John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich August von Hayek summarize their macroeconomic theories in a gangster rap. While Keynes has the stimulus bling-bling, Hayek disses him hard:
Your focus on spending is pushing on threadLink
Piracy Kills Local Music. Really?
In a market that is "rigged by piracy" it is non-English language music which suffers the most when the music industry tightens its belt.Link
Sexually explicit jigs were a major part of the attraction of the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration stage
The crowds who flocked to the London playhouses in the late-16th and early-17th centuries could expect to be amused, amazed and moved. Not only would they experience the drama of some courtly comedy or woeful tragedy but, in many cases, if they stayed on after the play had ended, they would also be treated to a sort of 'B-feature', a rude, lewd farce, commonly known as a 'jig'. Featuring songs, dancing and slapstick, jigs involved far more than the simple Irish folk dance that the word has come to denote. In the playhouses of Elizabethan London dramatic jigs were established as the standard ending or afterpiece to more serious theatrical fare.Not that everyone approved. The playwright Thomas Dekker wrote in 1613:Link
Great rant by font designer Erik Spiekermann
Straight Outta Compton - Nina Gordon
What Came First in the Origin of Life? New Study Contradicts the 'Metabolism First' Hypothesis
A new study published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences rejects the theory that the origin of life stems from a system of self-catalytic molecules capable of experiencing Darwinian evolution without the need of RNA or DNA and their replication.Link
Landmark Human Rights Case in Argentina Puts Torture on Trial
Argentine courts have launched an investigation into crimes committed at the ESMA Navy Mechanics School during the nation's military dictatorship. The landmark human rights trial is one of the most far-reaching attempts to bring crimes of Latin America's bloody past to justice.Link
Gorgeous: Alka-Seltzer added to spherical water drop in microgravity
Until one cries -- a short film about children and bazookas
Brilliant short film about child play and violence, created by Christoph Neuhold and Benjamin Hable (students at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz).
Space travel is kinda boring
Dubai's Tower of Debt
New year, new symbol? Dubai's new tower fits. The $1.5 billion building unveiled in downtown Dubai Monday is the world's new tallest tower. More than half a mile high, more than two Empire State buildings tall, the Dubai tower boasts 169 stories, the world's highest swimming pool, the world's highest place of worship, and the world's tallest mountain of denial.Link
Ferropaper: New Tech for Small Motors, Robots
Researchers at Purdue University have created a magnetic "ferropaper" that might be used to make low-cost "micromotors" for surgical instruments, tiny tweezers to study cells and miniature speakers.Link
Unreliable evidence? Time to open up DNA databases
When a defendant's DNA appears to match DNA found at a crime scene, the probability that this is an unfortunate coincidence can be central to whether the suspect is found guilty. The assumptions used to calculate the likelihood of such a fluke - the "random match probability" - are now being questioned by a group of 41 scientists and lawyers based in the US and the UK.Link
Soviet Unterzoegersdorf @ ToorCamp 2009: A Triumphant Gala featuring Public Domain Clip Art
Finally, friends of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf, there is a video version of Ambassador Nikita Perostek Chrusov's uplifting talk about youth culture, communism and overthrowing "the system" at ToorCamp 2009! Embed! Embed! Embed!
Welcome to The Product Bay
RepRap and other 3D printers are the future. There’s no question about it. With the proud tradition from The Pirate Bay, we want to take all of this to the next level. TPB will be TPB, but for real life objects. For now, visit Thingiverse who already understands this.Link
Economy and Ecology and why the term "crisis" is somewhat misleading
The term "crisis," attached to the global ecological problem, although unavoidable, is somewhat misleading, given its dominant economic associations. Since 2008, we have been living through a world economic crisis — the worst economic downturn since the 1930s. This has been a source of untold suffering for hundreds of millions, indeed billions, of people. But insofar as it is related to the business cycle and not to long-term factors, expectations are that it is temporary and will end, to be followed by a period of economic recovery and growth — until the advent of the next crisis. Capitalism is, in this sense, a crisis-ridden, cyclical economic system. Even if we were to go further, to conclude that the present crisis of accumulation is part of a long-term economic stagnation of the system — that is, a slowdown of the trend-rate of growth beyond the mere business cycle — we would still see this as a partial, historically limited calamity, raising, at most, the question of the future of the present system of production.Link
Avatar's $1 Billion B.O. Doesn't Solve Hollywood's Problems
An amazing number, but Avatar isn't exactly a business model. Hollywood can't live on a ginormous hit once a decade. And if the studios chase the success of Avatar, they're [liable] to throw a lot of bad money after good.Link
The rise of Starbucks reveals how we really live, and it ain't pretty
Part history, part ethnography, part marketing theory and part coffee memoir, Everything but the Coffee places Starbucks at the center of the hypocrisy of the American middle class. Simon has to stretch a great deal here, as he explores why, for a time, the American middle class saw Starbucks is central to its identity.Link
Full body scanners at British airports break child porn laws
The rapid introduction of full body scanners at British airports threatens to breach child protection laws which ban the creation of indecent images of children, the Guardian has learned.Link
"Get Lamp": Pre-Order Jason Scott's Documentary on Text Adventures
"Get Lamp" is currently scheduled to be released on DVD in the second half of March 2010. Ordering now both guarantees the earliest possible acquisition of the movie and helps fund the initial duplication and packaging costs.
But what is "Get Lamp"?
With limited sound, simple graphics, and tiny amounts of computing power, the first games on home computers would hardly raise an eyebrow in the modern era of photorealism and surround sound. In a world of Quake, Half-Life and Halo, it is expected that a successful game must be loud, fast, and full of blazing life-like action.Link
Qat: Yemen's afternoon high
Walk down any major street in Yemen in the afternoon or evening, and you'll see men with bulging cheeks, chewing qat leaves; their constituents, cathinone and cathine, produce a high. Qat — or Catha edulis — is cultivated in the Horn of Africa as well. But in Yemen, buffeted by fierce government-tribal clashes in the north, renewed secessionist strength in the south and dwindling oil revenues, the qat shrub is just about holding the Arab world's poorest country together.Link
A Music-Based Treatment For Tinnitus
Loud, persistent ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus, can be vexing for its millions of sufferers. This perceived noise can be symptomatic of many different ills—from earwax to aging—but the most common cause is from noise-induced hearing loss, such as extended exposure to construction or loud music, and treating many of its underlying neural causes has proven difficult.Link
A machine I like
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