"Tom settles a fashion debate between two audience members, and talks about being the focus of a Jay-Z song."
A number of proposed supertowers would cast a long shadow over Central Park.
"After the Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà or "la Pedrera" as it is often called, is probably Gaudi's second most popular building in Barcelona."
"In many ways, France pioneered the conscious use of urban design for political purposes. Paris in the early 19th century was essentially a medieval city, suffocating from overcrowding and poor infrastructure. Baron Haussmann's urban renovations under Napoleon III in the 1850s and 1860s gave the City of Light a modern sewage system, beautiful suburban parks, and a network of train stations. He also took the opportunity to demolish unruly lower-class neighborhoods, banish their impoverished inhabitants to suburbs, and replace their cramped, narrow alleys with spacious, grand boulevards. In the event of an uprising, like those that took place in 1789, 1830, and 1848, French authorities hoped the wider streets would be both harder for revolutionary Parisians to barricade and easier for columns of French soldiers to march through to suppress revolts."
The highly effective medieval tactics of the Ukrainian protests.
While short lived, the trebuchet was fully operational and deployed in action.
"Type:Rider is a riddle and platforms game that will use all your brain skills and dexterity to be completed. Control the two punctuation marks ":", collect artifacts, cross the barriers of history and solve many headaches through 9 originals levels. From the firsts prehistorical painting to the Pixel, via the Times Nex Roman or the decry Comic Sans MS. Explore those magnificent universes based on real archives pictures and surrounded by a created by AudioGaming that fits perfectly to the game."
This Type:Rider original soundtrack is just... gorgeous.
"I met a priest in the north of Japan who exorcised the spirits of people who had drowned in the tsunami. The ghosts did not appear in large numbers until later in the year, but Reverend Kaneda’s first case of possession came to him after less than a fortnight."
"Defining Neuromancer’s legacy as that of dystopia would be easy. Indeed, how ironic it is that the great work forecasting information age dystopia shares its year of birth, 1984, with the namesake of the great tale of industrialized dystopia. Parallel’s between Gibson’s world and the fears of our own are not hard to see."
"It will be built by Kodewa, the German outfit that built Lotus' Le Mans car. It was designed by Daniel Simon, formerly of Bugatti and movies like Tron: Legacy. And it will apparently go on sale soon in very limited quantities, although pricing hasn't been announced. Only 100 are set to be produced."
"It's been a week since Vietnam's first McDonald's opened, with customers waiting in line for hours to get a taste of the American fast-food giant's offerings."
All the gold ever mined in one handy infographic.
Related: The Bank of England protects about £197 billion worth of gold.
Helen Whitney's production, "Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light", provides a comprehensive overview of the career, and also to some extent, of the personal life of this exceptional photographer. The program details Mr. Avedon's work, which over the past fifty years has attempted to "nurture perceptions that most people discard".
The first thirty minutes of this film describe Mr. Avedon's journey, from his work in Paris fashion magazines in the year 1946, to around 1966 when he became temporarily disillusioned with the social life within the fashion world. The next twenty minutes work to describe his growth as a portrait photographer. During this period, the human face becomes the "primary focus of attention" of Mr. Avedon's eye, with portrait styles ranging from explosive multiple exposures to serene comments on human dignity. Most of the work of this period was photographed against Mr. Avedon's "signature" solid white background.
"One of the most influential and beloved short stories penned by the great Harlan Ellison is coming to the big screen, via Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski."
Too good to be true: A new Farscape movie. Best not to get our hopes up.
"The Philosophy of Furniture is an essay written by American author Edgar Allan Poe published in 1840. An unusual work by Poe, whose more typical works include horror tales like "The Tell-Tale Heart," the essay is essentially Poe's theories on interior decorating."
From Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, May 1840.
Quote Investigator has found no substantive evidence that Ernest Hemingway composed this six word story.
And the menswear show.
"Dior's house perfumer, François Demachy, reveals some of the secrets behind the scent Eau Sauvage."
"The Grand Hustle rapstress shares her thoughts on why female rappers beef with one another on who's going to be in the "top spot," and why she doesn't want to go that route. Iggy also explains that her beef with Azealia Banks is one-sided since she didn't start anything with Azealia and she has no interest in fueling the fire."
New song: Iggy Azalea - Leave It.
"BBC Sound of 2012's 3rd place artist Azealia Banks talks about her experiences at Tada Youth Theatre and LaGuardia High School, how she started rapping and the variety in her music."
The in joke on what is now the in dress.
ABBA now admit they only wore the outrageous outfits to avoid tax.
"Destination Thailand visits the 'coolest' 'hang-out' neighborhood of Chiang Mai as well as a very special Lanna-style temple in the city's foothills."
True Cartier's stories which have inspired the Movie "L'Odyssée de Cartier".
Interviewed : Pierre Rainero / Cartier's Image, Style and Heritage Director
"Get an exclusive look of the Cartier Exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris."
"Pioneer in the ethnobotany since 20 years, Dior selects rare and powerful floral resources, and grows them on lands that are ideal to their blossoming, giving rise to dedicated gardens all around the world. The Opilia and the Longoza extracted from the Burkina Fasso and Madagascar Dior gardens, are at the heart of Dreamskin."
Is Amish Fiction the antidote to 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?
Thanks to Fashion Channel for posting the Central Saint Martins MA Fashion graduates. In the wilds of Canada, the only reason I had heard of Alexander McQueen was from a one-pager in Smash Hits that turned up a month or two after the fact. Even in London, your best chance of seeing the show is if your named rhymed with Isabella Blow.
