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March 31st, 2009

ISS Update

Filed under: Inspiration — William Cardini @ 7:10 am

Click here to see a visual history of the International Space Station, via universe today.

The International Space Station

Filed under: Fiction,Inspiration — William Cardini @ 12:58 am

via wikipedia.

According to universe today, now that the solar panel modules have been added to the as-yet uncompleted International Space Station, it is the second brightest object in the night sky, next to the moon.

via universe today.

Venus has been dethroned, and this is just a sign of things to come. Our children’s children will look up into a sky filled with artificial satellites, floating space cities twinkling in the twilight.

A lone guitarist, camping on a mild post-global-weirding Saskatchewan winter night, will sing a song about a woman who left him for a life in space. The sky is so bright with habitats, he can hardly pick out her new home. Her muscles, weakened by the lower gravity of the Lagrange-point colonies, will never be able to support earth’s gravity again.

March 24th, 2009

Unurthed

Filed under: Inspiration — William Cardini @ 12:01 am

Last Tuesday I discovered unurthed while googling thoughforms, and was too distracted to post anything, my apologies. Unurthed is a collection of fascinating hermetic images, such as this sasquatch

from an article on Szukalski’s science of Zermatism, this diagrammatic sand painting

alongside an explication, and this illustration of life energy by Malcolm Thurnburn

from a discussion of Baron Fersen‘s Science of Being.

March 10th, 2009

Images

Filed under: Inspiration — William Cardini @ 9:29 am

Here’s another perfect example of folk sci fi:

via mockitecture.

Images

Filed under: Inspiration — William Cardini @ 12:36 am

Over the past week I’ve found two images that I’d like to share with y’all that exemplify the folk sci fi aesthetic that I’m trying to track here.

from lp lovers via ben aqua.

Folk sci fi happens when sci fi memes acquire new meanings in folk culture (outer space as salvation).

From mount olympus.

Folk sci fi is when images of modern technology manifest themselves in traditional crafts.

March 6th, 2009

Postcapitalism and Kim Stanley Robinson

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Cardini @ 10:35 am

A couple of days ago I linked to an article by Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars Trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt.

In the article, Robinson cogently outlines the connection between striving for global social justice and tackling climate change, going so far as to say that “justice becomes a kind of climate change technology.” What really interests me, however, is the call that Robinson puts out at the end for all of us to close a gap in our collective imagination, to fill in “a blank spot in our vision of the future”: namely, what economic system will succeed capitalism.

Of course postcapitalist theories abound, a few personal favorites being the steady-state economy and post-scarcity anarchism. But the problem here is that they are just theories and models, none of which have been tested in the real world. And, if you believe Robinson, we need to discover which of these theories are viable if we are going to survive the next century. Science fiction offers a great testing environment for extended thought experiments in this vein – Singularity Sky by Charles Stross offers an accelerated vision (pun intended) of the arrival of post-scarcity anarchism in its opening chapters,

and Robinson’s own Mars trilogy offers a compelling narrative of competing postcapitalisms that takes place over the course of decades, applied to the mesocosm of a terraforming Mars.

via galaxy explorers.

via the terraforming art gallery.

P.S. Robinson’s favorite band is YES.

via delirios duvidosos.

March 5th, 2009

The Next Net

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Cardini @ 12:06 am

“The phone in your hand is the bridge between the virtual and real worlds”

from business week magazine.

If only they were really thinking multidimensionally – instead this next net is just another incarnation of the multigenerational ponzi scheme we’re all trapped in.

March 3rd, 2009

TRANZ

Filed under: Print Comics,Uncategorized — William Cardini @ 10:17 pm

Glade and I are in the process of screenprinting the cover for TRANZ.

TRANZ cover

I’ve never screenprinted before (and I’m doing everything at the last possible second) so Glade’s been helping me a lot.

TRANZ cover

Check out the awesome color combo that Glade put together for the bottom layer of the cover.

TRANZ cover

Of course, I’m just getting drunkz…

TRANZ cover

…but I finally manage to get a page printed.