Links: Women in Weed-Business, ISIS Propaganda Music, Typeface Mechanics and a Voyage of Sketches

15.02.2015 Misc #Linkdump

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Hier die Links, die vergangene Woche liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit Chinas Censorship Anthem, einem 3D-gedruckten Wikinger-Schwert, Conrad Martens Skizzenbuch von der Beagle und Neil Armstrongs Mond-Tools, die seine Witwe in einer Abstellkammer bei ihm zuhause gefunden haben und noch viel mehr, nach dem Klick:

Power and Money


Women in the weed business hit Washington, D.C. -- Fusion: A group of businesswomen hitting Capitol Hill on Thursday want lawmakers to recognize that the marijuana industry isn’t just a boys’ club. Roughly 70 women — lawyers, marketers, business owners and horticulturalists — traveled to D.C. from around the country to try and convince their representatives in Congress to change marijuana laws. “Women have never been more poised to be successful in a new industry,” said Jane West, co-founder of Women Grow, the for-profit company that organized the event. “We are about to create a billion dollar industry.”

Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware - In late 2013, an A.T.M. in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day. No one had put in a card or touched a button. Cameras showed that the piles of money had been swept up by customers who appeared lucky to be there at the right moment. But when a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, was called to Ukraine to investigate, it discovered that the errant machine was the least of the bank’s problems.

The fascinating truth behind all those ‘great firewall of China’ headlines | Comment is free | The Guardian: Far from enforcing blanket censorship, the Chinese authorities are highly selective about what they do and don’t allow on social media.

chinasongChina's Internet Censorship Anthem Is Revealed, Then Deleted - During the talent show portion of a Lunar New Year celebration held on Tuesday by the Beijing Internet Association and attended by many of the country’s leading media figures and Internet executives, the Cyberspace Administration debuted what can only be described as a semiofficial anthem.

Inside the World of ISIS Propaganda Music | Mother Jones: Phillip Smyth, a researcher of Middle Eastern affairs at the University of Maryland who has an unabashed obsession with jihadi music, told me that violent videos set to nasheed soundtracks are ideally suited to the young men ISIS wants to target. "If you are really trying to recruit and indoctrinate people, music is a fantastic way to do it," he says. "It's like Wagner being set to Apocalypse Now."

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life - As she made the long journey from New York to South Africa, to visit family during the holidays in 2013, Justine Sacco, 30 years old and the senior director of corporate communications at IAC, began tweeting acerbic little jokes about the indignities of travel. There was one about a fellow passenger on the flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport: “ ‘Weird German Dude: You’re in First Class. It’s 2014. Get some deodorant.’ — Inner monologue as I inhale BO. Thank God for pharmaceuticals.”

President Obama made a BuzzFeed video: Things Everybody Does But Doesn't Talk About

Obama Defends His Legacy: "These Are The Kinds Of Things You Learn" - BuzzFeed News: In the BuzzFeed News interview with President Barack Obama, the president celebrates Obamacare and marriage equality, blasts Vladimir Putin and Staples, and sets down a marker for Hillary Clinton.


Meet Casanova, Hollywood's Premier Party Robot: California Soul - YouTube: Back in the 1980s David Leventhal ran a small business where he rented out his robot to perform at parties around Los Angeles. The robot, Casanova, was a crass womanizer who was something of an LA scenester. Today he is rusting away in Agua Dulce, an isolated town north of Los Angeles. Vice explores the story of Cassanova, the rise and fall of the Party Bot.

wikingerNorwegian teacher 3D prints a perfect replica of a 6th century sword | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News: a Norwegian teacher and game developer has teamed up with a museum to make accurate reproductions of Viking artifacts.

Tuwat.txt - die Geschichte des Chaos Computer Clubs: Nichts beschreibt die Entwicklung der deutschen Netzpolitik so gut wie die Geschichte des Chaos Computer Clubs (CCC). Diese Geschichte wollen wir erzählen. In vier Folgen führen wir euch in Interviews mit den Gründern und Wegbegleitern des Clubs von den Anfängen in den Achtzigern bis in die Gegenwart. Welche Fragen wir den Interviewpartnern stellen, bestimmen wir gemeinsam mit den Mitgliedern.

