Links: The Amorphous Androgynous, Voodoo, Batmans Deal, Font Combiner and Douglas Couplands World War $

24.11.2013 Misc #Linkdump

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Hier der ganze Haufen Links, die seit den letzten Wochen liegengeblieben sind. Ist 'ne Menge Holz, aber Ihr schafft das.

Unter anderem mit einer Doku über Telecomix und Syrien mit meinem Buddy Stephan Urbach, alten russischen Boardgames, Stephen Fry erklärt Cloud Computing, einem tollen fanmade Batman-Comic, selbstgemachten Actionfiguren zu alten Atari2600-Games und ein paar neuen Folgen aus der HR2 Wissenswert-Podcast-Serie über Meilensteine der Popmusik. Das und noch viel mehr nach dem Klick:

Power and Money

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▶ LEBEN! - Die Hacker und die Syrer I | Reportage | EinsPlus - YouTube: Eine westliche Hackergruppe liefert die digitale Infrastruktur, mit der Menschen in Krisengebieten das Internet nutzen können. So können die Netzsperren des Regimes Assad umgangen werden und damit Videos und Berichte über den Krieg in Syrien an die Weltöffentlichkeit gelangen. Dabei entstehen Freundschaften zwischen Netzaktivisten und Syrern, Menschen, die sich noch nie persönlich begegnet sind.

▶ LEBEN! - Die Hacker und die Syrer Teil 2 | EinsPlus - YouTube

Douglas Coupland: World War $ - 'There’s possibly a parallel universe out there where money was broken to the point of unfixability…'

Somali piracy: More sophisticated than you thought | The Economist: PIRACY remains a concern for ships passing the Horn of Africa, even though the number of incidents has plummeted since 2011, when armed protection was beefed up on board many large vessels. The topic grips the public imagination. Witness the success of "Captain Phillips', a film in which a vessel captained by the actor Tom Hanks is hijacked by Somalis. Yet the pirate economy is poorly understood. A report*, to be released on November 4th by the World Bank, the UN and Interpol sheds new light. The authors interviewed current and former pirates, their financial backers, government officials, middlemen and others. They estimate that between $339m and $413m was paid in ransoms off the Somali coast between 2005 and 2012. The average haul was $2.7m. Ordinary pirates usually get $30,000-75,000 each, with a bonus of up to $10,000 for the first man to board a ship and for those bringing their own weapon or ladder.

As America Slides Toward Dickensian Nightmare, Novelist of the 99% Is Trending Big-Time | Alternet: Can art do anything for the 99%? The case of Charles Dickens argues that yes–when genius, perseverance, activism, and admittedly, luck, combine, artistic creations can spark fires that burn through encrusted layers of human wrongs. It doesn't happen overnight, and not as often as we wish. But it happens.

Finding Snowden | Motherboard: For four high-profile former spooks, each with their own histories of whistleblowing and government persecution, arranging a secret meeting with the world's most wanted whistleblower was no simple thing. In early October, they embarked on their mission to inaugurate Snowden into the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, a group of ex-intelligence officials who demonstrate "courage, persistence, and devotion to truth – no matter the consequences.' They had chosen Snowden as the awardee of their 2013 Sam Adams Integrity Award, and felt it would only be right to deliver the award–a candlestick holder made on a 3D printer–in person. They would be the first Americans known to meet with him since he arrived in Moscow on June 23.

Sweden's billionaires: They have more per capita than the United States.: High taxes go to finance cheap health care and education, an excellent system of public transportation, and relatively generous subsidies to low-income households that keep the poverty rate and inequality low. But they haven't stopped Swedish entrepreneurs from building giant firms like H&M, Ikea, and Tetra Pak.

There is no "market solution' for ethics | mathbabe: Remember back in the 1970s through the 1990s, the powers that were decided that we didn't need to regulate banks because "they' wouldn't put "their' best interests at risk? And then came the financial crisis, and most recently came Alan Greenspan's recent admission that he'd got it kinda wrong but not really.

