Links: U-Bahn-Lackierer, a crashed Wall Street Secret Society and the dark Psychology of Comedy

02.03.2014 Misc #Linkdump

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Hier die drölfhundert Links, die seit letzter Woche liegengeblieben sind. Unter anderem mit Mammuts, einer Visualisierungen verschiedener Konversations-Gruppen auf Twitter, den furchtbarsten Reviews vom Stone, der Linguistik von „I can't even“, Typographie in Science Fiction und noch viel mehr, nach dem Klick:


Klaus Teuber, the Man Who Built The Settlers of Catan : The New Yorker: In the eighties, Klaus Teuber was working as a dental technician outside the industrial city of Darmstadt, Germany. He was unhappy. "I had many problems with the company and the profession," he told me. He started designing elaborate board games in his basement workshop. "I developed games to escape," he said. "This was my own world I created." Teuber, now sixty-one, is the creator of The Settlers of Catan, a board game in which players compete to establish the most successful colony on a fictional island called Catan, and the managing director of Catan GmbH, a multi-million-dollar business he runs with his family.

Adam Gopnik: When Did Faith Start to Fade? : The New Yorker: In Tom Stoppard's 1970 play "Jumpers," the philosopher hero broods unhappily on the inexorable rise of the atheist: "The tide is running his way, and it is a tide which has turned only once in human history. . . . There is presumably a calendar date – a moment – when the onus of proof passed from the atheist to the believer, when, quite suddenly, the noes had it." Well, when was that date – when did the noes have it? In 1890? In 1918, after the Great War? In 1966, when Time shocked its readers with a cover that asked whether God was dead? For that matter, do the noes have it?

Internet Linguistics: "I have lost all ability to can." A playful riff on the more frequently used Internet expression: "I can't even." Loose translation: "This link is so amazing that I have lost my ability to express my appreciation for it in fully formed sentences. All speech has been reduced to this ill-formed sentence. Thus is the depth of my excitement about this. Click on it. Click on it if you too would like to experience this level of incoherent excitement." How did I get all of that from one sentence? My immersion learning of Tumblr-Internet-speak was so gradual that I hadn't even noticed it was happening.

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I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society -- Daily Intelligencer: "Good evening, Exalted High Council, former Grand Swipes, Grand Swipes-in-waiting, fellow Wall Street Kappas, Kappas from the Spring Street and Montgomery Street chapters, and worthless neophytes!"

The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks' Most Devious Scam Yet | Politics News | Rolling Stone: Today, banks like Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs own oil tankers, run airports and control huge quantities of coal, natural gas, heating oil, electric power and precious metals. They likewise can now be found exerting direct control over the supply of a whole galaxy of raw materials crucial to world industry and to society in general, including everything from food products to metals like zinc, copper, tin, nickel and, most infamously thanks to a recent high-profile scandal, aluminum. And they're doing it not just here but abroad as well: In Denmark, thousands took to the streets in protest in recent weeks, vampire-squid banners in hand, when news came out that Goldman Sachs was about to buy a 19 percent stake in Dong Energy, a national electric provider.The furor inspired mass resignations of ministers from the government's ruling coalition, as the Danish public wondered how an American investment bank could possibly hold so much influence over the state energy grid.

Noam Chomsky (2014) "How to Ruin an Economy; Some Simple Ways" - YouTube: Chomsky argued that certain factors, among them cutting federal funding for research and development and the growing gap between the richest 1 percent and everybody else, have led to the country's current economic climate. "The system is so dysfunctional that it cannot put eager hands to needed work using the resources that would be available if the economy were designed for human needs," Chomsky said. "These things didn't just happen like a tornado, they are the results of deliberate policies over roughly the past generation."

DEMOCRACY | The Economist: The two main reasons are the financial crisis of 2007-08 and the rise of China. The damage the crisis did was psychological as well as financial. It revealed fundamental weaknesses in the West's political systems, undermining the self-confidence that had been one of their great assets. Governments had steadily extended entitlements over decades, allowing dangerous levels of debt to develop, and politicians came to believe that they had abolished boom-bust cycles and tamed risk. Many people became disillusioned with the workings of their political systems – particularly when governments bailed out bankers with taxpayers' money and then stood by impotently as financiers continued to pay themselves huge bonuses. The crisis turned the Washington consensus into a term of reproach across the emerging world. Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party has broken the democratic world's monopoly on economic progress.

Data pioneers watching us work - Evolv is a leader in the nascent Quantified Workplace movement, where big data analytics companies are springing up to measure how we work. "Every week we figure out more things to track," says Max Simkoff, Evolv's co-founder and chief executive, who claims it can help improve productivity by at least 5 per cent in two-thirds of jobs.

How Crowdworkers Became the Ghosts in the Digital Machine | The Nation: Since 2005, Amazon has helped create one of the most exploited workforces no one has ever seen.

Andrew O'Hagan - Ghosting - LRB 21 February 2014: 'Is she checking for paparazzi?' I asked. 'I wish,' said Julian. 'What then?' 'Assassins.'


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Meet Our Vintage Collection Archivist, Bill Bonner - YouTube: Bill Bonner presides over eight million images as the longtime keeper of National Geographic's vintage collection. He's a keeper not only of photographs, but memories – and he treats each like it's the greatest treasure in the world.

