Hotspots der Kulturgeschichte

Spannend: Wissenschaftler in Zürich haben anhand kombinierter Geo-, Geburts- und Starbedaten die Kulturgeschichte Europas auf einer Karte visualisiert: „Geburts- und Sterbedaten und -orte von über 150.000 namhaften Persönlichkeiten aus drei Internet-basierten Künstler-Datenbanken [wurden] statistisch ausgewertet und mit Google n-Grams kombiniert. Anschließend wurden die Resultate visualisiert. Sie zeigen, welche Orte in welchen Zeiträumen kulturelle Attraktivität besitzen und wie die Migrations- und Interaktionsmuster aussehen.“

Die Mobilitätsmuster lassen beispielsweise erkennen, wie Amerika nach seiner Entdeckung allmählich erschlossen wird. Man sieht einen starken Sog in Richtung Westküste, etwa Hollywood. In Europa geht ein Grossteil der kulturellen Entwicklung von Rom aus. In Frankreich setzt die Tendenz zur Zentralisierung in Paris bereits kurz vor dem 15. Jahrhundert ein, also rund 200 Jahre vor dem Absolutismus. Durch die Kumulation der Sterbedaten namhafter Kulturschaffender, die vor allem für die Zeit nach dem 13. Jahrhundert dokumentiert sind, konnten die Forscher graphisch darstellen, wie Paris seine Rolle als zentraler Knotenpunkt des kulturellen Schaffens kontinuierlich ausbaut. Ganz anders ist die Dynamik hingegen in Deutschland und anderen Staaten Europas, wo parallel zur Zentralisierung in Frankreich Föderalisierungsprozesse auftreten. In Deutschland fluktuiert vom 13. Jahrhundert an die Attraktivität von Städten wie München, Köln, Leipzig, Heidelberg, Dresden, Hamburg oder Berlin dauernd.

ETH Zürich: Hotspots der Kulturgeschichte

heise.de: Wissenschaftler visualisieren “Hotspots in der Kulturgeschichte”

Ugandas Anti-Gay-Law killed:

Ein Gericht hat das Ugandas Antischwulengesetz gekippt: „A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. […] The ruling was made before a courtroom packed with Ugandans opposing or supporting the measure. Activists erupted in loud cheers after the court ruled the law is now ‘null and void.’

Laughing Gimp-Mask

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Akypyon: 東京喰種 カネキマスクの作り方 その6 (via JWZ)

R.I.P. King Robbo

Die Londoner Graffiti-Legende King Robbo ist gestorben. Der Mann hatte in den 80ern mit die ersten Wholetrains in Europa gesprüht und wurde 2009 nochmal weltbekannt durch ein Streetart/Graffiti-Scharmützel mit Banksy. Der Mann hatte sich 2011 ein Hirntrauma nach einem Sturz zugezogen (wenige Tage vor seiner ersten Solo-Ausstellung) und wurde seitdem im künstlichen Koma gehalten. RIP King Robbo.

London graffiti legend ROBBO has passed away. In 2011, the 40-something artist suffered a traumatic brain injury and was put into a medically induced coma by doctors. We’re told he was taken off life support earlier today. His supporters, dubbed Team ROBBO, posted a brief statement on their website:

„It’s with very great sadness that we have to announce that Robbo passed away this morning – 31 July 2014, due to health complications. Peace and respect to Robbo’s close family and friends.. the Crew of Team Robbo and WRH and all his many fans and supporters around the world…“

AnimalNY: RIP KING ROBBO

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Banksy vs Oldschool Graffiti vs Banksy
King Robbo-Interview about his Graffiti-War with Banksy
King Robbo vs Banksy: Graffiti Wars – The Movie

Transparent Mice

Vor drei Jahren gab es bereits transparente Mäuse-Embryos aus Japan, vor einem Jahr ein Mäusehirn und nun haben sie die Technologie soweit, um eine komplette Maus durchsichtig zu machen. For Science!

To start with, they removed the animal’s skin. Then, instead of using an electrical field to clear the lipids, they pumped detergent around the entire mouse through its own circulatory systems. By doing without the electric field, the team avoided tissue damage. The minimal swelling that occurred when the gel was absorbed was constrained by animal’s bones and musculature.

Using this technique, Gradinaru’s team was able to render peripheral organs transparent within two days and a whole mouse transparent within two weeks.

New Scientist: Detergent treatment turns a mouse see-through

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Transparent Mutant Frogs with colored Bones
Transparent Fish with colored Bones again
Transparent Embryos lead to the Invisible Man
More transparent Animals with colored Bones
Transparent Animals with colored Bones

Delhi employs Fake Monkeys to scare real Monkeys

In Indien rennen 40 als Languren verkleidete Jugendliche durch’s Regierungsviertel und vertreiben Affen.

About 40 trained youths have been pressed into service, disguised as langurs and screeching and grunting loudly, to scare away monkeys from Delhi’s corridors of power. The men are summoned by the New Delhi Municipal Council to spots, including the Parliament House, that come under siege from monkeys. The ‘langurs’ suddenly appear from behind bushes and trees to drive away the simians through sounds and gestures.

