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OFFAL by offal
"OFFAL is an international collective of women laptop performers who devise performances involving multi-location collaborative improvisation. The group was formed in 2015 in response to research around gender in digital technology and laptop ensemble practice . As a non-hierarchical collective it aims to connect an international group of women engaged in electronic music by developing technological systems and organisational structures that facilitate collaboration. The group provides a platform for the creation and performance of new laptop music by women."
music  web 
4 days ago by warrenellis
The Extraordinary Exorcism of Mexico
"A few weeks ago Mexico, the second largest Catholic country, was exorcised of its demons in an unprecedented rite of Exorcismo Magno performed in secret in the city of San Luis Potosi. On May 20, the renowned Spanish exorcist José Antonio Fortea, author of the book "El Exorcismo Magno," joined Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara, and a cadre of trained exorcists to perform the maximum type of Catholic exorcism, reserved for nations and dioceses, on the Mexican Republic itself. In an interview with the Catholic press, the famed exorcist, Father Fortea, explained that the Exorcismo Magno is "useful in situations in which great violence has been unleashed in a country.""
cult  mexico  weird 
4 days ago by warrenellis
Taxpayers Give Big Pensions to Ex-Presidents, Precisely So They Don’t Have to Sell Out
"...modern presidents expect to live in luxury after they leave office, and to people with that sense of entitlement, $200,000 a year is chump change. By comparison, the median private pension benefit of individuals age 65 and older was $9,227 a year in 2014 – for those people lucky enough to have a pension in the first place.

"Prominent business consultant Chin Ning Chu, looking back in her 1991 book on Asian business culture, wrote that the Japan speeches “demonstrated to the world that Japan has arrived….[it] put a price tag on the President of the United States.” "
money  pol 
5 days ago by warrenellis
These Trees Are Friends | Ultraphyte
"Can it be that even trees are old friends? And perhaps mourn their departed? A German forest ranger thinks so. The appropriately named Peter Wohlleben (“live well” or “farewell”) describes how pairs of ancient trees grow with their limbs apart to share the light, while their roots entwine to share nutrients. Even for years after one tree is cut down, its neighbor may continue shunting nutrients to the stump. For what biological purpose?"
eco  weird 
5 days ago by warrenellis
‘The Reforestation of the Thames Estuary and the John Evelyn Institute of Arboreal Science’ by Tom Nooman – SOCKS
"A future timber and plantation industry stretches from the Thames Estuary throughout London, and beyond. The reforestation of the Thames Estuary sees the transformation of a city and its environment, in a future where timber is to become the City’s main building resource."
eco  architecture  design+fiction 
5 days ago by warrenellis
Signs of early settlement in the Nordic region date back to the cradle of civilization
The discovery is also an indication that Nordic societies were far more developed 9,200 years ago than what was previously believed. The findings are important as it is usually argued that people in the north lived relatively mobile lives, while people in the Levant—a large area in the Middle East—became settled and began to farm and raise cattle much earlier.
5 days ago by warrenellis
Dropa stones - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Dropa stones, otherwise known as the Dzopa stones, Dropas stones or Drop-ka stones, are said by some ufologists and pseudoarchaeologists to be a series of at least 716 circular stone discs, dating back 12,000 years, on which tiny hieroglyph-like markings may be found
6 days ago by warrenellis
Reflections on the habitability of Earth
Managing these myriad calculations, the index gives the Earth, if observed from afar as we now observe faraway planets, about an 82 percent chance of being right for life.
But wait—only 82 percent?
Why wouldn't the Earth—the single example of a life-hosting world in all our experience—score a perfect, 100 percent rating?
"Basically, where we lose some of the probability, or chance for life, is that we could be too close to the star," Barnes said. "We actually are kind of close to the inner edge of the habitable zone. If we spotted Earth with our current techniques, we would reasonably conclude that it could be too hot for life."
space  eco 
10 days ago by warrenellis
NETWORKS // An Interview with Mari Matsutoya | Berlin Art Link
PR: In 2014 your work – such as ‘Cyborg Singing’ – was questioning how one feels to be a cyborg. What’s the next question your work will deal with?

