Links: Neuroscience of Translators, Jon Hopkins Essential Mix, VR Porn, Comics with Problems and Warren Ellis' Philosophy Of Human Life

22.11.2014 Misc #Linkdump

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Hier die Links, die in der vergangenen Woche liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit einem gratis Debunkers Handbook in mehren Sprachen, neuen Aufnahmen von Jupiters Mond Europa, einem 1975er Symposium über Astro-Biology, VR Porno, vektorisierter Typo aus Guatemala Citys Zone 1 District, Ethan Persoffs Comics with Problems über Alkoholismus, einem ziemlich sensationellen Essential Mix von Jon Hopkins und noch viel mehr, nach dem Klick:

Science

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In other words: inside the lives and minds of real-time translators | Mosaic: The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the neuroscientists who are starting to explain this remarkable ability.

Evidence based debunking « Mind Hacks: We all resist changing our beliefs about the world, but what happens when some of those beliefs are based on misinformation? Is there a right way to correct someone when they believe something that’s wrong? Stephen Lewandowsky and John Cook set out to review the science on this topic, and even carried out a few experiments of their own. This effort led to their “Debunker’s Handbook“, which gives practical, evidence-based techniques for correcting misinformation about, say, climate change or evolution. Yet the findings apply to any situation where you find the facts are falling on deaf ears.

The Art and Politics of an Icy Water World: The folks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and SETI Institute have just released a remastered image of Jupiter’s moon Europa, and it’s breathtaking.

Robohouse Project Pumped Simulated Sweat And Breath Into Empty Homes | Popular Science: For six straight years, the two-story, single-family house in Campbell Creek, Tennessee pretended to be occupied by humans. The bathroom light would click on in the morning. The shower would turn on, spraying an empty bathtub. No one lived in the house, but still the fridge would open and shut over the course of the day, and, every so often, the washer and dryer would starting rumble to life. TVs droned at empty rooms. At night the lights would come on throughout the home, waiting for a preset amount of time before shutting back down.

Life Beyond Earth and the Mind of Man - 1975 - YouTube: A symposium from renowned experts, including Carl Sagan, on extraterrestrial life.

Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity – Karen Emslie – Aeon: People once woke up halfway through the night to think, write or make love. What have we lost by sleeping straight through?

NASA | A Year in the Life of Earth's CO2 - YouTube

Cushing's Brains - YouTube: This brief video produced by Doug Forbush and the Yale Broadcast and Media Center tells the story of one of the most important names in neurosurgery: Dr. Harvey Cushing. How did his unique collection of medical specimens come to reside at the new Cushing Center at the Yale School of Medicine.

Half of stars lurk outside galaxies : Nature News & Comment: „Renegade Stars“ – Super Bandname! „Astronomers have spotted a faint cosmic glow, unseen until now, that may come from stars that float adrift between galaxies. The discovery suggests that as many as half of all stars in the Universe lurk outside galactic boundaries.“

Tech

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When Porn and Virtual Reality Collide (NSFW): Despite VR devices not even being available to regular consumers, Spain-based porn company VirtualRealPorn is one of a small handful of pornographers developing for Oculus Rift already, by adapting traditional live-action porn for the headset.

botsSocial Media Bots Offer Phony Friends and Real Profit - NYTimes.com: My Twitter bots resemble real people, with photos for avatars and bios. Meet Fabiola Shaffer: She is pretty, has long brown hair, is a writer and researcher in New York and loves chocolate. Karri B. Segal is a sophisticated woman in her mid-50s, works in advertising in New York and likes Etsy. Rick Engbarg is a tuxedo-wearing rocket scientist who freelances at SpaceX and lives in San Francisco. Never mind that they don’t exist (and their accounts have since been suspended), figments of a few lines of computer code. I can command them to retweet certain topics (like chocolate or Ebola), favorite a tweet or follow anyone who follows them. Compared with most bot collections, which number in the tens of thousands and are often called bot farms, my enclave of 20 bots is more like a bot petting zoo.

