Oben erstmal YT-User otaking77077s fanmade Star Wars-Anime. Das Teil ging schonmal vor einem Jahr (oder so) rum, hatte damals aber keinerlei Audiospur, was ich insgesamt doch ziemlich beknackt fand. Da hat sich nun jemand drum gekümmert und jetzt ist das Ding auch vorzeigbar. Es ist zwar immer noch „nur“ eine Tie-Fighter-Kampfszene, ist aber auch so schon tausendmal gelungener, als der komplette Crap namens Clone Wars.
Nach dem Klick noch ein ganzer Haufen weiterer Links mit einem Käsemonstercommercial, jeder Menge Podcasts über Boardgames, neue Ökonomiemodelle, die im Zuge von Occupy und Protesten während der Finanzkrisen entstanden, Bond und Beatles, die Story über Leben und Tod vom kleinen Strolch Alfalfa und einer so treffenden wie tollen Analyse (nicht nur) der amerikanischen Gesellschaft.
John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders - YouTube: John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda's earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.
SHOGUN TANGO on Vimeo: Every December 25th a land race is held in New Bonneville California. Only the fastest and most powerful vehicles can handle the grueling conditions.The official race title is, The Bonneville Classic 5000. But the world has come to know it as The Shogun Tango.
The Origin of Creatures on Vimeo: A futuristic vision of a world after a catastrophic disaster. In this dark parable mutated limbs are looking for cooperation, but due to miscommunication this mission is doomed to fail.
German Games - Brettspielparadies Deutschland (MP3): Deutschland ist Vorreiter in Sachen Verspieltheit: In keinem Land der Welt kommen jährlich mehr Brettspiele auf den Markt als bei uns. In den USA werden sie bereits als "German Games" bezeichnet -selbst wenn ein Spiel aus einem anderen Land stammt.
Analysis: Alternative economic cultures 15 Oct 2012 (MP3): Professor Manuel Castells says the current financial crisis is more than just an economic downturn. The causes are so deep rooted that they have provoked a profound reassessment of our economic beliefs and institutions and given rise to new protest movements and economic cultures.
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The Strange Death of Alfalfa - Neatorama: Like Curly of the Three Stooges, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer quickly rose above his young co-stars in terms of popularity. Alfalfa received fan mail from kids all over the world. According to one "Hollywood legend," Alfalfa was once mobbed by a big group of fans, while nearby, Clark Gable stood by unnoticed.
A New Great Depression and Ladies on the Moon: 1970s Middle School Kids Look to the Year 2000 | Paleofuture: The February 26, 1977 edition of the Herald-Star in Steubenville, Ohio published dozens of predictions for the year 2000 made by the people of Steubenville, a working class town in eastern Ohio (and the birthplace of Dean Martin). Some of these letters came from local middle school kids 10-12 years old and they provide a fascinating snapshot of the era; unique in their ability to reflect the pessimism stirred by a down economy and shaken faith in government in a post-Watergate, post-Vietnam War era, while also laying bare the irrational optimism of youth.
Inside New York's Last Sensory Deprivation Tank | The Awl: Here's the thing to know about Sam Zeiger—the curly-haired, fifty-something hippie who owns the last sensory deprivation tank in New York: he's not going to murder you. At least he didn't murder me. Unless he did, and blogging forever is just one brand of newfangled, bespoke afterlife torments you can qualify for now (versus pushing a rock up a hill or getting your liver pecked out by birds).
Still, even if it's sort of embarrassing to cop to having made an appointment for an hour of isolation, you should still tell someone where you're going and where dude lives. The fear of getting murdered can be a distraction and when you're floating naked in some man's house, distractions are dead weight.
The Killer Crush: The Horror Of Teen Girls, From Columbiners To Beliebers | The Awl: A week or so after James Holmes shot up an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, the internet was shocked (shocked) to discover that teenage girls on Tumblr were declaring their love for him. The members of this internet clique called themselves Holmies, and incessantly re-posted the same sullen pictures of Holmes with captions like "I WANT TO CUDDLE HIM UNTIL HE SUFFOCATES" and "I want to feed him a tuna fish sandwich. with. mayonnaise." The internet treated this as though it were a new phenomenon, but the Holmies were just an offshoot of the already-existing Tumblr worlds of girls who crush, hard, on killers. Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, and Charles Manson all have their groupies, but the widest and most prolific group seems to be the Columbiners, who have devoted themselves to Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
Terrorism as art: Mark Pauline's dangerous machines | The Verge: Robots, rebellion, and the post-apocalyptic performance art of Survival Research Labs
Turing Complete User: There is nothing one user can do, that another can't given enough time and respect. Computer Users are Turing Complete.
The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent - NYTimes.com: The story of Venice's rise and fall is told by the scholars Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, in their book 'Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty', as an illustration of their thesis that what separates successful states from failed ones is whether their governing institutions are inclusive or extractive. Extractive states are controlled by ruling elites whose objective is to extract as much wealth as they can from the rest of society. Inclusive states give everyone access to economic opportunity; often, greater inclusiveness creates more prosperity, which creates an incentive for ever greater inclusiveness.
The history of the United States can be read as one such virtuous circle. But as the story of Venice shows, virtuous circles can be broken. Elites that have prospered from inclusive systems can be tempted to pull up the ladder they climbed to the top. Eventually, their societies become extractive and their economies languish.