NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts
May18

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts

Found via the Space Girl page on Facebook is the NIAC 2016 Phase I and Phase II Selections, featuring – as you might have worked out from post title – NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts, its programme to fund work on revolutionary aeronautics and space concepts. Some of the concepts include Brane Craft – “an ultra-light dynamic membrane spacecraft, with 3-axis attitude determination and control plus navigation, that can significantly change both its shape and orbit” – and Tensegrity Approaches to In-Space Construction of a 1g Growable Habitat – “[an] economically feasible approach to building habitats that can grow, spin, and [be manufactured] in space” – among many others. A lot of good stuff and interesting ideas for the science and possibly science fiction fan...

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Lillian F. Schwartz Movies
May08

Lillian F. Schwartz Movies

Some extraordinary videos, mostly from the 1970s, showcasing innovative computer animations or filming techniques in artworks produced by Lillian F. Schwartz. From Lillian.com: Lillian Schwartz, resident artist and consultant at Bell Laboratories (New Jersey), 1969-2002. During the 70s and 80s Schwartz developed a catalogue of visionary techniques for the use of the computer system by artists. Her formal explorations in abstract animation involved the marriage of film, computers and music in collaboration with such luminaries as computer musicians Jean-Claude Risset, Max Mathews, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Milton Babbit, and Richard Moore. Many more of Lillian’s films can be found...

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Attention K-Mart Shoppers
Jan28

Attention K-Mart Shoppers

Found via Open Culture is a collection of tape cassettes (digitised by Mark Davis) sent to K-Mart stores in the late 1980s and early 1990s to play over the shop speaker system; muzak and store announcements that you can close your eyes to and transport yourself back in time (and, in my case, to a culture only glimpsed on TV and in the movies.) The collection of K-Mart tapes can be found at the Internet Archive here:...

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Star Wars: The Premake
Dec19

Star Wars: The Premake

John D’Amico has made a shot-for-shot remake of the original Star Wars movie using clips of films and TV programmes that all predate the science fiction classic’s creation in 1977. Star Wars: The Premake from John D'Amico on...

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Which Way Is The Bus Going?
Dec12

Which Way Is The Bus Going?

Which way is the bus in the following image going? And remember, by answering you may be openly admitting that you’re a...

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The Daesh Magazine Dabiq
Nov21

The Daesh Magazine Dabiq

Whether you call them Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, or CystISIS, the group responsible for – and proud of – a reign of terror in the Middle East and beyond (though, apparently, without thinking through the economics behind running a state through fear where everyone is trying to flee it reducing the prospects of the type of production needed to keep it going) produce a glossy propaganda magazine designed to entice in the easily-confused to their brutal ranks. You can find the issues of Dabiq in PDF form here: http://www.clarionproject.org/news/islamic-state-isis-isil-propaganda-magazine-dabiq. It should go without saying that some imagery in the magazines might not be for the sqeamish and all of the writing in them might not be for people with rational...

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