I went to Japan this spring to visit some friends. One day we took the monorail out to the Expo ‘70 Park outside of Osaka. The park was deserted because it was a windy, rainy day, but The Tower of the Sun loomed over everything. Created by Japanese artist Taro Okamoto, The Tower of the Sun "represent[s] the infinite development of humankind and the power of life." (by peter-rabbit)
Nick Cave and the horses at grand central.
Something to keep you busy while the numbers are comin’ in!
Memories are becoming hyperlinks to information triggered by keywords and URLs. We are becoming ‘persistent paleontologists’ of our own external memories, as our brains are storing the keywords to get back to those memories and not the full memories themselves.Amber Case, cyberanthropologist and CEO of Geoloqi, in our report on the future of millennials’ hyperconnected lives. (via pewinternet)
While doing some research on lightning for a lesson about electricity, I came across the story of Juliane Koepcke, sole survivor of an airplane crash in Peru potentially caused by positive lightning.
"The airplane was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm and exploded in mid-air, disintegrating at 3.2 km (10,000 ft). Koepcke, who was seventeen years old at the time, fell to earth still strapped into her seat. She survived the fall with only a broken collarbone, a gash to her right arm, and her right eye swollen shut. ’I was definitely strapped in [the airplane seat] when I fell,’ she remembered. ‘It must have turned and buffered the crash, otherwise I wouldn’t have survived.’”
On Sunday mornings WKCR has a show I love called Amazing Grace, featuring old gospel music. One of the boxed sets they use frequently is Goodbye Babylon, put out by Dust-to-Digital. 4 out of the 6 discs in the set are available on Spotify, take a listen. (via Dust-to-Digital / Parlortone » Goodbye, Babylon)
Interviewing James Paul Gee about games for learning at Arizona State. (Taken with instagram)
From Defend the Internet. A great video about how the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) serves the interests of large media and entertainment companies to the detriment of the innovative Internet as we know it.
If you’ve never been, it’s more than worth the trek out there. Absolutely amazing.
The Panorama is the jewel in the crown of the collection of the Queens Museum of Art. Built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair, in part as a celebration of the City’s municipal infrastructure, this 9,335 square foot architectural model includes every single building constructed before 1992 in all five boroughs; that is a total of 895,000 individual structures. (via http://www.queensmuseum.org/exhibitions/visitpanorama)
Oh, Robert Moses.
I’m a fan of all of the Selby Films, but I particularly like this one with the artist Christine Sun Kim.
A new video game concept from Notion Collective. The clouds are fluffy and pixelated. That really is an elephant and a donkey in a hot air balloon. I have no doubt this is going to be pretty incredible.
I’ve always loved the Looking Into the Past group on Flickr. Dear Photograph takes it to a whole new level.
Dear Photograph,Balboa Park… I got engaged here, married here and now I’m alone again. But when I come to sit on these steps once more, I remember my parents had very little, and yet they made our childhood rich with fond memories. That is what keeps smiling.Ronnie
Thanks to Julia.