Posted by voidmanufacturing on December 11, 2009
Here is an interview with architect/theorist/educator/etc Nic Clear concerning ‘The Near Future’, the issue of Architectural Design guest-edited by Nic. The interview covers a number of topics including the relationship of J. G. Ballard’s work to architecture. On the Ballardian site are included videos made by some of Nic’s students (www.ballardian .com, this is a very good resource for anyone interested in Ballard). We here have replaced the videos with images of some of the more ridiculous projects proposed in Dubai… the oasis of idiocy.
For example this classic:
“A journey. A saga. A legend. The World is today’s great development epic. An engineering odyssey to create an island paradise of sea, sand and sky, a destination has arrived that allows investors to chart their own course and make the world their own”… a vision realized… an ecosystem eliminated
In recognition of the sophistication of Ballard’s architectural analysis, a raft of discourse has been produced in recent times from within both academic and pop-cultural realms. This takes the form of tributes, analyses, ‘reimaginings’ and course syllabuses. In the influential architecture blog BLDGBLOG, for example, Geoff Manaugh sounds the note:
We have more to learn from the fiction of J.G. Ballard … than we do from Le Corbusier. The good city form of tomorrow is a refugee camp built by Brown & Root; the world’s largest architectural client is the U.S. Department of Defense. More people now live in overseas military camps than in houses designed by Mies van der Rohe — yet we study Mies van der Rohe. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on October 8, 2008
The beautiful Baiji, now extinct.
October 6, 2008
Half the world’s mammals are declining in population and more than a third probably face extinction, said an update Monday of the “Red List,” the most respected inventory of biodiversity.
A comprehensive survey of mammals included in the annual report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which covers more than 44,000 animal and plant species, shows that a quarter of the planet’s 5,487 known mammals are clearly at risk of disappearing forever. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on September 24, 2008
It’s Capitalism, Stupid!
Tuesday, September 23 2008 @ 07:03 PM CDT
Contributed by: Oread Daily
Oh the poor, poor rich.
Resistance to the Wall Street bailout is beginning to increase.
Some are asking, why do the rich get corporate socialism while the rest of us are stuck with the dregs of capitalist system in decay? Why is no one talking about welfare Cadillacs now?
IT’S CAPITALISM STUPID! Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on August 24, 2008
First printed in the HUMANE REVIEW, January, 1901.
Reprinted as pamphlet several times, most recently by CGH Services, c.1992 and Jura Media, 1996
MEN of such high standing in hygiene and biology having made a profound study of questions relating to normal food, I shall take good care not to display my incompetence by expressing an opinion as to animal and vegetable nourishment. Let the cobbler stick to his last. As I am neither chemist nor doctor, I shall not mention either azote or albumen, nor reproduce the formulas of analysts, but shall content myself simply with giving my own personal impressions, which, at all events, coincide with those of many vegetarians. I shall move within the circle of my own experiences, stopping here and there to set down some observation suggested by the petty incidents of life. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on August 14, 2008
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on August 4, 2008
Here are some images of the latest models from Japanese sex doll manufacturer Honey Dolls. Warning these images are not for the easily offended, further evidence that humans are in trouble…
Youthful Kaze…so lifelike…so cute…
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on August 4, 2008
What a way to start the day…the screeching of your Dalek-ian alarm clock accompanied by the smell of sizzling pig corpse, just roll over and shove that scrap of roasted flesh into your crusty morning-breath maw. It only makes sense that such an infernal and stupid device should crafted with a complete lack of artistry by some half-assed carnivore dimwits being ironic.
|This is a really great book.
Pleasurable Kingdom | by Jonathan Balcombe
Also read a Sample Chapter PDF (MacMillan Science)
A group of hippopotamuses rests motionless in the cool of an African freshwater spring. Schools of tiny fish have gathered round their flanks and feet, nibbling at parasites and sloughing skin. The hippos, far from passive participants, splay their toes, gape open their mouths and spread their legs to assist the fish in their cleaning services.
Five thousand miles away, in a Montreal lab, an iguana ventures away from her warm perch to retrieve a gourmet tidbit from a frigid corner of her terrarium, ignoring the dull, processed reptile chow just beneath her perch. It’s a reptilian version of shunning the fruit bowl and dashing out for doughnuts on a wintry night.
And in Bowling Green, Ohio, a pair of young rats utter ultrasonic squeaks as they chase a hand to be tickled. Rats accustomed to being petted also approach a hand, but not nearly so quickly, nor with as many squeaks as rats trained to expect a tickle. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on June 23, 2008
…It seems that a sub class of humans, known as “Ruling Elites” have legalized a set of advantageous strategic positions referred to commonly as “national values.” Read the rest of this entry »
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