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$$$ Graph Lesson No.1: Major in Petroleum Engineering

Thursday, September 12, 2013

According to NPR, every kid starting college this fall should forget all their Broadway dreams and go straight petroleum. 

Cause hey, the world always needs more of those...

 

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Tech / Ghetto Tracker: A Case in Bad Form

Thursday, September 5, 2013

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So, some geeks thought it would be cool to put together a site that gives travelers or would-be neighborhood prospectors a way to separate nice hoods from the undesirables. 

Sure, it's a noble 1 percent thought, but where's some political correctness when you need it? And what's the criteria?

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Is downtown NYC still undesirable when half the city is getting priced out of it and there's a Starbucks on every corner?  

Even worse the start-up and website looks to have conveniently changed to Good Part of Town since it got exposed for its foolery. 

Double bad job all around.

Read more at The Week.

 

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Computer Love

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Spike Jonze's latest project Her is supposedly about a loser who falls in love with his computer in a semi not too distant in the futuristic, but not Marty McFlyish Los Angeles. 

However, for Hollywood "effecture" the computer in this case is Scarlett Johansson, the loser is Joaquin Phoenix, and his ex-wives and girlfriends in the episode are Rooney "Dragon Tat" Mara, Amy "I'M IN EVERYTHING NOW" Adams, and somewhere along the way supposedly Olivia "SUDEIKIS" Wilde. 

So guess what, instead of corny and uninspiring, it's going to be heartbreaking and oddly romantic. 

Check the trailer below and ball your eyes out. 

 

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Allow Me to Introduce Ryu Fujimoto: Human Electro Beat Boxer

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In this clip Ryu Fujimoto the human beatboxer uses LEAP Motion technology to become a musical magician.  

He weaves. He deflects.

He twists his fingers in all directions to activate sounds to complement a beat he creates purely from his vocal chords.

All in all, it reinforces the notion that a brave new world is already alive and well, at least in the musical sense.  

Enjoy. 

Via Fast Company:

Using a Leap Motion--along with the platform’s $10 Geco MIDI software--he’s developed a unique performance that combines beatboxing with his mouth and filters and synthesizers through the motions of his hands. With his left hand, he can lift, rotate, and slide three different synths. With his right hand, he gestures to induce flanger, delay, beat repeat, and more.

 

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WATCH / Jay-Z - Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Piece

Monday, August 5, 2013

"It runs about ten minutes. There's an intro and an outro with people's interviews, just about their anticipation and their reaction afterwards. When it came to footage, we had an incredible amount of choices every time he sang a line. You know, he did it about 40 times, and we had eight cameras running, so what's the math on that? It was a quite a slog to troll through all that footage to make sure you're not missing some gems, but editing for me is the funnest part." - Mark Romanek, Director

Read more on the making of the video @ NY Mag.

 

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New York Citi?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

If you've been in New York City anytime in the last few months, you've probably noticed people trying to get a grip on the handle bars of the Citi Bike, a new wrinkle in the Big Apple's quest for cleaner and more versatile transportation.

Detractors and haters notwithstanding, the Citi Bike has been a smashing success giving summer dwelling commuters and New Yorkers another option to sweaty subways and crowded sidewalks. 

Predictably, as is the case with anything nascent in an urban environment, the demand for analysis usually leads to the creation of an interactive infographic, which in this circumstance was charted recently by the New Yorker

How to accommodate a more biker friendly culture in NYC has been a slow progression for years, but the creation of the Citi Bike station is a quality step.

Now if only somebody could find a way to track which riders are part of the S**ty Bike movement.

I mean if Leo (above) and Louis C.K. can get on board, can't we all just get along? 

View the New Yorker's infographic here

 

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The Goods

Saturday, June 29, 2013

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You Listen to This Man Everyday Rick Rubin got Black Sabbath to return to its roots. He crashed Kanye’s new album in 15 days. From Def Jam to Adele, the hit-maker gets intimate about his last 30 years—and how he’s about to make history. [daily beast]

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Jimmy Wales is not an Internet Billionaire  The founder of Wikipedia has a brand-new life in London with Kate Garvey, his third wife, whom he often describes as “the most connected woman in London. [NYT]

 

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Silent War Washington and Tehran are ramping up their cyber-arsenals, built on a black-market digital arms bazaar, enmeshing such high-tech giants as Microsoft, Google, and Apple. With the help of highly placed government and private-sector sources, Michael Joseph Gross describes the outbreak of the conflict, its escalation, and its startling paradox: that America’s bid to stop nuclear proliferation may have unleashed a greater threat. [vanity fair]

 

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Searching for Holden Caulfield

Friday, June 14, 2013

TRAILER: Salinger

Shane Salerno's new documentary on the genius recluse that was J.D. Salinger. 

Will this doc really answer any questions as to what made a man like Salinger close himself off completely after his greatest work? Unless Ed Norton and Danny Devito somehow had underground pow wows with the man, that more than likely is asking a bit too much.

Salinger diehards will surely salivate for this as they would any touchstone on the cryptic narrative of one of America's most celebrated and elusive figures. 

However, what most certainly would trump this and have people really flipping like Gabby Douglas would be if anybody could ever turn Catcher in the Rye into an actual film. 

Harvey Weinstein already came this far. Is one magic rabbit trick really much harder? 

 

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Game of Thrones and Kurt Cobain Songs

Monday, June 10, 2013

 

If you haven't been bit by the "Game of Thrones" bug yet, you're probably in the minority. The thirst for this HBO hit series is obsessive to the point of biblical. 

Now, just like any smart and talented artist who takes on artifacts of a current cultural touchstone and mashes it into something beautiful, graphic designer Mike Wrobel has switched the outfits of GOT's most beloved characters and re-imagined what they might look like in 80's and 90's drobes. 

Switch out primal weaponry for guns and cut out the cowhide for Cobain inspired drobes.

It all sounds simple enough in principle, but heck it also comes off clean and colorful enough for viral endurance. 

Check out the rest of Mike's work here or at SXS

Hodor.

 

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The Weekly Good Reads

Friday, May 31, 2013

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The Kingmaker The times and power thrills of Jeffrey Katzenberg, a man who runs both Hollywood and the political aisles. [Mother Jones]

Macho Man In the ring, Hector "Macho" Camacho was a championa dazzling, fast-footed showman in cheetah-print trunks. Out of it, he was a coke-fueled, womanizing wild man, until the appetites that consumed him cost him his life. [Mens Journal]

From Basketball Badboy to Enigmatic Diplomat  Dennis Keith Rodman, grinning and crumpled in a cramped lawn chair, flicks a half-smoked Romeo y Julieta cigar and declares that if it were possible, he'd f**ck the world. [Palm Beach New Times]

X Marks the Spot Google X seeks to be an heir to the classic research labs, such as the Manhattan Project, which created the first atomic bomb, and Bletchley Park, where code breakers cracked German ciphers and gave birth to modern cryptography. [Bloomberg]

 

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