Comrades! The presentation of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf: Sector II was a huge success! We only had to remove eight demonstrators, and only four of them need medical care.
We chose sixteen heroes and heroines of betatesting and are glad being able to inform you that Soviet Unterzoegersdorf: Sector II will be available for download in the first week of January.
Music for taking down the Xmas tree
Xmas is not the same as Christmas. We've taken the Christ out of it, replacing him with the symbol 'X' which seems to stand in place as a wildcard meaning "this, that, or the other thing". The holiday Xmas is a collection of rites including family recipes, wealth swapping, tree decorating, and music designed to compete in the Special Olympics of pop music, the "holiday jingle".
So as you have doubtless been assailed by this festive pseudo-religious music for the last month, now it is time to reverse, rewind, and unwind. Presented here are eight traditional holiday tunes in reverse. We suggest you play them while taking down the Xmas tree in order to mentally cleanse yourself of holiday cheer until next December.
Link (12mb .zip of mp3's)
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf / Sector II: Get ready!
December 28, 2008.
Arne Duncan and the Corporate Model of Schooling
The dismantling of the corporatized and militarized model of schooling should be a top priority under the Obama administration. Unfortunately, Obama has appointed as his secretary of education someone who embodies this utterly punitive, anti-intellectual, corporatized and test-driven model of schooling.Link
Unionising your workplace
A ten-step guide to workplace organisation from scratch. By Patrick Smith.
Can Science Help Solve The Economic Crisis?
Eric Weinstein has spoken about an "economic Manhattan project". This means getting a group of good scientists together, some who know a lot about economics and finance, and others, who have proved themselves in other areas of science but bring fresh minds and perspectives to the challenge, to focus on developing a scientific conceptualization of economic theory and modeling that is reliable enough to be called a science.Link
Spotless Mind? Unwanted Memories Might Be Erasable Without Harming Other Brain Functions
In a discovery that may one day lead to the ability to erase debilitating painful memories and addictions from the brain, researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have found that a molecule known to preserve memories – PKMzeta – specifically stores complex, high-quality memories that provide detailed information about an animal's location, fears, and actions, but does not control the ability to process or express this information. This finding suggests that PKMzeta erasure that is designed to target specific debilitating memories could be effective against the offending memory while sparing the computational function of brain.
A World Enslaved
There are now more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history. True abolition will elude us until we admit the massive scope of the problem, attack it in all its forms, and empower slaves to help free themselves.
Pope attacks blurring of gender: "an ecology of the human being"
Pope Benedict XVI has said that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.
Roboexotica on twitter
The Festival for Cocktail Robotics. Twitter updates about robotics, alcohol and techno-hedonism.
FM4 about Arse Elektronika
Robert Glashüttner is reporting about our Arse Elektronika and the Arse Elektronika anthology.
Techno dank Porno
I thought someone might appreciate this chart listing the elemental decomposition of the human body by weight.
"Kiki and Bubu and The Feelings" on Boing Boing TV... Killing Capitalism with Christmas!
Yes, it is a time of crisis, but it is also a time of Christmas. Kiki and Bubu have a present for you.
Link Boing Boing
Link Kiki and Bubu main page
Honzo: the world commiserates!
We got some heart-warming tributes to Honzo!
But you don't know Honzo? Well...
In 1952, Austrian big-game hunter and Africa ‘researcher’ Ernst Zwilling (a colonial revisionist and member of the Nazi party) brought a male chimpanzee from Cameroon to Schönbrunn, the Viennese zoo. In his African home, ‘Honzo’ had reportedly been a friendly and amiable animal, but in the zoo he began to show a rather violent temper. Due to his choleric outbreaks, poor Honzo was kept in solitary confinement. The chimpanzee was given beer and cigarettes. He got addicted and died an alcoholic and chain-smoker. After his death, the chimp was taxidermied and put into the Viennese Museum of Natural History. Now people from all over the world stare at him.New tributes, submitted by Christopher Thomas Palmer, Steve Reeder/Motmot Design and Bre Pettis.
But that's by far not enough! Send yours!
Link to all tributes
monochrom @ Touch Me Festival, Zagreb/Croatia
monochrom will be part of "Touch Me Festival" 2008 in Zagreb, Croatia.
December 19-23, 2008.
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf / Sector II: Presentation at 25C3
A glorious (but short) reminder.
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf: Sector II will be presented at the 25th Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin (December 28, 23:59, Hall 1).
Ten Years of Roboexotica: The Catalogue
Ten Years of Roboexotica: The Catalogue
Editors: Günther Friesinger, Magnus Wurzer, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Franz Ablinger, Chris VeiglOrder via Amazon.de
pr0nnovation: Pornography and Technological Innovation // Austrian presentation
Austrian book presentation,... yes!
