“This is Fleet Command. Reporting Mothership pre-launch status.”
“Cryogenic subsections A through J online“
“K through S online“
“Scaffold Control stand by for alignment“
“Alignment confirmed. Stand by Release Control.“
“The Mothership has cleared the Scaffold.“
“We are away.”
- Homeworld, 3b Mission: Kharak System (Sierra)
News for the ‘media’ Category
Marduq IV: We are away …
Seele vs Skrillex, a terrible recording
I really like iZotope Trash, which is a great plug-in for distortion, as is Ohmicide, which I love. It’s an absolutely crazy multiband distortion, compression, EQ and filter, which pretty much lets you do anything.
We were asked to do a Projection mapping on Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, which we did, but no one was around to film it properly. That is to say, I’m still waiting for the Pakhuis people to get back to me with the footage. In any case, it gave me the opportunity to work on a Skryllex track which I wanted to do for some time, but never going to do again.
The projection was awesome, and from the little clip I compiled here you can only see bits and pieces of it. So you have to look through the video and imagine how it was. Or something like that. Maybe, one day int he future, people will send me more footage to compile a proper reel. In the meantime, you have to do with this here:
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.
…In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
― Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda
I love a good show.
So here is our new king having a hand to hand with Armin van Buuren. Van Buuren who is playing a song with the dutch Concertgebouworkest for a large crowd at the moment.
Now in the news broadcast, nobody could hear the performance, all they heared was a Bolero played by the orchestra, so I went digging.
I wanted to know how this should have sounded. So I found a release by Armin van Buuren 16 hours ago with his new song Intense. Now I’m not a hundred percent sure, but I think that the news reel should have looked like the Youtube video further down this article.
Now Here, propaganda:
- ( and another source, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYnbKSZNkxU )
- ( this seems to be the actual source, but the NOS did its best tried to recreating it’s own audio back, http://nos.nl/koningshuis/video/501875-koninklijk-gezin-op-podium-met-armin-van-buuren.html )
Now this little clip goes out over the interwubz and is seen by millions of youngsters around the globe. Especially in America and Australia at this time, since the youngsters over there are only starting to figure out House music.
How much will this little press-moment bring us in actual dollars euros ? Is Armin getting more booked now? Hell yeah! But how much more? Will I be selling a couple of more Veejays?
Procreation, a prelude to the 22nd century
But the children of the future had learnt the arts, Immunity of mind, body, spirit and hearts, They kept on evolving ’til they the reached the stage, When the children of the future finally came of age. For death had taught them what life was worth, And had prepared them for the task of leaving planet earth. Then a starship came from deep within outer space, And took the children of the future to join the cosmic race. - Apollo 440, Children of the future
As some of you may have gathered it has finally come to this; I’m going to be a father now. I’m not planning to bore you all with sappy thoughts on fatherhood and sound-echo-images of the child; but I have been thinking about the world and especially the future that my daughter will be entering.
Believe it or not, I’ve been thinking long and hard about this post. Even asked a lot of people their thoughts on the subject, and found that the future is always in motion. The question I’m proposing here is simple. What kind of world will my daughter grow old in. What will be the current state of affairs somewhere near 2112 ? And of course this all was written to have a good laugh somewhere near 2040.
Before thinking about the future, one has to think about the past first, so I compiled a little list of technology that has been invented the last 100 years:
1900 - Flight, vacuum cleaner
1910 - Radio tuner, Motion Picture
1920 – TV, Penicillin, Jazz
1930 – Radio telescope, Tape recorder, Jet engine
1940 - Color Tv, Computer, LSD, A-Bomb, ( hypertext ), Microwave
1950 - Videotape, Credit Card, H-bomb, Pill, Synthesizer, Solar Cell, Optic fiber, fortran, modem, laser, microchip
1960 - Moon Landing, audio cassette, practical computing ( like the game spacewar, the Basic programming language, the Computer Mouse, RAM, arpanet and the barcode), Compact Disk prototype
1970 - floppy disk, LCD, microprocessor, VCR, pong, ethernet, MRI, cell phone
1980 - home computer, CD-ROM, mobile phones, doppler Radar, HDTV
1990 – WWW/HTML, Java, Human Genome sequenced
2000 -the Social Web, lab-on-a-chip
2010 - Interactive Television, Mobile Computing, Emergent Nanotechnology
Keep in mind that the development of technology is actually accelerating, which means that we will be making the same technological process of the past 100 years, in the next 50 years, and again in the next 25 years and so on. Here is a graph showing how that works for computing power:
So the next 40 years will be relatively easy to predict technologically, as the basis of these technologies are already here.
