"RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past."
"Using expired film, L.A.-based photographer Vicky Moon shoots the run-down motels, laundromats, and liquor stores of the city, capturing the battered fluorescent façades as they look not basking in the California sun."
How does sulphur get into whisky?
Aussi: Le papier d'Arménie, un papier typiquement parisien.
Et en anglais: "Papier d'Arménie, or Armenian Paper, is a room deodorizing product sold as booklets of twelve sheets of paper each cut into three pieces, which are coated with benzoin resin, the dried sap of styrax trees."
"The Cronut, an iced doughnut made from deep-fried croissant pastry, rolled in sugar and filled with cream, has become the subject of New York's latest frenzied food fad."
KANJI: 価値観. PRONUNCIATION: かちかん.
MEANING: A personal values system (what you believe is important and unimportant).
Chitose Abe of Sacai: “Obviously, I have so much respect for that company. But more than learning my trade as a designer or how to marry creativity with business, do you know the most important thing I learned from Comme des Garçons? How to catch when a new kachikan (personal value system) is born and how to express it through fashion.”
"George Lowe was something of the forgotten man from the 1953 experdition to Everest."
3D printed bike porn.
Related thought: Could 3D printing disrupt the designer eyewear market?
"Caveman stereotypes aside, stone age clothes weren't just animal skins."
Related: The making of Descendents.
Eight of the best traditional chippies in Britain. Sadly, too far from me to be of immediate utility.
"Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道999 Ginga Tetsudō Surī Nain?) is a manga written and drawn by Leiji Matsumoto, as well as various anime films and TV series based on it. It is set in a space-faring, high-tech future in which humans have learned how to transfer their minds (but not their emotions) into mechanical bodies, thus achieving practical immortality."
"Well, the milky way does look like a huge, sprawling light cloud under a clear dark sky, the stars blend together. You just can't see the purple--and it's the same with almost every deep sky object. With a few notable exceptions, everything looks black and white in the eyepiece of a telescope.
"The two kinds of photoreceptors in the eye are rods and cones. Cones are "color" vision, triggering on red, green, and blue wavelengths, and we have about 6 million. Rods are nightvision, and we have 120 million...so our nightvision is far more sensitive, but it lacks all color perception, triggering as luminosity only between the blue and green wavelengths. When you see color at night, you are actually seeing your color vision and nightvision at the same time. (They operate independently and combine in your brain.)
"nterestingly, this is why astronomers use red light. Bright light causes your rods to "turn off", but your rods can't see red, so using red light doesn't switch off your nightvision."
"If you enjoy streaming movies at home through Netflix or Amazon Prime (or whatever other service you use), get ready to start paying more, because there’s a new technology just dropped off at the patent office that promises to keep you from enjoying movies with a few friends."
"Bryan Magee talks to John Searle about the legacy of Ludwig Wittgenstein; ranging from his early work, the Tractatus, to his posthumously published, Philosophical Investigations
"For its 'Amazon Unpacked' series, UK's The Financial Times Weekend Magazine got photographer Ben Roberts a pass into the hyper-systematized environs of one of Amazon.com's ginormous - roughly the length of nine football fields - fulfillment warehouses."
“The Funeral of Suprematism,” by Mieczysław Szczuka (1927) and Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist funeral.
“We’re still poor, you’re still rich, give us back our paycheck, bitch”
“The newest contribution to the wave of nostalgia is the French comedy Populaire the story of a young secretary with a perky ponytail and the talent of typing 491 keys per minute.”
Gentleman's Gazetter presents the eclectic shoe collection of Harry S Truman.
Related thought: 150 years of sneakers at the Bata Shoe Museum.
20 May update from Iain Banks.
How did pre-colonization, Midwest, Native Americans deal with tornados?
Steve Wilhite, "then working at CompuServe (the nation’s first major online service) knew the company wanted to display things like color weather maps. Because he had an interest in compression technologies, Mr. Wilhite thought he could help."
Paul Verhoeven wants to direct Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Legend of Conan.
Related: Marvel Movies vs. DC Movies.
A report from the Cot d'Azur's Bataille de Fleurs.
Carnival meets Cirque de Soleil. Montreal could juice up Carifiesta and put on something along the same lines.
Edison Electric Co. photographers documented the electrification of Los Angeles in the 1940s.
Behind the scenes.
“It must be so hard, being Prince Harry all the time,” said the Canadian model Jessica Stam, who despite the suburban setting and soggy weather, was dressed in a severe structured black dress by Thom Browne and a pair of that designer’s stiletto wing tips. “Everything is Prince Harry, Prince Harry, Prince Harry,” she added. Wouldn’t it be nice, she said, to be just plain Harry every once in a while?"
"Grace Kelly's favorite fine jewellery house, Cartier, has opened its archives ahead of Olivier Dahan's film Princess Grace, creating five exact replicas of vintage pieces worn on-screen by Nicole Kidman."
"The blast lasted only about a single second and shone like a 4th magnitude star—making it bright enough to see with just the unaided eye."
The world's largest blue whale colony has been discovered in Sri Lanka.
