Links: Larry Lessig, Jeff Mills, Ralph McQuarrie, Crafting Links and The Birth of the Lightsaber

Hier die Links, die in den vergangenen Wochen liegen geblieben sind, unter anderem mit drei weiteren Teilen der McQuarrie-Doku, einem neuen Vortrag von Lawrence Lessig auf der TED-Konferenz, Jeff Mills in seiner Zeit als The Wizard auf Video, einem tollen, langen und superinteressanten Artikel über die Band Perfect Pussy, Underground und Musik-Journalismus, einem überfälligen Statement gegen den „Invisible UI“-Bullshit, Valves Doku über eSports und jede Menge mehr nach dem Klick:

Power and Money

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Lawrence Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform – YouTube: Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz’s tragic death, Lessig continues his campaign to free US politics from the stranglehold of corruption. In this fiery, deeply personal talk, he calls for all citizens to engage, and a offers a heartfelt reminder to never give up hope.

Is the Internet good or bad? Yes. – Matter – Medium: It”s time to rethink our nightmares about surveillance.

BBC News – Vladimir Putin: The rebuilding of “Soviet” Russia: The world was stunned when Russia invaded Crimea, but should it have been? Author and journalist Oliver Bullough says President Vladimir Putin never kept secret his intention to restore Russian power – what’s less clear, he says, is how long the country’s rise can continue.

Cory Doctorow on the Politics of Copyright on Vimeo: Cory Doctorow on why digital rights management on the Web is a dangerous idea, Jaron Lanier and the internet economy, the purpose of copyright, and why we stopped building cathedrals, but creativity is alive.

Music

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JEFF MILLS THE WIZARD DETROIT – YouTube: Vor ein paar Jahren hatte ich mal insgesamt 7 Mixe von Jeff Mills aus seiner Zeit als The Wizard bei Soundcloud hochgeladen.

Perfect Pussy and the Corporate Media: Has Punk Been Co-Opted?: To retreat into a satisfying obscurity is a politicized statement in itself, a refusal to participate in a system that will invariably warp your work into something marketable or detached from its original context. And this retreat might be the only effective path to truth in expression.

Swedish Pop Mafia – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society: Judged against their original purpose, Swedish municipal music schools have been a total failure. An initiative that started out as an antidote to the licentious sounds of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and the like, instead set loose a musical juggernaut that would help give the world such hits as Katy Perry”s “California Gurls” and Britney Spears” “If You Seek Amy” (try saying it out loud: F, U, C…). As the super-producer Max Martin once said, “I have public music education to thank for everything.”

BBC News – Frank Gossner: The archaeologist of African vinyl: A German DJ has become an archaeologist of funk. He travels around Africa searching for old, unwanted and often moulding LPs, gets them reissued and then plays them at his gigs around the world.

Design and Art

Virtual reality made me believe I was someone else | The Verge: I am no longer Aaron Souppouris. I am a woman. I am a stranger. I stare down at the mask I hold in my hands, struggling to comprehend how those hands, which are clearly not mine, are allowing me to feel its curves and cracks. As I glance at the mirror in front of me, my new lip piercing glimmers under the harsh fluorescent lights. This is not a fever dream, not a hallucination, not even a video game. This is The Machine To be Another.

No to NoUI – Timo Arnall: We are overloaded with childish mythologies like “the cloud”; a soft, fuzzy metaphor for enormous infrastructural projects of undersea cables and power-hungry data farms. This mythology can be harmful and is often just plain wrong. Networks go down, hard disks fail, sensors fail to sense, processors overheat and batteries die: “Computing systems are suffused through and through with the constraints of their materiality.”

Milton Glaser Critiques Modern Beer Art – NYTimes.com: The surface of this is so unpleasant.

Translating Lorem Ipsum – LRB blog: The text itself has been designed not to communicate, to have the look of text but no meaning – but meaning bubbles up through it nonetheless. The 16th-century printer who came up with it got there by mangling Cicero”s “De finibus bonorum et malorum”, an exposition of Stoicism, Epicureanism and the Platonism of Antiochus of Ascalon. Though most of the metaphysical subtlety has been wrung out, sense hasn”t completely: the text is haunted, as Derrida might have put it, by the piece of writing it once was.

