A Ton of Links: Typesetter Blues, Redesigning Google and Password-Security in Deus Ex
Hier ein ganzer Haufen Links, die in den letzten paar Wochen liegengeblieben sind. Unbedingt ansehen: Den Kurzfilm „Real Life Exp.“ über zwei Teenage Gören, die im Schwimmbad eingeschlossen werden, Teenage Angst, Oberflächlichkeit als Kunst und Beats. Außerdem ein Interview mit Phillip Stearns (Year of the Glitch), der Film Häxan mit Erzählstimme von William Burroughs und die skurril-surrealen Kurzfilm-Animationen Duku Spacemarines und Jealousy. Der Rest ist aber auch hübsch. Nach dem Klick.
Typesetter Blues on Vimeo: Typesetter Blues is a 3-minute animated short starring a likeable monster named Harold. In this melancholy love story, Harold falls for a new coworker, who unfortunately falls harder for someone else.
Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution | The Verge: Something strange and remarkable started happening at Google immediately after Larry Page took full control as CEO in 2011: it started designing good-looking apps.
Peeking Inside Electronic Media Artist Phillip Stearns’ Studio | The Creators Project: By the end of last year, Stearns had been catapulted to the status of being, well, “internet famous.” He’d also turned into a sort of glitch guru – fielding both technical and theoretical questions from his 40,000-odd followers, while actualizing some of his best works from the Tumblr into snuggle-friendly “glitch blankets.”
Space Cartoons to Space Psychedelia: How Sci-Fi Book Covers Evolved – Scott Beauchamp – The Atlantic: Rifling through a vintage paperback store to see how artists’ depictions of the future changed
The ABC of Architects on Vimeo: This work is an alphabetical list of the most important architects with their best known building.
On the Edge of Blade Runner – YouTube: Interviews with production staff, including Ridley give details into the creative process and turmoil during preproduction.
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1968) – YouTube: In 1968, an abbreviated version of the film (77 minutes as opposed to the original’s 104 minutes) was released, entitled Witchcraft Through the Ages. This version featured an eclectic jazz score by Daniel Humair (played by a quintet including Jean-Luc Ponty on violin and Daniel Humair on percussion) and dramatic narration by William S. Burroughs.
Don Levy: A cinematic journey through visual effects – YouTube: It’s been 110 years since George Méliès sent a spaceship slamming into the eye of the man on the moon. So how far have visual effects come since then? Working closely with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Don Levy takes us on a visual journey through special effects, from the fakery of early technology to the seamless marvels of modern filmmaking.
The Beatles of Comedy – David Free – The Atlantic: In 1968, a group of young English comedians made a TV special called How to Irritate People. Pitched for the U.S. market, the show was meant to get Americans excited about a new wave of British comedy. It failed in that aim, but one of its sketches retains high interest for the archaeologist of humor. Written by a couple of Cambridge graduates named John Cleese and Graham Chapman, the sketch is set in the workshop of a shady car salesman. A disgruntled customer, played by Chapman, returns his new car and registers a few complaints: The gear lever is loose. The brakes don’t work. Before the sketch is over, the vehicle’s doors have fallen off.
Good Will Hunting: An Oral History with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and MoreBoston Articles: Fifteen years after the release of the movie that made them stars, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – along with the rest of the cast and crew – reflect in their own words on how a long-shot film by two unknowns became one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories.
One Night in Williamsburg:
Real Life Exp. – NOWNESS: Teenaged Life From the Rebellious to the Mundane is Poetically Captured in a New Short from Norway
The Deep End on Vimeo: Hand-drawn animation with ink, white-out and coffee.
The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia: Nobody Can Live Forever on Vimeo: This is the story of Tim Maia, possibly the greatest (and craziest) soul singer you never heard of. Infamous in Brazil, Tim was a soul grenade that exploded in the 70s. He single handedly revolutionized Brazilian popular music and had the best time ever doing it. His story is one of humourous excess in every way imaginable and there’s something for all the family: drugs, women, money, guns and even a UFO cult thrown in. He REALLY lived the dream, always with a smile.
Half A Pantaloon on Vimeo: Half-a-Pantaloon is a 5-minute animated short starring a charming monster named…um, well, we didn’t name him, but we call him “Halfie”. In this cautionary tale the pitfalls of wearing short pants in the wrong situations is illustrated. We hope that by then film’s end, you, like Halfie, will have learned a valuable shallow lesson.
Malaria on Vimeo: MALARIA tells the story of Fabiano, a young Mercenary who is hired to kill Death.
This short film combines Origami, Kirigami, Time lapse, nankin illustration, Comic Books and Western Cinema.
MECHANIC POEMS on Vimeo: illustrates a world of mechanical creatures that start to explore a real world space.
