When aviation was futurism…Vasiliev and Sikorsky

Reading the MOMA Book on Rodchenko, I was struck by Rodchenko’s diary entry about the early aviator Aleksandr Vasiliev.  What must a barnstorming demonstration have been like at Kazan in the year 1912?   At a time when the world was being transformed by new technology, here was a living vision of speed, of man’s ascent […]

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It Smells A Rat – America’s Collapsing Cities

Attending Antonio Di Mambro‘s lecture last night at Boston Public Library, it was amazing to see the giant crowd that packed Rabb Lecture Hall.  Who would have thought that an urban planning talk — stoked with dire warnings and gloomy facts — would bring out such a vibrant cross-section of the city?  It is almost […]

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The Groove is Analog

I was talking with my friend Don about this cool book I am reading about the rocket scientist John Whiteside Parsons — Strange Angel — when the conversation somehow changed tracks to Leon Theremin, the enigmatic Soviet inventor.   This conversation prompted me to check out the recent biography by Albert Glinsky, Theremin: ETHER MUSIC […]

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From Space Travelers to Scavengers

Although it is exciting to think about water and soil on Mars, and new horizons for human exploration of space, still we should bring our heads back out of the clouds and face facts: human civilization is a bloody mess! While people in the so-called “advanced” economies continue to suck energy likes pigs at the […]

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Mayakovsky Meets David Berliuk

An excerpt from Wiktor Woroszylski’s Life of Mayakovsky (1970), in which Mayakovsky meets Berliuk for the first time and also composes his first poem. The setting is Moscow, 1911, at the School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where they have both just been admitted as students. Mayakovsky Meets David Berliuk (3:33), Diamond Bay Radio, Jan […]

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Building Mother Box

Remember Mister Miracle and his incredible super-detection + power-enhancing device: Mother Box? Well, now an erstwhile gadget maker has built a prototype for Mother Box! It combines a wireless detection card with a microcontroller that produces a small heartbeat-like vibration when a wireless signal is detected. ping – ping – ping ! You’re walking into […]

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