Home - Open Data Index: The Open Data Index assesses the state of open government data around the world.


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Giallo - A Tribute: A homage to the bloody Giallos of the 70ies and 80ies. The movies used in this video: Die Filme: - Profondo Rosso - Bay of Blood - Hatched for the Honeymoon - Blood and Black Lace - The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh - Torso - Seven Deaths in the Cats Eye - Cat o' Nine Tails - A Quiet Place in the Country - The Bird with the Crystal Plumage - Tenebre - The House with the Laughing Windows - What Have You Done to Solange? - The Girl Who Knew Too Much - Delirium - Death Walks at Midnight - One on Top of the Other - Don't Torture a Duckling - The New York Ripper

BBC - Future - Science & Environment - Doctor Who: 50 years of time travel in the TARDIS: TV's most famous Time Lord has been to different worlds and ages, but what do these journeys look like? Take a trip through our interactive map and see archive clips too.

The World’s Most Subversive Soap Operas - The Daily Beast: Over the last 40 years, such serial dramas have spread far and wide. Melodramatic telenovelas have helped bring down the birth rate and stimulated literacy in Mexico and Brazil. They’ve supported the search for women kidnapped and trafficked in Argentina, and they are used in the fight against AIDS in the Caribbean. Pick almost any social, health or environmental issue, it seems, and there’s a soap opera somewhere that has worked it into a narrative.

George A Romero interview: "The Walking Dead is just a soap opera with an occasional zombie' | Big Issue: "They asked me to do a couple of episodes of The Walking Dead but I didn't want to be a part of it,' Romero told The Big Issue. "Basically it's just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism and I find that missing in what's happening now.'

Behind 'The Walking Dead,' TV's Goriest Show | Movies News | Rolling Stone: Director Ernest Dickerson has yelled "Cut!" and some craft-services staff are handing out fruit cups to the cast and crew. But sweating hard under the hot August sun, Andrew Lincoln needs a little more than a small plastic dish filled with an assortment of cherries and grapefruit to shed the heavy burden of portraying Rick Grimes, ex-Georgia sheriff's deputy and the last great hope for humanity against the zombie apocalypse in AMC's monster hit The Walking Dead.


Vintage Russian Board Games

Chess 2: The Sequel - How a street fightin' man fixed the world's most famous game: David Sirlin stepped in to stop chess growing

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▶ Playing Timothy Leary's Lost Games - YouTube: Timothy Leary became a household name in the tumult of the 1960s as an all around anti-authoritarian who advocated psychedelic drug use as a means of spiritual growth.But in the 1980's, he started toying with the idea of making games. We went to the New York Public Library to track them down.

Chicago Toy Collector: Custom Atari-Era Activision Figures: Using old GI Joes, I made a bunch of characters from some of my favorite Atari games. I specifically chose Activision games due to their particularly memorable characters and recognizable box aesthetic. I used each character's color scheme from the game (as opposed to the colors from the box art), taking only minor liberties with boots, gloves, belts, etc…

History Of Horror Video Games In 3 Minutes: Featuring some of the best moments in horror game history, this compilation was made to coincide with a Kickstarter campaign for feature-length documentary 'Playing With Fear' - (ends Nov 30th 2013!)


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NECRONOMICA: After the departure of friend and drummer Mortimus, Black Metal bandmates Borknarg and Absu begin to lose hope that NECRONOMICA will ever achieve its place as the most evil band in the world.

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She's a Fox: It's 1987. Infatuated with the hottest girl in school, sixth-grader, Cameron, puts everything on the line - including his mullet - to win the girl of his dreams.

LUNAR, Short Film on Vimeo: Set in Los Angeles City, 2057, an outlaw is captured and sentenced to a lifetime of imprisonment on the LUNAR penitentiaries. To reunite with his family, he must become the first convict to escape the corrupt system and return to Earth.

The Mind Job: When nice guy Zac finds his deepest fantasies inadvertently appearing on a computer screen in front of a policewoman and his girlfriend, he has little hope of saving face, and even less of saving his relationship.


