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Google Won’t Let RIAA Program It’s Search Algorithm

Now that’s interesting. I didn’t realize that “free” and “download” were illegal terms. Especially since Lady Gaga and her manager have both expressed interest in giving away her music for free. It seems that the RIAA’s real complaint is that the end result of the searches still points people to some sites that offer infringing works. But that’s a totally different complaint. Google could censor the words “free” and “download” and within hours people involved in infringement would come up with alternative words…

Posted 2015 days ago in Audio, Geek

Anonymous on #OpBlackOut

(the 99%):  We all have a reason and the power to fight this..lets replace the face of the internet with a clear message about how we feel about censorship…

Posted 2015 days ago in Geek

Time to End the War on Drugs

America has the highest rates of cocaine and marijuana use in the world, and while most of the EU (including Holland) has more liberal drug laws than the US, it also has less drug use…

Posted 2018 days ago in Geek

Medical Patents Must Die

Prometheus gave man fire, thankfully he didn’t charge every time man lit a match…

Posted 2027 days ago in Geek

Tech startups with designer co-founders

Cool place for designers + tech startups to hook up…

Posted 2040 days ago in Visual

Средний Урал

Pipe Plant graffiti transformation.. Архитектурно-дизайнерскую концепцию реконструкции фасадов и фирменный стиль ЭСПК “Железный Озон 32″…

Pipe Plant from Sasha Aleksandrov.

Posted 2050 days ago in Visual

Equinox: New World Language on Saturday

Stop by the new Cult Status Gallery this Saturday | 8pm – Midnight

Art groups, (or individual artists),1 giant room. Complete a 1,500 sq ft. installation. Alluding to the rhythms of MC Escher’s tessellations, the modern street-art themed mix-up, and, yes, probably vampires; using the burgeoning art scene in Minneapolis as a platform for a new world language. . . Silent auction. Music provided by Butcher’s Bag. It Will Rock.

Posted 2658 days ago in Visual

It’s Easy to Help Haiti

On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, reducing much of its capital to rubble. It was the worst earthquake in the region in more than 200 years, with as many as 50,000 feared dead. The devastation has created serious obstacles to those attempting to deliver promised foreign aid.. Thousands of bodies fill the streets and as many men, women and children are now experiencing day two of no food / water or medical help.

It has never been easier to help – Simply text the word HAITI to 90999 you will have just donated $10 to the American Red Cross for Haiti. If you want to donate $100, do it 10 times. The donation will appear on your next phone bill.. All four major carriers (At&T, Sprint, Verison and T-Mobile) are now waiving fees for Haiti SMS donations.

In addition, American Express, MasterCard and Visa say they will waive transaction fees when people use credit cards to donate to charities helping in Haiti.

Posted 2721 days ago in Geek

10 Years of Isolation

This man endured 10 years of solitary confinement – I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around that experience.

“From May 1980 to May 1990, nuclear scientist Hussain Al-Shahristani — Iraq’s current oil minister — was thrown in solitary confinement and subjected to torture. Last month, in a revelational and deeply personal interview, Al-Shahristani spoke to The BBC about the experience.

Inspired by the moving story, Swiss filmmaker and animator Mato Atom created a brilliant new campaign for BBC World Service, capturing in abstract form and minimal narration the devastating reality of solitary confinement.”

To learn/view more – check out the source (highly recommended) – BRAIN PICKINGS

Posted 2757 days ago in Geek, Visual

gods & monsters on saturday

Heading over to the 33 gallery this Saturday to check out another MPLS Deth Crew event.. there’s a theme to this one – favorite horror films (monsters) and some of the genre’s greats, including Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and Alfred Hitchcock (gods)..

