Links: Jim Henson, Jeff Mills, the Gentlemen of Letters and Our Comrade the Electron

03.05.2014 Misc #Linkdump

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Hier die Links, die in den letzten Tagen liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit 'nem schönen Interview mit Herrn Mills, dem großartigen Kurzfilm Four Eyes, dem fantastischen Vortrag Our Comrade the Electron von Maciej Ceglowski auf der Webstock-Konferenz, 'nem Artikel über Cheating-Business und ein paar Webcomics. Das alles, und noch viel mehr – nach dem Klick:


Webstock '14: Maciej Ceglowski- Our Comrade the Electron on Vimeo: Radio in the 1920's played a role analogous to the Internet in our day. Everyone could see that a suite of new technologies was about to change the world, but this advance knowledge somehow made the future more uncertain. Meanwhile, a group of technically-minded Utopians had convinced themselves that technology could radically transform human nature, and were determined to demonstrate it to a skeptical world. A meditation on the surveillance state, interface design, tech culture, and the dangers of thinking you know what will happen next, told through the astonishing life of Lev Termen. Transkript hier:

Could you upload Johnny Depp's brain? Oxford Professor on Transcendence - YouTube: Professor Nick Bostrom at the University of Oxford discusses the technical feasibility of whole brain emulation. Bostrom is the director of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, and the author of the forthcoming book "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" from the Oxford University Press.

How soon until machine intelligence? Oxford professor on Transcendence - YouTube

Would you have warning before artificial superintelligence? Oxford professor on Transcendence - YouTube

Oxford professor on Transcendence: how could you get a machine intelligence? - YouTube

The Nexus Browser | Digital Archaeology: Tim Berners-Lee made the first website, and the first web browser, on a NeXT Cube running the now obsolete NeXTSTEP Operating System. As a result, very few people have seen the first website in its true environment.

Shit Hackernews Said

Matthew Schroyer: Drone Journalism et al... - YouTube


Ants Swarm Like Brains Think - Issue 12: Feedback - Nautilus: "As I watched films of these ant colonies, it looked like what was happening at the synapse of neurons. Both of these systems accumulate evidence about their inputs – returning ants or incoming voltage pulses – to make their decisions about whether to generate an output – an outgoing forager or a packet of neurotransmitter," Goldman said. On his next trip to Stanford, he extended his stay. An unusual research collaboration had begun to coalesce: Ants would be used to study the brain, and the brain, to study ants.

The case of the missing fractals - Alex Rosenthal and George Zaidan - YouTube: A bump on the head, a mysterious femme fatale and a strange encounter on a windswept peak all add up to a heck of a night for Manny Brot, Private Eye. Watch as he tries his hand at saving the dame and getting the cash! Shudder at the mind-bending geometric riddles! Thrill to the stunning solution of The Case of the Missing Fractals.

The mind readers – Mosaic Science – Medium: "Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box," says Adrian Owen. "It's only just big enough to hold your body but sufficiently small that you can't move. "It's a perfect fit, down to every last one of your fingers and toes. It's a strange box because you can listen to absolutely everything going on around you, yet your voice cannot be heard. In fact, the box fits so tightly around your face and lips that you can't speak, or make a noise. Although you can see everything going on around the box, the world outside is oblivious to what's going on inside. "Inside, there's plenty of time to think. At first, this feels like a game, even one that is strangely amusing. Then, reality sets in. You're trapped. You see and hear your family lamenting your fate. Over the years, the carers forget to turn on the TV. You're too cold. Then you're too hot. You're always thirsty. The visits of your friends and family dwindle. Your partner moves on. And there's nothing you can do about it."

Scientists characterize a new shape using rubber bands | Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: The shape that Bertoldi and colleagues at SEAS unexpectedly encountered is a hemihelix with multiple "perversions." Helices are three-dimensional structures; think of a corkscrew or a Slinky toy. Hemihelices form when the direction in which the spiral turns–known as the chirality–changes periodically along the length. The reversal in chirality is called a perversion.

The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos | Raw File | WIRED: Die Story um das LOIRP hatte ich schon ein paar mal im Blog, den Wired2014-Aufguss deshalb nur in den Links: "Sitting incongruously among the hangars and laboratories of NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald's. You won't get a burger there, though – its cash registers and soft-serve machines have given way to old tape drives and modern computers run by a rogue team of hacker engineers who've rechristened the place McMoon's. These self-described techno-archaeologists have been on a mission to recover and digitize forgotten photos taken in the '60s by a quintet of scuttled lunar satellites."


