Hier die Links, die in den vergangenen Wochen liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit der Story vom McKokslöffel, einem tollen Hayao Miyazaki-Tribute, einen tollen Artikel über das metrische System, obskure Filme-Edits im Torrent-Network, einem super Interview von Pitchfork mit Aphex Twin („The best artists are people who don't consider themselves artists, and the people who do are usually the most pretentious and annoying.“) und „794 Ways in Which BuzzFeed Reminds Us of Impending Death“:
The McDonald's Cocaine Spoon Fiasco: This is the story of how the "Mcspoon" became the unlikely scapegoat of the War on Drugs.
Losing Ground – Louisiana is drowning, quickly.: In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation's economy.
The Dark Web Gets Darker With Rise of the 'Evolution' Drug Market | WIRED: Since it launched early this year, the anonymous black market bazaar Evolution has grown dramatically, nearly tripling its sales listings in just the last five months. It now offers more than 15,000 mostly illegal products ranging from weapons to weed, cocaine, and heroin. That's thousands more than the Silk Road ever hosted. And Evolution's popularity has been driven not only by a more secure and professional operation than its competitors, but also by a more amoral approach to the cryptomarket than the strict libertarian ethos the Silk Road preached. Case in point: About 10 percent of Evolution's products are stolen credit card numbers and credentials for hacked online accounts.
Charles Bukowski Uncensored - YouTube: Candid conversations between counterculture icon Charles Bukowski, his wife, and his producer that took place in Bukowski's home during the recording session for his classic Run With the Hunted in 1993.
794 Ways in Which BuzzFeed Reminds Us of Impending Death - NYTimes.com: Sometimes I forget that I'm going to die someday, and then BuzzFeed reminds me. In its frenzied onslaught of yellow "LOL"s and "fail"s and "10 Dogs Who Went as a Different Dog for Halloween" lies an existential evasion so strained that it can't help inadvertently evoking the specter of death. The site's effortfully whimsical tone and its compulsion to quantify and classify everything represent the apotheosis of American trivia-focused escapism, served up with an overabundant garnish of "trashy" and "cute" and "yaaass."
A Brief Guide To Demonic Cats Through History - ANIMAL: Cats have quite a dark and checkered past. After their divine reign in Ancient Egypt, they soon descended into the depths of Hell – or at least, that's what many people believed for centuries.
Ehe der Krampus kommt - Von Eddie Angerhuber zu Michael Siefener - deutsche Schauerliteratur auf dem Prüfstand - Wiener Zeitung Online: Ja, es gibt sie tatsächlich, die moderne deutschsprachige Literatur des Unheimlichen, und einige ihrer Autoren schreiben auch eine solche - Literatur nämlich.
How to Be Polite – The Message – Medium: Politeness buys you time. It leaves doors open. I've met so many people whom, if I had trusted my first impressions, I would never have wanted to meet again. And yet – many of them are now great friends. I have only very rarely touched their hair.
Paris Review – The Literature of Laughing Gas, Benjamin Breen: William James, one of the most celebrated proponents of the new science of psychology, and a newly minted assistant professor of philosophy at Harvard. James was in many ways the paragon of an eminent Victorian – his writing tends to summon images of the author ensconced beside a roaring fire in some cozy wood-paneled study in Cambridge. And yet here James comes off as utterly, absurdly stoned. Because he was.
A Gentleman's Guide To Sex In Prison: When I tell people that I recently finished serving a 10-year prison sentence for armed robbery, mostly in maximum-security facilities, I often feel a question lingering in the air. The moment I sense it, I try to respond to the awkward silence in some offhanded way, though it is hard to be blithe and whimsical when you're telling people you were never raped in prison.
BBC News - Wasabi: Why invest in 'the hardest plant to grow'?: The first thing to know about wasabi - or Wasabia japonica, as it's officially known - is that you have probably never tried the real thing. That light green paste nestled next to the pink ginger in your box of sushi? It is most likely a mix of mustard, European horseradish, and food colouring. In fact, by some estimates, only 5% of the wasabi served in Japanese restaurants around the world comes from the rhizome, or root, of a wasabi plant.
