living for the scene
'DJs all over the world are now deliberately making mistakes during their mixes to prove to fans and critics that they are in fact real DJs. The latest craze, known as miss-mixing, is proving very popular amongst digital DJs as a way of highlighting that they are actually manually mixing tracks rather than using the sync button.
Michael Briscoe, also know as DJ Whopper, spoke about miss-mixing with Wunderground, “Flawless mixing is now a thing of the past, especially for any up and coming digital DJs. You just can’t afford to mix without mistakes these days or you’ll be labelled as a ‘sync button DJ.’”
Reports that EDM superstars Hardwell and Nicky Romero have started miss-mixing have been proved false after a source close to both Dutch DJs revealed that “they weren’t intentionally fucking up at all” and the mistakes in their sets were a “result of them both being shit” and “not having a fucking clue what they’re doing”.’
didn’t see it coming
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'When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes — not to your friend — but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in. The most high-tech part of Somebody is not in the phone, it’s in the users who dare to deliver a message to a stranger.’
‘Hudec volunteered to join the army after outbreak of World War I, but was captured by the Russian Army in 1916 and was sent to a prison camp in Siberia. While being transferred, he jumped from a train near the Chinese border and made his way to Shanghai, where he joined the American architectural office R.A. Curry.’
'A video posted by ISIL terrorists purports to the show the beheading of an American photojournalist who has been missing since 2012. The group claims the beheading is a message to President Obama to end the American intervention in Iraq. The incident is reminiscent of Daniel Pearl's 2002 death. Pearl was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, taken hostage and killed by Al-Qaeda.’
“Singapore has become a laboratory not only for testing how mass surveillance and big-data analysis might prevent terrorism, but for determining whether technology can be used to engineer a more harmonious society.”
o tempora o mores!
The Crimean peninsula depends critically on the Ukrainian mainland for infrastructure services: power, water, and Internet. That has begun to change in the last few days, as Crimean ISPs began receiving their first Internet services over the newly constructed Kerch Strait Cable, linking Crimea with the Russian mainland.
'In a follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations is currently drafting a new set of development goals with the aim of eradicating poverty by 2030. The Open Working Group (OWG) that was given the job of drafting the new goals will hold its 13th and final session from 14 to 18 July.
Goal 16, on the media and information, is the subject of heated discussion and opposition from certain OWG members such as Russia, Cuba and China. Protection of the right to information is in danger of being weakened or disappearing altogether, to be replaced a vague reference to freedom of expression.’
from red lips to white noise
codes & conducts
‘Whenever Thai internet users attempt to access a web page that has been censored (such as the Human Rights Watch site or the independent news site Prachatai), they are rerouted to a page controlled by the government’s Technology Crime Suppression Division. That page has two blue buttons—one reading “close” and the other offering to “login with Facebook”—that both lead to a page asking users to hand over access to their profile information.
The ultimate consequences of the junta’s Facebook maneuvers may take a while to play out. Norwegian telecom operator Telenor is in the regime’s doghouse for acknowledging that its DTAC subsidiary was forced to briefly block Facebook in late May. Now the Thai junta is threatening to lock DTAC out of the country’s upcoming 4G mobile spectrum auctions, saying it “showed no respect for the difficult situation in Thailand.’