Links: Talking Machines Podcast, the Economy of Dead Malls, Anatomy of Whiplash and the ancient Palindrome-Amulet

04.01.2015 Misc #Linkdump

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Hier die Links, die zwischen den Jahren liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit einem Podcast über Palmen in Hessen, dem Animation Roundtable 2014 mit den Machern von The Boxtrolls, Lego Movie, How To Train Your Dragon und Big Hero 6, Neill Blomkamp Concept-Art zu seinem nie gedrehten Alien-Sequel, einem Vertical Framing Video Essay und tatsächlich zufällig einem Video Essay-Video Essay, XKCDs Fairy Demographics und noch viel mehr, nach dem Klick:

Power and Money


The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls - Premature obituaries for the shopping mall have been appearing since the late 1990s, but the reality today is more nuanced, reflecting broader trends remaking the American economy. With income inequality continuing to widen, high-end malls are thriving, even as stolid retail chains like Sears, Kmart and J. C. Penney falter, taking the middle- and working-class malls they anchored with them. “It is very much a haves and have-nots situation,” said D. J. Busch, a senior analyst at Green Street. Affluent Americans “will keep going to Short Hills Mall in New Jersey or other properties aimed at the top 5 or 10 percent of consumers. But there’s been very little income growth in the belly of the economy.”

The End of Endless Growth: Part 1 | Motherboard: Far from implying the end of the world, some economists see the current era of slow growth and austerity as part of a momentous, transitional shift to a new form of civilization that could either adapt in the face of natural limits and prosper, or crumble in denial as nature restores its own balance.

aiweiwiAi Weiwei is Living in Our Future — Medium: We need failure to be able to learn, we need inefficiency to be able to recover from mistakes, we have to take risks to make progress and so it is imperative to find a way to celebrate imperfection.

Krautreporter: Jung & Naiv-Interview mit Fefe

Guns, drugs and bandidos: inside the favela too violent for Rio’s armed police | World news | The Guardian: “Yeah, I want to get out,” says Ricardo, 21. Then, relaxing, he takes the hand-grenade he has been toying with on his lap and places it amid the beer bottles on the table. In Vila Aliança in Bangu, western Rio, this is not particularly unusual behaviour.

There Really Is An LSD Shortage, And Here's Why: Lysergic acid diethylamide used to be everywhere. LSD played a huge role in shaping pop culture in the 1960s, and in the 1980s everyone lived in fear of LSD-laced temporary tattoos and acid-popping Satanists. But nowadays, you rarely hear about it. What happened?

Copyright Society drängt auf Reform des Urheberrechts | heise online: Die European Copyright Society hat EU-Kommissar Günther Oettinger aufgefordert, einen einheitlichen Copyright-Titel vorzuschlagen und die Nationalstaaterei beim Urheberrecht zu beenden.

When Rioting is Rational | Jacobin: n recent days, a parade of white power players has descended on Brooklyn to denounce the Black Lives Matter movement. In dueling press conferences and TV appearances, they have tied protests to riots, riots to criminality, and criminality to economic calamity. In so doing, they have shifted the onus from the police to the policed. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book.


'Whiplash' | Anatomy of a Scene w/ Director Damien Chazelle | The New York Times - YouTube: The writer and director Damien Chazelle narrates a sequence from his film “Whiplash,” featuring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons.
‘Nightcrawler’ | Anatomy of a Scene w/ Director Dan Gilroy | The New York Times - YouTube
The New York Times: Anatomy of a Scene - YouTube

Big Hero 6, The Lego Movie & More: The Full Animation Roundtable - YouTube: Bonnie Arnold (How To Train Your Dragon 2), Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life), Travis Knight (The Boxtrolls), Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea), Dan Lin (The Lego Movie) and Don Hall (Big Hero 6) discuss the stories behind getting their films made and the competitive state of feature animation.


MAGICIANS OF THE MINIATURE: an overview and image gallery of miniature effects work.

alienDirector Neill Blomkamp (District 9) shares art from abandoned Alien sequel - Boing Boing

Beyond the Edge of Tomorrow: The Year the Blockbuster Was Busted «: Of all the important thoughts about the movies this year that could have, should have, or honestly did occur to me, there was just one I kept coming back to: If Edge of Tomorrow can’t be a hit, then what can? […] This is a business that drove Steven Soderbergh from the movies to Cinemax, where he made, with The Knick, 10 hours of television that beat every Hollywood movie I saw this year. Now, not only are midtier, so-called adult movies vanishing — the ones that Soderbergh, Sydney Pollack, Anthony Minghella, and Mike Nichols made; serious entertainments — but your giant, non-superhero mega-movies are too.

Master of Creatures: A special-effects legend — the Dinosaur Supervisor for Jurassic World — makes an old-school monster movie by hand.



