Links: The Odyssey in Lego, Monty Python, Freaks and Geeks and an Occult History of the Television Set

28.06.2014 Misc #Linkdump

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Hier die Links, die in den letzten Wochen liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit der Freaks and Geeks-Bible, zweimal Slavoj Žižek (über Assange und Piketty), Homers Odyssee in Lego von der Brickworld Chicago 2014 (leider nur mit 240p-Video WTF?!), die NYTimes mit 'nem schönen Special zum hundertsten Jahrestag des Ersten Weltkriegs, einem Interview mit Jeff Mills, Eddie Izzards Hymne auf Monty Python, jede Menge Bernie Wrightson und viel mehr nach dem Klick:

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Foreclosure in Detroit: 43,634 Challenges to a City's Revival - „This mosaic, created with images from Google Maps Street View, shows one of the many enormous challenges facing Detroit as it tries to climb out of debt. As of January, the owners of these properties collectively owed the county more than $328 million in unpaid taxes and fees. Since then, some have paid their debts, entered in payment plans or qualified for assistance. But 26,038 properties, shown with a yellow triangle, remain in jeopardy, and many are headed for public auction.“

When drones fall from the sky | The Washington Post: More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation.

More punk, less hell!: An extraordinary political experiment took place in Iceland: anarchists governed the capital city of Reykjavik for four years – and the amateurs achieved some astonishing successes.

How WikiLeaks opened our eyes to the illusion of freedom | Slavoj Žižek | Comment is free | The Guardian: Maybe therein lies the difference between Chinese citizens and us, free citizens of western, liberal countries: the Chinese human rats are at least aware they are controlled, while we are the stupid rats strolling around unaware of how our movements are monitored.

Slavoj Žižek (2014) "Piketty is a Utopian!" - YouTube

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century - Boing Boing: Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century is a bestselling economics tome whose combination of deep, careful presentation of centuries' worth of data, along with an equally careful analysis of where capitalism is headed has ignited a global conversation about inequality, tax, and policy. Cory Doctorow summarizes the conversation without making you read 696 pages (though you should).


The Odyssey in LEGO: The LEGO construction geniuses of VirtuaLUG have outdone themselves this year, building a vast world that follows the journeys of Odysseus.

The death of the American mall | Cities | The Guardian: Once-proud visions of suburban utopia are left to rot as online shopping and the resurgence of city centres make malls increasingly irrelevant to young people.

Eddie Izzard hails the surrealist, pioneering genius of Monty Python | Culture | The Guardian: They are the most influential comedy group in the entire history of the world, but Monty Python's Flying Circus didn't just do comedy – they changed the nature of comedy by making it an art form, something that worked on many levels.

BLDGBLOG: An Occult History of the Television Set: The origin of the television set was heavily shrouded in both spiritualism and the occult, Stefan Andriopoulos writes in his new book Ghostly Apparitions. In fact, as its very name implies, the television was first conceived as a technical device for seeing at a distance: like the telephone (speaking at a distance) and telescope (viewing at a distance), the television was intended as an almost magical box through which we could watch distant events unfold, a kind of technological crystal ball.

How much does it cost to store a VHS tape in a New York City apartment?: I was listening to Todd Barry's podcast and he scoffed at a friend's VHS movie collection. In a New York City apartment, he implied, space is far too valuable to store an old fashioned plastic brick containing a single movie. That got me wondering, how much does it cost to store a VHS tape in a New York City apartment?


BBC News - Pablo Escobar's hippos: A growing problem: A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them.

Fibonacci Flim-Flam.: It's not difficult to find examples of most any pattern or mathematical relation you want. Then some people make the mistake of supposing this reveals some mystical governing principle in nature. This is reinforced by ignoring equally important cases that don't fit the pattern.

The Science of Problem Solving: Problem solving can be understood as a search problem. You start in some state, there's a set of neighbor states you can move to, and a final state that you would like to end up in. Say you're Ted Bundy. It's midnight and you're prowling around. You're struck by a sudden urge to kill a woman. You have a set of moves you could take. You could pretend to be injured, lead some poor college girl to your car, and then bludgeon her to death. Or you could break into a sorority house and attack her there, along with six of her closest friends. These are possible paths to the final state, which in this macabre example is murder.

Science fiction come true: Moving a paralyzed hand with the power of thought - The Washington Post: First they screwed the end of the gray cord into the metal silo rising out of Ian Burkhart's skull. Later they laid his right forearm across two foam cylinders, and they wrapped it with thin strips that looked like film from an old home movie camera. They ran him through some practice drills, and then it was time for him to try.

