This made me laugh: Check out the catapult bed that forces you to wake up. How about that for some Monday motivation?
A few weeks late to this but…
Just ran across the new Tyler, the Creator track in Benji B’s radio show.
Apparently, the new tune “OKRA” is a ‘throwaway song’ per the video’s YouTube page. Yet, it’s one of the best tracks I’ve heard this year. And the music video is equally delicious as the juicy bass and spit-filled rhymes.
- It looks like he uses the VSCO D Series filter at the 1-minute mark
- The 1:44 mark “may cause seizure”
- “Chicken Nugget”
Although the device looks antiquated, the sound is classical electronic. It reminds me of William Orbit’s ‘Adagio for Strings.’ It also pairs well with the beauty of the seaside.
Two birds, one stone. And deep space vibes.
In 1911, Swedish film company Svenska Biografteatern recorded its trip to New York.
Fortunately, the footage survived and most recently was speed-corrected and reproduced with added street sounds of car horns, horses, and police whistles to give us a sense of the environment back then.
- Notice all the people wearing hats
- The streets look a bit empty compared to today’s zoo
- Cable powered trolleys
- The kids go nuts when the camera is on them. Nothing’s changed!
What’s your favorite scene?
A monochromatic film by LA-based filmmaker Eliot Lee Hazel, who has also done visual work for Thom York and Beck. Says Hazel:
“In this film, imagery that is simultaneously epic and poetic combines to produce an intimate portrayal of a symbolic central figure.”
Watch the video in its entirety below:
Brooklyn-based inventor Joseph’s Machines makes comical DIY contraptions. His latest video shows a chain-reaction machine deliver him a piece of cake. It also includes a baby poking on iPhone, a string of melting butter, and a chandelier.
The video took 3 months to make. Piece a cake!
Joseph’s gadgets are inspired by the cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg who built complex, interconnected machines in the early 1900s. Today, people use the expression Rube Goldberg machine. to describe anything convoluted, from machines to politics.
(h/t The Loop)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is about to testify before the US Senate. You can expect the hearing to focus on the manipulation of data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
‘Move fast and break things’
Can Zuckerberg rectify the damage he’s done to digital oil? We never worry about our privacy until its too late.
Watch the privacy theater live below and highlights after the jump. Scroll down for a live viewing of Day 2.
Highlights Day 1:
‘Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?’
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) April 10, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg in 2016: "Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook … influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea"
Mark Zuckerberg in 2018: pic.twitter.com/FoC2qXsAGT
— Hamza Shaban (@hshaban) April 10, 2018
#Zuckerberg starts spewing technical lingo that these senators do NOT understand. It makes him SOUND smart & like he's answering the question. The senators don't want to look dumb by challenging him, so advantage to Zuck.🙄
Zuck is well prepared.🤨
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) April 10, 2018
Whoah. "There will always be a version of Facebook that will be free." That's a VERY INTERESTING hedge suggesting a paid version is under consideration.
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) April 10, 2018
"So, my question is: can you help me reset my password" pic.twitter.com/9RipMFxPFt
— Nick Grossman (@nickgrossman) April 10, 2018
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) April 10, 2018
As we wind down here at the #ZuckHearing, a look at how Americans currently view Facebook.
— Recode (@Recode) April 10, 2018
That face when you just wanted a faster way to rank girls by looks and ended up installing a fascist government in the most powerful country on earth pic.twitter.com/VEaQjz9Z6s
— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) April 10, 2018
— Stefan Becket (@becket) April 10, 2018
Day 2 — Live Now…
Highlights Day 2:
.@RepAnnaEshoo: "Are you willing to change your business model in the interest of protecting individual privacy?"
Mark Zuckerberg: "Congresswoman, I'm not sure what that means" pic.twitter.com/rsNUMtpBAt
— Margarita Noriega, absolute unit 🐑 (@margarita) April 11, 2018
This was interesting. An older senator wanted Zuckerberg to pay lip service to American exceptionalism. He wasn't interested. Indicative maybe of a broader generational gap—millennials not so moved by such needless piety. pic.twitter.com/wCRdut9nWX
— Ishaan Tharoor (@ishaantharoor) April 11, 2018
"Mr. Zuckerberg, thank you for your service to capitalism."
— Will Oremus (@WillOremus) April 11, 2018
Zuckerberg is not able to give a straight answer about whether Facebook tracks browsing activity after users log off.
— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) April 10, 2018
Congressmen floating the 'FB listening to your microphone' conspiracy theory to Zuck, complete with personal anecdote.
