Wir haben hier also einen echten Commander eines Raumschiffs in Space, der via Twitter mit fiktiven Captains der Enterprise schnackt. Und ein rotes Shirt trägt er auch. Außerdem ist der Mann auf Reddit sehr aktiv und bereitet grade ein AMA from Space vor. The World is pretty awesome, sometimes.
I’m proud of being Canadian, but after yesterday’s twitter conversation am starting to question wearing this red shirt. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…
Schickes Custom-Toy von Michal Miszta, ein Yuri Gagarin vs Alien custom dunny: „Here is the tribute to Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, the first human to journey into outer space. He completed the orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961 in Vostok spacecraft.“ (via Superpunch)
An ice cave in Austria was recently used as a test landscape for experimental spacesuits and instrumentation systems—including 3D cameras—that might someday be used by humans on Mars. The Dachstein ice cave was chosen, Stuff explains, “because ice caves would be a natural refuge for any microbes on Mars seeking steady temperatures and protection from damaging cosmic rays.”
Ein frisch auf der Erde eingetroffener Astronaut, der die letzten paar Monate im Weltall verbracht hat, beantwortet grade ein paar Fragen auf Reddit. Die meisten Antworten kannte ich, das hier aber nicht:
I read that when you’re in space and close your eyes, you experience solar particles hitting your retinas as speckles of light. Was this the case, or was the experience different for you? – Yes I did experience that. Sometimes it was a flash and at other times it was a streak of light. I’m sure it happens all the time but I only noticed it as I was getting ready to fall asleep
Also: „Is there any astronaut food that tastes good? – Lasagna.“
Aaaaaw! Das Museum of Modern Art verkauft in seinem Shop einen ferngesteuerten Astronauten, der mit dem Propeller auch noch aussieht, wie eine SciFi-Version von Karlsson vom Dach aussieht! WANT! (Und überhaupt: Ich will einen Remote Controlled Flying Karlsson vom Dach! Jetzt!)
Arriving ready for lift off, this spaceman hovers from room to room providing hours of indoor fun. Control his flight patterns with a 2 channel infrared remote controller. A powerful twin rotor propulsion allows for flying up to 50 feet high.
Over forty years ago, a still unknown Walter Schirra entered a Houston photo supply shop and purchased a Hasselblad 500C. The camera was a standard consumer unit with a Planar f/2.8, 80 mm lens. Schirra was a prospective NASA astronaut, one of the brightest and finest pilots of his time, a man with the “right stuff”. Thinking to take his new purchase up on a space shot with him, Schirra stripped the leatherette from the body of the Hasselblad and painted its metal surface black in order to minimize reflections. And when he climbed aboard a Mercury rocket in October 1962, he took his Hasselblad with him.
Once in Space, he documented the wonder and awe inspiring beauty he saw around. He took the first space photographs using his consumer model Hasselblad. Thus began the first page in a new chapter in the history of Hasselblad and photography and a long, close, and mutually beneficial cooperation between the giant American space agency and the small Swedish camera manufacturer.
Von NPR auf Vimeo: „NPR requested from NASA this 1980s-era video with commentary by astronauts of various missions. The footage, which we edited, arrived on VHS. We don’t know much about it, except that it’s playful in tone, so we decided to have some fun with it, too. Here’s an “instructional video” on survival in space, in case we ever decide to resurrect the program. Credit: Emily Bogle & Mito Habe-Evans/NPR“
Astronaut Suicides von Sara Phillips und Neil Dacosta. Der About-Text: „I understand that some believe that we should return to the surface of the moon but I have to say this bluntly, we have been there before. – President Barack Obama, April 15th 2010“ (via JWZ)
Mac ‘n’ Cheese on Vimeo: Mac 'n' Cheese is an animated short directed and created by four students at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands. This roughly two minute animation took about five months to make, and about a bajillion peanut butter sandwiches.Synopsis: When you find yourself running scared and running out of energy, there's only a few options left to outrun your opponent through the southern desert. Stopping at nothing, watch these two guys wear each other out and rip through boundaries hitherto unbroken.
Hofmann’s Potion (LSD documentary) – YouTube: The documentary delves into the little known early history of the world's most notorious psychedelic.Long before Timothy Leary urged a generation to "turn on, tune in and drop out," lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, was being used by researchers trying to understand the human mind. This documentary is a fascinating look at the story of "acid" before it hit the streets.Featuring interviews with many LSD pioneers, Hofmann's Potion is much more than a simple chronicle of the drug's early days. <br />
With thoughtful interviews, beautiful music and stunning cinematography, it is an invitation to look at LSD, and our world, with a more open, compassionate mind.
The Bible of Western War, Now Featuring Cartoon Animals | Danger Room | Wired.com: On War is Clausewitz’s attempt to distill warfare down to its enduring essentials. Its only equal is Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. If you’ve heard the phrase, “war is politics by other means,” you know the nickel version. If you want to go for the jackpot, stroll over to one of the war colleges or onto any military listserv to hear people debate Clausewitz’s relevance to their pet issue or dispute what he really said like he was Marshall McLuhan in Annie Hall.But if you’d like something in between, Fitzgerald’s Clausewitz for Kids blog is slowly recasting On War, section by section, into a lecture series in the Prussian forest, conducted by Hare Clausewitz (get it?), the intense-looking rabbit officer pictured above in Napoleonic-era regalia.