HTACCESS Repo: A collection of useful .htaccess snippets, all in one place.



Scientists believe there’s a new layer deep in the earth’s inner core - Quartz: new research from geologists at Nanjing University and the University of Illinois published in Nature Geoscience suggests that there might actually be an inner-inner core—a part even closer to the center of the core, with dramatically different properties than the rest of the inner core.

A Voyage of Sketches: The Art of Conrad Martens - YouTube: A tiny sketchbook that brings to life one of the most famous voyages in history has been digitised and made available online for the first time.

Digitized Sketchbooks Bring Darwin’s ‘Beagle’ Voyage to Life: Sailing aboard the HMS Beagle from 1833 to 1835, artist Conrad Martens kept sketchbooks of the landscapes, people, and animals the expedition encountered — historically important visuals of the voyage that so shaped a young Charles Darwin’s future work. For the first time, these sketchbooks at Cambridge University Library have been put online, so that anyone can virtually flip through the incredibly detailed drawings and watercolors.

No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning: The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein's theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once.

If I Die on Mars on Vimeo: Three volunteers are on the shortlist to be among four people on the Mars One programme, the first manned space flight to Mars – a one-way trip that's effectively a suicide mission. A physics student in the UK, a young doctor from Mozambique and an Iraqi-American woman, all happy to sacrifice their futures for a place in history. Why do they want to leave Earth, and who are they leaving behind? As the list of potential Mars explorers is whittled down further on 16 February, meet those competing to be the first to land on the Red Planet.

Mars One mission: a one-way trip to the red planet in 2024: The launch date is still a decade away but preparations are underway for the first human expedition to Mars. Here we explain about the mission, Mars spacecrafts and selecting volunteers to establish a colony on the planet.

titanNASA releases details of Titan submarine concept: At the recent 2015 NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium in Cocoa Beach, Florida, NASA scientists and engineers presented a study of the Titan Submarine Phase I Conceptual Design, which outlines a possible mission to Saturn's largest moon, Titan, where the unmanned submersible would explore the seas of liquid hydrocarbons at the Titanian poles.

Lunar Surface Flown Apollo 11 Artifacts: After Neil Armstrong's death (25 August 2012), his widow, Carol, discovered a white, (beta)cloth bag in a closet, containing what were obviously either flight or space related artifacts. Secret stash of Moon artifacts found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet

Digital Reality | Claude Shannon wrote the best master's thesis ever when he was at MIT, inventing digital. He went on to Bell Labs and did two core things. The one that's most interesting for me is he proved the first threshold theorem. What that means is I could send my voice to you today as a wave, or I could send it to you as a symbol. What he showed is if I send it to you as a symbol, for a linear increase in the resource used to represent the symbol, there is an exponential reduction in the error of you getting the symbol correctly as long as the noise is below a threshold. If the noise is above the threshold, you're doomed. If it's below a threshold, a linear increase in the symbol gives you an exponential reduction in error. There are very few exponentials in engineering. That's the big one What he showed is you can communicate reliably even though the communication medium is unreliable; that's what digital means.

Art and Design

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Ground Printer on Vimeo

LE DÉSERT DU SONORA on Vimeo: Mescalin is an halluciogenic substance produced by different cactus species like Peyotl. The Incilius Alvarius is a toad that secrets powerful toxins. Canyon is the name given to the place where numerous drugs are taken, like Crack. Those three vegetal, animal and mineral psychotropic drugs share the same location in the Sonoran Desert, near the Mexico-United States border. This installation is an introspective discovery into a microscopic universe. Three aesthetics visions of different psychotropic drugs are brought face to face as a numerical triptych. Shapes, motions, structures, materials and sounds to witness a mise en abyme of a metaphysical journey.

Obsidian by Jonathan Hoefler and Andy Clymer of Hoefler & Co. is a contemporary font with roots in the Industrial Revolution.: New York City–based Hoefler & Co., headed by award-winning type designer Jonathan Hoefler, has designed typefaces for magazines such as Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated, and its Hoefler Text family of typefaces has been included in Apple operating systems. Its newest font is Obsidian, a contemporary typeface that mimics the elaborate decorative typography of the Industrial Revolution. Obsidian is derived from Surveyor, a font inspired by type used on engraved maps and charts.

