Fat, Fierce, and Fearless: Über Pirate Kim Dotcom’s Descent

Dotcom has both a Woman in a Bikini and a Yacht

“Bit by bit, it’s a hit, it’s a hit!” cackles the six-foot seven, 300 pound Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom (formerly Schmitz) in the controversial Megaupload Mega song. Now after a FBI raid of his home (the most expensive residence in New Zealand) and a seizure Megaupload servers domains and properties, Doctom sits in a New Zealand jail awaiting trial this coming Monday, January 23rd.

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The Hebdomadal Revue—January 15th–21st

Hebdomadal Revue January 15-21

The Hebdomadal Revue is a collection of the best articles, videos, recordings, images, etc. the editors of The Airspace found in the previous week. The Internet is filled with awe-inspiring things made by people from all across the world. The Revue is an attempt to tap into that syncretic wonder and bring it to our readers—it’s also a great place to blow off steam on a Sunday.

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Modern art: holding a mirror to society, one sculpture at a time

Modern Art: Holding a mirrot to society, one sculpture at a time. Image Credit: Jessica Stockholder

I’ve never been much of an artist. I never doodle. The closest I’ve come to producing art in recent years is calligraphy that a three-year-old Asian girl could top. My knowledge of art history is lacunary, at best. But, art has a way of creeping into other disciplines, and from there jutting into one’s consideration. This article on Czech artist David Černý is inspired by the first of three lectures I recently attended at the University of Chicago. Coming articles will feature the latter two, on Israeli and Palestinian art, and Swiss anti-Muslim propaganda, respectively, under the series umbrella of “Modern art.”

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Future This – The Big Pink

The Big Pink’s Future This is a sea change, an unfortunate development musically but a positive one commercially. Their last album, A Brief History of Love, has an unmistakable and admitted extensiveness to it, a veritable noise and thematic experiment. And it works as an album, even without coherency. What one hears with Future This is a rejection of that inexplicable flavor in favor of more mainstream sounds. With Future This the Big Pink seem to have their future in mind, aiming to reach the more-stadium rock status of acts like Kings of Leon and Foster the People.

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The Airspace Podcast #001 Pt. 2

The Airspace Podcast
The Airspace Podcast is a downright zany affair. In episode one part two, The Airspace editors (Blake J. Graham, Eric Harsh, Kris Ward, and NOT Tony Russo) got together to talk Technology, Social Networks, Kris’ friends, iOS vs Android, George Clooney, theoretical film, 2001, and robot assistants.

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The Guitarist’s Bottomless Toolbox

Courtesy: Pozadia
There are almost 206,000 free apps on the mobile market today. Of the paid apps available, by far the highest percentage (about 27% or nearly 112,000 apps) are priced at $0.99. We are conditioned to expect cheap applications, so more expensive apps are often overlooked; after all, they are outside of our comfort zone. I know I never would have spent $10 on a guitar application just to add convenience to my play time if I hadn’t had the $100 Apple Store gift card that came with my newly purchased MacBook via a back to school promotion. Even with my surplus of app money, purchasing Agile Partners’ GuitarToolkit felt strange. Would it really work better than the dozens of similar $1-2 apps on the market? After having and using the app for several months, the answer is indefinitely yes. GuitarToolkit simply contains enough content to deter me from looking elsewhere for any of my mobile music tool needs, and with a wealth of useful, user-friendly features, it could potentially revolutionize the way guitar players learn, practice, and play.

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undun – The Roots


undun is not Take Care. This album is not a self-centered confessional. It isn’t XXX. There’s no silliness to it. And it’s not Watch the Throne. It lacks the rich samples and grandiosity. It is instead a refreshingly different, soulful—a hip hop album that is at once a throwback to a simpler style and an expansion of that style, driven by strings, keys, and drums. It’s drastically different from most of what hip hop has become, but it seems to have a purity to its unparalleled sounds and lyricism. What you get with undun is an album that’s not for everyone, but that showcases a more beautiful side of hip hop.

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Best Albums of 2011: The Elite (10-1)

The Elite
This is the Elite. These are albums to not only buy but treasure for the wealth of musical excellence each has.

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SOPA: Darkest hour has yet to come

Jimmy Wales
Wednesday, the 19th, will arrive and for a period of 12 hours, Reddit won’t deliver our beloved animal photos, rage trolls and LoTR memes; Wikipedia will interrupt our independent research cycles—you’ll actually have to ‘fess up and admit you don’t know everything for a day—and people will still likely not call up their congress people. And even if they did, would it really matter?

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The Airspace Podcast #001 Pt. 1

The Airspace Podcast
The Airspace Podcast is a downright zany affair. In this episode, The Airspace editors (Blake J. Graham, Eric Harsh, and Kris Ward) got together to talk Internet, Frank Turner, Working class music preferences, geographic ignorance, Japanese television shows, Benjamin Button, Blood-thirsty hamsters, Boardwalk Empire and scruples.

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  • Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain
    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

  • Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project
    July 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
    July 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
    June 24, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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