The single most important development in the next 30 or so years, is a technology that is already emerging and is called 3D-printing. The significance of being able to print anything, everywhere can hardly be over-estimated. Especially considering that the printing of human tissue like meat and bone is just around the next step (also being experimented with, with great success).
2020 - 3d printing, The Web of things ( also called 3.0) , self-driving cars, quantum computing
2030 - AI reaches human levels ( Robots do everyday tasks ), Mind/Machine interfaces, Holographic television, vat-grown meat is becoming commonplace
2040 – Nanotechology becomes widespread, (human) tissue regeneration, lucrative mining missions to nearby asteroids, Y2K38-Bug
And this is where things get difficult, we will probably reach what some call ‘the singularity‘ in 2045, incidentally, by that time my daughter will be the same age as I am now.
You can follow the links and read up on what that means, but in short there is a fair estimate that humans will no longer be the smartest things on the planet. Computers and artificial intelligence will outsmart us by far, as a $1000 dollar computer will have the processing power of all human minds combined. Nobody exactly knows what this means, but we will be able to process and generate more information in seconds, than we have generated and processed in the 5000 years before. This too is a logarithmic scale.
After that, what happens is anybodies guess, but for the purpose of this article, I’ll assume that we just go on living and are able to keep on to an ever accelerating pace of technological advancement.
Now there are three ‘black swans‘ in the coming years, actually there are many more, but the problem with black swan events is that they are hard to predict. So here goes:
Faster then Light Travel
We currently assume that the fastest way that anything can travel anywhere is at the speed of light. This means that reaching the nearest star ( Alpha Proxima Centauri, 4.22 LY) or at least the nearest star of which we know has a planet ( Gliese 581, 22 LY ) takes at least 4 and 22 years. As we are unable to actually reach the speed of light the duration of a trip to any of these stars would take hundreds or even thousands of years on known propulsion methods. Even if we perfected our most promising propulsion methods, like solar sails and nuclear fission, we would at best reach something like 10% of speed of light. Proxima Centauri would still be 40 years away at that speed, and Gliese 581 would still take well over 200 years to reach.
There is however a rather serious proposal of sorts called the Alcubierre Drive ( basically a Warp engine from Star Trek ) and a more exotic theory proposed by a German fellow named Heim Theory, explaining how space-time might be expanded and contracted to actually build an Alcubierre Drive using massive magnetic forces.
Now if somewhere, someone comes up with a workable theory or prototype to reach faster-then-light speeds, within the coming decades, that would mean all bets are off instantly. If distances of say 10 lightyears could be travelled in months rather then decades, we would be able to visit nearby stars and explore and colonize our own solar system with ease. Hell, at those speeds we could travel across the milky way within 1000 years!
In this article however I’m assuming that we do not come up with a workable solution for the FTL problem, and base all forecast involving space travel, on the axiom that we only perfect existing means of space travel (ie. solar sail, nuclear propulsion etc.)
Understanding of Gravity
It’s almost incredible when you think of it, but science can’t make heads or tail of this crazy little thing called Gravity. Yes, we know that mass generates gravity, and since Einstein we know that this is probably caused because (large) mass disturbs space-time. And that is about it.
We know what it does ( keeps planets in orbits, pulls us towards earth etc. ) but we have no clue as for how and why. If somebody somewhere was to postulate a coherent theory for gravity, allowing us to manipulate and generate gravity we can start building flying cars, faster-then-light engines ( see the prior paragraph ) and start generating almost infinite amounts of energy.
