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Entry no.: 1119

20 Jun 2010, 11:22 AM

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Zeitgeist If you ever get close to a human

Computers and robots are doing things considered human a while ago.

And chimpanzees are doing things considered um, very, very human.

To paraphrase Ms. Goodall’s mentor, Louis Leakey, “Now we must redefine wittiness/dance/sex toys, redefine Man, or accept computers, robots and chimpanzees as human”.

Entry no.: 1048

6 Apr 2010, 12:30 PM

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Zeitgeist "Well, it’s their fault" — it always is

“Look at those dead bastards,” one pilot says. “Nice,” the other responds.

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A short time later a van arrives to pick up the wounded and the pilots open fire on it, wounding two children inside. “Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids into a battle,” one pilot says.

—Conversation between American helicopter pilots during a Baghdad attack that killed 12, among them the Reuters photographer, Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and the driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40, as reported by The New York Times.

Still thinking that The Hurt Locker is not a one-sided political piece of shitty propaganda, are you.

Entry no.: 1029

22 Mar 2010, 9:34 AM

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Zeitgeist Film noir iPad cover

The iPad is approaching: A Digital Magazine Motion Cover and Feature for the iPad and here it is how it'll look.

Is this the future?

Via TLL.

Entry no.: 1020

12 Mar 2010, 8:08 AM

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Zeitgeist Print's mojo

Print is rediscovering its mojo and telling the Internet to scoot over, it’s not going away.

—Delphine Hirasuna, Magazine Giants Argue Case for Print at @Issue: Journal of Business and Design.

Might be wishful thinking as well.

Entry no.: 984

30 Jan 2010, 12:32 PM

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Zeitgeist Nothing less than future shock

What you're seeing in the industry's reaction to the iPad is nothing less than future shock.

—Fraser Speirs in his post Future Shock, a wise comment on "the volume and vehemence of apparently technologically sophisticated people inveighing against the iPad."

The times they are a-changin'.

Via DF.

Entry no.: 870

27 Oct 2009, 10:32 AM

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Zeitgeist A Graphic History of Newspaper Circulation

The so called "death of print" is hard to accept. As a designer I do live in denial—paper is so much better than screen—although I'm a laptop-and-phone on-screen news consumer myself.

This graph, however, blows any illusions.

Via DF.

Entry no.: 816

8 Sep 2009, 8:57 AM

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Zeitgeist A Post-Self-Congratulatory Era In Economics

On limitations of human rationality, bubbles, the retreat from Keynesianism and the return to neoclassicism, regulators that don’t believe in regulation, idiots and mistaking beauty, wrapped in impressive-looking mathematics, for truth: How Did Economists Get It So Wrong?

The end of premise that people are rational and markets work.

Entry no.: 796

17 Aug 2009, 12:18 PM

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Zeitgeist Ladeez And Robotz

Ooh, the pretty ladeez! And, whoa, the mighty robotz. Ladeez and robotz.

But that was way before Yoshimi kicked their tin can ass.

What? It's Monday, ok?

Entry no.: 790

7 Aug 2009, 9:00 AM

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Zeitgeist Ear Mullets And Stuff

"Let's be clear: Walking around with a Bluetooth device in your ear is pure douchebaggery. There is no excuse for it. That said, it's not entirely unfathomable; the urge to accessorize is deeply rooted in human nature. UCLA cultural anthropologist Mari Womack equates the modern appetite for tech bling with the status symbols worn by Aztec royalty."

Read Ditch the Headset on Wired.

Entry no.: 782

18 Jul 2009, 12:09 PM

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Zeitgeist Fuck Yeah

Buzz Aldrin makes moon-landing-doubter shut up with a punch.

Via DF.

Also: See astronauts bootprints and tracks from a device called the Modularized Equipment Transporter which Alan Shepherd and Edgar Mitchell used to help them carry equipment and samples to and from the lander at the Apollo 14 landing site.

Entry no.: 780

16 Jul 2009, 9:23 AM

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Zeitgeist The Eagle Has Landed

Remembering Apollo 11 in 40 images from that journey four decades ago: Remembering Apollo 11 at The Big Picture.

Entry no.: 775

6 Jul 2009, 11:53 AM

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Zeitgeist Archaeologic discoveries: Sony Walkman

"It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equaliser, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette."

