Links: Dark Tourism, The Pickpockets Tale, Sowetos Skhothanes, Notchs Audio Steganography and the Snyths of Fear

02.08.2014 Misc #Linkdump

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Hier die Links, die in der vergangenen Woche liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit Hintergründen zum Business der Marvel-Filme, einer DIY-Arcade-Halle in Uganda, einem neuen Datenvisualisierungstool der NYTimes, Binären Rauchzeichen und jeder Menge mehr.



Soweto"s skhothanes: Inside the South African township"s ostentatious youth subculture.: The habit of skhothane youth burning clothes, money, and other pricey items as part of their dance-offs and wild parties was even immortalized in an advertisement for Nandos, a popular South African fast-food restaurant. As one skhothane explained, "If I can burn this two point three shirt, who are you? You are no one."

PickpocketThe Pickpocket"s Tale - Wilfred Rose, 58, spent a career studying the pants pockets of New Yorkers, always on the lookout for "a nice stiff wallet" full of cash, or better yet, the fainter outline of a dozen folded bills. When he describes sizing up a promising mark, his eyes stop blinking and he leans forward. "When they are wearing a suit, or nice pants, you can visualize it," said Mr. Rose, whom detectives describe as one of the city"s craftiest pickpockets. "You know when it"s there." For years, Mr. Rose had his run of New York, largely evading detection and arrest. His tales of larceny cover four decades.

The Rise of Dark Tourism - Debra Kamin - The Atlantic: "People come here every day to see the show," says Marom, 54, a retired Israel Defense Forces colonel who now works in the tourism industry and regularly brings groups to this point to gaze down on Syria"s bloodletting. "For people visiting the area, it"s interesting. They feel that they are a part of it. They can go home and tell their friends, "I was on the border and I saw a battle.""



The Synth of Fear: Horror film soundtracks with synthesizer scores (article) " HORRORPEDIA: The first film to boast a completely electronic score was Forbidden Planet (1956), featuring sounds created by husband and wife team Louis and Bebe Barron (the latter a student of American avant-garde composer Henry Cowell). During 1952-53 the Barrons worked with John Cage as engineers on his first tape work "Williams Mix", a four and a half minute piece which took over a year to complete. In 1956, having realised the limited commercial potential of avant-garde composition, they put feelers out to Hollywood and were commissioned to produce twenty minutes of sound effects for Forbidden Planet. When the producers heard the astonishing results they signed the couple up for the whole score. Using a variety of home-built electronic circuits, principally a "ring modulator", the Barrons further manipulated the results by adding reverberation, delay and tape effects.

marvel_man_illustration_a_pHow Marvel Became the Envy (and Scourge) of Hollywood: Ike Perlmutter has become one of the town's most feared (and frugal) moguls. Now, as "Guardians of the Galaxy" takes the $6 billion-grossing brand in a new and risky direction, insiders open up about the never-seen executive's ironfisted style and the underside of a superhero empire.

Every Marvel Easter Egg Explained In One Video | News Video | MTV

How Michel Gondry turns twee into art | Art and design | He brought us Kylie clones, brainwashing hairdryers and Gael García Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg galloping on a giant fabric horse … and makes it all look like something a geek would whip up in their garden shed.

Satoshi Kon - Editing Space – Time on Vimeo

Four years after his passing, we still haven't quite caught up to Satoshi Kon, one of the great visionaries of modern film. In just four features and one TV series, he developed a unique style of editing that distorted and warped space and time. Join me in honoring the greatest Japanese animator not named Miyazaki.

FEAR ON FILM: Landis, Carpenter, Cronenberg!



Maniac Mansion Design Notes: While cleaning out my storage unit in Seattle, I came across a treasure trove of original documents and backup disks from the early days of Lucasfilm Games and Humongous Entertainment. I hadn't been to the unit in over 10 years and had no idea what was waiting for me.

Maniac Mansion Design Doc

Episode 557: Doing Business Like A Refugee : Planet Money : NPR: In most parts of the world, refugees are not allowed to work. But Mohammed Osman Ali is a refugee in Uganda, and there, he legally runs a video game arcade and a variety store.


Gotta Go Fast! Hedgehogs are gross and Knuckles is terrifying. Note: The process described in this video is "anointing," described by Wikipedia thusly: When the animal encounters a new scent, it will lick and bite the source, then form a scented froth in its mouth and paste it on its spines with its tongue. The specific purpose of this ritual is unknown.


