MediaDefender attacks a legitimate Internet TV company

I find this first one interesting, for I*’ve been unable to pull up a well known site I occasionally contribute to, something that started happening after they had a denial-of-service attack:

via BoingBoing:

MediaDefender, the thugs paid by the entertainment industry to spy on file-sharers and attempt to cripple file-sharing networks, attacked a legitimate Internet TV company called Revision3 over the weekend, launch as massive denial-of-service attack in retaliation for having their spy-bots locked out of R3’s BitTorrent trackers:

Revision3 runs a tracker expressly designed to coordinate the sharing and downloading of our shows. It’s a completely legitimate business practice, similar to how ESPN puts out a guide that tells viewers how to tune into its network on DirecTV, Dish, Comcast and Time Warner, or a mall might publish a map of its stores…

Link if you can view it. (I know I’m blocked. And I’m not within the Great Firewall ov China…)

So, if you’re a legitimate company using new delivery technologies, you may find yourself in a war with failing, bloated corporate entities that do not have the wherewithal to create anything worth buying. We need a new internet and not invite the cartels to the party.

I predict these DOS attacks are going to become more of an issue, for media startups, new technologies, and believe it, alternative news sources.

Open source culture, open source news, open source society, open source meme warfare.

open source

..some clippings…

open source is a development methodology, which offers practical accessibility to a product’s source (goods and knowledge). some consider open source as one of various possible design approaches, while others consider it a critical strategic element of their operations.

the open source model of operation and decision making allows concurrent input of different agendas, approaches and priorities, and differs from the more closed, centralized models of development.

open source culture is the creative practice of appropriation and free sharing of found and created content. examples include collage, found footage film, music, and appropriation art. open source culture is one in which fixations, works entitled to copyright protection, are made generally available. participants in the culture can modify those products and redistribute them back into the community or other organizations.

open source record labels are a reaction against what some musicians see as corporate control of music via means of copyright. they believe that creativity requires that musicians reappropriate and reinterpret music and sounds to enable them to create truly innovative music. open source record labels attempt to release music under so-called “copyleft”, a license that enables musicians to develop music collaboratively and equitably and then release it into the same licence.

open source religions attempt to employ open source methodologies in the creation of religious belief systems. as such, their systems of beliefs are created through a continuous process of refinement and dialogue among the believers themselves. in comparison to traditional religions – which are considered authoritarian, hierarchical, and change-resistant – they emphasize participation, self-determination, decentralization, and evolution. followers see themselves as part of a more generalized open source movement, which does not limit itself to software, but applies the same principles to other organized, group efforts to create human artifacts.

and the open source order of the golden dawn

- ccernn

solve et coagula

since the earliest times, philosophers have been searching for the underlying patterns of order. we find it in spiritual development, we find it in psychotherapy and we find it, yes, even in quantum physics. in the latter understanding, there is a well known duality of wave and particle (light exists as a wave and a particle at the same time, modern physics tells us). a wave has no limits, it spreads everywhere and we can’t measure it. in the moment we try to measure it, or to interact with it consciously, it disappears everywhere except at the point of observation i.e measurement. on that point it changes into a particle which has particular characteristics. but long before quantum physics, alchemy pointed to its most important operation: solve et coagula. “solve” or “solutio” refers to the breaking down of elements and “coagula” refers to their coming together. in the process of transmuting base metal into gold or arriving at the philosopher’s stone, this contained both literal and hidden meaning. esoterically, “solve” referred to the dissolving of hardened positions, negative states of body and mind, thereby dissolving and vanishing negative energetic charge. “coagula” referred to the coagulation of dispersed elements into an integrated whole, representing the new synthesis. solve et coagula expresses transmutation from base to a finer state, the perpetual goal of spiritual growth and human evolution. thus in the widest meaning of the term, solve means dissolve, disperse, dilute. coagulate, by definition, is “to gather or form into a mass or group”. so, the real meaning of these three words (“solve et coagula”) is the formula that the alchemists used to effect this transformation. it could be described as a process where something is broken down to its elements, a process which produces energy that compels reconstitution in a purer form. the same meaning we find in the well known scientific terms: analysis and synthesis. first break something down into its parts and then make a new, better or more acceptable whole. a result of this process is the release of energy. even in some particular occult systems we find this realization. for example in thelema, a. crowley speaks of the duality of nuit and hadit. nuit is the “goddess of the infinite space” (meaning the wave) and hadit is the point (which means the particle).