This is actually a no-brainer, but alien contact, like an epidemic or a world-war would alter our flow of technology. Even if the aliens were just far away and we only got a glimpse of them, we’d probably start making rockets real fast. If they were to visit us however, we find ourselves making weapons on a massive scale, real fast. Finally if they are just here, to run a galactic super highway right through our planet… well, we would be fucked.
To finish it of, alien contact, like all black swans in the list, could have happened yesterday and throw of every reasonable prediction of future technology. If no black swan occurs, these predictions might carry out in a reasonable fashion. It was quote doable for Jules Verne to predict a moon landing and a sub-marine. The internet and the rise of the information age was also quite predictable in the late 19th century. As were flight and the automobile.
The only problem is that although the concept of future technology may be right, the actual implementation and utility is usually way of. Leaving the people in the future to have a good laugh at your expense.
So for the remaining 70 years I’ve tried to incorporate some black swan-events on the list, extrapolated other technological trends that seem reasonable for the late 21st century.
2060 - (Commercial) Space exploitation takes of, Permanent Human presence on the Moon, Mannend mission to Mars, Man/Machine merger. Completely customized designer babies for the rich. Teleportation of molecules.
2070 - laser powered nuclear fusion, Unmanned probes to Sedna and the Kuiper belt, Replicators become common.
2080 - Picotechnology leaves the prototyping phase, Antartica becomes habitable, break-troughs in our understanding of Gravity
2090 - Manned missions to the Jovian system, Teleportation or larger objects leaves the prototyping phase
2100 - Manned mission to Saturn, Contact with an alien civilization
2110 – Invention of an FTL drive, moving into a type I civilization
Note that I’m focussing solely on technological advancements. I especially left any social, political, environmental and demographic influence out of the list, as they tend to over-complicate matters and are harder to predict with any accuracy.
A final thought
So, what kind of world will my little girl finally grow old in ? Chances are it will be a cleaner and more healthy world. There is a fair chance that limbs and other body parts can be grown back and that most common diseases are treatable. Also the life expectancy will probably be much higher.
We have left the days of the information age well behind us, the web and screens will feel the seem way old radio’s and photographs feel to us now. Computers are as inspirational and fun to be around as regular people, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we had implemented some form of equality act for robots and other intelligence, artificial or otherwise.
In this new age of abundance of information, instantaneous experiences through virtualisation and communication, our last real effort is exploration of the stars.
Unless we all go out blast to bits by an anti-matter bomb or sucked in to a rogue black hole.
This entire post was an elaborate scam to post pictures of my adorable daughter, but you knew that, right ?
24 songs that are worth $675.000 and a strange statistic involving “god” and “fuck”
Today I learned that Jammie Thomas has been sentenced to pay 675.000 dollar for downloading 24 songs through Kazaa. Which comes down to 22.500 dollar per 5 Mb, 128 bit MP3 file. In the days of Kazaa MP3 hadn’t the quality that we are used to now.
Twenty four crappy mp3 files. Which songs I wonder are worth so damn much?
Wikipedia had the answer:
The 24 songs
|Def Leppard||“Pour Some Sugar on Me“||1988|
|Destiny’s Child||“Bills, Bills, Bills“||1999|
|Gloria Estefan||“Rhythm Is Gonna Get You“||1987|
|Gloria Estefan||“Here We Are“||1989|
|Gloria Estefan||“Coming Out of the Dark“||1991|
|Goo Goo Dolls||“Iris“||1998|
|Green Day||“Basket Case“||1994|
|Guns N’ Roses||“Welcome to the Jungle“||1987|
|Guns N’ Roses||“November Rain“||1992|
|Janet Jackson||“Let’s Wait Awhile“||1987|
|Journey||“Don’t Stop Believin’“||1981|
|Linkin Park||“One Step Closer“||2000|
|No Doubt||“Different People“||1995|
|No Doubt||“Hella Good“||2001|
|Reba McEntire||“One Honest Heart“||1998|
|Richard Marx||“Now and Forever“||1994|
|Sarah McLachlan||“Building a Mystery“||1998|
|Sheryl Crow||“Run Baby Run“||1993|
|Vanessa Williams||“Save the Best for Last“||1992|
I am the XangadiX and I will review each song in 140 characters.
