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November 21st, 2012 | music

Bookmarks for 2012-11-20

November 21st, 2012 | brainjuice

  • The Interstellar Gravitational Assist
    "In a 1963 paper, Dyson speculated on how an advanced civilization might use a binary star system made up of two white dwarfs. Send a spacecraft into the system for a close pass around one of the stars and, depending on the mass and orbital velocity of the stars, it is thrown out of the binary system at velocities as high as 3000 kilometers per second. But Dyson took the idea even further. His paper, which appeared as a chapter in a book called Interstellar Communication (New York: Benjamin Press, 1963), described not just white dwarfs but the creation of a binary neutron star system as an engineered launch platform…"
    (tags:space )
  • The Internet Through a Postmodern Lens » Cyborgology
    "The postmodern world is obscene since everything is made visible, broadcast, and so forth. The Internet is obscene because it is characterized by endless information and communication as well as never-ending social commentary…"
    (tags:comms social net philosophy )
  • Open the Future: #War
    "What's the hashtag for terror? For propaganda? I've been talking about the role of social media as a possible enabler of political violence for years. In my June 2009 talk at Mobile Monday in Amsterdam, I argued that Twitter and similar media had the potential to serve a role similar to the radio stations used to drive the 1990s Rwandan genocide. I went into more detail on the idea in this article at Fast Company a short while later…"
    (tags:war future peopleIknow comms social )
  • The Joy of Dredd | Mulholland Books
    Duane Swierczynski's JUDGE DREDD comic for IDW in America
    (tags:comics )


November 21st, 2012 | three panels


(Alberto Silva) (image is clicky for embiggening)

The Parlour Trick, With Meredith Yayanos: A Spooky Joy

November 21st, 2012 | people I know

Meredith Yayanos is one of my oldest friends.  You may know her from arts journalism, from performing as a musician with Amanda Palmer or Jim Sclavunos’ The Vanity Set, or from co-founding COILHOUSE magazine.  Now, with multi-instrumentalist Dan Cantrell, she has formed The Parlour Trick in order to release the album A BLESSED UNREST.  And you can pre-order it, with various levels of additionally beauty, via Kickstarter.  It actually got funded within hours of going live.  But, please, click through.  If you like even some of the music you’ve heard here over the years, then I suspect you’ll enjoy this.  It’s an amazing record.


November 21st, 2012 | closedown, music

This is… um.  How to describe?  There’s definitely a strummed ukelele in this drone-heavy, swirling, dark lo-fi acid folk with a Sun Ra-y vibe (to me).  It’s weird, and fun, and good for working in the middle of the night.  G’night.