“NOON” Short Film on Vimeo: NOON is a scene from a completed feature screenplay. The short sets up the world’s unique premise and introduces our protagonist, Gray, a coyote numbed to the cruelty of the world and his part in it. We watch Gray struggle to salvage what humanity still exists within him when profit is pitted against morality.
Message in a Binary Bottle | cabel.me: It’s 20 or 30 years ago. You’re working on a videogame. You don’t get any credit for your work, blogs don’t exist, there’s no internet and no fanboys. It’s just you, a crusty old terminal, and got a few spare bytes left in the ROM. What now?… Type Secret Message
Playing ‘Wolfenstein’ in Tripoli – John Thorne – The Atlantic: How video games are helping integrate Libyans back into the international community
Pins and Needles on Vimeo: In a large warehouse in Los Angeles, behind a massive rolling metal door, there is a room full of awesome pinball machines. A labor of love, Pins and Needles is a public arcade filled with privately owned pinball machines made available for everyone to enjoy by founder Molly Atkinson. Curated by its energetic and tremendously charming founder, each machine has a unique and enchanting personality. We spent the day with Atkinson, learning about the history of pinball machines, her obsession with the sport of pinball and how she came to be quite the pinball mechanic. Most days of the week Pins and Needles opens its door from 8pm-midnight, during which time you will find Atkinson and many other enthusiasts hammering away for the high score – just don’t forget your quarters.
Goodnight, Sweet PakMan on Vimeo: A modern take on a classic flavor.
Password security in Deus Ex @ Things Of Interest: As is true in every aspect of videogames, making a game which is realistic is a goal totally opposed with making a game which is enjoyable to play. JC Denton is improbably difficult to see or hear, even when crouching in the peripheral vision of a guard in a brightly-lit corridor. Buildings have navigable ventilation shafts and security cameras are placed nonsensically, creating networks of blind spots. And password security is unrealistic. It’s both unrealistically bad and unrealistically good.
The Exceptional Beauty of Doom 3′s Source Code: This is a story about Doom 3′s source code and how beautiful it is. Yes, beautiful.
The Technium: The Improbable is the New Normal: The internet is like a lens which focuses the extraordinary into a beam, and that beam has become our illumination. It compresses the unlikely into a small viewable band of everyday-ness. As long as we are online – which is almost all day many days — we are illuminated by this compressed extraordinariness. It is the new normal.
Visual timeline of the One Ring | LotrProject Blog: This is a timeline of the events related to the One Ring created by Sauron in Second Age 1600. The years of the War of the Ring are described in more detail.
The culture of the copy by James Panero – The New Criterion: Just as the written word changed the spoken word and the printed word changed the written word, so too will the digital word change the printed word, supplementing but not replacing the earlier forms of information technology. Speaking and writing both survived the print revolution, and print will survive the Internet revolution. The difference is that the Internet, with its ability to duplicate and transmit information to an infinite number of destinations, will increasingly influence the culture of the copy.
dr. motte – Dr. Motte @ Back To Basics Berlin Dec 2012 (Classic Techno) Re-Recording | Mixcloud: Dr. Motte played a 1 hour live DJ-Set @ the 20′s Anniversary of “Back to Basics” Party with retro techno house classics from 1989 – 1992.
BBC Witness: Johnny Cash in Fulsom prison: It is 45 years since the Country star first played a gig in a high-security jail.
Podcasts: Die Zukunft des Krieges: Wie könnten die Schlachten der Zukunft aussehen? Schon heute spielen ferngesteuerte Kriegsmaschinen eine immer wichtigere Rolle. Mit Präzisionswaffen und dem Mittel gezielter Tötung wird sich außerdem die Strategie zukünftiger Kriege ändern. Ein weiterer Ort für Auseinandersetzungen kommt dazu: der virtuelle Raum.
The New Disruptors – Mule Radio Syndicate: The New Disruptors is about profound changes in the economy for making things.
HR2 Der Tag: Huck Finn – der fremde Freund / Spiel doch mit den Schmuddelkindern: Huckleberry Finn ist nicht nur der beste Freund von Tom Sawyer, er ist auch der Typ des “besten Freundes”. So einen wünscht man sich als Junge: einen, der anders ist.
Power and Money
The Violence of Mexican Drug Cartels – YouTube: A bitterly violent war against Mexican Drug Cartels wages on across the U.S. border. Tens of thousands are being murdered, and over a million are being forced to flee their homes. U.S. laws and policy play a major role in the conflict’s violence. This video is about understanding the complexities of the war and why it is happening.
Bloomberg Billionaires: The Bloomberg Billionaires Index is a daily ranking of the world’s richest people. In calculating net worth, Bloomberg News strives to provide the most transparent calculations available. Each Bloomberg Billionaires profile contains a detailed analysis of how that person’s fortune has been tallied.
Noam Chomsky on How He Found His Calling | Alternet: Renowned linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky shares his take on his career and his drive to educate the public on world affairs.