The only reason to think about Aerosmith is when you might find yourself thinking about Liv Teyler’s dad. If you have to think about Aerosmith, think about the video of this song and turn the volume off.
Bryan Adams, “Somebody”
I know of a broad movement, demanding apologies from Canada for all their so called musicians; Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion and … BRYAN ADAMS. He is the first who’s head should be on a stake on the shores of Canada!
Def Leppard, “Pour some sugar on me”
I had to look this one up. Now I am scraping my ears out with a blunt knife and a sleek pen I found. Is there a way to unhear?
Destiny’s Child, “Bills Bills Bills”
Everything ever produced by destiny’s child will kill most of the microbiodome in your gut and leave you with an irritable bowel syndrome.
Gloria Estefan, “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”
I was 8 when this song was played on the radio. I completely forgot about the song but now it’s in my head again. Traumatizing me again. Can’t… get it … out of my HEAD … . I want my mommy.
Gloria Estefan, “Here we are”
Googoo Dolls, “Iris”
“And I don’t want the whole world to see me …”, maybe you shouldn’t make a song and make an ass of yourself behind your telescope. Dushback.
Greenday, “bascet case”
Actually, this is one of the XangadiX theme songs. This song is amazing, it describes the whole purpose of XANGADIX’ rantings in technicolor:
Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I’m cracking up
Am I just paranoid?
Am I just stoned?
Guns and Roses, “Welcome to the Jungle”
Axle Rose is a prophet and all nineties kids are his disciples. On second thought, the red haired Indiana boy sounds awfully outdated these days.
Guns and Roses, “November Rain”
Eleven minute entourage for the Amazing Guitar solo by Slash
Janet Jackson, “Let’s wait awhile”
I was still waiting for November rain to finish when I started this one, it’s a terrible combination. And I think I have conjured twenty-three Pokemon with down syndrome :-/
Journey, ”Don’t stop believing”
Never heard of this. It’s terrible. It starts with “yeahiyeah”. And I know a gerbil is violently smacked to death if somebody sings “yeahiyeah” on Youtube.
Why donwload another aberration of these “Journey”- fellows. Putting this on your computer should cost you 22.500 dollars. In fines. Moron.
Linkin Park, “One step closer”
Once there was a band with amazing bass and guitars and drums and DJ and rap and rock and hiphop and everything nice. And then there was another band. And then another. And another and after a lot of bands, it was done. And after all bands were done, and had gone home, and the lights had gone on in the morning. And everything was well again. Then came Linkin Park.
No Doubt, “Different People”
Aah… the tank-girl days of Gwen Stefani, very nice indeed. If you are into Stefani. Even if you don’t like the music that much anyway …
No Doubt, “Bathwater”
No Doubt, “Hello Good”
What’s with all this No Doubt. Have you any idea what these songs are worth? ( 22.500 dollars apparently ) Only ‘different people’ would have been enough. Damn, that’s an expensive misdownload.
Reba McEntire, “One Honest heart”
OMFGWBBSAFF?!!! …. What is this terrib … aAAAAaaaaAAAa… FUCK CANCEL! CANCEL… BEGONE! DIABOLUS! AWAY! …
Richard Marx, “Now and Forever”
Awh freck! My dick has hidden itself well within my belly. Now I’ll be incontinent for three whole days again. Darnit!
Sarah McLachlan, “Possession”
Wait wut? Ow, no. I fell asleep just now. Did I miss something?
Sarah McLachlan, “Building a Mystery”
Sheryl Crow, “Run baby, run”
A baby cannot run. That’s the whole point of being a baby. If it could stand up and walk around it would be a Toddler, now wouldn’t it. Stupid.