Incredible journey: one wolf's migration across Europe | Henry Nicholls | Science | theguardian.com: Slavc is a wolf. In 2011, he began an epic 2,000 kilometre migration across Europe from Slovenia to Italy via the Austrian Alps. Several months earlier, he had been fitted with a collar that allowed his movements to be tracked in incredible detail.
John Marciano's Whatever Happened to the Metric System, reviewed.: In May of 1981, party people gathered for one of the nerdiest soirees ever to grace lower Manhattan. Billed as the "Foot Ball," the event was an anti-metric shindig. Its revelers – including author Tom Wolfe and Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand – had joined to protest the encroachment of the metric system into modern American life. They threw shade on the meter and kilogram, and toasted the simple beauty of old classics like the yard and the pound.
Greg Borenstein - Learning from Science Fiction - YouTube: For more than a century, science fiction has been both the conscience and the subconscious of the technology industry. Its authors have invented new ideas that became world-changing technologies and they've shaped the moral, philosophical and aesthetic lenses that we use to understand our changing world. We use an interface from Minority Report to operate our Star Trek communicators, in order to communicate over geostationary satellites invented by Arthur C. Clarke, to visit William Gibson's cyberspace and experience the drifting identities and psychological dislocation described by Philip K. Dick. As a designer, technologist and artist, Greg Borenstein has mined science fiction for storytelling tools that help communicate how new technologies feel and what they might mean to our world. In this talk, Greg presents projects that show some of what he has learned and outline ideas that may come in handy in your own practice.
I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here's What It Did to Me | Gadget Lab | WIRED: The like and the favorite are the new metrics of success – very literally. Not only are they ego-feeders for the stuff we put online as individuals, but advertisers track their campaigns on Facebook by how often they are liked. A recent New York Times story on a krill oil ad campaign lays bare how much the like matters to advertisers. Liking is an economic act. I like everything. Or at least I did, for 48 hours. Literally everything Facebook sent my way, I liked – even if I hated it.
Forget Siri: This Radical New AI Teaches Itself and Reads Your Mind | Enterprise | WIRED: small team of engineers at a stealth startup called Viv Labs claims to be on the verge of realizing an advanced form of AI that removes those limitations. Whereas Siri can only perform tasks that Apple engineers explicitly implement, this new program, they say, will be able to teach itself, giving it almost limitless capabilities. In time, they assert, their creation will be able to use your personal preferences and a near-infinite web of connections to answer almost any query and perform almost any function.
Web Fundamentals – Google Developers: Web Fundamentals is a comprehensive resource for multi-device web development.
How a new HTML element will make the Web faster | Ars Technica: The story of the Picture element isn't just an interesting tale of Web developers working together to make the Web a better place. It's also a glimpse at the future. The separation between those who build the Web and those who create Web standards is disappearing. The W3C's community groups are growing, and sites like Move the Web Forward aim to help bridge the gap between developer ideas and standards bodies.
Bruce Lee's best moves | South China Morning Post: 'The Way of the Intercepting Fist': Also known as jeet kune do, it is a hybrid of different martial arts and philosopies founded by Lee. It promotes minimalism in combat and fluidity. As Lee had suggested, one should "be water". It also allows practitioners to incorporate their own fighting styles into already existing techniques, fulfilling its ethos of "style with now style".
Drums West - YouTube: "Drums West" cut-paper animation from Jim Henson. This newly rediscovered short was created in Jim's home studio in Bethesda, MD around 1961. It is one of several experimental shorts inspired by the music of jazz great Chico Hamilton. At the end, in footage probably shot by Jerry Juhl, Jim demonstrates his working method.
Movie Curiosities Lurking on BitTorrent Networks | TorrentFreak: Alien "Virtual Workprint" – 1979: From release notes: A fan-edit of the film ALIEN which interpolates all existing deleted scenes and a variety of unseen footage and unused score cues to create a version that runs considerably longer than both the 1979 theatrical release and the 2003 director's cut.
