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Month April 2010

software too soft

“Software is essentially metamorphic, and none of us—if we’re honest—can deal very well with that. This isn’t simple a question of newbies versus adepts. In a lecture on the personalization of search—part of a UC Berkeley course—Microsoft researcher Jaime Teevan talks about how something like 40% of the finding that people do is actually re-finding. Most people don’t bookmark or otherwise save found items because they expect to be able to find them again. But they also expect to re-find an item at the same position in the search results list, and they’re significantly disrupted it has moved…

Sometimes I wonder if computer interfaces simply have too many degrees of freedom for most people to ever really be comfortable with. And if handhelds will become ascendant not only because the devices are mobile, but also because the interfaces aren’t so aggressively metamorphic.”
Jon Udell

fistful of love

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Anthony and the Johnsons sings my favourite Devendra Banhart song
“fistful of love”.
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the Psycopath and the Confirmation bias

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>Evangelical anti-porn crusader and US Goverment funded porn entusiast James Dobson being sweet-talked by infamous serial killer and ‘porn addict’ Ted Bundy, hours before Bundy’s execution, 1989. (See morev=8gzc0JSwneo&feature=related” ;”>more and more)

Psycopath meets Confirmation bias

Neil Young – My Heart

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Neil Young

What makes people change their behaviour.

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Vic Stretcher @TedMed

Bjork – So Broken

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An unreleased Bjorksong, written during her third album “Homogenic” recording in Spain.

I am an Apple developper

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Planes or Volcanoes

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the danger in Big Data and social science

“Big Data presents new opportunities for understanding social practice. Of course the next statement must begin with a “but.” And that “but” is simple…

Many computational scientists believe that because they have large N data that they know more about people’s practices than any other social scientist. Time and time again, I see computational scientists mistake behavioral traces for cultural logic.”



Danah Boyd

So You Need a typeface

Julian Hansen‘s fantastic flow chart to pick the best typeface for your project.
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Bon Iver – Come Talk to Me

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it’s Bon Iver‘s turn to cover Peter Gabriel. It’s silly how good he is!

stars – warpaint

Warpaint: beautiful women singing haunting harmonies

tronches de dispensés de sport – Akhenaton

Eyjafjallajökull psychedelic ash cloud

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An animation made freely available by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute showing the spread of the ash spewed forth by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

The Last ad agency on Earth

Hermeto Pascoal – Música da Lagoa

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This is how music should be taught.
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iPad fashion

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you absolutely need one of these iPad compatible vests from Scott Vest with your iPad

Jouse of Buttons

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House of Buttons
very useful for any UI designer.

Now on a slightly lighter note

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The threat of ACTA

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Michael Geist, he is the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the Ottawa Faculty of Law. His weekly columns on new technology and its legal ramifications appear in the Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen. He speaks on the threat of the  Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is to Net Neutrality. He addresses the problems of the ACTA in a conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

How to explain it to my parents

Arno Coenen

Joshua Davis

Artiste, designer et ingénieur, Joshua Davis allie la programmation et la création graphique pour composer ses univers à partir de bibliothèques de formes et de couleurs. Rencontré à l’occasion du festival OFFF, il raconte comment il en est venu au code ; ce qui appartient à la technique ; ce qui lui reste pour s’affirmer en tant qu’artiste et auteur.
Son application I-phone “reflect” sera présentée dans le prochain numéro d’étapes ( article typo berlin).

Radiohead -Unravel

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Radiohead covers Bjork‘s ‘Unravel’ in a live webcast, hence the poor video quality.

Mom, the badass

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probably my mon in 10years time

fake misathrope

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Logorama

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Cher & David Bowie – Medley

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the Nerd diagram

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one’s praticular brand of solitude

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Chrissie Hynde – Baby it’s You

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Chrissie Hynde with Burt Bacharach for a short cover of Dusty Springfield “Baby it’s You” for the concert One Amazing Night with Burt Bacharach.

you rock

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damn, I don’t make the cut

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troubled youth

” Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
-Dr Seuss

play without looking at the keys

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Radiohead – Like Spinning Plates

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video by Johnny Hardstaff

are you fucking with me?!

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Here is an alarming disclosure statement on the front page of Ronald.com‘s Mc Donald’s site, It feels like a sick joke.
the fact that they chose to put a period after Hey Kids instead of a comma is all the more unnerving, anyway Well done!

so poignantly true

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Marc Johns says it point blank.

Elliott Smith – Lucky Three

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A short film by Jrm Cohen featuring Eliott Smith

‘friendly fire’

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5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.
Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

The military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and stated that they did not know how the children were injured.
After demands by Reuters, the incident was investigated and the U.S. military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own “Rules of Engagement”.
Consequently, WikiLeaks has released the classified Rules of Engagement for 2006, 2007 and 2008, revealing these rules before, during, and after the killings.
WikiLeaks has released both the original 38 minutes video and a shorter version with an initial analysis. Subtitles have been added to both versions from the radio transmissions.
WikiLeaks obtained this video as well as supporting documents from a number of military whistleblowers. WikiLeaks goes to great lengths to verify the authenticity of the information it receives. We have analyzed the information about this incident from a variety of source material. We have spoken to witnesses and journalists directly involved in the incident.
WikiLeaks wants to ensure that all the leaked information it receives gets the attention it deserves. In this particular case, some of the people killed were journalists that were simply doing their jobs: putting their lives at risk in order to report on war. Iraq is a very dangerous place for journalists: from 2003- 2009, 139 journalists were killed while doing their work.

via wikileaks

g-speak


g-speak is a spatial operating environment from Oblong Industries

Bat For Lashes – Lullaby

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Bat for Lashes performing a live cover of The Cure‘s lullaby.

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Robert Smith of The Cure singing “I give Myself very Good Advice” from Alice in Wonderland soundtrack “Almost Alice”.

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Four Lions

strange fruit

“It is shocking and profoundly regrettable, but, apparently, sales of oranges are falling steadily because people can no longer be bothered to peel them. As soon as I read this, I began buying oranges more frequently and eating them with greater pleasure. Now I peel an orange very slowly, deliberately, voluptuously, above all defiantly, as a riposte to an age that demands war without casualties, public services without taxes, rights without obligations, celebrity without achievement, sex without relationship, running shoes without running, coursework without work and sweet grapes without seeds.”
Michael Foley
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wildlife

“I think I could turn and live with animals, they
are so placid and self-contained, I stand and look
at them long and long, They do not sweat and whine
about their condition, They do not lie awake in the
dark and weep for their sins, They do not make me
sick discussing their duty to God, Not one is
dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of
owning things. Not one kneels to another, nor to
his kind that liveth thousands of years ago, Not
one is respectable or unhappy over the whole
earth.”

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The Muppets – Stand By Me

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