Hier die Links, die vergangene Woche liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit dem Game-Design von Ikea, Protesten auf der Autobahn, Victorian Futurism, die hübschesten Buchcover des Jahres, Bittorrents P2P-Browser, wissenschaftliche Techno-Podcasts und noch viel mehr, nach dem Klick:
The Game Design of IKEA | Game/Show | PBS Digital Studios - YouTube: WHY DOES IT FEEL SO GREAT to walk through an IKEA? In fact, it feels a lot like beating a videogame, complete with awards in the form of delicious cinnamon rolls once you make your way through the bowels of the warehouse level. And the whole main floor is a maze, filled with specific themed areas and… WAIT, IS IKEA A VIDEOGAME? Join Jamin as he explores the game design of IKEA!
"Asteroids" and The Dawn of the Gamer Age - The Daily Beast: I was nine years old when Asteroids came out. This was after Pong and after Space Invaders. The dawning of the Gamer Age. I remember the rush when I even got close to an Asteroids game in an arcade or a pizzeria. What a sensation it was. Looking back now, those clunky arcade machines seem so primitive you half expect a Pterodactyl to emerge from inside and make a wiseass remark like they used to on The Flinstones. But in 1981, it was the future, one quarter away. Star Wars at your fingertips.
Playing With My Son – The Message – Medium: What happens when a 21st-century kid plays through video game history in chronological order? Start with the arcade classics and Atari 2600, from Asteroids to Zaxxon. After a year, move on to the 8-bit era with the NES and Sega classics. The next year, the SNES, Game Boy, and classic PC adventure games. Then the PlayStation and N64, Xbox and GBA, and so on until we"re caught up with the modern era of gaming. Would that child better appreciate modern independent games that don"t have the budgets of AAA monstrosities like Destiny and Call of Duty? Would they appreciate the retro aesthetic, or just think it looks crappy?
Freeway Takeovers: The Reemergence of the Collective through Urban Disruption – Tropics of Meta: Last night citizens in Chicago shut down Lake Shore Drive in protest over the Staten Island grand jury"s refusal to indict the police officer responsible for the choking death of Eric Garner. Yet in SoCal, protesters have been using the freeways as a vehicle for protest and political awareness for decades. UCSD PhD candidates Troy Araiza Kokinis and Jael Vizcarra explain the goals, meaning and context of these protests and others like them.
How I Defeated the Tolkien Estate: No one who gets a postgraduate degree in Hobbit Studies ever imagines they"ll be sued by the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. I certainly didn"t expect to wind up in court against Christopher Tolkien and his lawyers, like Frodo Baggins facing down the Nazgul on Weathertop. Little did I know I was heading into a legal and scholarly Midgewater when I wrote and published The Lord of the Rings: A New English Translation.
AP News : US co-opted Cuba's hip-hop scene to spark change: For more than two years, a U.S. agency secretly infiltrated Cuba's underground hip-hop movement, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a youth movement against the government, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The idea was to use Cuban musicians "to break the information blockade" and build a network of young people seeking "social change," documents show. But the operation was amateurish and profoundly unsuccessful.
Toys are more divided by gender now than they were 50 years ago - Quartz: When it comes to buying gifts for children, everything is color-coded: Rigid boundaries segregate brawny blue action figures from pretty pink princesses, and most assume that this is how it"s always been. But in fact, the princess role that"s ubiquitous in girls" toys today was exceedingly rare prior to the 1990s–and the marketing of toys is more gendered now than even 50 years ago, when gender discrimination and sexism were the norm.
Sarcophagus with mummy of teenage boy opened: Conservators at Chicago"s Field Museum opened the sarcophagus of a 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy on Friday. Excavated from the Akhmim cemetery on the east bank of the Nile about 130 miles north of Luxor in Upper Egypt, the mummy has been in the museum"s collection since 1925 when they got it from the Chicago Historical Society. Due to its fragility, the sarcophagus hadn"t been opened. It"s one of 30 complete mummies in the Field Museum collection (the oldest collection in the museum) so for decades there was no compelling reason to interfere with mummy #11517.
