Links: The Tragedy of Grand Theft Auto V, Nightmares On Wax and Fake Social Media in China

29.09.2013 Misc #Linkdump

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Nach dem Klick fünfhundertzweiundachtzig Links, die in den vergangenen Wochen liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit dem HR2-DerTag-Podcast zu Marcel Reich-Ranicki, einem neuen Hörspiel von Jörg Buttgereit, Kevin Saunderson und Nightmares on Wax, jeder Menge Meinungen zu GTA5 (die ich halbwegs teile), alten Fanzines, 'nem Artikel über Rick Ross – den 80s-Crack-Kingpin von LA – und einem Timelapse-Kurzfilm in Infarot in einem scheinbar menschenleeren Philadelphia:


Tom Bissell writes a letter to Niko Bellic about 'Grand Theft Auto V' - Grantland: Playing GTA used to feel like sneaking out behind school for a quick, illicit smoke. The smoke still tastes good, Niko; the nicotine still nicely javelins into your system. But when you look up, you have to wonder what you're actually doing here. Everyone is so young, way younger than you, with the notable exception of the guy handing out the cigarettes, and he's smiling like he just made a billion dollars.

The tragedy of Grand Theft Auto V: This is watching your sharp, witty father start telling old fart jokes as his mind slows down. And as much as the internet is habituated to defending GTA as "satire," what is it satirizing, if everything is either sad or awful? Where is the "satire" when the awful parts no longer seem edgy or provocative, just attempts at catch-all "offense" that aren't honed enough to even connect?

GTA V may not be misogynist - but its 'supporters' are: This vicious treatment of unpopular opinions robs us all of the chance to have nuanced discussions about our medium.

You’re not getting it.: A professional game reviewer – a woman by the name of Carolyn Petit – listed the rampant misogyny in the game as a negative, implying that the offensive writing detracted from the otherwise perfect score for the game (as it damn well should). By the thousands sexism apologists started posting aggressive comments trying to silence her.

How Atari box art turned 8-bit games into virtual wonderlands | The Verge: First released in 1977, the Atari 2600 – or Atari VCS, as it was originally known – wasn't the first home video game console. But it did help usher in a novel concept: having games stored on cartridges that you could swap in and out of the machine. These games were sold individually in stores, and the boxes lining retail shelves had to do a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of promotion. One of the earliest games to hit the Atari 2600 was Combat, which was not only part of the first wave of launch titles, but came packaged with the console for several years. It was also the first cover painted by Cliff Spohn, an artist who helped define the look of Atari box art early on. "I kind of approached them like a paperback book cover or a poster for some sporting event," says Spohn.

Getting Started | ComputerCraft: ComputerCraft is a modification for Minecraft that's all about computer programming. It allows you to build in-game Computers and Turtles, and write programs for them using the Lua programming language. The addition of programming to Minecraft opens up a wide variety of new possibilities for automation and creativity. If you've never programmed before, it also serves as excellent way to learn a real world skill in a fun, familiar environment.


'Made in space!' Astronaut sews dinosaur toy from space station scraps: Nyberg's dinosaur however, may be a new breed of space toy. It may be the first stuffed animal created in space.

 Youtube Direktbees

▶ Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing - YouTube: Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world's crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?

How Imagination Works | Popular Science: Cognitive scientists hypothesize that our ability to imagine, to come up with mental images and creative new ideas, is the result of something called a "mental workplace," a neural network that likely coordinates activity across multiple regions of the brain. A new study from scientists at Dartmouth College paints a fuller picture of this mental workspace by imaging the brain regions involved with mentally manipulating images, like the shapes above.

CERN Computing Centre (and mouse farm) - Computerphile - YouTube: The CERN computer grid processes the information from the world's most powerful particle accelerator. Brady gives us a tour of the heart of the operation: CERN's Tier 0.

Art & Design

Computer Graphics & Art | TRIANGULATION BLOG: Computer Graphics & Art was an excellent quarterly publication highly focused in computer graphics and computer artists who were using and experimenting with this media back in the 70's. It was produced in Chico, CA and published by Berkeley Enterprises Inc. The magazine worked for only 3 years, the time for publishing 12 great issues from 1976 to 1978. Each magazine has around 35 pages including essays, several illustrations from works and studies and descriptions from different artists such as Manfred Mohr.

Identify Yourself: use the Internet just like everyone else, as a tool for research and fact-checking. I use it to store my evidence, the photos, videos, documents, and miscellaneous files that I collect on my Internet journeys. When I meet someone new, I find myself offering up this digital history to relate to them. I have stored so much of my life online that when I want to tell someone about something that happened, I usually have some photo on Flickr or YouTube video that captures this moment. I offer it up as tangible proof for that which I would fail at describing.

The New York Times, if Every Word Was Removed Except "Cyber"

▶ Chris Noessel: lessons of science fiction computer interfaces - YouTube: What can Logan's Run, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and Shrek teach us about computer interface design? Veteran designer Chris Noessel explored these very questions in Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction, an outstanding book he co-authored with Nathan Shedroff. The two spent years collecting and analyzing brilliant, outlandish, and downright ridiculous technologies in SF cinema and TV to tease out practical knowledge that interface and interaction designers can use today in the real world.

