Author Archive | Marcie Gainer

15 Years Of Transparency

Kartell – 15 Years Of Transparency - from abstract groove on Vimeo.

15 years of Kartell transparency told through a surreal journey of light and plastic.

The protagonists: 7 icons of contemporary design.

From the lightness of La Marie to the success of Louis Ghost, all the way through to the majestic Uncle Jack (which marks yet another technological landmark for the company), the creative team at abstract:groove designed a visual path made of scenographic installations that come to life through simple creative clockworks, limiting the use of post-production to the bare minimum.

The actors in the film are extraordinary: their personality is shown through a clever use of lights, reflections and behaviours. The souls within the objects are animated by scenery and scenography, informed and mutated by the concept of “motion design”.

“Our main goal was to capture the soul of these objects through the relationship between light and plastic surfaces, trying to let them express as if they had a life of their own.”(Luigi Pane, abstract:groove creative director).

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Stung by criticism, Federal Reserve will review how it supervises large banks

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New review lasting “several months” will try to address concerns about “regulatory capture”.

The Federal Reserve is to launch a major review into whether it is too close to the banks it supervises, after a recent spate of criticism alleging that it is still in thrall to Wall Street’s giants.

William Dudley, who heads the New York Fed and is consequently responsible for supervising most of the country’s largest banks, will tell a Senate committee later today that a new review into its supervisory practises will look specifically at the issue of ‘regulatory capture’–the idea that a supervisor tasked with upholding the public interest ends up under the influence of the companies it is supposed to be monitoring.

According to remarks prepared in advance and published on the NY Fed’s website, Dudley will say the review is expected to last “several months”.

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Cymatics: Science Vs. Music

CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music – Nigel Stanford from Nigel Stanford on Vimeo.

 

From Nigel Stanford’s (the composer) website:

In 1999 I watched a documentary on ‘Synesthesia‘ – a disorder that effects the audio and visual functions of the brain. People with the disorder hear a sound when they see bright colors, or see a color when they hear various sounds. I don’t have it (I don’t think), but I have always felt that bass frequencies are red, and treble frequencies are white.

This got me thinking that it would be cool to make a music video where every time a sound plays, you see a corresponding visual element. Many years later, I saw some videos about Cymatics – the science of visualizing audio frequencies, and the idea for the video was born.

In 2013, I approached my friend Shahir Daud, a talented film director working in New York, and asked him if he was interested in collaborating on the video with me.

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More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations

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John Henderson (CC by 2.0)

via The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show.

At the Supreme Court, small teams of undercover officers dress as students at large demonstrations outside the courthouse and join the protests to look for suspicious activity, according to officials familiar with the practice.

At the Internal Revenue Service, dozens of undercover agents chase suspected tax evaders worldwide, by posing as tax preparers, accountants drug dealers or yacht buyers and more, court records show.

At the Agriculture Department, more than 100 undercover agents pose as food stamp recipients at thousands of neighborhood stores to spot suspicious vendors and fraud, officials said.

Undercover work, inherently invasive and sometimes dangerous, was once largely the domain of the F.B.I.

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Satellite photo of MH17 being shot down

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We’ve got mail! Over the weekend, two Disinfonauts alerted us to the release of a satellite photo of MH17 being shot down. It appears that there is much controversy (surprise!) surrounding its authenticity.

What do you think?

 Disinfonaut, Earthstar, sent this article from PressTV:

The Russian news service, Itar-Tass today published satellite photos clearly proving that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, was downed by a Kiev-backed jet fighter.

The United States and Great Britain have had these photos for months, proving the Kiev junta responsible for purposefully downing the plane and killing 298 passengers and crew, 196 of them from the Netherlands.

In fact, for months, the preponderance of evidence has indicated that the downing of MH17 was done by Kiev as an act of false flag terrorism, one of many during the conflict.  However, as accusations against Kiev gained substance, the investigation was handed to the Dutch government, who tabled the entire process for over a year without any promise of a definitive finding.

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The $2 Evilstick

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The horrifying Evilstick.

Have you heard of the “Evilstick” yet? If not, let me give you a quick recap (or you can just watch the videos below). A mom in Dayton, OH bought her child an “Evilstick” (yes, that is what this toy is called) from the local dollar store. To the mom’s horror, behind the foil covering, there was a photoshopped picture of a girl cutting herself. Well, as all weird stories do, this one took off in the social media world. I’m a little late on reporting about it, but on the plus side, I have more sources to work with.

Here’s the initial video:

One lovely chap from Ohio went to the dollar store and found that most of the Evilsticks did not include the famed wristcutting photo. Instead many of them had “crappy Resident Evil concept art,” “weird Zombie monsters,” or Anime characters.

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An Innocent Man, Tortured by the US, Asks the UN: Where’s the Accountability?

Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay via Wikimedia Commons.

Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay via Wikimedia Commons.

via The Intercept:

U.S. officials are in for a serious grilling on Wednesday as they get hauled before the U.N. Committee against Torture and questioned about about a multitude of ways in which the U.S. appears to be failing to comply with the anti-torture treaty it ratified 20 years ago.

As Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU Human Rights Program noted on Monday:

This marks the first U.N. review of the United States’ torture record since President Obama took office in 2009, and much is at stake. The review will test the pledges President Obama made to reverse disastrous Bush-era policies that led to gross violations of human rights, like torture, secret and incommunicado detention, “extraordinary renditions,” unfair trials, and more. It is also likely to examine practices that emerged or became entrenched during Obama’s time in office, such as indefinite detention at Guantánamo, immigration detention and deportations, and the militarization of the police, as witnessed by the world during this summer’s events in Ferguson.

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