Japan: Novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) Returns in Robot Form

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Novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) is back in Tokyo — as an android.

Nishogakusha University in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, and Osaka University Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro unveiled the final product of their joint project at a press conference on Thursday, a day before the 100th anniversary of the writer’s death.

The humanoid robot sits 130 centimeters high and was made based on pictures taken when the writer was 45 years old and his death mask, among other materials. Read the rest of this entry »


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Captain America: ‘His Brother’s Keeper’

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Captain America Inked Panels

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Comic Book Artwork: Captain America ‘Red Skull in the Morning Cap Take Warning!’

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New Photos of John Coltrane Rediscovered 50 Years After They Were Shot

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During the recording of A Love Supreme in 1964, Chuck Stewart caught the jazz legend in his element.

Nelson George writes: On December 9, 1964, saxophonist John Coltrane led a quartet that featured pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison into Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, where countless jazz recording sessions were held in the 1950s and ’60s. For photographer Chuck Stewart, Van Gelder’s was a short drive from his home in Teaneck.

[See the exclusive photos here, at Smithsonianmag.com]

That day nearly 50 years ago the band recorded a Coltrane composition titled A Love Supreme, a profound expression of his spiritual awakening divided into four movements—“Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance,” “Psalm.” For its soaring ambition, flawless execution and raw power, it was hailed as a groundbreaking piece of music when it was released in February 1965, and it has endured as a seminal part of the jazz canon. The work and its composer will be highlighted anew this April during Jazz Appreciation Month, an annual event launched in 2001 by the National Museum of American History, whose collection includes Coltrane’s original manuscript for A Love Supreme.

“I couldn’t shoot during the take because the recording equipment would pick up the clicks. So what I did was meander around the studio. When I saw a picture I thought worked, I’d take it.”

— Photographer Chuck Stewart

For Stewart, whose photographs have graced thousands of album covers, from Ellington to Davis, from Basie to Armstrong, that session with Coltrane—a friend of his since 1949—was no different from countless others. “When I did a session I would go in and shoot the rehearsal before they did any takes,” the 86-year-old photographer recalls, sitting in his cozy, picture-filled living room in Teaneck. “I couldn’t shoot during the take because the recording equipment would pick up the clicks. So what I did was meander around the studio. When I saw a picture I thought worked, I’d take it.”

[Read the full story here, at Smithsonianmag.com]

Stewart still has the Rolleiflex camera he used at the session, and the contact sheets as well. Many of the images he shot have been seen on CDs, as well as in numerous books and magazine articles. But 72 photographs from six rolls of film never made it beyond the contact-sheet stage, and so haven’t been published. Stewart’s son David recently rediscovered those images in his father’s collection, and now Stewart is scheduled to include some of them in a donation to the museum this month. Read the rest of this entry »


Department of Delicious Deception: Cookies that Look Like Crystalline Geodes

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The Department of Delicious Deception invites you to snack on these awesome cookies that look like beautiful crystalline geodes. Redditor LaFeltinelli made them from scratch. They’re concave orange-vanilla cookies filled with orange popsicle icing, and homemade rock candy crystals.

Watch this tutorial video by Kara Shall of Hen & Chick Cakes to learn how to make your own Geode Cookies:

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2016 ‘Year Zero’ of Virtual Reality Revolution, Filmmakers say

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The first wave of virtual reality cinemas, heralding what their creators claim will be an entertainment revolution, rolls out across the world this month.

“Film as we know it will be dead in the next five to 10 years.”  

— founder of the world’s first VR cinema in Amsterdam.

The first screening room in France opened Wednesday and several others are promised for Beijing, Shanghai and Los Angeles in the next few weeks.

Like the early days of cinema, virtual reality — or VR — is still something of a novelty sideshow.

But not for long, its supporters claim.

“Film as we know it will be dead in the next five to 10 years,” said the founder of the world’s first VR cinema in Amsterdam.

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“The VR revolution is already happening. 2016 is year zero of this revolution.”

— Jip Samhoud

“It’s a whole different way of telling the story. I think it is really what we are moving towards in the entertainment world,” Jip Samhoud said.

Elisha Karmitz, who is behind the MK2 screening room in Paris, insisted “that the VR revolution is already happening.

“2016 is year zero of this revolution,” he added.

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In a glass cube inside an MK2 cinema near France’s national library, viewers can choose between HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift headsets, or they can go for “full body immersive” simulators.

For €12 ($13) you can feel what it is like to fly like a bird for 20 minutes through a forest of New York skyscrapers in the film “Birdly.”

Lying flat on your stomach suspended from the ceiling, you change direction with electronic “wings” placed on your arms, and speed up by flapping them faster.

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MK2, which has signed a deal with the acclaimed Chinese film director Jia Zhangke to produce more content, predicts that with the cost of producing VR film falling, its time is coming fast.

Keen not to be left behind, Hollywood is also investing in the technology, with a few minutes of the new “Assassin’s Creed” film already available in VR. There is also a “Star Wars”-inspired game in which the viewer becomes an X-wing fighter pilot like Luke Skywalker. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Gingerbread Model of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England

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Gingerbread season has begun on an awesomely posh note with this beautiful gingerbread model of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England. Measuring 13 feet long, this edible replica of the lavish mansion took 500 hours to make using 66 lbs of butter, 240 eggs, and 476 lbs of icing.

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Made by British iced cookie company Biscuiteers, the Gingerbread Waddesdon Manor will be on display in the manor’s Coach House gallery until early 2017.

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Watch this video for a behind-the-scenes look at how the gingerbread mansion was made:

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[VIDEO] ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ Will Ferrell & Zooey Deschanel

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Pundit Planet: 20th Century Upgrades

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A Photo of Donald Trump Made from a Collage of Social Justice Warriors Crying Over Donald Trump

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Writer Who Coined the Term ‘Herbivore Men’ to Explain Japan’s Problem with Sex Speaks Out on Term’s Misuse

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The changing concept of the ‘female friend’ in recent decades has warped government findings on male sexuality, Maki Fukasawa argues.

Shehab Khan reports: An author has criticised the media’s use of a phrase she coined to define Japan’s “sex problem” – after the country’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research published a new report into the country’s sinking birthrate.

“The institute’s latest research found that 69 per cent of men and 59 per cent of women in Japan do not have sexual partners. It also found that 42 per cent of both sexes remain virgins and 30 per cent said they have ‘no hope’ for a relationship.”

Maki Fukasawa, a columnist and sociologist, has subsequently objected to her term “herbivore men” being misued by the press in order to sensationalise the findings.

Ms Fukasawa’s term was invented 10 years ago to describe those males who have no interest in getting married or having a girlfriend but do pursue sexual relationships. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Rockets to Nowhere’, by Philip St. John

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[VIDEO] Jewel-Encrusted Wealth: World’s Priciest Clothes Hits Hong Kong Runway

Dolce & Gabbana held its first fashion show outside Italy in Hong Kong to showcase some of the world’s most expensive clothing, betting that there is still demand from the ultrawealthy for jewel-encrusted tiaras and glittery dresses. Photo/Video: Eva Tam.

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