Archive for September, 2016
"Rings and Strings" [mp3 removed -- please listen on Bandcamp]
Ring-modulated synth arpeggios meet revamped classical string orchestra.
Arranged in Linux Ardour, with the Ardour MIDI clock driving a modular synth sequencer triggering the Qu-Bit Nebulae sampler. Some additional production assistance in Ableton Live, and Wavelab to massage the string samples.
The above GIF was saved via the browser's "inspect element" feature from a net art project called Share This, by William Wolfgang Wunderbar. (hat tip CW)
Wunderbar's premise is you "feed back" the artist's collages of emojis, etc, into the Facebook data collection juggernaut, in a kind of proactive crapification of the system.
One could disagree with the idea that Facebook is our new reality, necessitating this kind of artistic response. If art is "about" subversion, on some level, the most subversive thing to do with Facebook, still, is not use it. Or share FB-intended work product outside of Zuckerworld. Hence, this post.
GIF by Andrej Ujhazy, posted on dump.fm
I like the suggestion of a battlefield via the insertion of ambiguous "tracer fire."
This could also be strange electrical fields in a parallel Earth scenario.
Carl Beijer notes that the increasing use of "alt-right" to mean "any right wing fringe groups" legitimates claims that there must be a corresponding alt-left that is somehow associated with Clinton and the Democrats and is similarly fringe-y. Am not sure why that matters but Beijer links to a Counterpunch "history of alt-right" that's worth a read. I assumed a-r referred to internet savvy frat boys pissed about Obama but according to Counterpunch it's an intellectual movement that somehow grew out of paleoconservatism (Pat Buchanan/Taki/Anti-Interventionism) but with a more overtly racist component. Oddly, this group doesn't place white people at the top of the racial spectrum but apparently thinks "semites" rank higher -- the better to manipulate the rest of us, you know. East Asians also rate higher, possibly because the frat boys witness them doing better in school. Anyway, good for a wallow in half-baked theory.
Recommended: a Scientific American article titled How the FDA Manipulates the Media.
Short version: for major breaking stories such as its (meager) regulation of e-cigarettes, the FDA gives certain journalists a time-window of advance access to the news in exchange for the promise not to seek any adverse reactions to it. Needless to say, Scientific American is not one of the journalistic Heathers given access, so its coverage is blunt. The best part is reading emails (obtained via FOIA) between FDA news managers and journalistic suck-ups, supposedly the cream of the profession. From the SciAm story:
Of all the media outlets, the New York Times was the only one to mention the close-hold embargo: “FDA officials gave journalists an outline of the new rules on Wednesday but required that they not talk to industry or public health groups until after Thursday's formal release of the document.” (“I felt like I wanted to be clear with readers,” Sabrina Tavernise, the author of the story, later told [Margaret] Sullivan, the New York Times' public editor at the time. “Usually you would have reaction in a story like this, but in this case, there wasn't going to be any.”)
The FDA was not pleased that the omertà had been broken. “I have to say while I generally reserve my editorial comments, I was a little surprised by the tone of your article and the swipe you took at the embargo in the paper—when after combing through the coverage no one else felt the need to do so in quite that way,” the FDA's Jefferson upbraided Tavernise in an e-mail. “To be clear, this is me taking stuff personally when I know I shouldn't, but I thought we had a better working relationship than this…. I never expect totally positive coverage as our policies are controversial and complex, but at least more neutral and slightly less editorialized. Simply put, bummer. Off to deal with a pissed Fox News reporter.”
Tavernise promptly apologized. “Geez, sorry about the embargo thing. Editors were asking why we didn't get to see it so I was asked to put a line in to explain,” she wrote.
Supporters of returning the Clinton family to power, faced with their candidates' abundant negatives, have opted to ratchet up the fear rhetoric. Consider this bizarre warning to "millennials" from Informed Comment:
You need to vote for Hillary Clinton or you may die in a fiery apocalypse that will make the plot of The Walking Dead seem like a story you tell to small children to comfort them and help them fall asleep.
The Clintons' recent Russia-baiting might actually offer a more plausible road to Apocalypseville than electing a loudmouth Washington newbie. As Hillary demonstrated in Libya, she has practical experience in reducing countries to a smoking ruin. Yet Informed Comment isn't talking about a protest vote for Trump here, but a conscience vote for the Greens or Libertarians. The Clinton apologists insist that voting against the corrupt two party system is "throwing away your vote." They want you to vote for the Clintons and then go quietly vomit somewhere.
top: Man Ray
bottom: Chessex (hat tip andrej)
artist unknown, via superamiga
Have been following this saga via RSS (the "days" stretch out over weeks) and getting the device to boot up is a major step.
The Alto is the computer Steve Jobs "borrowed" many of his ideas from back in the '70s. The degree of work to restore a 40-year old machine should give anyone pause about the longevity of current data.
Microsoft Paint, 2007
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