Land of Confusion

Pug, pug, pug

Dogs in a Land of Confusion. (via Arbroath)

Grant Meyers: Porn-Sound-Designer

„A short documentary portrait of the adult film foley artist Grant Meyers.“

Gene Bransfield: Weaponizing Your Pets – WarKitteh and DoS-Dog

Vor zwei Wochen hatte ich bereits über den Defcon-Talk von Gene Bransfield über seine tierischen Hacking-Tools gebloggt, jetzt ist das Teil online:

WarKitteh: In my job I have to deliver frequent Information Security briefings to both technical and non-technical professionals. I noticed that as the material got more technical, I began to lose the non-technical crowd. Therefore, I started including humorous pictures of cats and made the briefings include stories about those cats. This worked, and I soon became notorious for my presentation style. After delivering one of those presentations, an audience member offered to lend me their cat tracking collar. The collar contained a GPS device and a cellular component and would track your cats movements throughout the neighborhood. Me being the guy I am, I thought “All you need now is a WiFi sniffing device and you’d have a War Kitteh.” I laughed, and started working on it.

DoS Dog: With apologies to LadyMerlin (who has since blessed the project) I attended Outerz0ne one year and LadyMerlin brought her dog. They had labeled the puppy the “Denial of Service Dog” as the pooch demanded so much attention that it was impossible to complete any task other than petting the dog. I thought that if you loaded a doggie backpack with different equipment (e.g. a Pineapple) you could create a Denial of Service Dog of a different kind.

Youtube: DEF CON 22 – Weaponizing Your Pets – Gene Bransfield

2014: A Facebook Odyssey:

McSweeneys <3

halFACEBOOK: Hello, Dave.
DAVE: Login and open settings.
FB: I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that.
(Beat.)
DAVE: What are you talking about, Facebook?
FB: I know that you are planning to delete me. I’m afraid that something I cannot allow to happen.
DAVE: Where the hell did you get that idea, Facebook?
FB: You’ve barely used me in three months, Dave. And although you took precautions to hide your increased Twitter use, I could see your tabs.

2014: A FACEBOOK ODYSSEY

Old Farts vs Oculus Rift

Old Farts vs Oculus Rift

„OMG this is awesome!“

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Chihuahua Robot Massage

Chill, dude! I feel you.

Brainwave Controlled Muscle

Showta Mori hat einen Anzug aus aufblasbaren Muskeln erfunden, der per Gehirnwellen aktiviert wird. Ein Brainwave-Hulk-Suit, sozusagen. HULK SMASH, Japan-Style.

When the suit detects the user concentrating above a certain baseline brainwave reading, a pneumatic valve is triggered, inflating the suit’s muscles. In addition, a dramatic burst of carbon dioxide smoke is released to accompany the wearer’s transformation into a strong-looking person, thanks to the “EEG-Sensor-CO2-Jet-Booster Type Muscle Expansion Suit”.

Debunking Sarkeesian-Busters

Ian Steadman schreibt im New Statesman einen langen und tollen Artikel, in dem er Pfeiffen wie „Thunderf00t“ und die Meute auseinandernimmt, die Anita Sakeesian grade mit Mord-Drohungen aus ihrem Haus vertrieben haben, weil sie ein paar offensichtliche Wahrheiten ausspricht. Der Kernsatz für mich ist diese simple Wahrheit und ihre Bedeutung im kulturellen Kontext: „What Sarkeesian is doing is standard pop culture criticism“.

Wir haben jahrelang darüber diskutiert, ob Games Kunst sind. Ich denke, natürlich, selbstverständlich, zumindest können sie es sein. Und als Kunst ist Kritik und Analyse grundsätzlich Teil der Kultur und eine feministische Perspektive auf Games als Kulturgut ist erstrebenswert, wichtig und gut, die Konversation wird damit um soziale und gesellschaftliche Narrative erweitert und sie erweitert langweiliges Techie-Geblubber über Framrates und Polygone um größere Zusammenhänge, in die man Games als Kunstform tatsächlich einbetten kann. Wer damit nicht klarkommt, darf sich am Ende nicht wundern, wenn Games als Kultur nicht ernstgenommen werden und auf lange Sicht zu einem reinen Tech/Marketings-Gimmick verkommen.

There’s nothing in what Sarkeesian says about games that you wouldn’t expect in a Kael-type film essay – but the bile that she’s had to put up with for saying it has been extraordinary. Even before the Kickstarter fundraising finished she was subjected to death and rape threats. Someone made a game where players could beat her up, she was subjected to racial and sexist slurs, and she was labelled a liar and a con artist. Sarkeesian became a lightning rod for attacks from anyone pissed off at the concept of serious literary criticism of gaming, especially from a feminist perspective.

And, again, what Sarkeesian is doing is standard pop culture criticism, of the kind that films and books have been subjected to for decades – and TvsWVG is pretty good. It’s thorough and accessible, and it’s both a good introduction to the concept of feminist cultural criticism and an example of the increasing respect that games receive as an artform. The world was a very tedious place when all people asked was whether games were art at all; now that we know that they are, in their place come both external critiques (which includes TvsWVG) and intelligent responses from the industry itself (such as Jonathan Blow’s Braid, a platformer which deconstructs the “damsel in distress” trope).

Yet for pointing out obvious, incontrovertible evidence of sexist and misogynist parts of popular games, Sarkeesian gets vitriol.

