Links: Comedians on Psychedelics, Nonsense in Medieval England, The Muppets and Generation X

19.04.2014 Misc #Linkdump

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Hier die Links, die in den letzten Tagen liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit den tollen Kurzfilmen Woodhouse, Invasion und Helium Harvey, Comedians über Acid und Magic Mushrooms, einem Vortrag von Andy „Waxy“ Baio über die Indiepocalypse, allen Nintendo-Startscreens in einem 9stündigen YT-Video oder die Rolle des Todes im modernen Blockbuster, nach dem Klick:

Shortfilms

INVASION
 Vimeo Direktinvasion

WOODHOUSE
 Vimeo Direktwood

The Woodhouse Nature Reserve, South East London. It's a sprawling hectare of knotted ivy and mossy tree stumps. And while its edges are speckled with rusting tins and damp takeaway boxes, its interior is verdant, untouched. There, beyond the padlocked gates some thing, some creature is living.

HARVEY
 Vimeo Direktharvey

Helium Harvey is a curious boy exploring his backyard. After breathing in helium to change his voice, he turns into a balloon and goes on an airborne adventure around the world. A film by Daniel Savage.

Culture

Comedians on Psychedelics
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Some of the world's greatest stand-up comedians, on the topic of psychedelics. Featuring Doug Stanhope, Joe Rogan, Bill Hicks, George Carlin, and Duncan Trussell.

Millennials just don't get it! How the Muppets created Generation X - Salon.com: The Muppets shaped "30 Rock," Jimmy Fallon, "The Office," Zadie Smith -- and gave Gen X license to change the world

Theories of the Nonsense Word in Medieval England: This dissertation is a study of medieval theories of the nonsense word. I establish how Aristotle's account of utterance underwent a major alteration in its transmission to the Middle Ages, such that the human voice came to be conceived of as in the first instance a non-signifying noise. I then examine the reception of this philosophical innovation in the logic, devotion, and poetry of fourteenth-century England. In chapters on Oxford logic, on the contemplative treatise the Cloud of Unknowing, and on Geoffrey Chaucer's dream vision the House of Fame, I uncover the philosophical stakes of what I take to be a fourteenth-century preoccupation with nonsense.

 Vimeo Direktindie

Webstock '14: Andy Baio - The Indiepocalypse on Vimeo: We're at the beginning of a massive shift in how culture is created, and it's starting to leak into the mainstream. Artists, makers, and hackers of all kinds are using the Internet to connect directly to fans and bypass traditional gatekeepers, making a living independently without sacrificing creative or financial control over their work. But it brings new challenges–can we be independent without being alone?

David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture - Salon.com: David Foster Wallace long ago warned about the cultural snark that now defines popular culture. It's time to listen.

How 420 became code for marijuana: The 4/20 celebrations have taken off in the last few years, but their origins appear to lie in the escapades of a group of friends from San Rafael high school, northern California, in 1971. That autumn, the five teenagers came into possession of a hand-drawn map supposedly locating a marijuana crop at Point Reyes, north-west of San Francisco.

The friends - who called themselves the Waldos because they used to hang out by a wall - met after school, at 4:20pm, and drove off on their treasure hunt. They never found the plot.

Games

SUPER PRESS START
 Youtube Direktnintendo

This is a collection of EVERY SINGLE Super Nintendo start screen in alphabetical order!

BBC News - The great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic: In an era of potent concern over internet pornography, cyber-bullying, and drugs, it is hard to imagine a game being controversial. But 30 years ago Dungeons & Dragons was the subject of a full-on moral panic, writes Peter Ray Allison.

Movies

Cinetropolis " Unscene Is Believing: The Godfather: The Godfather Saga (or alternately, The Godfather: A Novel For Television) as one complete entity, eventually ran on NBC over three nights, at nine hours long, in 1977. Several previously unseen sequences from the theatrical cuts were reinserted into the narrative, but the following did not.

It's Adventure Time: The bizarre magic of the world's greatest kid's–is it for kids?–television show.

Adventure Time is a smash hit cartoon aimed primarily at kids age six to eleven. It’s also a deeply serious work of moral philosophy, a rip-roaring comic masterpiece, and a meditation on gender politics and love in the modern world. It is rich with moments of tenderness and confusion, and real terror and grief even; moments sometimes more resonant and elementally powerful than you experience in a good novel, though much of Adventure Time’s emotional force is visually evoked—conveyed through a language of seeing and feeling rather than words.

