Oben erstmal das sehr schöne „Live Those Days Tonight“ von den Friendly Fires mit einer „Back to’ 89 Rave Montage“, weitere Clips nach dem Klick.
Novel First Sentences, Novel Last Sentences: „First sentences and last sentences of novels serve two very different purposes. Where the first sentence of a novel wants to grab your attention and not let you go, a last sentence often serves to summarize an entire book and to reinforce its central message or mood.“ (via MeFi)
Climategate: What Really Happened?: „How climate science became the target of ‘the best-funded, best-organized smear campaign by the wealthiest industry that the Earth has ever known.’“
Mein Kopf ist grade explodiert:
Ben Folds, Damian Kulash (OK Go), Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls, solo), and author Neil Gaiman will write and record eight songs in eight hours (4:00 p.m. to midnight) at Berklee College of Music, Monday, April 25, and release them 10 hours later during Rethink Music, in Boston. Like Radiohead did recently, this group will show how recording and release schedules are no longer bound by distribution challenges.
The Curious World of Zombie Science: „In 2009, University of Ottawa mathematician Robert J. Smith? (and, yes, he really does include a question mark at the end of his name) published a paper in a book about infectious disease modeling titled ‘When Zombies Attack! Mathematical Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection’. It started as a class project, when some students suggested they model zombies in his disease modeling class. ‘I think they thought I’d shoot it down,’ Smith told NPR, ‘but actually I said, go for it.’“ (via BoingBoing)
Das Record Collectors Magazine hat die 50 wertvollsten Platten aller Zeiten zusammengestellt, die absolute Hitsingle ist „God save the Queen“ von den Pistols mit (nur) 8000 Pfund (circa 9000 Euro).
The original single for God Save the Queen, the irreverent and angrily sung tribute to the monarchy during Silver Jubilee Year, was published by A&M Records, but soon after the company dropped the band and destroyed most of the copies, making any existing versions worth £8,000 today. The band was soon picked up by a young Richard Branson and his Virgin label, which re-released the single.
The second-most valuable record is a first pressing of The Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me, worth £3,500 if found in mint condition. Ian McCann, editor of Record Collector magazine, which drew up the list, said: “There is something of an investment market in mint-condition copies of iconic albums.
Telegraph: Top 50 most collectable records – God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols has been named as the most collectable record of all time in a list of the top 50 purchases for investors interested in putting their money in vinyl, Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen named as most collectable record , Record Collectors Mag (nur für Abonnenten): The 51 BEST VINYL INVESTMENTS 2011
Hier der komplette Beasties-Kurzfilm, grade bei Joblo.com online gegangen.
Der Stream hängt bei mir ziemlich, weil sich wohl grade das komplette Internet draufstürzt. Now: Fight for your fucking Rights! Hier nochmal mein Posting zum Trailer damals, nur falls jemand nicht weiß, um was es hier geht:
Geschrieben und inszeniert vom frisch vom Ohrspeicheldrüsenkrebs geheilten Adam Yauch, es spielen unter anderem mit: Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen, Susan Sarandon, Steve Buscemi, Alicia Silverstone, Laura Dern, Jason Schwartzman, Kirsten Dunst, Orlando Bloom und Will Ferrell
Aus der MTV-Meldung vom Januar:
The short film, which runs about 20 to 25 minutes, is part music video, part improv-heavy comedy. It begins directly after the conclusion of the ’87 video, with the Beasties crawling out of the party-mad apartment in a cloud of smoke, the original tune playing in the background. They head down the stairs and immediately run into the parents of the kids whose party they crashed. Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci play the parents.
From there, Rogen, Wood and McBride head out onto the New York City streets — the film was apparently shot in three days on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles — looking to keep the party going. They bust into a bodega, steal a couple six-packs of beer and head back out. At that point, the short transforms into a music video, with the Beasties rapping into the camera and guzzling beer as they walk.
“It felt super cool,” McBride told us earlier. “The moment you start rapping into a fisheye lens, you realize you’ve been training for it your whole life.”
All over the Internet on every Webpage ever created in 3… 2… 1…
[update] Ich kriege das Video nicht wirklich zum laufen, Testspiel und Nialler9 haben das Ding in drei Teilen, vielleicht läufts da. Ich binde hier eine vernünftige Version ein, sobald sich der Bohei gelegt hat.
[update] Oben das Video auf Youtube, hochgeladen von den Beasties, verfügbar bis ihre Fucktards es wieder runternehmen.
Jim Rugg und Brian Maruca haben ihren Comic „Afrodisiac“, der für den Eisner Award (der wichtigste Preis der Comic-Szene) nominiert wurde, komplett online gestellt. Außerdem: Frank Stockton hat mit seiner lakonischen Burger-Story dasselbe getan. (via Marco)
Pruned hat ein superspannendes Interview mit Paige Johnson, Nanotechnologin an der Uni Tulsa in Oklahoma, die derzeit die Geschichte der „Atomic Gardens“ recherchiert, in denen man in den 50s Pflanzen und Samen verstrahlt hat, um Mutationen hervorzurufen.