Inspiring Odds 'n Sods |   History of the DC Universe Poster: By Jim Mooney, Jim Aparo, Steve Bissette, John Totleben, Denys Cowan, P. Craig Russell, Mart Nodell, Joe Staton, Dave Stevens, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jack Kirby, Mike Royer, Keith Giffen, Bret Blevins, Al Williamson, Michael Kaluta, Gene Colan, Steve Lightle, Brian Bolland, Michael T. Gilbert, Jim Starlin, Joe Kubert, Arthur Adams, Walter Simonson, Paul Norris, Mike Grell, Mary Wilshire, Andy Kubert, Gil Kane, Kurt Schaffenberger, Bob Kane, Curt Swan, George Pérez, Howard Chaykin, Jan Duursema, Carmine Infantino, Jim Steranko, Gray Morrow, Neal Adams, Murphy Anderson, Dave Gibbons, Gilbert Hernandez, Dan Spiegle, Frank Thorne, Ramona Fradon, Matt Wagner, Ernie Colon, Irwin Hasen, Joe Orlando, Pat Broderick, Jamie Hernandez, Steve Rude, Frank McLaughlin, and Dick Giordano


On Optimism: The Pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. The Optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. […] Hey Piglet! - Yeah? - What Day is it? - It's today. - Oh, cool. - Why? - That's my favorite day.

» YELLOW: Yellow will allocate 52 artists to 52 weeks and give them two pages on which to comment, analyse or skewer the news that occurs within their seven days. With no set political persuasion or style guide, Yellow will gradually build an illustrated take on a whole year of news from 52 unique perspectives.

The New Wave of Graphic Novels - WSJ: After ‘ignoring half the market,’ publishers are targeting women readers with the next generation of book-length comics.


Art and Design


P–DPA log — Xerox Book #1, Ian Burn (1968) A blank sheet of...: Xerox Book #1, Ian Burn (1968) - A blank sheet of paper was copied on a Xerox machine. - This copy was used to make a second copy. - The second to make a third one, and so on… Each copy as it came out of the machine was re-used to make the next. This was continued for one hundred times, producing a book of one hundred pages.

webdesignAn Exhaustive Look at the Year in Web Design

MyFonts: Creative Characters interview with Erik Spiekermann, December 2014: Erik Spiekermann is one of the world’s best known faces in graphic design. As a co‑founder of international design companies such as MetaDesign, United Designers and Edenspiekermann he has been directing corporate design and signage projects for the likes of Volkswagen, Bosch and the German railways. He founded FontShop and the hugely influential FontFont typeface library. As a type designer he has always been the ultimate team player, involving younger, single-minded talents in the development of modern classics such as the ITC Officina, FF Meta and FF Unit type families. At an age when others retire to the countryside, he is now back where he once started out: having fun with metal and wood type in his own letterpress printing shop in downtown Berlin. A conversation with a remarkable man.

H OM E OMOR PH ISM_Dome A/V Performance on Vimeo


cinimated: Alex Belancourt creates rotoscoped GIFs that rewrites live-action cinema in inventive pen-and-ink stylings.


Vertical Framing Video Essay on Vimeo

What Makes a Video Essay Great? on Vimeo


Litefeet on Vimeo

なにぬねのの Na Ni Nu Ne No No on Vimeo



The name of the fungus | Science News: Many fungi are shape-shifters seemingly designed to defy human efforts at categorization. The same species, sometimes the same individual, can reproduce two ways: sexually, by mixing genes with a partner of the same species, or asexually, by cloning to produce genetically identical offspring.

frogsBBC News - New fanged frog 'gives birth to tadpoles': Most frogs lay eggs and although some species give birth to froglets, newborn tadpoles are new to science.

Ancient amulet with 59-letter palindrome found: A 1,500-year-old amulet inscribed with a 59-letter Greek phrase that reads the same backwards and forwards has been found in Cyprus.

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks : NPR

BBC - Earth - Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus: Hidden under your feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It’s made of fungi.


Robot learns to use tools by ‘watching’ YouTube videos | KurzweilAI: Imagine a self-learning robot that can enrich its knowledge about fine-grained manipulation actions (such as preparing food)simply by “watching” demo videos. That’s the idea behind a new robot-training system based on recent developments of “deep neural networks” in computer vision, developed by researchers at the University of Maryland and NICTA in Australia.

Ur/Web: Neue Web-Programmiersprache des MIT | heise online: Die funktionale Programmiersprache Ur/Web ist mit dem hehren Ziel angetreten, die Vorzüge von HTML, CSS, XML, JavaScript und SQL in einer Sprache zu bündeln. Ihr Spracherfinder will es dabei nicht mit einem Forschungsprojekt belassen sein.



Why 2015 Won’t Suck — Medium: 39 reasons why 2015 will be less terrible than 2014, which was garbage.