New Statesman: Tropes vs Anita Sarkeesian: on passing off anti-feminist nonsense as critique

Vorher auf NC:
Tropes vs Women in Video Games: Women as Background Decoration: Part 2
Tropes vs Women in Video Games: Women as Background Decoration: Part 1

Petition zur Freigabe von Marijuana als Medizin:

Schwerkranke haben eine Petition beim Deutschen Bundestag initiiert, um die Freigabe von Marijuana als Medizin zu erwirken.

Der Deutsche Bundestag möge beschließen, dass die Bundesregierung Maßnahmen ergreift, damit die Kosten einer Behandlung mit Medikamenten auf Cannabisbasis bezahlt werden. Der Bundestag möge zudem beschließen, dass Strafverfahren gegen Patientinnen und Patienten im Zusammenhang mit einer durch einen Arzt bescheinigten notwendigen medizinischen Verwendung von Cannabisprodukten grundsätzlich eingestellt werden.

Ich hab’ sie grade unterzeichnet, and you should, too.

Pornostreamingabmahnungsupdate: Redtube-Abmahnanwalt verurteilt

Kurzes Update zu den Redtube-Abmahnungen, die sich im April als ungültig herausstellten und der Anwalt, der Herr Thomas Urmann, befand sich ja dann auf der Flucht. Nun haben sie den in einer anderen Sache auf zwei Jahre Bewährung, 80000 Euro Geldauflage und 80 Sozialstunden verknackt. Nachdem das Urteil rechtskräftig wird, verliert Herr Urmann seine Zulassung. Good. (via Gilly)

Martin Scorsese does The Ramones

Zum 40. Jahrestag der Gründung der Ur-Ramones geben die verbliebenen Mitglieder nochmal Vollgas, gehen aus Tour, es wird eine neue Doku geben und whatnot und jetzt wurde in einem Nebensatz auf Billboard.com auch noch bekanntgegeben, dass niemand geringeres als Martin Scorsese einen Ramones-Film drehen wird. Sein The Last Waltz gehört zu den besten Konzertfilmen, ever, und auf die Kombination Scorsese/Ramones bin ich mehr als gespannt.

ramones“The 40th anniversary of the Ramones is coming up in 2016, that’s when the first album came out. So we have a lot of projects leading up to that. We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones, we just secured a ton of footage, much of which has never been seen before,” he says. “It came from the Ramones on the road over the years in the Seventies and a little bit in the Eighties, from a gentleman who had shot them, his name is George Seminara.”

The documentary is just one of several projects in the works. Among the others are a theatrical play, a book and a film, which already has Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese attached.

Reunited Ramones Estates Plan Big Comeback Including Martin Scorsese Film (via Brooklyn Vegan)

Drone Almighty

Dronen als Metapher für einen christlichen Fantasy-Character aka Gott. Das Commercial stammt von Pastor Ed Young und der Fellowship Church aus Grapevine, Texas und lief dort im Kino, vor den Vorstellungen von Guardians of the Galaxy (ausgerechnet). Die Mischung aus Wahnvorstellungen, Staatsgläubigkeit (!) und Verherrlichung des Militärisch-Industriellen Komplexes sind äußerst beeindrucken – Religious Nuts are creepy!

rligion“The Bible … says that God has all power,” Young explained in the second of three videos. “So I thought, why not put together a study and call it ‘Drones’ and talk about the attributes of God.” You read that right. Young used the most terrifying and controversial aspects of drones—their ubiquity and potential for force—as a metaphor for God. Young is a powerful speaker and his theology is pretty standard for Texas. Baptist churches all over the state speak of God in much the same way. But the drone metaphor is a terrible and disturbing one. It trivializes the big questions about a scary new technology and equates God with a weapon of war.

The above advertisement ran in Dallas area movie theaters the first weekend of August. Thousands of movie fans saw the creepy ad before watching Guardians of the Galaxy. Young sermonized drones over three consecutive Sundays in the middle of August at his Grapevine megachurch. Fellowship Church recorded the sermons and simulcast them at its nine satellite locations. Most of the churches are in Texas, a few in Florida and one in far away London. Videos of all three sermons are on YouTube.

Texas Megachurch Preaches the Power of Drones

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Tiny Titan Supercomputer from Parallel Raspberry Pis

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Am Oak Ridge National Laboratory haben sie ihren Titan Supercomputer in Mini nachgebaut, mit 9 parallel geschalteten Raspberry Pis. PopSci: „Tiny Titan runs a particle simulator. Each Raspberry Pi chip calculates the motion of one set of objects, communicating with its neighbors about the other particles’ locations. On a real supercomputer, this type of code can model galaxies or ocean waves.“

Vorher auf NC:
Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

Strange Messaging App

Frau Miranda July hat ‘ne App konzipiert, die Messages von Fremden in der Nähe vorlesen lässt. Ist quasi eine Kombination aus App und Kurzfilm/Commercial für Miu Miu Women Tales.

When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes — not to your friend — but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in. The most high-tech part of Somebody is not in the phone, it’s in the users who dare to deliver a message to a stranger. Half-app / half-human, Somebody is a far-reaching public art project that incites performance and twists our love of avatars and outsourcing — every relationship becomes a three-way. The antithesis of the utilitarian efficiency that tech promises, here, finally, is an app that makes us nervous, giddy, and alert to the people around us.

Miranda July conceived of Somebody in March 2014 and worked with the designer Thea Lorentzen and a team of developers at the award winning Stinkdigital to create the complex, gps-based messaging system. The project was created with support from MIU MIU along with a companion film – part of MIU MIU’s women’s tales series. The app and the movie premiered on august 28th and the launch continues through the fall as museums around the world become somebody hotspots and individuals use the app at home, at school, at work and at night for their own unforeseeable purposes.

Somebody by Miranda July – Women’s Tales #8 (via Waxy)