Pruned: So basically what are atomic gardens?
Paige Johnson: After WWII, there was a concerted effort to find ‘peaceful’ uses for atomic energy. One of the ideas was to bombard plants with radiation and produce lots of mutations, some of which, it was hoped, would lead to plants that bore more heavily or were disease or cold-resistant or just had unusual colors. The experiments were mostly conducted in giant gamma gardens on the grounds of national laboratories in the US but also in Europe and countries of the former USSR.
These efforts utimately reached far into the world outside the laboratory grounds in several ways: in plant varieties based on mutated stocks that were—and still are—grown commercially, in irradiated seeds that were sold to the public by atomic entrepreneur C.J. Speas during the 50s and 60s and through the Atomic Gardening Society, started in England by Muriel Howorth to promote the mutated varieties.
It’s easy to look back at it all as some crazy, or conspiratorial, plot. But the atomic gardens weren’t a secret. They’ve just been forgotten. And it’s clear from reading the primary sources that most people involved were deeply sincere. They really thought their efforts would eradicate hunger, end famine, prevent another war.
Plus Kareha bastelt unglaubliche Papiermodelle von Manga-Figuren. Weil man auf seiner japanischen Website nicht wirklich zurechtkommt, hier der Link zu zwei Galerien bei Danny Choo: Japan Papercraft, Anime Papercraft Figures. (via One Inch Punch)
Leider viel zu kurzes Typovideo zu „Mad World“ von Tears for Fears. Hier noch ein funktionierender CPU in Minecraft.
Ein semi-intelligenter, kommunizierende Superorganismus aus Mikroben frisst die Titanic auf. Aliens on Earth, they are here.
In 2000, Roy Cullimore, a microbial ecologist and Charles Pellegrino, scientist and author of Ghosts of the Titanic discovered that the Titanic –which sank in the Atlantic Ocean 97 years ago — was being devoured by a monster microbial industrial complex of extremophiles as alien we might expect to find on Jupiter’s ocean-bound Europa. What they discovered is the largest, strangest cooperative microorganism on Earth.
Scientists believe that this strange super-organism is using a common microbial language that could be either chemical or electrical -a phenomenon called “quorum sensing” by which whole communities “sense” each other’s presence and activities aiding and abetting the organization, cooperation, and growth.
The microbes are consuming the wreck’s metal, creating mats of rust bigger than a dozen four-story brownstones that are creeping slowly along the hull harvesting iron from the rivets and burrowing into layers of steel plating. The creatures also leave behind “rusticles,” 30-foot icicle-like deposits of rust dangling from the sides of the ship’s bow. Structurally, rusticles contain channels to allow water to flow through, and they seem to be built up in a ring structure similar to the growth rings of a tree. They are very delicate and can easily disintegrate into fine powder on even the slightest touch.
Comics Alliance hat ein Preview des gestern erschienenen Ganjacomics von Ziggy Marley: Marijuanaman.
Written by Joe Casey and illustrated beautifully by Jim Mahfood, the story is about a noble alien whose species has THC instead of DNA and his biological reaction to Earth’s cannabis plants causes him to transform into the superhero Marijuanaman and fight against an evil pharmaceutical corporation and its hired thug, Cash Money, and make the world aware of what “it’s all about” — which is to say, hemp.
Image Comics promotional materials claim “this is not the comic you think it is,” but we’re afraid it kind of is.
Vor zwei Jahren gab es einen Architekturwettbewerb zum Umbau des stillgelegten Flughafen Tempelhofs, einer der spannendsten und absurdesten Beiträge darin war Jakob Tigges’ „The Berg“, der vorschlug, mitten in Berlin einen 1000m hohen Berg aufzuwerfen. Und dieser Berg wird nun in einer Miniatur-Ausgabe tatsächlich kommen, Baubeginn ab 2013, Fertigstellung des Bergs ist für 2017 geplant. No shit: There will be a mountain in Berlin.
At 1,071 meters (3,513 feet) in height, “Der Berg,” complete with climbers and mountain goats, would have dwarfed the world’s most famous simulated mountain, Disneyland’s Matterhorn roller coaster, as well as the city’s landscape.
Ultimately, Tigges’ computer-generated magic mountain remained precisely that. However, in a surprise twist in the architectural competition to determine the future of the park, the results of which were announced last week, an artificial mountain for climbers has been proposed as part of the award-winning design for the park. The city has given the thumbs-up to a design by Dutch architect Eelco Hooftman for a mountain in the park to be used by Alpine climbing enthusiasts. At 60 meters (around 197 feet), it may not be a Matterhorn, but it still has the potential to beat any of the capital city’s existing puny climbing walls.