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Changes to computer thinking - Stephen Fry explains cloud computing - YouTube: Stephen Fry explains the history of computer thinking and the revolution of utility in cloud computing in this 5 minute animation.

Offline.js – Handle your users losing their internet connection like a pro: Offline.js is a library to automatically alert your users when they've lost internet connectivity, like Gmail.

BBC News - Lebanon's forgotten space programme: During the 1960s, the US and the Soviet Union competed for supremacy in space. But there was another contestant in the race - the Lebanese Rocket Society, a science club from a university in Beirut and the subject of a recently released film.


2013 Winners - Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards

▶ Oxford University Press and the Making of a Book - YouTube: A silent film made in 1925 by the Federation of British Industry. This film was one of a series illustrating industrial life and it highlighted the Press's work to audiences around the world.

Jerry Saltz Ranks Banksy's New York City (So-Called) Artistic Works: Banksy, like many British artists, is especially good at creating scenes and generating buzz. He's just amazingly unoriginal in terms of his actual work. Still, I'm an art critic and all artists have their own curve to be graded on. Believe it or not, I actually like a few of his efforts. Which, come to think of it, isn't so terrible for any artist – especially one as frothy and predictable as Banksy.

The 1939 New York World's Fair - In Focus - The Atlantic: An idea dreamed up at the height of the depression, the theme of the 1939 World's Fair in New York was "The World of Tomorrow." Planners were given permission to develop 1,200 acres in Queens, on the site of a former ash dump . Government agencies, corporations, civic groups, and smaller organizations from around the world arrived in huge numbers, building extraordinary pavilions and setting up exhibitions. The iconic Trylon and Perisphere structures became the symbols of the entire fair; they housed a diorama called "Democracity," a utopian city of the future. Over the course of two seasons, 44 million people attended the fair, catching glimpses of a possible future, and enjoying entertainments from marionette shows and thrill rides to girlie shows and choreographed aquatic extravaganzas.

Font Combiner | Custom web fonts and web icons: Font Combiner is a versatile web font creator and font improvement tool exposing advanced font features to the end user - kerning, subsetting, various hinting options and custom font glyph combinations.

▶ Improving Reality 2013 - Paul Graham Raven - YouTube: Paul is going to talk about infrastructure, about what we mean (or think we mean) when we say that word, and about why infrastructure is not so much invisible as illegible: omnipresent, ubiquitous, but almost always Someone Else's Problem. He will compare the Someone Else's Problem problem to the "hypnosis of normality" which Anab Jain (designer at Superflux) suggests design fiction is intended to dispel. Paul proposes that the tools of design fiction and critical theory can, and should, be turned outward upon the complex, interdependent and surprisingly fragile metasystems on which our lived reality is utterly dependent.

FROM PAPER TO SCREEN: Animation which shows typography evolution from paper to screen. The animation is divided in two parts. The first deals with the basic rules of typesetting. The second, is about the evolution of typography in cinema.


The Deal: Batman: The Deal


The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine: In February, 1891, the first few advertisements started appearing in papers: "Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board,' boomed a Pittsburgh toy and novelty shop, describing a magical device that answered questions "about the past, present and future with marvelous accuracy' and promised "never-failing amusement and recreation for all the classes,' a link "between the known and unknown, the material and immaterial.' Another advertisement in a New York newspaper declared it "interesting and mysterious' and testified, "Proven at Patent Office before it was allowed. Price, $1.50.'

The Psychological Power of Satan: Scientific American: Justice Antonin Scalia and Keyser Soze agree: the greatest trick the devil could ever pull is convincing the world he didn't exist. Fortunately for them, the devil does not seem to be effectively executing this plan. Some 70 percent of Americans, according to a 2007 Gallup Poll, believe in his existence. This personification of evil has implications beyond the supernatural, influencing how we think about what it means for people to be "pure evil.' And as we prepare to playfully celebrate the wicked and depraved on Halloween night, it's worth pausing to reflect on some of the psychological and behavioral consequences of these beliefs.