Hacks! An investigation into aimbot dealers, wallhack users, and the million-dollar business of video game cheating | PC Gamer: Zero is a customer service representative for one of the biggest video game cheat providers in the world. To him, at first, I was just another customer. He told me that the site earns approximately $1.25 million a year, which is how it can afford customer service representatives like him to answer questions over TeamSpeak. His estimate is based on the number of paying users online at any given time, the majority of whom, like me, paid for cheats for one game at $10.95 a month. Some pay more for a premium package with cheats for multiple games.


The Black Brick Road of Oz

Tiki Saves The Humans


First Dog on the Moon explains the reaction to Thomas Piketty's new book – cartoon | Comment is free | We all live in Greedybastardistan.

Comic Coverage: Which Came First: The Swamp Thing or The Man-Thing?: As the "template" for all shambling muck monsters to come, Theodore Sturgeon's 1940 short story "It" featured a man who died in the swamp, but rose again as a vengeful half-man, half-rotting vegetation creature. Obviously inspired by Sturgeon's swamp man, Hillman Periodicals created the first comic book swamp man named The Heap in 1942. Starting out as a minor villain, the Heap soon became a recurring character in Airboy Comics until the title was canceled in 1953.

Power and Money

Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world | Culture | The Guardian: Piketty […] demonstrates that there is no reason to believe that capitalism can ever solve the problem of inequality, which he insists is getting worse rather than better. From the banking crisis of 2008 to the Occupy movement of 2011, this much has been intuited by ordinary people. The singular significance of his book is that it proves "scientifically" that this intuition is correct.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century - YouTube: The French economist Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics) discussed his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century at the Graduate Center. In this landmark work, Piketty argues that the main driver of inequality–the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth–threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. He calls for political action and policy intervention. Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University), Paul Krugman (Princeton University), and Steven Durlauf (University of Wisconsin--Madison) participated in a panel moderated by LIS Senior Scholar Branko Milanovic. The event was introduced by LIS Director Janet Gornick, professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center.

Art and Design

The Mad Flatter: These images are artifacts created in the preliminary stage of the digital coloring process for comics and graphic novels. They are called color flats, or, simply, flats. I make lots of them.

Conversnitch on Vimeo: Conversnitch is a small device that automatically tweets overheard conversations, bridging the gap between (presumed) private physical space and public space online. Information moves between spaces that might be physical or virtual, free or proprietary, illegal or playful, spoken or transcribed.

Alan Riddell (ed.): Typewriter Art (1975) – Monoskop Log: In this dazzling “tribute to the typewriter and its particular qualities,” Alan Riddell compiled 119 works by 65 practitioners from 18 countries. The opening pages are devoted to three pioneers of the 1920s — Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, Pietro de Saga (the pseudonym of Stefi Kiesler, wife of the Austrian architect Friedrich Kiesler) and an unidentified Bauhaus student of Josef Albers’. They are followed by ‘typewriter art’, concrete poems and typewritten constructivist, systems art, op and gestural abstraction works by Stefan Themerson, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Paula Claire, Richard Kostelanetz, Jiří Kolář, Jiří Valoch, Josef Hiršal, Václav Havel, Henri Chopin, Tom Edmonds, Steve McCaffery and others. The book is a follow-up to the catalogue Typewriter Art, Half a Century of Experiment published in two editions for the exhibitions in Edinburgh, 1973, and London, 1974.

Gentlemen of Letters - A Dublin Sign Painting Film on Vimeo: Dublin has a rich history of hand painted signs decorating the city. Although it is not as common today, the craft still continues.

Wall Dogs of NYC on Vimeo: In an age with instant communication at your fingertips and digital marketing on every platform, there are those who still get out messages the old-fashioned way, with a paintbrush and some attitude. They call themselves "wall dogs," says one veteran of the trade, "because we are chained to a wall all day by our safety harness, and we work like dogs." Vocativ spent a day with these blue-collar artists as they paint advertisements high above the streets of New York City.

Fred's Pencils | My Collection – Photos and Commentary:

Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - YouTube: Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books – remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

Meet Dan Witz, Street Art Pioneer - ANIMAL: In the late 1970s, Dan Witz began painting hummingbirds on walls around downtown Manhattan. The work – created illegally, with acrylic paint and brushes – so predated any notion of "street art" that the term hadn't even been codified yet. It was years before artists like Keith Haring would attract a mainstream audience to the format, and decades before the likes of Banksy and Shepard Fairey became household names.


