One again a summary of what I think are some of the most interesting/important links of the last few months. Political links will be in the next installment.
» art, design, music, film & literature »
99rooms (If you haven't seen this yet, I recommend checking it out.. beautiful exploration.)
In a secret Paris cavern, the real underground cinema
Police in Paris have discovered a fully equipped cinema-cum-restaurant in a large and previously uncharted cavern underneath the capital's chic 16th arrondissement.
Daze of our Lives (Discovered this recently during a Google image search, I love it.)
At Tidderington Farms we care for our cattle.
So much so that when slaughtering time comes around we give our steers a choice in the matter.
These two here have opted for electrocution.
Historic Artistic Memorial Welded Metal Sculpture Park in Wisconsin (I never thought I'd have a reason to visit Wisconsin. thanks, mopedronin!)
An Artist's Junkyard of Dreams
A telescope allows bystanders to watch as Evermor flies off to his meeting with God.
Photo journal: Geisha (thank you, atlaz)
eBay: HAL 9000 from the Movie "2001 a Space Odyssey" (Someone paid $150,000 for HAL)
Wired: The Long Tail (Amazing article, read it.)
Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche markets at the shallow end of the bitstream.
In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen people (Essay written by Momus in 1991)
How the music biz can live forever, get even richer, and be loved
Indie music label rejects lock-down CDs
Creating Space for Online Ambience (community soundscapes created by insomnia)
365 Days Project (Wow, check this out before it's gone! thanks, steveeeee)
One MP3 a day... for one year. Archived bi-weekly.
Folksongs of America The Gordon Collection American Folklife Center (This is nifty, download American folksong mp3s for free)
RipCast Streaming Audio Ripper (I <3 this. thanks, nickdangerous)
Los Dias Sin Dias (beautiful flash film)
BioShock (eeeeee!!! The System Shock games were some of of my favorite games ever, I am excited.)
Dali-Disney film gets New York premiere
GUE8Z!CA (by womanonfire and Z!)
Ken Butler's Hybrid Instruments (thanks, holyloki)
The keys to art: Sculptor builds works with old typewriters (thanks, snej)
Muslim WakeUp! Lustrous Companions
“Do we get dick in heaven?” my best friend’s Aunt Maryam whispers to me during the ladies’ Quran study halaqa at the Jersey City Mosque. We are doing “The Merciful,” the chapter of the Quran where all the sexy virgin babes are promised to men in paradise. “Men get pussy. Do we get dick?” Maryam says. I snort laughing, but turn it into a coughing fit and cover it with the scalloped edge of my headscarf.
David Lynch Commercials (I didn't know Lynch was responsible for the Nissan Micra ads, I hate them. ;)
David Lynch Poster Gallery (thanks interimlover)
Children of the Kalash valley
In the North Western corner of Pakistan lies the Kalash valleys, home of the non Muslim tribe known as the Kalasha. Their ancestors once ruled nearly to Kabul to the west and to the Lowari pass to the east. Today the 4,000 or so Kalasha are outnumbered in their own valleys by immigrant and converted Muslims.
Mine-Control (thanks, womanonfire)
The Museum of Modern Art: Tall Buildings (thanks, eddiepsyco)
Scoliosis & The Milwaukee Brace (thanks to habibi for sending this to me)
The Unsettling Stories of Two Lonely Dolls
YOU might think that Kim Gordon, the bass player and singer of the eternally hip downtown band Sonic Youth, would not have much in common with mothers of a more conventional stripe. But a few years ago she had an experience many women her age could relate to. She rediscovered a favorite series of childhood books, "The Lonely Doll," and thought about reading them to her 7-year-old daughter, Coco. Then she thought better of it.
The Human Horn (by celie)
Whalejaw Bus Station, Hoofddorp, Netherlands (also by celie)
Pokia: Retro phone of the future
Gallery bans 'air-kissing' guests (this amuses me)
A new art gallery is shunning the usual launch party etiquette by banning guests from air-kissing and calling each other "darling".
» science & technology »
People Are Human-Bacteria Hybrid
ZipDecode (this is awesome)
ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show (thanks, interimlover!)
State-of-the-art robotics on display (with videos!)
What constitutes 'ethical participant observation' in MMOG ethnography?
We game, we think about games, we read and write on games, typically in that order. But it raises a lot of practical, ethical issues regarding how it should be done. What exactly is 'informed consent' and when is it necessary? What constitutes legitimate 'participation' in an multiplayer world? And how do folks negotiate in-game research vs. play?
