Links: Bitcoins, Bukowski, The Wages Of Fear und 17 erschreckende Webseiten, die ihr nicht mehr vergessen werdet
Hier die Links, die in den letzten zwei Wochen liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit den kompletten Bukowski-Tapes, jeder Menge Links zu Bitcoins und Clickbait, Poker-Bescheißen mit Google Glass, das Making Of eines Shirts von der Baumwollernte bis Auslieferung, einem tollen Artikel über einen meiner Lieblings-Action-Klassiker („Wages of Fear“), der XLR8R-Podcast mit DJ Koze und Harald Leschs Philosophie-Podcasts und noch viel mehr nach dem Klick:
▶ The Charles Bukowski Tapes by Barbet Schroeder (1987, Complete) – YouTube: This is the entire set of 52 short-interviews: all 3 hours 51 minutes.
A Brief History of Forever: Forever is the state, exclusive to those between the ages of 13 and 17, in which one feels both eternally invincible and permanently trapped. When my parents were young, Forever was expressed through promise rings, names carved into trees, and photographs you could hold in your hands. In the years since, Forever has inspired many phrases and ideas popular among adolescents: Best Friends Forever, Together Forever, Forever Young. In more recent years, Forever, with its cousins Always and Infinity, has dominated young adult literature, differentiated the internet from the more fleeting IRL, and, one could argue, explained the popularity of the galaxy print. Nothing lasts forever, of course, but Nothing doesn’t resonate with a teenager the way Forever does, because, for better or worse, it’s hard to imagine ever not feeling this way, being this person, having this life. […] One way to avoid killing your heart is to decide that you will spend your whole life growing up.
Money and Power
No girls allowed | Polygon: Unraveling the story behind the stereotype of video games being for boys.
Waiting for bitcoin to get boring | Felix Salmon: For me, the most interesting period in the short history of bitcoin was the period from roughly the beginning of May to the end of September, when the volatility in the price of bitcoin was relatively low, even as the price was pretty high – more than $100 per coin. And more generally, it’s the long flat areas of the three charts above, rather than the attention-grabbing spiky bits, that bitcoin bulls should get excited about. If and when those long flat areas last for years rather than months, bitcoin might start becoming a boring, credible currency. We’ll know that bitcoin has made it to the next level not when editors all want to write about it, but rather when editors don’t want to write about it, because it’s just another way of people paying each other for stuff.
A Prediction: Bitcoin Is Doomed to Fail – NYTimes.com: Of course, the global monetary system has suffered from appalling management in recent years. The authorities, especially in the United States, first allowed banks to act almost as if they were in a right-money world, lending and speculating wildly. That led to a typical right-money disaster – a sudden loss of trust and the failure of leading institutions. The authorities rescued the financial system, but their monetary system still cannot provide steady support to the rest of the economy. […] I suspect another important factor is political: Bitcoin appeals because governments are not fully living up to the responsibility that comes with state-sponsored money. Bitcoin, or something like it, will thrive until the authorities do better.
How the Bitcoin protocol actually works | DDI: My aim in this post is to explain the major ideas behind the Bitcoin protocol in a clear, easily comprehensible way. We’ll start from first principles, build up to a broad theoretical understanding of how the protocol works, and then dig down into the nitty-gritty, examining the raw data in a Bitcoin transaction.
Death and the NSA: Motherboard Meets Bruce Schneier | Motherboard: Bruce Schneier knows the debate well. He’s an expert in cryptography and he wrote the book on computer security; Applied Cryptography is one of the field’s basic resources, “the book the NSA never wanted to be published,” raved Wired in 1994.
BBC Hard Talk: Glenn Greenwald 29 Nov 13 (MP3): Thanks to Edward Snowden’s leaking of American intelligence secrets the whole world now knows the extent of US-UK surveillance of global phone and internet traffic. Have the revelations flagged up a corrosive infringement of individual liberty, or undermined efforts to protect the world from terrorism? HARDtalk speaks to journalist, Glenn Greenwald – he broke the Snowden story. His mission, he says, is to hold power to account. Is this a journalistic crusade that’s gone too far?
My week as an Amazon insider | Technology | The Observer: It is the world’s biggest online business. But with questions being asked about its treatment of employees, what is it like to work at Amazon? Carole Cadwalladr lands a job in one of its giant warehouses and discovers the human cost of our lust for consumer goods
Here’s why Wall Street has a hard time being ethical | Chris Arnade | Business | theguardian.com: A new report finds 53% of financial services executives say that adhering to ethical standards inhibits career progression at their firm. A former Wall Street trader describes why
For Nearly Two Decades the Nuclear Launch Code at all Minuteman Silos in the United States Was 00000000: Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes.
