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Late Actor David McCallum Originated One of Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Samples

David McCallum, the Scottish actor who starred in NCIS, Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Great Escape, died on Monday (9/25). McCallum also wrote one of Hip-Hop’s most iconic samples. The David Axelrod-produced single "The Edge" from the album Music: A Bit More Of Me is the basis for Dr. Dre’s "The Next Episode" which featured Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and the late Nate Dogg. The string line was also used on "Fallin’ On" by Tash and "M.I.A." by Missin’ Linx.

McCallum reads Lovecraft

RIP David McCallum, who I prefer to remember for his role as one half of the weirdest-TV-duo-ever, Sapphire and Steel. McCallum was a minor sex symbol in the 1960s, thanks to The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

He also did in the 1970s by a number of readings for the Caedmon label which included three albums of HP Lovecraft stories.

Orbital Operations

Revolutions don’t stop. Once begun, they continue to revolve. There somehow remains, against the will of history, a presumption that they spin around to a state of grace, a better position on the wheel. We fantasise this about politics, and in the digital space, in the creative world and within the engines of commerce. It’s rare that we consider the wild machinery of revolution and understand that disruption is a runaway process, and that eventually even the most powerful disrupters will themselves be disrupted. Only those actors crushed in the cogs of the process are remembered as “revolutionaries”. Those who meet success become the establishment, and are themselves targeted by the operations of the dreamstate of revolution.

Hollywood has spent around $900 billion rescuing Matt Damon

The Quora user Kynan Eng (via has provided all of us curious cinephiles with a great service – they have worked out how much it would cost to save Matt Damon’s character in various films where the actor has been in fictional danger.

Little Stabs - Orbital Operations, Warren Ellis

Two things about “artificial intelligence.” It’s not artificial - it’s built on as much human activity as can be shoved into a
database. And it’s not intelligent - it is very fast manipulation of spreadsheets.

Bildungsminister Polaschek zu Besuch bei Microsoft Österreich

Der Besuch von Bildungsminister Polaschek bei Microsoft Österreich diente dazu, den Austausch zwischen dem Bildungsministerium und Microsoft zu fördern und die Weichen für zukünftige Kooperationen und Projekte im Bereich der digital unterstützen Bildung zu stellen.

Pluralistic: Big Tech’s “attention rents”

If you never see a social media update from a news source you follow, you might forget that the source exists, or assume they’ve gone under. If you see a flood of viral videos of smash-and-grab shoplifter gangs and never see a news story about wage theft, you might assume that the former is common and the latter is rare (in reality, shoplifting hasn’t risen appreciably, while wage-theft is off the charts).

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