Vanessa Williams, “Save the best for rest”
I hate Tennis. And I didn’t knew Vanessa Williams could sing! And she can’t. In fact, although the video and music would have you believing otherwise; she doesn’t actually sing.
Vanessa Williams makes your ears bleed. Which is quite something else altogether.
Well now, that little exercise has cost me 675.000 dollars. Appearantly browsing youtube was costly back in 2007.
This is madness.
A Strange statistic
And now, for that fascinating statistic I have been promissing:
This is a google trend index for the search volumes of the word “god” and the word “fuck”. Amazingly they have been keeping pair for the last 8 or so years. Although “fuck” seems to be winning these days …
MegaUpload and the Megabox
“when fact is fiction and TV reality”
– U2 – bloody sunday
I don’t read a lot of news, but when I do, I read it on Russia Today (True story), and I came across this interesting piece of information about MegaUpload; “Did the music industry destroy MegaUpload”, and it tells a nice story about how Kim DotCom was trying to set up something called “MegaBox”, at which artists could publish music and retain 90% of the profits. Kim even promised artist compensation for free distribution. In other words, the deathblow to all major record labels. A complete cut out of the middle man. This idea of course, made a lot of people very angry, and they accidentily filesharing (without SOPA no less).
And you can say about the floating fat man what you will, he still gave us the megacar ( back in 2000 :p ) when he was still called ‘Kimble’. Another wannabe german hacker turned ‘entrepeneur’. Still, this “MegaBox” sounds like a damn fine idea!
Let’s see how America is going assange on his ass (coming up).
what the BBC is making of all of this. or, nah, what 50-year-olds think cyberwar is like. pah.
Masks of the Anon
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
- Henry Ford
Half of the internet has been blacked out, and the other half is busy talking about it. One would think that such an event would send a clear signal to the powers that be. Allowing corporate forces to control the free flow of information is not, I repeat not a good idea. How many times do we have to repeat ourselves before we learn that corporations and industries don’t act in the best interest of ‘the people’.
#Update: Explenation of the implication of SOPA at Khan Academy
Meanwhile, the Occupation spreads
“first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
“And furthermore, I think The Financial System should be destroyed”
- free after Cato the Elder
As I still am a professional VJ I used my gig at Korsakoff, last VJ cafe as an chance to present my new set ‘#occupy Chaos’, of which I will dump some Livemixes on Youtube (or somewhere … ). Still need to figure out some music, I’m thinking about ‘fight the power’ or ‘get up stand up’, still not sure.
But I must admit that I’ve never received so many hugs, ‘boxes’ and handshakes then I did when I premiered that set last tuesday.
Meanwhile the ‘metamovement‘ is gathering some serious pace the last days, and it looks like important parts of the world are joining the occupation this Saturday (15 okt). Will this finally amount to anything? I don’t know, but we need to try. Now. Get over to http://www.occupytogether.org/ for more info and of course the inevitable http://www.occupyamsterdam.nl/
Note to self; need to update the homepage too. Need to get moar out there…
The old man spoke out about OccupyBoston, his home town
Moar on this on the interwubs:
Musings at dusk
“Our test is crisis, and observation. And yet, hope clouds observation”
- Bene Gesserit Revered Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam of the in Dune
I’ve been spending some weeks on a pebble beach in Croatia, sipping Karlovacko and watching the Griffon Vultures circle the cliffs of the isle of Cres.
And I’ve been reading “the Economist” and doing some sorting in my head. This crisis that the media seem to can’t shut up about has actually run it’s course already. It has been coming for decades and yet everybody plays surprised. It’s pathetic. This is the utter and complete meltdown of the monetary system as we know it. The last time this happened was after the second world war, and there was America to buy us out with their steel-dollars and oil-economy. Like the Visigoths in Rome the Americans did this just to get on the good turf of the powers-tha0 be. In 1945 those powers were mainly the ancient European Aristocracy. Today, the only power left to still be able to pull something like a Marshall plan off would be China, but the “land of the middle” couldn’t care less about fancy titles and diners with the queen of England.
