- From Brainpickings, a look at living alone – then and now
- Startup incubators working a little TOO well: Meet the entrepreneur who squatted at AOL’s Palo Alto Campus for over 2 months (CNET)
- Illegal file-sharing chips away at North Korea’s censorship/propaganda firewall (Torrentfreak). Come to think of it, the worlds envisioned by organizations like the MPAA/RIAA are quite similar to that of DPR Korea, in terms of total control of information. An earlier article on TF looked at corporations posting the craziest of take-down notices – not unlike the IPL’s botched attempt at a news blackout except for the most conformist of sources
- From Alternet, the first of a 5-part series on how “activists, theorists, organizations and ordinary citizens are rebuilding the American political-economic system from the ground up.” A wonderful example is the Evergreen Co-operative, which has changed the face of one of Cleveland’s most dirt-poor neighbourhoods
- A pretty interesting introduction to forged “historical” coins, which seem to be proliferating in India (some even sold on eBay!)
- The AMAZING AMAZING Ken Burns on the art of storytelling (Brainpickings)
Found this gem of a video on Youtube. Its an awesome rendition of a Siberian folk tale by a Russian/Siberian band called Bugotak. Enjoy!
Back to blogging after a long long time. Here are some highlights of stuff I’ve been reading today:
The protesters are not allowed to use mega-phones? Damn – would’ve been fun to see annoyed bankers!
Watch the video here
I was at Occupy Philadelphia for all of Sunday night – and I plan to go back again. I really hope this turns into a strong coherent movement, and an inspiration for progressive forces everywhere to beat back the creeping Fascism one can see in all major countries in the world.
And hopefully media coverage will be better than this nonsense at NYT. Now what what what does knowing the stock price of Apple have to do with anything about this protest?!
This was one hell of a novel film – an unnamed woman driving a car (Mania Akbari) is the main character, and the movie is divided into ten sequences – ten encounters between the driver and her passengers. These include her son, her sister, an old woman on her way to a mausoleum, a prostitute and a young to-be bride. Along the way we learn that the woman has divorced her husband, and this is a source of much conflict between the woman and her son Amin (Akbari’s real-life son, also named Amin). After a lot of quarreling, the mother relents and allows him to go stay with his father. This part is just pure feminist-fodder, Amin resents the fact that his mother is an independent, working woman, calling her selfish and a bad mother for not being a housewife. The old woman in the third sequence is the sort of religious nut who simply won’t stop talking about their piousness, but the best scenes come with the to-be bride. The first time she is seen is when she is offered a ride back from the mausoleum, when she talks about wanting to get married, but her tone and her face reveal some sort of underlying tension. She is later seen in scene 9 (and scene 8? I couldn’t make out), when her to-be husband rejects her. When Amin’s mother asks her why she has worn her veil so tightly, she loosens it and we realize that she has shaved her head. In a moving scene, half laughing and half crying, she says it makes her feel free, liberated. The part with the prostitute was also good – the prostitute got into the car when Amin’s mother braked, thinking it was a man. We never see her face, and even when she leaves the car looking for another customer, we only see her back, properly veiled.
I don’t know how much this film grossed, but it must have cost next-to-nothing to make (talk of RoI)! It is entirely filmed on a digital camera, most of the actors (except for Mania Akbari) are amateurs and there seems to be no film crew involved – just the camera placed on the car’s dashboard. Overall, the film explores how excess social conservatism causes a ton of social problems and friction on a personal level. Very well-made, engrossing.
Music: Wardruna. Insanely trippy stuff. Pre-Christian Nordic folk music, with 3 planned albums and each album has 8 runes.
Finally managed to locate my old feed-list and promptly loaded it into my reader. Two pieces of awesome-ness from there: