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Apparently, coloring books for adults are a thing now. We anticipated the trend years ago, when we (the organization crew of our festival Waldeck-Freakquenz) produced a stack of slightly NSFW and silly art, which we wanted to offer for free at our next festival. It’s gotten lost in someone’s files now, but I swear, this year is the year it gets printed.

Anyway, there are all sorts of coloring books now, from animals and gardens to Game of Thrones to Dr Who (expensive) and even magazines like Flow.

This morning I stumbled over a hashtag on twitter, it’s called #ColorOurCollections. Libraries all around the world offer coloring pages, prints and sketches from their archives for free! Special collections libraries and archives around the world are teaming up to provide coloring pages scanned from historic materials all week.  Here are just some highlights:

The New York Academy of Medicine

Bodleian Library

Europeana

Ellis Library

… and lots more. Peruse the hashtags this week, there’s a ton of participants. Have fun!

 

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Here are just a few talks I went to and found memorable. Have a look at the other talks here. This one in particluar was nicely delivered and funny in a creepy way. I’d say all of the people giving lectures at CCC have mastered the art of “delivering bad news in a good way”.

RFID Treehouse of Horror -Hacking City-Wide Access Control Systems

In this lecture, we present a black-box analysis of an electronic contact-less system that has been steadily replacing a conventional mechanical key on multi-party houses in a big European city. So far, there are est. 10.000 installations of the electronic system. The mechanical key has been introduced about 40 years ago to allow mail delivery services to access multi-party houses but has since then aggregated many additional users, such as garbage collection, police, fire brigade and other emergency services. Over 92% of residential buildings in this city are equipped with such a solution.

 

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Hacker Jeopardy with Cocktails

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3D printing demonstration at Assembly Hall

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Oh noes weapons were produced with 3 D printers. I’m trembling with fear.

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3D printed objects

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Lounge decor

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Lounge decor

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Thias trying out Oculus Rift

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LED Art

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My busy schedule

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I leave you with the visuals for now. Text will follow.

headbugz @ 30C3

We’re finally going to attend the Chaos Computer Clubs’s 30th anniversary congress. We wanted to go last year, but the universe had other plans. Now we are very excited to get a lot of fascinating input this year. We’ll update you on talks and such as much as we can. Stay tuned!

We are proud to announce that there will be a third Waldeck-Freakquenz festival this year on 13th-14th september 2013. I think we fairly established the awesomeness of this festival by now. 2012 was the best party yet. 

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We need more visitors to get out of this alive, though. Last time, we had a little over 100 paying happy visitors and we barely made it out in the black. If you would like Waldeck-Freakquenz to continue, bring more friends and family into the enchanted forest with you next time. Tell everyone you know about us. This way, more people will have a great weekend and the team of volunteers will be able to keep on organizing this little festival in the future.

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As always, ten spots for bands are open. This stage could be yours for an hour.

FAQ

Which genres do you want?

Basically we had a pretty weird mix last time; indie, stoner rock, ska core, drone, electro and what have you. We are not set in any ‘genre bounds’ – if your band is deemed awesome by our jury, you will play.

How do we apply?

Contact us at festival@waldeck-freakquenz.de with a link to your album or song material.

When will we know?

The jury will convene sometime in March. We will tell you as soon as we know who will get to play.

How do we get there?

You’ll need a car and some directions. If you google Burg Waldeck, you will get wrong hits. The address is Waldeck Weg 1, Dorweiler. But it is sort of in the middle of nowhere.

Is there a reason not to apply?

Absolutely not!

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Here are some lectures given @29c3 that I have watched (many more to come!) and found noteworthy – so far.

The keynote “Not my department” by Jacob Applebaum

Security nightmares “Damit Sie auch morgen schlecht von Ihrem Computer träumen” by  Frank Rieger and Ron (in German).

Also, Everycook. As one member of the audience put it: “Shut up and take my money!”

More selective bits will follow.

 

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Just a quick reminder: Chaos Computer Club hosts its annual conference, Chaos Communication Congress, for the 29th time this year, from 27th to 30th December for the first time in Hamburg @CCH. Sadly I couldn’t go, but you can stream the talks and lectures in various formats or watch them later online.

Here is the schedule, watch for updates!

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Welcome back! You are probably wondering why headbugz has been so quiet for over a month and more. We are now emerging from the self-elected seclusion in the forest. What have we been up to? Well, as usual, we have been preparing for the second Waldeck-Freakquenz-Festival at Burg Waldeck, arriving one week before the date and making the area the most awesome music forest on earth!

