I don’t drive but wouldn’t mind having one of these…
Via Industry Tap:
There are now over one billion cars traveling roads around the world directly and indirectly costing trillions of dollars in material resources, time and noxious emissions. Imagine all these cars running cleanly for 100 years on just 8 grams of fuel each.
Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut, USA, is developing a new method of automotive propulsion with one of the most dense materials known in nature: thorium. Because thorium is so dense it has the potential to produce tremendous amounts of heat. The company has been experimenting with small bits of thorium, creating a laser that heats water, produces steam and powers a mini turbine.
One of the greatest – and longest – novels ever written, Proust’s masterpiece is an intricate stream of consciousness work which should be read by anyone who loves literature.
Via The Independent:
Although he sometimes mocked the “Anglomania” of Parisian high society, Marcel Proust owed a huge debt to English literature. This, after all, was a writer who had abandoned his own fiction to spend the half-decade after 1900 on a quixotic project to translate the works of Victorian prophet-critic John Ruskin into French. He undertook what he called this “voluntary servitude” along with his beloved mother (whose English was actually better than her son’s) and his Manchester-born friend, Marie Nordlinger.
Today sees the centenary of the publication – on 14 November 1913 – of Swann’s Way. It was the first fruit of Proust’s snail’s-pace return to fiction and the opening volume of the seven books, and 4,000-plus pages, that make up In Search of Lost Time. At this anniversary season, Proust the literary anglophile would surely have been thrilled with the novel that has dominated British bestseller lists over recent weeks.
A stunning film from legendary Ingmar Bergman charting a woman’s psychological collapse. Masterfully directed with exemplary cinematography and some of the best performances ever committed to screen.
What is reality? What are dream states? What is the dynamic between the two? More to the point, what is perception? And how do we subconsciously – or in our own ways consciously – mediate between the two?
Digging around for information can bring up some truly bizarre results sometimes – here’s a great example of this from an article in The Independent from back in 1995:
For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art – including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko – as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince – except that it acted secretly – the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.
Wonderfully surreal images with a little help from a 4-year-old.
Via 22 Words:
When artist Mica Angela Hendricks got a new sketch book a while back, her 4-year-old daughter was insistent upon being able to try it out herself. Hendricks tried to say no, but her daughter used a phrase on her mom that she must have heard a few times herself…
If you can’t share, we might have to take it away…
Well, that did the trick and Hendricks her little girl finish one of the characters she’d started in the new sketchbook. This turned out to be an accidental stroke of genius.
Who out there hasn’t always wondered why there aren’t any action figures of philosophers?
Via Open Culture:
Americans do not live in a culture that values philosophy. I could go on about the deep veins of anti-intellectualism that run under the country like fault lines or natural gas deposits, but I won’t. Let’s just say that we favor more obvious displays of prowess: feats of strength, agility, and physical violence, for example, of the superhero variety. With this fact in mind,first-year graduate student Ian Vandewalker decided he “wanted to do something that would bring a discipline that is often seen as difficult, esoteric, and even irrelevant, into new light—especially in the eyes of young people.”
From Benny’s Video to The White Ribbon, Haneke has frequently courted controversy and forced the audience to confront their own voyeuristic role in on-screen violence, often provoking the ire of the critics who don’t like being “lectured” about the complicit role the viewer has with the cinematic form. Love him or hate him, his films are often penetrate beneath the surface of Western civilization and uncover the neurosis which drive society towards collective insanity.
This documentary explores Haneke’s world and takes us underneath the skin of one of the few auteurs working in film today.
Seems like more and more people are calling “bullshit” these days when they watch the news.
Via Zen Gardner:
What happened recently in response to the Syrian gambit of the globalist elite is profound. Besides the geopolitical upheaval it caused and subsequent dizzying effects, even more intriguing is the ensuing rise of conscious connecting of issues it seems to have spawned. It’s as if a layer of the false holographic onion peeled off and exposed not just the next layer, but the more fundamental and profound realization that this phony thing we’ve been witnessing truly is an illusion and that it has layers to be peeled.
That’s called awakening.