Amid the isolated splendor of the Canary Islands sits Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide. As the area is home to few, Teide provides some staggering glimpses of the Milky Way and the life just outside our reach. If this series of time-delayed shots doesn’t compel you to become the next great astrophysicist, it should prompt you to book a flight to Spain.
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The completed portrait is a rich and intimate study of a man’s unique vision, his materials, and his inevitably flawed execution of outwardly conveying that internal vision to others. In short, it documents the human condition. But what if that act can be perfected through technology? Is it art, or is it science? Or both? Utilizing visual feedback and optimization, along with five different brushes and repository of 24 colors, robot painting machine e-David creates original works of art with an artist’s touch–not his hand. The results are aesthetically stunning and easily pass as a human production, but is it truly artwork?
We turn to the silver screen for escape, meaning and diversion. In the process, the films we choose to see–and those that are made and draw critical success–explain much in the way of the human condition. Narrated by Orson Welles, here’s Cinema’s take on the human life cycle.
Jumping off a Norwegian cliff standing an imposing 6,000 feet above ground might seem like a death sentence to you, but to many adventurers the world over it’s an opportunity to taste–albeit briefly–life without gravity.
In Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”, he remarks frequently on what an alien might glean about humans if it were to visit Earth. Sagan thought that one of the alien’s most salient take aways would be our obsession with geometry and symmetry. In “Mirror City,” a time-lapse of the United States’ greatest cities from Chicago to San Diego, the creator takes that obsession to a kaleidoscopic and entrancing new level.
For a more long-form approach to the pernicious effects of the internet on your mind, check out our own article here. But if you don’t have the time or focus needed (thanks, Internet), be sure to watch the informative video above.