Julien Assange boxed a Priest on Easter:

„The WikiLeaks founder met with boxing champion Solomon Egberime, then had a sparring match with Father David Smith (a.k.a. ‘Fighting’ Father Dave), his team tells The Huffington Post. Smith describes himself on Twitter as a professional boxer, 6th degree black belt and social activist (as well as an Anglican parish priest). ‘Julian Assange is a warrior for justice and human rights. On Easter Sunday, I went to visit him in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London for some sparring and reflection. Julian can pack a punch! At times, I thought he was mistaking me for the NSA!‘ Smith said.“

John Carpenters Elizabeth Dane found at San Franciscos Golden Gate Bridge

Der alte Seemann erzählt im Intro von John Carpenters The Fog folgende kurze Geschichte:

One hundred years ago on the 21st of April, out in the waters around Spivey Point, a small clipper ship drew toward land. Suddenly, out of the night, the fog rolled in. For a moment, they could see nothing, not a foot in front of them. Then, they saw a light. By God, it was a fire burning on the shore, strong enough to penetrate the swirling mist. They steered a course toward the light. But it was a campfire, like this one. The ship crashed against the rocks, the hull sheared in two, mars snapped like a twig. The wreckage sank, with all the men aboard. At the bottom of the sea, lay the Elizabeth Dane, with her crew, their lungs filled with salt water, their eyes open, staring to the darkness.

Spivey Point bei Antonio Bay im Film ist im echten Leben Point Reyes Station in Marin County, nördlich von San Francisco. Der Film wurde 1980 gedreht, „100 Hundred Years ago“ bezieht sich also auf das Jahr 1880.

Und heute meldet Reuters das hier: Ship that sank in 1888 found near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

The wreckage of a passenger steamship that sank in the 19th century after a collision in the San Francisco Bay has been found near the Golden Gate Bridge, officials said on Wednesday. The steamship City of Chester was discovered by researchers using sonar in waters about 216 feet deep. It was encased in mud.

“The ship is very much intact,” said James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who has investigated other shipwrecks.

Ich weiß, ich weiß. Die Golden Gate Bridge ist meilenweit von Antonio Bay Point Reyes Station entfernt und die Elizabeth Dane war kein Dampfschiff und 1888 ist nicht 1880, aber ey, lasst mich. In meinem Kopf ergibt das grade wirklich viel Sinn und morgen lesen wir von seltsamen Vorkommnissen um San Francisco und von einem gewissen Blake, der sein Gold wiederhaben will. Oder wie es der alte Seemann im Intro formuliert:

When the fog returns to Antonio Bay, the men at the bottom of the sea, out in the water by Spivey Point will rise up and search for the campfire that led them to their dark, icy death.

Science finds The Force

Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars, Episode I: „Midi-chlorians are microscopic life-forms that reside within the cells of all living things and communicate with the Force.” […] We are symbionts with the midi-chlorians.[…] Life-forms living together for mutual advantage. Without the midi-chlorians, life could not exist, and we would have no knowledge of the Force. Our midi-chlorians continually speak to us, Annie, telling us the will of the Force.“

Max Tegmark vom Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge: „Tegmark’s approach is to think of consciousness as a state of matter, like a solid, a liquid or a gas. ‘I conjecture that consciousness can be understood as yet another state of matter. Just as there are many types of liquids, there are many types of consciousness,’ he says.“ The Force is strong with this one.

Arxiv Physics Blog: Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas
Paper of The Force: Consciousness as a State of Matter
PBS: Physicists Say Consciousness Might Be a State of Matter

Hornets Nest with a Head

Yay, neues Futter für meine Fliegende-gelb-schwarz-gestreifte-stechende-Viecher-Phobie: „An abandoned hornet’s nest my dad found in his shed that he hadn’t been in for a couple years. The head is apart of a wooden statue it fused with“.


TRO LLC: Hacker Hedge Fund

Andrew „Weev“ Auernheimer kommt grade frisch aus dem Knast, weil er Mails bei AT&T gehackt hat. Und jetzt will er einen Hedge Fund gründen, die Idee dazu klingt so einfach wie genial: Der Fund soll auf sinkende Kurswerte von Firmen setzen, bei denen Hacker Sicherheitslücken ausfindig gemacht haben. Über sogenanntes Shortselling verkauft der Fund Anteile an den Firmen (die er sich leiht), geht dann mit den Informationen über die Sicherheits-Löcher an die Öffentlichkeit, der Kurs sinkt und der Fund kauft die Anteile zu einem geringeren Preis zurück. Profit (ein Teil des Gewinns und die Firmenanteile gehen zurück an den Verleiher). Einmal gehackte Heuschrecke. Ob das ganze so hinhaut ist wohl mehr als fraglich, als Konzept mag ich das allerdings sehr.