Solid Steel Radio Show 25/7/2014 Part 3 4 - Matt Berry DJ Food by Ninja Tune: Matt Berry, well known for his appearances in The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh and more recently Toast of London. He's also a musician in his own right with several albums under his belt, the latest being 'Music For Insomniacs' where he channels the synthesised soundscapes of Vangelis and Mike Oldfield. There's no track list as he's currently recording the next series of Toast but he plugs into musicals like Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds and Jesus Christ Superstar, soundtrack work by John Carpenter – Alan Howarth and pop from Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Kate Bush. Following in his wake is DJ Food with the first instalment of a new mix series called Magpie Music which focuses on distorted drums, fuzz bass and the more psychedelic side of his current tastes. Expect music from The Soundcarriers, Pond, tUnE-yArDs and the Osmonds plus unreleased gems from Mophono and The Group Modular.


Mini-Docs about Circuit Bending, DIY-Instruments and Robot-Music



Buy Buy Baby

It's the roaring twenties and things are looking great for Frederick Frinklesworth the second and the rest of the New York Stock Exchange, but when his daughter Betty is left in his care for the day can Fredrick and Wall Street survive the mayhem that ensues?

Zombie Survival Guide

Being undead can be difficult. Your arms and legs tend to rot and fall off. So what do you do? Our film shows the beginning of the infection, the development of the zombie and how to behave as newly undead. Thanks to George A. Romero for being such a great director of many awesome zombie movies.

Motionographer: Make it Sound FAT

Wonderfully paced and full of surprises, this short succeeds where many student projects fail. It has the energy and whimsy of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” but its basic premise is delightfully novel. Definitely worth six minutes of your time.




The Mad Magazine TV Special 1974

This was a pilot that never aired. Network executives deemed the humor too crude and adult to air on television.


Kapitalismus und Hautkrankheiten

Books on Book Covers | The Casual Optimist

AmnonOwed-GenerativeTypography-FlowField3DGenerative Typography with Processing - Tutorial by @AmnonOwed: In this tutorial we will show you how to explore the creative possibilities of typography with code. Using the programming environment Processing, we will be going through a wide variety of techniques and algorithms. These code examples all have one thing in common: they start with type. But while they all use typographic base forms as a starting point, they subsequently move into very different creative territories. Some use an aggregate drawing technique, much like a traditional painting. Placing layer upon layer to create subtle trails or interesting shape compositions. Other code examples show you how to export code-created visuals as high-quality vectors using Processing’s PDF support. Finally, some examples take type into the third dimension to create virtual sculptures based on the letters and words you choose to put in. Besides a great variety, these examples also cover a wide range of skill levels. Basically the complexity increases as we progress. So there is something for everyone: from novices to intermediate and even advanced coders.

New York Times Archive Reveals Art Trends: A new web app created by the research and development wing of the New York Times allow users to create graphs tracing the appearance of individual terms or phrases in the paper over the course of its century-and-a-half history. The graphing tool, called Chronicle, is similar to the Ngram Viewer Google has offered for some time, and is useful in equal measures (though not always at the same time).

Letterology: Bavarian BonBon Bags


Binary Talk: The interactive installation "Binairy Talk" uses smoke signs to transmit digital data. Air serves as the communication medium for binary code, as a carrier of data and information across a distance. The hidden processes of the digital world are transfered into the analog world whereby the apparent immateriality and infallibility of the computer language is overcome.

Elements of Design

The Story of a Story

The Story of a Story is an attempt to translate the love and effort we put into every film we make. The idea came while we were talking about how hard it can be for outsiders to understand the workflow behind what we do.

MIA Sessions x Joshua Davis

During his first Miami visit, we spent some time with the legendary Godfather of Open Source, Joshua Davis @praystation and talked about his inspiration, the real story of open source, the evolution of his work and digital art, music, and of course, Miami.

The Adobe Illustrator Story

When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe"s course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever.

Science & Tech


BLDGBLOG: Life on the Subsurface: An Interview with Penelope Boston: Penelope Boston is a speleo-biologist at New Mexico Tech, where she is also Director of Cave and Karst Science. Her work examines subterranean lifeforms, often found very deep within cave systems, including the larger subterranean ecosystems those creatures are connected to. Her research focuses primarily on what are known as extremophiles for their ability to survive in seemingly inhospitable micro-environments here on Earth; these bizarre forms of life, thriving in acidic, anoxic, or highly pressurized situations, offer compelling analogies for the sorts of lifeforms and ecosystems that might exist, undetected, on other planets.

mineTwitter and Audio Steganography – Medium: Markus Persson, famed developer of Minecraft tweeted the above image: a pixelart vinyl LP with the label "Turn Down For What". Upon seeing this, the pattern of colors in the spiral seemed remarkably non-random, and I set out to see if something was afoot.