Crafting link underlines on Medium – Medium: Typography was never particularly fond of underlining. Do you want to emphasize your words? Grab some italics or use bold – hell, add some more tracking in between the letters if you have none of the above. Don”t just draw a line underneath like a cavedouchebag.

Games

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Free to Play: The Movie (US) – YouTube: FREE TO PLAY is a feature-length documentary that follows three professional gamers from around the world as they compete for a million dollar prize in the first Dota 2 International Tournament. In recent years, E Sports has surged in popularity to become one of the most widely-practiced forms of competitive sport today. A million dollar tournament changed the landscape of the gaming world and for those elite players at the top of their craft, nothing would ever be the same again. Produced by Valve, the film documents the challenges and sacrifices required of players to compete at the highest level.

THREES – A tiny puzzle that grows on you.: We know how to deal with a clone, and likely, so do you.

Movies

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Ralph McQuarrie, Star Wars Concept Artist: Tribute to a Master (Part 3) – YouTube: In part three of this retrospective on Ralph McQuarrie, concept artist of the original Star Wars trilogy, George Lucas, Dave Filoni, and others discuss his influence on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Ralph McQuarrie, Star Wars Concept Artist: Tribute to a Master (Part 4) – YouTube: This is an excerpt from the Ralph McQuarrie tribute “Dreams and Visions Press” produced for Star Wars Celebration VI in 2012, drawing from interviews conducted for a feature length documentary on Ralph McQuarrie that is currently in production.

Ralph McQuarrie, Star Wars Concept Artist: Tribute to a Master (Part 5) – YouTube: In part five of Ralph McQuarrie, Star Wars Concept Artist: Tribute to a Master, concept artist and illustrator Marc Gabanna, Industrial Light & Magic’s Scott Farrar, and others continue their discussion of the industry giant’s work, from his personal style to the wide-ranging impact of his paintings.

Star Wars Featurette: The Birth of the Lightsaber – YouTube: Star Wars creator George Lucas, actor Mark Hamill, and sound designer Ben Burtt discuss the concept and creation of the lightsaber.

EVOLUTION of FILM on Vimeo: The following montage chronicles the evolution of film from its conception in 1878 by Edward J. Muybridge to the Lumiere brothers in 1895. Georges Melies a trip to the moon in 1902 was a total game changer and from there we go to the first theatrical releases starting in 1920-2014 … this portion of the montage is chronological.

The History of the Movie Trailer on Vimeo: Some people consider them the best part of the movie going experience – the Movie Trailer. Take a look at the evolution of the “coming attractions” from simple silent film splices, through the template style of the Golden Age of Hollywood, through Auteurs and finally into the Blockbuster era.

Shortfilms

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Prospect (Short Film) on Vimeo: Prospect is the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. She and her father hunt for precious materials, aiming to strike it rich. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take control.

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HUMAN REVOLUTION – DEUS EX – SHORT FILM – YouTube: Based on the video game Deus Ex Human Revolution, the film dives into the world of Adam Jensen, a serif industries’ security consultant that gets augmented after an incident that almost took his life away. Although the film doesn’t follow the narrative of the game exactly, it remains true to the theme while focusing on the relationship between Adam Jensen, and his ex girlfriend Megan Reed, a scientist hand picked by Serif Industries to head Cybernetic Augmentations.

Dark Noir
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Malaise
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Lights Out
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Media

Are You Cynical Enough to Hate Upworthy? — Daily Intelligencer: Upworthy takes that old binary–earnest versus cynical, fair versus manipulative, righteous versus self-interested–and twists it into meaninglessness, from the mission statement on down. It turns out that if your noble goal is to “draw massive amounts of attention to the topics that really matter,” then the success of that mission (i.e., driving eyes toward meaningful content) and the short-term success of your company (i.e., attracting visitors to your for-profit, investment-backed website) are precisely identical. It”s the ultimate in “social entrepreneurship”–the good of the company and the good of mankind are, allegedly, the exact same thing. And not that the founders will say this explicitly, but there”s even some ambient implication that if this situation nags at you, you might on some level be more critical of getting the masses to think seriously about important issues than you are of a web-media status quo that on certain days seems to be 90 percent rage-bait essays and side-bo

How to Break News While You Sleep – Features – Source: An OpenNews project: The LAT Data Desk”s Ken Schwencke on smoke, mirrors, and madlibs

Show Business: Marketing for Those That Hate Marketing: If you explain your art in a thoughtful way, people will approach it thoughtfully. If you are open and honest and charitable with your art, people will support you in the same way. Likewise, if you”re an asshole and try to trick and manipulate people, people will return the favor.