Frere-Jones Type | Typeface Mechanics: 001: This new series of posts will explore what I call “typeface mechanics”, the behind-the-scenes work that makes typefaces visually functional. It is what placates the stubborn oddities of human perception, helps or hinders the user, and informs long-standing conventions of design.

Africa remix: the artists subverting colonial imagery | World news | The Guardian: Using Google search, old magazines, Photoshop and ethnographic images, artists across the continent are using the internet as a playground, says African Digital Art



A history of the arcade and the arcade-goer - Kill Screen - Videogame Arts & Culture.: In 1867, Victor Fournel published a work in which he described the flâneur as (translated roughly) the image of the public, of the city, the antipathies and admirations of the crowd, public esprit; basically the figurehead of contemporary urban experience. A flâneur is, by definition, a time waster: someone who uses their time not for work, or research, or study, but for urban investigation, the indulging of urban life, and the exploration of contemporary culture. Without first understanding the flâneur we cannot understand the development of arcades.

How Pac-Man’s Ghosts Think & Hunt | Game/Show | PBS Digital Studios - YouTube

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frankHow Peanuts got its first black character: Franklin, the first black member of Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang, made his debut in July 1968. His presence came about through the efforts of Los Angeles schoolteacher Harriet Glickman, who wrote Schulz several letters in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination arguing that the inclusion of black characters in the most popular comic strip in America would be a positive thing.

Best Of 2014 | The Comics Journal

Podcast: Pingpong mit Pauli #6 – Naaman - YouTube: Habe mich mit der großartigen Paulina Stulin, einer Comickünstlerin aus Darmstadt, 1,5 Stunden über meinen Job als Comichändler unterhalten.



How The New York Times Works

How YouTube changed the world: In late 2005, when YouTube was just a few months old, one its co-founders announced that the site’s users were consuming the equivalent of an entire Blockbuster store each month. Today, 300 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. And Blockbuster… Well, kids, Blockbuster was a video rental shop offering films on DVD and VHS. VHS tapes were like giant cassettes. Cassettes were… Oh, never mind.


Nicht für die Arbeit, sondern für das Leben… Was Schule lehren soll: Keine Ahnung von Steuern, Miete und Versicherung habe sie - so klagt eine fast 18jährige dieser Tage über Twitter, aber eine Gedichtanalyse in vier Sprachen könne sie liefern. Diese Selbsteinschätzung verbreitete sich anteilnehmend durch tausende jugendliche Klicks in den sozialen Netzwerken. Bereitet das Schulleben nicht genug auf das "richtige" Leben vor? Diese Frage stellen sich auch Experten, Politiker und Bildungsbeteiligte in diesen Wochen bei dem hessischen Bildungsgipfel. Die Schulen müssen sich stärker für die Arbeitswelt öffnen, fordern Vertreter der hessischen Wirtschaft dort und schon ist sie wieder da, die Diskussion: Wofür sollen denn die Berufstätigen der Zukunft in der Schule lernen? Für die Schule, für die Arbeitswelt, für das Leben, für sich selbst? Brauchen wir nicht auch vermeintlich "zweckfreies" Lernen, zum Beispiel eben die Gedichtanalyse?

Crowdfunding – Wenn der Schwarm die Rechnung zahlt: Nehmen wir an, ich habe eine großartige Geschäftsidee im Kopf, ein Produkt, ein Kunstwerk, ein Spiel, auf das die Welt gewartet hat. Warum soll ich mich dann vor ahnungslosen Bankmenschen oder hochnäsigen Konzernvertretern krumm machen, um das nötige Kapital zu beschaffen? Viel erfolgversprechender ist es doch, das Geld bei der zukünftigen Kundschaft einzutreiben. Früher war das leider auch viel schwieriger, aber seit das Internet ein Massenmedium ist, erscheint dieses Verfahren praktikabel und hat einen Namen: Crowdfunding.

Das Internet der Dinge und Industrie 4.0: Die Vernetzung der Maschinen als nächste industrielle Revolution.