Monthly Archives: January 2014

Art by Brigette Barrager

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Brigette Barrager

Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle’s magical culinary photography


Emerging photographer Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle’s magical culinary photography


Emerging photographer Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle’s magical culinary photography

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Photos by Martin Vlach.

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Photos by Martin Vlach.

Artist on Tumblr!

Maybe the Most Orwellian Text Message a Government’s Ever Sent

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Maybe the Most Orwellian Text Message a Government’s Ever Sent | Vice

“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”

That’s a text message that thousands of Ukrainian protesters spontaneously received on their cell phones today, as a new law prohibiting public demonstrations went into effect. It was the regime’s police force, sending protesters the perfectly dystopian text message to accompany the newly minted, perfectly dystopian legislation. In fact, it’s downright Orwellian (and I hate that adjective, and only use it when absolutely necessary, I swear).

But that’s what this is: it’s technology employed to detect noncompliance, to hone in on dissent. The NY Times reports that the “Ukrainian government used telephone technology to pinpoint the locations of cell phones in use near clashes between riot police officers and protesters early on Tuesday.” Near. Using a cell phone near a clash lands you on the regime’s hit list. 

See, Kiev is tearing itself to shreds right now, but since we’re kind of burned out on protests, riots, and revolutions at the moment, it’s being treated below-the-fold news. Somehow, the fact that over a million people are marching, camping out, and battling with Ukraine’s increasingly authoritarian government is barely making a ripple behind such blockbuster news bits as bridge closures and polar vortexes. Yes, even though protesters are literally building catapaults and wearing medieval armor and manning flaming dump trucks.

Hopefully news of the nascent techno-security state will turn some heads—it’s right out of1984, or, more recently, Elysium: technology deployed to “detect” dissent. Again, this tech appears to be highly arbitrary; anyone near the protest is liable to be labeled a “participant,” as if targeting protesters directly and so broadly wasn’t bad enough in the first place.

It’s further reminder that authoritarian regimes are exploiting the very technology once celebrated as a vehicle for liberation; last year, in Turkey, you’ll recall, the state rounded up dissident Twitter users. Now, Ukraine is tracing the phone signal directly. Dictators have already proved plenty adept at pulling the plug on the internet altogether.

All of this puts lie to the lately-popular mythology that technology is inherently a liberating force—with the right hack, it can oppress just as easily.

(Reach this writer at brian.merchant(at)vice.com and on Twitter, at bcmerchant | Photo Credit: Wikimedia)

This is ridiculous.

This is scary as hell is what it is. 

Jessica Williams talks to John Tamny, columnist for Forbes

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Jessica Williams talks to John Tamny, columnist for Forbes

John Tamny, professional asshole

Daily wish to the universe that this woman be given her own show like she deserves to have.

Every airline flight in the world over 24 hours.

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Every airline flight in the world over 24 hours.

This is (one reason) why I love the internet.

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This is (one reason) why I love the internet.

Oh, god. I’m sobbing. This is one of the most beautiful things.

Sculptures by Oriano Galloni

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Sculptures by Oriano Galloni

Book titles rewritten to get more clicks, Upworthy style

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Book titles rewritten to get more clicks, Upworthy style

Check out this awesome Cardboard Ghost Ship!

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Check out this awesome Cardboard Ghost Ship! Three crafty friends named Josh, Mikey and Joel created this haunted vessel for a Treasure Island-themed Halloween party. It was constructed over the course of only 5 days using nothing but box cutters, hot glue, and lot and lots of cardboard boxes that they’d been collecting for ages. The life-size cardboard ship features a fantastically frightful skeletal figurehead, torches, windows, and portholes.

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