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The Whale Warehouse: The public only gets to see a carefully curated version of the collections at natural history museums. Hidden from view, there's a second museum, sprawling in scope, full of character and occasionally gross. No place is more hidden than the Whale Warehouse.

▶ Big Brains. Small Films. Benoît Mandelbrot, The Father of Fractals - YouTube

An exciting discovery about boredom - Boredom isn't just boring. It can be dangerous, either for the person who is bored or for the people around him. For instance, people who are bored are more likely to smoke, drink or use drugs. Kids who are bored are more likely to drop out of school and become juvenile delinquents. Studies have also linked boredom with stress and other health problems.


Into The Zombie Underworld: I moved to Haiti in the spring of 2007, when my wife found a job with the United Nations' peacekeeping mission there, established after the fall of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. She was assigned to Jérémie, a small town on Haiti's southwest coast. Jérémie is just 125 miles or so from Port-au-Prince, but only a dirt road links the two cities, and the trip can take 14 or 15 hours, if the road is passable at all: When the summer rains set in or the fall hurricanes blow through, the road is just mud. The weekly boat to Port-au-Prince is slow and dangerous. Otherwise, the only connection to the capital is by propeller plane. About a month after I arrived in Jérémie, a rumor swept through town that a deadly zombie was on the loose. This zombie, it was said, could kill by touch alone. The story had enough authority that schools closed. The head of the local secret society responsible for the management of the zombie population was asked to investigate. Later that week, Monsieur Roswald Val, having conducted a presumably thorough inquiry, made an announcement on Radio Lambi: There was nothing to fear; all his zombies were accounted for.

Longform: The Longform Guide to Stand-Ups: Carlin, Seinfeld, Rivers, Chappelle, a young Woody Allen and more — a collection of articles about stand-up comedians.

A Textual Analysis of The Hunger Games: These lists give us a sense of the authors’ respective proclivities and reflect the general tone of each series. The Hunger Games is a technical dystopia relying on detailed descriptions of the action (thus the prevalence of words like “intensely” and “electronic”). Twilight is wrapped up in emotion (thus “anxiously,” “unwilling,” and “unreadable”—the last is typically used to describe a character’s expression). Harry Potter is an exploration of a world by turns wondrous and frightening (thus “dreamily,” “terrified”). Collins’ adjectives are often used in a utilitarian manner, to describe processes (as in “One of the heaviest days of betting is the opening, when the initial casualties come in.”). Meyer, meanwhile, is more likely to use her adjectives to describe people (as in “he asked in his silken, irresistible voice”).


▶ Hans Richard Brittnacher (2013): Kleine Geschichte des Schreckens by Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung: Dass im liturgischen Jahreskreis sich immer wieder christliche Festtage mit heidnischen Riten und mystischem Brauchtum treffen, zeugt nicht nur von den anfänglichen Durchsetzungsschwierigkeiten westlicher Religionsautorität, sondern auch von dem Erfindungsgeist und dem schöpferischen Glaubens- und Ahnungszauber der ländlichen und später auch städtischen Bevölkerung. Den Legendbildungen rund um Halloween, den Geschichten der mit dem Fest verbundenen Hexen, Untoten, Zombies und Dämonen soll an diesem Kaminabend im Salon der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung ebenso nachgegangen werden wie seinen vielfältigen kulturindustriellen Wiederaufnahmen im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert.

Willkommen im Datenmeer – Privacy vs. Big Data: Ob es um die Bewegung von Neutronen im Teilchenbeschleuniger, unsere privaten Telefongespräche oder Suchanfragen bei Google geht, alles wird aufgezeichnet, abgespeichert und verwertet. Noch ist nicht klar, welche schöne neue Welt die Big Data-Revolution bringt, sicher aber ist, es wird eine andere Welt sein als die, die wir kennen.

