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links for 2008-02-04

Unevenly Distributed: Production Models for the 21st Century Mark Pesce illuminates how the audience became not just the distributors but the producers of their own content, and have brought down the walls which separate pros from amateurs. Then he outlines the future: how the value of media is based on salience. (tags: mustread media production film television broadcast abundance hyperabundance salience digitalmedia distribution piracy wblcp) Kevin Kelly — The Technium — Better than Free When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied. Well, what can’t be copied? First, trust. Eight more generatives (qualities that must be grown, generated, cultivated or nurtured) better than free: immediacy, personalization, interpretation, authenticity, accessibility, embodiment, patronage, findability. (tags: abundance generosity IP economy free digital) Great Firewall of China Faces Online Rebels (tags: censorship China internet politics firewall global) Illuminating Pollution - Pixelache Helsinki 08 From 2.22-29, 2008, a laser ray will trace the emissions of the Salmisaari power plant in Helsinki highlighting current levels of electricity consumption by local residents, letting people monitor pollution as they’re …

Lamas and Cameras in Bhutan

According to “Is That a Lama Behind the Camera,” Anupama Chopra’s great article in the New York Times on Bhutan’s budding film industry, last year a record 24 films were produced in the tiny Himalayan kingdom, population 700,000; in 2003 the total was only six. Even though there were only ten films produced in the country in 2005, delightful movie posters announced screenings in the theaters or public halls of every town I traveled through. The article describes a trend towards song-and-dance fantasy, but the movies that caught my eye had taglines that sounded far more realistic: “Muensel — True love comes… and goes,” “Ratho Namgay — bungling along a lifetime achievement of failure,” and “Kikhor — the drama of life begins at home, within the family.” It’s clear that while the dialogue is in Dzongkha and the costumes are traditionally Bhutanese, the themes are universal.

Mira Nair & Jhumpa Lahiri at NYPL

LIVE from the NYPL MIRA NAIR & JHUMPA LAHIRI Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 7:00 PM Celeste Bartos Forum LIVE from the NYPL books $15 general admission and $10 library donors, seniors and students with valid identification Buy Tickets All LIVE from the NYPL events are general admission. Arrive early for best seat selection. Box office opens 2 hours before the event and doors open 1 hour before the event. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers. The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present: A conversation between Pulitzer prize-winning fiction writer Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake) and filmmaker Mira Nair, whose motion picture adaptation of The Namesake opens in the U.S. the preceding day. About Mira Nair Film Director Mira Nair was born in Rourkela, India. From India Cabaret to The Laughing Club of India, Nair’s documentaries paved the way for her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay! which was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA for Best Foreign Language film in 1988. Subsequent films …

links for 2006-11-22

Global Orgasm – December 22nd, 2006 – Peace through Global Ecstasy Global Orgasm is an experiment open to everyone in the world. The goal is to add so much concentrated and high-energy positive input into the energy field of the Earth that it will reduce the current dangerous levels of aggression and violence throughout (tags: sex orgasm peace activism global politics consciousness energy) fairfax avenue: a jon brion resource. oh happy day, thanks for this wonderful live recording of a great jon brion show, news and leadsheets for the amazing musician who kicked off this blog. (tags: music jonbrion bootlegs mp3s recordings) Sundance Winner ‘The Corporation’ Released for Free on BitTorrent at Torrentfreak Filmmakers of “The Corporation” distributing high quality rip of master DVD + bonus materials through BitTorrent for free and launched a campaign for Corporate Harm Reduction (C4CHR) to collect stories on impact of film as feedback loop on “what you can d (tags: bittorrent thecorporation distribution movies film documentary)

on the love that dare not print its name in helvetica (or god forbid, arial)

Hilarious little article in the NYT today on type anachronisms in film, “Good Film, Shame About the Helvetica,” featuring link to Mark Simonson’s Typecasting article. (Note also the ongoing notebook of sightings.*) As one who can’t help recognizing and calling out the name of the typefaces in the world around me, I’m not ashamed to declare my membership in “the subset of a subset of a subset of society” that cares. Aside from love letters, money and presents, nothing received in the mail thrills me more than type catalogs.** Flopping on my bed with the latest offerings from Emigre and T-26 triggers a flight of fancy, imagining what publication, idea or product could embody the essence of each typeface. * I’m also fond of a skinema, a dermatologist’s blog that tracks skin conditions and the meanings we ascribe to them in films. ** Until recently. It seems garden plant and seed catalogs have started inspiring the same full sensory fantasies i used to feel only for type. Sorry type.

Quick Recommendations

Art: nyc: Sarah Sze‘s truly amazing universe at Marianne Boesky Gallery through July 1. nyc: Dominic McGill’s graphic exploration of ideas profligating in the universe from the triangulation point of November 22, 1963 (day that JFK, Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis all died) at Derek Eller Gallery through May 25. nyc: Sophia Petrides’ quiet video meditation “I Am Protected By Your Fear” at Larissa Goldstson Gallery through July 1. web: Karma Phuntsok and Gonkar Gyatso at Mechak Center for Contemporary Art Movie: Miyazaki’s magnificent Howl’s Moving Castle Irresistible summer pop: Anniemal by Annie Technorati Tags: art, music, movie