MythBusters Breaking Bad Special


YouTube: Mythbusters S12E10 Breaking Bad Special (via PewPewPew)

Die MythBusters, die urbane Mythen nachstellen und überprüfen, klopfen zusammen mit Breaking Bad-Schöpfer Vince Gilligan und Aaron „Jesse Pinkman“ Paul diverse Events der Serie auf ihre Plausibilität ab. Zwar fehlt der Todesmagnet aus Staffel fünf, trotzdem eine schöne Möglichkeit, sich das Warten auf die nächste Episode unserer Lieblingsserie um weitere 50 Minuten zu verkürzen. Yeah Science, Bitch!

Die Bäume von Tschernobyl

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Ein paar Wissenschaftler haben die Auswirkungen der Nuklearkatastrophe von Tschernobyl auf die dortigen Bäume untersucht („Tree rings reveal extent of exposure to ionizing radiationin Scots pine Pinus sylvestris„). Wer den Zeitpunkt des Super-Gau auf dem Foto entdeckt bekommt ’nen Keks. Das Abstract:

Tree growth has been hypothesized to provide areliable indicator of the state of the external environment.Elevated levels of background ionizing radiation mayimpair growth trajectories of trees by reducing the annualgrowth. Such effects of radiation may depend on theindividual phenotype and interact with other environmentalfactors such as temperature and drought. We used standardized growth rates of 105 Scots pine Pinus sylvestris located near Chernobyl, Ukraine, varying in the level of background radiation by almost a factor 700. Mean growthrate was severely depressed and more variable in1987–1989 and several other subsequent years, followingthe nuclear accident in April 1986 compared to the situa-tion before 1986. The higher frequency of years with poorgrowth after 1986 was not caused by elevated temperature,drought or their interactions with background radiation.Elevated temperatures suppressed individual growth ratesin particular years. Finally, the negative effects of radio-active contaminants were particularly pronounced insmaller trees. These findings suggest that radiation hassuppressed growth rates of pines in Chernobyl, and thatradiation interacts with other environmental factors andphenotypic traits of plants to influence their growth tra- jectories in complex ways.

(via kottke & BBC)

The Pirate Bay 10 Years Anniversary

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Die olle Piratenbucht feiert heute ihren zehnten Geburtstag mit einem Festival in der Nähre von Stockholm. Happy Birthday, schön, dass es dich (noch immer) gibt! Ein bisschen ausformulierter als meine zwischen zwei Folgen Breaking Bad hingerotze Grußadresse hat es neulich Erik Lönroth von der Jubiläumsparty veranstalteten Piratenpartei formuliert:

Its not as simple as celebrating a web site. Thats stupid. No, it’s a celebration of 10 years of file sharing, love and freedom made possible partially through it. The Pirate Bay is not even the only site of its kind, never was, but it has become a symbol for something more. That is not stupid, it matters. It matters, because it tells a story of our time. The story about real people, doing real stuff that mattered here and now – and tragically – those people got destroyed for it. It’s happening still, only in other, different contexts. I’m celebrating The Pirate Bay on the 10th because I’m celebrating ideas made clear and possible through copying, sharing, internet, technology and people caring. Maybe I’m an idealist, but as John Lennon wrote: ‘I’m not the only one’.

Zur Feier des Tages noch mal das Foto vom ersten Pirate Bay Server, der mittlerweile den Weg ins Museum gefunden hat und die Doku TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard von Simon Klose…

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The 1 Up Fever – Mockumentary über ein AR Jump ’n‘ Run mit Bitcoins in Berlin


Vimeo: The 1 Up Fever from Skeuomorph Production unter CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 (via Netzpolitik)

Unterhaltsamer Kurzfilm über ein fiktives Augmented Reality Game in Berlin, bei dem Menschen im Stil von Super Mario Bros in der Stadt verteilte Bitcoins per Smartphone einsammeln. Gedreht wurde u.a. auf der re:publica und ich kann mich noch erinnern, dass ich mich beim Rumlatschen auf dem Hof gewundert habe, wovon der Typ ab Minute 6:05 so aufgeregt erzählt.