This year, we not only had ten amazing bands playing, defying all genre bounds as usual, but various other things you could explore.

Beamer video shows were made by Haegi Freakquenzy. Here are two examples, he made one for my band, Kampfstern, and one for the amazing Hermelin, who rocked hard.

We projected videos to both sides of the stage.

David and Domi built a multichannel yurt (sounds way cooler in German “Mehrkanalzelt” or “Sechskanal-Jurte”), a tent with a surround set-up where you could chill and listen to audio plays or sound installments. David has this project where he sonifies human chromosomes so you can actually listen to human DNA … Trip guaranteed!

The Tetris-Contest was a success! We made prizes for the first to third places, hand-crafted tetris-stones. The lucky winners where overwhelmed with joy. And it was a close call! Does anyone have any pistures of the occasion?

You could take tours to see the old castle, Märchenonkel Fram offered some information and history of the place.


Light Graffiti as usual, you could paint pictures in the night sky with torches, lamps, cell phones, you name it.

The magic forest “Zauberwald” was a small dubstep and drum n bass disco in a remote glade. Friends from Hamburg had prepared many black light art pieces like mushrooms and geometric forms just hanging in the dark forest and glowing with psychedelic colors. We actually got a disco ball up a tree and it just hung in the forest maybe ten meters up. Magical!

And of course you could just space out stargazing anytime.


Thank you all for coming, making music, helping, building things – we had a great time! If you have taken pictures, like Paul and Wing did (thanks again!) please upload them somewhere, there are tons of locations and tricksy neat things I have no pictures of. Words and pictures can’t really convey what it felt like to be there, so I guess you are just going to have to find out next year.

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I will take a moment to blog about this now while the festival is still over a month away, before all the craziness starts and I will have no time whatsoever. So, this is our second year of organizing an independent, non-profit festival at Burg Waldeck, which is in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Last year was the first time we organized it with a bunch of friends and it was a blast. 

This year’s date is September 14th-15th, and we have number of cool bands of all varieties.

You can preview the music here.

 

Preorder handmade tickets here.

But why should you do that? I’ll tell you why. We have everything down there. It may be remote, but this means that we have all the more space to spread out and get crazy. We will do light graffiti when it is dark. We will have a room full of working vintage consoles. We will hold a tetris contest, do you dare enter? We will have lights everywhere and FIRE! Trees! Stone! Stars!

If you write for a magazine or a newspaper, we would be much obliged it you would be so kind and spread the word. Our electronic press kit is abailable here. We are looking forward to transform Waldeck into an environment of sound and lights. Come on down an bring your friends!

 

 

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If you have read headbugz for a while, you are not only a very faithful reader (thx!) but you might also have discovered that I have a knack for medieval literature. That’s probably because I study it. I’d never have thought that this would end up to be my field of research, but it sort of grew on me. So I have written about medieval phenomena here a lot. Finally, I have felt the need to expand that section blogwise.

My friend Andrea, fellow (ex-)student at the University of Hamburg, and I have decided to create a blog together. We have had our own seperate blogs for while and we thought: Why not create something together? Since we live in Germany, and the texts we talk/write about are mostly German (sometimes French, too), I will sadly have to disappoint our English readers.

The blog is called “Die Mediævistinnen” and we are expecially proud of the fancy ligation (that’s the double letter “æ“-thingie). Here we will write about our current studies, maybe do some interviews with professors, give you an inside view of a medievalist’s mind. We would like to give a scientific angle, but without writing obfuscatingly complex sentences. We’ll use technical terms, but we’ll explain them in what we hope will be enjoyable reading. Since Andrea’s focus is more on art history and mine is more on literature, especially epics, those are going to be our basic approaches. For now.

A Monthy Python reference is absolutely necessary at this point.

If this is your thing: Participate! It’s open. We would be happy to welcome interested writers or students of history, art or literature into the author community. Right now it’s just the two of us, but everything has a beginning, right? Contact us, mail, twitter or carrier pigeon, and we’ll see what happens.

As good as this news is (is it? I barely make the time for the one blog.. now there’s two..), this also means I am going to cut back on the medieval topics on headbugz. Maybe once in a blue moon I might translate something, but for now, everything in that category flows directly into “Die Mediævistinnen“. I hope your reading will migrate with me; subscribe, RSS, bookmark or whatever, just read the damn thing and LET ME EDUCATE YOUUU…. BRAIIINS:…

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