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Archive for January, 2014

Ai Weiwei – China’s Artist Rebel

Ai Weiwei outside his studio that is under almost constant surveillance by Chinese authorities.

Ai has ruffled more than a few feathers in the Chinese government over the last decade with his unbridled pursuit of free expression and artistic commentary. Following several run-ins with the authorities, he’s been stripped of his passport, unable to leave the country. And so his fawning over the lazy resident felines of his Beijing studio, charting their every move like a proud parent, is part stop-and-smell-the-roses appreciation, part geopolitical necessity. For an internationally in-demand artist physically confined to a relatively minor art market, the ability to communicate and disseminate work over the internet is both a necessity and a godsend.

“For many years I’ve been carried away by this idea of talking to strangers,” says Ai, “talking to people you would never meet. And they would share their joy or their pain or anxieties. You can see how the Internet is really a celebration of the masses.”

Last November, the endlessly curious Ai broke through with his most engaging web-based work to date: the stark, ethereal “Moon,” a case study in 21st-century web-based collaborations and an alluring hint of what Ai’s future may hold. Co-conceived with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, “Moon” combines Eliasson’s infatuation with natural phenomena and Ai’s penchant for web-based dissemination.

“I’ve known Weiwei for a long time,” says Eliasson, “and we have spoken about art often enough. But we never had an opportunity to work together on something. I thought Ai’s situation would make that very difficult, but nowadays, the conversations we are having are not face-to-face; you can still share ideas disregarding the fact that you cannot be together.”

And so, “Moon” was born. The project is a digital platform (located at moonmoonmoonmoon.com) that urges users to stake out a quadrant of real estate on a lunar sphere and “make a mark” using a series of brushes and tools. The soft grey background recalls the squishy lunar regolith awaiting an astronaut’s bootprint, and the monochromatic palette maintains a clean simplicity. The site is a digital wall begging for graffiti, and like its celestial namesake, the appeal of “Moon” lies as much in its open possibility as its final form.

Read the entire article at Wired.com

IPVanish Named Best VPN Service 2014

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How to Pour the Perfect Beer

You know what it’s like; you’re on the sofa at home (potentially in your underpants) watching the game or a movie and you decide to enjoy a can or bottle of beer. But you can never pour it like they do in the pub! You either get too much foam, or not enough, and it never tastes as good. Well, no longer. In this video Chris Clarke shows you the five simple steps to getting it just right — according to science.

The most important bit of science to consider when pouring any carbonated beverage is how carbon dioxide molecules gather together to form bubbles, or froth — the scientific term for this is ‘nucleation’. The real trick behind the Scientifically Perfect Pour is all about controlling the speed at which nucleation occurs.

Beer is great, but it’s hard to get that perfect pour with just the right head for your visual and taste pleasure. As usual, science solves all of life’s problems, and Head Squeeze will show you the five easy steps you can take to pour the perfect pint at home. Don’t worry, all of the tricky laser work has been done for you. Yeah. Lasers for beer.

Source: Geekosystem