Technology and Science
Things You’re Not Supposed to Do With Google Glass – Google Glass Dating – Esquire: Invite some friends over for poker and have your cousin who’s a professional poker player in Vegas secretly observe your cards from his laptop and signal to you how to bet. I have such a cousin. He agreed to the plan. I’d be his poker body, he’d be my poker brain. Together we’d create The Sting 2.0.
Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt: We wanted to see the hidden world behind clothes sold in this country, so we decided to make a T-shirt. We wanted to make an ordinary shirt like the vast majority of the shirts sold in this country – not organic cotton, not hand-sewn in the United States.
A neuroscientist’s radical theory of how networks become conscious (Wired UK): Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he might know the answer. According to Koch, consciousness arises within any sufficiently complex, information-processing system. All animals, from humans on down to earthworms, are conscious; even the internet could be. That’s just the way the universe works.
Art and Design
Vermeer’s Secret Tool: Testing Whether The Artist Used Mirrors and Lenses to Create His Realistic Images | Vanity Fair: David Hockney and others have speculated–controversially–that a camera obscura could have helped the Dutch painter Vermeer achieve his photo-realistic effects in the 1600s. But no one understood exactly how such a device might actually have been used to paint masterpieces. An inventor in Texas–the subject of a new documentary by the magicians Penn & Teller–may have solved the riddle.
Doctor Who: 50 Years of Main Title Design – Art of the Title: Writer Marcus Bernard from TVARK, the authoritative website on television presentation and graphics, discusses the history of the Doctor Who opening titles.
Polygon feature design: SVG animations for fun and profit | Vox Product: The Polygon PlayStation 4 Review and Xbox One Review involved an unprecedented level of coordination between the editorial and product teams at Vox Media. The goal was to create a pair of extremely high touch features to highlight the talents of our writers and video team, while pushing the envelope on longform design.
The Value of Content – I. M. H. O. – Medium: What we’re witnessing here is the first wave of the second world pop-up war. Those of us who lived through the first one can only describe the horrors to our disbelieving children. This time though, the pop-ups are winning because we don’t yet have the tools to fight back. The web has seemingly evolved into something that actively antagonises people – why would anyone in their right mind hide the content that visitors are there to see?
The Internet Is a Giant Lie Factory | VICE United States: ViralNova explicitly does not give a shit about truth. ‘We aren’t a news source, we aren’t professional journalists, and we don’t care,’ says the site’s about section. The people who share ViralNova’s content don’t care either.
De:Bug Medien – 17 erschreckende Webseiten, die ihr nicht mehr vergessen werdet: Es gibt kaum einen Feed (FB, Twitter, was auch immer) der von diesen nach dem immer gleichen Muster gestrickten Sensationsmeldungen verschont bleibt. Die ultimative Formel für Erfolg im Netz ist so erschreckend banal, dass wir sie hier mal in all ihrer Glorie rumstehen lassen wollen: X Soundsos, die diesunddas (mit euch) machen. Reihenfolge der Elemente rein zufällig.
Viral Journalism and the Valley of Ambiguity: Basically, there are two kinds of stories that tend to go viral. On one side of the diagram, you can see the most obvious genre of viral story: the meme, or the single, simple unit of information that we share because it’s funny or makes us feel good. The purest version of the meme online is the LOLcat, usually just a picture with a caption, which is the perfect pick-me-up bit of portable content. What the LOLcat shares with self-help guides and human interest stories is an invitation to credulous enjoyment.
TED videos, often seasoned with cheery platitudes, become viral for the same reason that grumpy cat pictures do. They don’t ask us to think critically — just to enjoy, or be amused and enlightened without the time-consuming labor of skepticism and doubt clouding our clicks. Why do we want to share these stories? Because in some sense they are not open to interpretation. You don’t have to worry whether your friends will wonder why you shared this – it’s obvious.
On Smarm: What is this defining feature of our times? What is snark reacting to? It is reacting to smarm.
How to Burst the “Filter Bubble” that Protects Us from Opposing Views | MIT Technology Review: Computer scientists have discovered a way to number-crunch an individual’s own preferences to recommend content from others with opposing views. The goal? To burst the ‘filter bubble’ that surrounds us with people we like and content that we agree with.
The Bill Watterson Interview From The Comics Journal #127 (March 1989) | The Comics Journal: RICHARD WEST: How do you explain the popularity of Calvin and Hobbes? BILL WATTERSON: Really, I don’t understand it, since I never set out to make Calvin and Hobbes a popular strip. I just draw it for myself. I guess I have a gift for expressing pedestrian tastes. In a way, it’s kind of depressing.
Linklater // On Cinema & Time: A conversation through cinema and time… about cinema and time (with Richard Linklater).