Game of Thrones: why hasn't Westeros had an industrial revolution?: The lack of development in Westeros is ultimately explained by the way knowledge is hoarded by one group of people. In Europe, industrialisation depended on the dissemination of ideas. The more know-how was spread widely, the more people could hear of an innovation and could copy or improve it, building an accelerating cycle of technological development. In Westeros however, technological innovations are locked up in one institution: The Citadel, home to an order of scholars known as the Maesters (think Maester Luwin of Winterfell who guarded Bran and Rickon, or Grand Maester Pycelle of the court in King's Landing).

How Hollywood Killed Death - NYTimes.com: Death is no longer just a transparent formula; it has been hybridized with something worse: Business strategy. There is no greater force in the world for wringing the passion out of human affairs than the desiccating logic of quarterly earnings reports. Of course, Hollywood has always been a business. But unlike a strategically placed Pepsi product, killing death threatens to undermine the movie business's reason for being.

Design

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320° LICHT: The ‘320° Licht’ Installation of URBANSCREEN uses the cathedral-like beauty of the Gasometer as the starting point for a fascinating game with shapes and light.
Within a radius of 320 degrees graphic patterns grow and change on the 100-metre high inside wall of the Gasometer.

Quantum Objects – Frederik de Wilde: Frederik de Wilde renders intangible, inaudible and invisible phenomena into sculptural forms and polished 3-dimensional data visualisations. Data derived from quantum processes, complex systems, aspects of psychophysics, nanotechnological and biological systems provide base materials for the works and allow Frederik to ask ‘how do we connect the blind spots, respectively, between art and science?

Sony Walkman TPS-L2 – Minimally Minimal: Legends. These are the truly great, revolutionary products that change everything. They elevate themselves from being merely a design icon to a cultural icon. The Sony Walkman TPS-L2 introduced in 1979 is one of those legends.

Font War: Inside the Design World's $20 Million Divorce - Businessweek

pierre delavie distorts grand palais' architecture for urban lies: french artist pierre delavie has transformed the grand palais in paris into an ‘urban lie’, distorting the architecture of the famed building with a visual illusion. questioning reality and manipulating city landscapes, delavie changes the face of building facades, integrating fake structural elements and projected light into the existing space.

Technology

High Tech | Gadget Lab | WIRED: How Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are rushing to cash in on cannabis.

The Birth & Death of JavaScript – Destroy All Software Talks: This science fiction / comedy / absurdist / completely serious talk traces the history of JavaScript, and programming in general, from 1995 until 2035.

New ‘Google' for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy | Threat Level | WIRED: The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online.

Julie Lavoie / Analyzing Rap Lyrics with Python - YouTube: Have you ever wondered which rapper is the most sexist? Come learn how to find out by scraping rapgenius and analyzing rap lyrics using Python with libraries like pattern and Beautiful Soup! There will be pictures of Lil' Jon.

Free programming books at GitHub

Science

BBC News - The riddle of the Voynich Manuscript: The puzzling - and thus far indecipherable - nature of an old manuscript has confounded some of the world's greatest cryptologists. Is there truly a code to break, or is it all an elaborate hoax?

BBC News - Mathematics: Why the brain sees maths as beauty: Brain scans show a complex string of numbers and letters in mathematical formulae can evoke the same sense of beauty as artistic masterpieces and music from the greatest composers.

Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com: Graphene is the strongest, thinnest material known to exist. A form of carbon, it can conduct electricity and heat better than anything else. And get ready for this: It is not only the hardest material in the world, but also one of the most pliable.

Years of Living Dangerously Premiere Full Episode: Hollywood celebrities and respected journalists span the globe to explore the issues of climate change and cover intimate stories of human triumph and tragedy.

Media

This blogger found Upworthy-style headlines very annoying. You'll find his response utterly plausible | Dean Burnett | Science | The Guardian: Being actively inconsistent, making presumptions about an individual, trying to manipulate them; these are all ways to lower someone's status in an interaction and raise your own. Upworthy-style headlines do all of these constantly, so it should come as no surprise that some people find them infuriating.