Nothing to see here | The Verge: In 2014 we got mad on the internet about a lot of things we saw, many of which we saw on the internet, many of which we wouldn't have been able to see without the internet, many of which we were very justified in our anger over. There were enough things to be angry about that a self-awareness about our anger rose up in parallel to it, a cynical ghost riding in the sidecar of an already totally blasé motorcycle. Something called an "outrage economy" was identified, and those working in it, who were most intimately familiar with its ebbs and flows, could no longer engage in it without a sigh and a disclaimer: "I am aware that this expression of outrage is a part of a larger observed pattern. I am aware that it is not revolutionary to feel this outrage, because I felt something similar to it last week. I understand if you are sick of my outrage. I am kind of sick of my outrage too."

The year of outrage 2014: Everything you were angry about on social media this year.: From righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about in 2014—and how outrage has taken over our lives.

babelWhat the World Will Speak in 2115 - WSJ: Two thousand years ago, English was the unwritten tongue of Iron Age tribes in Denmark. A thousand years after that, it was living in the shadow of French-speaking overlords on a dampish little island. No one then living could have dreamed that English would be spoken today, to some degree, by almost two billion people, on its way to being spoken by every third person on the planet.

In education-crazy South Korea, top teachers become multimillionaires - The Washington Post: Clasping his headphones and closing his eyes as he sang into the studio microphone while performing a peppy duet with one of South Korea’s hottest actresses, spiky-haired Cha Kil-yong looked every bit the K-pop star. But Cha is not a singer or actor. No, he’s a unique kind of South Korean celebrity: a teaching star.

XKCDs What If: Fairy Demographics: How many fairies would fly around, if each fairy is born from the first laugh of a child and fairies were immortal?

The death of the artist—and the birth of the creative entrepreneur - Quartz: Before we thought of artists as geniuses, we thought of them as artisans. The words, by no coincidence, are virtually the same. Art itself derives from a root that means to “join” or “fit together”—that is, to make or craft, a sense that survives in phrases like the art of cooking and words like artful, in the sense of “crafty.” We may think of Bach as a genius, but he thought of himself as an artisan, a maker. Shakespeare wasn’t an artist, he was a poet, a denotation that is rooted in another word for make. He was also a playwright, a term worth pausing over. A playwright isn’t someone who writes plays; he is someone who fashions them, like a wheelwright or shipwright.




Oliver Koletzki - End of Year mix by Pleinvrees on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds



WDR Feature: TTIP - Transatlantischer Traum oder der Ausverkauf der Demokratie?: Es geht um mehr als um Chlorhähnchen für Europa oder den Absatz deutscher Automobilzulieferer in den USA. Das geplante Abkommen über transatlantischen Handel und Investitionen könnte nach Einschätzung von Kritikern Rechtsstaat und Demokratie bedrohen.

Talking Machines – Human Conversation about Machine Learning: We start with Kevin Murphy of Google talking about his textbook that has become a standard in the field. Then we turn to Hanna Wallach of Microsoft Research NYC and UMass Amherst and hear about the founding of WiML (Women in Machine Learning). Next we discuss academia's relationship with business with Max Welling from the University of Amsterdam, program co-chair of the 2013 NIPS conference (Neural Information Processing Systems). Finally, we sit down with three pillars of the field Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio, and Geoff Hinton to hear about where the field has been and where it might be headed.

Kryptografie - Crypto wars oder Die Freiheit im Netz: Kryptografie ist eine alte Sache, die sich mit dem Beginn des Internetzeitalters radikal verändert. Jetzt geht es nicht mehr darum, bestimmte geheime Botschaften von Militärs, Diplomaten, Agenten oder Politikern zu ver- bzw. entschlüsseln, sondern die globale Massenkommunikation vor ihrer massenhaften Erfassung zu schützen.

Peter Weiss: Die Ästhetik des Widerstands: Hörspiel in 12 Teilen | Hörspiel und Medienkunst | Bayern 2 | Radio | Die Ästhetik des Widerstands, das in den Jahren von 1971 bis 1981 entstandene erzählerische Hauptwerk des Schriftstellers Peter Weiss, gehört zu den wichtigsten deutschsprachigen Romanen der zweiten Hälfte des Zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts. Im Zentrum des fast eintausend Seiten umfassenden Triptychons, das die Geschichte des Scheiterns sozialistischer Ideale und Kämpfe und das Ausgeliefertsein des Individuums in totalitären Zeiten abbildet, steht die Person eines fiktiven deutschen Widerstandskämpfers.

Exotische Bäume in hessischen Wäldern?: Der Klimawandel verschärft die Diskussion um den Anbau von Gastbaumarten in Deutschland. Welche Auswirkungen sind absehbar für Wald, Kultur und Märkte?