Archive for November, 2009

Magnificent Maps that Didn’t Make the Exhibition

This map is one of the British Library’s greatest treasures. It is a set of maps of the province of Jiangxi in south eastern China (a detail of it is illustrated above). The map has been paintedAwith incredible colours and delicacy onto silk, which creates a mesmerising shimmering effect. Just look at the depth of thoseAblues. The image doesn’t show it, but the water has this amazing ‘fish-scale’ pattern effect to it.

We think that this map was intended for administrative use. It shows the historic divisions of the individual prefectures, the roads, rivers (this is a particularly wet part of China - the Yangtze river forms part of its northern boundary) and more importantly the river crossings. Towns are shown as walled settlements, with government buildings and Confucian schools afforded special prominence. Administrative, practicalAstuff. So why is it so beautiful?

The ideaAthat functionality and artistry are mutually inclusive isAsomething we’ve explored in the exhibition. When you think about it, maps can be both useful and beautiful. There has to be an element of artistry in a map for it to fulfil its purpose, even if it is the mere act of drawing or engraving onto a flat surface. These are artistic techniques!AAnd do not forget that administrative maps such as the Jiangxi map would have been looked at and used by high-ranking officials, who would have demanded theAhighest standards of decoration, taste and beauty, even in their maps.

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Posted: November 10th, 2009
at 7:02pm by Koookiecrumbles


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The RZA & The Heart of Perfect Wisdom

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The RZA speaks on the Heart Sutra and Right Speech in an interview with the Shambhala Sun.

With his second book, The Tao of Wu, out this month, The RZA - leader of what is arguably the most important hip-hop group, The Wu-Tang Clan - recently spoke to the Shambhala Sun. Why? Well, the way of the RZA is one of embracing many religious practices and disciplines. A spiritual seeker, he first found real inspiration in the teachings of The Nation of Gods and Earths, but has since delved into Taoism, Christianity, Confucianism, and, yes, Buddhism - even visiting China’s famed Shaolin Temple.

In this Shambhala Sun Audio clip excerpted from a 45-minute conversation, the Wu-Tang mastermind speaks from his second home in California about Right Speech and how it might apply to rap, and expresses his admiration for Buddhism’s Heart Sutra.

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Posted: November 10th, 2009
at 2:06pm by orangemenace

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Blazer Pentium 1.0 - Upcycled Kicks

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Artist Gabriel Deshaw created this pair of Jordans - which he calls ‘Blazer Pentium 1.0‘ - by ‘upcycling’ scrapped metal and computer parts. Currently up for sale, they’re a men’s size 9.5 - but weigh in at about 15 pounds. I don’t think you’ll be breakin’ any ankles, other than you your own, while rocking these - but they’re still kind of dope.

This sculpture is part of a shoes series I’m currently working where I revisit some of my favorite classic sneakers silhouettes. With this piece I again tried to create a complete piece with both box and shoe notice some of the details, shoes lock down inside of box for easy portability, I also tied this piece around a theme,"Pentium", the name of Intel’s chips. You will notice this repeated through out the shoes, and box (via).

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Posted: November 10th, 2009
at 9:23am by orangemenace

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The "Macbook Wheel"


Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

I admit, I laughed.

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Posted: November 9th, 2009
at 10:36am by Black Ock


Categories: myninjaplease,computers,apple,fo' real?

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First Light - Documentary

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First Light: An Introduction to Meru Foundation Research by Stan Tenen

The Hebrew Alphabet, Genesis, and Kabbalah: What is The Meru Project? Using the objective tools of science, Stan Tenen has studied the mathematical structure underlying the sequence of letters in the Hebrew text of Genesis. His research has shown that the geometric patterns fundamental to modern physics were available to us long before physics per se was considered an independent science. These patterns are intrinsic to the Hebrew letter-text of Genesis, and were known to traditional Kabbalists and sages. Studying these patterns leads to a deep understanding of the framework of our own existence, and ways to access our potential to improve ourselves and the world around us. The Meru Project has discovered that the sequence of letters in the Hebrew text of Genesis reveals a simple yet extraordinary and unexpected series of geometric models whose intrinsic meaning describes processes inherent in fields as diverse as embryology, modern physics, and consciousness studies. Meru research demonstrates that the Hebrew alphabet, in its early rabbinic form, is at its core a universal language of gestures. People from all cultures, even those who are blind from birth, and children before they speak, make spontaneous use of this natural language. The gestures of the Hebrew alphabet express universal needs and choices. The benefits of using this extraordinary and uniquely elegant model range from personal and spiritual growth to the expansion of scientific knowledge.

Crazy.

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Just as some fun facts - Meru is a section of Kenya, and the people who live there are the Meru [which becomes more interesting when you consider that Hebrew is a Semitic language - a language family that may have its origins in Ethiopia, which currently borders Kenya]. Meru is also the name of a mountain in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions - which sits at the center of the cosmos.

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Posted: November 9th, 2009
at 9:31am by orangemenace

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Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty

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Posted: November 8th, 2009
at 10:29pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: et cetera,maps

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Primary Sources : There are UFOs

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An official announcement by the Obama administration disclosing the reality of extraterrestrial life is imminent. For several months, senior administration officials have been quietly deliberating behind closed doors how much to disclose to the world about extraterrestrial life. Dissatisfaction among powerful institutions such as the U.S. Navy over the decades-long secrecy policy has given a boost to efforts to disclose the reality of extraterrestrial life and technology.

The impending disclosure announcement follows upon the secret implementation of a year long openness policy on UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Over the period February 12-14, 2008, the United Nations held closed doors discussions where approximately 30 nations secretly agreed on a new openness policy on UFOs and extraterrestrial life in 2009. The openness policy was implemented but never publicly announced due to threats against UN diplomats not to disclose details of the secret agreement. The secret UN agreement was based on two conditions. First, UFOs would continue to appear around the world; and second, the openness policy would not lead to social unrest in liberal democracies. Both conditions have been satisfied making it possible for the next stage to begin official disclosure of extraterrestrial life.

.::continue reading at the Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner->

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Posted: November 8th, 2009
at 5:30pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Inside Zynga

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Posted: November 8th, 2009
at 12:37pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Harmonica + Beatbox

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Posted: November 8th, 2009
at 12:09pm by Black Ock


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