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March 2014
By Akira The Don on Friday, March 28th, 2014

This was supposed to be the opening song for Disney’s The Jungle Book, but it was axed late in the process for being “too dark.” Which it is. Beautiful though, still.

Opposite:

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— By Akira The Don on Friday, March 28th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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From Zero Hedge:

As we noted here, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan had blocked Twitter access to his nation ahead of what was rumored to be a “spectacular” leak before this weekend’s elections. Then this morning, amid a mad scramble, he reportedly (despite the nation’s court ruling the bans illegal) blocked YouTube access. However, by the magic of the interwebs, we have the ‘leaked’ clip and it is clear why he wanted it blocked/banned. As the rough translation explains, it purports to be a conversation between key Turkish military and political leaders discussing what appears to be a false flag attack to launch war with Syria.

Among the most damning sections:

Ahmet Davutolu: “Prime Minister said that in current conjuncture, this attack (on Suleiman Shah Tomb) must be seen as an opportunity for us.”

Hakan Fidan: “I’ll send 4 men from Syria, if that’s what it takes. I’ll make up a cause of war by ordering a missile attack on Turkey; we can also prepare an attack on Suleiman Shah Tomb if necessary.”

Feridun Sinirliolu: “Our national security has become a common, cheap domestic policy outfit.”

Ya?ar Güler: “It’s a direct cause of war. I mean, what’re going to do is a direct cause of war.”

Feridun Sinirolu: There are some serious shifts in global and regional geopolitics. It now can spread to other places. You said it yourself today, and others agreed… We’re headed to a different game now. We should be able to see those. That ISIL and all that jazz, all those organizations are extremely open to manipulation. Having a region made up of organizations of similar nature will constitute a vital security risk for us. And when we first went into Northern Iraq, there was always the risk of PKK blowing up the place. If we thoroughly consider the risks and substantiate… As the general just said…

Yaar Güler: Sir, when you were inside a moment ago, we were discussing just that. Openly. I mean, armed forces are a “tool” necessary for you in every turn.

Ahmet Davutolu: Of course. I always tell the Prime Minister, in your absence, the same thing in academic jargon, you can’t stay in those lands without hard power. Without hard power, there can be no soft power.

A full translation can be found here

And just in case you had faith that this was all made up and Erdogan is right to ban it… he just admitted it was true!
https://twitter.com/wsjemre/statuses/449209698009366528

To summarize: a recording confirming a NATO-member country planned a false-flag war with Syria (where have we seen that before?) and all the Prime Minister has to say is the leak was “immoral.”

Read the original article here.

— By Akira The Don on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

In which Rush were indicted into the “Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame”, and not a word was wasted.

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— By Akira The Don on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

I BOMB ATOMICALLY!

My dudes. Feel all Wu nostalgey after reading this intense and epic interview with them all.

Damn they were the fuckin greatest.

I guess I’m just gonna pretend that new single didn’t happen.

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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I met a young scientist once, who told me about how the company he worked for mined 70s sci-fi for ideas for ideas to work on. “Scientists aren’t naturally creative thinkers like that,” he said. “We work things out. Sci-fi authors have a lot to answer for.”

From Fastcodedesign:

Science fiction has always presaged the advent of actual technology, and taught us how to think about it before it comes. A century before the Apollo Space Program, Jules Verne had flown a rocketship to the moon; 40 years before the iPad, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey imagined touchscreen tablets in every bag and briefcase.

Now, the next big war in tech is coming, and it has once again been predicted by science fiction: the curious subgenre of the 1980s known as cyberpunk, which deals with the technological blurring of the lines between individuals, machines, and mega-corporations. With Google Glass, Sony’s recent announcement of a virtual reality headset, and Facebook’s $2 billion purchase yesterday of the company that makes the VR headset Oculus Rift, it’s clear that the cyberpunk era is now here, three decades after it was first predicted by novels like Neuromancer and Snow Crash. A cyberpunk tech war is coming. Not for your pocket, desktop or living room, but for how you experience reality.

Last night, Facebook announced that it was purchasing Oculus VR, makers of the virtual reality gaming headset Oculus Rift. In a statement on the purchase, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook was getting ready for “the platform of tomorrow” where “you can share unbounded spaces.” “Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face–just by putting on goggles in your home,” he wrote.

Readers of cyberpunk know the platform Zuckerberg is proposing well. It’s the Metaverse, the virtual reality Internet first proposed in Neal Stephenson’s cyberpunk masterpiece Snow Crash. The similarity is no accident: John Carmack (Oculus’s CTO and the creator of some of the world’s most advanced 3-D gaming engines over the last 10 years, from Doom to Rage) has stated in the past that Snow Crash and other cyberpunk novels have inspired much of his life’s work. He says that Facebook’s expertise will “avoid several embarrassing scaling [crises]” in bringing a Metaverse of millions of simultaneously connected users to life.

But Facebook is not the only company betting big on cyberpunk.

Last week, Sony unveiled Project Morpheus, a prototype headset for the PlayStation 4 that would allow players to fully immerse themselves in 360 degree virtual worlds. The Matrix allusion in the codename is surely no accident. Inspired by the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus would allow PlayStation 4 owners to explore their video games just by physically moving their head; thanks to integration with Sony’s PlayStation camera, Project Morpheus would also potentially allow players to interact with in-game objects just by reaching out and trying to touch them. In other words, it’s The Lawnmower Man: virtual reality.

Yet even as Facebook and Oculus are behind the first serious push to make virtual reality viable since the early 1990s (when virtual reality was briefly promised as the next big thing, then fizzled out), Google has taken inspiration from another killer tech from cyberpunk: augmented reality, which in novels like Snow Crash turns hackers into techy “gargoyles” perpetually jacked into the Internet who can access information on people or things just by looking them. The result is Google Glass…

Read the rest here.

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Man Like Gruff kicks off his latest odyssey, the story of Don Juan Evans. Watch this beautiful thing (a sort of spiritual cousin of korean genius T.O.P.’s Doom Dada if you aks me) then go find out about it here.

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— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014