The Great War - It demolished empires and destroyed kings, kaisers and sultans. It introduced chemical weapons and aerial bombing. It brought women into the work force and hastened their legal right to vote.


Coder's high: The intense feeling of absorption exclusive to programmers.: These days I write more than I code, but one of the things I miss about programming is the coder's high: those times when, for hours on end, I would lock my vision straight at the computer screen, trance out, and become a human-machine hybrid zipping through the virtual architecture that my co-workers and I were building. Hunger, thirst, sleepiness, and even pain all faded away while I was staring at the screen, thinking and typing, until I'd reach the point of exhaustion and it would come crashing down on me. It was good for me, too. Coding had a smoothing, calming effect on my psyche, what I imagine meditation does to you if you master it.

Scoop: A Glimpse Into the NYTimes CMS - Scoop publishes roughly 700 articles, 600 images, 14 slide shows and 50 videos per day. With that power comes significant complexity, especially in comparison to the content management systems of our digital-only competitors. Unlike many simpler systems where a journalist can single-handedly take an article all the way from inception to publication, Scoop is role-based to reflect the segmentation of duties and the checks and balances in our newsroom. Managing that complexity – making the system as easy to use as possible without diminishing its features and functionality – is a balancing act we face every day. Here's a look at a selection of Scoop's features and what we're planning for the future.

Master List of HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS Resources

dypsilon/frontend-dev-bookmarks: A huge list of frontend development resources I collected over time. Sorted from general knowledge at the top to concrete problems at the bottom.


The Golden Age: This Is Legend #1 ~ 1970 ~ Berni Wrightson, Jeff Jones, Ken Smith, Michael Kaluta, Roy Krenkel, Frazetta

Varicose on Behance: Varicose is a collection of typographic experiments based on visceral movement, growth, and texture.

The Golden Age: Abyss #1 ~ 1970 ~ Berni Wrightson, Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta & Bruce Jones

Imagination #1 ~ 1971 ~ Gray Morrow, Jeff Jones, Berni Wrightson, Michael Kaluta, Neal Adams

Reality #2 ~ 1971 ~ Larry Todd, Michael W. Kaluta, Berni Wrightson, Reed Crandall, Bruce Jones, Frank Brunner, Kenneth Smith, Al Williamson, Frazetta, Howard Chaykin


Twenty Eight Feet: life on a little wooden boat

A short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap. Featuring music from Bahamas, Acres & Acres and Ben Howard!


The toes of a man detached from the foot, on their way to the beauty parlour of neighborhood where they can have a pedicure. On their journey they meet 'yakuza fingers' of a Japanese chef who does not like intruders in their territory.


BEATZ - Divergences & Contradictions of Electronic Music SUBT EN on Vimeo

Filmed with practically no budget, minimal technical resources but a fervent desire to document an important piece of music history, "Beatz" is the result of three years of effort and the absolute dedication of Eduardo De La Calle, with help of Vincent Livolsi, Daniel Arasanz and Iban Ugalde. The film is shot in various cities including Berlin, Tokyo, Barcelona, New York, Amsterdam and Paris and functions as rapid subjective summary of today's dance music scene, from its origins to the professionalization of the genre and the paradigm shift that has come with the digital age. Pedro Pantaleon and Eduardo De La Calle ran the musical selection and the script was written by Daniel Arasanz.

Groove: JEFF MILLS In der Zukunft zu Hause: Was hat der Pont du Gard mit dem Stummfilm The Three Ages von Buster Keaton zu tun? Wenn man Jeff Mills fragt, dann kann die Antwort nur Techno sein. Der heute 51-Jährige ist unablässig dabei, seine Vision von Techno mit anderen Kunstformen zu verschmelzen. Jüngstes Beispiel ist der Film Man From Tomorrow, mit Mills und seiner Musik als Haupdarsteller. Es ist kein Porträt des Technopioniers, sondern ein Experimentalfilm, bei dem Mills seine eher utopische und ziemlich kryptische Weltsicht präsentiert. Doch bei allem Futurismus schaut Jeff Mills auch gerne zurück. Ein Gespräch über den Film, Detroit, seine Mutter und warum er vielleicht doch lieber ein HipHop-DJ geblieben wäre.


Martin Scorsese - The Art of Silence on Vimeo

Even though Martin Scorsese is famous for his use of music, one of his best traits is his deliberate and powerful use of silence. Take a glimpse at fifty years of this simple technique from one of cinema's masters.

