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February 28, 2014

Tom Ford on Jimmy Kimmel Live

"Tom settles a fashion debate between two audience members, and talks about being the focus of a Jay-Z song."

Posted by the Flea at 09:28 AM

Shadow debate

A number of proposed supertowers would cast a long shadow over Central Park.

Posted by the Flea at 09:27 AM

Beats Antique - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

Posted by the Flea at 09:22 AM

February 27, 2014

Frédéric Compain - La Casa Milà (Architecture 15 of 23)

"After the Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà or "la Pedrera" as it is often called, is probably Gaudi's second most popular building in Barcelona."

Casa Milà covers an area of more than 100 square meters and includes two large circular patios, so that almost every part of the house gets its share of sunlight.

It is constructed entirely in natural stones, and lacking all the colors and ornamentation design. Maybe one of the most interesting places of the whole complex is the rooftop: here you can find a large ensemble of surrealistic chimneys all looking different and like sculptures standing there alone or in small groups, dominating the rooftop.
Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

A dictator's guide to urban design

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Go medieval

The highly effective medieval tactics of the Ukrainian protests.

Protesters wore military helmets and carried makeshift—or captured—shields. Wooden boards were used to protect their lower legs from shrapnel the police taped to exploding stun grenades.

Among the array of homemade weapons, some were perhaps a little too ambitious. A crude trebuchet—a type of medieval catapult which uses a counterweight to fling objects—was overrun and dismantled.

While short lived, the trebuchet was fully operational and deployed in action.

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Bauhaus - Terror Couple Kill Colonel

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February 26, 2014

Type:Rider

"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.

Posted by the Flea at 07:48 AM

Adaptive architecture

"Canada-based Thibaut Sld has designed the ‘hexi’ responsive wall, a series of 60, mounted panels, which react to the movements of nearby people."

Posted by the Flea at 07:44 AM

The Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation (KNGF)

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Stromae - Formidable (live dans le métro de Montréal)

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February 25, 2014

Grounded: The making of The Last of Us (2014)

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Ghosts of the Tsunami

"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."

When people die violently or prematurely, in anger or anguish, they are at risk of becoming gaki, ‘hungry ghosts’, who wander between worlds, propagating curses and mischief. There are rituals for placating unhappy spirits, but in the aftermath of the disaster few families were in a position to perform them. And then there were those ancestors whose descendants were entirely wiped out by the wave. Their comfort in the afterlife depended entirely on the reverence of living families, which had been permanently and irrevocably cut off: their situation was as helpless as that of orphaned children.
Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Neuromancer turns thirty

"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."

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Darkside - The Only Shrine I've Seen

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February 24, 2014

This is the Lotus C-01

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"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."

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Development

"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."

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Gold - Visualized in Bullion Bars

All the gold ever mined in one handy infographic.

Related: The Bank of England protects about £197 billion worth of gold.

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Electelane - Suitcase

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February 23, 2014

Moschino Fall/Winter 2014-2015

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Joe Tex - Ain't Gonna Bump No More (TOTP)

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February 22, 2014

Richard Avedon- Darkness and Light (1996)

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.

Posted by the Flea at 10:18 AM

'Repent Harlequin!' Said The Ticktockman

"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.

Posted by the Flea at 10:17 AM

Edgar Allan Poe - The Philosophy of Furniture

"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.

Posted by the Flea at 10:14 AM

For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn

Quote Investigator has found no substantive evidence that Ernest Hemingway composed this six word story.

Posted by the Flea at 10:13 AM

Kylie Minogue feat. Dannii Minogue - Kids

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February 21, 2014

Fendi Fall/Winter 2014-15

And the menswear show.

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Canadian Olympic Athletes

And their helmets.

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Eau Sauvage Parfum

"Dior's house perfumer, François Demachy, reveals some of the secrets behind the scent Eau Sauvage."

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Ladytron - Evil (American version)

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February 20, 2014

Iggy Azalea on Azealia Banks Beef: It's Entirely Her Issue

"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.

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

Azealia Banks - BBC News interview, Sound of 2012

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Miley Cyrus - 23 (Explicit)

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February 18, 2014

Tom Ford Fall-Winter 2014 Live Edit

The in joke on what is now the in dress.

Remember Jay-Z’s "I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford"–inspired football jersey, emblazoned with the designer’s name, the year he was born (’61), and the word MOLLY struck through? Today in London, Ford unveiled what he’s calling "a knock-off of the knock-off" — a sequined evening-dress version, completing his and Hova’s circle of admiration.

Posted by the Flea at 06:28 AM

The law of unintended consequences

ABBA now admit they only wore the outrageous outfits to avoid tax.

Reflecting on the group's sartorial record in a new book, Björn Ulvaeus said: "In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years. Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were."

And the reason for their bold fashion choices lay not just in the pop glamour of the late 70s and early 80s, but also in the Swedish tax code.
Posted by the Flea at 06:24 AM

Nimmanhaeminda Road

"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."

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M.I.A. - Double Bubble Trouble

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February 17, 2014

L'Odyssée de Cartier

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L'Odyssée de Cartier, replay

True Cartier's stories which have inspired the Movie "L'Odyssée de Cartier".
Interviewed : Pierre Rainero / Cartier's Image, Style and Heritage Director

Posted by the Flea at 01:32 PM

Cartier - Le secrets de Cartier (2014)

"Get an exclusive look of the Cartier Exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris."

