Archive for January, 2009

22
Jan
09

How Shepard Fairey elected Barack Obama

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ok, I know lots of people voted for Obama, but when some peoples support means a lot more than others. Shepard Fairey’s image of ‘Hope’ made Barack Obama iconic. Fairey best  known for his ‘Obey’ series made the switch to a positive message. I can’t help it though, all I see is the Barack image with the OBEY message still.

22
Jan
09

Buddha Machine 2.0

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The FM3 Buddha Machine is a creation of FM3, a China-based music duo of Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian. They are best known as the creators of the Buddha Machine (貝佛) loop-player. Inspired by buddhist chants and ambient loops a la Brian Eno, the duo made the first Buddha Machine in 2006. Since then over 50,000 have sold worldwide, and in November 2008, the new version is ready to go. 

Basically just a small box with 9 ambient loops (300 seconds) that can be selected with a volume knob and now a pitch bend. Check out Zendesk which has put together a FM3 Buddha Machine Wall with 21 of them to help you reach satori.

18
Jan
09

Israeli Attack Injures 1.5 Million Gazans

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Jonathan Cook
Counterpunch
Friday, January 16, 2009

This week the death toll in Gaza passed the 1,000 mark, after nearly three weeks of Israeli air and ground attacks. But surprisingly, no one has reported an even more appalling statistic: that there are some 1.5 million injured Palestinians in Gaza. How is is possible that such an astounding figure could have passed the world’s media by?

The reason apparently is that they have been relying on the highly unreliable statistics provided by official Palestinian sources. It appears that the Palestinian health ministry only records as wounded those Gazans who need to stay in hospital because of the severity of their injuries.

That means they only count the more than 4,500 Gazans who have suffered injuries such as severe burns from exploding Israeli phosphorus shells; shrapnel wounds from artillery rounds; broken or lost limbs from aerial bombardment; bullet wounds; physical trauma from falling building debris; and so on.

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But in fact there is another, far more reasonable standard for assessing those injured, one that provides the far higher total of 1.5 million Gazans – or every surviving Palestinian in Gaza. The measure I am referring to is the one employed by Israel.

Here is an example of its use. In September 2007, the international media reported that 69 Israeli soldiers had been wounded when Palestinian militants fired a rocket into the Zikim army base near the Gaza Strip. The rocket struck a tent where the soldiers were sleeping.

It is worth noting the details of the attack. Israeli officials related that, of the 69 wounded, 11 had moderate or severe injuries and one was critically injured. A few more had light wounds. The rest, probably 50 or more, were injured in the sense that they were suffering from shock.

So, if we apply the same standard to Gaza, that would mean 1.5 million Gazans have been wounded. Or is there still some doubt about whether the weeks of bombardment of Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on earth, have left the entire civilian population in a deep, and possibly permanent, state of shock?

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Talking of Gaza’s civilians, where did they all go? Israel’s so-called “war” on Gaza must be the first example in human history of a conflict where there are apparently no civilians. Or, at least, that is the impression being created by the world’s leading international bodies, from the World Health Organisation to the United Nations. Instead they refer to a new category of “women and children”.

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Thus, those 1,000-plus dead Gazans are broken down into percentages defined in terms of “women and children” and the rest. The earliest figures stated that about 25 per cent of Gaza’s dead were “women and children”, and that has steadily climbed close to the 50 per cent mark since Israel’s ground invasion got under way.

The implication – one with which Israel is presumably delighted – is that the rest are Palestinian fighters, or “terrorists” as Israel would prefer us to call them. It also suggests that every man in Gaza over the age of 16 is being defined as a non-civilian – as a combatant and, again by implication, as a terrorist. In short, all Gaza’s men are legitimate targets for Israeli attack.

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…..rest of article

gallery of Isreali war crimes…

Al Jazeera Labs website; ‘war on gaza’ sms/twitter Incident tracking

18
Jan
09

Entropa – David Černý strikes against EU!

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Entropa portrays Bulgaria as a toilet, Romania as a Dracula theme-park and France as a country on strike.

The Czech Republic, which holds the EU presidency, thought it had commissioned work from 27 European artists.

But it turned out to have been entirely completed by Czech artist David Cerny and two associates.

The eight-tonne mosaic is held together by snap-out plastic parts similar to those used in modelling kits.

The Netherlands is shown as series of minarets submerged by a flood – a possible reference to the nation’s simmering religious tensions.

Germany is shown as a network of motorways vaguely resembling a swastika, while the UK – criticised by some for being one of EU’s most eurosceptic members – is absent from Europe altogether.

