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A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Literary Canon

September 20, 2018 Bilal 0

A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Literary Canon https://ift.tt/2NYqXFz Illustration: Tim McDonagh Why Now? Okay, assessing a century’s literary legacy after only 18 and a half years is kind of a bizarre thing to do. Actually, constructing a canon of any kind is a little weird at the moment, when so much of how we measure cultural value is in flux. Born of the ancient battle over which stories belonged in the “canon” of the Bible, the modern literary canon took root in universities and became defined as the static product of consensus — a set of leather-bound volumes […]

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25 Artists Shaping the Future of Music

September 20, 2018 Bilal 0

25 Artists Shaping the Future of Music https://ift.tt/2xyKulA Do you believe in the future of music? We’ve always kept the faith. Since day one, Crack Magazine has been shaped by our confidence in the power of artists to take us to undiscovered places. Arguably, there’s never been a better time for daring music. From the mainstream to the margins, there are fearless experimentalists making their voices heard, redistributing power structures and building refuge for the outsiders. So where is music heading in the near-future and beyond? For our latest list designed to offer a pin-drop in contemporary culture, we asked […]

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Finance and Econ From the Web: Night lights measure growth, why are rates so low, are bankers liberals or conservatives….

September 19, 2018 Bilal 0

I thought I’d have a separate “Best Of the Web” devoted to economics and finance. Below I’ve found 30 articles and academic papers on macro and finance. Some are easy reads and others are denser, but I’ve summarised each one. Oh, if you come across anything interesting that I’ve  missed, then flag it to me and I’ll include it in my next list.  Enjoy! North and South Korea at night , 1992 vs 2008

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Best Of the Web: AI Predicts Obesity By City, Best Sport To Live Long, Better To Be Top Of Class Or At Top School? ….

September 8, 2018 Bilal 0

Phew! I read over 500 articles this week, but lucky for you I’ve picked out the best pieces. Read on…   TECH Nice simple description of the difference phases of the internet: “Web 1.0 was about publishing – anyone can write and have global distribution. Web 2.0 was about interaction – connect with others, collaborate in real time, data. Web 3.0 is about value transfer – money can now be programmed and embedded in any app.”   Tech Hype Cycle: In “Where are the key transformative tech trends of 2018?”, the writer runs through the tech hype cycle (pictured above). […]

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What Your New Roommate’s Favorite Book Says About Them

September 5, 2018 Bilal 0

What Your New Roommate’s Favorite Book Says About Them https://ift.tt/2NKHJ7A Ah, the first day of college. You obtain a cheery map and find your way to your dorm room. You are either the first or the second one there. Your parents are with you, or they are not. You have probably already corresponded with your roommate online, or at least stalked them, because it is 2018, and you need to know what you’re getting into—but now, at last, you are face to furiously washed face. They say hello. They hang a poster. You recognize it as either Klimt or Trainspotting or […]

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The 45 best war movies of all time, according to critics

September 5, 2018 Bilal 0

The 45 best war movies of all time, according to critics https://ift.tt/2wIqf57 Miramax Many of cinema’s greatest directors have pursued war and its inherently cinematic drama as a subject. The Metacritic data we compiled here to track the most critically acclaimed war movies of all time finds contemporary films like Christopher Nolan’s WWII thriller “Dunkirk” alongside classics like Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic “Apocalypse Now,” and Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.” The list consists of the highest-rated movies on Metacritic’s site labeled with a “war” tag, and includes both feature films and documentaries.  Here are the 45 best war movies of all […]

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Best Of the Web: Nightmarish AI Pictures, Hipster Goats and Low-Carb Diets

September 4, 2018 Bilal 0

Here’s my latest batch of great articles I’ve come across on the web. Enjoy! Tech World (7) Who Wants To Be A YouTube Billionaire?Great article describing the landscape of YouTube stars. Worth reading with this piecewhich argues that the old system of endorsements from big studios, TV shows or other “authorities” no longer holds for artists – the field is wide open, and you need to stand out, and also this piece, which argues that the education system needs to teach people the art of iteration. This Online AI Tool Takes Your Words and Turns Them Into NightmaresThis tells you […]

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Recommended Reading: AI the music producer

September 2, 2018 Bilal 0

Recommended Reading: AI the music producer https://ift.tt/2N6fdA7 How AI-generated music is changing the way hits are made Dani Deahl, The Verge The rise of streaming services is one of many challenges the music industry is currently having to contend with. In the latest installment of its “The Future of Music” series, The Verge tackles another pressing issue: AI. This piece tells the story of Taryn Southern, an artist who used AI to co-produce her debut album. These cultural treasures are made of plastic. Now they’re falling apart. XiaoZhi Lim, The New York TimesNeil Armstrong’s space suit is falling apart, but […]

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Our 5 Favorite Technology and Futurism Podcasts – Hacker Noon

September 2, 2018 Bilal 0

Our 5 Favorite Technology and Futurism Podcasts – Hacker Noon https://ift.tt/2wBKhxC If you enjoy FringeFM, you must be interested in futurism, technology and where we are all headed, you wouldn’t be here otherwise. The future is fascinating, especially as exponential technology accelerates. AI, genetics, space, robotics… the world is moving faster than anyone can comprehend, try as we might. At FringeFM we’re pretty passionate about this, and at looking how technological advancement can improve the lives of all of us. And while we think we put out a pretty good podcast, there are some other great shows we wanted to […]

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The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films

September 2, 2018 Bilal 0

The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films https://ift.tt/2bypbq0 “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.” How often have we all heard that resigned expression? How often have we said it ourselves? ‘The death of cinema’ is debated in university film studies programs worldwide. Critics lament the loss of ‘small movies’ in favour of superhero spectacles. Box-office analysts look for signs of an industry on the brink. Studio executives fear that video-on-demand may destroy the idea of going to the cinema more than broadcast and cable TV ever did. And what can we really call a new classic? What in recent […]