In ‘You’ve Been Trumped’ Donald Trump bullies Scottish village and destroys land

Scot­land is the birth­place of golf. In this doc­u­men­tary by film­maker Anthony Bax­ter, a small Scot­tish vil­lage, steeped in his­tory, is dissed and tram­pled by Don­ald Trump who charges in to build a golf course and destroys the nat­ural envi­ron­ment includ­ing breath­tak­ing sand dunes. Trump sneers, shrugs his shoul­ders, name calls, then lev­els the dunes with bull­doz­ers into a flat, muddy, ugly mess. He stomps on dig­ni­fied and proud sim­ple folks in the local fish­ing vil­lage like cockroaches.

Humor­ous, heart­break­ing and inspir­ing, “You’ve Been Trumped” is a pow­er­ful award-winning movie scored with music by Sigur RósJónsi.

This isn’t just a local Scot­tish story,” said direc­tor Bax­ter, “it’s an inter­na­tional tale that res­onates with peo­ple all over the world. Gov­ern­ment offi­cials who should be pro­tect­ing their res­i­dents are lying to them and rich tycoons have way too much power.”

Like the Occupy move­ment, this small vil­lage proves that peo­ple can join together and fight for their rights. This film demon­strates the courage it takes for peo­ple at a lower socio-economic level to stand up to über-rich bul­lies like Trump.

The Black Lips, Kissing at Chick-fil-A

You’ve got to love The Black Lips! We sure do and they keep on giv­ing us rea­sons to do so. Today they posted this pic­ture on their Face­book page in what seems to be Cole Alexan­der and Jared Swil­ley hav­ing a go and kiss­ing at Chick-fil-A!!!

In their page they com­mented: “I can’t decide what taste’s bet­ter the chicken sandwich,or Jared’s tongue shoved down my throat”

They had pre­vi­ously allowed us a glimpse at how affec­tion­ate the band mem­bers can get on their Fam­ily Tree video. Enjoy it below, I know I don’t get tired of watch­ing it, even after nearly a year since its release.

We are wait­ing to see other artists and peo­ple from all other walks of life mak­ing sim­i­lar demon­stra­tions as we should not allow for the dream of rea­son to awaken mon­sters. A big round of applause for these bad kids.


DIY Lucid Dreaming Goggles

Not too long ago, a Kick­starter for lucid dream­ing gog­gles started get­ting passed around the Inter­net. At $80 a pair, though, they’re a lit­tle bit expen­sive, so why not make your own lucid dream­ing gog­gles on the cheap? It’s not very hard, as it turns out. Pretty much all you need to do is hook some LEDs to a pair of gog­gles, but I’m get­ting ahead of myself here.

For any­one not aware, lucid dream­ing is the prac­tice of con­trol­ling your dreams by being aware that you are dream­ing while you are dream­ing. Lucid dream­ing gog­gles are a tool to help with that “being aware” part. The idea is that the flash­ing light from the gog­gles won’t wake you up, but will per­me­ate your dream such that Dream You can fig­ure out what’s going on and fly around, or sum­mon an army of veloci­rap­tors or whatever.

These gog­gles in par­tic­u­lar are pretty straight­for­ward. The cir­cuit uti­lizes an ATtiny85 con­troller so that 2 hours after the device is turned on, the LEDs will start blink­ing, sub­tly alert­ing the dreamer of his dream. Of course, one doesn’t need lucid dream­ing gog­gles to dream. The real DIY solu­tion is to make a habit out of per­form­ing real­ity checks like attempt­ing to put your fin­ger through your hand, or attempt­ing to read text, look away, and read it again. Nei­ther of these things work very well in dreams, so if you can get your dream self to try them and they don’t work, you can get a tip-off. That said, gog­gles sure do require a lot less self-discipline and train­ing. Which one of those tac­tics is the easy way out all depends on your pro­fi­ciency with build­ing things. As for me? I’d only be able to put together a func­tion­ing cir­cuit in my dreams.

New Vitalic: Rave Age

French pro­ducer Vitalic will release his third stu­dio album, Rave Age, this Octo­ber on Different.