Where: 33 Design Gallery
When : Saturday 12/12 @ 7:00pm
Plus: To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie is playing :)

* the 33 gallery is in a weird spot but it’s well worth finding (map) as these MDC events are always a good time

Artists
Zack Kinsey | Deuce 7 | Alex Kuno | Matt Kolling | Miss Kitty | Chris Krapohl | Nate Vincent Szklarski | Rudy Fig | Erika Lommen | Maggie DeWitt | Jen Wenmark | Nicolas Caesar | Matthew Jenkins | Cassandra Schorn | Erin Sayer | Charlie Mendez

Posted 2759 days ago in Audio, Visual

We are all connected

I’m such a huge dork. i can’t even express how much I love these science + music video mashups featuring Carl Sagan :P If you dig this one, def check out the Sagan + Hawking Mashup (still my fav)

Download the Audio files (flac + MP3) here
Thx @ Laughing Squid for this one :)

Posted 2774 days ago in Geek

xo Nov 20.09

audio

a look at the sad but true Music Industry FAILs – 4 Musical Mistakes Of The Decade ..

good article on Transformative v Incremental Change – a look at why big music just doesn’t get the internet revolution..

the story behind the UK ‘draconian pro-copyright plans’ of the leaked Digital Economy Bill (similar to the terrifying/leaked US Copyright Treaty)..

visual

some bizzarre + beautiful stop animation video as well as the very cool Khoda Project video .. an animated film using 6000 paintings..

everyone freaking out over this trippy + n@ked interactive site experience from Yeasayer [NSFW]..

fell in love with these bizarre drawings made out of dead flies..

geek

a must read : The War For the Web

Fake Steve Jobs talked about Apple’s patent application for an evil advertising scheme..

interesting + ballsy move by a Russian cop who used YouTube to fill Putin in on police corruption ..

wtf?

learned that some homeless cannibals got caught selling a corpse to a kebab house in Russia. um.. WHAT?!

a pimp cut off a Rabbi who was on 3-day ‘cocaine-fueled orgy’ binge..

and a Minneapolis dads poke only Klingon to his child for three years – for science (of course)..

Posted 2777 days ago in Audio, Geek, Visual

Apple (Finally) Approves First DJ App

It’s been a long uphill battle for music app developers, with Apple leaving music apps in approval purgatory for loooong periods of time (with no official explanation) – a situation which sparked many music / tech blog posts and eventually led to a dj app petition.

Well.. who knows what finally prompted Apple to give Amidio Inc the green light but they have – and you can now buy the world’s first DJ app for iPhone / iPod touch – Touch DJ ($19.99). Now you can essentially go anywhere with no equipment in tow and no headphones and play dj.

Get the specs / more details on Touch DJ
Download it now from the app store

Posted 2779 days ago in Audio, Geek

Last Call @ The Uptown Bar

The Uptown Bar was demolished today.

I started sneaking into the Uptown when I was 15 to see the bands i loved play insane sets so close their sweat was dropping on you… it was the first (and last) bar i ever got carried out of, the first (and last) place I started a fist fight, the place where I met and fell in love with my first real lover and one of my very favorite places to work.

Although I stopped hanging out there a long time ago, I still feel sad tonight.

Posted 2779 days ago in Audio

GiveMN.org makes being good easy

As I get older and feel a little bit more like a “grown up” each year, I’ve started to get this nagging feeling that I should be donating to .. something. Volunteering sounds cool but probably isn’t going to happen anytime soon, since I’m busy as hell. Instead I’m gonna skip a few lattes this week and donate to a group in our community.. found this site that lets you easily donate to nonprofits in MN – Check out the Soo Visual Arts Center page..

Posted 2780 days ago in Geek

Open for Mew

Danish alternative rock / experimental dream pop band MEW are holding contests to fill their opening slot at gigs in these cities : Boston, Philly, New York ,Chicago, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Pretty cool.. just go to the contest site, select your city & enter your band name / # of members / link to myspace page.

Listen to Mew
Am I Wry? No
Comforting Sounds

Posted 2780 days ago in Audio

xo Nov 13.09

- AUDIO –

Wired noted that the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 could bring another round of tumult to the music and publishing industries, due to “provisions that allow authors or their heirs to terminate copyright grants — or at the very least renegotiate much sweeter deals by threatening to do so”..

