It’s official. Apparently. It wasn’t on Tuesday, though. The existence of an exoplanet, known as Proxima b, that is located within the habitable zone of the Proxima Centauri solar system, that is situated about four light years from Earth.
So, might there be life of some sort there? For that matter, might there be life anywhere, beyond our solar system? Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at SETI Research, discusses the possibility.
Yes, I know we’re in the midst of a vinyl revival, but the format is just not for me. I know I’m not going to win much veneration from music purists, but the convenience of having my music collection on the hard drive of a laptop, far outweighs the hassles of hauling crates of records about the place. But that’s just me.
Still, the process of manufacturing a vinyl record is probably many times more fascinating than creating a music file, something that is plain to see from this look at how records are made.
For refugees seeking safe haven in another country, and a chance to start over with their lives, finding a new home is sometimes only the beginning of the process. Coming to grips with a new environment, and culture, presents all manner of difficulties and challenges.
Some of these struggles are brought to the fore in Grey Bull, a short film by Eddy Bell, about Martin, a refugee from South Sudan, as he adjusts to life in a small town in South Australia.
Even though it was introduced as a fan-made clip, as I watched I thought, no, this must be an official trailer, for a Star Wars Anthology, or spin-off, film about Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. But, no, it is not official, it is a labour of love by Canadian filmmaker Rich Williamson, for a would-be film that might be titled Kenobi: A Star Wars Story.
I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this went on to spawn an actual film. Or trilogy of films, a prospect that has been on the cards for sometime, from what I can gather. Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the Prequel Trilogy films, is said to be interested in reprising his role, if production were to proceed.
Last month I linked to a short documentary about a night surfing competition that is held at Cornwall’s Fistral Beach, in Britain. Surfing in the dark must be challenging enough, to say nothing to trying to do so in a competitive environment.
So, what about night surfing in the Arctic Circle? What sort of difficulties might that present? Well, it depends. If you are surfing in the waters off Unstad Beach, located on Norway’s Lofoten Islands – which are just north of the Arctic Circle – during the summer months, it would be a pretty normal experience.
It may technically be night time, but thanks to the Midnight Sun, there will of course be sufficient daylight. A beautiful spot, by the way, for surfing or otherwise.
Today it might seem strange that the elevators, or lifts, in many buildings once had human operators, whose job was to drive it. Open and close the doors. Push start and stop buttons. Be prepared to announce the floor the elevator had arrived at, and what might be there.
It makes me wonder, did operators require a drivers license, before they could take charge of a lift? Of course, elevators weren’t quite as automated as they are today, so some level of skill was required to work one.
But seventy-five year old Ruben Pardo, who has been driving the elevator in a high rise on Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard since 1976, could tell you more about that. His work may have been made redundant by technology just about everywhere else, but I doubt that the people who use his lift mind that there is still a human driver.
The blurred lines of the sometimes brooding artworks of Italian artist Valerio D’Ospina, give the viewer a sense of being in motion, as if they were running, or a driving a car, along a city street that he has painted.
Their proportions might also aid this illusion, some of D’Ospina’s canvases are up to two metres in height. Here is footage of him working on a generous sized painting of a docked cargo ship, over the course of a day.
Sonst nichts/Nothing else is an animation produced by Berlin based illustrators and animators Drushba Pankow. The first was originally made sixteen years ago, with frames being drawn on paper, and photographed to later form an animation.