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Infographic: Extending Middle-Class Tax Cuts

Infographic: Extending Middle-Class Tax Cuts | Culture + Internet | Scoop.it
Learn about President Obama's plan to extend the middle-class tax cuts.
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Inner Aspie: Do You Have An Internet Addiction?

Inner Aspie: Do You Have An Internet Addiction? | Culture + Internet | Scoop.it
Do You Have An Internet Addiction?http://t.co/D8yIUyKg via @Soundless2...
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Pail Bug | Avant Jazz / Free Improvisational Music | Review by Squid's Ear

Pail Bug | Avant Jazz / Free Improvisational Music | Review by Squid's Ear | Culture + Internet | Scoop.it
The Squid's Ear is an online magazine reviewing improvisation, jazz, experimental, electracoustic, and avant music...

 

Pail Bug are Dietrich Eichmann (piano), John Hughes (double bass), Astrid Weins (double bass), and Jeff Arnal (percussion), a quartet of journeymen improvisers who create music of subtlety and nuance. On this their first release, the music unfolds unhurried and unworried. Each molecule of sound reacts beautifully and glacially with the others, destination unknown — a truly artful display of the most successful group improvisation. Motifs are introduced, expounded upon and discarded, as the next series of compound musical statements ushers us into new sonic territory.

 

Then, in the spirit of true experimentalists, the next composition upsets the previously stated intent. Suddenly we are careening through the busy streets of Berlin — dodging, weaving, cutting our swath in a landscape of total action and reaction. Although the pace has quickened, we are not being barraged. Pail Bug gracefully weaves in, out, and around each other even as the tempo rises, before arriving again at more spacial vistas. This conception of all-inclusive compositional freedom continues throughout the length of the album with nary a dull moment — no easy feat considering the music was realized as it was recorded.

 

Like most Generate releases, Pail Bug is lean on ornamentation. The CD sleeve itself metaphorically communicates a sense of density and negative space equally represented in the pristine, natural recording. Each instrument finds maximum resonance as the sounds follow their arc across the stereo field, giving a sense of space to the pieces and highlighting each composition's tonal fusion/fission.

 

This music is an excellent example of modern European free improvisation that began sometime in the mid 20th century and continues to grow into more interesting configurations. Pail Bug shows us that in their capable hands, stunning results are imminent.

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Digital hopscotch: how social media revived playing outside

Digital hopscotch: how social media revived playing outside | Culture + Internet | Scoop.it
Every now and then, I get tired of hearing the statement “When I was younger, I played in the streets” or “When I was younger, we didn’t have cell phones or laptop – we biked to each other’s houses and played outside.” These stateme ...
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Egyptian government attempts to suppress the media - Blog - The Arabist

Egyptian government attempts to suppress the media - Blog - The Arabist | Culture + Internet | Scoop.it

✚ Egyptian government attempts to suppress the media

From the Committee to Protect Journalists:  New York, August 16, 2012--President Mohamed Morsi's government and allies are pushing back against critical news coverage, suppressing critical journalists and state-run newspapers, putting a journalist on trial, and attacking three journalists on the street, according to news reports.

 

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Social Media Analytics: Traffic Impact Of Infographics [Infographic]

Social Media Analytics: Traffic Impact Of Infographics [Infographic] | Culture + Internet | Scoop.it
Social media analytics on how infographics impact social media interactions and traffic in comparison to a traditional article.
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The Vinny Golia Sextet - Abstractions And Retrocausalities

The Vinny Golia Sextet - Abstractions And Retrocausalities | Culture + Internet | Scoop.it
The Squid's Ear is an online magazine reviewing improvisation, jazz, experimental, electracoustic, and avant music...

 

The Vinny Golia Sextet 
Abstractions And Retrocausalities  
(Ninewinds) 

review by Massimo Ricci
2012-08-15

Reedman Vinny Golia is quick to sing the praises of the musicians who help him in Abstractions And Retrocausalities, first "official" release of his work with this nucleus of players, all coming from the California Institute Of The Arts. The leader, who employs several saxophones and clarinets plus selected reeds from the Far East, put the compositions in the knowledgeable hands and lungs of Dan Rosenboom and Gavin Templeton as supporting airstream propellers, leaving the "jazz-rock" facets to guitarist Alex Noyce, bassist Jon Armstrong and drummer Andrew Lessman. Indeed a strong cohesion exists between the group's members, characterizing scores where the fusion of tight execution and malleable skill is mandatory. Pushing the music beyond the line of "interesting exercise" and placing it in the area of true excitement requires another kind of appetite, though.

Class being class, the CD is gratifying enough and never overstays its welcome despite a duration of circa 76 minutes. However, nothing here will cause someone to exclaim that the wheel has been reinvented. Instant terms of comparison, in consideration of the large use of odd meters and masterful arrangements, are Frank Zappa — the so-called "lighter" version or, if you prefer, the one that certain mature rocket scientists define as "commercial" after the Mothers period (pity the rigid-minded man) — and some of the collectives associated with post-RIO movements and labels such as Cuneiform or Moonjune. Think, just to drop a couple of names, about a three-headed hybrid of Muffins, Motor Totemist Guild and Phil Miller's In Cahoots, all smiles and relaxing under the Californian sun. In truth, the laid-back vibe which the sextet occasionally emits is exactly what lowers the project's magnitude a bit. Except for a few scenes (for example, the conclusive "Full Moon"), neither urgency nor paradox seem to reside anywhere near, even if the energies transmitted are quite positive and the sonorities always congenial, when not extremely familiar ("Abstroblue" appears as a veritable Waka/Jawaka offshoot).

In any case, if you're into scored density, instrumental facility and disengaged fun, there's much to be treasured here.

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Twitter Founders with Brand New Social Website (Trending) ~ Social ...

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Twitter founders is branch out with a new look branded social network named Branch.com. It's now launched as a beta version, partnership with the Obvious Corp.
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Visualizing Light at Trillion FPS, Camera Culture, MIT Media Lab

Visualizing Light at Trillion FPS, Camera Culture, MIT Media Lab | Culture + Internet | Scoop.it
Visualizing Light at Trillion FPS (See light in motion. Really cool!
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The Tech Community Are Up In Arms Against Twitter’s Changes

The Tech Community Are Up In Arms Against Twitter’s Changes | Culture + Internet | Scoop.it
The Tech Community Are Up In Arms Against Twitter’s Changes http://t.co/52fgUfJR...
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