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Photographs (from the LIFE archives) by Hugo Jaeger
(Adolf Hitler’s personal photographer)

The story of how LIFE came to own Jaeger’s collection
of 2,000 photographs

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Freunde von Freunden Mixtape #54 by Missy Livingston aka. Moderna

For our new FvF Mixtape, we asked the Los Angeles resident Missy “Moderna” Livingston of Ghostly International to select her favorite tunes.

With this mix, Missy delivers a collection of tracks inspired by a train journey in Norway to Hoth. This experience was the journey of a lifetime and something she will never forget. We will let her take it from here.

Thank you Sam Valenti & David John for introducing us.

Tracklist: 

1. Sweet Mysterious -Mari Kvien Brunvoll
2. Gullfjellet - Bjørn Torske
3. Just An Illusion (Lindstrøm Vs Todd Terje Dub) - Imagination
4. Caravan (Mekhanist Remix) - Skatebård
5. Boogie Up Yours (2011 Edit) - Beatfanatic
6. Heaven (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - Kasper Bjorke
7. Elle Et Moi (Joakim Remix) - Max Berlin
8. Fail Forever (Nicolas Jaar Remix) - When Saints Go Machine
9. Submarine - Boska
10. Lanzarote (diskJokke master) - Lindstrøm and Todd Terje
11. Tusen Bita (Barker & Baumecker Tusen Takk Mix) - Machinebirds
12. Party On The Moon - Advanced Language

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triad.pngSleepovers are really just elaborate, animated Tetris puzzles, suggests Anna Anthropy's and Leon Arnott's free game TRIAD for Windows and Mac. Players must learn the sleeping habits of three humans and one cat to make sure they all fit comfortably on the bed without bumping into each other. Once the terti-humans are in place, players can click off the lamp and watch how they toss and turn. I found that when I took too long to make some moves, I wore out Liz Ryerson's music that otherwise fit the late-night mood.

Here's to hoping TRIAD becomes a live-action, physical game in future indie events, maybe with more tertri-humans. Each player also must communicate and then role-play their sleeping habits until they arrive at a solution. Or something.

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bookI may be risking my 30-year friendship with John Kricfalusi by saying this, but Thad Komorowski’s new book, Sick Little Monkeys: The Unauthorized Ren & Stimpy Story, is a really great read. Beyond that, Thad went to great lengths – without the cooperation of John K or anyone at Nickelodeon – to research the history of the show and its participants, and to tell a compelling and cautionary tale of rags-to-riches cartoon success in contemporary Hollywood. The story is woven together through extensive interviews with key players including Bob Camp, Billy West, Bob Jaques and a dozen others – Komorowski also traces Spumco’s roots from John’s early days with Filmation and Bakshi, with extensive critiques of the Ren & Stimpy cartoons themselves (a complete episode guide is included in the appendix), through to the latter day excesses of the Spike shows. The whole story is here, meticulously researched, clearly justifying the show’s important role in the recent history of animation. There’s no question Spumco changed the face of television animation – and still influences series, students and independent animators today. Love it or hate it, this book explains how it all came to be – and for that, it’s a must-read.

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Earlier this week, a fan site published an early draft of a script for Prometheus, revealing plot points and alien creatures that never appeared in Ridley Scott's final version. Titled Alien: Engineers, the script was penned by Jon Spaihts before Lost creator Damon Lindelof eventually took over, and includes new plot twists involving alien parasites and even Facehuggers.

On Sunday, Spaihts confirmed via Twitter that the script is indeed "authentic," and later told Wired that he wasn't upset about the leak, describing it as a testament to Ridley Scott fandom. "The interest in the script speaks, more than anything, to their love of the film and the Alien universe," Spaihts explained. "It’s really just an aspect of their fandom for the...

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You’ve just run a marathon in the sweltering August sun and you’re body is overheating. While other runners are gulping down cups of cold water, you calmly plug your forearm into the Glove. Not only does it cool your core temperature down in minutes, it erases muscle fatigue, which enables you to push your body farther and harder. The technology is “equal to or substantially better than steroids … and it’s not illegal,” said one Stanford biologist working on the Glove.

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Digital Deceit: Jeff Hancock at TEDxWinnipeg

Digital Deceit: Jeff Hancock at TEDxWinnipeg 2012 Deception is one of the most significant and pervasive social phenomena of our age. On average, people tell one to two lies a day, and these lies range from the trivial to the more serious, including deception between friends and family, in the workplace, and in politics. At the same time, information and communication technologies have pervaded almost all aspects of human communication and interaction, from everyday technologies that support interpersonal interactions, such as email and instant messaging, to more sophisticated systems that support organizational interactions. Jeff Hancock is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Communication and Information Science, and co-Director of Cognitive Science at Cornell University. He is currently Chair of the Information Science Department. His work is concerned with understanding they psychological and linguistic aspects of social media, with a particular emphasis on deception, identity, social interaction, and the psychological effects of online interaction. His research is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, and his work on lying online has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, CBC, NPR, BBC and the CBC documentary The Truth About Lying. Dr. Hancock earned his PhD in Psychology at Dalhousie University, Canada, and joined Cornell in 2002. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self <b>...</b>
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