The People Holding the Literal Keys to Internet Security

“The master key is part of a new global effort to make the whole domain name system secure and the internet safer: every time the keyholders meet, they are verifying that each entry in these online “phone books” is authentic. This prevents a proliferation of fake web addresses which could lead people to malicious sites, used to hack computers or steal credit card details.” –read more at The Guardian.

David Grubbs, Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording

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“What does it mean to describe a recording as being of a moment in which it did not circulate? Conversely, what does it mean to describe previously inaccessible music as participating in a later moment in which it resonates more powerfully?” Sign up to get notified when the book is ready to order. From the Duke Press about the book:

John Cage’s disdain for records was legendary. He repeatedly spoke of the ways in which recorded music was antithetical to his work. In Records Ruin the Landscape, David Grubbs argues that, following Cage, new genres in experimental and avant-garde music in the 1960s were particularly ill suited to be represented in the form of a recording. These activities include indeterminate music, long-duration minimalism, text scores, happenings, live electronic music, free jazz, and free improvisation. How could these proudly evanescent performance practices have been adequately represented on an LP?

In their day, few of these works circulated in recorded form. By contrast, contemporary listeners can encounter this music not only through a flood of LP and CD releases of archival recordings but also in even greater volume through Internet file sharing and online resources. Present-day listeners are coming to know that era’s experimental music through the recorded artifacts of composers and musicians who largely disavowed recordings. In Records Ruin the Landscape, Grubbs surveys a musical landscape marked by altered listening practices.

Read more at The Wire.

Regional Listening Trends

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Read the article that accompanies this amazing glimpse into how listening habits and preferences vary regionally – fascinating work!

Burton’s Batman Turns 25

Since Tim Burton’s Batman turns 25 this year, you should spend some time on YouTube remembering how amazing it is, and then hop over to Spotify and listen to Prince’s soundtrack. h/t MentalFloss

And just for fun, Buzzfeed’s “21 Things You Might Not Know About about Tim Burton’s Batman”. And Robin Williams came very close to playing The Joker (whew).

Nigel Dennis: We Keep the Other Bad Men From the Door

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If you’re as obsessed with True Detective as I am, you need to make sure you spend some time with Nigel Evan Dennis’ We Keep the Other Bad Men From the Door. Stunning work, graphics following the characters and plot lines. He also has several incredible prints for sale (seen above).

Thanks, Eades.

Law & Order Sets

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Just uncovered this wonderful collection of images of the Law & Order set at the Chelsea Piers in NYC courtesy of Gothamist. And of course, if you’re feeling nostalgic, don’t miss Jerry Orbach’s guided tour from 2004. I got a little weepy.

Resources: 10 Free Thin Line Icon Sets

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Hey creatives, head over to Inspired Mag and grab these gorgeous icon sets! There’s ten, they’re all free, and they’re all beautiful!

Slack App

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Slack re-imagines the way team members communicate in a lovely, efficient way. I’m into it (particularly the channels option, allowing you to follow conversations on different project types) and am looking forward to trying to get on board.

Precomposed Touch Gestures

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Love these super helpful precomposed touch gestures offered as raw Quicktime files. They work in Photoshop and video editors. Perfect for client presentations or testing internally with teams. Grab them for just $2 (or a tweet) here, and sleep well knowing all the profits go to AFSP.

McSweeney’s Generic Brand Video

In today’s high speed environment,
Stop motion footage of a city at night
With cars turning quickly
Makes you think about doing things efficiently
And time passing.

Inside Dr. Strangelove

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Head over to Open Culture and watch the brilliant documentary on the making of Dr. Strangelove. Across five parts on YouTube, listen to insiders, critics, cast members, editors, and more share stories on the making of one of Kubrick’s most intricate and stunning works (though many wouldn’t pick it as the most elaborate, I’d beg to differ). I mean, you know it’s a comedy, by Stanley Kubrick, right? About mutually assured self destruction? Watch it.

Are You in a Hemingway Novel?

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The Toast has been killing it lately. And one section to never overlook when you catch up over there is the Books section, which last week put out this incredible “You know you’re a ___ if ___ ” post, “How to Tell If You’re in a Hemingway Novel“. It’s a list. Don’t tell me you didn’t chuckle out loud at #7: “A woman is looking at you. She is wearing her hat in a manner you find unbearably independent and mannish. You despise her.”

Also, I recently read his entire wikipedia entry and it’s nothing less that incredible. I never realized how little I knew about his life, health, death, and family. An incredible read all on its own.

Hitchcock’s Architecture & Jacobs’ Wrong Room

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For fans of film, architecture, set design, and the laws of space (that’s everyone, right?), I highly recommend Steven Jacobs’ The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock. Incredible consideration given to every choice made in the film director’s career, complete with sketches, plans, photos, and more. “The architectural historian should address the imaginary architecture of cinema.” Indeed. You can also browse some of the PDF version of the book here.

TRNK

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I love the idea behind TRNK. Tariq and Nick love good design and wanted to rethink the way men shop for and think about it. TRNK offers readers an opportunity to meet inspirational, creative, and innovative men in their homes and workplaces and hear their story, then shop adjacently. It’s a wonderful mix of magazine and marketplace, offering a beautifully simple way to get inspired and act. And for the record, can be enjoyed by women just as well. The blog also offers great resources like “The Art of the Home Bar” and a tour of the Pendleton mill.

Whiskey Barrel-Aged Siracha

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Here’s a Kickstarter I can get behind. The good folks at SOSU are making siracha and aging it in whiskey barrels and the results are fruity, spicy, and smoky. From SOSU: “We combined our philosophy of using fresh, locally sourced ingredients with the age-old craft of fermentation. We age our secret pepper mash in whiskey barrels for between 1-3 months. The sriracha takes on complex flavors from the oak barrels and the natural fermentation process. Absolutely no preservatives or additives go into our sriracha. Each bottle is handcrafted and made in small batches to ensure the most intense flavors.”

Sosu also makes Srirachup, a lovely blend of ketchup and siracha. How can you go wrong? Makes a perfect gift. Read more about SOSU and their sauces at their website.

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