DOIN’ TIME IN TIMES SQUARE

Described as the home video from hell, DOIN’ TIME IN TIMES SQUARE documents the view and action outside director Charlie Ahearn’s 43rd Street apartment window from 1981 to 1983. Charlie Ahearn, whose 1983 film WILD STYLE was a cult hip hop hit, was “blessed” with a generous view of the sleeze emporiums up Eighth Avenue and down 43rd.

His window provides a view into midtown New York’s street brutality in those dark years before it was “cleaned up” and “Disneyfied”. His Hi-8 camera captures rip-offs, drug sales, police stake-outs and fights. Lots of fights. On any given day we see fist-fights, domestic squabbles and bad deals going down.

It is both a social and personal document. A remnant of infamous squalor from Times Square’s past, DOIN’ TIME is a cultural artifact that retains its washed-out, shot-on-consumer-video charm.

Thanks for everything, Heinz

Heinz Zemanek (1 January 1920 – 16 July 2014) was an Austrian computer pioneer who in 1955 developed the first complete transistorised computer on the European continent. The computer was named Mailüfterl — German for “May breeze” — in reference to Whirlwind, a computer developed at MIT between 1945 and 1951.

Neuro-Enhancement

Bildschirmfoto 2014-07-08 um 09.17.31When the then-Berlin-based drug maker Temmler Werke launched its methamphetamine compound onto the market in 1938, high-ranking army physiologist Otto Ranke saw in it a true miracle drug that could keep tired pilots alert and an entire army euphoric. It was the ideal war drug. In September 1939, Ranke tested the drug on university students, who were suddenly capable of impressive productivity despite being short on sleep.

From that point on, the Wehrmacht, Germany’s World War II army, distributed millions of the tablets to soldiers on the front, who soon dubbed the stimulant “Panzerschokolade” (“tank chocolate”). British newspapers reported that German soldiers were using a “miracle pill.” But for many soldiers, the miracle became a nightmare.

As enticing as the drug was, its long-term effects on the human body were just as devastating.

 

 

How Our Brothers Died For Freedom

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On June 21, 1964, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman were murdered in a terrorist attack by the KKK with help from the deputy sheriff near Philadelphia in Neshoba County, Miss.

While their case received national attention, there were many more people murdered while seeking basic democratic and human rights in Mississippi. And as noted in a comment below, the terrorism inflicted on all African Americans and their allies was not limited to the Klan but instead was perpetuated by community members in all walks of life.

Learn more about the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi: http://bit.ly/14NLcaz

Don ZanFagna – Infra Ultra

This video accompanies the traveling exhibition Pulse Dome Project: Art & Design by Don ZanFagna, produced by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, South Carolina.

Don ZanFagna is the most fascinating technological soothsayer you’ve never heard of. Last year, when the artist/architect/engineer passed away, he left behind a basement full of boxes and crates stuffed with ideas that were well ahead of their time.

— via Wired

Cosplay 1937

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Prince Konoe Fumimaro dressed as Adolf Hitler at a costume party in the spring of 1937, shortly before he was named Japan’s prime minister (Note: the swastika is actually a Buddhist manji symbol)

— via Spoon & Tamago