still preserved. Through millennia, the archeologists discover, the food remains unspoiled, an unmistakable testament to the eternal shelf-life of honey. There are a few other examples of foods that keep–indefinitely–in their raw state: salt, sugar, dried rice are a few. But there’s something about honey; it can remain preserved in a completely edible form, and while you wouldn’t want to chow down on raw rice or straight salt, one could ostensibly dip into a thousand year old jar of honey and enjoy it, without preparation, as if it were a day old.

▶ Besser leben für Geeks [SIGINT13] - YouTube: Gerade die Hacker, Computer-Arbeiter, Entwickler, Konzepter, Aktivisten, kurz Geeks und Nerds, lieben es, komplexe Systeme zu erfassen, zu verstehen, und zu ihrem Vorteil zu nutzen. Die Komplexitäten unseren täglichen Lebens ignorieren wir jedoch. Wir halten uns mit koffeinhaltigen Zuckergetränken bis spät in die Nacht wach, starren in helle Bildschirme, und essen Fertignudeln dazu. In dieser Session werden die häufigsten Fehler und Probleme bei Ernährung, Schlafhygiene, und Drogenkonsum aufgezeigt und erklärt, wie man seine Lebensqualität durch einfache Änderungen verbessern kann.


▶ Solid Steel Radio Show 30/8/2013 Part 1 + 2 - Coldcut by Ninja Tune

▶ Beastie Boys || Hot Sauce Committee Pt.2 || Remixed by The Quick Brown Fox

Solid Steel Radio Show 2/8/2013 Part 1 + 2 - DJ Moneyshot by Ninja Tune on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds: Public Enemy's 'It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' is also 25 years old and to honour both occasions DJ Moneyshot shows us once again why he's the mixtape king with the career-best offering, Solid Steel and the Hour of Chaos. Over 60 blistering minutes he takes in all the beats, breaks, samples and spoken word nuggets that made this seminal Bomb Squad production such an explosive release. Amongst the vast stack of tracks in the mix, expect words of wisdom from Louis Farrakhan, exclusive interviews with Hank Shocklee, and all the soul, rock 'n' roll and early rap tracks that went into making up P.E's (if not hip-hop's) finest album.

8Bit-Twin Peaks ▶ Fire Walk With Me by Kenobit

Portishead Live at Glastonbury Festival 28-6-2013 (Full Show) - YouTube

Juan Atkins - The Beauty of Decay on Vimeo

Louis Armstrong on His Chops | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios - YouTube: In the summer of 1964, two young boys from the North Shore suburbs of Chicago took a tape recorder and set out to interview jazz legend Louis Armstrong for their high school radio station. Armstrong was playing a concert at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, not far from the boys' school in Winnetka. He agreed to an interview, and as a group of professional reporters from the city's major news outlets waited impatiently outside his dressing room door, Armstrong spent 20 minutes answering questions for a little 10-watt FM radio station.