Culture

Dark Arts: Meet the architects of Tumblr”s cyberpunk renaissance

Seth’s Blog: Not even one note: Practice, the 10,000 hours thing, practice alone doesn’t produce work that matters. No, that only comes from caring. From caring enough to leap, to bleed for the art, to go out on the ledge, where it’s dangerous. When we care enough, we raise the bar, not just for ourselves, but for our customer, our audience and our partners. […] We did it because we cared, because when you realize how well you can make something, falling short, whether seen or not, feels like failure.

Tech

The robot tricks to bridge the uncanny valley – tech – 19 March 2014 – New Scientist: IF A robot bleeped and squeaked with personality like R2D2 from Star Wars, would you like it better? What if it glanced into the distance when you asked it a question, as though pondering its response? Little behavioural tics like these could be crucial to people accepting robots into their everyday lives. Though they may seem small, such tweaks can help bridge the “uncanny valley”, making the difference between a robot that looks eerily unhuman and one that people can easily relate to and work with.

Microsoft makes source code for MS-DOS and Word for Windows available to public – The Official Microsoft Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs: On Tuesday, we dusted off the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows. With the help of the Computer History Museum, we are making this code available to the public for the first time.

http://geelen.github.io/x-gif/#/http://i.imgur.com/5KSc0px.gif: The GIF tag the internet deserves.

Podcasts

Spaß am Mittelmaß! Das Abenteuer des Banalen (MP3): Der deutsche Mann hat alle drei Tage Sex, in der Regel mit seiner eigenen Frau, schließt aber gelegentliche Seitensprünge nicht aus. Das klingt freudlos nach statistischem Mittelmaß, muss aber deshalb nicht weniger erotisch sein. überhaupt: Wer sagt denn, dass das Banale schon entdeckt ist? Ist es nicht vielmehr so, dass das größte Abenteuer da liegt, wo es niemand vermutet? Vielleicht in der Welt der sogenannten Kleinbürger, Spießer und Durchschnittsmenschen, die als langweilige Mitte abgestempelt und konsequent missachtet wird? Wagen wir doch mal den Schritt ins Allzubekannte, um die innere Exotik des Banalen zu entdecken. Eine Sendung mit Max Mustermann, Lieschen Müller und Michaela May.

Der Prozess – Franz Kafkas Roman wird 100 (MP3): Von Sabine Stahl. | “Jemand musste Josef K. verleumdet haben”. So beginnt einer der berühmtesten Romane der Moderne: “Der Prozess” von Franz Kafka, der vom Albtraum einer Verhaftung und den mysteriösen Verstrickungen in einer Bürokratie erzählt. Die ersten Sätze schrieb der Schriftsteller vor 100 Jahren, kurz nach Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs, in ein unliniertes Heft. Was macht dieses Romanfragment so wertvoll? Woher rührt das Interesse an den schrecklichen, komischen und offenbar zeitlosen Schriften von Franz Kafka?

Wo uns der Kopf steht – Die Verheißungen der Hirnforschung (MP3): An die Hirnforschung knüpfen sich gewaltige Hoffnungen. Alzheimer und Parkinson und sogar Suchtkrankheiten könnte man besiegen, wenn wir nur besser die Rätsel unseres Gehirns verstünden- nach welchen Regeln es funktioniert und wie es Krankheiten steuert. Auch die Wirtschaft erhofft sich Erkenntnisse – Neuroleadership und Neuromarketing sollen den Umsatz von Firmen steigern. Auch deshalb fördert die EU mit einer Milliarde Euro das Human Brain Project, deshalb forschen zahlreiche Wissenschaftler an deutschen Universitäten. Vor zehn Jahren gab es eine Art Gründungsmanifest deutscher Hirnforscher, das den Aufbruch in bessere Welten versprach. Eine Dekade später scheinen diese Verheißungen zerstoben. Jetzt gibt es ein Gegenmanifest von deutschen Neurologen. Ernüchterung macht sich breit. Rätsel Hirn – werden wir es je verstehen?

Witness: The BBC Spaghetti Hoax (MP3): On April 1st 1957 a team of BBC journalists played an April Fool’s joke on the British public.