News for March 2010

Quotes on Cultural Industry in several languages

Ze noemen dit het ‘kapitalistische apparaat’. Vlaams auteur Gust de Meyer beschrijft de cultuurindustrie in zijn boek cultuur met een kleine c als volgt:

De visie van de Frankfurters is, schematisch , dat de massamaatschappij centraal en vanuit bovenuit wordt gedomineerd door een apparaat dat in de plaats komt van de onafhankelijke sociale groepen en instituties van weleer en dat de mensen passief, apathisch, amorf, ongeïnteresseerd en geatomiseerd maakt en daardoor rijp voor irrationele politieke bewegingen als het fascisme. De gecentraliseerde massamedia staan repressief ten dienste van het dominerende apparaat, oefenen macht en controle uit via de culturele superstructuur van de maatschappij, doen niets anders dan het bewustzijn van de mensen manipuleren via de ideologie van de cultuurindustrie, verstrekker van barbaarse onzin, van conformiteit bol staande boodschappen en van de mogelijkheden om uit de realiteit te ontsnappen.”’

Taken from “Creatie vs. Manipulatie”, in the process of Writing by Youp Kruijsdijk

Made me think of:

Aber bei synthetischen Computerbildern sieht man ganz klar, daß diese Bilder aus Kalkulationen entstehen, denn es werden Algorithmen in den Computer gefüttert, diese werden digital umcodiert, und diese umcodierten mathematischen Ausdrücke erscheinen dann als Bilder auf den Schirmen.

Infolgedessen bedeuten diese Bilder die Kalkulation und nicht mehr die Welt. Es sind keine Abbilder, sondern Projektionen aus Kalkulationen.

Das hat mich zu dem für mich sehr grundsätzlichen Satz geführt, daß wir dank dieser neuen Bilder nicht mehr Subjekte der Welt sind, sondern Projekte auf die Welt, daß wir nicht mehr subjektiv, sondern projektiv leben.<39>
- Friedrich Kittler in props to Spinster at V2

Posted: March 30th, 2010
Categories: Algemeen, media, philosophy, politics, propaganda, research, site, technology, work
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Running Indeo 5 codecs on Windows 7

Yes. It can be done!

Here’s how through Respect and adoration to you; You just saved 5 hours of my life :)
And if for some reason this information expires, I’ve copied it here again :)

First and foremost, you will need the Ligos Indeo Legacy Package (IV31, IV32, IV41, IV50, YVU9), which I believe is freeware according to my source. It will install Indeo Video codecs for 3, 4, 5, and Indeo Raw (YVU9). The filesize should be about 2,068,266 bytes. You can get it at…

Indeo Codecs Legacy Package (IV31, IV32, IV41, IV50)

Once installed, incredibly enough (believe it or not) you may still run into problems opening your IV50 encoded video. Why? That’s because the Indeo installer FAILED (tch! tch!) to register the dll on Windows 7! Is it Indeo’s fault, or WINDOZE SEVEN’s fault, or BOTH? Who knows? Who cares? OK, I do, but that’s a debate for another time. Right now I am itching to share the solution for the good of all mankind.

So go ahead and click that round Microsoft thingy at the bottom leftmost part of your desktop. Then click on All Programs followed by Accessories. Look for Command Prompt and right-click on it. Then click on Run as administrator. Helloooo, are you paying attention there? There’s a reason why it’s ITALICIZED and BOLDED! I cannot stress enough how *VERY* important this Run as administrator priviledge is, which is a very common problem in Windows 7 with some programs. Ignore it for this instance, and you will be smacked with a pop-up window out of nowhere happily informing you that “… the codec was loaded but the call to DllRegisterServer failed with the error code 0×8000ffff”.

Assuming that you had followed the given instructions right down to the letter, you should be idling at the command prompt right now. Go ahead and type in the following:

 regsvr32 ir50_32.dll

Press your Enter key, and voila, *hopefully* your problem should be solved. I know it did mine.

Little addition, you may need to restart your computer.

Posted: March 29th, 2010
Categories: general, nerd, site, technology, web
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The timeless web isn’t static

” And they call it a mine… A MINE!!! ”

It’s all a matter of connecting the dots, really. –

[ published as ROUGH ]

At Rethinking media, a couple of months back, Matt Thompson ( who co-made the famed Epic video up at the Museum for Media History ) spoke on the “timeless web”. He the run down up on his Newsless. ( and even more )

Basically he his arguing that the way we process information is superfluous at best. Although we keep on reading the ‘developing story’, we don’t take the time to run down through the basic system knowledge:

” It turns out that in order for information about things like the public option and budget reconciliation to be useful to you, you need a certain amount of systemic knowledge to be able to parse it. You need an intellectual framework for understanding health care reform before the episodic headlines relating to health care reform make any sense. “

This rougly translates into Google and the NY Times collaboration called Living Stories. Which is basically monitoring stories and updating them, deeping them out.

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At the Mine I elaborate on this with wakes of tag-clouds. The main point here is to get a slow, organic visual representation of the news in general and certain stories in particular. Still under development, of course ;)

This got me thinking on a lot of stuff. Of course Matt Thompson is absolutely right as he states that the current way of monitoring information is like a horseless carriage. Trying to make sense of information through fragmented and partial bits and pieces is useful in some ways, but is a lot easier with some basic understanding of the words.

Still, when the system knowledge is acquired, there stays a need to ‘follow’ the ‘developments’ . Judging by living stories, the system knowledge is displayed in neat info-graphics, video and news-analysis and then updates regularly.

Through twitter and blog searches however it is also possible to get not only the news, but also what is happening with the news, or what the people involved have to say about it.

Posted: March 24th, 2010
Categories: media, nerd, philosophy, research, web, weird
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Hitler has such an annoying life!


I was playing around with my new Shizzle and found this interesting combination of words. Hitler. Twitter. “Twitter,hitler”. Look it up on Utube. The late dictator and most recent incarnation of evil leads a sad, sad life on the internet.

Also. play and send C&C about the shizzle-tooly

Posted: March 19th, 2010
Categories: general
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reinterpretation of little red riding hood

this is nice in a Royskopp kinda way

Posted: March 11th, 2010
Categories: general
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