Vitalic made a name for him­self back in the mid-‘00s with OK Cow­boy, an album that exem­pli­fied that era’s taste for in-your-face elec­tro with songs like “La Rock 01″ and “My Friend Dario.” He’s kept up his game since then, releas­ing a received follow-up album called Flash­mob in 2009. Rave Age is his first release in more than two years. The track “No More Sleep,” you can stream or down­load for free right here, it shows his trade­mark fuzzy synths and stomp­ing drums, but some­how sounds a bit dated and not so good as his pre­vi­ous clas­sics. The album was mixed by Stephane Alf Briat, a stu­dio engi­neer who cred­its include records for bands like Air and Phoenix.
01. Rave Kids Go
02. Sta­mina
03. Fade Away
04. Vigipi­rate
05. Under Your Sun
06. No More Sleep
07. Nexus
08. The March of Skabah
09. Lucky Star
10. La Mort Sur Le Dance­floor
11. Next I’m Ready
12. The Leg­end of Kas­par Hauser

Dif­fer­ent Records will release Rave Age on Octo­ber 22nd, 2012.

Pierre de Coubertin, Jesse Owens and the Olympic Flame

We wanted to touch on a cou­ple of top­ics of the his­tory of the Olympic games to pay homage to this sport­ing event as it is cur­rently being cel­e­brated in Lon­don. Form its revival in 1896 thanks in great part to Baron de Cou­bertin, to the infa­mous treat­ment given to Olympic Gold Medal­ist Jesse Owens by the Nazi regime and Hitler in Ger­many and the White House and the pres­i­dent in his native coun­try in 1936, to the Olympic Flame and all the ideals it represents.

Lets start with Pierre, the Baron de Cou­bertin, who served as the 2nd Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, but his impor­tance in the Olympic Move­ment far over­shad­ows that sim­ple state­ment. Although recent schol­ar­ship has shown that he was not the only per­son who had the idea to begin inter­na­tional Olympic Games, he is cer­tainly the per­son still mostly respon­si­ble for the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896. For this effort, he is cor­rectly termed le réno­va­teur.

Born in Paris as Pierre Frédy, he was descended from a noble line which had lived in France for over 500 years. After his pre­lim­i­nary stud­ies he entered law school in 1884 although he never intended to prac­tice law, and he left after one year, enrolling instead in the École libre de sci­ences poli­tiques. Cou­bertin had early on decided that his goal would be the reform of the French edu­ca­tional system.

Some his­to­ri­ans describe Cou­bertin as the insti­ga­tor of the mod­ern Olympic move­ment, a man whose vision and polit­i­cal skill led to the revival of the Olympic Games which had been prac­ticed in antiq­uity. The ancient Olympic Games were held every four years in the Greek city of Olympia, in the King­dom of Elis, from 776 BCE through either 261 or 393 AD.

In 1936, Jesse Owens, the son of a share­crop­per and grand­son of slaves, went to the Olympics in Berlin and upset Hitler’s visions of Aryan supremacy. He did it not once, but four times, won gold medals in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 4 x 100 meter relay.

The first race was cap­tured by the Ger­man filmmaker/propagandist Leni Riefen­stahl in her famous film doc­u­ment­ing the 1936 Games, Olympia. It’s all queued up below and ready to go.

After his four vic­to­ries, Owens returned to the U.S. and imme­di­ately con­fronted the cold racist atti­tudes of his coun­try­men. There was no pause, no reprieve, even for an Olympic gold medal­ist. Later, he recalled:

When I came back to my native coun­try, after all the sto­ries about Hitler, I couldn’t ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn’t live where I wanted. I wasn’t invited to shake hands with Hitler, but I wasn’t invited to the White House to shake hands with the Pres­i­dent, either.

New York City did hold a ticker-tape parade in his honor. But when he attended a recep­tion at the Waldorf-Astoria, he was forced to ride the freight ele­va­tor. And he didn’t make it to the White House until Eisen­hower named him an “Ambas­sador of Sports” in 1955. FDR and Tru­man never both­ered to extend an invi­ta­tion to the Olympic hero.