APOD: Above the Eye of Hurricane Ivan
Space Houses On Earth
Stuff that dreams are made on: There seems to be a dream-specific region in the brain
Paralysed man sends e-mail by thought: Brain chip reads mind by tapping straight into neurons (thanks, yhancik)
Brain Circuit May Permit Scientists To Eavesdrop On Memory Formation
Researchers have identified a circuit in the brain that appears crucial in converting short-term memories into long-term memories. The circuit links the major learning-related area of the brain to another region that governs the brain's higher functions.
Under The Surface, The Brain Seethes With Undiscovered Activity
There’s an old myth that we only use 10 percent of our brains, but researchers at the University of Rochester have found in reality that roughly 80 percent of our cognitive power may be cranking away on tasks completely unknown to us. Curiously, this clandestine activity does not exist in the youngest brains, leading scientists to believe that the mysterious goings-on that absorb the majority of our minds are dedicated to subconsciously reprocessing our initial thoughts and experiences. The research, which has possible profound implications for our very basis of understanding reality.
Chips Coming to a Brain Near You
.. creating a silicon chip implant that mimics the hippocampus, an area of the brain known for creating memories. If successful, the artificial brain prosthesis could replace its biological counterpart, enabling people who suffer from memory disorders to regain the ability to store new memories.
When software runs inside our brains, what will happen to us? Ray Kurzweil, who helped invent the IT present, explains to Web Editorial Director Art Jahnke how humans fit into the IT future. You may not like it.
There may be more species on Earth than previously imagined
Feds approve human RFID implants
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a gimmick from Florida-based Applied Digital Solutions to chip people with RFID implants - previously confined to tracking animals - thereby making it easy to access their medical records, even when they cannot, or would rather not, cooperate.
The Height Gap
Why Europeans are getting taller and taller—and Americans aren’t.
Medieval surgeons were advanced
Hieroglyphics Cracked 1,000 Years Earlier Than Thought
UCL’s Institute of Archaeology will reveal that Arabic scholars not only took a keen interest in ancient Egypt but also correctly interpreted hieroglyphics in the ninth century AD – almost 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Will Robots Kill Joy of Browsing?
Biggest Pinhole Camera Ever
After years of work and the invention of numerous new technologies, this is the result: a homogenous 1.5-inch sphere of pure fused quartz, polished to within a few atomic layers of perfectly smooth. It is the most spherical object ever made, topped in sphericity only by neutron stars!
Earth warps space surrounding it
Black holes haunt ghost particle theory
Radio Astronomers Remove The Blindfold
Webcast of SpaceShipOne X-Prize Attempt
NASA Approves Mission To Seek Nearest Stars, Brightest Galaxies
Earth All Lit Up
Atomic register offers route to quantum computing
Tracing the Evolution of Social Software (thanks, interimlover)
Device translates spoken Japanese and English
Experts fear escape of 1918 flu from lab
Mathematical "truth serum" promotes honesty
Intelligent Clothing Inspired By Pine Cones
Jacket Grows From Living Tissue (hm.)
Internet junkies in chilling cold turkey experiment
If you've ever seen a smack-head handcuffed to a bed gibbering uncontrollably because he can't get a fix, then be afraid, because that's what you'll look like after two weeks of internet-free cold turkey.
That, at least, is according to an "Internet Deprivation Study" carried out by Yahoo! and advertising outfit OMD. Participants in the human experiment were deprived of the web for 14 days, and found themselves quickly succumbing to "withdrawal and feelings of loss, frustration and disconnectedness". The reason for the rapid collapse of their universe is - say the researchers - because "internet users feel confident, secure and empowered. The internet has become, to some, the ultimate symbol of modernity to the point that participants were hobbled without convenient access to routine information like maps and telephone numbers. The pervasive nature of the internet is such that participants often forgot or lost the desire to use 'old fashioned tools' like the phone book, newspapers and telephone-based customer service."
One Canadian's Wireless Neighborhood Network Could Someday Serve Us All
Google Print to challenge Amazon
Multiple vulnerabilities in Mozilla products
High-Tech Hearing Bypasses Ears
Inventor Rejoices as TVs Go Dark
Scientists have discovered a new melt curve of hydrogen, resulting in the possible existence of a novel superfluid - a brand new state of matter
Japanese scientists create heaviest ever element
The Incredible Shrinking Man
K. Eric Drexler was the godfather of nanotechnology. But the MIT prodigy who dreamed up molecular machines was shoved aside by big science - and now he's an industry outcast.
