🔗 Queer Tolkien

If you’re a certain type of Lord of the Rings reader, you’re probably yelling, “Tolkien was a Catholic born in the Victorian era! He never would have written about gay people!” But there are examples of queerness in Tolkien’s time and place, and any speculation is backed by historical context.

Queer readings of The Lord of the Rings are not accidents

Ein Essay über queere Liebe zu Zeiten Tolkiens und zwischen Frodo und Sam in „Der Herr der Ringe“.

🔗 Verschwörungstheorien aus der Sicht eines Gamedesigners

When I saw QAnon, I knew exactly what it was and what it was doing. I had seen it before. I had almost built it before. It was gaming’s evil twin. A game that plays people. (cue ominous music)

A Game Designer’s Analysis Of QAnon

via @Nerdmeetsyou

🔗 DALL-E: a teapot in the shape of a pikachu

We’ve trained a neural network called DALL·E that creates images from text captions for a wide range of concepts expressible in natural language.

DALL·E: Creating Images from Text

DALL•E erzeugt Bilder aus wilden Begriffskombinationen. Die Seite ist auch interaktiv und man kann sich durch verschiedene Kreationen klicken. Ich mochte die Avocadosessel und die Schnecken „made of harp“.

via @LorenzoPilia

🔗 Ooblets + Epic

Here’s what these Epic folks are doing: First they teach every kid in the world these obnoxious dances and now they’re offering funding to game developers in exchange for PC exclusivity on their game store.

This is exactly what Marx warned us about!

We did the thing

Kein Thema regt den (ohnehin schon wütenden) Gamer so sehr auf, wie die dunklen Machenschaften des Epic Stores. Aus der Sicht von Spieleentwicklern ist der Epic Store eine Chance und keine Bürde. Und wer das nicht fassen kann, sollte sich diesen Beitrag der Ooblets-Entwickler Glumberland durchlesen.

🔗 Aufruf zur Software-Piraterie!

Mike Rose, Chef des Indie-Publishers No More Robots, hat sich angesichts der Bewerbung nun äußerst verärgert auf Twitter gezeigt. „Bevor ihr ein Spiel bei G2 kauft, ladet es lieber herunter! Ernsthaft! Wir sehen ohnehin kein Geld, wenn ihr dort kauft, also würden wir viel lieber sehen, dass G2A auch kein Geld bekommt“, twitterte Rose.

Indie-Publisher: „Klaut unsere Spiele lieber, bevor Ihr Sie bei einem Key-Reseller kauft!“

🔗 Musiktipp: Sinner’s Syndrome by Moderator

Ich arbeite gerne mit Musik im Hintergrund, um in den richtigen Flow zu kommen. Ein guter Flow beim Designen oder Programmieren ist die halbe Miete. Zufällig entdeckte ich den Musiker Moderator, der genau meine aktuellen Bedürfnisse abdeckt. Irgendwo zwischen Lounge, Hip-Hop und Soundtrack gespickt mit guten Samples und eingängigen Rhythmen hinterlässt Moderator ein positives Klangbild, das noch lange nachhallt. Neben Sinner’s Syndrome empfehle ich The World Within. Und das alles kriegt man bereits ab 1 EURO bei Bandcamp. Holt euch mal wieder Musik abseits von Spotify und seid nicht zu geizig. 🙂 

Moderator is proving himself to be a master of cinematic beat-construction, evidenced by his album The World Within and other memorable appearances. The Athens-based producer is a serious player on the Greek downtempo/trip-hop scene, dazzling with a distinctive production style that leaps across genre boundaries. Lounge, hip hop, Italian horror film soundtracks, dub, Memphis soul, and even rockabilly are among the influences that phase in-and-out of Moderator’s songs. It’s like calmly turning the radio dial to a random station, yielding a surprising but pleasant discovery. 

Sinner’s Syndrome, the new album from Moderator on Melting Records, continues this aesthetic, and builds upon it for extra sonic satisfaction. The sound and titles of the album’s 14 tracks hint at the channeling of a dark, supernatural element, but Moderator assures us that he only uses earthly, electronic means to concoct his sampling magic. Regardless, Sinner’s Syndrome is sure to cast a spell on any willing listener. 

Highlights include “Sweet Curse” with its captivating boom-bap take on southern blues; the upbeat “Red Headed Devil” which evokes a ‘50s lounge band experiencing time travel; the late night backwoods roadhouse stomp of “Zombie Girl”; and the gentle “No Other Love” with its spaghetti western flavor and thoughtful poetics. These moods are made for groovin’, and there’s plenty here for eclectic-minded DJs and home listeners to love. Enter the world of Moderator’s Sinner’s Syndrome … once you’re here, there’s no escape. 

Sinner’s Syndrome by Moderator

🔗 Pionier der Farbfotografie: Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky

TIL about Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky a Russian photographer who traveled the Russian Empire from around 1909 to 1915, and would take 3 individual black-and-white photos, each with a filter (red, blue, and green) to create high-quality pictures in full color way before full color images were available.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Prokudin-Gorsky (via Reddit)

🔗 X-Woman ohne Schmerzen

For Jo Cameron, it takes the sight of blood or the smell of her own flesh burning for her to know that something is very wrong. As the 71-year-old Scottish woman recounted to The New York Times earlier this week, she has lived a life virtually free of pain, fear, and anxiety, thanks to a missing stretch of DNA. Doctors discovered there was something different about Cameron when she came in for surgery and turned down painkillers after the nerve blocker from her operation wore off. After years of investigating, they identified the never-before-seen mutation believed to be responsible for her almost supernatural pain tolerance. Weirdly, any wounds she gets also heal faster than other people, and she cannot recall ever having felt anxious, depressed, or scared

Crispr Gene Editing Could One Day Cut Away Human Pain

Patrick (H) Willems’ Film Essays

The Limitations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe PART 1

YouTube steht für geschmacklose Trendvideos und geschmacklosere Kommentarspalten. Ausnahmen gibt es wenige, aber wenn sich ein Licht am Ende des Tunnels auftut, dann sollte man dieses Fünkchen Hoffnung wie das olympische Feuer zu den Massen tragen. Ich präsentiere euch also die Video Essays von Patrick (H) Willems, um eure finstere Konsumhöhle zu erhellen.

„Patrick (H) Willems’ Film Essays“ weiterlesen