How the Brain Encodes Memories at a Cellular Level
Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have made a major discovery in how the brain encodes memories. The finding, published in the December 24 issue of the journal Neuron, could eventually lead to the development of new drugs to aid memory.Link
As Congress wrestles over the parameters of a health care bill, amidst maddened catcalls of 'death panels' and 'socialism!', I am reminded of the experience of John Black, an old trade unionist, revolutionary activist and journalist.Link
Videogames change the way we work, learn and fight wars
Videogames are no longer the preserve of adolescent males in dark bedrooms. Their emergence as a social medium is changing the way we work, learn and fight wars.Link
PS: But never forget: Brave New Pong!
An interactive guide to all the "best movies of the decade" lists
[...] the question remains: Which movie is the best of the decade? Is there any consensus among the accumulating lists? To find out, we collected all of the rankings we could find and synthesized the results using a simple scoring system: Movies got 50 points for being the No. 1 pick on a list, 49 points for a No. 2 nod, and so on, down to one point for a No. 50 slot. (Brody, who only chose 26 movies, still received 50 points for his top pick.)Link
Paris Opera Ballet Tries Out Hi-Def Simulcasting
The company's Diaghilev/Ballets Russes centennial program was transmitted live to 30 cinemas in Britain. Who went? A "dance audience, small but devoted and knowledgeable. And they were clearly delighted with the screening, which turned out to be not a substitute for performance but a different experience altogether - and, in some ways, better."
Killing Capitalism with Christmas!
Kiki and Bubu (and monochrom) wish you a merry X-Mas! Kill! Kill! Kill!
Link (iTunes) (or just download it from Pirate Bay)
monochrom and the Future of Porn / Berlin
Panel discussion with Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom), Rose White, Ella Saitta and Aaron "SFSlim" Muszalski @ C-Base Berlin, December 29, 2009; 9 PM.
If you ask mainstream pornographers what their vision of the future is, it involves cracking down on piracy making more money re-selling the same generic products in new formats. What about independent pornographers with an eye on longtail markets who are focused on creating "weird" products that most people don't want to buy? Or consumers who are seeking porn to cater to their special interests not covered in mainstream heteronormative porn? Or people who prefer porn and Real Dolls to sexual involvement with other humans? And, what of the future of computer-generated porn? While the major adult companies are still trying to figure out why people aren't buying as many $45 DVDs as they used to, more and more niche pornographers, artists, merchants, and performers are popping up to create offbeat erotic entertainment with a small, but enthusiastic fanbase. Join these nerdy perverts for a discussion on the many directions in which the future of porn is really headed.
monochrom @ ROFLCon II / Dates Officially Set
Was planning to get to announce this last week, but got caught up in some last minute finagling with MIT. But we've finally got it hammered out.Link
monochrom @ hackerspace.sg: "Some stories about Context Hacking and Asia"
Johannes, an insane Austrian man we met this weekend, will be conducting a rant at Hackerspace.SG this Thursday evening.
And here the desc:
monochrom and the East: Some stories about Context Hacking and Asiahackerspace.sg, 70A Bussorah Street, Singapore. Thursday, December 17, 2009; 8 PM.
Neoteny unconference – How Epic Fail and Agile Development Can Change the World
With all the talk about failing, one interesting speaker that managed to get all our attention was Johannes Grenfurthner who runs Monochrom – an art-technology-philosophy group in Vienna. With his stage presence and use of different yet interesting metaphors conveyed why it's important to fail and had interesting points on why sometimes competition isn't the right way to create something that people need.Link
Nice Neoteny photo set
Nice picture of Johannes at Neoteny, taken from a great photoset.
Language 2.0: Or how we change the world with every keystroke
Evelyn will give a talk about language and new forms of communication at Neoteny Labs Singapore Camp (Sunday, December 13, 2009; 2:30 PM):
The numerous parallels between modern linguistics and computer science may come as a surprise to the audience and their notion of language may change significantly. Language is a system of signs and we adjust it every day. Especially new forms of communication (Twitter, instant messaging etc.) change the way we perceive and use language. Many people use the same abbreviations in texting and instant messaging, and social networking websites. Acronyms, keyboard symbols and shortened words are often used as methods of abbreviation in Internet slang. Laccetti, a professor of humanities at Stevens Institute of Technology and Molsk, criticizes that acronyms, predicting reduced chances of employment for students who use such acronyms, stating that, "Unfortunately for these students, their bosses will not be 'lol' when they read a report that lacks proper punctuation and grammar, has numerous misspellings, various made-up words, and silly acronyms." Fondiller and Nerone, in their style manual, assert that "professional or business communication should never be careless or poorly constructed" whether one is writing an electronic mail message or an article for publication, and warn against the use of smileys and these abbreviations, stating that they are "no more than e-mail slang and have no place in business communication".Link
Roboexotica USA: February 2010!
We are glad being able to announce Roboexotica USA 2010!
Roboexotica USA 2010 will be held at the world famous DNA lounge! Wednesday and Thursday February 17-18th, 2010. DNA Lounge is at 375 Eleventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
monochrom in Singapore (Neoteny Camp): "Reach Out And Touch Face: A Rant About Failing"
Johannes will give a lecture performance at Neoteny Singapore Camp, Saturday, December 12, 2009; 11:30 AM.
Hackers love knowledge. They try to find out how stuff works. And that's great. Experimentation is a major part of hacking. It is in the most philosophical sense a deconstruction of things.
Santa Claus Vs. Christkindl: Bis einer weint / Vienna, beware!
Santa: "HO HO HO! Wien is MY turf now, Christkindl. I've been making a list, checking it twice, and I know who's been naughty or nice... and who's going to get their skinny white angel butt kicked if they don't get out of my way. It's time to work for me or leave for China, baby boy."
Saturday, December 12, 2009; meet for briefing at 2pm, depart promptly at 3pm. At monochrom offices, Quartier 21, Museumsquartier, Vienna.
Roboexotica 2009 - Video of "Adult Mario"
Plasmastaub at Roboexotica 2009: Video
Roboexotica 2009: Over and (not yet) out
Roboexotica 2009 is over... but there are tons of great images, videos and reports out there! We are currently cleaning our event location (Drinkomat-Halle) and Franky was so kind to upload audio files of Saturday's symposion.
monochrom: Taugshow #20, Roboexotica Special
Roboexotica 2009: Opening
Today is the grand opening of Roboexotica 2009!
Here is an almost complete list of all cocktail robots on display. Stunning machinery!
Opening act? Liquidoscope!
And don't forget: new location for this year's festival! We found a really awesome space! 600 square meters of lofty pleasure: the former factory of "Drinkomat" (@ Missindorfstraße, just beside Okto TV)! Pretty close to "Sargfabrik" (take U3 to Hütteldorfer Straße)!
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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