[Auernheimer] says he plans to start a hedge fund, conspicuously named “TRO LLC.”

“The strategy is short equities—like all short sellers, I am looking to publicize flaws in publicly traded companies,” he said. “However, instead of financial problems, I will be looking for companies with poorly written software that breach the implicit promise of safety that they give when they take data from their customers. When someone affiliated with our fund identifies negligent privacy breaches at a public web service, we will take a short position in that company’s shares and then tell the media about it.”

That, of course, will have financial consequences for the company in question, and could also bring a cash windfall to anyone—like Auernheimer—holding the short position.

This Infamous Hacker Went to Prison for Trolling AT&T. Now He Wants to Troll Wall Street. (via Gawker)

Fünf Zehn Bücher

Daniel hat mich mit ‘nem Stöckchen beworfen: „Zähle 5 Bücher auf, die ganz oben auf deiner Wunschliste stehen, die aber KEINE Fortsetzungen von Büchern sind, die du schon gelesen hast – sie sollen also völlig neu für dich sein. Danach tagge 8 weitere Blogger und informiere diese darüber.“

Und auch wenn die Dinger vor ungefähr 128 Jahren in das seltsame Zwischenreich vertrockneter Oldschool-Memes verbannt wurden, habe ich da Lust drauf und zwar aus zwei Gründen: 1.) Heute ist der internationale Welt-Tag des Buches und 2.) kann ich’s mir bei dem Stock total einfach machen: Ich gehe einfach meinen Amazon-Merkzettel durch und die Bookmarks in meinem Bücher-Lesezeichen-Ordner. Ich mach da dann auch einfach 10 draus, weil: Es sind halt genau 10.

Derzeit lese ich übrigens endlich mal Hugh Howeys Wool (Silo) und das ist bislang tatsächlich ganz hervorragend, ich bin aber auch erst auf Seite 90 oder so.

Jedenfalls – Here we go: Gib mir den Rest, Baby…

Musicvideos: Tune Yards, Young Fathers, Damon Albarn, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

 Vimeo Direktfathers

 Dailymotion Direkt

Oben erstmal das ganz wunderbare Low von den Young Fathers, gefolgt vom Preview-Clip zu Tune YardsWater Fountain, das tatsächliche Musikvideo zu letzterem ist bei uns natürlich geogefickt.

Nach dem Klick Imogen Heap und ihre Mi.Mu gloves im Clip zu Me The Machine, nochmal die Young Fathers mit Get Up, DJ Pone mit ‘nem Trainbombing-Video zu Dipodaine, Mumbai Science mit Déjà Vu, Owen Pallett sing den Song for Five & Six, die Jon Spencer Blues Explosion mit dem Clip zu ihrer Record Store Day-Single She’s On It/Jack The Ripper, Sera Cahoone mit ‘nem Outtake-Clip zu ihrem tollen Song Nervous Wreck und als Rausschmeißer das neue Video zu Damon Albarns Heavy Seas Of Love.

Gib mir den Rest, Baby…

#myNYPD goes global


Wie jede gute Meme mutiert das PR-Fiasko der New Yorker Polizei grade zu einem globalen Phänomen: Mutierte das Hashtag über den Tag erstmal in lokalisierte amerikanische Versionen (#myLAPD, Boston, Oakland, Chicago, DenverSeattle, Tucson), so gibt es mittlerweile auch mindestens ein Hashtag aus Griechenland: #myELAS und sehr wahrscheinlich noch ziemlich viele Iterationen, die ich nicht kenne. Man muss den New Yorker Cops ja fast dankbar sein für diese Polizeigewalt-Meme. (via AnimalNY)

Plastic Storm: 36 Ventilators, 4.7m3 Packing Chips

 Vimeo Direktchips

Da würde ich mich echt gerne mal reinstellen: 36 Ventilators, 4.7m3 Packing Chips von Zimoun im Art Museum Lugano, Switzerland.

Converting nine of the museum’s towering window spaces into ‘ventilation chambers’ (four ventilators are installed in each window) and filling them with polystyrene, Zimoun unleashes a perfect ‘plastic storm.’ Congregating into a mass that’s neither solid, gaseous nor liquid, the flakes perform a violent, otherworldy dance. With the phenonema trapped behind glass, we get to watch in wonder from the safety of the outside.