Art and Design

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Typography of Guatemala City's Zone 1 district: A few typographical gems that can be found in Guatemala City's Zone 1 - the capital's downtown centre. It's glory days may have passed, but these are still looking great.

cokeThe Real Thing « Helmut Smits: A distilling installation that turns Coca-Cola back into clean drinking water

Shock horror: why art's so obsessed with the grotesque | Art and design | The Guardian: Diabolically grotesque art – from Jonathan Payne’s sprouting finger sculptures right back to Hieronymus Bosch – has staying power because our lives have not radically changed. As long as we have bodies, we will experience body horror.

2014 - The Winners — Information is Beautiful Awards

Culture

Warum haten wir so viel im Netz? || Die Frage - YouTube: Geh sterben, du Schlampe - ein Klassiker unter den Netzkommentaren. Das Internet ist voller Schimpfwörter, Beleidigungen und Drohungen. Reporter Michael Bartlewski fragt nach: Warum haten wir so viel im Netz?

idiomsIdioms of the World – 10 Illustrated Foreign Phrases: I’ve always been fascinated by foreign idioms; they give us a unique insight into the culture that uses them. Did you know that in German you can say “to live like a maggot in bacon” instead of “to live the life of luxury”? Idioms can tell us a lot about what matters to a nation. They’re a window to the soul.

The World Is Flatulence: The Enduring Appeal of the Tasteless - The Atlantic: In a culture that thinks about everything, it's a relief, sometimes, to think about nothing.

The Oral History Of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop To America) | Fast Company | Business Innovation:

William Gibson: ‘We always think of ourselves as the cream of creation’ | Books | The Observer: William Gibson is the sage of the information age; a science fiction writer of such eerie perspicacity that he is revered the world over. Lifelong devotee Ned Beauman meets him in Vancouver to talk about his new book and to hear what’s in store for us

This awesome dissection of internet hyperbole will make you cry and change your life | Charlie Brooker | Comment is free | The Guardian: Generally, as a species, we used to avoid these kind of exaggerated emotional outpourings. Still do, in person. But online, people routinely claim to have been reduced to tears by YouTube clips, Facebook posts, newspaper articles, and inspirational gifs. You cried at that? Honestly? Pics or it didn’t happen. And if your face leaks that easily, step away from the keyboard and call a plumber.

Movies

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The subversive message of Hong Kong’s version of “House of Cards” - Quartz: “People smear the civil disobedience campaign, calling it an act to overthrow the government, but that’s because our government is controlled by a bunch of jerks,” says a voiceover in one scene, in a clear nod to the pro-democracy protests known as the Umbrella Movement that have overtaken the city for the past month and a half.

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Revealed: The Lost Chapter of Interstellar | WIRED: Before Cooper left his daughter to find humanity a new home in space, there were the Lazarus missions. Led by Dr. Mann, this was NASA’s first attempt to locate a hospitable exoplanet. So what happened to Mann on the other side of the wormhole? We teamed Christopher Nolan with award-winning comic-book artist Sean Gordon Murphy to tell Mann’s story.

captainfuture"Captain Future": Kult-Science-Fiction-Zeichentrick-Serie aus Japan - SPIEGEL ONLINE: Photonenantrieb, sphärische Frauengesänge und heiße Flirts im Weltall: Stefanie Maeck verliebte sich 1980 in Captain Future - der sie aus der Langeweile des Waldorfkindergarten-Universums rettete.

Monty Python’s John Cleese on the secret of success: Enjoy the process, and reinvent yourself - Quartz: “Carl Jung said that if in the second half of your life you try to develop the things that were undeveloped in the first half, you get much more out of life than if you go on doing the same things,” John Cleese, the icon of British comedy group Monty Python and author of a new memoir, tells me as we sit down to coffee in his midtown hotel recently.