from somewhere on the net. lost the link a long time ago…

- ccernn

circuit bending

circuit bending is the creative short-circuiting of devices such as low voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children’s toys and small synthesizers to create new musical instruments and sound generators. emphasizing spontaneity and randomness, the techniques of circuit bending have been commonly associated with noise music, though many more conventional contemporary musicians and musical groups have been known to experiment with “bent” instruments.

- ccernn

last_book_project

_last_book_project_ I was reminded and must give credit. A project that most certainly was an inspiration.

The true authors of this book are the ones who partake of the moments
of it's experience, myself as I write and assemble the
words,images,sounds, and artifacts involved, and you as you
rewrite and discover thier potential to create an enviroment.

- Anti-Copyright/ Plagarite 1993, Mediakaos

http://www.etext.org/Zines/ASCII/last_book_project

thee kkoagulaa manifestoooo (Alpha Test)

This statement will evolve as we evolve, as you respond and remix it, as worlds collapse and return…

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This manifesto is a living document, constantly evolving, part of the process of art itself. kkoagulaa is a living, constantly evolving entity, a shout from the mountaintop proclaiming the primacy of the act of creation.

All life is a collage of every form that has been engaged in a dance with the chaos that calls forth new forms. Order dissolves into chaos and then collapses into a higher form of order. This holds true for galaxies, ecosystems, empires and civilizations. The Universe, society, culture manifests in eternal change, and so should music and art.

The artifacts of kkoagulaa too are not so many calcified forms, but moments of the process of discovery captured. In a time when the business and cultural role of music and art is becoming increasingly destabilized, a quickening of chaotic activity ends up opening up new possibilities. This period of chaos before new structures coalesce into the next orthodoxy, before a possible return to and strengthening of corporate hegemony, the creative community has an opportunity to stretch out beyond safe art and safe social functions.

Better still, we see an opportunity to include everyone when we talk about the creative community. Not in theory, not as a fluffy bromide to flatter an “audience” or a way to make “customers” feel included in something when they’re nothing but another resource to be exploited. Art exists for you to shape it, hijack it and remake, remix, reiterate and even reject it. It is for you to inspire thought, critical thinking, re-consideration.

You are part of kkoagulaa. Your grandma is a node of kkoagulaa. Your cat is integral to kkoagulaa. Art is commentary on society and culture, whether it is intended to or not. We have been sold a notion that art is something the majority is to sit back and passively observe, if art plays a role in daily life at all. It is vital that you reject that notion. Throw it out, public, go on, take the next step.

kkoagulaa declares that society, culture and all actions in space-time are examples of art, and by extension magic, the continued creation of the Universe. All life, all processes, all art and the Universe is partially finished. Nothing will be done until the Universe collapses in on itself. And even then, the process begins anew.

You create the patterns you see in everything you behold, hear, touch and think about. You create the meaning of a work of art. By looking at it, listening to it, reflecting on it, you complete the creative act. should you take that symphony, piece of writing or painting and add your own touch, cut it up and recombine the elements, you bring the process further.