Times of India: Now, men ape langurs in Lutyens’ Delhi (via Arbroath)

Woman attacks Plane-Crew with prosthetic Leg:

„She was shouting ‘I want cigarettes’ and that she wanted a parachute to jump off the plane. She slapped a young girl and then assaulted the cabin crew with her prosthetic leg. They took it off her but she started kicking them with her good leg.“

Michael Jacksons Neverland for sale

Michael Jacksons Neverland

Michael Jacksons ehemaliges Anwesen kann man demnächst kaufen, nur falls wer mindestens 23 Millionen Dollar locker hat und auf halbcreepy Villen mit jede Menge Spielplatz steht.

Though Michael Jackson moved out of Neverland years before his untimely passing, the 2,700-acre property remains indelibly associated with the King of Pop to this day. Soon, however, the connection will be only in thought, not deed: Neverland is set to be sold.

According to sources familiar with the matter, billionaire Tom Barrack’s Colony Capital is preparing to put the Los Olivos, Calif. property on the market. The firm became Neverland’s managing partner after Barrack struck a deal with Jackson in late 2007 to take over the $23 million note held by private equity fund Fortress.

Forbes: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Is About To Be Sold (via Death and Taxes)

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Fotos von Michael Jacksons Neverland-Ranch bei Nacht

29 Sumo-Wrestlers on a Plane

„It turns out these sumo wrestlers all belong to the same stable, Hakkaku, headquartered in the historic sumo neighborhood of Ryogoku in Tokyo. […] Right now, the stable claims 29 wrestlers – and they’re all traveling together! Flying to Okinoshima in Shimane Prefecture, these behemoths and their trainers are apparently headed out to the rural island to get in a few good workouts.“

How to have Cybersex on the Internet 1997

How to have Cybersex on the Internet 1997

„We’ll also visit others who have mastered the Art of one handed typing.“

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – Trailer

Spongebob IRL looks weird. SpongeBob and his friends need to go on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes them to our dimension, our world, where they tangle with a pirate who posesses the recipe. And in order…

Dick Smith R.I.P.

Dick Smith, „Godfather of Makeup“, ist im stolzen Alter von 92 Jahren gestorben. Der Mann ist vor allem für seine Masken in Godfather und dem Exorzisten bekanntgeworden, für seine Verwandlung von Murray Abraham in den 73jährigen Antonio Salieri in Amadeus gewann er dann 1984 einen Oscar. Ich kenne den Mann vor allem für seine Arbeit in Altered States, Scanners und mit seinen Masken halbvergammelter Wasserleichen in Ghost Story hat er mir damals eine Scheißangst eingejagt. Sein DIY Handbook of Monster Makeup hatte ich vor hundert Jahren mal komplett bei Flickr hochgeladen. RIP Dick.

Dick Smith, the renowned “Godfather of Makeup”, has died aged 92. Smith was a legend in the field, pioneering an astonishing number of different techniques and trickery in-camera. He’s best known for his work on an impressive list of classics, including Taxi Driver, The Godfather, The Exorcist and Amadeus. Indeed, it’s a tribute to his talents that – The Exorcist aside – audiences often forget that these films had such extraordinary special effects and makeup, all hiding in plain sight.

Empire: Dick Smith Dies – The Godfather of Makeup has passed away

GIFs go wild

Neue Aktion von Guus Ter Beek und Tayfun Serier aka In-Return: „We take the world of GIFs to the city of London with our latest project ‘GIFs Go Wild’. We bring to the streets, GIFs from artists we love like Dain Fagerholm and Davidope […]. We got the chance to capture some great responses be sure to check out our film.“

Wir sind Weltmeister des Penis Enlargement

Laut Statistik der International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery lassen sich rund 8 von 100k Männern in Deutschland den Piephahn vergrößern, das ist mit einigem Abstand die globale Spitzenposition. Laut meinen Stats habe ich hier rund 300k Uniques im Monat. An die 24 Jungs da draußen: Viel Spaß mit dem neuen Spielzeug!

According to the latest data release by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), there were 2,786 operations estimated to have taken place in Europe’s biggest country – which is more than in any other nation. The organisation estimates that there were 15,414 of these operations performed worldwide so almost one in five of those seeking to add centimetres to their member were in Germany.

It is not a huge amount of German men deciding to have an intimate nip and tuck – it’s roughly eight out of every 100,000 adult males in the country. However, only Venezuela, where four out of every 100,000 adult males have a penis enlargement operation, comes anywhere near close to the German rate.

Guardian: Germany: the world’s capital of penis enlargement

Boko Haram ‘killed by Mystical Bees and Snakes possessed by Ghosts’:

Neulich haben die Hexen aus Nigeria den Mördern von Boko Haram den Krieg erklärt und anscheinend erzielen sie tatsächlich Erfolge: „Members of terror group Boko Haram have allegedly been arrested in Nigeria after fleeing a forest to escape deadly bites from ‘mystical bees’ and ‘mysterious snakes’. […] the captured insurgents claimed the creatures — possessed by ghosts — had killed many Boko Haram members. ‘We were told that the aggrieved people who had suffered from our deadly mission — including the ghosts of some of those we killed — are the ones turning into the snake and bees,’ one militant told Vanguard. ‘Our leaders fled, too.’“ (Danke Konrad!)