How TV Shows Film Marijuana Smoking – Flavorwire: Shows like Weeds, High Maintenance, and Orange Is the New Black (which Falk, who now runs FX’s You’re the Worst, has also worked on) each found their own workarounds, but unlike alcohol or cigarettes, there’s no industry standard practice for what to smoke on camera instead of the real deal. Where alcohol has non-alcoholic drinks and cigarettes have herbal cigarettes sans nicotine, marijuana has a series of ad hoc solutions that are unique to individual shows. “I have no idea what other people do,” Blichfeld admitted. “We just decided on our own.”

Music

“13 Torches for a Burn” by Jacqueline Castel - NOWNESS: A motley crew of Copenhagen’s underground punk scene take over LA’s Los Globos on Sunset Boulelvard.

Steve Albini on the surprisingly sturdy state of the music industry – in full | Music | theguardian.com: The music producer, Shellac frontman and author of seminal 1993 essay, The Problem with Music, spoke in Melbourne about the advantages of the internet, the death of the major label system, copyright law and that ‘purple dwarf in assless chaps’

From Bad Brains to Cerebral Ballzy: why hardcore will never die | Music | The Guardian: Black Flag. Minor Threat. Bad Brains. Cro-Mags. Youth of Today. Negative Approach. Simply reciting the names of some of the great hardcore bands gives you a sense of what they are about. Fast, urgent and uncompromising; US hardcore reimagined British punk rock and launched a genre that has coloured – in one way or another – most of independent music since.

Jon Hopkins – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix 2014-11-22:

Tracklist:
Bvdub & Loscil – Moirai [Glacial Movements]
Rapoon – Alchiva [Robin Storey]
Barker & Baumecker – Spur (Clark Remix) [Warp]
Jon Hopkins – Interlude [Unreleased]
Seefeel – Industrious [Too Pure]
Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window (Moderat Remix) [Domino]
Recondite – The Fade [Ghostly International]
Dan Deacon – Surprise Stefani (Luke Abbott Remix) [Carpark]
Untold – Just for You [Hotflush Recordings]
Skudge – Mobius [Indigo Aera]
Agoria & Francesco Tristano – Kick the Peace Part 1 [Different]
Fairmont – 3 Cities [Traum Shallpatten]
Daniel Avery – Naive Response [Phantasy]
I Break Horses – Faith (The Field Remix) [Bella Union]
Gary Beck – Algoreal [Soma Quality Recordings]
James Holden – The Illuminations (12″ version) [Border Community]
Wesley Matsell – Bismuth [Cambria Instruments]
Jon Hopkins – Collider (Pangaea Remix) [Domino]
Clark – Growls Garden (Nathan Fake Remix) [Warp]
Mux Mool – Crackers [Ghostly International]
Boddika & Joy Orbison – In Here [Sunklo]
Mogg & Naudascher – Moon Unit Part 2 [Supersoul]
Panda Bear – Drone [Paw Tracks]

Shortfilms

Singular (Sci-Fi Short Film) - YouTube: In an America where everyone has superpowers, Andy, the only kid who doesn't have one, struggles to escape a group of bullies led by Sofia, who just wants to make Andy's life more miserable than it already is. But what begins as an ordinary 'everyday' beating ends up spiraling out of control, putting our hero in a life-or-death situation where courage, leadership and sacrifice will guide Andy -- and Sofia -- to discover the true meaning of "being special."

Nuggets - YouTube: Kiwi tastes a golden nugget. It's delicious.

Power and Money

The Holder of Secrets: Laura Poitras’s Closeup View of Edward Snowden

Why we should give free money to everyone: We tend to think that simply giving people money makes them lazy. Yet a wealth of scientific research proves the contrary: free money helps. It is time for a radical reform of the welfare state.

Misc

COMICS WITH PROBLEMS #65: UNKEPT PROMISE (1949): UNKEPT PROMISE is a temperance comic from the super-hero sounding LEGION OF TRUTH, published in 1949. As anti-alcohol comics go, this is top shelf, undilluted, and completely drunk with themes and memorable panels: Wife Beating, Prostitution, Vice, it's got it all!