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DJ Spooky – That Subliminal Kid -Remix Culture

DJ Spooky (Paul Miller) talks about the history of media and thoughts about media in culture. He discusses and demonstrates the unexpected side effects of free speech, law, and copyright while showing the power of remixed art. The future and meaning of remix culture is discussed.

grandfather paradox

a baby girl is mysteriously dropped off at an orphanage in cleveland in 1945. “jane” grows up lonely and dejected, not knowing who her parents are, until one day in 1963 she is strangely attracted to a drifter. she falls in love with him. but just when things are finally looking up for jane, a series of disasters strike. first, she becomes pregnant by the drifter, who then disappears. second, during the complicated delivery, doctors find that jane has both sets of sex organs, and to save her life, they are forced to surgically convert “her” to a “him”. finally, a mysterious stranger kidnaps her baby from the delivery room.

reeling from these disasters, rejected by society, scorned by fate, “he” becomes a drunkard and drifter. not only has jane lost her parents and her lover, but he has lost his only child as well. years later, in 1970, he stumbles into a lonely bar, called pop’s place, and spills out his pathetic story to an elderly bartender. the sympathetic bartender offers the drifter the chance to avenge the stranger who left her pregnant and abandoned, on the condition that he join the “time travelers corps”. both of them enter a time machine, and the bartender drops off the drifter in 1963. the drifter is strangely attracted to a young orphan woman, who subsequently becomes pregnant.

the bartender then goes forward 9 months, kidnaps the baby girl from the hospital, and drops off the baby in an orphanage back in 1945. then the bartender drops off the thoroughly confused drifter in 1985, to enlist in the time travelers corps. the drifter eventually gets his life together, becomes a respected and elderly member of the time travelers corps, and then disguises himself as a bartender and has his most difficult mission: a date with destiny, meeting a certain drifter at pop’s place in 1970.

the question is: who is jane’s mother, father, grandfather, grand mother, son, daughter, granddaughter, and grandson? the girl, the drifter, and the bartender, of course, are all the same person. if we draw jane’s family tree, we find that all the branches are curled inward back on themselves, as in a circle. we come to the astonishing conclusion that she is her own mother and father! she is an entire family tree unto herself.

from here (discussion)

- ccernn

Peter Thiel Makes Down Payment on Libertarian Ocean Colonies

Tired of the United States and the other 190-odd nations on Earth?

If a small team of Silicon Valley millionaires get their way, in a few years, you could have a new option for global citizenship: A permanent, quasi-sovereign nation floating in international waters.

With a $500,000 donation from PayPal founder Peter Thiel, a Google engineer and a former Sun Microsystems programmer have launched The Seasteading Institute, an organization dedicated to creating experimental ocean communities “with diverse social, political, and legal systems.”

“Decades from now, those looking back at the start of the century will understand that Seasteading was an obvious step towards encouraging the development of more efficient, practical public-sector models around the world,” Thiel said in a statement.

More at Wired.com

demoscene

from wikipedia:

the demoscene is a computer art subculture that specializes in producing demos, which are non-interactive audio-visual presentations run real-time on a computer. the main goal of a demo is to show off programming, artistic, and musical skills.

the demoscene first appeared during the 8-bit era on computers such as the commodore 64 and zx spectrum, and came to prominence during the rise of the 16/32-bit home computers (the atari st and the amiga). in the early years, demos had a strong connection with software cracking. when a cracked program was started, the cracker or his team would take credit with a graphical introduction called a “crack intro” (shortened cracktro). later, the making of intros and standalone demos evolved into a new subculture independent of the software piracy scene.

‘back in the old dos days’ (94-95-96 or something) i were involved in this stuff, and have followed the ‘evolution’ closely since then. i really like the combination of technology, code, math and art, audio, graphics, and the realtime aspect of it, that connects those different worlds, and makes it a very different experience than ‘normal’ precalculated, prepared audio/video combinations.. a lot of demos popping up on youtube now, and sites like pouet.net is very active and informative… recently i found some links and references to some of the releases i were involved in, and had a nostalgic mind-trip. i mainly did the code (in assembler), but also some basic gfx and ‘design’. nowadays this doesn’t look so impressive, but remember that this was on 386 and 486 (pre-pentiums), 50mhz or something, just a few mb of ram, the executable files were from 64kb to 0,5mb, it’s all calculated and synthesized in realtime, heavy compression, and lots of math…. enjoy

fix / xenon dev

and two others, timeout / excess,  and so? / xenon dev

- ccernn

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