The Darwin Awards: sex differences in idiotic behaviour | The BMJ: Sex differences in risk seeking behaviour, emergency hospital admissions, and mortality are well documented. However, little is known about sex differences in idiotic risk taking behaviour. This paper reviews the data on winners of the Darwin Award over a 20 year period (1995-2014). Winners of the Darwin Award must eliminate themselves from the gene pool in such an idiotic manner that their action ensures one less idiot will survive. This paper reports a marked sex difference in Darwin Award winners: males are significantly more likely to receive the award than females (P
The Age of Asteroids - The New Yorker: Brian May, the longtime guitarist of the rock band Queen, is also an astrophysicist. He started his career, in 1970, as a Ph.D. student at Imperial College, London, but four years later, after Queen released its second album, he put his studies on hold. In 2008, he finally finished his doctorate, with a thesis on zodiacal light, the faint patch of interstellar radiance that"s sometimes visible on the horizon at night. Last Wednesday, May joined Lord Martin Rees, the U.K."s Astronomer Royal, at London"s Science Museum to discuss asteroids and the threats they pose to life on Earth. "The more we learn about asteroid impacts, the clearer it becomes that the human race has been living on borrowed time," May said. About a million near-Earth asteroids are thought to be on a possible collision course with our planet, but only ten thousand or so have actually been charted.
Classic Beatles Album Covers Recreated by Apple: In 1968 the Beatles founded Apple Records, a record label intended as a creative outlet for the Beatles. This got us wondering, what if Apple Record and Apple Computer were the same thing? To answer this question we"ve restyled some iconic Beatles vinyl as if they were designed by Apple.
metaphase sound machine - ::vtol::: The Metaphase Sound Machine is a kind of homage to the ideas of the American physicist Nick Herbert who in the 1970s has created both Metaphase Typewriter (Fig. 1) and Quantum Metaphone (a speech synthesizer). These were some of the first attempts to put the phenomenon of quantum entanglement in practice and one of the first steps towards the creation of a quantum computer.
FATBERG: Building An Island of Fat - we make money not art: Hendriks and Thomson are looking at fat under a different angle though. They are planning to use pure fat to build a structure as big as an oil rig. Not as a speculative design project, but as a process that will generate insights and tools that facilitate a paradigm shift through the creation of the FATBERG itself - "inspirational data" to stimulate the imagination. The issues explored involve the bad reputation of fat (fat used to be something useful in our cultures. Nowadays, it's an invader we need to fight and annihilate), the physical and biological constitution of fat, its reactions to the immediate environment, the many challenges posed by the increase in scale, the possibility of having it float over a canal in Amsterdam, etc.
THE LANDING - Short Film on Vimeo: A man returns to the Midwestern farm of his childhood on a desperate mission to unearth the horrifying truth of what landed there in the summer of 1960.
BBC News - David Lynch: Art house cinema is in a 'sad time': "The film business has changed," he told BBC arts correspondent Colin Paterson. "The art houses are gone and the alternative cinema… the only place people really have is film festivals to show their work on a big screen. It's a sad time for alternative cinema." He continued: "Things go in waves. I think if there was some great alternative cinema coming out, like the French new wave or something like this, or the Italian new wave - all these things that happened in the '60s - it could change things. It may be right around the corner."
Lynch, Waters, Soderbergh: A Generation of MIA Filmmakers – Flavorwire: Back in the 1980s and 1990s, when Waters and Lynch were doing their most commercially successful work, it was possible to finance – either independently or via or the studio system – mid-budget films (anywhere from $5 million to $60 million) with an adult sensibility. But slowly, quietly, over roughly the decade and a half since the turn of the century, the paradigm shifted. Studios began to make fewer films, betting big on would-be blockbusters, operating under the assumption that large investments equal large returns. Movies that don"t fit into that box (thoughtful dramas, dark comedies, oddball thrillers, experimental efforts) were relegated to the indies, where freedom is greater, but resources are far more limited. As Mad Men"s Matthew Weiner put it, "Something happened that nobody can make a movie between $500,000 and $80 million. That can"t be possible."