It is our pleasure and privilege to present you with the first Arse Elektronika Anthology: "pr0nnovation?"
From the depiction of a vulva in a cave painting to the newest internet porno, technology and sexuality have always been closely linked. No one can predict what the future will bring, but history indicates that sex will continue to play an essential role in technological development. Is it going too far to assume that research in nanotechnology and genetic engineering will be influenced by our sexual needs? The question is not whether these technologies alter humanity, but how they do so.December 16, 2008, 8 PM @ Raum D / Museumsquartier Vienna
STS-124 Launch: Video from one of the solid rocket boosters
Video from one of the solid rocket boosters facing the intertank (middle part of external tank). Not too much going on, except the weird noises of the tank draining, until booster seperation. At the end, the camera switches to a view looking straight up so you can see the parachute deployment. The launch clock is in the upper left corner.
Link (via DaddyD)
Visualizing Data: Isaac Asimov's publications graphed per year
Scientists extract images directly from brain
Chill out, producer guy...
Who fucked up? You did!
Roboexotica on Boing Boing Gadgets
Roboexotica on Boing Boing Gadgets.
Roboexotica 2008 flickr group
Bre Pettis started a Roboexotica 2008 flickr group. Please join! It's so hard to find all the good pictures! Aaaaah!
Feeling Sorry For Your Left Hand
I'm a big fan of that british fun-couple that is Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish, or Adam & Joe. They've been making various programmes for TV and Radio for over a decade. These days they're hosting a radio show on BBC 6Music every Saturday morning, and that intro alone is already too long for what I'm actually about to post here.
A couple of weeks ago they asked listeners to tell them about the practice of giving inanimate objects names, perhaps in order to form relationships (in the broadest sense) with their suitcases or spoons. One listener, Kasper, told them about his left hand, and yet another listener made a lovely animation out of this story a week later.
If you can somewhat relate then you are officially a sweet and kind person. Signed: me.
Roboexotica 2008: Opening was a blast!
First pictures by Bre Pettis...
Sex in Space on TV
The History channel has produced an hour long installment of "The Universe" addressing sex in outer space. This was a popular topic at Monochrom's Arse-Elektronica conference last September.
As man moves to colonize the cosmos, the realities of sexual relationships and reproduction need to be addressed. Probe the physiological, psychological and cultural challenges of sex in space. From the sex act through birth, look at how the extreme environments of space exploration might effect copulation, conception and developing human tissues, as well as how issues around sex might impact the emotional lives of astronauts. Get to the bottom of the rumors to find out if space sex has already happened, and look at how the burgeoning space tourism business may soon lead to a boom in space sex.Link (story)
Laughing Squid features Roboexotica 2008
Check out Scott's cool blog post.
Wow! Bre Pettis' monochrom shout out
Oh my, we are all blushing!
Monochrom is a Vienna-based artist collective. I consider them the most cutting edge contemporary artists. They are 1 part pop culture, 1 part technology, 1 part prankster and 1 part pure awesome.Link
Thingiverse: Digital Designs for Physical Objects
Thingiverse is a place for you to share your digital designs with the world. We believe that just as computing shifted away from the mainframe into the personal computer that you use today, digital fabrication will share the same path. Infact, it is already happening: laser cutters, cnc machines, 3D printers, and even automated paper cutters are all getting cheaper by the day. These machines are useful for a huge variety of things, but you need to supply them with a digital design in order to get anything useful out of them. We're hoping that together we can create a community of people who create and share designs freely, so that all can benefit from them.Link
Roboexotica 2008 // 10 Years Of Roboexotica!
Roböxotica 2008 -- and 10 YEARS OF ROBÖXOTICA!! -- will take place in Vienna from December 4 thru December 12.
Roboexotica (or Roböxotica) is the first and inevitably leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics.
Until recently, no attempts had been made to publically discuss the role of cocktail robotics as an index for the integration of technological innovations into the human Lebenswelt, or to document the increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication. Roboexotica is an attempt to fill this vacuum. It is the first and, inevitably, the leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics world-wide. A micro mechanical change of paradigm in the age of borderless capital. Alan Turing would doubtless test this out.
Scientists, researchers, computer geeks and artists from all over the world participate to build cocktail robots and discuss about technological innovation, futurology and science fiction.
"Kiki and Bubu and The Feelings" on YouTube
Kiki and Bubu like Christmas. But they hate the System. What can they do? They need some music!
Link / YouTube
Link / Kiki and Bubu main page
monochrom's Taugshow #17
monochrom is an art-technology-philosophy group having its seat in Vienna and Zeta Draconis. monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, context hacking and political activism. Our mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment. monochrom has existed in this (and almost every other) form since 1993.
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