Archive for the 'Culture' Category

26
Mar
07

What a nutty family?!

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26
Mar
07

The Sopranos, as seen in Nintendo Power

The Supermarios

“The Stars…They make me feel…invicible!”

11
Mar
07

The Beautilful Music that Code Makes

Flight 404

I’m still not quite certain I get what is going on here. It seems that an MIT student has been using a new programming language (Processing) to create a system that responds to aural stimuli. He then records the video and places it online for all to see, alongside the music that was being played for the system.

Nova (video)

Trentemoller Strikes Again (video)

(via Motionographer)

11
Mar
07

They Speak English in What?!

I recently did a re-watch on Pulp Fiction (1994 — Quentin Tarantino) as Mrs. Autodidact had started forgetting it. It was incredible how at the time of its release it was felt so foreign and strange and how now it feels so very normal. The styles of filmmaking and of screenwriting have so deeply seeped into our culture that we watch shows on TV every day that feel like Pulp Fiction.

And there are pieces of that movie which will live on forever:

(via Boing Boing)

11
Mar
07

Unlikely Friends

I’m not usually one for sites like cuteoverload, but this is really somethingSri Suwarni, an animal keeper, gives milk to Manis, a Sumatran tiger cub with two baby orangutans in a nursery room at the Taman Safari zoo Wednesday Feb. 28, 2007, in Bogor, Indonesia. Associated Press photo by Achmad Ibrahim

…and it’s a much more apt metaphor for our time than the wolf and the lamb.

(via BoingBoing)

04
Mar
07

Like Led Zeppelin, with Turtles

Original Boing Boing Logo

A few weeks ago I was talking with some friends about Boing Boing. They had never heard of it. What is Boing Boing? It is one of the most popular blogs on the web. It is a 90’s zine, turned 00’s group blog. It is one of those places where news stories (typically strange ones) get started.

Boing Boing Website

So we ended up in a whole discussion about the “zine” phenomenon, about how it was this entire underground publishing sphere and how it related to technology (cheap photocopiers and Desktop Publishing) and to the Punk culture and music of the time.

That’s the sort of thing that really does it for me. I love the cultural, political, and social layers of history. I want to know what was going on in music when Duchamp was creating his “Fountain.” What was going on in literature opposite the development of Keynesian economics? That’s the sort of stuff that I would like to think more about here.




About The Autodidact

au·to·di·dact /ˌɔtoʊˈdaɪdækt, -daɪˈdækt/ –noun a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person. [Origin: 1525–35]

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