A 13-year-old discovers the 30-years-old Sony Walkman: Giving up my iPod for a Walkman at BBC.

Via Engadget.

Entry no.: 772

27 Jun 2009, 10:20 PM

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Zeitgeist It's Only Business, Isn't It

Buy Nokia and help Iran regime track, censure and repress activists: Iran's Web Spying Aided By Western Technology.

Entry no.: 722

21 Feb 2009, 12:52 PM

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Zeitgeist Glitterati

"They should have said «Sorry Mr. Hanks, but this isn’t like the movies. This is a serious scientific endeavor, and we can’t have any non-essential personnel in the control room. I’m sure you understand.»"

Tom Hanks to turn on Large Hadron Collider. Haha, "glitterati"—love the word.

Entry no.: 702

30 Jan 2009, 3:42 PM

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Zeitgeist LOLStreet bankers

Wall Street bankers grabbed for themselves nearly $20 billion in bonuses as the government was spending billions to bail them out.

So frisky and cute they could rebrand themselves from Wall Street to LOLStreet.

Entry no.: 700

27 Jan 2009, 11:41 AM

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Zeitgeist Ravage

"It’s never entirely clear on any given day what causes what in the stock market, but it was pretty obvious that on October 31, Meredith Whitney caused the market in financial stocks to crash. By the end of the trading day, a woman whom basically no one had ever heard of had shaved $369 billion off the value of financial firms in the market. Four days later, Citigroup’s C.E.O., Chuck Prince, resigned."

The End. Good illustration, BTW.

Entry no.: 695

22 Jan 2009, 1:07 PM

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Zeitgeist New page

Is this a new world? No? Why does it feel this way then?

Entry no.: 670

16 Dec 2008, 11:09 AM

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Zeitgeist 2008 ideas

The NYTimes show of 2008 ideas, from A to Z.

2008 brought us some truly outstanding bad ideas but NYTimes got only the good ones covered—that's a shame.

Entry no.: 667

14 Dec 2008, 3:00 PM

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Zeitgeist Mind-reading machine invented

"Researchers from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed new brain analysis technology that can reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor. According to the researchers, further development of the technology may soon make it possible to view other people’s dreams while they sleep." Translated from Japanese.

Just wait and you'll see some weird, really weird stuff on those youtubes!

Entry no.: 618

10 Nov 2008, 8:35 AM

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Zeitgeist I'm you father

Mr. George Lucas and his toys. Quite a playground — quite a history!

Via Kottke.

Entry no.: 614

7 Nov 2008, 12:43 PM

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Zeitgeist Hired

The planet is announced that the proper guy got hired for the job.

Thanks, Iancu.

Entry no.: 611

5 Nov 2008, 10:14 PM

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Zeitgeist Thanks, Barack

SMS from Obama to the campaign volunteers.

"We just made history. All of this happened because you gave your time, talent and passion to this campaign. All of this happened because of you. Thanks, Barack".

SMS received by my friend Richard who volunteered for Obama's campaign. Probably thousands were sent to the whole volunteers database, but still — it's a very nice touch.

Entry no.: 610

5 Nov 2008, 9:54 AM

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Zeitgeist "OMG"

Beautiful.

Entry no.: 609

5 Nov 2008, 9:52 AM

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Zeitgeist "Hell yeah"

Indeed.

Entry no.: 608

5 Nov 2008, 9:38 AM

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Zeitgeist "Yes we did"

Without question.

Entry no.: 578

2 Oct 2008, 10:49 AM

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Zeitgeist Creativity

Quit school, stay creative (this is what I've done, three times). Ok, don't quit.

Make sure you watch this — it's one of those speeches able to shift your perspective. No slides.

Thank you, Mihai.

Entry no.: 562

21 Sep 2008, 1:38 AM

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Zeitgeist Not good

The expression "maybe days away from a complete [financial] meltdown" scares me shitless.

Entry no.: 498

8 Jun 2008, 2:12 PM

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Zeitgeist Whew

"Al Gore funds development of the open internet: 1991–1993." Cool.

Entry no.: 496

3 Jun 2008, 9:08 PM

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Zeitgeist Ringing

I remember. When the instant messaging bunch?

Thanks, Iancu.

Entry no.: 494

31 May 2008, 11:21 PM

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Zeitgeist Luke's hand

When Star Wars stuff starts happening for real, it means that you're kinda old.