— Antonio García Martínez (@antoniogm) April 11, 2018
"Mr. Zuckerman" pic.twitter.com/Xc4qtKPJs8
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) April 11, 2018
— darth™ (@darth) April 11, 2018
Today it's Zuckerberg. 20 Years ago: "Senate grills Gates about Internet.." via Harry McCracken pic.twitter.com/oToIaOIREU
— Bill Gross (@Bill_Gross) April 11, 2018
William Wegman is a photographer famous for his portraits of dogs.
For the last 45 years, Wegman has been dressing up his Weimaraners in human clothes and making them do everyday poses.
“Dogs are always in a state of becoming something: they become characters, objects…when they’re lying down they’re becoming landscapes.”
His dogs have since appeared in children’s books, videos for Sesame Street and an appearance on Saturday Night Live.
In some rarely-seen footage from 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. talks about the new phase of the Civil Rights movement for “genuine equality.” For 26 minutes, he’s just as eloquent and sincere as you imagined:
“It is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps…And many Negroes, by the thousands and millions, have been left bootless … as the result of a society that deliberately made his color a stigma…”
King was assassinated 11 months later. Today marks the 50th anniversary of his death.
Are we selling our souls for ads?
Technosociologist Zeynep Tufecki seems to think so. The Cambridge Analytica-Facebook debacle demonstrates the Wild West of data exploitation.
Facebook can’t pin the blame on the machine-optimizing algorithms. It’s humans who are responsible for managing the equations and policing validity. A recent study also proved that it is humans, not bots, that spread fake news.
Data is the new oil
Even worse, says Tufecki, the precedent sets the stage for those in power to leverage data to their own advantage:
We’re building this infrastructure of surveillance authoritarianism merely to get people to click on ads. And this won’t be Orwell’s authoritarianism. This isn’t “1984.” Now, if authoritarianism is using overt fear to terrorize us, we’ll all be scared, but we’ll know it, we’ll hate it and we’ll resist it.
But if the people in power are using these algorithms to quietly watch us, to judge us and to nudge us, to predict and identify the troublemakers and the rebels, to deploy persuasion architectures at scale and to manipulate individuals one by one using their personal, individual weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and if they’re doing it at scale through our private screens so that we don’t even know what our fellow citizens and neighbors are seeing, that authoritarianism will envelop us like a spider’s web and we may not even know we’re in it.
Tufecki paints the picture of a haunting dystopia at our doorstep. And it’s the social networks, which started off so benign that may be opening the maw of hell.
Happy 14th Birthday to 'Madvilliany'
— Ninja Tune (@ninjatune) March 23, 2018
MF DOOM recaps his experience with producer Madlib when they recorded the epic Madvillainy album 14 years ago.
“We spoke through the music. He’ll (Madlib) hear the joint and that’s like my conversation with him. And I’d hear a beat, and that’s like what he was saying to me.”
There are so many gems on the Madvillainy album but if I had to choose one (re: a few):
Music as telepathy. Beats as Madvillainy.
Author Malcolm Gladwell sits down with Alex Hutchison, author of the new book Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance to discuss how great athletes come to enjoy suffering pain.
Says Hutchison, “Great athletes don’t necessarily feel pain differently. They reframe pain differently.” Hutchison calls the suffering a type of benign masochism.“Some day we’ll be able to identify that some people are wired to enjoy pain.”Click To Tweet
Being uncomfortable is a ‘psychological coping mechanism’
The best performers also suffer more in training, says Hutchison. This reminded me of Michael Jordan who once said that he practiced so hard that the games were often easier. As the Marines like to say: ‘pain is weakness leaving the body.’
How much are you willing to suffer to be the greatest?
Burnt toast, half-torn tape, and uncooperative mobile screen orientations. These are only some of the everyday things that make us frantic with frustration.
We can all relate to these small but annoying daily irritations.
Stop working from home and get some rest. Even better, plan some unscheduled time.
On January 1st of this year, France passed the ‘right to disconnect‘ law which enforces a digital diet outside working hours. The rule prohibits employers from calling or emailing employees during personal time. France already imposes 35-hour works weeks.
It’s still too early to tell if French citizens are actually abiding by the rule meant to restore sanity in our always-on culture. But the intent is the right one: we need to create more space for relaxation. Keep in mind that our brains are working even when they’re powered off 💤. Disconnecting is a right, even if it feels a little foreign to put to rectangular glow aside
Labeled the most beautiful river in the world, the Caño Cristales or Cano Crystals gets its blend of colors (orange, red, blue, green, and yellow) from the way light and move over the macarenia clavigera plant.
Tourists were told to stay away from the river in the early 2000s because it was a guerilla haven. It appears to be open today.