Happy 25th, MST3K!
"I was going to show you. It was dead when I found it. It suffocated. It knocked the garbage over and it got its head stuck in a jar. You weren’t home, so I put it in there. I certainly didn’t think you’d want to find it like that. I did not want to stink the place up. I was going to show you."
RiffTrax Live: Starship Troopers is Thursday, August 15th!
Sorry, Bella - RiffTrax Live: STARSHIP TROOPERS won’t contain any sparkly vampires. But it WILL be blasting giant bugs on its way to theaters on August 15th! Get your tickets now for the one-night comedy event of the year!
U.S. Tickets: http://j.mp/RTTroopers
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Above: generative cities and architecture by Aranda & Lasch
Futurist Chris Arkenberg outlines a possible scenario for urban planning and architecture:
As complex ecosystems, cities are confronting tremendous pressures to seek optimum efficiency with minimal impact in a resource-constrained world. While architecture, urban planning, and sustainability attempt to address the massive resource requirements and outflow of cities, there are signs that a deeper current of biology is working its way into the urban framework.
Innovations emerging across the disciplines of additive manufacturing, synthetic biology, swarm robotics, and architecture suggest a future scenario when buildings may be designed using libraries of biological templates and constructed with biosynthetic materials able to sense and adapt to their conditions. Construction itself may be handled by bacterial printers and swarms of mechanical assemblers.
This reminds me of the recent sci-fi short story “Crabapple by Lavie Tidhar:
Neighborhoods sprouted around Central Station like weeds. On the outskirts of the old neighborhood, along the Kibbutz Galuyot Road and Siren Road and Sderot Menachem Begin, the old abandoned highways of Tel Aviv, they grew, ringing the immense structure of the spaceport rising high into the sky. Houses sprouted like trees, blooming, adaptoplant weeds feeding on rain and sun, and digging roots into the sandy ground, breaking ancient asphalt. Adaptoplant neighborhoods, seasonal, unstable, sprouting walls and doors and windows, half-open sewers hanging in the air, exposed bamboo pipes, apartments growing over and into each other, growing without order or sense, creating pavements suspended in midair, houses at crazy angles, shacks and huts with half-formed doors, windows like eyes–
In autumn the neighborhoods shed, doors drying, windows shrinking slowly, pipes drooping. Houses fell like leaves to the ground below and the road cleaning machines murmured happily, eating up the shrunken leaves of former residencies. Above ground the tenants of those seasonal buoyant suburbs stepped cautiously, testing the ground with each step taken, to see if it would hold, migrating nervously across the skyline to other, fresher spurts of growth, new adaptoplant blooming delicately, windows opening like fruit–
For more of Arkenberg check out our interview with him. Want to learn to think like he does? Here’s his guest post listing his favorite books on systems thinking.
And for more big, mad ideas about architecture and cities check out:
Gibson recently made an appearance at the New York Public Library, and he also did a surprise reading of the first couple pages of his forthcoming science fiction novel The Peripheral. The reading begins about 80 minutes in.
For more Gibson, check out our dossier.
- It’s the future but everyone has southern accents for whatever reason
- It’s the future and everyone trades bodies and kisses each other
- It’s the future and nutrition is the ultimate weapon/currency
- It’s the future and the only government is a machine that spits synthetic spiders
- It’s the future and capitalism has gotten so crazy that people have southern accents now, trade bodies, and buy shit out of vending machines using stolen identities and synthetic fingernails
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- From “Midnight Eye Gokuu (Goku: Midnight Eye),” directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (1989)
Nick’s GITS Tattoo. “The upper figure is from the cover of the [manga], the lower from the DVD cover. All the cityspace and wirework is freehand by the artist. Tattoo by Ivan at Chameleons Tattoo.” [Source:Tattoos by Design]
Thursday Morning’s (on Flickr) Tachikoma Tattoo [Source: Thursday Morning Flickr]
M1K3Y’s GITS:SAC Tattoo (no artist info available) [Source: M1K3Y Flickr]
Message from the Tattoo Artist TerraTag, “I was contacted a while ago from Matt George, from Perth, Australia, saying that he was going to get a tatto done of the Laughing Man logo. I designed the logo way back in 2001 for the anime series Stand Alone Complex. It is great to think that it still has influence even after all these years.
Matt is otherwise known as Musician/DJ?Producer – Proximity Effect.” [Source: TerraTag]
[Source: Cosplay.com Kaneda’s Profile and Flickr]
“I cut it out of the second page of the graphic novel, and the tattoo artist blew it up by probably 30%” [Source: Tatoosbydesign.com]
“Here is a pic of my Akira rib piece in progress. Four sessions down, hopefully one to go!” [Source:Travis Fights Giants Blog]
Maurilio Duarte Nunes Augusto says this about his tattoo: ”There is nothing like mark your own body with something that means A LOT to you, and makes you remember for all your life why you’d become who you are. AKIRA was the manga which opened my eyes to my passion and made want do draw more than ever. So, I asked to , my former but eternal student, to mark definitely my body with this design, made by myself. Crazy? I’ve seen worst tattoos before, and it makes complete sense TO ME. I’ll never regret it, it’s part of my life, of my soul and now, it’s part of my body as well. The memory of AKIRA will live in our hearts forever.” [Source: mauriliodna.deviantart.com]
Tattoo Artist- Josiah’s (in-progress) [Source: Dripe Deviant Art]
(three tattoos above)”The owner of the tattoos explained that he had brought a graphic novel toStéphane, telling him it was one of his favorite books growing up. They extracted different panels to make a cohesive combination of segments that make up the whole of the sleeve.” Tattoo Artist: Stéphane Bérubé and he is an artist out of a shop called Tatouages Libre Expression, in Saint-Eustache, a northern suburb of Montreal, Quebec. [Source: Tattoos Day Blogspot]
Tetsuo’s Arm [Source: moogle29 checkoutmyink.com]
Tattoo Artist: Morgan from Seven Crowns Tattoo in midtown Toronto, ON. [Source: thesearemyscars deviant art]
"Don’t be a homophobe" mutates to "Don’t be a hobophobe" (bundle on stick with no smoking circle around it).
Someone carved “LAUGHING MAN” into TP dispenser. “I thought what I’d do was, I’d pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes” gets added.
There’s still time to enjoy this before the Americanized movies come out and barf all over everything.