"Glamour is a misunderstood word, whose meaning – like similar superlatives such as elite, exclusive, luxury and unique – has been adulterated and weakened, mostly thanks to its overuse by marketers and the media. But unlike those other words, so beloved of lifestyle journalists, realtors and advertising copywriters, glamour is a word that can be evocative and even profound, as writer Virginia Postrel explains in her new book The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion."
Thanks to whoever nominated the Flea!
J. Michael Straczynski reflects on the show's legacy.
"'We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other' wrote Ernest Hemingway in A Moveable Feast. Could it have been a wholesome burger that made them sleep so well?"
"On the fifth day of the fifth month of 1921, Coco Chanel changed the scent of the world. She released Chanel No. 5 as her final vaudeville act—her only child. The perfume would grow to be “le monstre" of the perfume industry, a $300-per-ounce, elegant mist still anchoring the multibillion-dollar Chanel empire. ... Needing a musky base note, Coco resorted to an old perfumer’s trick: scrapings of sexual pheromones from the perianal gland of the Abyssinian civet cat."
A film featuring the Alexander McQueen Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 Collection by John Maybury.
"It is thought that the personal items, which were unearthed from peat in a burial chamber found high on Whitehorse Hill in Dartmoor, belonged to a Bronze Age Princess."
Full uncensored interview with Quentin Tarantino, David Russell, Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper and Gus Van Sant.
Marvel Comics has unveiled its application programming interface (API) and developer platform in beta.
Infographic: Visual guide to Marvel character movie rights.
Why Marvel works: "Marvel is a one-of-a-kind business: A movie studio devoted solely to producing films (and now TV and Netflix shows) adapted from a single, albeit vast, trove of storylines and characters. To do that successfully, the studio -- under the leadership of a visionary named Kevin Feige -- has embraced that universe in its totality."
Another great gift idea from Jovan.
"The experimental filmmaker Todd Haynes burst upon the scene two years after his graduation from Brown University with his now-infamous 43-minute cult treasure Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987). Seizing upon the inspired gimmick of using Barbie and Ken dolls to sympathetically recount the story of the pop star's death from anorexia, he spent months making miniature dishes, chairs, costumes, Kleenex and Ex-Lax boxes, and Carpenters' records to create the film's intricate, doll-size mise-en-scene. The result was both audacious and accomplished as the dolls seemingly ceased to be dolls leaving the audience weeping for the tragic singer."
We have one month remaining before the Viking apocalypse and the end of all life on Earth.
"Well some may have already heard that I did contribute some elvish lyrics to some professionally produced german/elvish songs. I thought it would be the right place to explain those lyrics on here, maybe someone is interested.
Handy: Elvish lyrics.
"Acclaimed screenwriter Julian Fellowes found success later in life, carving out his niche in British period dramas for Film and Television. His international hits include Downton Abbey and Gosford Park."
"Because the servant he was sending to market was illiterate, Michelangelo illustrated the shopping lists — a herring, tortelli, two fennel soups, four anchovies and “a small quarter of a rough wine” — with rushed (and all the more exquisite for it) caricatures in pen and ink."
"The 'augmented' book portrays the scenery and sets the mood, and the wearable allows the reader to experience the protagonist's physiological emotions," write Felix Heibeck, Alexis Hope and Julie Legault, the creators of the Sensory Fiction wearable book.
"Directed by Loic Prigent, Inside the Mothershipcaptures the lively behind-the-scenes emotions of the Fendi Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Milan. Starring Karl Lagerfeld, Silvia Venturini Fendi and all the Fendi backstage crew."
Cara Delevingne features.
"I love tattoos. But I love them on other people. In fact, I have a Pinterest account and a whole board of tattoos that I like—but I would never want one for myself. I don't think I could pull it off. My own self-image would not allow it."
"She is a human text message."
Anna Kendrick: Behind the Scenes of the Mega Huge Game Day Ad Newcastle Almost Made.
"Vogue's Creative Director, Grace Coddington, joins Elettra Wiedemann and shares her love for cooking with good company, and what better company could a person ask for than her beautiful rescued cat, Bart."
"Britain's colonial past has a new villain. Step forward the lounge suit. At a regional summit this week Uruguayan President Jose Mujica aired a surprising grievance: 'We have to dress like English gentlemen. That's the suit that industrialisation imposed on the world.' Mujica, who donates about 90% of his monthly salary to charity and is sometimes called the world's poorest president, was rocking a crumpled striped shirt when he launched his broadside. He went on: 'Even the Japanese had to abandon their kimonos to have prestige in the world.'"
"But is he right?"
I cannot say enough in favour of J.K. Rowling but she is wrong about this. Hermione and Ron might not have worked out - and they would certainly have had to work at it - but their relationship is far more real than an adolescent fantasy where "the hero" gets "the girl."
"A campaign film featuring the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, directed by Steven Klein and featuring Kate Moss."
"Imagine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee. It is lighted neither by window nor by lamp, yet it is filled with a soft radiance. There are no apertures for ventilation, yet the air is fresh. There are no musical instruments, and yet, at the moment that my meditation opens, this room is throbbing with melodious sounds. An armchair is in the centre, by its side a reading-desk-that is all the furniture. And in the armchair there sits a swaddled lump of flesh-a woman, about five feet high, with a face as white as a fungus. It is to her that the little room belongs.
"An electric bell rang."
A room with no view: "The Machine Stops is a science fiction short story (12,300 words) by E. M. Forster. After initial publication in The Oxford and Cambridge Review (November 1909), the story was republished in Forster's The Eternal Moment and Other Stories in 1928. After being voted one of the best novellas up to 1965, it was included that same year in the populist anthology Modern Short Stories. In 1973 it was also included in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two. The story is particularly notable for predicting new technologies such as instant messaging and the Internet."