Last week, traders in Cairo’s Tahrir Square were selling chintzy pharaonic souvenirs and the odd t-shirt alluding to the Springtime ousting of Hosni Mubarak. Now, they’re back to flogging scarves, gas masks and safety goggles.
Review of Alpha-ville Festival LIVE events, covering three packed days of performances in September, 2011
Old Apparatus were the first act to open Alpha-ville 2011 at Rich Mix Cultural Foundation and as the first bass frequencies hummed through the dark upstairs space, there was a real sense of anticipation and excitement. Old Apparatus set matched visuals sourced from dated scientific and educational videos were scored by large slabs of abstract sound, expertly woven to create a warm, dark atmosphere. Norwegian musician Svarte Greiner followed with a similarly ambient set that combined dark images with sampled acoustic instruments, classically arranged to blend melodies and electronic sounds into an ethereal and transient performance. As one half of the duo Deaf Center, Erik K. Skodvin is one of Norway’s most treasured sons and the founder of the prestigious record label Miasmah. This heritage was clearly on show.
Google+ launches its rival to Facebook Pages by universally inviting brands, companies and celebrities to develop a place for their fans to interact and connect on their platform.
So far Google+ Pages look broadly similar to Facebook Pages, with a key difference that they are easily searchable in natural search results using Google’s search engine by adding a “+” before typing your search term.
“He’s running and running and goes off the cliff, and as long as he doesn’t look down he’s fine. But when he does – he drops.”—Patrick Chovanec, a professor at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management, Beijing comparing the Chinese economy to Wile E Coyote.