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How “2001″ Became the Space Odyssey We Know

James Cameron narrates this documentary on the classic film 2001. It includes archival footage of the late Arthur C. Clarke in the 1960s touring spacecraft manufacturing facilities, footage of designers putting together models, snippets of archival footage of Kubrick, and various other amazing stuff I’ve never seen. It also features interviews with Doug [...]

The Complete History of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

If you were a kid in the 1980s or 90s, you probably spent some time reading, watching, or playing with four adolescent reptilian martial arts experts with irregular DNA. To make sure I got the scoop on everyone’s favorite heroes in a half-shell, I went straight to the source – co-creator Peter Laird – [...]

Lectures for a New Year: God, the Universe, and Everything Else

Ready for a spectacular late-80s treat? Here we have Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and Arthur C. Clarke in discussion with Magnus Magnusson shortly after Hawking’s A Brief History of Time was published. This discussion was sparked by the book (Sagan wrote the introduction), and it shows three visionaries at a time in history [...]

Optical Illusion Rug

(Video Link) This moiré pattern consists of static fish on a rug and a table with parallel bars. When you walk around it, the fish appear to move. The firm Clarke Hopkins Clarke won a coveted Red Dot design award for it. Designers’ Website -via Dornob | Previously by These Designers: Parallel of Time Clock

10 Interesting Numbers in American Culture (Plus or Minus a Few)

From the number that defeated the Nazis to the one that put a smile on the faces of drunken sailors, here are 10 digits with real value. 1. Nine-tenths of a cent: The fraction that makes us pump more gas Every time we fill up our tanks, we wrestle with one of life’s thorniest mysteries: Why [...]

Monolith by David Herbert

Clarke & Kubrik, VHS, and Monolith. Check, check, and check. David Herbert created this giant 8-foot tall VHS cassette tape of 2001: A Space Odyssey from foam, plexiglass and latex paint. Now, how many of you automatically think of “ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA. ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE.” – via Coudal Partners

Arthur C. Clarke’s 31-Word Short Story

In 1984, science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke submitted “siseneG” to Analog magazine. Clarke’s cover letter was as terse, stating “This is the only short story I’ve written in ten years or so. I think you’ll agree that they don’t come much shorter.” Link via blastr

7 Seminal Robots

1. Maria – 1927 One of the first robotic icons in science fiction, Maria appears in Metropolis, a silent German film directed by Fritz Lang and set in the year 2026 (at the time, 100 years in the future). The robot is never named in the film, but she is an attempt to make an evil [...]

Parallel of Time Clock

The Australian architectural firm Clarke Hopkins Clarke designed a clock called “Parallel of Time.” As the shapes move, the shorter hands indicate the hour and minutes: Time is parallel. The speed of time (on earth) is indubitable but everyone’s perception of it is somehow different. Using multiple clocks and cables to create a number of parallelograms, [...]

How to shave 10 years off your life: Have high cholesterol, be hypertensive, and smoke.

Researchers have taken another look at the famous Whitehall study of over 18,000 middle-aged London men and found that a single measurement of three factors predicted mortality better than any other measures. Those with the three risk factors, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking, had three times the risk of death from cardiovascular problems [...]