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The 16-square-metre (172-square-foot) work was installed at the weekend to mark the start of the six-month Czech presidency of the EU.

There has already been an angry reaction to the piece from Bulgaria, which has summoned the Czech ambassador to Sofia to explain.

The three artists responsible for Entropa were led by David Cerny who, says the BBC’s Rob Cameron in Prague, is the enfant terrible of the Czech art world.

A close-up of the Entropa installation which shows Bulgaria as a basic toilet, Brussels, Belgium, 13 January 2009

When his government commissioned him to create the installation, several eyebrows were raised, and they were not raised in vain, our correspondent adds.

Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra said he was only informed on Monday that the installation was not the work of 27 European artists, but David Cerny and two colleagues.

Mr Vondra condemned Mr Cerny and said the Czech EU presidency was considering what steps to take before Thursday’s official launch.

“An agreement of the office of the government with the artist clearly stated that this will be a common work of artists from 27 EU states,” he said.

“The full responsibility for violating this assignment and this promise lies with David Cerny.”

Mr Cerny, who presented Entropa to his government with a brochure describing each of the artwork’s 27 supposed contributors from each member state, has apologised for misleading ministers, but not for the installation itself.

“We knew the truth would come out,” said Mr Cerny. “But before that we wanted to find out if Europe is able to laugh at itself.”

He added that Entropa “lampoons the socially activist art that balances on the verge between would-be controversial attacks on national character and undisturbing decoration of an official space”.

Mr Cerny first created a splash in the early 1991 when he painted a Soviet tank, a Second World War memorial in a Prague square, bright pink. His act of civil disobedience was considered “hooliganism” and he was briefly arrested.

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18
Jan
09

2008 Mad Scientist Future Technology Seminar

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Last August, the U.S. Army held a three-day conference in Portsmouth, Virginia, to look at new developments in military science and hardware. The confab was called the “2008 Mad Scientist Future Technology Seminar.” Really. It was.

 

Presentations covered the following areas:

       Seminar Overview (Bushnell, NASA-Langley)

       Robotics (Jones, iRobot Corporation)

       Human Life Extension (Coles, Gerontology Research Group)

       Quantum Technology (Dowling, Louisiana State University)

       Molecular Manufacturing (Jacobstein, Teknowledge)

       Machine Intelligence (Yudkowsky, Singularity Institute)

       Global Sensor Grid (Orcutt, University of California – San Diego)

       Synthetic Biology (Weiss, Princeton University,

       Virtual Reality (Peterson, The Strategy Augmentation Group)

       Beyond Silicon Computing (Mazumder, National Science Foundation)

       Nano Materials (Sulcoski, National Ground Intelligence Center)

       Alternative Energy (Bushnell, NASA Langley Research Center)

       Brain/Neurologics (Braunreiter, SAIC)

       Emerging Individual Empowerment (Petersen, The Arlington Group)

       Superempowered Individuals (Smart, Acceleration Studies Foundation)

 The Mad Scientist group sees more than just a world of danger in the 2030s. “Most likely results include an increased life span, a solution to the energy crisis, ready availability of food and fresh water to all, a global distribution of technology, education, economics, and — therefore — wealth.  This will reduce the tension between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ while the capabilities of robotics and access to virtual reality to both care for and entertain will create the perception of well-being almost universally around the globe.  Advancements are limited only by imagination and resources.”

Download the doc for a read. The list of participants are a strange bunch complete with Christian Right mad scientists. Hmmm, what are they working on….

18
Jan
09

Jarring Effects

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Roll on over to French label Jarring Effects and pick up their new free mix JFX3. This label is responsible for 10 years of  inspiring and experimental music in France with their Riddim Collision festival, with the likes of Scorn, Mike Ladd, High Tone, μ-ziq, Amon Tobin, Young Gods, Plaid, Fingathing, and The Bug. Plus they are the European distro for Filastine, so all in all, good company. Dubstep, bass shakers, freak outs, drones, and breaks, this label has a few dozen artists from around the world pushing the boundaries of new music.

16
Jan
09

Ghislain Poirier the King of Bounce

Mangnen l’boulé – Ghislain Poirier feat.: Nik Myo & Patricia Chiarle.

New video from Ghislain Poirier from the No Ground Under album out on Ninja Tune.

Montreal musical inventor Ghislain Poirier goes from hip hop to pop to noise to dub. He has also been known to rock it in the streets, and tracks like Diaspora are ready for revolution. There are a couple of hours of free mixes at his site.




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