For all the recent scan­dal and the trauma of past Games, the Olympics remain a pageant of grandeur and glory, and there is no greater sym­bol of its ideals than the Olympic Flame. The video below, from the Ontario Sci­ence Cen­tre, explains the evolv­ing tech­nol­ogy that keeps the flame burn­ing from its light­ing to the clos­ing cer­e­monies. It’s a pretty cool story, set to a bom­bas­tic sound­track wor­thy of its sub­ject and car­ried by an ani­mated run­ner who just peeled him­self off of an ancient Athen­ian vase.

Intro­duced in the 1928 Sum­mer Olympics in Ams­ter­dam, the flame revives a sym­bol from antiq­uity, com­mem­o­rat­ing Prometheus’s audac­ity and remind­ing war­ring city states to put aside hos­til­i­ties for as long as it burned. In the mod­ern Olympics, between the light­ing and the open­ing cer­e­monies, the flame, in its styl­ized torch, makes a pil­grim­age to the host city via relay, a prac­tice that began with the 1936 games in Berlin. This year’s relay started on May 19th in Land’s End in Corn­wall and ends this Fri­day, the 27th at the open­ing cer­e­mony in Lon­don. The torch will have trav­eled through 1,000 places in the UK, cov­ered a total of 8,000 miles (and pass­ing through 8,000 hands), mov­ing over land, air, and water, with­out once hav­ing to be relit.


Rage Comics

Rage Comics are series of web comics with char­ac­ters, some­times referred to as “rage faces”, that are often cre­ated with sim­ple draw­ing soft­ware such as MS Paint. The comics are typ­i­cally used to tell sto­ries about real life expe­ri­ences, and end with a humor­ous punch­line. It has become increas­ingly pop­u­lar to cre­ate the comics using web appli­ca­tions often referred to as “rage comic gen­er­a­tors” or “rage mak­ers”.

The first ama­teur made comics date back to 2008 on 4chan’s /b/ board with the intro­duc­tion of FFFUUUU Rageguy 4-panes. As the name sug­gests, the comics’ sto­ries were mostly about cir­cum­stances that lead to anger or rage. While most “rage faces” are not used to express rage, the name has been used due to their Rage Guy origins.

In Jan­u­ary 2009, Red­dit launched the “FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU” sub­red­dit. This allowed users to sub­mit their own orig­i­nal rage comics, which resulted in the cre­ation of a large num­ber of new char­ac­ters. Some of the ear­li­est notable exam­ples were the Every­thing went bet­ter than expected and F*ck Yea char­ac­ters. (Q)

Here’s a few more exam­ples of pop­u­lar rage comics:

Me Gusta:

For­ever alone:

Gay Rage:

Fap Fap Fap Rage:

Crystal Castles: “Plague”

Noisy Toron­to­ni­ans Crys­tal Cas­tles are back today with a brand spank­ing new track. Early this morn­ing the duo dropped “Plague,” a chaotic, wind­ing affair pre­sum­ably from the band’s still mys­te­ri­ous third album. Last we heard, they were hop­ing to get the follow-up to Crys­tal Cas­tles II out this summer.

In the mean­time Crys­tal Cas­tles have a brief U.S. jaunt planned for Sep­tem­ber and Octo­ber. After play­ing sev­eral Euro­pean fes­ti­vals, Ethan Kath and Alice Glass will play shows in Geor­gia, Penn­syl­va­nia, Ohio and Cal­i­for­nia. Lis­ten to “Plague” and take a look at the band’s full tour sched­ule below.