Freaks and Geeks: Paul Feig's character bible for the show.: The bible for Freaks and Geeks was for the executives, of course, but I mostly wrote it for me. When you're thinking of something for so long and you have a million thoughts in your head and you keep taking notes – and especially when a show is based on truth, something you actually went through – a series bible is almost this stream of consciousness way to dump all that stuff out and then organize it.

Tim Burton's "Hansel & Gretel" - YouTube: Tim Burton's 1st ever film, long thought to be lost, has recently surfaced as a recording from it's first (and only) TV airing in the early 1980s. Here it is, in it's glory.


The Game That Time Forgot - YouTube

The true story of how I spent 13 years making a video game.

SNDTST: a repository for full game soundtracks from our youths


WDR Feature: Dok 5: Beyond privacy - überwachungsalltag in den USA: Die NSA hört mit - das ist inzwischen bekannt. Dass aber amerikanische Arbeitgeber regelmäßig ihre Mitarbeiter ausspähen, Telefonate mithören, Mails mitlesen, jede Bewegung am PC auswerten dürfen, das ist weit weniger bekannt.

Die letzten Paparazzi – ein Abgesang: Sie duckten sich hinter Hecken, saßen hoch in Bäumen und gar auf Telefonmasten, um nur das eine wirklich sensationelle Foto zu bekommen: die Paparazzi. Sie lieferten den Massenzeitungen die Ware, an die sich die "guten" Fotografen nicht trauten: Sex, Dubioses und Enthüllendes. Auf der anderen Seite standen das voyeuristische Publikum und Auflagen-geile Verleger. Die fünfziger bis hin zu den neunziger Jahren war die große Zeit der Paparazzi. Heute hingegen wirken Paparazzi wie die Dinosaurier der Fotografie. Denn jeder mit Smartphone und Internetzugang kann genauso schnell Fotos schießen und verbreiten wie die Papparazzi. Ein skandalumwitterter Beruf stirbt aus.

SWR2 Wissen: Wirtschaftskrisen: Muster des ökonomischen Zusammenbruchs. Von Beate Krol. | Wirtschaftskrisen haben die Menschen schon immer heimgesucht, wie eine der biblischen Plagen. Jetzt hat sich eine Gruppe von Wirtschaftshistorikern auf die Suche nach Mustern gemacht. Während die vormodernen Krisen vor allem durch Klimaveränderungen und Ernteausfälle bedingt waren, spielten bei ökonomischen Zusammenbrüchen in der Moderne offenbar der Umfang der Kredite und das Verdrängen der ersten Niedergangs-Symptome eine entscheidende Rolle.

Die Wahrheit der anderen. über die Auseinandersetzung zwischen Skeptikern und Esoterikern: Gruselig: "Tarotkarten, Heiledelsteine, Aura Soma: Laut Umfragen ist bei uns jeder Dritte Esoterik gegenüber offen. Das ruft verstärkt ihre Feinde auf den Plan: die Skeptiker - eine Gruppierung, die sich ganz der Ratio verschrieben hat. Die Skeptikerbewegung hat sich den Kampf gegen die Unvernunft und den Schutz leichtgläubiger Verbraucher auf die Fahnen geschrieben und versteht sich als Anwalt der empirischen Wissenschaften. Sie will auf der Basis von rein wissenschaftlichen Fakten informieren. In Deutschland wird die Bewegung durch die Gesellschaft für die Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften vertreten (GWUP). Zu ihrem Hauptgegner hat sich in den letzten Jahren die Alternative Heilmedizin entwickelt."

Eine andere Gesellschaft denken. Der Philosoph Michael Hirsch - 15.06.2014: "Groß denken!" das fordert der Philosoph Michael Hirsch nicht nur ein, er hat selbst groß nachgedacht und ein Manifest geschrieben. Der Zündfunk Generator über die Frage, wie eine andere Gesellschaft aussehen könnte. Das Manifest "Warum wir eine andere Gesellschaft brauchen" des Philosophen und Politikwissenschaftlers Michael Hirsch ist 2013 im Münchner Louisoder Verlag erschienen. Das Buch ist nur 70 Seiten schmal, aber diese kleine Schrift zählt punktgenau die Symptome auf, an denen viele leiden in unserer Gesellschaft; zeigt auf, was schief läuft im neokapitalistischen System; und sie bietet Brainfood dazu, wie sich Zukunft anders vorstellen ließe. Hirsch ist der Meinung, dass es nicht mehr ausreicht, im Sinne Stephan Hessels zu fordern: "Empört Euch". Es braucht seiner Meinung nach "...eine schöpferische demokratische Kraft, welche auf einen neuen Gesellschaftsvertrag abzielt."

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