Saturday, May 28, 2016
The Solar Impulse 2 has only one seat, a wingspan of over 236 feet, and weighs about as much as an average car. That’s a larger wingspan than a Boeing 747, but only about 1% of a Boeing’s weight. It flies solely on solar power, which powers the plane and charges the battery that keeps the plane flying through the night. (Source)
Throughout the 18th and 19th century, grave-robbing was quite prevalent. Due to this, many cemeteries were protected with cemetery guns. The one above is from the Museum of Mourning Art. The gun sits on a turret, allowing it to move freely. It would be set up with a tripwire, meaning that when the unsuspecting grave robber got close to the grave that he intended to rob, he would trigger the weapon, killing him.
Plus: IDW announces new “Great White Whale” Edition, comic book mini-series packed with bonus featuresBack in 1971, Hunter S. Thompson was hired by a sports magazine to report on the famous Mint 400, a wild off-road race through the desert outside Las Vegas. When the draft he submitted — ten times the requested length — was “aggressively rejected” by the magazine, Thompson re-fashioned it into Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This “Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream,” serialized across multiple issues of Rolling Stone, became an instant landmark of counterculture literature, gonzo journalism, and American insight.
In recent years, the long-dormant Mint 400 has been revived from a two-decade hiatus to become bigger than ever — and Canadian artist Troy Little has adapted Hunter S. Thompson’s seminal work into a graphic novel that critics call “outstanding” and “buzzing with manic energy.”
Now, Troy Little heads back to Vegas to re-trace Thompson’s steps, meeting fans and signing books as a Guest of Honor at the Mint 400, for which he has drawn the official poster (March 10-12, 2016, www.themint400.com). At the same time, IDW Publishing celebrates the success of Little’s stunning adaptation — and tips a hat to Rolling Stone — with HUNTER S. THOMPSON’S FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS: The “Great White Whale” Edition. This serialized edition presents the acclaimed graphic novel as a comic book mini-series, featuring Little’s original never-before-seen black and-white artwork, and stuffed with new bonus features.
The first 48-page issue will be available with multiple covers, featuring brand-new designs by Troy Little and Jim Mahfood, plus a blank “sketch variant” cover. It launches in May — talk to your favorite comic shop to reserve your copies today!
PRAISE FOR TROY LITTLE’S ADAPTATION OF HUNTER S. THOMPSON’S FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS:“[Little’s] talents make him perfectly comfortable with the elastic expressions required to recreate the exploits of Thompson and his companion, Dr. Gonzo, as they slingshot between mania, paranoia, rage, and despair… the graphic-novel aspect adds layers to Thompson’s prose.” — Quill & Quire
“Sheer expressiveness… captur[es] the sense of immediacy and paranoia that saturated the original’s long, bad trip… it’s a vivid insight into one of the most fascinatingly creative and unwaveringly troubled writers of his generation.” — Publishers Weekly
“Raoul Duke and his Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, come screaming into Las Vegas, searching for the American dream, destined to find only its charred remains… [Troy] Little fits the sensibility of the original comfortably into comics form.” — Booklist
Some Hero Is Setting Oscar Isaac’s Dancing In ‘Ex Machina’ To A Bunch Of Great Tunes
Before he was everyone’s favourite ‘shipbait in The Force Awakens, Oscar Isaac put in a turn as mad AI billionaire Nathan Bateman in 2015’s Ex Machina. Bateman is a heavy-drinking, narcissistic manipulator of both androids and people, and in a very weird scene designed to show just how far gone he is, Bateman abruptly starts dancing with his AI assistant Kyoko to Oliver Cheatham’s ‘Get Down Saturday Night’ as Domhnall Gleeson’s Caleb looks on, bewildered.
Read more at http://junkee.com/some-hero-is-setting-oscar-isaacs-dancing-in-ex-machina-to-a-bunch-of-great-tunes/79284#dwgyDf9OgLYtCbtK.99
Friday, May 27, 2016
(via conradtao)“Hocket”, by American composer and singer Meredith Monk, from Facing North (1992).Especially when heard live, the spatial separation of the singers and the brief melodic interchanges of this song create quite a disorienting effect. The yodeling of each singer (in which they transition rapidly from chest register to head register, or falsetto) also creates rapid changes in timbre that make it difficult to locate the source of the sound.You can hear more examples and read more about hocketing here.
The Art of Condensing Whole Movies Into Single Photographs
Jason Shulman's proficiency at creating long-exposure images from cinematic masterpieces is soon to be documented in a London exhibition
- TextMaisie Skidmore
A Turner-esque wash of reds and blues; ghostly shadows marking the spot where protagonists once stood; the eerie serenity of a cartoon frozen in uncomfortably vivid hues: London-based artist Jason Shulman’s newest body of work, a series of long-exposure photographs capturing entire films, makes for oddly irresistible viewing. Interestingly, it came about after an unexpectedly successful experiment. “I set up my camera in front of my computer and pointed it at a movie, expecting that, if you expose the negative for an hour and a half with a film in front of it, you’d get a bit like what you get when you mix balls of Play-Doh together – just a brown monotone hue,” he explains of the body of work, which due to go on display next week in an exhibition entitled Photographs of Films at London's Cob Gallery. “So I was very surprised when in fact these kinds of rather interesting translations of films started occurring.” It was a pleasant shock for Shulman, who went on to spend a month in his darkroom photographing a whole series of cinematic masterpieces, from 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey through to 1940 Disney animation Fantasia.
A tragic and definitly fucked up tale.
Meet Lina Medina, a Peruvian 5 year old girl whose known as the world’s most youngest mother. At first her parent’s thought she had a tumor but doctor’s revealed it was an actual child. She began menstruating at the age of 3 and reached puberty at an abnormally early age than most.
She gave birth to her son at the age of 5 years, 7 months and 21 days. She delivered her 6 month baby boy in 1939 via c-section. It is unknown who the father is. Her parent’s brought up the child as her sibling.