A Ton of Links: Robinson Crusoe Architecture, Jack Kirby meets Ed Wood and the Social Networks of Mythology
smd the movie 720 on Vimeo: This is a crew film, that represents and documents a group of individuals, that together hold a major part in Tel Aviv city’s Graffiti scene. This is an exposure, to some extent, that allows a glimpse into a relationship, a personal philosophy and a unique way of life that bonds the members of Style Must Die. Directed and edited by Robat SMD
Belly – Julia Pott: Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but he can still feel it in the pit of his stomach.
Sight on Vimeo: A short futuristic film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo.
Retirement Plan (director’s cut) on Vimeo: The film tells the tale of an International Intelligence Agency who initiates a unique “Retirement Plan” for their very own agents.
The Midnight Archive – Dealing in the Obscure – YouTube: It is a pleasure to have Evan Michelson, owner of the NYC epicenter of the odd ‘Obscura’ and star of Science Channel’s ‘Oddities’ as a guest on our series. In what is certainly our most abstract and experimental episode, she quite eloquently puts into words why some of us are so drawn to certain objects, the dark, and the disturbing. Her house is, as she puts it, a literal library of the strange and esoteric. Each artifact houses a special story and emotion for its possessor.
Jack Kirby und Ed Wood vs Nazis. WTF?! THE KING & THE WORST english subtitles – YouTube: During the Second World War, terrible things happened but what was never known was that the fate of the world depended on two soldiers: “The king of comics”, Jack Kirby and “The worst director ever” Ed Wood. Their mission was to embrace their unusual fate. Bats, dead nazies, evil beings and a strange mentor will change their lives, but not in this world, it will all be on the other side of the mirror.
Spoiler on Vimeo: The zombie apocalypse happened — and we won. But though society has recovered, the threat of infection is always there — and Los Angeles coroner Tommy Rossman is the man they call when things go wrong.
One of the First Computer-Generated Films, from 1963 – AT&T Archives – YouTube: This film was a specific project to define how a particular type of satellite would move through space. Edward E. Zajac made, and narrated, the film, which is considered to be possibly the very first computer graphics film ever.
Suckablood – short fairytale horror on Vimeo: A dark, gothic bedtime story, which tells the tale of a small girl scared to suck her thumb – lest the monstrous Suckablood should come!
Craig Ferguson 2/23/10B Late Late show Stephen Fry PT1 – YouTube: His Chattiness chats with His Loveliness PART 1of4…dueling snake mugs!
Mario – Post It Life – YouTube: Mario comes to life with with thousands of Post It Notes in this stop motion animation.
Uninhabited islands are usually uninhabited for a reason. The shipwrecked, the marooned, the stranded: they build their structures out of necessity, under the harshest conditions and with the poorest materials. Such conditions would, you might think, leave little room for expression. And yet everyone approaches the Crusoe problem of how to turn survival into sustainment, and bare rock into a home in a different way.
Two weeks after getting shipwrecked, Robinson Crusoe decided to move out of his tent and into something more substantial. After a short search, he found himself a nice cliff side with a west-facing grotto and a sea view. He salvaged planks from the shipwreck, split them into stakes, and used them to build his palisade. Using sails and cables from the ship, he set up a double tent to keep all his provisions out of the rain. Then he hollowed out the grotto until it was a proper cave, gave up his hammock, and moved in.
Kenna and Mac Carron started by building a database for each story that captures all the characters Beowulf, The Iliad, and Táin contained 74, 716, and 404 characters, respectively and the interactions between them. (If two characters met or clearly knew each other, that counted as a relationship.) As a control, they also mapped the social networks for modern works of fiction: Les Misárables, Shakespeares Richard III, The Fellowship of the Ring, and the first book in the Harry Potter series.
Once the social webs were mapped, Kenna and Mac Carron applied the standard statistical toolkit used to study real social networks such as Facebook. […] If the ancient myths were based on real people, Kenna and Mac Carron expected to find the same patterns. They did.
Is Pop Music Evolving, or Is It Just Getting Louder? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network: After peaking in the 1960s, timbral variety has been in steady decline to the present day, the researchers found. That implies a homogenization of the overall timbral palette, which could point to less diversity in instrumentation and recording techniques. Similarly, the pitch content of music has shriveled somewhat. The basic pitch vocabulary has remained unchanged the same notes and chords that were popular in decades past are popular today but the syntax has become more restricted. Musicians today seem to be less adventurous in moving from one chord or note to another, instead following the paths well-trod by their predecessors and contemporaries.
BBC News – Meet the ‘bots’ that edit Wikipedia: Wikipedia is written and maintained by tens of thousands of volunteers across the world. Those, in turn, are assisted by hundreds of “bots” – autonomous computer programmes that keep the encyclopaedia running.
The Entrepreneurial Generation – NYTimes.com: Today’s ideal social form is not the commune or the movement or even the individual creator as such; it’s the small business. Every artistic or moral aspiration music, food, good works, what have you is expressed in those terms.
Call it Generation Sell.
Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math | Politics News | Rolling Stone: Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe – and that make clear who the real enemy is
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