Alte Fanzines online lesen – Deutschsprachige Zine-Archive im Web | Kotzendes Einhorn


HR2 Der Tag: Abschied von Marcel Reich-Ranicki: Wenn der Geschichte die Zeugen ausgehen (MP3): Mit Marcel Reich-Ranicki, den wir heute zu Grabe tragen, ist nicht nur die Stimme eines Kritikers verstummt, sondern auch die eines Zeitzeugen.

WDR Hörspiel: WDR Hörspiel: Captain Berlin vs. Dracula: Berlin im Jahre 1973: Das konservierte Hirn Hitlers soll in einem Robotergehäuse die Weltherrschaft ergreifen. Und zwar mithilfe von Dracula. Einzig der Superheld Deutschlands - Captain Berlin - kann die Menschheit der geteilten Stadt retten. Ein Team-up von Jörg Buttgereit; Regie: Jörg Buttgereit (Mehr)

Revolutions: A weekly podcast series examining great political revolutions.

BBC Radio 3 - Between the Ears, Sound of Cinema: Return of the Monster from the Id: In 1956 Louis and Bebe Barron birthed the world's first electronic film score with their unearthly soundtrack to M.G.M.'s Forbidden Planet. Ken Hollings considers their act of creation and wonders if the Monster from the Id can ever be re-awakened?

Power and Money

The 1970s Pamphlet Aimed At Keeping Tourists Out Of NYC: Gothamist: In the mid-1970s, things were considerably rougher in the Big Apple – so much rougher that the Council for Public Safety (police, firefighters and other unions) had plenty of material to publish a scaremongering pamphlet called "Welcome to Fear City: A Survival Guide for Visitors to the City of New York."

Say Hello to Rick Ross - Esquire: 1980: Crack was just turning up in the United States. The contras were seeking funds to support their civil war in Nicaragua. And an L. A. kid was looking for an opportunity. The combination would change America.

Fake Chinese Social Site Offers Glimpse Behind the Great Firewall | MIT Technology Review: Censorship of Chinese sites is sometimes inconsistent and is known to rely heavily on people screening posts manually. But the software the Harvard researchers bought to run their site came with an unexpectedly complex toolkit of automated censorship tools, says King, and the company that provided it was happy to give advice on how to use them. "The options were really quite astounding." Not only could new posts be automatically held back for manual review by a human censor based on specific keywords, but they could be treated differently based on their length, where on the site they appeared, and whether they started a conversation or contributed to an existing one. Specific people could be targeted for more aggressive censorship based on their IP address, how recently they had last posted, and their reputation in the community.

Public Enemies: Social Media Is Fueling Gang Wars in Chicago | Underwire | On YouTube, search for the name of any gang or clique, or better yet the name plus "killa" ("Vice Lord Killa," "Latin Kings Killa"), and you can quickly find yourself on just about any block in gangland America. In these videos, guys proudly proclaim their allegiance into the camera, shouting out tributes to their gang and even announcing their own names and aliases. People in the videos often light up a joint or flash a gun tucked in their waistband while bragging to the camera that they know the police are watching.

Interactive timeline of the PRISM scandal | VirostatiqVirostatiq: This is an interactive timeline of events about the Prism scandal, chronicled by selected media in online news articles, giving a summarized view of events as they unfolded. It's intended as a parody of a NSA software to track people and analyze their metadata.

Whistleblowers and the Crypto-Anarchist Underground: An Interview with Andy Greenberg | Motherboard: I spoke to Greenberg about "This Machine Kills Secrets", and the various players – Cypherpunks and whistleblowers – in the crypto-anarchy game.


 Vimeo Direktsight

Plain Sight on Vimeo: Hiding in plain sight, the photograph skims across the skin of reality.

 Vimeo Direktwonderland

The Day Wonderland Stood Still... on Vimeo: This time-lapse was inspired by the “Empty America Series” by Ross Ching and the Nibiran jungle scene in Star Trek Into Darkness. When I first saw the scene in Star Trek, it made me wonder how color infrared would look if we could see it with our own eyes, unaided by IR filters.

 Vimeo Direktparking

 Vimeo Direkttwice

"GLORGON'S GIRL" (fake movie trailer) on Vimeo: What if Hunky McCoolGuy from every teen movie was replaced with a hideous alien monster?


1 | Decrypting Rita: When a robot lady is dragged outside of reality by her ex-boyfriend, she's got to pull herself back together across four parallel worlds… before a hive-mind can take over the entire planet! Decrypting Rita is a PG-13 science fiction comic by Egypt Urnash, produced almost entirely in Adobe Illustrator.

Jed McGowan: Voyager


▶ Kevin Saunderson @ Smart Bar Chicago, August 16th 2013 by Kevin Saunderson

▶ Nightmares On Wax 1h30 min Boiler Room mix by BOILER ROOM