Shut Up About "Clickbait": Raising the cry of "clickbait" is a healthy response to the world as it is. (You are the product, not the customer; Darren Rovell exists, etc.) Using the word is a way of saying, I know you want something from me, because the Internet is the cleverest mechanism ever contrived to get people to want, buy, and be interested in things, and I'm not having any of it. It's lazy and cynical and still better all around than accepting that because the imperatives of the market have given primacy to animated images of household pets, their value should be taken as a given.

Cheap Tricks for Clicks: Why You Should “Just Say No” to Click Bait: Try thinking back to the last time you got suckered in by a click-baiting headline. How did you feel when you realized that there was, in fact, nothing at all mind-blowing, unbelievable, or presumption-shattering about the content you found on the other side? Disappointed? A little resentful? Maybe even a bit angry?
I’ll tell you how it makes me feel: disrespected. Because the author has told me nothing about the content itself — he’s told me how I’m supposed to react to it. My mind is supposed to be blown. I’m supposed to be unable to believe what happens next. I’m supposed to question everything I ever thought I knew about [fill in the blank].
Don’t know about you folks, but I don’t take too kindly to some yahoo telling me how I’m supposed to be. And the next time I saw a link from said yahoo, I might be tempted to just keep on scrolling.
Chances are your readers feel the same way.

Power and Money

Why We're in a New Gilded Age by Paul Krugman | The New York Review of Books: The big idea of Capital in the Twenty-First Century is that we haven't just gone back to nineteenth-century levels of income inequality, we're also on a path back to "patrimonial capitalism," in which the commanding heights of the economy are controlled not by talented individuals but by family dynasties.

The “Cuban Twitter” Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket: This week, the Associated Press exposed a secret program run by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create “a Twitter-like Cuban communications network” run through “secret shell companies” in order to create the false appearance of being a privately owned operation. Unbeknownst to the service’s Cuban users was the fact that “American contractors were gathering their private data in the hope that it might be used for political purposes”–specifically, to manipulate those users in order to foment dissent in Cuba and subvert its government. According to top-secret documents published today by The Intercept, this sort of operation is frequently discussed at western intelligence agencies, which have plotted ways to covertly use social media for ”propaganda,” “deception,” “mass messaging,” and “pushing stories.”

"Das darf nicht sein" – NDR Zapp: Bei der Berichterstattung über den Konflikt zwischen der Ukraine und Russland gebe es "entlarvende Automatismen", erklärt die Dozentin für Journalistik, Gabriele Krone-Schmalz.

Podcasts

Da staunst Du! – Bauklötze für die Zukunft (Lego): Lego goes Hollywood - mit Druiden und Batman und jeder Menge Klötzchenabenteuer, in HD und ganz ohne Pixeln. Auch nach über achtzig Jahren hat das Modellbauen mit Noppensteinchen offenbar nichts von seiner Faszination eingebüßt. überhaupt ist das Modellieren von gedachten Welten immer faszinierend gewesen. Und von praktischem Nutzen ist das Vorbauen von Zukünftigem. Und letztlich modellieren wir immer uns selbst und unsere Kopfwelten.

Die Kraft der Kunst – Was Autokraten fürchten: Warum erscheint einem arabischen Despoten ein Lyriker so gefährlich, dass er ihn einkerkern muss? Warum hält das chinesische ZK einen bärtigen Bildhauer, der Stühle aufeinander schraubt, für einen Staatsfeind? Das ist eine der ungeklärten Fragen der Neuzeit. Fest steht nur, dass es so ist und deswegen auch im 21. Jahrhundert Schriftsteller, Maler und andere Künstler ins Exil müssen.

MoreOrLess – Magic Numbers: Do you have a favourite number - one you love, one you think stands out from all the others? Author Alex Bellos joins us to talk about his quest to find the world's favourite number and discuss whether numbers really can be magical, mystical and memorable, or whether it's all mumbo jumbo. Why are odd numbers so appealing? Which number strikes fear into some people's hearts? And why do lists of questions like these always come in threes?

