zzot / Jacopo

Host of Feeder, an italian geeky food radio show aired every thursday night. (http://feedercast.com/)

There are three people in zzot’s collective.

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  1. Fugitive Waves #1 - The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Thomas Alva Edison

    Look around your daily life. There’s a little piece of Thomas Edison almost everywhere. Your desk lamp. That x-ray you got when you broke your arm. The battery in your car. The movie you saw last night. The recording of this story that you’re about to hear… Welcome to Fugitive Waves. Today, a story from our Lost & Found Sound series on NPR, The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Thomas Alva Edison.


    —Huffduffed by zzot 2 months ago

  2. Cheap writing tricks by Cory Doctorow

    Plots are funny things. In the real world, stuff is always happening, but it’s not a plot. People live. People die. People are made glorious or miserable. Things eagerly awaited are realized, or hopes are cruelly dashed. Love is gained; love is lost. But all these things are not a plot – they lack the fundamental tidiness and orderliness that makes a story a story.

    In fiction-land, stories have beginnings, middles and ends. They have dramatic tension, which rises to a climax towards the end of the story, and then roll on a while longer, into denouement. A plot is what you get when you draw a line around a set of circumstances and say, ‘‘These things are all part of one story, and they comprise its beginning, middle and end, and its arc from low tension to high. This moment here is the climax of this story.’’

    That line is wholly arbitrary, of course – your personal life-story’s climax is merely a passing moment in someone else’s arc – but the really weird thing is that a story that lacks this arbitrariness feels arbitrary. A bunch of things that happen without any curation or pruning away of extraneous moments do not a story make, despite the fact that this is how the world actually works.


    —Huffduffed by zzot 2 months ago

  3. Bruce Sterling / transmediale 2014 afterglow Opening Ceremony

    Cypherpunk writer, journalist and critic Bruce Sterling gives a talk on the future of digital culture and its seedy (geo)politics at the opening ceremony of transmediale 2014 afterglow, January 29,2014. Introduction by Kristoffer Gansing.

    Audio rip, original here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dacKWLGZklM

    —Huffduffed by zzot 2 months ago

  4. Cory Doctorow: Digital failures are inevitable, but we need them to be graceful - Boing Boing

    Banshee fails gracefully because its authors don’t attempt any lock-in. When I find myself diverging from the design philosophy of Banshee to the extent that I want to use a rival system to manage my music, Banshee is designed to assist me in switching. Unlike Apple, Microsoft, and others, who treat you as a product to be bought and sold – and who have engineered laws like the DMCA to make it illegal to convert your files for use with rival products – Banshee is designed to work with me until we part ways, and then to gracefully bow out and let me move on to someone else’s version of this particular bit of plumbing.

    A good example of this is Amazon’s MP3 store. Until recently, it worked beautifully. I’d pay a reasonable price for my music, and Amazon would let me download it to my computer with as little fuss as possible. Recently, that changed. Amazon wants to promote its cloud drive services, so now it requires that you lock yourself into an Amazon-proprietary downloader to get your MP3s. The Amazon MP3 store started life with a lot of rhetoric about liberation (they made t-shirts that trumpeted "DRM: Don’t Restrict Me!") that contrasted their offering with the locked-in world of the iTunes Store. Now that Amazon has won enough marketshare in the MP3 world, it’s using that position to try and gain ground in the world of cloud computing – at the expense of its customers.

    Lucky for me, MP3 is an open format, so MP3 investments fail well. The fact that I bought hundreds of pounds’ worth of music from Amazon doesn’t stop me from taking my business elsewhere now that they’ve decided to treat me as a strategic asset instead of a customer. By contrast, I was once unwise enough to spend thousands on audiobooks from Amazon’s Audible subsidiary (the major player in the audiobook world), kidding myself that the DRM wouldn’t matter. But the day I switched to Ubuntu, I realised that I was going to have to spend a month running three old Macs around the clock in order to re-record all those audiobooks and get them out of their DRM wrappers.


    —Huffduffed by zzot 2 months ago

  5. Song Exploder #2 - The Album Leaf “The Outer Banks”

    Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf takes apart The Outer Banks, a song he recorded in Iceland with members of Sigur Ros accompanying him. He reveals how the melody of the song was made from a glockenspiel, violin, and Moog synthesizer, and he talks about the importance of letting go of control during the recording process.

    —Huffduffed by zzot 3 months ago

  6. Teju Cole Writes A Story A Tweet At A Time : NPR

    Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole has always used Twitter in creative ways. He recently asked a few dozen followers to tweet one line each, which he turned into a short story. Cole tells host Michel Martin more about the project.


    —Huffduffed by zzot 3 months ago

  7. TLDR #11 - RIP VILE RAT

    On September 11th, 2012, gunmen attacked two American compounds in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans. Sean Smith, one of the four killed in the attack, was an IT manager in the real world, but online, he was Vile Rat, a hugely influential diplomat in the video game Eve Online. Alex talks to Sean’s friend Alex "The Mittani" Gianturco about who Sean was both in Eve and in the real world.

    —Huffduffed by zzot 3 months ago

  8. The Few, The Fervent: Fans Of ‘Supernatural’ Redefine TV Success : NPR

    Supernatural, a TV show about a duo of demon-fighting brothers, doesn’t have the most viewers. But it’s lasted nine seasons so far — partly because of its passionate fans, who take their love to Twitter, Tumblr and fan fiction websites. That raises a question: What matters more, ratings or fans’ enthusiasm?


    —Huffduffed by zzot 3 months ago

  9. Hackers: con le mani nella rete

    Hackers: con le mani nella rete

    di Elisabetta Tola

    Il termine ‘Hacker’ significa tutto e niente: è colui che rompe, che apre, che cerca di smontare le cose e rimontarle senza seguire le istruzioni per l’uso. Quello che non si ferma di fronte alle barriere, e cerca di forzarle. Il più delle volte, per capire, per sapere, per condividere. Talvolta magari anche con intenti meno leciti. Sulla definizione di hacker da anni c’è una vivace discussione, fuori e dentro la rete. Certamente influenzata anche dagli stereotipi e dall’immaginario creati dal cinema e dai media, che amano descrivere sempre questa figura come un abitante delle tenebre digitali ignorando il fatto che gli hackers, oggi, lavorano praticamente ovunque, perché l’informatica e i sistemi di rete caratterizzano qualsiasi attività economica e sociale umana. Certo, la comunità hacker non è una associazione rigida, non ha regole, non ha un’unica forma né un unico obiettivo.

    —Huffduffed by zzot 3 months ago

  10. Simple Tweets Of Fate: Teju Cole’s Condensed News : NPR

    Every day, Nigerian-American novelist Teju Cole skims newspapers from present-day Nigeria and 1912’s New York City. He turns the odd news of the day into the ironic, illuminating Tweets he calls "Small Fates."


    —Huffduffed by zzot 3 months ago

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