Dinca’s Weekly Links, 1.4.16

Ed Ruscha’s “Desert Gravure” (2006)

Ed Ruscha’s “Desert Gravure” (2006)

Happy New Year!

One of Dinca’s 2016 resolutions is to implement a round-up reading list of links every week. Since we’re still playing catch-up, you may notice that some of the links are a few weeks old; nonetheless, they are worth reading. Here are Dinca’s weekly links for the week of 1.4.16–1.11.16.

Dinca’s Links of the Week, 1.4.16

  1. Hossein Derakhshan, “Iran’s Blogfather,” says that “Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web.” Derakhshan states that: “Nearly every social network now treats a link as just the same as it treats any other object – the same as a photo, or a piece of text. You’re encouraged to post one single hyperlink and expose it to a quasi-democratic process of liking and plussing and hearting. But links are not objects, they are relations between objects. This objectivisation has stripped hyperlinks of their immense powers.” [The Guardian, Dec 29, ’15]
  2. “For freelancers, getting stiffed is part of the job. Some in New York City want to fix it.” A new bill would hike penalties and create new enforcement mechanisms for clients who don’t pay their contractors on time. [The Washington Post, Dec 7, ’15]
  3. If you haven’t yet watched Netflix’s riveting documentary episodic series Making a Murderer, we highly recommend watching it immediately. Lilit Marcus of The Guardian posted an article today arguing that Steven Avery’s defence attorney, Dean Strang, is Making a Murderer’s unlikely sex symbol, due to the fact that he is a beacon of justice, and those who are true to serving justice have the ability to melt hearts across the world. [The Guardian, Jan 4, ’16]
  4. National Geographic has posted their “Top 6 Must -See Events for 2016,” which includes the Total Solar Eclipse on March 8, the Aquarid Meteor Shower on May 6, the Transit of Mercury on May 9, and more. [National Geographic, Dec 29, ’15]
  5. Congratulations to Rhizome! Rhizome announced today that they were awarded a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — this grant is the largest Rhizome has ever received —  the two-year, $600,000 grant will “fund the development of a platform that will archive the internet—dubbed Webrecorder.  [Rhizome, Jan 04, 2016]
  6. Rhizome is hiring a developer for a full-time position for WebRecorder Developer. If you think you have the Javascript and Python coding chops, check out the job description here.
  7. The New York Times reports that “A Desert Biennial Alongside Coachella Is in the Works,” and artist Ed Ruscha is “on the board of the nonprofit group behind Desert X, as the new event is called, which has hired the writer-curator Neville Wakefield as artistic director for its first event, with the former Los Angeles gallerist Elizabeta Betinski as executive director. The name stands for Desert Exhibition of Art.” [The New York Times, Dec 31, ’15]
  8. A rare encounter with living giant squid was captured on video during its emergence in a Japanese Encounter. Encounters with living giant squid are few and far between: the first time a living giant squid was filmed occurred somewhat recently in 2012.  [Earth Sky, Dec 29, ’16]

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