- I just dumped some of my life on the internet. 10/02/2014
- The “grosstopical” notion of China Mieville. 03/13/2013
- Aspire Bariatrics 01/23/2013
- The collapsing buildings of Alexandria 01/16/2013
- Reading Material: Cities / Playscapes / Drugs / Jerusalem / Time / Bunkers / Apocalypse 01/09/2013
- ideas for mountains. 07/21/2011
- Too Hot To Blog 07/05/2011
- The future forty-seven years ago. 05/20/2011
- sonoluminescene 04/26/2011
- Me and my bike! 04/24/2011
- Way to go, Yuri. 04/12/2011
- Double happiness. 03/31/2011
- Big Freedia is large. 03/29/2011
- Further evidence of police misconduct during Eris Parade in New Orleans. 03/10/2011
- Krewe of Eris met with police aggression, arrests during parade in New Orleans. 03/09/2011
- Solowheel presents a version of the shitty future now. 02/26/2011
- Supercomputer defeats the champions of Jeopardy. 02/17/2011
- NAZI 3-D 02/16/2011
- It’s Kim Jong-il’s birthday. 02/15/2011
- “First ever aerial footage of uncontacted Amazon tribe.” 02/06/2011
- Undercity: Subterranean, bridge-scaling urban exploration in NYC 02/01/2011
- Betelgeuse. 01/22/2011
- Articles: Narco Subs / Digital Afterlife / Mt. Everest 01/13/2011
- Happy New Year! Google has a self-driving car! 01/03/2011
- The Tralfamadorian experience… 12/26/2010
- Andy Kaufman 12/18/2010
- The Collapse of the Minneapolis Metrodome 12/12/2010
- First Kiss… 11/17/2010
- Bathyscaphe Trieste in the Mariana Trench, AUVs, and the Mapping of the Ocean Floor 11/12/2010
- The Walking Dead 11/05/2010
- Future Trash and Landfills Seen from Space 09/18/2010
- Telepresence robots 09/14/2010
- Welcome to Armageddon, USA: A Tour of America’s Most Toxic Town 08/31/2010
- The Twilight Zone—Season 1—“Time Enough at Last” 08/30/2010
- Watching TV at the gym / Five Neuroscientists rafting in Utah 08/27/2010
- Alfred Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest” (1959) 08/25/2010
- The Inexorable Mongol Emperor of the 13th Century—Genghis Khan 08/23/2010
- The Cramps live at Napa State Mental Hospital 08/10/2010
- Aldous Huxley’s “A Brave New World” (1932) 08/06/2010
- Tsunehisa Kimura 08/06/2010
- “Sissy Bounce” in New Orleans 07/29/2010
- The Twilight Zone – Season 1 – “The Lonely” 07/27/2010
- Silent Running – 1972 eco sci-fi with robot drones 07/26/2010
- Paul Klee: Castle and Sun 07/14/2010
- Operation Twin Oceans and the Narco Submarine 07/10/2010
- The Twilight Zone – Season 1 – “Where is Everybody” 07/08/2010
- Player Piano – Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel 06/28/2010
- Touchdown Jesus Struck By Lightning 06/15/2010
- Bright Effs 06/05/2010
- The Blue People of Troublesome, Kentucky 05/26/2010
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Monthly Archives: February 2011
[Image: Film still from Leni Rifenstahl’s Triumph of The Will]
Archived footage has been discovered from 1936, showcasing the talents of Nazi propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl.
In his book The Story of Film, film scholar Mark Cousins claims, “Next to Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock, Leni Riefenstahl was the most technically talented Western film maker of her era”.
Read the full article on this recent historic acquisition here.
[Image: From the bizarre Kim Johg-il looking at things collection]
February 16th, 2011 marks the 69th birthday of Kim Jong-il. As leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim’s birthday is a major national holiday accompanied by mass celebration. That means figure skating, synchronized swimming, and general disregard for the serious social instability threatening the nation as a result of a food shortage.
Set to be the largest hotel in the world, construction began on the Ryugyong in 1987 and ceased five years later due to lack of resources. The building has yet to be completed. A rusting construction crane sat atop the one-hundred-and-five story structure for several years, seemingly removed sometime after the project resumed in 2008 under an Egyptian business group largely invested in telecommunications.
A Flikr series showcases some of the new work done to the facade of the building.
[Image: Mirrored glass additions to the Ryugyon Hotel. From Flikr user Kernbeisser]
A covering of mirrored glass adorns the exterior of the Ryugyong. It’s still unclear as to whether or not any construction beyond the cosmetic has been completed in this purportedly irreparable, structurally unsound building.
Well the country of North Korea appears as a blank, gray shape in Google Maps, a satellite view allows an interesting view of this architectural weirdness:
But enough about menacing dictators and massive, decaying hotels–what about the “human jumbotron”?
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I watched this video recently. Several times since, I’ve paused throughout my day to personally acknowledge that its totally amazing.
I thought it worth sharing. Found via BoingBoing.
I found this short documentary via Good Problem.
Undercity is an exciting glimpse into what is probably the most important part of Steve Duncan’s world–a version of urban exploration that is as much a traveling, tactile history lesson as it is a dangerous and mutated version of spelunking. One of the many intriguing aspects of the project is its direct response to the lived environment: Rather than arriving in Vietnam to journey throughout it’s vast cave system or venturing to Tanzania to conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro, Duncan explores a territory specifically man-made and readily available–yet, infrequently chartered.
In a sense, Duncan’s explorations take place in areas designed to be accessible. “Manholes” are called just that, as they are made and placed to accommodate the admittance of a person, essentially apertures in the grid of public works. Albeit, Ducan excursions bring him to extremely “off-limits”, restricted territories in the city, constructions which serve as integral forms of infrastructure; illegal to trespass, wholly uninviting and, most importantly, undetected and concealed.
…Nobody really seems to understand why I want to see these amazing structures…It kind of makes me sad that there’s so much suspicion around just appreciating the city.
I wonder what, if anything, the exposure of these expeditions will do to alter the myriad factors involved in urban planning and exploration. A New York Times’ article entitled “The Wilderness Beneath Your Feet”, at one point, questions whether or not Duncan’s travels have turned into a “media event”. In a New York full of post-9-11 fears, I wonder how the Department of Environmental Protection might feel about the research of Steve Duncan; or, better yet, how might the Department of Homeland Security respond to learning of it’s vulnerabilities in the nation’s most populated city?
In the opposite direction, is there a potential for the growth of this specific brand of city engagement? Imagine a new form of recreation, it’s axis being the study of urban anatomy via tunnels traversed by foot. Checkpoints and hostels existing in the underground, along routes mapped out for their historic significance and architectural qualities.
As a note, I couldn’t mention the underground tunnels of New York without thinking of Dark Days, a documentary worth watching about people that lived underground in abandoned parts of the city’s railway system.