Links: Diedrich Diederichsen, the New York Times Innovation Report and The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Hier die Links, die in den letzten Wochen liegengeblieben sind, nach dem Klick unter anderem: Jede Menge Podcasts über Bienen, Selfies und Diedrich Diederichsen, der Must-Read-Innovation-Report der New York Times, ein Interview mit Al Feldstein von 1995 und ein neoliberaler Monopoly-Remix…

Shortfilms

Meaning of Life by Derek Sivers

There’s a true story about the student who showed up late to math class. He copied the problem that was already written on the board, assuming it was homework, and solved it that week. Only afterwards did he find out the teacher put it on the board as an example of an unsolvable problem.

This question – “What is the meaning of life?” – is the classic unsolvable problem. For thousands of years, people have been trying to figure it out. It’s the punchline cliché of unanswerable questions.

But right now, let’s be the naive ones that don’t know it’s considered unsolvable, and just figure out the meaning of life in under 20 minutes. OK?

LIFE IS __________

FMK / Launch Film

FMK Film, an assembly of seven concentrated film snippets that deconstruct and expand the logic, beauty and anguish trapped within each track of the 7 tracks on Matthew Wilcock’s debut EP, FMK / Floating Metal Key.

Johnny Express

It’s 2150 There are all sorts of Aliens living throughout space. Johnny is a Space Delivery Man who travels to different planets to deliver packages. Johnny is lazy and his only desire is to sleep in his autopilot spaceship. when the spaceship arrives at the destination, all he has to do is simply deliver the box. However, it never goes as planned. Johnny encounters strange and bizarre planets and always seems to cause trouble on his delivery route. Will he be able to finish his mission without trouble?

Relics

Valley of Dolls

Ayano Tsukimi (64) is living in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Not many people are still living there. For those who die or move away, Ayano Tsukimi is making lifesized dolls in their liking and puts them in places that were important to them. The dolls are scattered around the whole valley. She is married, but her husband and daughter are living away from her in Osaka. She’s living alone with her 83 year old father in the house of her family.

Comics

comics

How Censors Killed The Weird, Experimental, Progressive Golden Age Of Comics: In the 1940s, comic books were often feminist, diverse, and bold. Then the reactionary Comics Code Authority changed the trajectory of comic book culture for good.

The Al Feldstein Interview | The Comics Journal: In this 1995 interview for The Comics Journal #177 (May 1995), Al Feldstein takes Steve Ringgenberg behind the scenes of Mad, EC, show biz and more.

Personal History: The Comfort Zone – Growing up with Charlie Brown. : The New Yorker: To the countercultural mind, a begoggled beagle piloting a doghouse and getting shot down by the Red Baron was akin to Yossarian paddling a dinghy to Sweden. The strip’s square panels were the only square thing about it. Wouldn’t the country be better off listening to Linus Van Pelt than Robert McNamara? This was the era of flower children, not flower adults. But the strip appealed to older Americans as well. It was unfailingly inoffensive (Snoopy never lifted a leg) and was set in a safe, attractive suburb where the kids, except for Pigpen, whose image Ron McKernan of the Grateful Dead pointedly embraced, were clean and well spoken and conservatively dressed. Hippies and astronauts, the Pentagon and the antiwar movement, the rejecting kids and the rejected grownups were all of one mind here.

Podcasts

WDR Feature: Diedrich Diederichsen. über Pop-Musik (MP3): Rund zehn Jahre hat Diedrich Diederichsen an seinem aktuellen Buch geschrieben: “über Pop-Musik” (2014). Es ist die Summe seines Denkens, das mit Pop immer mehr als nur Musik meint.

Selfies – Digitale Fotografie zwischen Empowerment und Narzissmus (MP3): Das Selfie ist nicht viel mehr als Selbstdarstellungssucht, gepaart mit digitaler Selbstbefriedigung. Behaupten aktuelle wissenschaftliche Publikationen. Dabei sind Selfies doch zuerst Kommunikationsmittel von junger Menschen.

Hard Talk: Jeremy Rifkin: Monday 5th May (MP3): What if we lived in a radically different world? An internet driven, smart world where individuals and communities generate their own free energy, produce and share the things they need and build an economy defined by collaboration, not competition. HARDtalk speaks to economist and author, Jeremy Rifkin. For him, this is no utopian fantasy, it’s the unfolding story of the next century. Are we really entering the post-capitalist age?

Die Honigmacher- Imkern in Großstädten (MP3): Die Vitalität von Bienenvölkern sagt viel aus über den Zustand von Natur und Umwelt. Allein Europas Honigbienen-Populationen haben sich in den letzten Jahren um 20 Prozent verringert: durch landwirtschaftliche Monokulturen, Agrarchemie und die aus Südostasien eingeführte Varroa-Milbe. Eine Antwort auf das Bienensterben kommt aus den ökologisch oft intakteren Großstädten. Mit der Urban Gardening-Bewegung halten auch Honigbienen in London, Berlin oder Stuttgart Einzug.

