On 24, May 2015 | In Podcast | By Raph
The world is increasingly unthinkable: planetary disasters, emerging pandemics, and the looming threat of extinction. Inspired by Eugene Thacker’s book in the same name, Sound For The End Of The World takes off to interstellar space and faces the limits of our ability to understand the world.
On 17, May 2014 | In Podcast | By Raph
Episode 6 explores the paradoxical nature of our planetary existence: the necessity to awaken about our predicament and at the same time dream about a future worth living for our children. This Episode features dialogue from films like They Live, Surplus, Chronicle and the Matrix as well as words by writer Alain de Botton, psychonaut Terence McKenna, environmentalist Paul Hawken, druid John Michael Greer and the one and only Alan Watts. Throw off your shackles and immerse.
My dad worked as a travel agent and lived through the early days of commercial tour operating. Since 1958 he logged all his flights with a flight log book. A couple of years ago he retired and he recently found the time to transfer his handwritten records into an nearly 2000-row large excel table. My aim was to visualize that data but given my limited programming skills, I was looking for ways to convert destinations into geo-location data (longitude + latitude) and connect the two departure and arrival positions on the map with a line. KML seemed to be the easiest data format that could do the job.
The following describes steps on how to turn flight log entries from an Excel or Google spreadsheet into a geocoded kml file that you can load into Google Earth or display on a custom Google Map.
Long exposure shot of our galactic neighborhood I took one night while in on a trip in the Komodo National Park in Indonesia. Shot on the 5DmkII with a Sigma 20mm | f2 | 25.00s | ISO 2500. Thanks to that Swedish couple for borrowing the tripod. Highres image on Flickr.
On 03, Aug 2013 | In Podcast | By Raph
Episode 5 explores the human condition and limitations that make our planetary problems so difficult to grasp, featuring eye witness audio from both Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, words by writer Alan Watts, The Dalai Lama, NASA’s James Hansen, neurologist Henry Markram and Stephen Hawking.
2012 was a crazy year. I was lucky enough to work on a eco-design hostel project in Istanbul for 3 months, gained a lot of new friends and started working for a video production company back in London. Hard work and having a good time all the way. I thank everyone that made my 2012 a success and hope to see you all soon, collaborate on a kick-ass project or meet for a drink in the near future. All the best for 2013! Image: night on the roof of my tower block in East London.
Episode 4 lays the focus on the economic side of the problem. What Zizek critiques, Tim Jackson has something like the beginning of an answer for. Alessio Rastani, the guy who shocked the (economic) world by naming the problem on BBC a couple of months ago also plays an important part. This episode also features biologist Paul Ehrlich and astrophysicist Michio Kaku as well as the usual weirdness found on Youtube. Immerse. (Image credit: HTV de IJsberg)
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When I first heard about meteor showers I though that it’s going to “rain” dozens of meteors every minute. But when I read about the Perseid “meteor shower” coming up on the weekend of the 12. August 2012 on the Nasa Science blog, I learned that it’s (only) shooting around 40 stars per hour at peak times. Since I was visiting my parents in Switzerland that weekend I thought I’m giving it a try to capture the meteors on camera by recording a long-exposure timelapse. The resulting video might be slightly disappointing, when you read the title ‘meteor shower’ but I was able to capture at least 7 meteors in the cassiopeia constellation during the 2hrs I had the camera running. Video shot with a Canon 5dMkII, running Magic Lantern pre0.2.2.
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The key quote in this episode comes from Zizek when he refers to Lars von Triers film Melancholia: “If you really want to do something good for society you should go through this fundamental experience of accepting that someday everything will be finished. I think this can be a deep […] experience that strengthens ethical activity.” (Image credit: Joe Collier)
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