August 11th, 2008
Based on the design of a lilypad, they could be used as a permanent refuge for those whose homes have been covered in water. Major cities including London, New York and Tokyo are seen as being at huge risk from oceans which could rise by as much as 3ft by the end of this century.
This solution, by the award-winning Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, is designed to be a new place to live for those whose homelands have been wiped out.
The ‘Lilypad City’ would float around the world as an independent and fully self-sustainable home. With a lake at its centre to collect and purify rainwater, it would be accessed by three separate marinas and feature artificial mountains to offer the inhabitants a change of scenery from the seascape.
Power for the central accommodation hub is provided through a series of renewable energy sources including solar panels on the mountain sides, wind turbines and a power station to harness the energy of the waves.
–>Link to Vincent Callebaut Architecte LILYPAD
–>Link to article @ dailymail.co.uk
August 3rd, 2008
The solar eclipse of August 1, 2008 was a total eclipse of the Sun with a magnitude of 1.039 that was visible from a narrow corridor through northern Canada (Nunavut), Greenland, central Russia, eastern Kazakhstan, western Mongolia and China. It belonged to the so-called midnight sun eclipses, as it was visible from regions experiencing midnight sun.
In Siberia, the total eclipse zone passed through populated places, including the “capital of Siberia” Novosibirsk, and the cities of Nizhnevartovsk, Barnaul and Biysk. The greatest eclipse duration was reached near the town of Nadym in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Northern Siberia.
A partial eclipse could be seen from the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbra, including eastern North America and most of Europe and Asia.
–>Link to NASA’s website for this event
–>Link to SpaceWeather.com photo gallery
July 31st, 2008
As mentioned on the About page, this track, from the album “Shpongle Remixed“, provides the inspiration for the name of this blog.
While integrating themes from many musical genres, Shpongle’s music could be classified as electronic/psychedelic.
Ott has done a phenomenal job remixing this track. After the oompa-loompa interlude, the track breaks through to about 4 minutes of some of the most epic, yet ethereal music you’ve heard.
–>Link to twisted.co.uk
July 31st, 2008
The Lick Observatory is an astronomical observatory, owned and operated by the University of California. It is situated on the summit of Mount Hamilton, just east of San Jose, California, USA. The observatory is managed from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where its scientific staff moved in the mid-1960s.
Significant discoveries made at Lick Observatory include several moons of Jupiter and several extrasolar planets.
–>Link to Lick Observatory
–>Link to Lick Observatory “HamCam”
July 29th, 2008
A nutritious beverage, rich in detoxifying chlorophyll and antioxidants, and suited for meditative practice.
–>Link to Health Benefits of Matcha
–>Link to Wikipedia: Matcha
–>Link to Wikipedia: Japanese Tea Ceremony
July 28th, 2008
Lorenzo of the Psychedelic Salon produces a fantastic and invaluable podcast featuring interviews and discussions with the great thinkers and personalities of the psychedelic movement.
Podcast 149 is especially relevant for this blog. This episode features a fascinating discussion (or trialogue) between Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham, and Terence McKenna about “The Heavens”.
–>Link to Psychedelic Salon: Podcast 149 - “The Heavens”