ruff linkage 201206

[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]

occupy vs. black bloc controversy – or not

Chris Hedges: The Cancer in Occupy – “The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are the cancer of the Occupy movement. The presence of Black Bloc anarchists—so named because they dress in black, obscure their faces, move as a unified mass, seek physical confrontations with police and destroy property—is a gift from heaven to the security and surveillance state.”

Hedging Our Bets on the Black Bloc: the Impotence of Mere Liberalism – “The black bloc is a tactic, not a group nor a movement. Its origins can be found in the Autonomism movement of 1970s Germany, where activists wore heavy black clothing, masks, and helmets to provide protection from the watchful eye of the authoritarian police state. Given the continued illegal actions of the Oakland Police Department – dealings deemed by the government has heinous enough to place the department under the oversight of a federal judge – it is no surprise that the residents of Oakland would want to protect themselves in this manner.”

Black Bloc – “On Feb 6, America author and Occupy activist Chris Hedges wrote a piece for titled “The Cancer in Occupy.” In it he criticized the violent actions of Black Bloc operatives within the movement, saying they are the greatest threat to the future of Occupy. The article has generated a heated debate online about non-violence, political strategy and protest in America, and has garnered a response by Anarchist thinker Dr. Zakk Flash.”

#watch and

Every Apple Design Ever (ish) in 30 seconds – ish disclaimer, lol. nice music.

BDP > BPD – “Last week, Anonymous hackers modified the Boston police department’s website by replacing the homepage with the video for KRS-1 classic: “Sound of Da Police.” (Watch it above). In response, the cops made their very own YouTube clip.”

Russenkälte – streetarty adbusting, dressing up a nude model for winter.

oh yeah – this is what happens when david lynch makes a coffee ad

PressPausePlay – “The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities.”

Tracking the Internet Trolls – “The BBC tracks down a notorious Internet troll.”

EARTHMOVING: A Sierra Zulu Prequel (by monochrom) – “Another day at the United Nations Offices in Vienna. The Austrian Foreign Affairs Ministry invited members of the European Protocol Service, the UN Strategic Command Center for Central Europe, the United States Air Forces and a regional politician from Lower Austria to talk about the future of Soviet Unter-WHAT?!”

WTF!? Living Mobs Clean UBS and Credit Suisse – video of the mop action in zurich


Pasta recipes – “The sweet and salty combination of currants and capers is a Sicilian mix that’s both interesting and scrumptious.” scrumptious. really? anyway, it will be our dinner tomorrow night.

The following advertisement force quit unexpectedly. Your mind, money and time will no longer be affected. – brilliant adbust in nyc.

Crafting Azeroth in Minecraft – “My pet project has been to recreate a full-scale version of World of Warcraft inside Minecraft. The creation of the world is largely automated by custom software which I’ve been developing over the last few weeks. It’s just now reached a point where I can release some quality screenshots!”

Rewile | Filewile – “Filewile Rewile is a collection of remixes by Friends and Artists Filewile met during the last years of touring around the World.”

In Spite of Elections and and Camping Bans, Revolutionary Wave Grows – “But we aren’t dormant; we’re escalating. The only lull has been in the media coverage of our continuing struggle to create a more just world for all.”

Breaded Cats | Cat Breading | Breading Cats – “Cat Breading How To: 1) Take a piece of bread 2) Cut a hole approximately 1 inch larger than your cat’s head. This trips some people up. Remember: the bread has to fit around not just the cat’s head, but it’s ears, too. 3) Gently place the bread around your cat’s head. 4) Take a picture & post it! We love Cat Breading!”

Instagram Founder’s Girlfriend Learns How To Code For V-Day, Builds Lovestagram – “Trigger decided she wanted to be able to talk to her boyfriend in depth about the stuff he was working on. So the Yale political science major who “never took any computer classes” covertly downloaded “Learn Python the Hard Way” and began the Odyssey into programming, deadline Valentines’ Day.”

@BarnabyEdwards: And they say that irony is … – nothing to add to that

Famous Explosions From History Recreated With Cauliflowers – “Artist Brock Davis used cauliflowers to recreate three famous explosions from history: The Hindenburg disaster, the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and the Challenger disaster.”