Ridding the world of this greed-driven-capitalism doesn’t sound nearly as bad as some would have you believe. If it wasn’t for the blabbermouths of corporate media, predicting Armageddon every chance they get. Bank runs, riots, power outages, survival kits, all these things are thrown in your face by television and news papers to convince you that a catastrophe is looming. Lets try and look beyond those grimm tales of doom.
We have so much stuff right now that we practically shit ipods. People that throw out their wardrobe every season are actually quite common. We are used to two vacations a year, and live in houses that are 40% overpriced (not in the USA anymore of course, but still). In short, we’ve spent about 7 times the total worth of this planet, and are thus indebted the Earth 6 times over. Anybody still surprised over a financial meltdown can stand in a corner trying to get their head out of their ass.
We can do with a whole lot less, and still have happy, full lives with quality tv-shows; internet discussions, lolcats, education, playing children, electricity and lazing around in parks on our days off. Hell, as I argued earlier, over 60% of us do not need to work to keep all those things running that are actually worth a damn. We are sitting here on the most fertile lands in the world and are able to optimize that soil with technology beyond measure. We can even eat meat once or twice a week. Building a stress-free society of abundance for everyone is actually the easy part.
So what about those riots?
Ow yes. It will start with a bank run. And then another bank run. And then yet another. As a matter of fact; Big Corperation (Siemens in this case) pulled out 500 million euros from French banks the other day (google search, first article). Rest assured that when the media picks up a story like this, it is probably happening for weeks if not months. Then finally the people will get wind of it and start taking money out of the bank themselves (or at least those who still can). Banks will fail, and there is no more money to bail them out, next states will fail and finally the whole system grinds to a halt. Panic. Riots. Looting. Violence. Hate. Death.
Or at least in our major metropolitan areas, and even there on a rather small scale. Then things will calm down. And we will have to sit down together and figure a way out. Rebuilding our infrastructures, getting our energy supplies up and running and reclaiming farmland…
Which is all nice and dandy If it wasn’t for Naomi Kleins compelling argument for the shock doctrine.
“In THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world– through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.”(source)
Klein argues that most of the crises we see in our world are actually carefully manufactured to push legislation and control by government and corporations. The most compelling example is of course the ‘Patriot Act’, pushed through in the aftermath of 9/11.
The question now is this: is this whole financial meltdown actually manufactured? A construct to push through even more legislation, further watering down out our personal freedom, privacy and whatnot. If it is, what is actually being doctored then?
If (and that is a big if by the way) 9/11 was used as a pretense to move into oil-rich deserts in the Middle East, what possible actions will be legislated through a financial collapse? A way to move into the Arctic in a quest for gas? Destroying Canada’s forests in a quest for oil rich tar-sands? RFID-Chipping all citizens in the west?
Or is this crises real, and have the powers-that-be finally overplayed their hands and will they finally get exposed for the fraudulent criminal and corrupt bunch that they are.
There is a simple way out of this you know. Pay your debt. Stop watching commercials, get to know your neighbours, share with your friends what you don’t need and stop being so fucking afraid all the time.
I will leave you now with some wise words from Mussolini, who was not nearly as mad as the guy leading Italy now.
“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power. “
- Benito Mussolini
Have a happy meltdown.
Indoor projection mapping
If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.
– Hunter S. Thompson
Because the next hip thing in Veejaying is mapping, and since I’m still a professional VJ, it is about time that I presented my first Mapping project. Now truth be told, I’m a bitch in these things, and won’t get out of bed unless somebody pays me an insane amount of money for these stuff like this. But our Sales-Samurai got Adobe crazy enough to sponsor a mapping project for something called “the National Publishers Convention 2011” at the deFabrique </mandatorynamedropping>
Let me fill you in on “Mapping”, it is the art of using everyday walls and buildings as a projection screen, where one uses the distinct features of the wall or building in the visuals. Simple idea, you have to be French to come up with it. Long story. As I said, it’s the next hip thing. And I must admit, it is very cool.