CINEMETRICS: cinemetrics is about measuring and visualizing movie data, in order to reveal the characteristics of films and to create a visual “fingerprint” for them. Information such as the editing structure, color, speech or motion are extracted, analyzed and transformed into graphic representations so that movies can be seen as a whole and easily interpreted or compared side by side.
Christian Groß — SMS to Paper Airplanes: The text messages were filtered and analyzed using PROCESSING. The sender was encoded by the direction of the paper airplane, the length of the message with its size and the amount of positive emotional words with the amounts of folds. Additionally the paper airplanes were divided in two types depending on the length of their text. Finally, the paper airplanes resulting from this construction plan were placed in the room depending on the time when they were sent, as well as their emotional value.
Chicago: The Ferris Bueller high school – YouTube: You can make a strong case for The Blues Brothers as the definitive Chicago film, but Ferris Bueller's Day Off almost seems like a 103-minute commercial from the Chicago Office Of Tourism. That was no accident. Director (and Chicagoan) John Hughes described the film as his "love letter" to the city. He wanted to capture "not just the architecture, but the spirit."
Unbound: The Crowdfunding Cargo Cult – Telegraph Blogs: Cargo cult thinking in technology products might have worked in the past, when customers really didn’t know any better and you could overwhelm them with slick marketing campaigns, but things are different now, thanks to online reviews and word-of-mouth. Yet they still try, wasting millions and millions on modern-day equivalents of wooden radar towers, or rather, yet more iPhone and iPad imitators.
Marvelous Destroyers: The Fungus-Farming Beetles | Wired Science | Wired.com: Witness the spread of so-called bark and ambrosia beetles, a collection of 7000 species whose expansion beyond their native ranges threatens trees around the world.It's not the beetles' fault, of course. They've simply happened upon a brilliant life strategy: Rather than eating bark, which tends to be full of toxins produced by trees to discourage predation, they eat fungus that eats bark. It's one of the animal kingdom's greatest and most unappreciated symbioses.
All The Beatles’ albums in sixty one minutes: Steve McLaughlin’s “Run For Your Life” takes all of the Beatles’ officially released UK albums and compresses them into 61 minutes by speeding them up 800%. The result is trippy, maddening and at times quite beautiful. Of course, it would be impossible to do anything to the Beatles music without slivers of beauty jutting out here and there.
McLaughlin’s Beatles methy mix has been wedded to video excerpts from Bollywood and Lollywood films in addition to fragments of documentaries, experimental films, fractals and animation.
Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations – YouTube: Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.
Let’s take back the Internet! – YouTube: In this powerful talk from TEDGlobal, Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control? She believes the internet is headed for a "Magna Charta" moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection.
Online Schools | State of the Internet 2011: Like any classic hero, the Internet grew from humble beginnings as a tiny speck to become the legend that it is today. The very first “instant message” wasn’t even a whole word before it broke the entire system, but it sparked a fantastic fire of possibilities. Now, we can IM friends from our phones while we browse Facebook and send a few tweets about our indigestion from last night’s cheesesteak, perhaps while taking care of that indigestion. We can email our friends in Paris and Tokyo from the MoMA and even send photos to Mom and Dad, too.<br />
Thirty-something years ago, this was stuff for sci-fi nerds.
David Byrne’s 1987 Predictions for the Computers of 2007: I don't think computers will have any important effect on the arts in 2007. When it comes to the arts they're just big or small adding machines. And if they can't "think," that's all they'll ever be. They may help creative people with their bookkeeping, but they won't help in the creative process.<br />
The video revolution, however, will have some real impact on the arts in the next 20 years. It already has. Because people's attention spans are getting shorter, more fiction and drama will be done by television, a perfect medium for them. But I don't think anything will be wiped out; books will always be there; everything will find its place.
The Secret History of Donkey Kong: Donkey Kong is perhaps the greatest outsider game of all time. It broke all the rules because its creator, the now-legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, didn't know them to begin with. It not only launched the career of gaming's most celebrated creative mind, it gave birth to the jump-and-run platform genre as we know it, and established Nintendo as perhaps the industry's longest standing superpower.
PAS House – A House made for Skating: Imagine a city of the future where skateboards are used as the primary form of transportation and recreation – in and out of your home. A utopia city for skateboarders would mean that a skateable path, like a ribbon connecting everything together, links each building in an unending ability to keep in motion on your board. The PAS House takes this concept and brings it to life through an architectural project mixing a modern single family home with a skateboard ramp structure – all from an environmentally-driven perspective.
Tweet to Metal « PRINTERESTING: Last week, to mark the 125th anniversary of the linotype machine, Portland’s Stumptown Printers (with the help of some friends at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry) celebrated with a twitter-based letterpress project.
6 Ways to Bring Civility Online | The Art of Manliness: 1. Remember that there are real people on the other side of the computer. 2. Never say something to someone online that you wouldn’t say to the person’s face. 3. Use your real name. 4. Sit on it. 5. Or don’t respond at all. 6. Say something positive.