Banksy in New Orleans – “I must not copy what I see on the Simpsons”

CRASS/MICHEY Tshirt – “Due to an overwhelming demand, the illegal CRASS/MICKEY t-shirt will now be available for a limited time (30 days to be exact) and will be removed from our store on March 9, 2012.”

What They Know – “Apps routinely send the information to marketing companies that use it to compile dossiers on phone users. This interactive database shows the behavior of these apps, and describes what each app told users about the information it gathered.”

bobby neel adams: agemaps – “new york-based photographer bobby neel adams addresses the affects of the passage of time with his recent project ‘agemaps’. a collection of photographs showing the same person at two points within their life demonstrates the affects of aging upon the human body, reminding us of our mortality.”

How to spot when someone lies – Lie detection guide – “Liars often maintain more eye contact than the average person “because they know it will help them ‘sell’ their story,” says Meyer. In a normal chat, people hold eye contact only 30-60 per cent of the time.”

Bungled attempts at bagging a Banksy – “the boutique hotel chain encouraged visitors to steal a work by Banksy from its walls. If anyone succeeded in pinching the work, No Ball Games, they could keep it”

All the Awesome Things You Can Do with a Long Press on Your iPhone, iPad, or iPad touch – “Long pressing—that is, tapping and holding down on a part of your screen—provides a lot of handy shortcuts on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.”

VW beetle from trash – “Indian artist haribaabu naatesan (hari) transforms over 2805 pieces of scrap metal in the lifesize ‘think blue beetle’, created for the like-titled ecological awareness campaign by volkswagen. the car utilizes 800 spark plugs, 200 bottle caps, 60 mother boards, audio cassettes, speakers, cans, keyboards, typewriters, and hundreds of other materials.”

Living Resistance – “these lovecrafty suckers are trying to turn you into a scrunched-up blood-drained pathetic crippled little cog in the death-machine of the human soul” hakim bey says it like it is.

Typewriter Boneyard: Hardback Book Lamps – lamps made from hardback books – mark jenkins website

Guy Fawkes mask stencil – “Here’s some handy, infringealicious clip art for the discriminating Anon who wants to make a statement without paying a royalty: a Guy Fawkes mask, suitable for urban art, dress-up, and silkscreening.”

bio solar power from grass clippings – “a team led by MIT researcher andreas mershin, continuing an 8-year research project of shuguang zhang, has developed a viable means by which agricultural waste– like grass clippings and leaves– can be used to create solar panels. within a few years, the technology could be used so that people in remote and developing regions can generate their own electricity with few materials and at low cost.”

Tyrannosaur / Out now on DVD & Blu Ray – “Paddy Considine’s award-winning debut feature, Tyrannosaur, has been released on DVD & Blu Ray from today.”

Whimsical Hidden Animal Teacups – “Product designer Ange-line Tetrault created the white ceramic fox, owl, and bear teacups to be “playful as well as thoughtful reflections of her life and surroundings.””

Reverend Billy Treibt UBS den Teufel Aus (4.2.2012) – “Reverend Billy, ein amerikanischer Aktionskünstler, treibt den Teufel bei der UBS aus — diese schützte ihren Eingang mit goldenen Holzverschlag, der nach der Aktion wieder abmontiert wurde.”


Im Selbstbedienungsladen – “Neininger und seine Zeitung haben letztlich nur das getan, was viele andere auch tun – egal ob Zeitungen oder Blogger. Zu einem Skandal taugt der Fall also schlecht. Die Kritiker sitzen selbst im Glashaus. Wer reinen Gewissens versichern kann, nie im Netz geklaut zu haben, werfe den ersten Stein.”

Vom Mythos des Realen – “Klar fände ich – und die ganze Kummer-Familie – es heute schön, wäre ich für irgendetwas Seriöses berühmt geworden, etwas, das die Menschheit weiterbringt. Aber ich bin berühmt, weil ich Interviews mit Stars teilweise inszeniert habe.” tom kummer

Interview mit dem Autor des Bio-Schmähs – “Wir alle haben romantisierte Vorstellungen, die zum Teil von unserem Bedürfnis nach einem „reinen Gewissen“ beim Einkaufen geprägt sind. Darüberhinaus kommen sie von der strategischen Selbst-Inszenierung der Konzerne in der Öffentlichkeit.”

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