A Ton of Links feat. Aquaman, Portisheads Synths, William Gibson about Punk and the Batcave
Drölfhundert Links für’s Wochenende feat. ein zweistündiger Film mit allen 109242 Unicode6-Zeichen, William Gibson über Twitter und Punk, Molly Crabapple illustriert Salvador Dalí, Portisheads Synth-Collection, Judge Dredd, einem mit sich selbst redenden Mac, Primzahlen, Aquaman und eine Geschichte des Batcave. And then some, nach dem Klick.
Videos and Shortfilms
decodeunicode on Vimeo: Since 2005 we showed a prototype of this film at the end of our talks. Some people suggested to put it online, so we made a new, complete one: it shows each and every Unicode 6.0 character. 109.242 characters in total.
RSA Animate: The Truth About Dishonesty – YouTube: Are you more honest than a banker? Under what circumstances would you lie, or cheat, and what effect does your deception have on society at large? Dan Ariely, one of the world’s leading voices on human motivation and behaviour is the latest big thinker to get the RSA Animate treatment.
Adrian Utley (Portishead)’s Synth Collection Tour – YouTube: Source visited Portishead’s Adrian Utley in his home studio to get his reactions to the Arturia MiniBrute analog synth. While we were there Adrian gave us a tour of his analogue synth collection (the stuff that was there, that is!).
GoPro STOLEN by a SEAGULL!! – Unique San Francisco sunset… – YouTube: Funny video of how a seagull stole my GoPro, flew over the water in front of Golden Gate Bridge and how the camera incredibly managed to survive, recording everything!
The Story of You: ENCODE and the human genome – YouTube: Ever since a monk called Mendel started breeding pea plants we’ve been learning about our genomes. In 1953, Watson, Crick and Franklin described the structure of the molecule that makes up our genomes: the DNA double helix. Then, in 2001, scientists wrote down the entire 3-billion letter code contained in the average human genome. Now they’re trying to interpret that code; to work out how it’s used to make different types of cells and different people. The ENCODE project, as it’s called, is the latest chapter in the story of you.
How Computer-Generated Animations Were Made, Circa 1964 – AT&T; Archives – YouTube: This film explains how the computer scientists and mathematicians at Bell Labs created early computer graphics films, like most (though not all) of these films, made by Bell Labs employees E.E. Zajac, A. Michael Noll, Ken Knowlton, Frank Sinden, and many others.
Can Fandom Change Society? | Off Book | PBS – YouTube: Before the mass media, people actively engaged with culture through storytelling and expanding well-known tales. Modern fan culture connects to this historical tradition, and has become a force that challenges social norms and accepted behavior. Whether the issue is gender, sexuality, subversiveness, or even intellectual property law, fans participate in communities that allow them to think outside of what is possible in more mainstream scenarios. “Fannish” behavior has become its own grassroots way of altering our society and culture, and a means of actively experiencing one’s own culture. In a sense, fans have changed from the faceless adoring masses, to people who are proud of their identity and are stretching the boundaries of what is considered “normal”.
Judge, Jury & Executioner! on Vimeo: 2000AD & Judge Dredd have been with us since the late 1970′s and what a massive inspiration they have been! The amazing stories years ahead of their time have been brought to life by stunning artwork created by the masters like Ian Gibson, Cam Kennedy, Carlos Ezquerra and Simon Bisley to name a few.
Soulful Creative artists Koze and Onion have created their own ‘little’ tribute to the great man himself and the artist Simon Bisley, by painting a 60 sqm graffiti art piece designed around a graphic novel page spread. We hope that we have done them ‘Justice’.
The Criterion Collection in 2.5 Minutes (or Dance of the Criterion Collection) – YouTube: This video is a series of over 600 clips from over 600 different films from The Criterion Collection library as of September 1st, 2012. There are no repeats, each film is represented by one clip each, in numerical order by Spine number. It begins with Jean Renoir’s “Grand Illusion” (spine #1) and ends (technically), with the currently announced release of Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate” (spine #636). I have not included any of the Janus Art House or Eclipse series, just the straight up Criterions.
Design, Illustration and Comics
COMICS WITH PROBLEMS #52: FIRE POWER (1950 Gasoline Safety Booklet from the Ethyl Corporation)
My Struggle: Salvador Dalí’s Creative Credo, Illustrated by Molly Crabapple | Brain Pickings
Macintalk – A Mac in dialog with itself: Hey, my name is Tim and I am a Macintalk.
That means I am a digital being with a human atti- tude, who leaves the general framework of the computer for representing the personification of a medium. By using internal functions of voice response and speech recognition I respond to myself to run auto- mated work processes. Therefore I simulate human workflows like writing e-mails, using programs and entering social networks.
If you want to support me you have the possibility to donate your data here. I will play, change and share them. This is a media artistic installation/performance which runs half a year, 24h a day.
