(These aren't my things)
Opening this Saturday, March 8th at Spoke Art in San Francisco is the group show dedicated to David Lynch, “In Dreams.” The show features over 40 international artists with new work devoted to the films and television of Lynch. Check out more below (Joshua Budich, Allison Reimold, Joel Daniel Phillips, and Zach Tutor above):
Comic: Adventure Time - Seeing Red (Kaboom)
Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
It was a very good day.
I don’t even know what to say, I think my heart exploded. This is, I think, the best response I could ever hope for.
A star is born
If a tree falls in an Alpine forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? What happens when a star – a real one – is born in an Alpine forest? We all ought to start thinking about the latter because that’s exactly what scientists are doing in Saint-Paul-lès-Durance: they are creating a star in a bottle.
Thirty-five countries, representing more than half the world’s population, have invested billions of dollars into building a star-making machine. Few engineering feats can compare in scale, technical complexity or ambition.
Once completed, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER as this mammoth machine is called, will stand a hundred feet tall and weigh twenty-three thousand tons – that’s more than twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower.
If ever switched on, ITER will create a new energy source that could save the planet from catastrophe -
"Beams of uncharged particles - the energy in them so great it could vaporise a car in seconds - will pour into the chamber, adding tremendous heat. In this way, the circulating hydrogen will become ionised, and achieve temperatures exceeding two hundred million degrees Celsius - more than ten times as hot as the sun at its blazing core."
And it gets better according to The New Yorker -
"There isn’t a physical substance that could contain such a thing. Metals, plastics, ceramics, concrete, even pure diamond - all would be obliterated on contact, and so the machine will hold the superheated cloud in a ‘magnetic bottle’.
"Just feet from the reactor’s core, the magnets will be cooled to two hundred and sixty-nine degrees below zero, nearly the temperature of deep space. Caught in the grip of their titanic forces, the artificial earthbound sun will be suspended, under tremendous pressure, in the pristine nothingness of ITER’s vacuum interior."
Eventually, physicists hope commercial reactors modelled on ITER will be built too – generating terawatts of power with no carbon, virtually no pollution, and scant radioactive waste which would essentially solve the world’s energy problems for the next thirty million years…
Perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel after all?
Cave Cities of Tomorrow : Professor Philip B. Bucky
Ashley + Billy in ‘I feel quite sick’
City of the Future