ruff linkage 200910

teh glorious interweb as it got stuck in my camino tabs this past week – the edited version.

one world one twitter

Twitter, Google Maps Used To Track Down Two Missing Skiers – "Yesterday, a group of technology entrepreneurs from the UK on a skiing vacation in the Swiss Alps (Verbier) lost two of their party around 4 PM CET. Other members of the group put out a request on Twitter in order to learn the numbers of their mobile phones, so they could use the signals to track them down." all the twitterers in the world could not prevent that one died anyway.

Google CEO: Twitter A 'Poor Man's Email System' – "In other words, they have aspects of an email system, but they don't have a full offering. To me, the question about companies like Twitter is: Do they fundamentally evolve as sort of a note phenomenon, or do they fundamentally evolve to have storage, revocation, identity, and all the other aspects that traditional email systems have?" would you say such a thing as google CEO?

Video: Jon Stewart explains Twitter (or tries to) – "Says Daily Show tech correspondent Samantha Bee, “It’s no wonder young people love it, according to reports about young people by middle-aged people.”" oh, jon, get with the programm.

online video killed the …

Kutiman – Thru You – "Israeli producer Kutiman has become an overnight internet sensation by mixing an album entirely from samples of YouTube videos. The online album Thru You ( has become so successful that (at time of writing) the site hosting it is down due to "overwhelming traffic". But don't worry, The List have gathered together all 7 tracks in one place for you to watch, listen and enjoy.” very impressed.

Kunt and the Gang – Fred and Rose – "Taken from the album 'I have another wank and I have another cry' which you can get from" tagged b3ta, so you know what to expect.

World Builder – "A strange man uses holographic tools to build a world for the woman he loves. This is a short by filmmaker Bruce Branit known also as the co-creator of 405."

unter dem eis – habi made a great video about his dive underneath the ice of a frozen lake in the swiss alps.

5 Brilliant Animations of Sully's Hudson River Landing – "Gamers and geeks use flight sims to crank out animations of Flight 1549's miraculous landing in the Hudson River. Here are five of our favorites."

Kaiten (conveyor) sushi time in real Japan – "Watch the people's reactions as a camera makes the rounds at a local sushi restaurant in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan." and another one, a much less meditative version this time.

harrisdanger – creates plastic blow up creatures and sets them "loose" in urban settings, watch people’s reactions.

Staff Benda Bilili – SEX MACHINE – “A group of paraplegic street musicians who live around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, Congo, they make music of astonishing power and beauty.”

schmooze and abuze

LOLClits – "LOLClits are the solution to the US's renewable energy problem." HarryLerman” yeh, uhm, via b3ta and NSFWish. i chuckled a few times. what else can i say?

Leningrad Siege: Now and Then – "On those photos you can see some pieces of those old photos made during those black days overlaid to the modern city views, respecting the place and angle of view." i think there are a few more of these fantastic photoshopped pictures. and the page is in english.

Rowenna Davis on the Chinese 'gold farmers' making a living playing computer games – nice article. sadly, the quoted gamer is a cunt. "I don't think about the workers. I think about the product. I'm sure the wage that gold farmers are paid is low. Manual labourers in third-world countries probably earn a similar amount, but I doubt you would ask someone this kind of question if you saw them drinking a cup of coffee." omfg, ofc we have to ask people where their coffee is from. ever heard of fair trade, bozzo?

Alastair Reynolds – "If there's a silver lining to the dark cloud of CGI-dominated blockbusters that seem to infest the cinema lately, it's this: the same digital technology that can make Spiderman or Hulk leap around the screen in a singularly unconvincing fashion, can also be used to create something infinitely more interesting: the past."

James Kochalka's Superf*ckers review Killzone 2 – "lately their superhero hands have been all over Guerrilla's PS3 shooter, Killzone 2, and so, in the first of what we're all hoping is a long running series, Offworld presents Superf*ckers team members Jack Krak and Orange Lightning's dual review"

Try To Install a Video Game from 2000 in 2009. Fail! – cute.

Yo-yo-da – DJ Yoda

Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch Now Available For Free From Apple's App Store – "Amazon […] today introduced “Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch,” a new application available for free from Apple's App Store that lets customers enjoy over 240,000 books, including 104 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, on the iPhone and iPod touch using Apple's Multi-Touch user interface." it’s ok, but why create yet a new format? and why not open standard?

Cristina Lucas – Male / Female (Europe), 2008

Pirate Bay accused does remote sysadmin from courtroom during closing arguments – "A server was down and I restarted it, Neij tells He is one of the four founders of The Pirate Bay that stand accused of “complicity to making copyrighted material accessible” (yes, that’s the charge). That didn’t stop him from taking care of a server mishap in the middle of the trial’s closing argument."

I'm Engaged!!! – "Finally Reed gets up and tells me that he thinks I swallowed my ring. I could not believe it! I swore that i would've felt it but he gave me the right cup and thats the only place it could've been." woman accidentally swallows her engagement ring. if that’s not a sign, i don’t know what is.

Need your recommendations for the Digital Communities category at ars electronica – "Hello, hello! It seems that i'll be part of the ars electronica jury this year in the Digital Communities category. As such i'm invited to recommend projects. I might have a couple of ideas but i thought that some of you could help me out with better suggestions." digital communities, hmm, drawing a blank.

How the Smell of Rotten Eggs Could Lead to a New Viagra – "The compound responsible for the smell of rotten eggs could be a new way to treat erectile dysfunction, based on an early study in rats by a team featuring the UCLA Nobel laureate pharmacologist, Louis Ignarro. Ignarro's team injected the penile smooth-muscle of rats with hydrogen sulfide, which relaxed them, allowing more blood to flow in — just like Viagra."

What Bruce Sterling Actually Said About Web 2.0 at Webstock 09 – "That's the key Web 2.0 insight: "the web as a platform." Okay, "webs" are not "platforms." I know you're used to that idea after five years, but consider taking the word "web" out, and using the newer sexy term, "cloud." "The cloud as platform." That is insanely great. Right? You can't build a "platform" on a "cloud!""

WANG GUANGYI: Cold War Aesthetics "This ambitious show by one of China’s most celebrated living artists, is both a reflection on the imagery of Cold War era China, and a warning to contemporary audiences about the horrors of war."

10 of the Most-Covered Songs Ever – "half of the 10 most-covered songs are Beatles songs (or songs by ex-Beatles)."

Filippo Minelli – Google Anything Project.

swiss focus

Tag gegen Lärm 2009 – “Der «Tag gegen Lärm» will anregen, darüber nachzudenken welchen Lärm wir selbst produzieren und zukünftig vermeiden können.”

Celebration of the original proposal for the World Wide Web – "On 13 March 2009, there will be a celebration of 20 years of the Web at it's birthplace at CERN. Panel discussions and a keynote talk by Tim Berners-Lee will explore the history of the Web as well as its future." unfair, i did not win an invite. just my kind of luck.

«Mission Eternity» von etoy 3. April bis 3. Mai 2009 – “Im Rahmen der Ausstellung «Goodbye & Hello: Im Dialog mit dem Jenseits» zeigt die international bekannte Medienkunstgruppe etoy ihr Projekt «Mission Eternity» im Museum für Kommunikation. Sie lässt digitale Porträts durchs Internet schwirren und legt damit das Fundament für eine auf Ewigkeit angelegte Existenz der Porträtierten im Netz.” or subscribe to this RSS feed – with all the typos.

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