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April 28th, 2009

Enki Bilal’s Immortal

Filed under: Inspiration — William Cardini @ 7:15 pm

I watched Enki Bilal’s Immortal this past Sunday. After I read Jog’s review, I just had to check it out, so I made my girlfriend and friends sit through it on our sci fi movie nite.

Overall, the movie has too much going on and too many styles mixed up together – as Jog mentions, the mashup of CGI and RL actors is particularly awful. However, at its best, the movie has a frantic melee of crazy sci fi ideas and imagery that transcends to another level where Egyptian gods coexist with hammerhead aliens and a blue-scalped woman is in love with an alien named John who hangs out on a throne floating in outer space.

A snapshot of the main characters, Nikopol, Jill, and Horus, as depicted in the Nikopol Trilogy comic book that is also by Enki Bilal and was adapted for the movie, image via hakanuygun.

The one thing that is portrayed most effectively in the movie is the cityscape of future New York, image via letsfallasleep. The backgrounds are often the most visually consistent and compelling aspects of the scenes.

April 24th, 2009

Bruno 9li

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

via sci-fi-o-rama.

April 21st, 2009

RIP JG Ballard

Filed under: Inspiration — William Cardini @ 4:20 am

JG Ballard has passed away. A truly visionary author of the apocalyptic.

Here’s an obit, via posthuman blues.

Some book covers.

From rick mcgrath’s ballard site, via feuilleton.

Myriahedral Map Projections

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

Apologies for the two weeks absence folks! Unfortunately, work got in the way, but I’ll do my best not to let that happen again. I’ve got a video from next nature to show y’all:

What interests me here is less the ideology behind this project (constructing a map of that doesn’t privilege certain areas) and more the algorithms for translating a three-dimensional object into a two-dimensional plane without losing any data.

April 18th, 2009

STAPLE! 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Cardini @ 2:24 pm

Belated post of some picx from STAPLE! 2009…

Here’s me and my lady, she sold her wonderful glademade products alongside those of the GCPM.

STAPLE! 2009

Here’s summa the stuffz we had for sale.

STAPLE! 2009

Here’s me and the boyz (left to right: Dr. Chuch, XyphaP, &myself).

STAPLE! 2009

STAPLE! was a real good time, we moved plenty of product and wayyy more ppl showed up than last year, so thanks Austin and Uncle Staple for making it such a success! Look for the GCP and glademade at Zine Fest Houston, coming up May 16th!

April 3rd, 2009

More Universe Maps

Filed under: Inspiration — William Cardini @ 12:59 pm

I’ve been terrifying myself by looking at more and more maps of the universe and learning about large scale cosmic structures.

via wikipedia.

My mind can’t process the scale, especially the potential supervoid, almost a billion light years across. Millions and millions of cubic light years of emptiness … here’s a humble image:

via wikipedia.

According to Laura Mersini-Houghton, this supervoid is the imprint of another universe.

Map of the Nearby Universe

Filed under: Inspiration — William Cardini @ 11:23 am

The most detailed map of the nearby universe yet constructed. Each dot is a galaxy. For some galaxies, the researchers who created this map are trying to separate the velocity of a galaxy due to cosmic expansion from the velocity of a galaxy due to its own “peculiar” movement.

via universe today.

Just as stars in our galaxy orbit around the galactic center, do galaxies themselves orbit around as-yet unnamed centers in the endless uniformity of the universe?

DIY 3D Printer

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Cardini @ 10:32 am

Our transition to a post-scarcity anarchic economy takes a homebrew twist:

makezine via Grant Davis.

The three guys responsible for this fake cupcake maker (so called because its printable volume is cupcake sized, fact via fabbaloo) form MakerBot Industries, a company whose goal is to “start the 3D printing revolution from your living room” with open-source, customizable 3D printers. This Cupcake CNC Kit (available online for presale at $750) is just be the beginning.

April 1st, 2009

Beautiful UFO Vidz

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Cardini @ 7:13 am

With this first one, wait til the end, when the Ukrainian Ufologists really zoom in on the “bulb.”

Andnow here’s the same object in NASA footage, over thirty years older.

I’m not trying to convince anyone that UFOs are real here, just enjoy the weird beauty of this orb.

via third eye concept.