36 ventilators whirl 4.7m3 of packing chips – Zimoun unleashes a plastic storm

Drones play Music

 Youtube Direktdrones, via Laughing Squid

Dronenmucke von KMel Robotics, klingt besser, als ich mir das vorgestellt hätte: „KMel Robotics presents a team of flying robots that have taken up new instruments to play some fresh songs. The hexrotors create music in ways never seen before, like playing a custom single string guitar hooked up to an electric guitar amp. Drums are hit using a deconstructed piano action. And there are bells. Lots of bells.“

Netcats Music-Album compiled as a Kernel Module

Die Elektroniker von Netcat haben ihr Album Cycles Per Instruction als Code auf Github gestellt, der in eine Linux Betriebssystemerweiterung kompiliert. Wer’s bequemer mag: Hier das Teil auf Bandcamp.

Welcome to the most unnecessarily complicated netcat album release format yet.

In this repository, you will be able to compile your own kernel module, create a /dev/netcat device and pipe its output into an audio player. […]

This repository contains the album’s track data in source files, that (for complexity’s sake) came from .ogg files that were encoded from .wav files that were created from .mp3 files that were encoded from the mastered .wav files which were generated from ProTools final mix .wav files that were created from 24-track analog tape.

If complexity isn’t your thing, you can go to our webpage and follow the links to a digital download or a cassette tape of our album.

usrbinnc/netcat-cpi-kernel-module: Kernel module edition of the Cycles Per Instruction (2014) album (via MeFi)

Shakespeares Beehive: Annotated Dictionary of the Bard from

Shakespeare wird heute 450 Jahre alt! Herzlichen Glückwunsch, oller Barde! Pünktlich zum Geburtstag haben die zwei Buchhändler George Koppelman und Daniel Wechsler bekanntgegeben, dass sie vor sechs Jahren auf Ebay (!) Shakespeares Wörterbuch gekauft haben, mit Annotationen vom Meister himself. Das komplette Ding kann man sich auf der Website Shakespeares Beehive (nach Registrierung) durchlesen und natürlich machen Shakespeare-Gelehrte bereits Radau und melden Zweifel an der Authentizität des Funds an. Die komplette Story gibt’s beim Atlantic:

George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler, believe they’ve found the copy. It surfaced on eBay, naturally, where the book’s 1580 publication date and a seller’s reference to “contemporary annotations” caught Koppelman’s eye. Suspecting the book was what he now believes it to be, Koppelman paid $4,300 for it in 2008, he told the New Yorker.

Once he and Wechsler had their hands on the Alvearie, they studied its annotations for evidence that Shakespeare himself had scoured and marked up the pages. This, they say, is indeed Shakespeare’s Alvearie.

Koppelman and Wechsler announce their work in a new book of their own, Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light. It seems to be half-reproduction of the alleged dictionary and half-discussion, and it’s accompanied by a website that itself includes photographs of the Alvearie.

Already, though, senior Shakespeare scholars have publicly doubted the announcement. There isn’t yet a preponderance of evidence, they say, to prove this book was the Bard’s.

The Atlantic: Booksellers: We Got Shakespeare’s Personal Dictionary on eBay

Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light

Folger Shakespeare Library: Buzz or honey? Shakespeare’s Beehive raises questions

Shakespeares Beehive

Wolf Of Wallstreet F-Word-Supercut

 Youtube Direktfugazi

„Fugazi, Fugazi. It’s a wazy. It’s a woozie. It’s fairy dust.“

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
The Wolf of Wall Street – Fucking Short Version
The Dwarf of Westeros
The Wolf of Wallstreet is the most fucking Movie

Cut’n'Paste Text from Images

Whoa! Darauf warte ich schon seit Jahren: Ein Plugin für Chrome, das Text in Bildern umwandelt und für Cut’n'Paste zur Verfügung stellt.

Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web. The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image.

Funzt tatsächlich ziemlich gut, bei normal gesetztem Text nahzu zu 100%. Aber auch bei Handlettering, da brauchts allerdings ein wenig manuelle Nacharbeit, hier meine Rohdaten aus der Zwischenablage von diesem XKCD-Comic:


Project Naptha (via Jason Kottke)

Gay Rainbow Jeans

Jeans aus Denim, der in Regenbogenfarben aus der Wäsche kommt. Fabulous!

Fabric scientists at Betabrand have announced the discovery of Gay Jeans, proof that some denim really is just born that way.

News of this revelation has reignited the debate surrounding issues of denim equality. Denim advocates are heralding the discovery, pointing to it in their argument for equal treatment for different types of jeans.

Gay Jeans begin life looking and acting like regular 5-pocket denim jeans, but as they experience normal washing and wearing over the course of their life, their indigo dye gradually fades away, revealing fabulously colorful yarns just waiting to come out.

Says Dr. Ame Corwin, Advanced Materials Researcher at Betabrand, “We hope Gay Jeans will help end generations of exclusion and unfair treatment for atypical denim. All jeans deserve equal rights, regardless of color, creed, and fiber content.”

Conservative denim groups declined to comment.

Rainbow Denim Slim Fit Gay Jeans (via Dangerous Minds)