Set Designs for Mad Men...hello 1969! - Imgur:

The 12 Principles of Animation: The 12 basic principles of animation were developed by the "old men" of Walt Disney Studios, amongst them Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, during the 1930s. Of course they weren"t old men at the time, but young men who were at the forefront of exciting discoveries that were contributing to the development of a new art form. These principles came as a result of reflection about their practice and through Disney"s desire to use animation to express character and personality. This gallery is my personal take on those principles, applied to simple shapes. Like a cube.

Fade to Black–Is the Feature Film Dying? | Short of the Week: It may be a difficult pill to swallow, but the days of the feature film as the dominant mass-market medium for storytelling may be behind us.

CBS This Morning: At Home With Jim Henson, 1989 - YouTube

Orson Welles Sketchbook (1955) - YouTube: The complete collection of episodes from "Orson Welles' Sketchbook" including the hard to find final episode.

How Movies Forge Great Art, Legally | Vanity Fair: Inside the world of legal art forgery, for the sake of movies – what led Julian Schnabel to wreck a fake Picasso, Scarlett Johansson to learn paint grinding, and George Clooney to fill a room full of fake, styrofoam frames.


Squatters in Venezuela's 45-Story 'Tower of David' - In Focus - The Atlantic: In 1990, construction began on the Centro Financiero Confinanzas, a huge high-rise office complex in Caracas, Venezuela. Construction halted in 1994, after a banking crisis and the death of the building's main investor, David Brillembourg. The 45-story tower stood vacant until 2007, when squatters began moving in, displaced by a massive housing shortage in Caracas. Authorities turned a blind eye, and the skyscraper, nicknamed the "Tower of David" (after David Brillembourg), is now home to more than 3,000 residents. The third-highest skyscraper in the country has been jury-rigged with electricity and water up to the 22nd floor. Reuters photographer Jorge Silva spent some time with tower residents earlier this year, returning with these photographs of the world's tallest slum.

The Tower of David – Venezuela"s "vertical slum" | Photographers' Blog: The tower is an icon of modern-day Caracas. Although squats or "occupied spaces" are common downtown, the Tower of David has literally taken the phenomenon to whole new levels. The third-tallest building in the country, it was intended as a financial center but abandoned after its developer died and the financial sector crashed. Squatters have now occupied the tower for years. Its unfinished, humongous, modified skeleton can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. The stories of what happens inside have become the stuff of urban legend.


FOUREYES on Vimeo: A 10-year-old boy is thrust into the tumultuous world of puberty when he gets a new pair of eyeglasses.

Birds on Vimeo

MITE on Vimeo: Life in the Shining-Carpet…


As told in our Radio Show : The History Of Rock 'n' Roll | Pop & Platten | Zündfunk | Bayern 2 | Radio | Zündfunk wird 40 - 40 Jahre, in denen wir rare und einzigartige Interviews geführt haben. Die Perlen aus Jahren Zündfunk bilden die "History Of Rock 'n' Roll as told in our Radio Show" in vier Teilen.

HR2 Wissenswert: Albrecht Beutelspacher erzählt aus der Geschichte der Mathematik: der Punkt (MP3): Das Problem, was ein Punkt wirklich ist, wurde nie gelöst. Das sagt Albrecht Beutelspacher, der Gießener Mathematik-Professor und Erfinder des "Mathematikums", des ersten mathematischen Mitmachmuseums der Welt. Und bringt den Punkt auf den Punkt.

Philosophie im Hirnscan - Des Menschen freier Wille (MP3): Der Mensch erhebt sich über seine Natur, denn er besitzt einen Geist, mit dem sich Entscheidungen rational und aus freiem Willen treffen lassen. Psychologen und Hirnforscher haben dieses Credo jedoch radikal in Frage gestellt: Nicht der menschliche Geist, sondern das Gehirn steuere die Entscheidungen. Der freie Wille sei nachweisbar eine Illusion. Die Diskussion über diese Behauptung währt nun schon fast 20 Jahre. Die Philosophen haben gekontert und die Experimente scharf kritisiert, auf denen die Illusionsthese ruht. Hirnforscher und Psychologen haben daraufhin nachgelegt.

Christian Elger: Dem Hirn beim Denken zuschauen (MP3): Warum nehmen auch kluge Menschen an riskanten Börsengeschäften teil? Was fühlen Menschen, wenn ihnen Sonderangebote gemacht werden? Epileptologe Christian E. Elger beantwortet solche Fragen mit Methoden der Hirnforschung.

