The Oscars are upon us but Simon Doonan says don’t expect any fashion surprises on the red carpet. Many Angeleno viewers of the movie Her were taken not just by the story but by… the subway map. Alissa Walker talks to its creator, Geoff McFetridge. The Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) founder Kyle Bergman talks about the human stories behind the creation of objects and buildings,
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In physics, the darkness is the most illuminating place to look if you want to understand the Universe right now. We now know that 26.8% of all matter is dark. And dark energy accounts for 68.3% of all energy. So nearly 96% of the Universe is dark. It is there; but invisible.
Our understanding of the dark universe is not just the result of scientific research and technological innovation. Artists have been active in producing some of the most powerful and persistent ideas about the possibilities of of invisible universe we exist within. Just as the cartographers of the past worked hand-in-hand with artists who illustrated and interpreted the new worlds they discovered, the dark universe is being mapped, visualised and sonified by artists.
Honor’s talk will touch upon how culture can help illuminate the darkness.
In this talk, Justin will look at how a single piece of hardware — the photovoltaic solar panel — has been used as a tool for envisioning positive and inclusive futures, and what it can tell us about the state of innovation, energy, and environmentalism today, in 2014.
The Talk Show
October 26, 2012
Looper with Rian Johnson
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Very special guest Rian Johnson, writer-director of the hit movie Looper, joins Adam Lisagor and John Gruber for an in-depth discussion of the film and the art of filmmaking.
Websites we mention:
Looper on IMDB
Rian’s commentary track
Special thanks to Travis Prater for engineering the recording at Sandwich Studios.
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Cameron Smith is building a space suit in his apartment.
He’s not an astronaut. He’s not even an engineer. Cameron Smith is an archaeologist–on faculty in the anthropology department at Portland State University in Oregon. But Cameron is an explorer by nature. He’s been diving in Puget Sound, survived arctic winters in Iceland and Alaska and summited Oregon’s Mount Hood more times than he can count.
Now he wants to take on outer space. And since Cameron doesn’t have an entire space program behind him, that means doing it on the cheap. His homemade space suit costs $2,000. A standard issue suit from NASA runs about $12 million.
The space suit has been a 3 years in the making. Eventually, Cameron will put on the suit and step into a gondola and a balloon (also homemade) will take him up 50,000 feet in the air. At that point, he’ll be depending on his own craftiness to keep himself alive.
Cameron’s efforts are part of a whole Do-It-Yourself (DIY) space race that’s been popping up all over the world. Sure, there are commercial ventures like XCOR and Virgin Galactic creating their own space-bound hardware, offering flights starting at $95,000 and $250,000, respectively. But there are also people trying to make space travel available and affordable for more than just the very wealthy.
Copenhagen Suborbitals is one member of this DIY space community. They build rockets and space capsules in an abandoned shipyard in Denmark.
Copehnagen Suborbitals and Cameron Smith have been working together on the space suit project; Cameron may build suits for them to use once they’re ready to replace their crash-test dummy with a live human being.
Follow their progress on their Wired Science blog Rocket Shop.
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All the music in this episode is by Melodium, a band I’ve played on the radio more than any other. I recommend you buy EVERYTHING, but if I had to narrow it down, I think Cerebro Spin, My Mind is Falling to Pieces, and Music for Invisible People are my favorites. Support awesomeness.
Folks looking for a lighter take on the problems of designing for an imagined future might want to screen “Desk Set,” a romantic comedy from 1957 starring Tracy & Hepburn. It concerns a group of researchers at a national network (a thinly disguised NBC) who fear being replaced by an “electronic brain” named EMERAC. Although its name is very similar to the University of Pennsylvania’s ENIAC, EMERAC is really more like Remington Rand’s UNIVAC—the first widely available mainframe.
Considering the fact that this “sci-fi” is set, not in a world centuries beyond the Eisenhower era, but in a world we can now easily recognize as the mid-1960s, it’s amazing how much the writers, designers and set decorators got wrong. By the late ‘50s, it was already apparent that transistors would make mainframes ever smaller, yet EMERAC is gigantic, easily dwarfing every other element on the set. Granted, the size of EMERAC may have more to do with the idea that technology was a huge threat to the “ladies” of the research department. Its size was merely the physical embodiment of what the electronic revolution would mean to people who earned their livings with pencils and paper.
In spite of the laughable beeps, boops and groans emitted by EMERAC (at one point it actually vents steam), a critical scene absolutely nails what the computer/Internet revolution would mean to clerks and librarians. The president of the network challenges the researchers to retrieve an obscure statistic about damage to U.S. forests caused by the spruce bud worm. We’re informed in an aside that it had taken weeks to find the information with traditional, library-based methods. The nerdy mistress of EMERAC sits down at a keyboard and types in: “How much damage is done annually to American forests by the spruce bud worm?” Almost instantaneously EMERAC spits out the answer.
The original Broadway playwright, William Marchant, clearly saw where the world was headed, because we all do pretty much the same thing every day with Google.
A chat about the future of UI/UX design with Alasdair Allan, Josh Marinacci and Tony Santos.
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