Entry no.: 443

22 Feb 2008, 8:50 AM

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Zeitgeist Portrait

Classicism at its peak, for the cognoscenti. Truly Homeric. Via Kottke.

Entry no.: 433

7 Feb 2008, 4:35 PM

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Zeitgeist Welcome to Microsoft

Absolutely hilarious yet totally freaky translation from PR-speak to English of Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang’s company-wide memo regarding the Microsoft takeover bid. Gruber-style.

Entry no.: 417

26 Jan 2008, 3:25 PM

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Zeitgeist Shared space

One incredibly smart traffic-management philosophy: reclaim the common sense and courtesy. Tear down the street curbs and get rid of the signs. Make people drive slower. Via DO.

Entry no.: 390

17 Dec 2007, 12:03 PM

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Zeitgeist Secret culture

Cultural guerrilla of illegal restorers establish secret workshop in Pantheon and clandestinely repair the antique clock that had been left to rust in the building since the 1960s. Wow.

Entry no.: 383

11 Dec 2007, 8:04 PM

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Zeitgeist Vasile

How does Massimiliano Vasile name sound to you? Well, here is what he does: asteroids stuff.

Entry no.: 378

9 Dec 2007, 2:11 PM

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Zeitgeist Fatmerica

Erwin Wurm's work: fat Porsche, fat houses, fat David. Via OffCenter.

Entry no.: 371

5 Dec 2007, 11:13 AM

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Zeitgeist Bubblism

Today's bubble. Via Orlando.

Entry no.: 363

29 Nov 2007, 9:22 AM

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Zeitgeist Oops

Worst IT fuckups of all time. Via Coudal.

Entry no.: 358

26 Nov 2007, 11:48 AM

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Zeitgeist Ex-glamour

The discreet charm of the old catalogues. Someday we'll be just as outmoded. Via DO.

Entry no.: 336

10 Nov 2007, 1:10 PM

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Zeitgeist Digital vs. analog audio

Analog sounds fat and warm while digital zings cold and crappy, right?

Entry no.: 331

7 Nov 2007, 3:32 PM

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Zeitgeist Sucktitude

Buy now, pay never. Via Radu.

Entry no.: 323

2 Nov 2007, 10:06 AM

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Zeitgeist Balltopia

Giant balls made men feel good about themselves—a dazzling history.

Entry no.: 301

17 Oct 2007, 11:05 AM

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Zeitgeist Today

I realize that magazines — especially technical magazines — inconspicuously refrained from picturing the future. The childhood ended. The future is no longer what it used to be.

Entry no.: 218

23 Aug 2007, 1:42 PM

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Zeitgeist Meter?

Good magazine: “There are only three countries that do not use the metric system: Liberia, Myanmar, and the United States.”

Entry no.: 206

11 Aug 2007, 11:29 PM

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Zeitgeist Smexting

"A wide-reaching ban on smoking in enclosed places just went into effect on July 1st in the UK, and in the two weeks following, carrier Orange reported that 7.5 million more messages were sent on its network than in the two-week period the month prior." It has a name — smexting.

Entry no.: 200

6 Aug 2007, 9:56 PM

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Zeitgeist The last hippy

The man who — during the beginning of the nineties, right after the Revolution — thought us about the great rock music via his radio show, passed away: Florian Pittiș. Rest in peace.

Entry no.: 79

24 Jan 2007, 5:16 PM

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Zeitgeist Ignoramus

Hystorical median temperature in January for Bucharest is 1°C during the day. This January we currently have temperatures over 10°C, occasionally reaching 16°C. However, in the USA people complained about Al Gore’s global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, claiming it does not present an opposing view of global warming, such as creationism and the Bible.

Entry no.: 67

15 Jan 2007, 10:26 AM

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Zeitgeist Matching outfits

Staring at the talented young men of the seventies and their beautiful matching costumes I wonder if in thirty years from now something from our culture could be seen as wildly ridiculous as this lads.

Entry no.: 57

7 Jan 2007, 3:29 PM

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Zeitgeist 2006 in Ideas

The New York Times Magazine looks back on the passing year from a distinctive vantage point: that of ideas. 74 of them, from good to bad, from serious to silly in The 6th Annual Year in Ideas. [via Kottke]