[Warren Ellis'] Philosophy Of Human Life | MORNING, COMPUTER: Only drink coffee that is good. Drink more water. Be out in the open air. Eat fruit. Look for local food, but enjoy foods brought from great distances as a pleasure of the 21st Century. Remember that guy from Soylent who said “I don’t need 21 nice meals a week”? That guy is the enemy of life. 21 nice meals a week is the goal. Don’t eat people. They have diseases and all kinds of horrible deposits in their tissues. Human brains are especially lethal.

0h h1 – a little logic game

Podcasts

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BBC Radio 4: A Girl's Own Story: the internet has created a revolution in the place of young women in our culture, granting millions of them the chance to represent themselves to the world in all sorts of ways that Ruby Tandoh argues are both tremendously exciting and profoundly empowering. She'll look back at the development of the place of girls in youth culture over the decades, examining the importance of the private space of the bedroom in providing a crucible in which identities are actively formed, and find out about those young women in movements like punk and Riot Grrrl who blazed a trail for today's girls as they take the reins of cultural production through their vlogs, blogs and zines.

Serial: Serial is a podcast where we unfold one nonfiction story, week by week, over the course of a season. We'll stay with each story for as long as it takes to get to the bottom of it.

"Und dann lieg' ich auf dem Holodeck...": Über den zweiten Sommer der virtuellen Realität. - 16.11.2014: Klobige Helme und Datenhandschuh: In den Neunzigern versprach man sich viel von der virtuellen Realität. Dann passierte fast zwei Jahrzehnte: nichts. Nun gibt es eine neue Welle. Liegen wir also bald auf einem Holodeck? Palmer Luckey hat der virtuellen Realität zu einem Comeback verholfen. Liegen wir also bald auf einem Holodeck à la Star Trek und trinken virtuelle Cocktails mit Schirmchen im Glas? Der Zündfunk Generator auf Bayern 2 hat sich im Cyberspace umgesehen und fragt, ob die virtuelle Realität auch die wirkliche Realität besser machen kann.

"Pop will eat itself" - Vom Musikmachen mit Musik: Immer schon wurde in der Musik abgekupfert, erinnert, zitiert oder einfach übernommen. Wenn aus vorhandener Musik neue Musik entsteht, wird das oft ein Fall für die Gerichte. Die Motive und Absichten, bereits existierende Musik als Rohmaterial für neue Kompositionen zu nutzen, sind jedoch so vielfältig wie die Ergebnisse. Da entstehen einerseits Plagiate, bei denen man Arbeit spart und sich mit fremden Federn schmückt. Auf der anderen Seite stehen Musikzitate als Spielart der kreativen Auseinandersetzung mit der musikalischen Tradition. Und als Kind von Digitaltechnik und Internet entstand der Remix. Doch was sich am Ende als neu, innovativ oder originär behaupten kann, bleibt letztlich immer eine ästethische Frage.

Hörspiel: The Golden Age. Als HipHop seine Unschuld verlor: Am 9. März 1997 wurde Notorious B.I.G. von Unbekannten erschossen. Nur ein halbes Jahr nach der Ermordung von Tupac Shakur. Es war ein gewaltsamer Endpunkt. Das Ende einer Zeit, die bis heute als "The Golden Age", das "Goldene Zeitalter" des HipHop gilt.

Manga-Sex und virtuelle Träume: Japans erotische Bildkultur. Von Michaela Vieser | Die Sexindustrie in Japan boomt: Pornografische Computerspiele und Handy-Apps finden ebenso reißenden Absatz wie erotische Manga-Comics. Immer mehr Japaner ziehen die virtuelle Sexualität der körperlichen Liebe mit einem realen Partner vor - und bescheren dem Land massive Nachwuchssorgen. Anders als im Westen werden die oftmals stilisierten pornografischen Bilder auch in der Öffentlichkeit konsumiert. Diese Freizügigkeit hat in Japan eine besondere Tradition.