Cloaque.mov 2014 - YouTube: Cloaque.mov is an annual collective show in audiovisual format curated by Claudia Maté & Carlos Séez. Following the same presentation format as the website http://cloaque.org/, every artist creates a 40 second video piece intended to be joined together, creating a whole story. This journey through very different environments is acclimated by an original soundtrack composed by a musician. Each year's edition continues the previous one as a succession.
Stunning Video: The Portuguese Man-of-War Up Close - YouTube: The Portuguese man-of-war – a colonial organism related to the jellyfish – is infamous for its painful sting, but one photographer finds the beauty inside this animal's dangerous embrace. For nearly two years, retired U.S. Navy combat photographer Aaron Ansarov has collected and photographed man-of-wars that wash up on a local Florida beach.
Vernacular Web by Olia Lialina on Vimeo: Video presentation by Yn Hsien Chen and Angellque Padua based on the 'Vernacular Web' essays by Olia Lialina.
Bewegungen - YouTube: The animation shows 5 excerpt of stylized figures in motion. The figures themselves are frozen, but the movement is visualised with a surrounding vector field.
PlotDevice: a Python-based graphics environment for the Mac: A Python-based graphics language for designers, developers, and tinkerers
Artists Turn Tracking Data From A Journey Across Spain Into A Giant Marble Mandala | The Creators Project: Artists Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher have turned the data from a three month trek across Spain into a 225sq ft sculpted infograph mandala, handcrafted from marble and granite.
Women Who Conquered the Comics World | Collectors Weekly: "When I got to San Francisco in 1970, I discovered that maybe it was the mecca of underground comix for the guys, but not for the girls."
Dropping Science: 'XKCD' Cartoonist Randall Munroe on His New Book | Rolling Stone: "Stand back, I'm going to try science" is one of the enduring mottos of the XKCD webcomic. That's exactly what cartoonist Randall Munroe has done: applied his physics degree (he's a former employee of NASA) to brilliant stick-figure comics about the Internet, eBay feedback, romance, and bacon. With tens of millions of visitors every month, the 29-year-old Munroe has become the king of the oddball online funny pages. Sometimes the jokes are built on obscure references to logic trees or Linux; there's now a whole ecosystem of other people explaining what he's talking about in case your liberal-arts degree isn't getting the job done.
Der Zorn Gottes – Religion und Gewalt: Kreuzigung, Hinrichtung, Steinigung, Amputation von Händen… Die Strafen islamischer Fundamentalisten erfüllen uns mit Grausen und Entsetzen. Etwa wenn wir das grausame Vorgehen der Kämpfer der irakischen IS beobachten. Es erscheint uns archaisch und willkürlich. Und wir fragen uns: Sind diese Strafen tatsächlich im Islam erlaubt? Welche Theologen rechtfertigen sie und warum? Für die islamische Welt sind das fundamentale Fragen. So wie die Inquisition für die christliche Welt früher fundamental wichtig war. Nur: Die Inquisition ist seit fast 200 Jahren abgeschafft. Im Islam nehmen fundamentalistische Deutungen der Religion im 21. Jahrhundert aber zu. Wie kann man diesen Prozess aufhalten? Die Antwort entscheidet über Krieg und Frieden.
Problemlöser – wichtige Philosophen und ihre Konzepte: Alle herausragenden Philosophen haben sich mit bestimmten Problemen beschäftigt und versucht, diese auf originelle Weise zu lösen. Wittgensteins Werk dreht sich um das Problem der Sprache, Kants um das der Freiheit, Nietzsches um das des Lebens, Heidegger versuchte das Problem des Seins zu lösen. Wilhelm Vossenkuhl, Professor emeritus für Philosophie an der LMU München, begreift in 13 Essays Philosophiegeschichte als Problemgeschichte und stellt Philosophen als Problemlöser vor.
WDR Hörspiel: Dann sind wir Helden: Jojo will ganz groß rauskommen. Mit seiner Band, die sich "Die Helden" nennt. Es ist 1979, am Vorabend des Punk. Buch: Jochen Rausch; Regie: Martin Zylka
Strange Visitor: A Conversation With Aphex Twin | Features | Pitchfork: The best artists are people who don't consider themselves artists, and the people who do are usually the most pretentious and annoying.