Wait for me, Daddy is one of the most famous Canadian pictures of the Second World War. It was taken October 1st, 1940, in New Westminster, British Columbia by Claude Dettloff.
"Danish museum officials say that an archaeological dig last year has revealed 365 items from the Viking era, including 60 rare coins."
"After three years and £55million the Liverpool Central Library is finally due to be re-opened this week - and is already drawing gasps at the stunning result."
"The Battle of the Nations is an international historical medieval battles world championship, first held in 2009, and held in Europe in April every year since. It is a full contact competition, using metal weapons, and a standardized list of rules. National teams in HMB compete at the championship in several standard nominations, including 'Triathlon Duel', 'Professional fights', '5 vs 5', '21 vs 21' and 'all vs all'. All battles are full contact, no stage reenactment battles are organized at the championship."
Ost du Quebec representing for "Canada".
Battle of the Nations - Cannabis Dei vs von Massow - Final Eliminations 2013 Poland.
Oldenways: "Battle of the Nations", Episode 1.
"Fart Proudly" (also called "A Letter To A Royal Academy", and "To the Royal Academy of Farting") is the popular name of a "notorious essay" about flatulence written by Benjamin Franklin circa 1781 while he was living abroad as United States Ambassador to France.
"The National Park Service released video taken from the top of the Washington Monument as workers completed the scaffolding around the 555-foot obelisk. The monument is covered in scaffolding to prepare for work repairing damage it suffered in the August 2011 earthquake."
"There may not have been practical uses for Michael Faraday trying to figure out electricity, magnetism, and the way the two are connected back then, but it would be just mere decades before his research began to pay off when electric generators, motors and radio came on the scene. The reason Semley can quickly assemble smug, pointless treatises into Microsoft Word and fail to fact-check by hitting Google via wifi is because of 'boondoggles' like Faraday’s research."
"Designer Tom Ford and cultural commentator Guy Trebay engage in a conversation about the distinctive role of homage, open appropriation and creative transformation in fashion. The Norman Lear Center's landmark conference on creativity and ownership in the fashion industry asks whether the fashion industry offers a compelling model for other creative industries to explore and emulate."
"When I am speaking to students, I like to show them a still from the Oliver Stone movie Wall Street in which the masterful financier Gordon Gekko is talking on his cell phone, a Motorola DynaTac 8000X. The students always — always — laugh: The ridiculous thing is more than a foot long and weighs a couple of pounds. But the revelatory fact that takes a while to sink in is this: You had to be a millionaire to have one. The phone cost the equivalent of nearly $10,000, it cost about $1,000 a month to operate, and you couldn’t text or play Angry Birds on it. When the first DynaTac showed up in a movie — it was Sixteen Candles, a few years before Wall Street — it was located in the front seat of a Rolls-Royce, which is where such things were found 25 or 30 years ago. By comparison, an iPhone 5 is a wonder, a commonplace miracle. My question for the students is: How is it that the cell phones in your pockets get better and cheaper every year, but your schools get more expensive and less effective? (Or, if you live in one of the better school districts, get much more expensive and stagnate?) How is it that Gordon Gekko’s ultimate status symbol looks to our eyes as ridiculous as Molly Ringwald’s Reagan-era wardrobe and asymmetrical hairdos? That didn’t just happen."
Radical: "I, Pencil is an essay by Leonard Read. The full title is I, Pencil: My Family Tree as Told to Leonard E. Read and it was first published in the December 1958 issue of The Freeman."
"Dick's political awareness was not so much undeveloped as developed to a point where he fully recognized the futility of politics."
(via Ed Driscoll)
Superposition: “There will come a time when it isn't 'They're spying on me through my phone' anymore. Eventually, it will be 'My phone is spying on me'.” - Philip K. Dick
A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
Featuring Mila Kunis.
"Offered for just the third time since 1607, the 4,487-acre Brandon Plantation will go to auction on June 23rd."
"As much as I encourage you to grow up your wardrobe and steer you towards the world of suits and sport coats, I feel like I’ve done you a disservice by not fully diving into the subject about proper fit."
Sinfonietta Cracovia, Roberta Kabary conducting. Beata Bilińska, piano.
"[T]he 'Esper Edition' has surprisingly become 'stuff of legend' in many Blade Runner circles‚ mentioned on many webpages all over the internet. While secretly very flattered- we’d also like to take this moment to 'de-mystify' the release.
"Why did we make it? Basically‚ we were sick of so many BR bootlegs floating around that never "got it right" in terms of chronology‚ or thoroughness. They all had something unique to them‚ but there were always oversights. So‚ like taking pieces from a puzzle‚ we decided to simply 'cut and paste' from all the exiting releases (official‚ bootlegs‚ private releases‚ etc)‚ 1982 video‚ 1992 directors cut and construct something fresh. We paid close attention to chronologically follow the sequences from the film. Although not agreeing at first‚ we finally decided it would be best to have the tracks flow into one another‚ as a sort of BR suite."
Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest tower at 634 meters, was completed Wednesday afternoon.
Pravduh: Skytree in Tokyo attracts thousands (images at the link).
