ruff linkage 201325

[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]

#best news this week

Growing food with zero heating in Massachusetts winter – He calles it his Bioshelter. I want one.

#watch and

“We Are The World Of Warcraft” (Jimmy Fallon) – "With some help from Felicia Day, Chris Hardwick and Warcraft players all around the world, Jimmy celebrates one of the best video games of all time"

I am Bradley Manning (full HD) – "It’s time to stop the war on whistle-blowers."

Tricky – ‘Hey Love’ feat. Francesca Belmonte (Instagram Video) – "The video is made from thousands of images taken using Instagram as a response to Tricky’s request on Facebook. The images are inspired by the lyrical content of ‘Hey Love’ and the individual’s reaction to them."

The Art Of Punk – Crass – The Art of Dave King and Gee Vaucher – "On the next installment of The Art of Punk, we tear into the art of Crass. From the assaulting black and white photo-realistic paintings of protest, anarchy, and social satire, to their legendary adopted brand and two headed snake and cross symbol."

Ian Padgham “Playing with my toy cars” – god complexey.

A robot that runs like a cat – "Thanks to the design of its legs, which faithfully mimic feline morphology, EPFL’s four-legged "cheetah-cub robot" shares the advantages of its biological model: it is small, light and runs very fast. In the long term, this type of machine, which is still in an experimental stage, could be used in search and rescue missions or for exploration."

2nd version of ‘Semena Mertvykh’ video – "This track has really captured me from the new ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ album – it’s dark and bleak but there’s warmth, hope and beauty there too, an incredibly hard thing to pull off." Semena Mertvykh makes me cry every time.

WORLD CUP 2014: WHO WINS THE MATCH? – "This video was made using footage from hundreds of video produced by affected residents, videoactivists, independent media and other allies in the fight against human rights violations committed in the name of the World Cup 2014, in Brazil."


daftside – beyond in random access memories memories – Nicholas Jaar remixed the Daft Punk album and made it actually interesting.

Cease and Desist Mark 2: Beastles gets pulled by the blue meanies – "The album? Still up, and will stay up, I won’t remove it unless given a very good reason to do so (vague internet legal threats don’t count)."

A Reference Of Female-Fronted Punk Rock: 1977-89 (Part 1/3) – "this is a homemade 12 x CD-R (!) compilation of punk bands fronted by female vocalists from 1977 to 1989. More like a giant mixtape than a compilation, as he only made 36 copies which he sent to friends and people who submitted material."

Robert McNamara and the Dangers of Big Data at Ford and in the Vietnam War – "Big data erodes privacy. And when it is used to make predictions about what we are likely to do but haven’t yet done, it threatens freedom as well. Yet big data also exacerbates a very old problem: relying on the numbers when they are far more fallible than we think."

Diogene: A cabin designed by Renzo Piano and RPBW for Vitra – "Renzo Piano has developed “Diogene”, which to date is Vitra’s smallest building ― but largest product."

The Democracy Project by David Graeber: The textual life of Occupy lives on – "A lot of bad books have been written about Occupy, too, and what saves this from being one of them is its perspective."

Introducing Aaron’s Law, a Desperately Needed Reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act – "Aaron’s Law is not just about Aaron Swartz, but rather about refocusing the law away from common computer and Internet activity and toward damaging hacks. It establishes a clear line that’s needed for the law to distinguish the difference between common online activities and harmful attacks."

J15-Catalan police used agent provocateurs in attempt to destroy M15 peaceful revolutionary movement – "The M15 peaceful revolutionary movement in Spain has had profound success and has grown and still is growing. It has inspired similar things to happen in further afield, as Bob Dylan sang "The times they are a changin". Yesterday we saw on the streets of Barcelona, the second sinsister move by the Catalan state / region, the first being the well publicised extreme violent action by the Mossos (Catalan police) on M27. What we saw was the open use of "agents provocateurs" in an attempt to split the movement, discredit the movement, give fuel to those (politicians, media…) who wish to see this #SpanishRevolution come to a quick end."

Inside Digg’s Race to Build the New Google Reader – "In April, when Google announced it was shutting down Google Reader on July 1, it was almost unsurprising that Digg replied–that same day–We’ve got this. This is the story of how a tiny team took 90 days to pull off the impossible."

Brazil explodes in a furious feast of democracy – "Government U-turn on bus fares fails to stem wave of unrest as millions of Brazilians take to the streets in 100 cities in the biggest protests so far."

Use of Tor and e-mail crypto could increase chances that NSA keeps your data – "Using online anonymity services such as Tor or sending encrypted e-mail and instant messages are grounds for US-based communications to be retained by the National Security Agency even when they’re collected inadvertently"

Big data comes to games. How one company sees the future in personalized play. – "“The metrics are the craft, and the intuition is the art,” he wrote. Let’s hope numbers don’t swallow us all."

Public Enemy bring the noise to fans… on BitTorrent – "Hip-hop group’s new single will be given away for free, with fans invited to remix it"

On Dignity – "Fuck dying quietly."

In Rwanda, every newborn gorilla baby is given a name and thrown a party – "Mountain gorillas rank among the world’s most endangered species, numbering just around 800 in the forests of Africa, so any gorilla baby births are a cause for celebration. But in Rwanda, where the largest population of the great apes are making a gradual recovery, every hairy new arrival is heralded with a name and a party"

The Future of Civil Disobedience Online – "Familiar political tools like petitions, fundraisers, mass letter-writing, call-in campaigns now have online equivalents. But what about protest tactics like street marches, picket lines, sit-ins, and occupations? Where is the room on the internet for civil disobedience?"

Barbarian Invasion – "Tear gas and flash bangs were launched deep into the park. There were families with young children and elderly people who got caught in the dense cloud of gas and smoke."

From Gezi Park – "But probably the real reason I keep coming back, even after being tear gassed and hearing Erdogan’s "final warning" to the protestors, is that there’s probably nothing more emblematic of the human condition than to be dancing in the street with a gas mask around your neck"

Luftlinie Bern → San Francisco – Entfernung zwischen Bern und San Francisco – I just love tools like that. Wow, Internet!


Reitschule und «Tanz dich frei» bringen Quote – "Im von der Quote getriebenen medialen Tagesgeschäft ist es offensichtlich nicht leicht zu widerstehen, wenn mit den mutmasslichen Chaoten ein grosses Publikum erreicht werden kann."

Reitschule Bern – Medienmitteilung 20. Juni 2013 zur TanzDichFrei-‘Subventionierung’ – "Es ist kein Geheimnis, dass die Reitschule die Anliegen von Tanz Dich Frei 1-3 unterstützt. Schliesslich ist gerade die Reitschule als autonomes und niederschwelliges Kultur- und Begegnungszentrum von den Auswirkungen des Mangels an Jugend- und Freiräumen in Bern und Umgebung, der Schliessung von Jugend- und Quartiertreffs oder der Folgen der repressiven Nachtlebenpolitik direkt betroffen. Diese einzelnen Erscheinungen müssen aber in einem grösseren Kontext betrachtet werden. Auch den grundsätzlichen kapitalismuskritischen Anliegen des Tanz dich frei steht die Reitschule nahe. Aus diesem Grund blieb die Reitschule am Abend des 25. Mai 2013 – wie auch schon im Vorjahr – als Akt der Solidarität für den und nicht als öffentliche Distanzierung von dem Anlass geschlossen."

Yes we Scan – Demo am Checkpoint Charlie – "Digitale Gesellschaft – 18. Juni 2013 anlässlich Besuch von Barack Obama und #Prism"

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