Thomas Metzinger: Aus dem "Ego Tunnel" – das Selbst (MP3): Geist und Bewusstsein sind fest verankert in unserem Bild vom Menschen. Der Neuro-Philosoph Thomas Metzinger hält das allerdings für eine Konstruktion: Wir leben in einem Ego-Tunnel voller Illusionen.

Zwischen Plan und Zufall – wie kam der Geist in die Welt? (MP3): Letztlich lässt sich alles auf der Basis physikalischer Prozesse erklären, davon gehen die Naturalisten aus. Zweifler halten dem allerdings entgegen, dass Realitäten wie der Geist, das Bewusstsein und Werte auf Basis chemischer Prozesse und physikalischer Teilchen bislang nicht erklärt werden konnten. Mit seinem weltweit stark diskutieren Buch Geist und Kosmos versucht der amerikanische Philosoph Thomas Nagel einen dritten Weg, indem er nach der Möglichkeit einer Ordnung ohne göttlichen Einfluss fragt.

Zündfunk: Bewährt statt innovativ: Ist die Originalität der Kunst am Ende? (MP3): Die Retromania ist überall. Die Remixdebatte in vollem Gange. Der Generator geht dieses Mal der Frage nach wie es um die Originalität in der Kunst steht. Der Karlsruher Kunstprofessor Wolfgang Ulrich hat eine These namens "Originalitätsdämmerung" aufgestellt. In der Bildenden Kunst beobachtet er eine Abkehr vom Dogma der Originalität und einen Trend zum bewährten, zur Kanonisierung der Gegenwartskunst.


Jeff Mills Delves Deep Into Space, Time, and the Future of Techno | Thump: Techno music has so much to offer, but if the people don't take it seriously and aren't interested in learning more, then it will stay as it is and eventually - die away, as we stop dancing.

Questlove on How Hip-Hop Failed Black America -- Vulture: [Hip Hop] originally evolved to paint portraits of real people and handle real problems at close range – social contract, anyone? – but these days, hip-hop mainly rearranges symbolic freight on the black starliner. Containers on the container ship are taken from here to there – and never mind the fact that they may be empty containers. Keep on pushin' and all that, but what are you pushing against?

RA: The life and death of the mix CD: The mix CD lives on in the face of an increasingly difficult market. RA goes behind the process of the embattled format to discover how labels are weathering the storm.

Marcel Dettmann - Essential Mix (2014-04-19) by EverybodyWantsToBeTheDJ on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds: TRACKLISTING
Area Forty_one - Reminiscence - DELSIN RECORDS
L.B. Dub Corp - Take A Ride (Feat. Benjamin Zephaniah) (Original Mix) - OSTGUT TON
Conforce - Abundance Of Selves - DELSIN RECORDS
Tobias Freund - Fast Null - OSTGUT TON
Rolando - Time Adjustment - ROLAND ROCHA RECORDS
Reade Truth - Blessing Of Luh - N S Y D E
Prince of Denmark - Your Body - FORUM
Planetary Assault Systems - Riot In Silo 12 - MOTE EVOLVER
Physical Therapy - Million Years Crushed (Norman Nodge Remix) - ALLERGY SEASON
Ø [Phase] - Self Deceit - TOKEN RECORDS
Laibach - Eurovision (Remix) - WHITE LABEL
Esteban Adame - Rise & Shine - EPM MUSIC
Chris Clark - Superscope - WARP RECORDS
Dario Zenker - WM2 - WHITE LABEL
Joey Anderson - Come Behind The Tree - SYNCROPHONE RECORDINGS
Marcel Dettmann - Apron (Luke Slater PAS Remix) - WHITE LABEL
Marcel Dettmann - Seduction (Anthony Parasole Remix) - OSTGUT TON
Marco Shuttle - Sing Like A Bird - TIME TO EXPRESS
Mike Storm and GRG - Rainy Mondays - ORBIS RECORDS
L.B. Dub Corp - Nearly Africa - OSTGUT TON
Crystal Maze - Orchidea Nera - ECHOVOLT
Dillon - A Matter Of Time (Marcel Dettmann Remix) - WHITE LABEL
XDB - Ganivon (Answer Code Request Remix) - DOLLY
Staffan Linzatti - View From The Collapsing Centre - BALANS HOLLAND
Orlando Voorn - Gain Upwards - WHITE LABEL
Louis Haiman - Ghost Of Gratiot - PLAZA IN CROWD