teh glorious interweb as it got stuck in my camino tabs this past week – the edited version.
Free download of film on US media & the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – "The Media Education Foundation (MEF) announced yesterday that in response to the incredibly uncritical response by Western media to Israel’s massacre of Gaza, they would release one of their feature documentaries on line for free. Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land is a detailed interrogation of the lens through which western cultures view conflict in the middle east."
Gaza crisis spills onto the web – "On 7 January, pro-Palestinian hackers defaced several high-profile websites, including a US Army website, and the Nato Parliamentary Assembly's website."
Blog War! Help Offworld defeat Rock, Paper, Shotgun, The Escapist in a three-way Planetside battle! Recruiting now! – "Sony's given us 70 90-day playtime keys for their online first-person shooter, Planetside, with which to wage battle for a month against the readers of The Escapist and RPS. After a month, the site with the most kills, hacks, or…uh, explodeys will be declared the winner." the blog war idea is a bit funny. QQ.
Ruben & Lullaby, an iPhone love story – "Half-game, half-art piece, Eric Loyer's Ruben & Lullaby is billed as a "story you can play", a wordless comic book-styled piece in which two lovers have their first fight on a park bench, guided toward resolution by your stroking and shaking."
the original version of Guitar Hero wasn't quite as much fun… – command line guitar hero, woo!
Rubik's Cube Handbag – just what it says on the tin.
New look for Lara will be 'more female-friendly': how, exactly? – "I wonder what they'll do. Will they paint her pink? Will they reduce her breast size? Will they put her in less revealing clothing?" does that really have to mean smaller boobies?
Teen killed mother in Halo 3 row – "A US teenager killed his mother and wounded his father in revenge after they took away his violent computer game, a judge has ruled."
Oiligarchy – "Now you can be the protagonist of the petroleum era: explore and drill around the world, corrupt politicians, stop alternative energies and increase the oil addiction. Be sure to have fun before the resources begin to deplete."
Man takes 26 years to solve Rubik’s Cube – "It has taken most of his life – but, after 26 years, builder Graham Parker has finally solved the puzzle of the Rubik's Cube." this is one persistent motherfucker.
online video killed the …
Kraftwurst – “we are pork products.” not really vegetarian friendly. obviously.
Gaming Expert – “My 1 year old daughter Melodie knows her games.”
No Pants Subway Ride 2009 – "1,200 New Yorkers ride the subway without pants in a snow storm"
Mac vs PC – "Inspired by Transformers, this short Visual Effects piece shows us what really goes on inside our home computers … that's right, they're robots, and they wanna beat the f#!@ out of each other." it's finally settled
YouTube – 第81回仮装大賞準優勝作品【スーパーマリオ】 – super mario puppet theatre and then a real life appearance from japan.
schmooze and abuze
Massive interest in 'dream job' – "Tourism officials in Australia have been inundated with applications for what they have described as "the best job in the world"." i didn’t apply, just because i wanted to give others a chance to get the job.
Noah's Best of 2008 – this guy knows his hip hop, some very cool underground hip hop gems on his late best of 2008 list.
Lube Magazine – "LUBE MAGAZINE is a contemporary art publication created to celebrate art and sex as essential parts of human beings." a new erotic art magazine from spain. must buy it when we will be in barca next week.
Bike Lane That Travels With You – "Enter LightLane, a safety concept from the clever designers at Altitude, Inc. The system projects a virtual bike lane (using lasers!) on the ground around the cyclists, providing drivers with a recognizable boundary they can easily avoid." genious. [via swissmiss]
Sound copyright: which way for the EU? – "With the European Parliament set to vote on whether to extend the term of copyright in sound recordings, this event looks at the ramifications of this Commission proposal. Speakers will address the implications for copyright creators and users, for innovators and consumers and what it means for those aiming for a modern workable intellectual property policy." a should-go, but bruxelles is far.
Sousveillance – The Art of Inverse Surveillance – Conference at Aarhus University, February 6-8 2009 – "The conference will be held in conjunction with two digital art exhibitions in the city of Århus and aims to create a platform for sharing and discussing the topic of surveillance, privacy and control of information, analyzing different creative, artistic and political strategies to produce fluid zones of interventions, both in the urban space and on the net."
Superenhanced – "The Superenhanced Generator … is an interrogation software that automatizes, dehumanizes, familiarizes and therefore optimizes examination." the latest ubermorgen project tries to examine our position on torture.
Thursday – "Do you ever wonder what people are thinking about when you pass them on the street? I made a bunch of thought bubbles out of paper and we hung them around Brooklyn. We waited for people to walk by the bubbles and when they did, I took a picture."
The Small Space Office: MisoSoup Design's K Workstation – "the surface winding design speaks for itself, incorporating a near continuous wall mounted surface that provides desk space and overhead shelving."
Excerpt: All Most Heaven by Santiago Mostyn – this book was mentioned on wooster and it does look very very nice. the editior has some more real gems.
Steve Jobs a 'national treasure' – "In a commencement speech he gave at Stanford University in 2005, he told the crowd: "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life." "
Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction – "We know that our readers are distracted and sometimes even overwhelmed by the myriad distractions that lie one click away on the Internet, but of course writers face the same glorious problem: the delirious world of information and communication and community that lurks behind your screen, one alt-tab away from your word-processor."
Washing machine Twitters when clothes are done – "The TiVo senior programmer from San Jose spent a week modifying his 25-year-old washing machine to send a message to Twitter when his laundry is ready." that's what i call a useful innovation.
The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks – but really, who are you to "judge" that these are “unnecessary” quotation marks?
the answer to Japan's population problem – top 10 countries by robot density. "I think the Japanese government is secretly funding a plan to replace their aging workforce with robots."
flow_heavymetal.jpg – the ultimate heavy metal band name flow chart.
Photoshop Adbusting In Berlin – adbusted posters in berlin with photoshop interface.
Carbon cost of Googling revealed – "Two search requests on the internet website Google produce as much carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle, according to a Harvard University academic."
Powering a Google search – "As computers become a bigger part of more people's lives, information technology consumes an increasing amount of energy, and Google takes this impact seriously. That's why we have designed and built the most energy efficient data centers in the world, which means the energy used per Google search is minimal. In fact, in the time it takes to do a Google search, your own personal computer will use more energy than Google uses to answer your query." Google’s response.
Should posting the image below lead to three years of jail time and $100,000 in fines? – "Unfortunately, that's what the French postcard artist Philippe Pissier faces in "obscenity" charges for sending the piece above in the mail as part of a mail art exhibition entitled “Erotic Moments” that was curated by Mark Falkant." to answer the question in the title: no.
Celebrities on Twitter — plus a few MPs and porn stars – "There are, of course, large numbers of "celebrity fakers" and fictional characters on Twitter as well. As far as I know, the IDs below are operated by the people named, or by their staff." quite the impressive list.
SUNNY SIDE UP – "THE ONLY WAY TO START YOUR DAY" i am the eggman, goo goo g'joob g'goo goo g'joob.
let the remixes begin – "Colbert says (or more accurately, "says") you can't remix this. I say please do."