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Alexander Becker
Works at LYROIS Art, Design & Brand Laboratory
Lives in Berlin, GERMANY
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Alexander Becker — Renaissance man, advocatus diaboli, multi-disciplinary thinker, experienced industrial designer and ideation specialist, worth his weight in gold; political theorist, providing news & intelligence analysis and commentary beyond ideological boundaries, author of Serendicritique; part-time experimental artist behind the art scheme "Lyrois" and publisher of None of This is Real. Designer by trade, almost 20 years in the game, mostly industrial and by extension, everything which can be made better -- since 2005 via Alexander Becker Concepts. Experiences in project management, publishing, coding CMSs in the nineties, and ghostwriting PHD dissertations. Informed by a rare flavor of intelligence and described as sharing genes with Keith Haring and Brian Eno, among others...

Alexander Becker’s Law of Civilized Discourse

By the way, I’m making books; as in layout, typesetting, editing, cover art, and illustration — drop me a line if you need help.

For the interesting stuff, join my Totalitarianism Monitor community.

Yes. THE Alexander Becker — caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.

Quoting myself —
  • "Being a fan of an artist is not necessarily the same as being a fan of their work. Most often, it correlates inversely."
  • "The question: 'What's your favorite classical composer?' doesn't reveal anything. Instead, 'Which composer do you absolutely hate?' is much more insightful. Same with wine."
  • "The more you refine your eye, style, and technique, the better the ratio between level of detail and size of work becomes."
  • "In general, I don't care — In particular, I do care obsessively."
  • "Creativity is a collateral of insatiable curiosity."
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Designer, Creative Director
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Project Management, Conceptual Design, Book-Making, Writing, Negotiation Support, Intelligence Analysis, Pattern Manipulation
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  • LYROIS Art, Design & Brand Laboratory
    Creative Director, 2005 - present
    Lyrois' notoriously sampled signature shapes and shadows, customizations, independent design and commercial projects and collaborations, private and corporate commissions.
  • Alexander Becker Concepts
    Designer, Developer, Editor, 2005 - present
    Alexander Becker provides ideation services, conceptual and technical consulting, from visionary design to professional execution and presentation.
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Solar Eclipse

Picture taken with a Nexus 5 through a CD in Berlin.

(Reposted after G+ botched the first upload.)
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Is that a bogdonoshard?
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How to Comment on PDF Files (with the Free Version of Acrobat Reader)

If you are using my services and we are creating a book together; at some point, we are exchanging PDF files of your manuscript with my layout for you to review and annotate with comments and edits.

Otherwise, and always, if you have a book project, I'm available to help you: http://alexanderbecker.net/books/
If you are using my services and we are creating a book together; at some point, we are exchanging PDF files of your manuscript with my layout for you to review and annotate with comments and edits. Here is a short primer on ...
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Fine with me, Cindy. Feel free to nerd out on book making. Either way, starting a bibtex db rather sooner than later is a good practice, Edward. 
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War Archery

If someone is able to make it look that easy and elegant, they achieved mastery. 
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Hola 
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Sony Interview scandal: Rogen, Franco and Kim Jong-un set the whole thing up

So all of a sudden, a movie that probably wasn’t the greatest is now the most talked about film of the year and it’s nothing but North Korea in the news. Wouldn’t it be funny if it was all just a set up?

http://youtu.be/7ct8VcbwXC0
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Sith Joanofshark 😨😨😨
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Additional points for the pronunciation punch line...
 
Winner of the Internet, 2014
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All About That Paste

You probably don’t want to hear another “All About That Bass” parody, but you might actually mildly enjoy this one.

Remy, with his mom as his backing dancer and lyrical inspiration, sings about how hummus is supposed to be. Here’s the short version: If you’ve ever dipped a carrot in it or consumed it out of a plastic container, you’re doing it wrong....

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😂😀
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Let the speculations begin...

Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network's photo element away from what it's now calling "Streams." Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google VP of product, announced that he had become the new lead for both new products, Google Photos and Streams. 
Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network's photo element away from what it's now calling "Streams." Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google VP of product, announced that he had...
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In the "data liberation" (I don't think it's called that anymore), the Photos and Streams always were separate archives for download. So, what does this change mean exactly? And what about YouTube? If we are breaking apart the realm, do we get to secede from that unholy alliance?
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"Software that can publish every draft of a book simultaneously shows the true beauty of the creative process"

How an author uses a versioning system to preserve states and hence history and evolution of his prose.

If you are interested in experimenting with technologies such as this one and publish versioned ebooks, or want to stay traditional in print, working on real paper, let's talk: http://alexanderbecker.net/books/
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Paul Graham posted an animation of his drafting an essay at one point, which was rather interesting.  Not necessarily what I'd need to see in all cases, but watching the creative process in others (and sometimes yourself) is almost always fascinating.
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A handy guide to measuring the sky

Our conventional methods of measuring distances between two objects on Earth make very little sense while measuring distances between celestial objects.

Because of this, astronomers measure the apparent distances between objects in the sky using a method based on angles. Developed by the Babylonians thousands of years ago, this method uses the angle that any two celestial objects with an observational point on Earth as a way to measure and define the apparent distances between such objects.

Such distances are known as angular distances or angular separation and are measured in terms of degrees (°), arc minutes (') and arc seconds (").

A handy way to measure distances

Hold your hand at arm’s length and close one eye.

# Make a fist, with the back of your hand facing you. The width of your fist will approximately be 10 degrees. This means that any two objects that are on the opposite ends of your fist will be 10 degrees apart. The North Star (Polaris) and Dubhe, one of the northern pointers of the Big are 3 fists apart. This means that angular distance or angular separation between the two stars is 30°.

# Open up your fist, stretch your little finger and thumb as far as you can and curl down the rest of your fingers. The tip of your little finger and your thumb will span about 25°. The Big Dipper spans around 25°.

# The tip-to-tip span between your index finger and your little finger is 15°.

# Your three middle fingers will span about 5°.

# Your little finger at an arms length is about 1° wide.

It is important to note that such measurements are approximate – not everyone has the same sized hand.

Angular size

Angular size or angular diameter of a celestial object is the angular separation between opposite edges of the object. The Sun and the Moon are the only objects in the sky whose angular size is visible to the naked eye.

The angular diameter of a full Moon is about 30', while the angular diameter of the Sun is around 32'.

Find your latitude

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, you can use your hands to find your current location’s latitude. To do this, stretch your hands in front of you and measure the angle between the visible horizon and the North Star. This angle is your latitude in degrees. There is no bright star equivalent to the North Star in the Southern Hemisphere.

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/measuring-the-sky-by-hand.html
Measure the sky and find out distances between celestial objects using your hands and fingers.
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There is this concept called "solidarity", and it works; not just in theory. Also, what better disruption than blocked freeways? In the U.S.? Think forced general strike. By simply blocking freeways. Find the main crossing in each of the big cities and go from there. (See also: http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2014/12/the-faa-drones-and-caltrops.html)

Blocking Freeways and Why It’s a Good Idea

I’m pro blocking the freeway. Without blocking the freeways, most average white citizens would have never known. It takes big measures to get to those ensconced in their safe, little moving bubble. We have to piss off the regular Joe. We have to force it to a point of cognition.
I’m pro blocking the freeway. Without blocking the freeways, most average white citizens would have never known. It take…
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One kind of action that works well is to force something you normally pay for to be free. For example, if toll booths were rendered inactive and a message was put on the display explaining the issue, people would be made aware by a positive action, not a negative one. General strikes and blockages often generate more ill felling than good.
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