Wenn Stadtmenschen von Bienen schwärmen – Serie in 3 Teilen – WDR 5: Honigbienen sind die Indikatoren für den Zustand unserer Umwelt. Monokulturen, Pflanzenschutzmittel und Varroamilbe haben in den letzten Jahren allein in Europa ihre Populationen um 20 Prozent verringert. Die Antwort auf das Bienensterben kommt aus den Städten.

Tiefenblick: An den Grenzen der Naturwissenschaft – Serie in 4 Teilen – WDR 5: Immer tiefer dringen Forscher in den Mikro- und den Makrokosmos; immer neue Forschungszweige entstehen: von Astrobiologie bis Quantenmechanik. Doch was bedeutet es, wenn naturwissenschaftliche Modelle immer unanschaulicher werden und alte Grenzziehungen verwischen?

Wahrheit ist die Erfindung eines Lügners. Der Physiker Heinz von Förster und die Realität. (MP3): Heinz von Förster, Jahrgang 1911, war ein leidenschaftlicher Physiker, Bergsteiger und Philosoph. Als Wissenschaftler hat er den Begriff der Kybernetik mitbegründet, die Grundlage der modernen Computerwissenschaft.

Media

The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age – Nieman Journalism Lab: It’s an astonishing look inside the cultural change still needed in the shift to digital – even in one of the world’s greatest newsrooms. Read it.

Science

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer | Popular Science: While the first upload of a human brain remains decades – if not centuries – away, proponents believe humanity may be far closer to reaching another key technological milestone: a preservation technique that could store a brain indefinitely without damaging its neurons or the trillions of microscopic connections between them. “If we could put the brain into a state in which it does not decay, then the second step could be done 100 years later,” says Kenneth Hayworth, a senior scientist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, “and everyone could experience mind uploading first hand.”

Stephen Hawking: ‘Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence – but are we taking AI seriously enough?’ – Science – News – The Independent: Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks, says a group of leading scientists

Games

Miegakure: A 4D puzzle-platforming game.: Miegakure is a platform game where you navigate a four-dimensional world to perform miraculous feats and solve puzzles.

The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits: From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES – how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’

Re-Thinking the Game of Monopoly | Capitally | Big Think: In the original rules the role of the banker is simply a chore–the board game equivalent of taking out the trash. But in real life the banker is no passive entity. The banker is the center of the universe.

Design

JIANG Pengyi: Jiang’s early work All Back to Dust, massive real-life buildings turn into miniatures and are placed among junk, brushed aside like forgotten beings.

katharina grosse colorizes railway landscape for train ridersduss: berlin-based artist katharina grosse is transforming the landscape one of philadelphia’s major transportation routes with a series of seven, vibrantly-colored installations along the city’s rail gateway, visible primarily to passengers aboard passing trains.

Movies

BLADE RUNNER – Tribute

The illusion of life

The 12 basic principles of animation were developed by the ‘old men’ of Walt Disney Studios, amongst them Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, during the 1930s. Of course they weren’t old men at the time, but young men who were at the forefront of exciting discoveries that were contributing to the development of a new art form. These principles came as a result of reflection about their practice and through Disney’s desire to use animation to express character and personality. This movie is my personal take on those principles, applied to simple shapes. Like a cube.

The Man Who Literally Built Star Wars – Esquire: One of the most memorable elements of the original Star Wars in 1977 wasn’t the story, or characters, or even the soundtrack. It was the set design. Back in the 1970s, you didn’t just get the interior of the Millennium Falcon spaceship made. You had to use unconventional methods and items to achieve the desired look. In Roger Christian’s case, he used scrap airplane metal.

Back then, the hired set decorator was tasked with helping a young George Lucas on Star Wars: A New Hope, creating prop prototypes and decorating sets in a way that hadn’t ever been achieved before in science-fiction films. Presented with a low budget forced the Londoner to more or less create something from nothing. His work earned him an Academy Award for set decoration, and every film of the Star Wars franchise has been trying to achieve that inexplicable rustic and authentic appearance ever since.

Culture

How to tell you’re reading a gothic novel – in pictures | Books | theguardian.com: When Horace Walpole published his ‘gothic story’ The Castle of Otranto, he launched a literary movement which has sired monsters, unleashed lightning and put damsels in distress for 250 years. A horde of sub-genres has followed, from southern gothic to gothic SF, but are some novels more gothic than others? We return to the genre’s roots in the 18th century for this definitive guide

Literarische Utopien: Wir brauchen eine neue Science-Fiction! – überwachung – FAZ: Die NSA hat alle Entwürfe für eine freie digitale Gesellschaft zunichtemacht. Jetzt müssen Wissenschaftler, Programmierer und Schriftsteller gemeinsam das Gegenprogramm formulieren.