Cartier. Le style et l'histoire, presented in the prestigious Salon d'Honneur room of the Grand Palais, is the first exhibition of this scale to be held in Paris since the Cartier retrospective at the Petit Palais in 1989.
Posted by the Flea at 01:31 PM

February 16, 2014

Dior Gardens - Madagascar

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:48 AM

Plain speaking

Is Amish Fiction the antidote to 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?

For urban readers, he said, it’s all about the bonnet.

“Locally, they call them bonnet rippers, although there’s no ripping of bonnets,” quipped Mala Bhattacharjee, features editor at RT Book Reviews, a magazine devoted entirely to trends and titles in the romance market. “I think it harkens back to a quieter time, a more peaceful time.”
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The History of English in 10 Minutes

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MØ - Say You'll Be There

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February 15, 2014

Central Saint Martin MA - London Fashion Week Fall Winter 2014-2015

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.

The MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins is the only course that shows on the official schedule of London Fashion Week each February
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The illusion of glamour

"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."

Postrel uses two anecdotes to demonstrate the immense power glamour has, particularly in the minds of the young. Growing up in China in the ‘70s, Yiyun Li prized a gold and silver-striped candy wrapper that, held in front of her eyes, made her see “a gilded world, much fancier than our everyday, dull life.” The candy wrapper came from America, and it was the seed of a longing that saw her escape China for an American graduate school and, eventually, a career as a novelist.

Michaela DePrince’s story is even more remarkable. An orphan in Sierra Leone, she found a discarded magazine that contained a picture of a ballerina in her tutu and point shoes. It “represented freedom, it represented hope, it represented trying to live a little longer,” she recalled later. The little girl tore the picture out and hid it in her underwear. Adopted by an American couple, she began studying dance, and in 2012 joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem as a ballerina.

“I was so determined to be like that person on the magazine,” she said.
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Gary Numan - Praying To The Aliens

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Shorty Award for Social Media

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Thanks to whoever nominated the Flea!

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February 14, 2014

Richard Walter - First Step In Writing A Screenplay

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Babylon 5 twenty years later

J. Michael Straczynski reflects on the show's legacy.

For me, those characters are all still alive. There are times in parts of the day when they still talk to me. In the middle of the night, they'll be there in my head. Really to this day there are still scenes popping into my head. Those characters are still talking, I can't get 'em to shut up [laughs]. But it's been 20 years since the show first went on the air, that's stunning.
Posted by the Flea at 08:47 AM

Hemingway's favourite burger recipe

"'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?"

Posted by the Flea at 08:44 AM

Clannad - Theme From "Harry's Game" (Top of the Pops, 1982)

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February 13, 2014

Candice Swanepoel for Desigual, Interview in New York

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The secret life of civet cats

"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."

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Clannad - Siúil A Rún

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February 12, 2014

Alexander McQueen | Men's Spring/Summer 2014

A film featuring the Alexander McQueen Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 Collection by John Maybury.

Posted by the Flea at 08:04 AM

Mystery on the Moor

"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."

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Kate Bush - Sunset

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February 10, 2014

The Hollywood Reporter - The Directors: Full Uncensored Interview

Full uncensored interview with Quentin Tarantino, David Russell, Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper and Gus Van Sant.

Posted by the Flea at 05:28 AM

Open Marvel

Marvel Comics has unveiled its application programming interface (API) and developer platform in beta.

The API--which will include comic book artwork, character histories, creator insights, and expanded stories--will grant members access to an expansive database of Marvel's library of 75 years of comics, including over 30,000 comics, 7,000 series, and 5,000 creators. This move gives developers the tools to create their own Marvel-based apps and digital offerings.

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."

Posted by the Flea at 05:27 AM

Jovan - Andron (1981)

Another great gift idea from Jovan.

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Gary Numan - Down in The Park

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February 08, 2014

Todd Haynes - Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 09:48 AM

Ragnarok

We have one month remaining before the Viking apocalypse and the end of all life on Earth.

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Oonagh - Orome

"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.

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February 07, 2014

Julian Fellowes - Screenwriters Lecture

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 07:28 AM

A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 07:27 AM

Sensory Fiction

"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.

Posted by the Flea at 07:24 AM

Natalia y La Forquetina - En Dirección Contraria

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February 06, 2014

Fendi - Inside the Mothership

"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.

Posted by the Flea at 09:58 AM

Emma Watson, not impulsive

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 09:57 AM

Miley Cyrus speaks in the language of her generation

"She is a human text message."

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IIRIS - Tigerhead

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February 04, 2014

Topman Design Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Menswear

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Lol My Thesis

"Summing up years of work in one sentence."

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2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The shortlist.

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FKA twigs - Water Me

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February 03, 2014

The Mega Huge Football Game Ad Newcastle Could've Made

Anna Kendrick: Behind the Scenes of the Mega Huge Game Day Ad Newcastle Almost Made.

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Meanswear Dog

A dog's guide to becoming a man.

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Laura Pausini & Kylie Minogue - Limpio

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February 02, 2014

Vogue - How to Make Steak and Potatoes Dauphinois with Grace Coddington

"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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:28 AM

Did the English spread suit-wearing around the world?

"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?"

Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Harmonians 1 :: Suspension of disbelief 0

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."

Posted by the Flea at 08:24 AM

Ladytron - International Dateline

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February 01, 2014

Alexander McQueen | Spring/Summer 2014 | Campaign Film

"A campaign film featuring the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, directed by Steven Klein and featuring Kate Moss."

Posted by the Flea at 10:59 AM

E.M. Forster - The Machine Stops (1908)

"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."

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Brian Eno - Julie With...

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