Category Archives: Zeitgeist

 
Vikings, Gorgon Loops, and USBs: check out the backstories behind symbols we see every day.

Mind-Blowing Origins Of Everyday Symbols – YouTube.

 
The enigmatic Canon 1 à 2 from J. S. Bachs Musical Offering (1747), The manuscript depicts a single musical sequence that is to be played front to back and back to front.
Video by Jos Leys (http://www.josleys.com) and Xantox (http://strangepaths.com/en/)

 
Here’s a totally fake Paris apartment, rendered with Unreal Engine 4. We’ve sure come a long way since Myst.

How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW) — The Message — Medium

#BreakTheInternet?

A fascinating peek into the back end of running a website: how Paper prepped for a massive increase in traffic.

On November 11th 2014, the art-and-nightlife magazine PAPER “broke the Internet” when it put a Jean-Paul Goude photograph of a well-oiled, mostly-nude Kim Kardashian on its cover and posted the same nude photos of Kim Kardashian to its website (NSFW). It linked together all of these things—and other articles, too—under the “#breaktheinternet” hashtag.

There was one part of the Internet that PAPER didn’t want to break: The part that was serving up millions of copies of Kardashian’s nudes over the web.

Hosting that butt is an impressive feat. You can’t just put Kim Kardashian nudes on the Internet and walk away —that would be like putting up a tent in the middle of a hurricane. Your web server would melt. You need to plan.

link: How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW) — The Message — Medium.

 
The business model of “free” is the business model of Corporate Surveillance.

 
From tweeting to rhyming, bestselling author Daniel H. Pink gives you six new pitching techniques from his latest book, TO SELL IS HUMAN.

Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?

View the full lecture here: http://www.thersa.org/events/video/archive/renata-salecl-the-paradox-of-choice