"A for Andromeda is a British television science fiction drama serial first made and broadcast by the BBC in seven parts in 1961. Written by the noted cosmologist Fred Hoyle, in conjunction with author and television producer John Elliot, it concerns a group of scientists who detect a radio signal from a distant galaxy that contains instructions for the design of an advanced computer. When the computer is built it gives the scientists instructions for the creation of a living organism named Andromeda, but one of the scientists, John Fleming, fears that Andromeda's purpose is to subjugate humanity.
"The serial is notable for being the first major role for the actress Julie Christie. Only one episode of the original production survives, along with a few short extracts from other episodes."
"I remain unconvinced that my death has a fixed 100% probability."
"Ottavio Missoni, the patriarch of an esteemed Italian fashion house whose outré, multicolored knits and zigzag stitches became an insider status symbol for the ultra-wealthy, died Thursday at the family’s home in Sumirago, Italy. He was 92."
Legacy: "Ottavio Missoni, an Italian track star, and his young bride, Rosita, created the Missoni label in the 1950s, and for many decades it was considered the height of Italian sophistication, known for its rather jarring striated patterns" (images at the link).
Whistling Smith is a 1975 Canadian short documentary film about Vancouver policeman Sergeant Bernie "Whistling" Smith, directed by Marrin Canell. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short at the 48th Academy Awards (via Blazing Cat Fur).
Policemen are street people too: "For Bernie 'Whistling' Smith, Hastings Street in the 1970s was a hard place. But he had easy answers. His methods were unconventional, abrasive and a little controversial. But they worked."
"A new law proposed by the European Commission would make it illegal to 'grow, reproduce or trade' any vegetable seeds that have not been 'tested, approved and accepted' by a new EU bureaucracy named the 'EU Plant Variety Agency.'
Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.
"The People's Daily is the main state-owned newspaper of China's communist party, and everyone was pretty psyched about the paper's new Beijing headquarters. The building is massive, imposing, and, uh, currently shaped like a colossal penis."
"Jeanne Cooper, the enduring actress on “The Young and the Restless” who had much in common with her character, the forthright Katherine Chancellor — apart from everyday occurrences in the soap opera universe like being stranded on a desert island with nothing but her jewelry, having a shopping center fall on her and inadvertently giving one of her grandchildren away — died on Wednesday in Los Angeles."
Ray Harryhausen, RIP: "The word 'iconic' is tossed about far too carelessly. In the case of Harryhausen’s patiently handcrafted effects, it fits perfectly."
"Two brothers, Patrick and Daniel Klug, recently released their first game called 'Game Dev Tycoon'. In it, players start a small game development company in the 1980's and attempt to build it up to a development powerhouse over the next 30 years.
"In a bit of an experiment, the Klugs released a cracked version of their game and uploaded it themselves to a torrent site."
"Yes, friends, the world will come to an end in the year 2000. This time, folks, we're not relying on mere Biblical prophecy, but on The Jupiter Menace. Gather closely, friends, as we tell you how, thanks to the gravitational pull of the largest planet in the Solar System, the earth will be thrown off its Axis."
Ratmir Aleksandrov, serving in Chechnya, covers Sektor Gaza.
"In the semiotic theories of Jakob von Uexküll and Thomas A. Sebeok, umwelt (plural: umwelten; from the German Umwelt meaning 'environment' or 'surroundings') is the 'biological foundations that lie at the very epicenter of the study of both communication and signification in the human [and non-human] animal.'"
Air France promotes the Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle with the dulcet tones of French girl group, "Les Parisiennes".
(NSFW, language, naked Tom Hardy)
"You're about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made). The ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM's research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times. A movie made with atoms."
Two-hundred years overdue.
"There's something funny, and thus irresistible, about Farage with a cigarette in hand, hat on head, charming the voters with his market banter. Yesterday, people voted Ukip partly out of anger and partly for a laugh. It’s a very British revolution."
HENRY, PRINCE OF WALES :
I know you all, and will awhile uphold
The unyok'd humour of your idleness.
Yet herein will I imitate the Sun,
Who doth permit the base contagious clouds
To smother up his beauty from the world,
That, when he please again to be himself,
Being wanted, he may be more wonder'd at,
By breaking through the foul and ugly mists
Of vapours that did seem to strangle him.
If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work;
But, when they seldom come, they wish'd-for come,
And nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.
So when this loose behaviour I throw off,
And pay the debt I never promised,
By how much better than my word I am,
By so much shall I falsify men's hopes;
And, like bright metal on a sullen ground,
My reformation, glitt'ring o'er my fault,
Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
I'll so offend to make offense a skill,
Redeeming time when men think least I will.
- Prince's soliloquy, Henry IV, Part One, Act 1, Scene 2
An American beer invasion.
Antoni Ros-Marbà conducting the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Madrid.
“What it essentially means is that someone is obsessed with eating only healthy food that they consider to be pure.”
Hundreds of orbs covered in jarosite - oxidized pyrite - have been unearthed in the rubble of a temple in what was once Teotichuacan. And, pace the archaeological hand waving about high-ranking people, priests and rulers, the experts have no idea what they were for.