Now they wanted me to give a quick overview of communication media. I can do that. And with Peter Ankone and Max Sombroek at my side nothing can really go wrong. Except that Peter overslept and missed his own project. Jinx
“Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true”
- Polish Proverb
Se here are some facts to amuse you all.
I want you to take a long hard look at this image, and think about it when you watch the evening news tonight. What you see here is the debt that European countries owe each other, primarily Portugal, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Greece. And yes, they form a nice Pentacle, that is nice too.
Now take special note that the outgoing arrows are debts owed to countries not in the diagram; Italy owes $511 Billion to France ( 511.000.000.000, – ) or 20% of France’s GDP. Spain owes $220 Billion, ireland 60% and so on.
So if Greece fails, we might deal with it, but if Portugal Falls, Spain Falls. If Spain Falls, France and Italy will go down; if italy goes down France will go completely bankrupt and pull in Germany, Britain and Holland. etc. etc. Now the question is not if, but when, this will happen.
Have a nice summer.
Teh Drafts I’ve been saving
“Have you ever noticed that other peoples stuff is shit and your shit is stuff?”
- George Carlin
I’ve been saving up an enormous amount of shit from the interwubz that I meant to publish here on the blog but never got around to. So I decided to publish all the rubbish in one go, and make some notes on what the hell you are looking at. This should actually have been published in 4 posts, but most is rather old allready, and to be totally honest its not funny or interesting enough to be published in parts, but together it makes a good read.
- Go to wikipedia and hit “random page“, this is your artist name
- Go to random quotations and pick the last 4 or 5 words from the last quote, this is your album name
- Go to Flickr and Explore the last 7 days, the third picture is your album art
Above is my humble first try. Leroy H. Vokes appears to be an American Indian War Veteran from the latter half of the 19th century. And “quoting wisely” and well sounds like good advice to me.
I hear VJ Void is stil trying to automate the process, I’ll let you know when he is finished
Indoor Projection Mapping
by Vision Impossible
“Mapping”, is the art of using video projection on buildings, while using the architecture in your work. Usually this is done outside. But Vision Impossible, probably the best VJ team on this planet, has found a way to do it inside. This video was taken in Berlin and is the first indoor mapping project I know of. Amazing stuff!
Procedural programming is the idea that you use formula’s and seeding to generate random variations in existing objects; it’s quite powerful if you want to have infinite landscapes or cities. The latter example was done quite brilliantly in the following video:
Generative Images Through Actionscript and Processing
By Gwen Vanhee
More generated images and videos, in AS3 and processing this time, can be found on Vimeo. Eyecandy, instead of a cityscape. But beautiful eyecandy indeed:
Vanhee even manages to sell the imagery, to IBM even;
Got the links through Sven.
Yahoo Smut Server
If you loose your job through budget cuts, what do you do. Well whine and bitch about it of course, or you can also re-route the image search of your employer to serve all the happy residents on the internet, disgusting and filthy images through cute thumbnails.
Not so Anonymous
As you may have read earlier I’ve been strolling to the muddy servers that make up Anonymous. I wrote about the terrible software they use to do their fames dDos attacks. These “LOICS” don’t only pingflood Anonymous’ targets like Mastercard, but also reveal the IP-addresses of the 15-year olds that operate them. Sloppy work. Damn sloppy. But XKCD has this nailed in a cute comic, that says it all.
Taken from the amazing XKCD
Holy shit indeed.
From Kick Ass To Jack-Ass in under 4 seconds
yes, this cracked me up
Real life superheroes, just when you though the world couldn’t get even more ridiculous, a CNN feed pops up telling the tale of daring people wearing spandex and patrolling the streets of American cities. No, this is not a comic, these people are for real. I so wished I was making this up
Fear and loathing at http://www.reallifesuperheroes.com/
More from the webz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-life_superhero (wiki, check the references… O_o )