Future Shock was a 2hr mix that DJ Food cooked up for an online 'pirate' radio station a couple of friends set up earlier this year called Altar Ego Radio. Billed as 'Music from the Future you remember from your Past', he mixed sci-fi electronica with a retro feel from Jokers of the Scene, Falty DL. The Books, Sculpture, Nico Motte and Jeremy Schmidt. Here's the first hour, exclusively sans the chat of the original broadcast which was hosted like a regular radio show.
Orson Welles _ Future Shock _ unknown
unknown _ This Is Not What Space Is About _ Private press CD
Ganzfeld _ The Liars Paradox _ Rotary Tower
Working For a Nuclear Free City _ Pixelated Birds _ Melodic
Four Tet _ Druid 1 _ free mp3
The Books _ Group Autogenics II _ Temporary Residence
Jokers of the Scene _ Stoned In Death Valley _ Throne of Kanada
Jokers of the Scene _ Umbilical Chords _ Throne of Kanada
Giallos Flame _ Carpenter's Groove _ Rotary Tower
Illum Sphere _ Embryonic (Lone remix) _ Ninja Tune
Dobie _ She Moans (Falty DL remix) _ Ninja Tune
Run The Jewels _ Get It _ Big Dada
Machinedrum _ Nu Jack _ Ninja Tune
Om Unit _ Ether _ Terrorhythm Recordings
Jokers of the Scene _ A Night On The Town _ Throne of Blood
Jeremy Schmidt _ Opening title of Beyond The Black Rainbow _ Death Waltz
Sculpture _ Plastic Infinite _ Tapebox
JuJu & Jordash _ Stroop _ Throne of Blood
Delia Derbyshire / Berry Bermange _ Dreams / falling _ BBC
Falty DL _ King Brute feat Shanghai Den _ Ninja Tune
Jokers of the Scene _ This is Newsbeat _ Throne of Kanada
Herbie Hancock _ a snatch of American Megamix _ CBS
LJ Kruzer _ Tam _ Uncharted Audio
unknown _ This Is Not What Space Is About (excerpt 2) _ Private press CD
Jeremy Schmidt _ Sentionaut _ Death Waltz
1. Portable - Shadowdancing (Dancecapella) (00:00)
2. Newworldaquarium – Thousand Oaks (00:15)
3. Tuff City Kids – Breacher (00:54)
4. Daniel Jacques – End Of My World (03:41)
5. JT Donaldson – Mindsmoke (07:33)
6. Norm Talley – More Powder (09:22)
7. It's Not Over – Late At Night (VIP Mix) (11:16)
8. Different Noodles – Banana Resort (14:23)
9. Alex Falk – BF (17:49)
10. Makam – Girls Night (20:44)
11. Octave One – Track 3 (23:55)
12. James Duncan – Shades Of House (A2) (25:42)
13. Wincent Kunth – Re Entry (28:14)
14. A Sagittariun – Conquering Lions (29:15)
15. Deadbeat – Whoa! (31:27)
16. Hard House Banton – Reign (34:50)
17. K-HAND – Clap Yo Hands (38:28)
18. Groove Chronicles – Your Power’s Taking Over (42:15)
19. Head High – Power Seat (44:59)
20. Taka Boom featuring Chaka Khan – Groove Like That (48:07)
21. Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie – House Music (52:00)
22. Mr G – Womb (55:05)
23. eLBee BaD – Don’t Wanna Lose Ya Love (58:02)
24. Bluelite – Enlite (59:32)
25. Will Azada – Pump That Shit (1:01:55)
26. Tronic Pulse – Hit That (1:04:25)
27. Heiko Laux – The Bridge (1:07:18)
28. Roman Flügel – The Odd Lobster (1:09:43)
29. G. Marcell – Breathe (Exhale Mix) (1:12:56)
30. Borrowed Identity – Leave Me (1:14:29)
31. The Oliverwho Factory – Take It Slow (1:17:19)
32. Genius Of Time – Tuffa Trummor Med Röst (1:21:14)
33. Nick Höppner – Track For Eb (1:25:54)
34. Terrence Dixon – Innocence (1:29:10)
35. Marcel Dettmann – Light (1:30:17)