Among the most lasting imagery from all of the science-fiction that I’ve read is from Heinlein’s ‘juvenile sic-fi’ novel “Farmer In The Sky”. A boy and his family settle on Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede. It’s a good little story with some solid ‘sci’ but the image of the planet Jupiter just dominating the sky of their new world really struck me.
The Flea links to some cool imagery of what the planets of our Solar System would look like in the sky if they were the same distance from us as the Moon. (I would have expected Jupiter to be larger.)
Here, you can listen to Holst while you view. 8-)
Remember him, for he saved all of you: pudgy and not very large but somehow massive and indomitable; baby-faced, with snub nose, square chin, rheumy eyes on occasion given to tears; a thwarted actor’s taste for clothes that would have looked ridiculous on a less splendid man. He wore the quaintest hats of anyone: tinted square bowlers; great flat sombreros squashed down on his head; naval officer’s caps rendered just slightly comic by the huge cigar protruding beneath the peak. On grave and critical occasions he sported highly practical Teddy-bear suits few grown men would dare to wear in public. He fancied oil painting, at which he was good, writing, at which he was excellent, and oratory, at which he was magnificent. His habits were somewhat owlish (a bird he faintly resembled), and he stayed up late at night, often working mornings in bed with a lap tray for his desk. (Once, after the war, when I called on him at 11:00 A.M., he inquired whether I wished a drink, ordered me a whiskey and soda, then, reaching for the empty glass beside him, told his manservant: “And bring me another.”
- From World War II by (the late NY Times Foreign Affairs columnist) C.L. Sulzberger
Check out this song and video from John Newman.
Really over the last decade, EA’s FIFA soccer games have been my main source of new music. They always load the game soundtrack with great stuff from all over the world. This one from FIFA 14.
Newman is a new artist from the north of England. I love the celebration of the dancehall culture in the video, and the Romeo & Juliet theme. They used real people who attend the dancehall all-nighters to dance in the video. That guy with the vertical striped bowling kinda shirt has got it goin’ on! Love that breakbeat stuff.
You have to watch his Cheating video to find out what happens to R&J.
Filed under Britain, Music
Here’s a great little clip of the pitch on CBC’s Dragon’s Den by a group of inner city Halifax kids who are part of a group of social entrepreneurs called Hope Blooms (video at link). With the help of some mentors, over 40 kids run an organic garden and produce salad dressings. The dressings sell out every weekend at the community (Seaport) market in Halifax, so they kids are looking for an investment of $10,000 in exchange for 5% royalties until the loan is paid back.
The Dragons are floored, and four of five (you’ll never guess who the fifth one is) pitch in the $10,000 with no royalty claims, offer to promote the idea, and Boston Pizza founder and CEO Jim Treliving even offers to distribute the product through his restaurants. They kids want to build a greenhouse so they can get into year-round production. They do a great job with their presentation, come away with $40,000 and invaluable support.
Here’s their website. Great job kids, and mentors, and the community. Doesn’t sound like you need a “good luck” wish, but you have mine anyway! Will pick up some of your product next chance I get … if there’s any still on the shelves!
Yeah, people are posting Velvet Underground stuff everywhere. My favourite bit of Lou Reed was “New Sensations”. Loved that album.
Hey Bro, What’s The Word?
Later: hoax? oh well, any time’s a good time to post a Lou Reed vid!
Later later: appears to be the true story that Lou Reed has died; Farewell to a ferocious poetic rock’n'roll spirit.
So how did the Soviets create the Eastern Bloc? It wasn’t just by ‘being there’ when the war ended. The presence of tanks and soldiers? Granted, that was how their reach and influence was extended, but it was the utter destruction of civil society – Soviet style – that really was behind the Soviet ‘success’ ~ the immediate presence of secret police and the breaking down of all opposition, including any independent organization within the civil societies of these countries. Applebaum’s use of the 1944 date in her book title is key; these, and many other steps, which led to the post-war Soviet-led horror show in Eastern Europe, were all very orchestrated by the Soviets. I thought the title was also very apt: the ‘crushing’ of Eastern Europe. This is what happened, insomuch as the Soviets (and domestic true-believers, fellow travellers and power-seekers) could accomplish ~ the independent vestiges of civil society, the things that make up ‘life’, were purposefully crushed.
This is another excellent history from Anne Applebaum; her “Gulag” is also recommended. I had previously read Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago”. That was the toughest, darkest thing I have ever read; it was literally disturbing to me during the time that I read it. I’m glad I did read it, but Anne Applebaum’s review of that system was also excellent to read. Solzhenitsyn’s style could be so angry and intimate at times, I appreciated reading a more objective summary. I would recommend reading both, although “Gulag Archipelago” is a steep investment.
In terms of both books, really, it is tough to believe that such a system dominated so much of the globe for so long, and so recently. And it continues today in some jurisdictions. For me personally, it makes me all the more appreciative of what we have in the West. Freedom baby.