Designing a Vinyl Toy with Joe Ledbetter | MAKE: For the past nine months I've been working away on a toy project called The Chaos Bunnies, and I'll share with you the steps I took to make it happen.

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Spherical Harmonics on Vimeo: Spherical Harmonics is about the strange power of the CGI image. It is a hermetically sealed fantasy, full of digitally created memories, counterfeit physics and controlled accidents. A place where reality fails because it's too perfect, and where spectacular CGI setpieces are replaced with more introverted and complex fantasies - fantasies of the digital-artist-as-god, lost in uncanny valley.


True Detective (2014) – Art of the Title: Travel to the underbelly of America. Louisiana. The Gulf Coast. Purgatory, USA. A sopping, poisoned wasteland where industry and old time religion meet somewhere in the sugarcane. This is a place haunted by people – good and bad and everything in between – fractured souls who cling to the edges of society and themselves, walking contradictions struggling to get by and simply be. It's here that two detectives – a broken stranger and a slightly bent local – get wind of something sinister. Among the roach motels and refineries, a serial killer plies his terrible trade against the put-upon: Murder as ritual sacrifice. The cane is burning in the field. The fire eats it all away.

'Can You Dig It?' The Warriors, 35 Years Later: Thirty-five years after pushing its way into theaters, in 1979, where it promptly incited a string of vandalism and violent acts, Hill takes us back to his summer in the city.

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LIFE AFTER PI (Official) - YouTube: The 30-minute film Life After Pi documents last year's financial collapse of vfx house Rhythm & Hues. Directed and edited by Rhythm & Hues employee Scott Leberecht, the documentary does a great job of explaining the current realities of the visual effects business model and why the bankruptcy of Rhythm & Hues is part of a much broader issue in Hollywood that has led to the shutdown of dozens of studios over the past decade.

Hollywood Ending: A Documentary Detailing Why the Movie Capital of the World is Forcing Filmmakers to Leave: "Life After Pi" is a short documentary about Rhythm & Hues Studios, the L.A. based Visual Effects company that won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on "Life of Pi" – just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy. The film explores rapidly changing forces impacting the global VFX community, and the Film Industry as a whole. This is only the first chapter of an upcoming feature-length documentary "Hollywood Ending," that delves into the larger, complex challenges facing the US Film Industry and the many professionals working within it, whose fates and livelihood are intertwined.

How Criterion Collection Brings Movies Back From the Dead


The Mammoth Cometh - Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening – and it's going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad.

The History Blo: Unusual Aztec dog burial found in Mexico City: Archaeologists excavating underneath an apartment building in the Aztacapozalco neighborhood of Mexico City have unearthed an unusual group burial of 12 dogs dating to the Late Post Classic period of Aztec history (1350 to 1520 A.D.)

The Dark Psychology of Being a Good Comedian - Olga Khazan - The Atlantic: New research shows that the best humor is both a little bit wrong and a little bit right. Is there something about comedians that makes them better at subversion?

Good Art Is Popular Because It's Good. Right? : NPR: To test how much of success should be attributed to chance and how much to quality, Salganik created a website that randomly funneled the 30,000 teenagers he recruited online into nine identical worlds. Each of these worlds exposed the teens to 48 songs from emerging artists – bands that hadn't yet been signed so were totally unknown to the teens. The deal was that after listening to the songs, the teens could download the ones they liked best for free. Now in one world – the control world – they couldn't see which songs their peers were downloading so there was no social influence. But in the other eight, the teens could see which songs had been downloaded before, so they knew what other people thought was good.


Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project: Conversations on Twitter create networks with identifiable contours as people reply to and mention one another in their tweets. These conversational structures differ, depending on the subject and the people driving the conversation. Six structures are regularly observed: divided, unified, fragmented, clustered, and inward and outward hub and spoke structures. These are created as individuals choose whom to reply to or mention in their Twitter messages and the structures tell a story about the nature of the conversation.

The Future of the News Business: A Monumental Twitter Stream All in One Place | Andreessen Horowitz: I am more bullish about the future of the news industry over the next 20 years than almost anyone I know. You are going to see it grow 10X to 100X from where it is today. That is my starting point for any discussion about the future of journalism. Here's why I believe it, and how we will get there.

Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security: It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: seven keys, held by individuals from all over the world, that together control security at the core of the web. The reality is rather closer to The Office than The Matrix.


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Metrolaut Spezial: Züge anlacken | Tom ist ehrenamtlicher U-Bahn-Lackierer. Wir sprechen über Einbrüche, über Diebstahl, über Sicherheitskräfte die Schusswaffen nicht nur besitzen, sondern auch gebrauchen, und über Freunde, die von Zügen erfasst wurden.

Digital. Global. Fatal. – Das Netz-Monopoly (MP3): 19 Milliarden Dollar hat sich Facebook die übernahme von WhatsApp kosten lassen – ein Coup, den äußerst erfolgreichen Konkurrenten auszuschalten. Mit der übernahme von WhatsApp entsteht jetzt also ein gigantisches Medien-und Kommunikationsmonopol. Was heißt das für unsere Daten? Die NSA ist nur einer von vielen Interessenten. Irgendwie müssen die 19 Milliarden schließlich wieder herein kommen. Das Geschäft muss sich lohnen. Aber tut es das oder ist es nur der Beginn einer neuen Technologieblase?