In the Berlin city everyone is going crazy for a viral new app. Anyone with a smartphone can play a sort of Super Mario Bros arcade game in Augmented Reality. In the game a coin corresponds to 0.01 Bitcoins. Citizens‘ habits are tainted by the game. Coins are hidden all over the city, you can spot them just scanning around with your device, not always they are easy to grab. People started to leave their jobs in order to collect Coins in the streets. All over the city people are jumping and running around with their smartphones, trying to grab as many virtual coins as they can…
The shooting itself is been a game in the game: all the interviewees were asked to imagine the city as the app release happened for real and to answer thereby, sometimes they were even asked to play with it. Part of the work was dedicated to the Bitcoinkiez, a small Berlin district where local owners started to sell their products in Bitcoins through the Bitcoin Wallet App, which would be the „real“ app to whom the Super Mario app is corresponding.

DEFCON: The Documentary


YouTube: DEFCON: The Documentary (via Superlevel)

Die Doku von Jason Scott über die DEFCON, die zu den größten Hacker-Konferenzen zählt und seit 1993 jährlich in Las Vegas stattfindet, feierte dort am 1. August Premiere und steht jetzt auf diversen Kanälen frei zur Verfügung. Infos zur Doku gibt’s auf seinem Blog.

So, spoiler alert, the movie was filmed and is done. Let’s give you all the relevant links right now.

The movie is 1 hour and 50 minutes. It’s about 4 gigabytes to download. There are copies of it on The Pirate Bay that are smaller in size, but they basically re-compressed it into smaller resolution versions, and what’s fun with that?

Personalisiertes Han Solo in Carbonite Cosplay

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Das härteste Star Wars Cosplay seit Äonen. Wer auch mal als personalisierte Tiefkühltruhe im zeitlosen Karbonit-Design gehen möchte, findet eine ausführliche Anleitung bei instructables-User thorssoli. (Lizenz: CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 / via TheGrue)

A while back a friend of mine asked me if I could help him build a replica of Han Solo encased in carbonite to hang on the wall in his basement bar (which he’d themed to look like the throne room of Jabba the Hutt). So I told him I’d look into it and see what’s involved. While I was sitting in the cafe one morning, poring over photos of the original prop, my friend Jenny wandered in and asked what I was doing.

So I told her.

„Can you really make that?“ she asks.

„Sure,“ says I, „it’s actually not such a big deal.“

„Does it have to be Han Solo?“ says she.

„No,“ I replied, „it’s actually easier if it’s someone who can come into the workshop for lifecasting. That’ll save me the trouble of finding or sculpting a copy of Harrison Ford’s face.“

„What if it was me?“ says she.

The conversation ended with her gleefully agreeing to come to the workshop and put in all of the labor and pay for all of the materials required to make the project possible. My role was to provide parts and technical advice…

Breaking Bad Jr.


YouTube: Breaking Bad Jr. (via Nerdcore)

Gestern ging Breaking Bad als High School Musical rum, heute kommt Patrick Willems mit der Junior-Edition. Und ich zähl weiter die Tage…

This is a thing that I made with a filmmaking friend of mine. I’ll write some stuff about it later, but for now, enjoy. Idea by middle school student Ian Hollowood (with full parental support)

Walter White anno 1961 auf dem Cover von Fantastic

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Noch 3 Tage. Am liebsten würde ich die finalen acht Episoden von Breaking Bad erst mal sammeln und dann in einem Rutsch schauen. Leider gibt’s keinen Stein, der groß genug ist, um darunter bis Ende September spoilerfrei zu leben.

This guy kinda looks like Walter White from Breaking Bad, right?
Fantastic Stories, November 1961. Cover illustrates „Hatchery of Dreams“ by Fritz Lieber.

(Foto: alittleblackegg / Lizenz: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)