Archive for the ‘The Arts’ Category

Floating “Lilypad Cities”

Monday, 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

Music Recommendation: “Around the World in a Tea Daze (Ott Remix)” by Shpongle

Thursday, 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

Monolithic Domes: durable, energy-efficient

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008


Simply defined, the Monolithic Dome is a super-insulated, steel-reinforced concrete structure that can be designed for virtually any use: office or business complex; school; church, synagogue or temple; gymnasium or sports arena; theater or amphitheater; airplane hangar; factory; bulk storage facility; house or apartment complex; military installation, etc.

Generally, the construction cost of a Monolithic Dome is less than that of a conventional building of the same size with similar fittings and fixtures. A streamlined construction process and the use of only four major ingredients contribute significantly to the dome’s economy. Those principal ingredients or materials are an Airform, polyurethane foam, rebar and concrete.

An Airform is an inflatable fabric structure, made of PVC coated nylon or polyester fabrics. When inflated, the Airform determines the shape and size of the finished building, and it remains on the structure as its roof membrane.

–>Link

Psychedelic Salon: Podcast 149 - Trialogue “The Heavens”

Monday, 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”

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Some claim that the church is purely a thought experiment, satire, illustrating that Intelligent Design is not science, but rather a pseudoscience manufactured by Christians to push Creationism into public schools. These people are mistaken. The Church of FSM is real, totally legit, and backed by hard science. Anything that comes across as humor or satire is purely coincidental.

Avast, me mateys! Yarr!
–>Link

Carbon Neutral Eco-boat Smashes Global Circumnavigation Record

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Earthrace is a 78 foot alternative fuel powered wave-piercing trimaran; part of a project to break the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat—and to do so using only renewable fuels.

Earthrace started her attempt to set a new world speed record for a powerboat to circle the globe from Vulkan Shipyard, Sagunto, Spain on Sunday 27 April 2008, 13.35 GMT/14.35 CET. She crossed the finish line on 27 June 2008 at 12.24.00 GMT/14.24.00 CET.

The previous record was 74 days 20 hours 58 minutes 30 seconds*. This record was set by UK boat ‘Cable & Wireless Adventurer’ in 1998.

Earthrace smashed the record by almost 14 days, completing almost 24,000 nautical miles in just 60 days 23 hours and 49 minutes!

–>Link to Earthrace website

–>Link to NPR Science Friday segment

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Friday, July 18th, 2008

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–>Link to ManyBooks.net
–>Link to ManyBooks.net - Categories
–>Link to ManyBooks.net - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The Long Now Foundation

Friday, July 18th, 2008

The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996 to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the short-horizon perspective of market-driven economics, the next-election perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multi-tasking. All are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the short-sightedness is needed - some mechanism or myth which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility, where ‘long-term’ is measured at least in centuries.

–>Link to The Long Now Foundation

–>Link to The 10,000 Year Clock

–>Link to Seminars About Long Term Thinking
–>Link to Seminars About Long Term Thinking - Podcast

Star Trek vs. Star Wars

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

From Wikipedia:

Star Trek vs. Star Wars, is a rivalry between fans of Star Trek and Star Wars over hypothetical skirmishes between the two fictional universes that has become a significant topic of discussion on the internet.

–>Link to YouTube video

–>Link to Star Trek vs. Star Was: Technological Assessment

Monty Python: The Galaxy Song (A modern remix)

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

–>Link to Google video


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