By the end of 2013 I had the opportunity to visit Arles, where van Gogh lived for some time. Here are some of the results of this trip.
Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959)
Broadacre City, proposed 1932. Unbuilt.
In 1932, when Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned a modern, decentralized city, he pictured each individual family living separately, in direct contact with nature. He proposed building 2,200 one-acre plots, one per family. A train station would link to the few apartment buildings and offices, but most transportation would occur via an elaborate freeway system. Wright assumed eventually the automobile would give way to fast, efficient airships and non-polluting land vehicles. Wright did not plan pedestrian or bicycle paths, likely assuming that airships would be preferred by the occupants of Broadacre City.
Broadacre City was proposed at a time when suburbia was a new dream, before suburban sprawl would consume thousands of acres of virgin land across the US into housing tracts, strip malls, and parking lots.
"We’ve discovered a thousand planets orbiting other stars. We’ve discovered a new branch of the tree of life called, collectively, "extremophiles," that thrive in conditions that can kill other animal and humans — conditions of high pressure, high radiation, high density — or low density, low pressure; anything that we would think of as extreme is just natural for this branch of life. …
The whole field of astrobiology has come of age; we’re searching for the signatures of life in the atmospheres of the exoplanets, for example. We’ve confirmed that the dinosaurs died by asteroid, and that asteroid crater is in the Yucatan Peninsula in what is now Mexico. So the idea that such an event could render 70%of the world’s species extinct is itself an extraordinary result.
What else has deepened? We know the age of the universe with more precision than ever before; we know a little bit more about the behavior of subatomic particles with the discovery of the Higgs Boson, a field made by a particle that gives mass to other particles; there’s discussion of the multiverse, where we are just one bubble out of an uncountable number of other bubbles of universes coming in and out of existence. So there’s a lot more science, but Cosmos is not about bringing the latest science to the public. There are documentaries that do that, and very good documentaries at that. …
What distinguishes us is the context in which this information is presented, and the context for Cosmos is how and why any of this science matters; what effect does it have on your outlook, your cosmic perspective; and in that way Cosmos can be taken to heart; Cosmos can influence you not only intellectually but emotionally. And with its good doses of awe and wonder, it can even affect you spiritually.”
"All fives were reduced to ones in the Great Purge of About Two Minutes Ago."
I just gave the absolute worst quote to my school newspaper about the SAT changes I am gonna sound like such a fucking idiot.
Never sit alone in Diversions on a Friday night.
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2
Holy moly this is such a good concerto. I can’t stop listening to it, especially this recording. My goddess Martha Argerich killin it on piano, Yuri Bashmet did me a favor and put the viola down and is conducting instead, and it’s a student orchestra that does not sound like a student orchestra (but it’s Toho Gakuen so yeah)
Nah girl this is No. 3