With the new year just a month or so away, it may be high time to start shopping for a new calendar, or a new coffin, or some horror porn, or perhaps simply a new career as a grindcore vocalist? Whatever floats your boat. My collection of weird bizarre bits for the week are here.
Over the course of a 10-day road trip, Dunne and his cinematographer went around asking real people questions and filming the results. He draws us into the grimy laundromats, the dilapidated apartment rooms, and the haunted parking lots for intimate conversations with lunatic strangers.Read more "Florida Man: Filming Gritty People on Mean Streets"
I found this link to a supposed parody / mashup of every 1990s TV ad aimed at children and families. True enough, it’s got the cheesy dialogue, the neon-colored wardrobes, the crappy lighting, the over-emphasized sound effects, even the cliched mother giving that all-knowing smirk that’s ’90s code for “Aww, those darn kids.”
But it also very quickly turns into … something else. You’ll have to watch it to see.Read more "The Horror of Every ’90s TV Ad Mashed Into One"
I recently discovered Bruce Sterling’s 30-page essay called The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things, (download on Libgen.org) which outlines how the current paradigm of Big Data mining is turning all of us so-called “customers” into feudal slaves.Read more "The Internet of Things is the New Feudalism"
If you didn’t know it already, you are being surveilled. By the government, by your social networks, by your cellphone carrier, by your bank, by every cookie-enabled website you visit, by CCTV camera. Forget privacy. It doesn’t exist.Read more "Privacy is Over, Surveillance is the New Reality"