3quarksdaily: On Watching “Wages of Fear” with my 11-Year-Old Daughter: The 1953 French thriller Wages of Fear, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, would seem an odd pick for Family Movie Night. But there we sat, side-by-side one Saturday night, to watch a movie I had bought based on the cover photograph and some vague sense of its cinematic status, its reputation as the kind of bold art film that ‘stays news.’ This is the story: after an oil well located in a South American country catches fire, its American owners hire four European men, all down on their luck and effectively stranded in the country, to drive two trucks over mountainous dirt roads, carrying the nitroglycerine needed to explode and thereby cap the well.
There Will Be Blood / Through Numbers: There will be blood // Golden ratio // One point perspective // Tracking shot.
▶ The Macabre World of Lavender Williams – A Dark Fairy Tale by Nick Delgado – YouTube: Eight year-old Lavender Williams sets off on an epic journey with her zombie dog to find her Dad…
▶ FACT TV: Record Shopping in Berlin – YouTube: Last month FACT TV spent a day in Berlin with Braiden, seeking out the city’s under-the-radar record stores.
DJ Koze | XLR8R:
01 Kronos Quartet – The Beatitudes – (Nonesuch)
02 Die Vögel – Mesmerize – (Pampa)
03 Apparat – Sweet Unrest – (Mute)
04 DJ Koze – Nices Wölkchen (Robag Wruhme Remix) – (Pampa)
05 Mount Kimbie – Made To Stray (DJ Koze Remix) – (Warp)
06 Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window – (Domino)
07 Si Schroeder – C4 – (Trust Me I’m a Thief)
08 Marvin Gaye – Marvin’s Message to the CBS Records Staff – (Columbia)
09 Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing Rehearsals – (Columbia)
10 Azeda Booth – Ran – (Absolutely Kosher)
11 Ken Nordine – Looks Like It’s Going to Rain – (Two Bass Hits)
12 Jullian Gomes (feat. Bobby) – Love Song 28 (Charles Webster Remix) –
13 Ricoshei – Perfect Like You – (Pampa)
14 Gilb’r – Nuage de L’onde – (Versatile)
15 Lawrence – Serpentine – (Cocoon)
16 Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi – (Text)
17 Lali Puna – Move On (Baths Remix) – (Morr)
18 Matana Roberts – Amma Jerusalem School – + – For This Is – (Constellation)
19 Homeboy Sandman – Musician – (Stones Throw)
20 Blu & Exile – So(ul) Amazin’ (Steel Blazin’) – (Sound in Color)
21 Abida Parveen – Menda Dil Ranjhan Rawal Mange
42 und der ganze Rest – Per Anhalter durch die Douglas-Adams-Galaxis – 23.11.2013 (MP3): Anlässlich des Zündfunk-Netzkongresses “42” begibt sich der Zündfunk auf die Spuren des britischen Autors Douglas Adams, dem wir die die 42 als “Antwort auf die Frage nach dem Leben, dem Universum und allem” zu verdanken haben. In Douglas Adams’ Science-Fiction-Comedy ‘Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis’ spuckt der Supercomputer ‘Deep Thought’ nach siebeneinhalb Millionen Jahren Berechnung nichts weiter aus als eben diese Zahl. Zur großen Enttäuschung seiner Erbauer, die erkennen müssen, dass die Frage wohl nicht präzise genug gestellt war. Auf den Spuren des 2001 verstorbenen Autors macht sich Zündfunk-Autor Oliver Buschek auf den Weg nach Innsbruck, wo der junge Douglas einst die Idee für den Titel hatte, und nach London, wo er viele Jahre seines Lebens verbrachte. Beim Streifzug durch den Stadtteil Islington und in Gesprächen mit Fans und Freunden entsteht das Bild eines Mannes, der viel mehr war als ein lustiger Schriftsteller. Ein geistreicher Erforscher der Welt, ein Querdenker und e
Harald Lesch: Philosophie für Fußgänger (1) Was kann ich wissen?: Der Münchner Astrophysiker Harald Lesch folgt den Spuren Immanuel Kants.
Harald Lesch: Philosophie für Fußgänger (2) Was soll ich tun?: Harald Lesch erklärt den kategorischen Imperativ und fordert mehr Zeit zum Nachdenken über mögliche Konsequenzen unseres Handelns.
Harald Lesch: Philosophie für Fußgänger (3) Was darf ich hoffen?: Der Astrophysiker Harald Lesch erzählt, warum Kant es hochvernünftig findet, an eine Institution wie Gott zu glauben.
Harald Lesch: Philosophie für Fußgänger (4) Was ist der Mensch?: Der Mensch könnte ein Lebewesen sein, das irgendwann tatsächlich einmal anfängt zu verstehen, was er ist, meint der Astrophysiker und Philosoph Harald Lesch.