Archive for the 'Interesting' Category

Red Book

May 26, 2010

The Red Book, also known as the Liber Novus ( Latin for A New Book) is a mysterious book. Written between 1914 and 1930 by  Carl Jung it is almost 100 years old but has only been shown publicly since 2009. The Red Book contains the story of a man who enters midlife, loses his soul and finds it again. Or how Miranda July puts it

think of it less like a book and more like your diary during the part of your life when you were going through such darkness you thought it would never end. Remember that?! You wrote in your diary a lot during that time because on some level you knew that each demon, each nightmare you survived was transforming you in a way that would always matter. The book is about how Jung recovers his soul, recovers meaning in his life through enabling the rebirth of the image of God in his soul.

So why has it only been available to scholars recently? Apparently the book was written when Jung fell out with fellow analytic psychologist Sigmund Freud, which some say was partly caused by a psychological breakdown. Some of the very few who had a chance to read it said it to be fascinating yet worrying and the work of a psychotic. Jung produced the book using a technique called Active Imagination, with figures appearing that, for Jung, brought home to me the crucial insight that there are things in the psyche which I do not produce, but which produce themselves and have their own life. So potentially it is dangerous and freighting, but to me it sounds fascinating.

Until 2001 Jung’s heirs refused to permit publication and only after persuasion by different scholars was it finally published in 2009.


Rock Star Science

April 22, 2010

Science is important. Science can be fun. And most of all science is very interesting. If you, like me, always struggled in school to feel a genuine passion for physics, chemistry or maths it doesn’t mean all hope is lost. People like Professor Brian Cox, a particle physicist, Royal Society research fellow and professor at the University of Manchester, are therefore important to publicise science. As a frequent presenter for various BBC programs he does a great job, making science look accessible and interesting. . It’s important because he creates interest and can change preconceptions about what sort of people scientists are. Maybe it helps that he used to be in a band.

Here’s a short five minute interview with him in the science museum. And yes, he smiles a lot.

Disposable memories

February 8, 2010

Here is a project which is simple and very much to my liking. 270 cameras have been disposed in 59 countries. So far 20 have returned, 81 found and passed on while 166 are still missing. It is a great way to collect and tell random stories and images from people all over the world. Some cameras making incredible journeys like traveling from Wales all the way to Greenland and finally to the Antarctica. Find out more about locations of cameras, more stories and how dispose your own here.

Camera 38: Left in a bar in London, and was immediately picked up and taken to Cambodia, coming home in April 2009. Lifetime: 93 days, Distance: ~12630 miles, Countries Visited: England Cambodia, People: 2

Camera 134 Released on Apr 14, 2009 in London, UK by Kolla R. Returned by Abri K.Jun 12, 2009 from South Africa. Lifetime: 44 days, Distance: ~7890 miles, Countries Visited: England South Africa, People: 4

I’m a designer

February 4, 2010

When it comes to explaining your parents what exactly it is you’re doing it can sometimes be a bit tricky. Often what they want is to have a simple explanation, mainly involving how you’re thinking to live of that. Another reaction is, “oh, that’s interesting” then silence. Directors and artists Lernert & Sander made a series out of this. How To Explain My Parents features nine artists in conversation with their parents, shedding light on their practice. Make sure to check out all the other nice projects on their site.

Something New

January 21, 2010

Learn Something New Everyday

Literary Oddities

December 18, 2009

AbeBooks.co.uk have a section in their online store called Weird Book Room. And is has such gems as  Talks with Trees; A Plant Psychic’s Interviews with Vegetables, Flowers and Trees, Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Mind Power, 50 Ways to Use Feminine Hygiene Products in a Manly Manner, Teleportation: A How To Guide and may more.

Click here for more

Treasure Hunt

December 3, 2009

In 1979 artist Kit Williams caused a worldwide treasure hunt by creating a children’s book called Masquerade. The first person to solve the riddle and find the clues hidden in the book would find the location of a jeweled golden hare, hidden somewhere in Britain.

The intention was to create a book which people would study carefully, instead of just flipping through. Kit Williams himself said about the book.

“If I was to spend two years on the 16 paintings for Masquerade I wanted them to mean something. I recalled how, as a child, I had come across ‘treasure hunts’ in which the puzzles were not exciting nor the treasure worth finding. So I decided to make a real treasure, of gold, bury it in the ground and paint real puzzles to lead people to it. The key was to be Catherine of Aragon’s Cross at Ampthill, near Bedford, casting a shadow like the pointer of a sundial.”

Kit Williams

In March 1982, Williams announced that someone called Ken Thomas has won the competition, which turned out to be a fraud. Ken Thomas was a pseudonym of Dugald Thompson, an acquaintance of a girlfriend of Williams, who helped Thompson to find the location eventually. The hysteria and scandal that followed drove Williams underground where he remained to create art, which he refuses to exhibit.

There is a BBC documentary about the whole story and it’s creator, which can be watched here.

Party Plane

November 18, 2009

Being someone who is not particular keen on flying I wish this airline would still exist. It would make flying so much more fun. Braniff International Airways was an American airline that existed from 1928 until 1982. It had to cease operations in 1982 due to fuel prices, wrong management and competition. 

Judging from the images you can find on the internet they put a lot of effort into colourful branding – even on their planes. The range of planes was called jellybean and looked like his

Consequently the hostess would support the appearance up to the point of their headgear. 

To end here is a little advert from 1965 

Learn to cross!

November 2, 2009

Today the new Oxford Circus crossing has been opened, and, judging from the video people here still need to learn how to use it a little bit. Based on crossings in Japan (like this one here in Tokyo – people are obviously more advance)

the principle is to completely stop traffic, so people can cross in all directions. But, the crucial thing is to really just go when it´s green…we´ll learn.

Watch the video here.

People

October 22, 2009

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I love this project by photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek. Since 1994 they have been working on Exactitudes, which documents and reveals the dress codes of various social circles all over the world. I believe there is also a book.  Since I love watching people this is something I enjoyed a lot and spend, probably too much, time looking at today. Check out the Geeks, Jennyd´Enfers, Bonitas, Homeboys and all the others.

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