MM: Well at that point I was trying to disembody my own voice by triggering it with an accelerometer in my wig. The question here was more of agency and whether it is possible to carry emotional information through a program-aided means, and not through the mouth and the connected architecture of the body.
culture  bodymod 
11 days ago by warrenellis
Claire Tolan: 'Thinking Systems (ASMR)', p.2 | atractivoquenobello
“I really expected it to kind of drown itself in a while”, says artist Claire Tolan about her ongoing research, interest and interaction with the YouTube-born practice and neologism ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response).
In the second of two videos exploring the Berlin-based artist’s work –as part of our ongoing video series made in collaboration with Video in Common –aqnb joins Tolan in talking about developing her work, from mixing ASMR sounds live on air for a regular show at Berlin Community Radio called ‘You’re Worth It’ to applying a growing archive to her ringtone database Shush Systems and live ASMR Karaoke events.
video  sound  asmr  peopleIknow 
11 days ago by warrenellis
Carol Burnett on the State of Comedy TV: "I'm Kind of Bored of Producers Saying, 'It's Got to Be Edgy'" - Hollywood Reporter
"...we did a musical-comedy extravaganza every week with a 28-piece orchestra, 12 dancers and two guest stars a week, plus we had a studio audience. We'd do it in one hour and 15 minutes, and we'd be out in time to go have dinner. Also, the cost: You couldn't do what we did today because the cost would be astronomical."
culture  tv 
14 days ago by warrenellis
Ancient maps of Jupiter's path show Babylonians' advanced maths | New Scientist
Thanks to a clue from a 50-year old photograph, a historian has decoded a mysterious trapezoid described on ancient Babylonian astronomical tablets.

That previously unexplained description is a scheme to predict Jupiter’s place in the zodiac – and it shows that ancient Mesopotamian astronomers beat Europeans by at least 1500 years in grasping the ideas that led to integral calculus.
14 days ago by warrenellis
Scientists sequence ancient British 'gladiator' genomes from Roman York
"Cutting-edge genome technology in Trinity College Dublin has cast more light on a mystery that has perplexed archaeologists for more than a decade. The origins of a set of Roman-age decapitated bodies, found by York Archaeological Trust at Driffield Terrace in the city, have been explored, revealing a Middle Eastern body alongside native British."
14 days ago by warrenellis
Louis C.K. Unveils ‘Horace And Pete’: Online Series Costars Alan Alda | Deadline
"Louis C.K. has this morning emerged, groundhog like, and surprised fans with the unveiling of a project he’s somehow managed to keep completely secret, a new online dramedy series co-starring Steve Buscemi and Alan Alda called Horace And Pete. Something like a dramatic (or blackly comedic) Cheers, the 67 minute drama revolves around an Irish bar, Horace and Pete’s, and the people who work and frequent it. C.K. wrote, directed and stars as Horace, who runs the bar a year after the death of his father, with Alda as bartender Pete, and Buscemi as another character called Pete. The show also features appearances by Edie Falco, Rebecca Hall, Jessica Lange, Kurt Metzger, Steven Wright and many others."
14 days ago by warrenellis
Video Essay: The Cinematic Control Room 1971-2015 - YouTube
A video essay about control rooms in film and television since the 1970s. Computers, screen interfaces, and the rooms they are in are connected to the political context of a particular era. Always-on control room technologies result in a security and political crisis that is permanent, so potential threats in popular screen narratives come from sources that are imagined to be permanent, such as 'terrorism' and 'cyberattack'.
Co-edited by Cormac Deane and Stephen Hughes. Narrated by Gerard McHugh.
film  video  design  sf 
15 days ago by warrenellis
The Power of Privacy – documentary film - YouTube
In this film, Aleks Krotoski travels the world to undergo challenges that explore our digital life in the 21st century.
film  net 
15 days ago by warrenellis
Watch this hypnotic view of Earth from space over 24 hours
Glittering Blue is a beautiful, simple website that shows 24 hours of observations of Earth from the Japanese weather satellite Himawari-8 like you’ve never seen before.
space  web 
15 days ago by warrenellis
The New Sound Of Music 1979 (Part 1) - YouTube
The New Sound of Music is a fascinating BBC historical documentary from the year 1979. It charts the development of recorded music from the first barrel organs, pianolas, the phonograph, the magnetic tape recorder and onto the concepts of musique concrete and electronic music development with voltage-controlled oscillators making up the analogue synthesizers of the day.
music  history  video 
16 days ago by warrenellis
David Bowie Turned Down a Coldplay Collaboration, Saying "It's Not a Very Good Song" | News | Pitchfork
"In a new interview with NME, Coldplay's Will Champion said the late David Bowie once turned down their request for a collaboration. The band had written a song with a multi-part harmony, and envisioned Bowie as one of the voices. When Chris Martin wrote Bowie a letter asking him to participate, the response was definitive: "It's not a very good song, is it?""
25 days ago by warrenellis
2016 is the time for "Old Seafood" to step aside and let the kids take charge | Culture Shock
Hong Kong is best known for its outside-the-box Cantonese slang. And as the curtains for 2015 are about to drawn, I can't help giving some new thoughts about “old seafood”. 
“Old seafood” obviously isn’t referring to seafood that is old, aged or stale. It doesn’t even have anything to do with seafood to begin with. The pronunciation of “old seafood” in English in fact resembles the Cantonese sound of lo see fut, which actually refers to "old anus" -- an ignorant, arrogant older person who occupies top positions in a society or company but thinks he knows it all and refuses to listen to others, particularly the younger generation.
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
The Caught by the River Book of the Month: January - Caught by the River
Somewhere near the start of The Outrun there’s a reference to the old Orcadian way of asking where you’re from: “where do you belong?”
books  orkney 
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
Globular clusters could host interstellar civilizations
So if habitable planets can form in globular clusters and survive for billions of years, what are the consequences for life should it evolve? Life would have ample time to become increasingly complex, and even potentially develop intelligence.
Such a civilization would enjoy a very different environment than our own. The nearest star to our solar system is four light-years, or 24 trillion miles, away. In contrast, the nearest star within a globular cluster could be about 20 times closer - just one trillion miles away. This would make interstellar communication and exploration significantly easier.
"We call it the 'globular cluster opportunity,'" says DiStefano. "Sending a broadcast between the stars wouldn't take any longer than a letter from the U.S. to Europe in the 18th century."
"Interstellar travel would take less time too. The Voyager probes are 100 billion miles from Earth, or one-tenth as far as it would take to reach the closest star if we lived in a globular cluster. That means sending an interstellar probe is something a civilization at our technological level could do in a globular cluster," she adds.
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
Steven Stapleton has always been linked to collecting records, oddities and unclassifiable music memorabilia. Nurse with Wound’s first album, 'Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella', included a list of 291 artists, composers, bands and easter eggs that had contributed in some way or another to shaping the original spirit of the trio (formed by Stapleton, John Fothergill and Heman Pathak). Almost forty years later, the list is still a must for collectors of unusual music (in 1979 and, in many cases, still unusual today). A bizarre shopping list for music lovers of the unknown and slightly unorthodox. Like Stapleton.
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
Nearby star hosts closest alien planet in the ‘habitable zone’ | KurzweilAI
UNSW Australia astronomers have discovered the closest potentially habitable planet found outside our solar system so far, orbiting a star just 14 light years away.

