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New North Korean OS looks rather familiar

Posted by: James Lileks under Architecture, Praise, Technology Updated: February 3, 2014 - 12:24 PM

The latest in OS from Best Korea steals from the best:

The latest version of the country’s home-grown operating system, Red Star Linux, has been restyled and ships with a desktop that closely resembles Apple’s Mac OSX. The previous version was based on the popular KDE desktop that mimicked that of Windows 7. Red Star Linux was developed by the Korea Computer Center (KCC), a major center of software programming in Pyongyang, and is based on Linux.

Well, yes. Looks familiar.

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That’s from the website northkoreantech.org/ . In other news, there’s an entire website devoted to North Korean tech. The everyday ordinary objects of evil places is fascinating, and not in that oversold Hannah Arendt “banality of evil” sense. There’s just a cold dread that attaches to everything from Monsterland.

From the same site, here’s an account from a fellow who taught at the PUST, or Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Sounds bad. I have no idea what possible good could come from such a venture

Related, somewhat: This site generates awful twitter bios. (Link goes to Mashable to avoid any naughty-word triggers.) It makes up things like this: DIGITAL CONTENT CAPTAIN, BRANDING THRILL SEEKER, CES GYPSY. DEEPER DIVES START HERE. Or: TECH AUTEUR, GEN Y WIZARD, MULTI-CHANNEL GUIDE. 50 SHADES OF EARL GREY. I’ve no idea how many combinations it can product, but it gets the formula right. You start with a fatuous new-economy boast and end with some quirky detail that makes you impossibly, wonderfully unique. Like “Cupcake historian.” Most of those last details make you want to smack the person's avatar

POP What destroyed pop music? “The conservatism of today’s youth,” according to this story in Spiked. To which you ask: pop was destroyed? Youth are conservative? The author may be talking about how pop no longer occupies the same cultural position it did in the “golden era” when it was expected to become an art form on the same level as classical music - something that was never believed by anyone who knew anything about classical music, except for Leonard Bernstein, perhaps. Shave all that away, and it’s still a good question: does pop mean what it used to? And why should we care?

BOOM Digg is wondering what’s peculiar about this controlled demolition:

Well, the frame goes, then the core. More on the building here at Atlantic Cities - you’ll see why it was loathed by two groups of people: those who had to work inside, and those outside who had to look at it.

ART The HuffPo sets out to tell us “Why the Golden Era of Movie Poster Design Happened in 1960s Poland.” It has examples, but it lacks one thing: an explanation as to why the golden era of movie poster designed happened in 1960s Poland. It just asserts that it did. So:

Better than this?

Matter of taste, I suppose. Speaking of which: A fellow who was pleased to think he had a real Chagall painting was informed that it was fake. Then it got worse, says the Independent:

The only thing left to do was send the painting to the Chagall Committee in Paris, which is headed by the artist’s two granddaughters and charged with  protecting the reputation of the artists. They ruled it was fake and have now said they plan to have it destroyed under French law.

He’d like the painting returned, and didn’t know they’d burn it.

Chagall has done some fanciful, magical work, but let’s just say that the abstraction of the limbs suggests he couldn’t paint them realistically if he tried. That's not a leg that's an emu eating a small squid.

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