The Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum's collections, now searchable in color.
Colors? They got colors
. All kinds of colors
. My god, it's just full of colors
. But wait, there's even more inside... [more inside]
The London Underground. Every Londoner has used it
, but has everyone really seen it? The old map
is looking a bit dusty. Perhaps its time for Geographic precision
or maybe 3D projection
. If we add bicycles to the map
, is it still an underground? [more inside]
The Year 3000 looks back on the Beatles:
A future-documentary on the world-changing impact of the Fab Four. (via
The current show
at the Storefront for Art and Architecture
in New York City explores an era when architecture was actually interesting
. We go from "an elephant attacking the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
in Manhattan to a skyscraper made of Swiss cheese." On the way, we visit astronauts
, walking cities
, and robots fucking
– and it's all waiting for you inside these little magazines
was a man ahead of his time. His epic 'novel' Star Maker
(1937) considered the emergence of genetic engineering, the outcome of the many worlds interpretation and delved deeper than any book before or since into the consequences of evolution on the cosmos. His fans have included the likes of Arthur C Clarke
, Jorge Luis Borges and Virginia Woolf
. Even his greatest detractor, C.S.Lewis, wrote an entire Cosmic Trilogy
in response to his imaginings. Yet despite Stapledon's magnetic prose
and extraordinary influence on speculative fiction
his name remains largely forgotten by the world
. Yet his words still resonate with insight: "Did not our life issue daily as more or less firm threads of active living, and mesh itself into the growing web, the intricate, ever-proliferating pattern of mankind?"
'If you want to know what Utopia is like, just look around - this is it,'
the article asks is human evolution over? Two interesting "facts?" "points?"
1) the blending of our genes which will soon produce a uniformly brown-skinned population. Apart from that, there will be little change in the species.
2) Just consider Aids, and then look at chimpanzees,' says Jones. 'You find they all carry a version of HIV but are unaffected by it. Something very similar could soon happen to humans. In a thousand years...
Link via www.cursor.org
Anyone else remember Wired's theory of The Long Boom
from 1997? I guess they were wrong.
Have we entered a
Neil Howe and William Strauss have written a series of books (really, the same book rehashed three times, but who's counting?) on generational cycles. Their theory is that we are due for a "fourth turning" in the first part of the 21st century: a catalyst event that causes an extreme change in public mood, causing us to go through a decade or two of crisis. For example, the 1929 stock market crash was a catalyst, and the Depression and WWII were the time of crisis. Was 9/11 such a catalyst?