The planet, more than four times the mass of the Earth, is one of three that the team detected around a red dwarf star called Wolf 1061.
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Scientists peg Anthropocene to first farmers
"A new analysis of the fossil record shows that a deep pattern in nature remained the same for 300 million years. Then, 6,000 years ago, the pattern was disrupted—at about the same time that agriculture spread across North America."
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
ISIS is using IP addresses the UK sold to Saudi Arabia
IP addresses being used by ISIS and traced by teenage computer hackers back to the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions are likely to be among those sold to Saudi Arabian telecoms companies this year, the British government has claimed.
crime  comms  war 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Why ‘Mike & Molly’ Isn’t Going Out With A Bang: Analysis | Deadline
"When a new broadcast series is picked up, that typically comes with a six-year license fee deal between the network and the producing studio and matching six-year pacts between the studio and the cast. When the six seasons are over, the network has to negotiate a new license agreement with the studio (usually shorter-term, one to three years). Based on that, the studio negotiates new contracts with the actors. Ideally, that is done early into the sixth season of a show, so the cast can be locked in for Season 7 and creators can plan the storyline. But that happens more and more these days as the networks are holding tightly their purse strings and try to postpone their renewal decisions until the last second."
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Army Terminology and Military Symbols
Military terms and symbols that are used by the U.S. Army have been compiled in an updated reference manual, along with acronyms and abbreviations. See ADRP 1-02, Terms and Military Symbols, December 2015.

Intended to foster a common vocabulary, the manual can also help outsiders to interpret distinctive Army expressions and patterns of speech.

The manual devotes several chapters to “military symbology.”
war  symbols 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Interview With Paul Mason, Producer of #ThisIsACoup
"So I knew two things: one, how badly Greek society would take it if a huge austerity problem was imposed. And two, that the Greek left was serious, that it had spent 20 or 30 years becoming mature, becoming ambitious for power. It was not out of the question that if Greece went into a crisis, it was something that had the power to blow the whole societal system of the country apart."
pol  money 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
New Clues to Ceres' Bright Spots and Origins | NASA
Ceres has more than 130 bright areas, and most of them are associated with impact craters. Study authors, led by Andreas Nathues at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany, write that the bright material is consistent with a type of magnesium sulfate called hexahydrite. A different type of magnesium sulfate is familiar on Earth as Epsom salt.
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
A team of Microsoft developers revived Windows Live Writer, then open sourced it
"Remember Windows Live Writer? It was one of the best desktop apps that nobody ever heard of. In short, it was a desktop app that allowed you to write locally, but publish to almost any blogging platform.

