Link List #44: Russian electronica, gif language and police eagles - Friends of Friends / Freunde von Freunden (FvF)

Link List #44: Russian electronica, gif language and police eagles


We all know the old adage about taking a walk in someone else’s shoes. But what about scrolling through someone else’s open tabs?

We like to get up in each other’s browsers here at FvF. The links that caught our attention this week are media rich; they encompass thoughtful videos, a photo website dedicated to linking up timezones, and articles that stole the limelight.

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    • 1 Based on the short story by David Eagleman, Studiocanoe’s Sum on vimeo visually quantifies the banal moments in our lives, from the 200 days spent showering to the whole hour realising you’ve forgotten someone’s name.
    • 2 A string of unfortunate screen events drove Matthew J X Malady to disconnect from the vortex of his devices for three days. In “The Useless Agony of Going Offline” on The New Yorker he chronicles his experiment and just what he missed the most – it might surprise you.
    • 3 Though most of us have made our way out of the mental maze of Making a Murder, the effects of the show will long be felt by the community of Manitowoc. The New York Times look at the upended town, now a morbid tourist attraction and subject of world-wide hatred.
    • 4 Want to hear an ingenious countermeasure for rogue drones? Well, Dutch police have looked to nature to tame tech and are currently training majestic eagles to swoop in for the job. Read the report on Wired.
    • 5 When you send a friend a gif you’re tapping into Wittgenstein’s picture theory language. At least that’s what giphy’s Adam Leibsohn says in his chat to It’s Nice That about the future of the those mesmerising, words-can’t-describe clips.
    • 6 Our link to the East, The Calvert Journal, single out “the 32 music acts shaping the future of electronic beats in Russia”. From J-Pop vibes to dark techno, these are the underground acts that are gaining traction galore.
    • 7 Ever wonder what’s happening at the same time in New Mexico and Iceland? are answering that wonder by simultaneously publishing two photos by two photographers who are across the world from each other.
    • 8 Get to know your writer horoscope for February: Metaphor in Retrograde over at Electronic Literature, who are dishing up the best ways to put pen to paper in alignment with the stars.

Thanks for reading! We hope our links inspire you and give you a small window into what the FvF office is enjoying this week.

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Text: Ruby Goss