Dasher"s deliverance | Cover story | Creative Loafing Atlanta: Kimbrough appears fearless on stage with Dasher. But the 31-year-old drummer is terrified of where Dasher will lead her next. She has played drums seriously for only six years, and screamed for fewer. The band's early success has come quickly. Her songwriting helped land the trio a multirecord deal with Jagjaguwar Records. The influential independent label, home to a diverse roster of artists from indie-folk (Angel Olsen, Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten) to noisier rock (Black Mountain, Dinosaur Jr.), has sold millions of records and won Grammy Awards. Dasher is the label's first punk group. It's hard to blame Kimbrough for being apprehensive. Kimbrough spent the first 25 years of her life losing nearly everything worth living for: her self-worth, her sobriety, even her son. Then, at her life's lowest point, she stumbled upon the drums.
Of Balls and Short Australian Men: A Nuanced Guide to AC/DC: Between 1976 and this week, AC/DC has released 15 studio albums. I own 13 of them. I suspect I"ll have purchased my 14th AC/DC album, the new Rock or Bust, by the time this article is published. How do I explain this? Why didn"t I just stop with Back in Black and the Bon Scott–era LPs? Is it really essential for anyone to be familiar with Blow Up Your Video? Exactly how drunk was I when I bought Ballbreaker? Good or bad, aren"t all AC/DC albums basically the same?
You can take down Pirate Bay, but you can"t kill the Internet it created - The Washington Post: See, the Pirate Bay is as much an idea and an orientation to entertainment media as it is/was a torrent-tracking site. Sure, the Pirate Bay technically indexed torrents, a peer-to-peer file format popular for sharing movies, music and other oversized files. But since its launch in 2003, the world"s "most notorious file-sharing site" has done something a bit more significant, and a bit more permanent, too: It"s made digital piracy a casual, inarguable part of the mainstream.
Dave Troy: Social maps that reveal a city's intersections – and separations - YouTube: Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has been visualizing what the tweets of city dwellers reveal about who lives there, who they talk to – and who they don"t.
The Current State of Machine Intelligence – Medium: As Kevin Kelly more provocatively put it, "the business plans of the next 10,000 startups are easy to forecast: Take X and add AI". In many cases you don"t even need the X – machine intelligence will certainly transform existing industries, but will also likely create entirely new ones.
BitTorrent wants to change the way the web is built | The Verge: BitTorrent's strong support for an open internet is a defining characteristic of the company. Its vision of a "distributed" internet where users retain more control over their data and personal information is at the core of every product it launches, from its original peer-to-peer networking protocol (which gained so much fame as a piracy tool) to BitTorrent Sync, the company's answer to Dropbox. Now, the company wants to apply that principle to the entire internet, starting with Maelstrom, a new web browser based on the BitTorrent protocol that launches today in a closed alpha testing phase.
Victory Journal | The Legend of Panther Girl: SHE WAS WAITING in her Chevy at a dusty intersection in rural Mississippi when the gunman struck. It was September 17, 1973, and Ann Casey was touching up her makeup en route to a wrestling match in nearby Columbus. At 35 years old, she had spent a decade wrestling in risqué outfits as Panther Girl, becoming the sport"s first pinup and a serious contender for the US women"s title. But then, in an instant, everything changed. A man walked up to her passenger window, pointed a German Luger pistol at her head. As he pulled the trigger, Casey screamed, and stamped on the accelerator. The shooter was knocked off balance, and missed his shot from point blank range. But as the car fishtailed away he took aim again. Her rear window exploded.
A Weapon for Readers by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books: Try this experiment, I eventually told them: from now on always read with a pen in your hands, not beside you on the table, but actually in your hand, ready, armed. And always make three or four comments on every page, at least one critical, even aggressive. Put a question mark by everything you find suspect. Underline anything you really appreciate. Feel free to write "splendid," but also, "I don"t believe a word of it." And even "bullshit." A pen is not a magic wand. The critical faculty is not conjured from nothing. But it was remarkable how many students improved their performance with this simple stratagem.