Microsoft killed the project in 2012, stopping development but still offering the app for download from its old location until now. Many of us were sad it disappeared, myself included, but a team of developers inside Microsoft decided to save it.

Fast-forward to 2015, and that group has re-released the original Windows Live Writer as an open-source project called Open Live Writer."
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Brands and Celebrities Have Taken Control of 'Cool' and Left True Innovators in the Lurch | VICE | United States
"We probably have to start paying for stuff again. We probably have to start investing in the things we think are exciting earlier than we're used to. Because until we start supporting the underground from the underground, rather than waiting for it to land on a household name's shoulders, on their next album, on an advert for a new pair of football boots, we're going to see a lot of great work being stopped in its tracks."
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Not even this year’s top-earning musician Katy Perry is making much from music anymore
"This year’s top-earning musician Katy Perry has made $135 million, not thanks to selling many records mind, but by tramping her way around the world to play more than 120 shows for her Prismatic tour.

This effort, where she grossed $2 million a night according to Forbes, bumped her all the way up from 23rd to the top spot.

It’s not clear how much she actually takes home from that amount, but if she pocketed half, that doesn’t leave much money made from album sales."
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Twitter Wants You To Feel Bad - Cyborgology
"I’m a pretty self-conscious person generally; every time I write a post for Cyborgology I dutifully check the stats, who’s linking to it, what comments I’m getting. If a well-known person links to my essay, I’m overjoyed. If it’s a bust, I’m absolutely convinced that I should never write again. Once someone on Facebook linked to my Feels Bad Man essay and I couldn’t see the post—presumably it was private. It drove a large number of visitors to the essay. But not being able to see what people were saying drove me up a wall. Did they like it? Hate it? I had no way of knowing. And this is how Twitter analytics makes me feel. Feels bad man."
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Four pre-Inca tombs found in Peru's Lima
The find confirms the historical presence in Lima of the Ichma culture. It took hold on the central coast around 1000 and disappeared around 1450 as Inca civilization began to spread.
"These are the first four tombs of the Ichma culture. We think that we may still find more" despite long-term looting, said Flores, who has been researching the site for more than three decades.
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Podcast Episode 1 – Talking Lucifer with Peter Grey
"Below is the very super duper first episode of what is to be a weekly show, featuring the perennially awesome Peter Grey of Scarlet Imprint. "
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Irradiated concrete spooks Fukushima residents - Quarry Magazine: Quarry Mining and Aggregate News
Japan’s national and local government authorities have urged calm after they revealed at least 60 and possibly up to 100 dwellings and buildings may have been constructed with concrete from radiation-contaminated crushed stone that was quarried near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
crime  eco  architecture 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Scientists discover ancient 3-armed sea monster unlike any living species | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
Tribrachidium lived during the late Ediacaran period, over 100 million years before the first plants would appear on land. The late Ediacaran immediately preceded the Cambrian Explosion, which ushered in unprecedented ecological diversity and complexity. An early evolutionary experiment, Tribrachidium‘s body consisted of a flat disc from which three arms extend upward. This form is unique in that it demonstrates three-fold symmetry. Nearly all vertebrates, including humans, and many invertebrates demonstrate two-fold symmetry. While there are some creatures like the starfish that maintain five-fold symmetry, there are no living creatures today that are three-fold.
10 weeks ago by warrenellis
‘Gabriel’ Is A New Artificial Intelligence Named After The Messenger Angel | Popular Science
"Gabriel, a project by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, and funded by the National Science Foundation, is a personal cognitive assistant that “whispers” instructions into a user’s ear, for things like how to change a tire, perform CPR, or even assemble IKEA furniture. It would be like GPS for everyday actions, but one that knows when to shut up, according to principal investigator Mahadev Satyanarayanan."
tech  comms 
10 weeks ago by warrenellis
Donald Trump works the Internet better than you do | Digital Trends
"...he’s leveraging a medium that is also, largely, a mash-up of paranoia, wishful thinking, opinion masquerading as fact, and dehumanizing insults. Donald Trump is the ultimate Internet candidate, in not just style but substance. He owes his success to more than just his keen ability to leverage the political economy of a digitally disrupted media space. His rhetoric and positions — such as they are — are also consonant with the underlying biases of the digital-media environment."
10 weeks ago by warrenellis
HUMAI - Human Resurrection Through Artificial Intelligence
Humai is an AI company with a mission to reinvent the afterlife. We want to bring you back to life after you die.

We’re using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out.

This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. Using cloning technology, we will restore the brain as it matures.
mad  hoax  weird  web  ai 
10 weeks ago by warrenellis
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