[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
Stencil of David Cameron addressing Scotland, yeah? Behind his back, his fingers are crossed
— Banksy Ideas (@BanksyIdeas) September 19, 2014
#biggest news this week
Bye bye bono. – Remove the U2 album from your cloud. Do it now! Show apple their $100 Million were well spent.
A$$, ( . )( . ), and GUNS: Censorship in Cinema – “Ever since we could show things on film, there have been people protesting that “You can’t show THAT on film!””
RUSH HOUR – patterns in traffic.
Charlie Goes To Burning Man – “Charlie is an 81-year-old media professor from New York who is recovering from bone marrow cancer and a major open-heart surgery. He decides to go to the Burning Man festival – mentally and physically the most challenging festival in the world – in the middle of the Nevada desert.”
Danila Tkachenko – Escape – “By a complete withdrawal from society they go live alone in the wild nature, gradually dissolving in it and losing their social identity. While exploring their experience, it is important for me to understand if one is able to break free from social dependence and get away from the public to the subjective – and thus, to make a step towards oneself.”
It’s Touch, Not Sex – “Cuddlr connects you with new people in your immediate area who are up for a cuddle. (It’s sort of like Tinder or Grindr, but for public cuddling instead of hookups.)”
Facebook’s ‘Real Name’ Policy Can Cause Real-World Harm for the LGBTQ Community – “Pseudonyms can enable people to access information, social services, and gain entry to communities while maintaining safety. This is especially true online, where individuals from distributed or marginalized groups can find community, spread awareness of issues they face, and seek information.”
Scotland’s Divide – “It could all go swimmingly, and Scotland could emerge with a bevy of trading partners as one of the richest and most stable small nations in the world. It could go terribly, with Scotland politically isolated and their Southern neighbor falling apart and taking the new nation down with them. Probably it would be in between those extremes.”
YouTube Video Converter and Download – works with soundcloud as well.
Middle-School Dropout Codes Clever Chat Program That Foils NSA Spying – “At no point do you ever contact anyone directly,” Brooks says. “There is no way you could find my IP address or anything about who I am or where I am.”
How your innocent smartphone passes on almost your entire life to the secret service – “Intelligence services collect metadata on the communication of all citizens. Politicians would have us believe that this data doesn’t say all that much. A reader of De Correspondent put this to the test and demonstrated otherwise: metadata reveals a lot more about your life than you think.”
Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) Talks Andrew W.K., Lana Del Rey and Authenticity – “With devastating clarity, Perfect Pussy’s singer damns the cavernous double standard applied to Andrew WK’s authenticity and Lana Del Rey’s.”
Why Reddit sucks: some scientific evidence – “(1) People who write low quality posts are more likely to write again when they get negative attention. Furthermore, the quality of their posts deteriorates. This goes beyond the simple adage that you shouldn’t feed the trolls by giving them attention. The evidence suggests that negative feedback can perhaps actually create trolls.”
THE LIQUID AMBER EP by DJ Shadow – DJ Shadow releases a new EP on Bandcamp, the track Mob alone makes this worth it.
Living Simply in a Dumpster – “One professor left his home for a 36-square-foot open-air box, and he is happier for it. How much does a person really need?”
Microbial factories could produce locally brewed painkillers – “Gene by gene, the opioid production pathway is being put into brewer’s yeast.”
The Future Is Female: Five Women Artists Are Designing a Revolution – “Are you a lady tired of living in a man’s world? Are you a man tired of living in a world controlled by a handful of other men? Do you want to fuck capitalism, dismantle the patriarchy, and draw upon your own humanity to create a world that’s sustainable, ethical, and peaceful to live in? If you answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, you might be a Future Feminist” no. yes. yes. let’s go.
Down the Rabbit Hole: An Analysis of One Million Sex Toy Sales – “For the very first time, the sales of one million sex toys and 45,000 of their reviews have been analysed to reveal what we do in our most intimate and uninhibited moments.”