Schluss mit lustig – Der TAG singt das Hildebrandts-Lied (MP3): Er war einer der scharfzüngigsten Kabarettisten des Landes, immer aktiv im Nahkampf gegen die Verblödung. Dieter Hildebrandt war gefürchtet. In schöner Regelmäßigkeit blendete sich der Bayerische Rundfunk aus der Sendung "Scheibenwischer" aus, weil das doch zu böse war, was er und seine Kollegen da von sich gaben. Dieter Hildebrandt war auch ein Stück alte Bundesrepublik. Er hat sehr genau im Blick gehabt, was Kabarett als Stachel im Fleisch der Nachkriegsgesellschaft ausrichten konnte – und wo die Grenzen waren. Nun ist er gestorben, und DER TAG singt das Hildebrandts- Lied. Was kann nach ihm noch kommen? Eine Zäsur ist sein Tod gewiss. Aber: das politische Kabarett in Deutschland ist nicht tot – es lebt. Nur anders als zu Hildebrandts Zeiten.

über den Dingen – vom Glück der Hängematte (MP3): Schaukeln und schwanken, schlafen und schlummern, schweben und schwelgen. So vieles können wir tun, während wir eigentlich nichts tun. Nichts – außer in einer Hängematte zu liegen. Wo wir gleichzeitig Füße und Kopf hochlegen und nur in Gedanken spazieren gehen. Wo wir die Seele baumeln lassen und den Körper gleich mit, ruhend und doch immer in leichter Bewegung. Die Hängematte ist "ein am Himmel aufgehängtes Viereck Zeit", sagt der Schriftsteller Daniel Pennac. Und wir sagen: Wer nie in dieser Matte lag, weiß nicht, was Glück bedeutet.


Solid Steel Radio Show 22/11/2013 Part 1 2 - The Amorphous Androgynous DJ Food by Ninja Tune on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds: The Amorphous Androgynous (aka The Future Sound of London) grace us with a selection of tracks and inspirations from their newly released albums, 'The Cartel' vol, 1&2. Based around the theme of 'Psychesploitation' - a mix of funky 70's cop soundtracks and fuzzed up Blacksploitation flicks - it's the sound of Get Carter's swinging London and the sleazy San Francisco of Dirty Harry.

Stakker Humanoid: how the Future Sound of London won hearts and minds | Music | When, 25 years ago, Bruno Brookes and Pete Waterman championed Stakker Humanoid, it became the first acid house record to break into the mainstream. So what drew these titans of pop to make Humanoid a hit?

▶ "Talking Heads vs. Television" - YouTube: Songs performed include: "Life During Wartime" "Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open)" "Once in A Lifetime" "Mind" "Big Business" "I Zimbra" "Slippery People" "Psycho Killer" "My Big Hands (Fall Though the Cracks)" "Swamp" "What A Day That Was" "Crosseyed And Painless"

Meilensteine der Popmusik - Glück im Pop Creedence Clearwater Revival: Fortunate (MP3): Manche werden mit einem silbernen Löffel in der Hand geboren, andere mit einem Plastiklöffel. eine Studie über glücklich Geborene und über die, die sich über Privilegien beschweren

Meilensteine der Popmusik - Glück im Pop Chic: Good Times (MP3): Die Disco-Pioniere von Chic besingen in "Good Times" das kollektive Glück - als songgewordene Beschwörung des amerikanischen Traums und eine musikalische Neuformulierung des Glücksanspruchs, des "pursuit of happiness".

Meilensteine der Popmusik - Glück im Pop Jürgen Paape: So weit wie noch nie (MP3): Bei Tanzmusik geht es immer um ein Gemeinschaftserlebnis, das Glück der Grenzüberschreitung in der Gruppe.

Meilensteine der Popmusik - Glück im Pop Daft Punk: Get lucky (MP3): Wann wird ein Song ein Meilenstein des Pop? – Einer der größten Hits des Jahres 2013 mit Daft Punk aus Paris, der sich vielfach im Internet verbreitet hat.