Nanodevices target viruses
Twist a Pen, Open a Lock
Gun cabinet locks no match for pen
Oral History on the Go
Across from the shoe buffers at the Cobbler and Shine, tucked away from the bustle of Grand Central Station, American history is being preserved, one 40-minute interview at a time, in a softly glowing cube about the size of an office cubicle.
The cube is a raised, soundproof booth set in the middle of the terminal next to Track 14. Inside, locals and visitors take seats and interview each other, relating stories about such experiences as living life on the streets, being a stay-at-home mom or coping with the untimely death of a loved one.
Antique Vibrator Museum
Alternative Power Vibrators (ahh how times have changed. thanks, Dan!)
» environment & health »
Climate fear as carbon levels soar
Scientists bewildered by sharp rise of CO2 in atmosphere for second year running
World's pollution hotspots revealed from space
Hollywood fantasy? Tidal wave disaster is just waiting to happen
Scientist says governments are ignoring threat of a piece of rock as big as the Isle of Man crashing into the Atlantic
Percy Schmeiser vs. Monsanto ("How to feel ill in one sitting" doesn't even begin to cover it. I've heard/read a lot about Monsanto and this case in the past, but I'll post this here for anyone who hasn't heard of it yet. Monsanto is the epitome of evil in my book. thanks, lil_octopie)
Wind carries GM pollen record distances
Pollution triggers bizarre behaviour in animals
Arizona's shrinking lake provides a stark warning to America's thirsty west
Global Warming and Hurricanes
Europe Warned About Warming
California tightens auto emission regulations
Wind Power Falls Under $0.01/kwh
Taking The Next Step Toward Growing Our Own Fuel
New 'Digester' Converts Garbage To Energy
More than 14 million tons of high-moisture, organic waste are generated in California each year. Some of it is composted, but too much finds its way into landfills. UC Davis bioenvironmental engineer Ruihong Zhang sees a vast untapped resource in those lawn clippings, household table scraps and other biodegradable materials: enough energy to keep the lights burning in thousands of California homes, high-quality soil amendments for the landscape industry, even fiberboard for construction purposes.
Studying The Chemistry Of Drugs In Wastewater
Byproduct Of Water-disinfection Process Found To Be Highly Toxic
Children Are Facing High Risks From Pesticide Poisoning
Spud car is no dud
Toyota's latest environmentally friendly concept car is made from spuds.
Study finds dogs can smell cancer (I saw a documentary about this 5 years ago, but it was only speculation.. looks like it has been proven now.)
Teflon's sticky situation
It's on saucepans, clothing, even buildings, but now Teflon - the famed non-stick chemical - is at the centre of a slippery controversy about cancer and birth defects.
Don't Eat Cheap Sushi</i>
Tuna's Red Glare? It Could Be Carbon Monoxide
Buyers of fresh tuna, whether at the sushi bar or the supermarket, often look for cherry-red flesh to tell them that the fish is top-quality. But it has become increasingly likely that the fish is bright red because it has been sprayed with carbon monoxide.
French firm to help US beat the flu bug
» misc »
112 Gripes about the French (Or rather, stop stereotyping already!)
English - language of realization (by sylys)
In English, when you want something, you almost have it.
The 34 Languages of McDonald's (Entertaining language quiz)
pun-off! (Entertainting LJ thread. by stjude)
Times have changed (by culture_failure)
Getting older has forced me to come face to face with what an awful mess the world is in. Suddenly, fame and wealth just don't matter that much anymore and all those things my parents used to say...I'm starting to understand them.
Wish List (by lique)
'Grandpa' seeking family gets adopted
The Borat Doctrine
Roman Vassilenko, the press secretary for the Embassy of Kazakhstan, wants to clear up a few misconceptions about his country. Women are not kept in cages. The national sport is not shooting a dog and then having a party. You cannot earn a living being a Gypsy catcher. Wine is not made from fermented horse urine. It is not customary for a man to grab another man’s khrum. “Khrum” is not the word for testicles.
A Lifetime AAirpass (I want I want..)
One lifetime AAirpass membership* $ 3 million dollars
A Store for Cereal (Seriously) (for interimlover :)
Korean Gift Set
tuna, spam, sesame oil and a jar of jelly.
Nfld. drug abusers becoming cheese thieves (This shouldn't be funny..)
Egg Song (This is some kind of unique evil. thanks (?), scarfboy)
I think these both could be applicable to LiveJournal:
It's Hard When A Close Relative Of Somebody You Pretend To Like Dies
There Are So Many Experiences I Want To Write About Having Had