We've had a wild week on the internet. This one's all about love, loss, and some very weird discoveries and creations. I really enjoy every single article in this one. Let's dig in!
heh... social... engineering. [gizmodo.com]
Ashley Madison Code Shows More Women, and More Bots
Apparently the engineers at Ashley Madison spent most of their time engineering chat bots that would automatically talk to men, encourage them to spend money, and even considered doing an affiliate-based prostitution program where women would get paid a certain percentage of the amount that a man spent to sleep with them. Did I mention that the CEO stepped down?
the dark spectacle [motherboard.vice.com]
The Internet Won't Let Us Look Away From Murder
A somber piece. A quote will suffice: “Right now, gunshots reverberate through cables, fiber, airwaves. A killer performs a spectacle for an audience captive to its own hunger and disgust. The image of the world through his eyes replicates itself endlessly. Information, regardless of its provenance or moral valence, wants to be free.”
god types through his fingers [motherboard.vice.com]
God's Lonely Programmer
An absolutely fascinating and compelling look into the life of a schizophrenic programmer who believes God has told him to create a holy operating system called TempleOS. His creation is magnificent and it's amazing what he's done as a lone person, but simultaneously sad and ponderous.
retro glitch [boingboing.net]
Old Sierra adventure games transformed into lovely glitch screens
I'm a sucker for a good Twitter bot. This one introduces generative glitches into old Sierra adventure games, including the likes of Kings Quest, Space Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry (see the debauchery tie in?).
Glitchet Community Feature
Glitchet Community: Deaf Girl's Glitchy Music Recs
Nico / Deaf Girl
was nice enough to put together another mix of songs for me to share with you this week. I picked some of my favorites.
- 'Courtship Dating (redHat Remix)' by Crystal Castles - Super crunchy, lots of staticky percussion and breakbeat. You'll enjoy it if you like the noise.
- 'Glitch' by Disasterpeace - I really like this one. This comes from the Fez game soundtrack and combines a whole lot of different disparate sound effects into a weird, disjointed, ghostly track.
- 'The Strokes 8-Bit Medley' by Dhruv Shankar - A fun 8-bit medley of popular songs by The Strokes.
- 'data corruption symphony' by sakuraburst - This one is probably my favorite. If you're a Windows user it will mess with you. Manages to use some really interesting source sounds while being both noisy and really beautiful. Oh, and then it drops the bass pretty hard.
Thanks for sharing, Nico! Some fantastic tracks in here.
Is Silicon Valley in Another Bubble . . . and What Could Burst It?
A fascinating long read into Silicon Valley's absurdly wealthy, debauched culture that shivers in front of the spectre of a bubble. Are we in a bubble? Many people hope so.