Creative Deconstruction posted a great article on the problem with music streaming and why it’s only the beginning – got some interesting comments too..

And we witnessed the power of the “fully armed and operational” MPAA when they shut down an entire town’s WiFi over a single illegal download..

– VISUAL –

Instant Shift gave us 100 AWESOME Tilt-Shift Photographs to drool over – Tilt-Shift photography gives you that cool surreal “miniature” effect that i can’t get enough of.. check out the Tilt-shift video and iPhone app if you like these..

I fell in love with this dark Invisible Empire Series from photographer Juha Arvid Helminen..

And Newsweek posted the must-see video of the week – The Decade in Seven Minutes..

- GEEK –

LifeHacker gave us a priceless bookmark – the Repair or Replace Chart helps us determine what to do with broken gear..

On the heels of the news that the LHC is going to get fired up in the coming weeks – Discovery News quickly assured us that even if it DOES cause a black hole, it will be very small and evaporate fast (not the earth-munching kind of black hole).. so.. one less thing to worry about..

And soon after the Google Wave: Theory & Reality pic showed up on a hacker thread, Google announced that the Google Wave Invitation Donation Thread Is Open – we’ll see if that speeds things up any..

- WTF? –

In a flurry of Twitter activity, we learned that Rupert Murdoch is threatening to de-index his sites from Google.. to which Google replied “Do it – here’s how” since they send his sites (Fox News, Wall Street Journal, etc) 25% of their traffic.. but then some CEO (who used to work for Murdoch’s Digital Chief, Jonathan Miller) came up with a way Murdoch could actually hurt Google – by partnering with Microsoft’s BING.. so who knows what will happen next..

Sadly, I knew zip about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, so I was giddy with geeky-”wtf?”-excitement when I saw these 15 amazing hi-rez images from the MRO on the Coolist – and they are waaaay cooler than that even sounds.. and we found out there is water on the moon!

And we got the video to prove that – if you wanna drive your Oldsmobile from the roof using an iPhone – yeah, there’s an app for that..

Posted 2783 days ago in Audio, Geek, Visual

GEEK P0RN: The 6th Sense

If you have any interest in future tech and/or are a SciFi Geek – drop whatever you’re doing and bow to this TED Talk. This demonstration of the holy grail of tech toys – the 6th Sense – is freaking awesome. Though the final consumer-perfect version is years off, the technology itself will be released as OPEN SOURCE “in a matter of months” and the geeks will be able to throw a working version (such as the one shown in this video) for around $300.

SOURCE: BOING BOING

UPDATE: check out another TED talk on the 6th sense..
Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology
Thanks to @kdragon87 for the heads up :)

Posted 2784 days ago in Geek

Auto Tune :)

Auto Tune it the audio editing software that makes vocals sound robotic – you’ve heard it – yeah, it’s awesome. Watching this video (hilarious) convinced me to go to iTunes and grab the “I Am T-Pain” auto tune iphone app which makes me a huge dork but is also fun as hell.

thx to @SteveTalkowski for the video link :)

About the Photographer [Left]

BTW – the photographer from this post’s photo, Daniel Boud, is a fantastic live music photographer, who has been in SPIN, Rolling Stone, NME, Vanity Fair, etc.. He has a ton of concert sets on flickr, including White Lies, Wolfmother, etc.. check them out here.

He also wrote a great overview of everything an aspiring live music photographer might want to know for Digital Photographer magazine.. read that here.

Posted 2785 days ago in Audio

Mashup: 7 Minute Decade + TiltShift App

Just finished watching the “Newsweek Presents The Decade In Seven Minutes” video – loved it. Watch it here (on Laughing Squid).

On a completely unrelated note, I just downloaded the Tiltshift Generator iPhone App after seeing this image of Vegas (left), taken by Rob Sheridan.

Then @heideland sent me this cool tiltshift video – check it out:

Posted 2786 days ago in Geek, Visual

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