Rudy Rucker: Attack of the Giant Ants: The first victims are found before dawn at a corner store in the Mission district of San Francisco. A deliveryman phones in the report. Two men dead inside the shop. Officers Belmont and Bosco arrive on the scene. Bosco young, stocky, loud; Belmont thin and weathered. The air is foggy, the sky dim gray. The store"s register is untouched, but the shelves have been clumsily looted. Broken bottles and scattered snack food. Blood and wine cover the floor. The front window is smashed in. The proprietor"s abdomen has been ripped open. The other man– "Where the hell"s his head?" asks Bosco, his voice rising.
The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders - The Awl: Cavanaugh was the first victim in a string of homicides that, to this day, remain unsolved. From January 1974 to September 1975, The Doodler–or, as he was sometimes known, the Black Doodler, on account of his skin color–caught the eye of the Castro"s bar patrons by drawing caricatures and cartoons of them. Amused, flattered, perhaps titillated by the attention, man after man would leave the bar with their killer for a more secluded, intimate spot. Once they were alone, the men were stabbed and their bodies left on waterfronts and in parks.
We Know What You Did: Twenty years ago, Ethan Zuckerman did something terrible on the internet. [He invented the Banner-Ad]. And he"s still living with the consequences.
Podcast Episode 37: Edgar Allan Poe"s Graveyard Visitor – Futility Closet: For most of the 20th century, a man in black appeared each year at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. In the predawn hours of January 19, he would drink a toast with French cognac and leave behind three roses in a distinctive arrangement. No one knows who he was or why he did this. In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast we review the history of the "Poe Toaster" and his long association with the great poet"s memorial.
Generator: Das Ende des Gamers - 07.12.2014: Wer oder was ist heute denn noch der Gamer - das wird in der Debatte unter dem Hashtag #gamergate debattiert. Welchen Stellenwert haben Computerspiele und Gamer heute in der Gesellschaft? Der Generator untersucht, wie digitale Subkultur zum Mainstream wird.
Deutschlandradio Kultur: Techno goes Wissenschaft: Techno - das war einst eine große musikalische Neuerung. Doch was meint man heute, wenn man Techno sagt? Mit der Geschichte dieses Begriffs beschäftigt sich eine Ringvorlesung an der Berliner Universität der Künste. An der Berliner Universität der Künste hat gestern die Ringvorlesung "Technostudies" begonnen. Sie beschäftigt sich mit "Ästhetik und Geschichtsschreibung elektronischer Tanzmusik". Die Einführung zur Techno-Ring-Vorlesung haben die Musikwissenschaftler Kim Feser und Matthias Pasdzierny gehalten.
SWR2 Wissen: Der perfekte Schulhof: Neues aus der Pausenforschung. Von Mirko Smiljanic. | Schulhöfe alten Stils unterschieden sich kaum von Kasernenhöfen: eine asphaltierte Fläche, groß genug, um Kinder in Reih und Glied antreten zu lassen, das war's! Weil Schulen heute zunehmend Lebensräume für Kinder und Jugendliche sind, müssen Pausenhöfe viele Bedürfnisse befriedigen. Bewegung und Spiel sollten auf modernen Pausenhöfen möglich sein, Rückzug und unkontrollierter sozialer Kontakt, Entspannung und Freizeitgestaltung, aber auch informelles Lernen.
Unentbehrlich, unerträglich – das Geräusch der Welt: Eine Autotür fällt zu. Und an dem Geräusch erkennen wir, ob es sich um einen Sportwagen handelt oder um eine Rostschüssel. Darüber denken wir nicht nach. Sounddesigner aber schon. Deshalb sind sie gefragte Leute in der Industrie. Sie wissen, wie etwas billig oder teuer klingt. Ob bedrohlich oder beruhigend. Und deshalb kriechen Sound-Designer und Psychoakustiker in unsere Ohren. Denn unsere Ohren sind die Türen für die zahllosen Geräusche der Welt. Ohne diese würden wir uns gar nicht zurechtfinden. Wir brauchen Klänge wie die Luft zum Atmen. Genauso leiden wir an ihnen. Aber warum finden wir eigentlich Vogelgezwitscher beruhigend, das Starten eines Jumbos aber nicht? Würden wir uns vor einer Rakete weniger fürchten, wenn sie wie eine Nachtigall singt?