Why a Bunch of Science Writers Are Writing About a Fictional Planet – Communication Breakdown: Tatooine is a desert planet, home to Luke Skywalker and Jabba the Hutt, as well as a menagerie of large beasts: banthas and dewbacks, krayt dragons and sarlacci. Tatooine is also, of course, not a real place. Science writing aims to convey ideas, engaging and educating readers on topics from biology to astronomy. Because science writing is focused on real efforts to understand the real universe, you might reasonably ask why a collection of science writers have chosen to spend time and creative energy writing about imaginary animals from a planet that does not exist.

Worm neuron hack to probe the mysteries of our brains - life - 23 July 2014 - New Scientist: CALL it the first brain hack. The humble nematode worm has had its neural connections hot-wired, changing the way it responds to salt and smells.

Exponential growth: Take a sheet of paper of the ordinary variety - letter size for the Americans, A4 for the rest of the world - and fold it into half. Fold it a second time, and a third time. It's about as thick as your finger nail. Continue folding if you can. At 7 folds it is as thick as a notebook. If you would have been able to fold it 10 times, it would be as thick as the width of your hand. Unfortunately, it isn't possible to do so more than about 12 times. Try it for yourself. At seventeen folds it would be taller than your average house. Three more folds and that sheet of paper is a quarter way up the Sears tower. Ten more folds and it has crossed the outer limits of the atmosphere. Another twenty and it has reached the sun from the earth. At sixty folds it has the diameter of the solar system. At 100 folds it has the radius of the universe.

How to Survive a 35,000-Foot Fall - Plane Crash Survival Guide - Popular Mechanics: No matter the surface, definitely don"t land on your head.


Die Herren der Algorithmen: überwachung in Zeiten des Internets: Als vor 25 Jahren die Mauer zwischen Deutschland West und Ost fiel und die DDR-Bürger die Archive ihrer Staatssicherheit stürmten, da standen sie vor Bergen von gesammeltem Material. Und bald reifte die Erkenntnis, dass die Stasi damals sehr häufig nicht wusste, was sie hätte wissen können, wenn sie in der Lage gewesen wäre, ihre Archive zu durchforsten. Aber dazu fehlte die Technik. 25 Jahre später gibt es diese Technik – und die Staatssicherheitsapparate der USA haben kein Problem mit dem Durchforsten noch viel größerer Datenmengen. Und sie sind nicht allein. Auch Privatfirmen sammeln ungezügelt unsere digitalen Spuren und entwickeln immer neue Techniken und Programme, um uns immer genauer zu verfolgen. Jeden von uns. Immer. Denn digitale überwachung verlangt nach der Vollständigkeit der Daten und ist inzwischen auch in der Lage, diese unbegrenzt zu verarbeiten. Was bedeutet nun aber das Wörtchen "Datenschutz" in diesen Zeiten? Hat es überhaupt noch Sinn, darüber zu sprechen?

Podcasts: Philosophie im Hirnscan: Der Mensch erhebt sich über seine Natur, denn er besitzt einen Geist, mit dem sich Entscheidungen rational und aus freiem Willen treffen lassen. Das ist die Grundlage aller Zivilisation und aller Rechtssysteme. Psychologen und Hirnforscher haben dieses Credo jedoch radikal in Frage gestellt: Nicht der menschliche Geist, sondern das Gehirn steuere die Entscheidungen. Der freie Wille sei nachweisbar eine Illusion. Die Diskussion über diese Behauptung wührt nun schon fast 20 Jahre. Die Philosophen haben gekontert und die Experimente scharf kritisiert, auf denen die Illusionsthese ruht. Hirnforscher und Psychologen haben daraufhin nachgelegt. Entwickelt sich ein neuer Konsens über den Freien Willen?

Jugendkultur im Deutschland der 90er-Jahre: Medien sprachen indes unaufhörlich von der "Spaßgeneration". Die am meisten Aufsehen erregende Jugendkultur der 90er ist die der Raver, der Anhünger der elektronischen Musik. Aber auch die Hip-Hopper etablierten sich. Auf dem rechten Rand fanden sich Neonazis, die mit massiven Angriffen und Anschlügen traurige Berühmtheit über Deutschland hinaus erlangten.

WIE HOMER UNSERE POLITISCHE MEINUNG FORMT: Der trottelige, phlegmatische und meist völlig inkompetente Homer Simpson ist alles andere als eine politische Leitfigur. Und dennoch beeinflusst er uns mehr, als wir glauben.

WDR Feature: Der Geschmack radikaler Lust - Immer noch provokant: Die Ideen der "Situationistischen Internationale": Die Situationisten sind en vogue. In den 60er Jahren bildeten sie eine internationale Bewegung von Künstlern und Intellektuellen. Mit Parolen wie "Unter dem Pflaster liegt der Strand" verschafften sie sich Gehör. Heute werden sie wiederentdeckt.