Crys­tal Cas­tles tour dates:

08.09 Cannes, France: Fes­ti­val Pantiero
08.24 Read­ing, Eng­land: Read­ing Fes­ti­val
08.25 Leeds, Eng­land: Leeds Fes­ti­val
09.02 Strad­bally, Ire­land: Elec­tric Pic­nic
09.28 Fair­burn, GA: Coun­ter­point Music Fes­ti­val
10.02 Philadel­phia, PA: Elec­tric Fac­tory
10.10 Colum­bus, OH: New­port Music Hall
10.22 Oak­land, CA: Fox Theater

Jesus Days, 1978 — 1983 Photographies by Greg Reynolds

In the late 70s and early 80s, Greg Reynolds was a clos­eted gay man in his 20s, work­ing as a cam­pus min­is­ter for an evan­gel­i­cal Chris­t­ian stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion called the Inter­Var­sity Chris­t­ian Fel­low­ship. Dur­ing these years, Greg strug­gled with his homo­sex­u­al­ity. He was over­whelmed by grief and saw no option other than to repress his desires for sex and love. In 1978, a mis­sion­ary friend gave Greg a 35 mm Pen­tax K1000 that she didn’t use:

I knew very lit­tle about pho­tog­ra­phy, but I loved tak­ing pic­tures. It wasn’t my inten­tion to doc­u­ment the Amer­i­can evan­gel­i­cal move­ment, but rather to take pho­tographs of the peo­ple and places that were impor­tant to me. Now I see that the cam­era allowed me to say in pic­tures what I could never say in words.

When ther­apy and prayer failed to change me into an enthu­si­as­tic het­ero­sex­ual, I came out as a gay man and resigned from the min­istry. Today, I am work­ing on turn­ing my Kodachromes into a photo book called Jesus Days. I just launched a Kick­starter, which you can sup­port here to help me bring this project to life. These pho­tos offer a unique per­spec­tive into the pecu­liar world of IVCF, which, at the time, boasted 500 affil­i­ated chap­ters on sec­u­lar col­leges and uni­ver­sity cam­puses across Amer­ica. I cap­tured my fel­low evan­gel­i­cals pray­ing and coun­sel­ing with stu­dents, lead­ing Bible stud­ies and group meet­ings, and engag­ing in mis­sions abroad. Here are a few pic­tures from my col­lec­tion.‘

Kwes — Meantime

We wrote about Kwes and his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Micachu in a pre­vi­uos post.

Now we want to talk about Kwes’ EP Mean­time. The 24-year-old pro­ducer pre­sented his debut EP for Warp last month and has become one of our favourite EPs of the year, and ‘lgoyh’ is prob­a­bly the best track on it. ‘Igoyh’ closes the EP in beau­ti­ful fash­ion, with Kwes really show­cas­ing his incred­i­ble song­writ­ing abil­ity. It really floored us when we first heard it, but in real­ity the EP is exactly what he’s been promis­ing for some time now.

At it’s core ‘Igoyn’ is a soul­ful track but a lot of dif­fer­ent ele­ments have gone into it – from the celes­tial xylo­phone, to the grungy gui­tar heard under an army of lay­ers which include type­writer effects, beau­ti­fully arranged keys and more - all help­ing to con­clude a won­der­ful 7 minute escapade of sounds, colours and shapes.

Kwes has cer­tainly hit a cre­ative stride here, hav­ing worked with a long list of impres­sive acts (The xx, Joe God­dard, Damon Albarn etc), it’s great to see him out in front, show­cas­ing his tal­ents as a solo artist.

Last month Kwes dropped the first sin­gle called ‘Bashful’:

littleBits, LEGO for the iPad generation

Cre­ated by engi­neer and inter­ac­tive artist Ayah Bdeir, lit­tleBits is a sys­tem of elec­tronic mod­ules that snap together with mag­nets. Is aim to break the bound­aries between the prod­ucts we con­sume and the things we make, and to make every­one into an inventor.

Each lit­tleBit has one unique func­tion (light, sound, sen­sors, but­tons), and with dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions you can make large cir­cuits. lit­tleBits allows you to cre­ate inter­ac­tive projects with­out any back­ground in engi­neer­ing, pro­gram­ming or wiring, in a few sec­onds. It’s as easy as snap­ping LEGO bricks together. And the best part is, it’s open source!

Check the video below to see it in action and click on the pic above to see the beau­ti­ful lit­tle projects peo­ple have created.