Wiki Wormhole We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,664,405-week series, Wiki Wormhole. This week’s entry: Collapse of Smile What it’s about: The best ’60s album that never was. In 1966, the Beach Boys—who had had a string of hits with simple songs about sand, sun, fast cars, and pretty girls—took a creative leap forward with Pet Sounds, a response to both the previous year’s Rubber Soul from The Beatles, and the overstuffed orchestrations of Phil Spector. The album was a critical success, but had lukewarm sales. The band (brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson, cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine) was split on whether to return to its simpler sound, or push its creative ambitions further. Brian in particular was highly competitive with The Beatles and other contemporaries, and intended to answer Revolver (which came out shortly after Pet Sounds), with an ambitious masterpiece called Smile. Tension within the band, … [Read more...] about The Beach Boys’ ambitious follow-up to
Big brother and the holding company
Hello and welcome to Shade Court. I must make an admission, dear readers: Shade Court was difficult this week. Not because of me—I’m brilliant—but because there were far fewer misuses of shade than usual. The revolution is happening and I’m so glad you’ve been here to witness it. In this week’s Shade Court, Paris Hilton triumphs, Blac Chyna learns, and a couple of April Fools’ jokes fall flat. Shade Court Docket #2015JZ000056 The Case: Paris Hilton was interviewed by Yahoo Style’s Joe Zee—a man whose name required that he would one day be famous-ish. Zee asked Hilton about her old frenemy and contour addict Kim Kardashian: “A lot has been written about Kim being your former assistant slash stylist in a way and I know that you guys have kept in touch but do you think your career has really paved the way for her?” The Defendant: Paris Hilton The Evidence: Paris Hilton replied to Joe Zee’s question daintily: … [Read more...] about Shade Court: Paris Wins, Blac Chyna Shines, and the April Fools’ Fail
While she was singing about Mercedeses, Janis Joplin’s Porsche was her coolest car. This thing might just be the greatest art car this side of Andy Warhol’s BMW M1 Le Mans racer, and it’s going for auction in two days, estimated to fetch between $400,000 - $600,000. Have a look at what you’re getting for your money. RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption New York auction has a quite remarkable lot list. If you have all the money in the world, that’s clearly where you need to be on Thursday. Or your man. Somebody from your team. With a phone. Petrolucious posted about some of the highlights, including the pretty much brand new Lamborghini Miuras SV and Fangio’s 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti, but I think Miss Joplin’s Porsche is also worthy of your attention, among all these other things: But let’s get back to the “History of the Universe”. According to RM, Joplin bought her 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 Reutter cabriolet in … [Read more...] about Is Janis Joplin’s ‘History of the Universe’ Porsche 356 Worth Half A Million Dollars?
Humans are now considered to be the greatest force impacting the geology of Earth. And as such the Athropocene—the age of humans—is the proposed term for our current geological time scale, marking the end of the Holocene about 200 years ago. If technological innovation brought humans to a population of 7 billion can it also make the future planet livable? Can we innovate our way out of climate and geologic problems? As the American writer Stewart Brand wrote in his 1969 Whole Earth Catalogue: “We are as gods, and might as well get good at it.” Ultimately our planet will survive no matter what we throw at it. It's more powerful and robust than us. It's the fragile humans, and our fellow animals and plants, who are at risk of dying out. Are we worried enough about saving human civilization to make this time scale, the Anthropocene, more than a mere speck in the geologic time scale? To understand the role of innovation and technology in saving ourselves, … [Read more...] about Q&A: The Anthropocene, and the tech that might save humans
Big Brother is watching you. At work. Earlier this week at NeoCon, the Chicago carnival of commercial furnishings held in the hulking Merchandise Mart, the Astute Architect saw more furnishings geared toward technology than ever before. Clearly, the marketers are banking on a coattail effect. The contract furniture giant Steelcase remains focused on the use of videoconferencing -- or Telepresence, the 21st-century term from Cisco Systems we much prefer -- with their “living on video” collection of seating and integrated monitors and tele-widgets. Many of these conceptual products are geared toward making users feel more comfortable or look prettier while on a monitor or handheld. Hmm. Others actually offer a platform for better working. For example, "media:scape" is a collection of tables and lounge seating with integrated HD videoconferencing. So instead of sitting like masters of the universe at a huge oval conference table, we can recline and relax around a coffee … [Read more...] about At NeoCon, Big Brother and nanotech invade the office