Maltese Falcon sold.

Maltese Falcon sold.

The Maltese Falcon sold for $3,500,000 ($4,085,000 including buyer’s premium) at a Bonhams auction in New York in 2013. It was part of a sale of movie memorabilia curated in conjunction with the eminent film nerds of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel, source of all high-density bottlenecks on my DVR. This particular falcon was … Continue reading

How E.A. Poe described The Big Bang In 1848?

How E.A. Poe described The Big Bang In 1848?

Charlie Jane Anders They mocked when Edgar Allan Poe published his prose poem “Eureka” in his last year of life, describing how the universe had begun with a single “primordial particle” that exploded outwards in “one instantaneous flash.” But 80 years later, cosmologists started realizing that Poe had been on to something. There’s a new … Continue reading

Jean Harlow “Blonde Bombshell”

Jean Harlow “Blonde Bombshell”

“Blonde bombshell” is often used to describe an exciting, dynamic, sexy woman with blonde hair, particularly blonde celebrity sex symbols. The expression seems to have come from, or at least was popularized by, a movie and originally referred to a specific blonde bombshell. In 1933, the platinum blonde Jean Harlow was one of the most … Continue reading

Machine Dreams: Digital Art by SA-PO.

Machine Dreams: Digital Art by SA-PO.

Fascinating surreal illustrations by the artist team of Sven Sauer and Igor Prosavec (SA-PO) that places a robot in megacities such as Tokyo, Shanghai or New York as a metaphor for the rapid development of technology—which has exceeded what society can absorb. The artists combine the dilemma of “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” with … Continue reading

Moray.

Moray.

Contributor: leiris Grouped together in Peru’s lush Cuzco region, the ringed Incan ruins known as Moray have long been a mystery, but it is looking more and more likely that the nested stone rings may have been part of a large-scale agricultural experiment. Unlike a number of the elaborate metropolises and statuary left behind by … Continue reading

When Art Rocked Frisco: 1966-1971.

When Art Rocked Frisco: 1966-1971.

From 1966 to 1971, an unprecedented quantity of extraordinary graphic art was produced in the San Francisco Bay Area. This resulted from the demand for posters, handbills, and flyers advertising rock concerts and dances in some of the city’s oldest ballrooms, most decrepit sports arenas, and sweatiest dives. The two main patrons of this proliferation … Continue reading