Music


Solid Steel Radio Show 11/4/2014 - Posthuman: 30 Years of Acid:
Chris & Cosey – Dancing Ghosts – Doublevision - 1984
Knight Action – R-Trax (Special Mix) _ Let's Dance - 1985
Sleazy D – I've Lost Control – Trax - 1986
Phuture – Acid Tracks – Trax - 1987
808 State – Flow Coma – Creed - 1988
Gene Hunt – Living In A Land – Housetime - 1989
Bobby Konders – Nervous Acid – Nu Groove - 1990
UR – 303 Sunset – Underground Resistance - 1991
Acid Junkies – Short On Acid – Djax-Up Beats - 1992
Fred Gianelli – Eloquence – Telepathic - 1993
Armando – Pleasuredome – Trax - 1994
Link & E621 – Antacid – Warp - 1995
Woody Mc Bride – The Birdman – Communique - 1996
Ege Bam Yasi – Acid C.I.D. (Sub Version) – Subversive - 1997
Plastikman – Rekall – Minus - 1998
The Black Dog – Psycosyin – Warp - 1999
Luke Vibert – Analord – Planet Mu - 2000
Phuture – Box Energy (AFX Remix) – Rephlex - 2001
Dr Derek F – Chrome Tear – Skam - 2002
Luke Vibert _ Love Acid – Warp - 2003
DK7 – Slipstream – Output

Solid Steel Radio Show 18/4/2014 Part 1 + 2 - Rough Trade vs Piccadilly vs Sounds Of The Universe:
Rough Trade twitter.com/RoughTrade
Tracks selected by Rough Trade shop staff (Pete, Sean, Noreen, Sid, Cordelia, Sarah, Chris, Joe, Mat & Bobby).
Mixed by BobaFatt

Sherman Williams Orchestra - Hello (Fantastic Voyage)
Niney The Observer - Blood And Fire (Big Shot)
Seven Davis Jr - Listen (Izwid)
Queens Of The Stone Age - You Can't Quit Me Baby (Domino Records)
Fuzz - Fuzz's Fourth Dream (Trouble In Mind Records)
Buzzcocks - Boredom (New Hormones)
Lijadu Sisters - Danger (Decca)
Eric Lau - Chop 4 Mr Thing (First Word Records)
Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot - Bonnie And Clyde (Fontana)
Jan Hammer - Crocket's Theme (MCA Records)
Public Enemy - Welcome To The Terrordome (Def Jam)
Gramme - Like You (Output)
LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great (DFA)
Romare - The Blues (It Began In Africa) (Black Acre)
Joy Orbison - Ellipsis (Hinge Finder)
Grace Jones - Me! I Disconnect From You (Island Records)
The Yummy Fur - Policeman (Guided Missile)
Thee Oh Sees - Tidal Wave (Woodsist)
Younghusband - Left Of The Rocks (Sonic Cathedral)
Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon (Reprise Records)
Dino, Desi And Billy - The Rebel Kind (Reprise Records)
The Amazing Snakeheads - Here It Comes Again (Domino Records)
Lowell George - 20 Million Things (Warner Bros Records)

Piccadilly Records twitter.com/PiccadillyRecs
Mixed by Kickin' Pigeon

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra - San Diego (Phil Mison Mix) (Aficionado)
Ste Spandex feat. Sarah Bates - Freak For You (Red Laser Disco)
Begin - Optical Holiday (Begin)
BE - Monday Club / Tuesday Nite (Sweetsticky)
Ste Spandex - Edit 2 (Wet Play)
Maze - Twilight (Stateside)
Mark Lecky - Soundtrack For GreenScreenRefrigerator (The Death Of Rave)
Stalker - C Roi (Ruf Kutz)
D.B.H - Red On Yellow (Crowfoot Records)

Sounds Of The Universe twitter.com/SOTUSOHO

PANORAM - A REPLICA OF YOURSELF - FIRECRACKER
TRUTH IS LIGHT - EDIT - TRUTH IS LIGHT
SKYMARK - UMA RECEITA HARMONIOSA - MODERN SUN
TENDELONIOUS - SOMETHING DIFFERENT - SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE
AMMONCONTACT - THE STARS ARE SINGING TOO - SOUL JAZZ
DAM SHAKE - 2AM JAZZ CLUB - MAHOGANI MUSIC
AVOLON EMERSON - CHUCH OF SOMO (HNNY REMIX) - SPRING THEORY