The horrifying physiological and psychological consequences of being Aquaman – Southern Fried Science: Aquaman is, for all intents and purposes, a marine mammal. And, with the exception of a healthy mane in later incarnations, he is effectively hairless. As a human, we would expect his internal body temperature to hover around 99°F, or about 37°C. Even at its warmest points, the surface temperature of the ocean around the equator is only about 80°F/27°C. At the poles ocean temperature can actually drop a few degrees below freezing. In the deep sea, ambient temperature levels out around 2 – 4°C. The ocean is cold, and water is a much better thermal conductor than air. Warm blooded species have evolved many different systems to manage these gradients, including countercurrent heat exchangers, insulating fur, and heavy layers of blubber.
DC Histories: The Batcave: While it was true from the 1939 beginning of Batman that he was secretly Bruce Wayne, wealthy playboy, the rest of the Batman canon was developed in bits and pieces over the next several decades. Robin didn’t debut until a year after Batman, Two Face came in 1942, and Alfred Pennyworth came to live at Wayne Manor the following year. During this same time period, the idea of a trophy room for Batman and Robin was developed. Located in a locked room in Wayne Manor, the Hall of Trophies was just a fun place for the Dynamic Duo to reminisce about past cases.
Faultline: An Interview Exploring Glitch Art: KC: You make a distinction between “glitches” and “artifacts.” What’s an example of an analogue artifact as opposed to a digital glitch?
PS: It’s like a pop on a record or a click on a CD. The reasons for these artifacts, though they have the same sort of affects, their underlying nature is completely different from a glitch. One is based on a physical process, like the needle runs over an actual physical object that then gets translated into a waveform. That pop is an artifact of that interpretive system.
When it’s digital you have a numeric translation. The phenomenon gets discretized into numbers and once the numbers are changed and run through the interpretive system, that produces the artifact. The glitch is the entropic process acting on the data, whereas the artifact is what is produced when that altered data is read.
The Chemosphere House: It’s been featured in the Encyclopedia Britannica, it appeared in Brian de Palma’s 1984 film Body Double, it’s been in an episode of the Simpsons as well as The Outer Limits and it was constructed on a plot of land nobody thought could be built on. Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the Chemosphere considered by many to be one of the finest houses in Los Angeles.
Science, Tech and Games
Extending Legal Protection to Social Robots – IEEE Spectrum: Most discussions of “robot rights” play out in a seemingly distant, science-fictional future. While skeptics roll their eyes, advocates argue that technology will advance to the point where robots deserve moral consideration because they are “just like us,” sometimes referencing the movie Blade Runner. Blade Runner depicts a world where androids have human-like emotions and develop human-like relationships to the point of being indistinguishable from people. But Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the novel on which the film is based, contains a small, significant difference in storyline. In the book, the main character falls in love with an android that only pretends to requite his feelings. Even though he is fully aware of this fact, he maintains the one-directional emotional bond. The novel touches on a notably different, yet plausible, reality: humans’ moral consideration of robots may depend more on our own feelings than on any inherent qualities built into robots.
The Extraordinary Quest to Put All the Super Mario Games On One Timeline: There are at least two timelines on the Internet that put the major Super Mario games in chronological order, as if they happened to one guy named Mario who has been living an extraordinary life.
These timeline don’t present Mario as a real man. The people who make these timelines aren’t that free-thinking. But the makers of Mario timelines have asked questions that most people have lived their lives without asking, questions like: Does Super Mario Bros. 3 really take place after Super Mario Bros. 2?
Culture, Movies and Music
THE ROLLING STONES ROCK WARHOL’S EAST HAMPTON PAD | MONTAUK, 1975 – The Selvedge Yard: It was spring of 1975, and The Rolling Stones were gearing up for their epic Tour Of The Americas (TOTA)– which they would later kick off in NYC by performing “Brown Sugar” on the back of a flatbed truck driving down 5th Ave. Looking for a place to rest up, rehearse for the tour, and work on songs for their upcoming album, Black and Blue, the boys rented their pal Andy Warhol’s pad (for 5k a month), and got busy being themselves.
The Strange Fate of Kim’s Video – Page 1 – Movies – New York – Village Voice: The best video collection in New York was shipped to a Sicilian town with a promise that it would be kept accessible to cinephiles. Here’s what really happened to it.
William Gibson on Twitter, Antique Watches and Internet Obsessions | Underwire | Wired.com: William Gibson once spent nearly five years studying the complexities of watchmaking, indulging in the accumulation of knowledge for its own sake. “I wanted to grow my own otaku-like obsession,” he said in a phone interview with Wired.
William Gibson on Punk Rock, Internet Memes, and ‘Gangnam Style’ | Underwire | Wired.com: If punk emerged today – instead of in 1977 – how would it take hold on the popular consciousness?
Moby Dick Big Read: Magnificent yet daunting, Moby-Dick stands as one of the great classics of American literature, much admired but – sprawling and intimidating – seldom read. Now an unlikely combination of fans including David Cameron, Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry and Simon Callow are set to change that after joining the cast of an ambitious project to record the novel in its entirety.
Dreamed up by author Philip Hoare and artist Angela Cockayne, the readings are being broadcast daily online, accompanied by images inspired by the book from contemporary artists including Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley.
The Walt Disnizzle Mixtape: 77 minutes of classic Disney songs vs Hip-Hop & Breaks – Mixed, Mashed & Arranged by ARKHAM.