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50 Years of the Jetsons: Why The Show Still Matters

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via The Smithsonian:

Although it was on the air for only one season, The Jetsons remains our most popular point of reference when discussing the future.

It was over 50 years ago that the Jetson family first jetpacked their way into American homes. The show lasted just one season (24 episodes) after its debut on Sunday September 23, 1962, but today “The Jetsons” stands as the single most important piece of 20th century futurism. More episodes were later produced in the mid-1980s, but it’s that 24-episode first season that helped define the future for so many Americans today.

It’s easy for some people to dismiss “The Jetsons” as just a TV show, and a lowly cartoon at that. But this little show—for better and for worse—has had a profound impact on the way that Americans think and talk about the future. And it’s for this reason that, starting this Friday, I’ll begin to explore the world of “The Jetsons” one episode at a time.

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[Rap News] The Singularity – feat. Ray Kurzweil & Alex Jones

“Today we travel into the pure world of sci-fi to investigate the much vaunted, mysterious potential future event known as ‘The Singularity’. What will a machine consciousness mean for humanity? What are the ethical, political, military and philosophical implications of strong A.I.? And what would an AI sound like when spitting rhymes over a dope beat? All this and more shall be revealed in Rap News 28: The Singularity – featuring a special appearance from famed technocrat, futurist and inventor, Ray Kurzweil, in full TED talk mode; everyone’s favourite warmonger, General Baxter; and we welcome back the dauntless info warrior Alex Jones, who last made an appearance in RN6. Join Robert Foster on this epic Sci-Fi quest into the future/past of humanity.”

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Giant Sphinx from ‘Ten Commandments’ Film Unearthed 91 Years Later

Archaeologists unearth one of the giant sphinxes from the film, "The Ten Commandments." Credit: Applied EarthWorks, Inc.

Archaeologists unearth one of the giant sphinxes from the film, “The Ten Commandments.”
Credit: Applied EarthWorks, Inc.

via Live Science:

Hidden for more than 90 years beneath the rolling sand dunes of Guadalupe, California, an enormous, plaster sphinx from the 1923 blockbuster movie “The Ten Commandments” has been rediscovered and is now above ground.

The public will be able to see the sphinx on display as early as next year, once it has been reconstructed — a necessity since it became weather-beaten during its stint beneath the sand, said Doug Jenzen, the executive director of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, who oversaw the recent excavation.

The roughly 15-foot-tall (4.6 meters) sphinx is one of 21 that lined the path to Pharaoh’s City in the 1923 silent hit, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. He later remade the film, with Charlton Heston as Moses, in 1956. [See Photos of the Film's Giant Spinxes & Excavation]

“[The 1923 film] was one of the largest movie sets ever made, because they didn’t have special effects,” Jenzen told Live Science.

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Butt Plug or Christmas Tree?

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The age-old question: is it a butt plug or Christmas tree?

via The Mirror:

An arty Christmas tree in the centre of Paris that appears to resemble a giant SEX TOY is leaving locals red-faced.

The festive blow-up art was pumped up into life to take pride of place in the capital city’s Place Vendôme.

City chiefs hope it sparks interest ahead of the International Contemporary Art Fair to kick off next week.

But bemused locals claim the big green monster looks more like a butt plug – a gadget for bedroom fun freely sold in Paris’ notoriously seedy Pigalle district.

The 80ft object – simply called ‘Tree’ is the brainchild of American artist Paul McCarthy.

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h/t Boing Boing.

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The Twisted Art by Zdzisław Beksiński

h/t Reddit. via Wikipedia:
Zdzisław Beksiński (24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a Polish painter, photographer and sculptor, specializing in the field of utopian art. Beksiński did his paintings and drawings in what he called either a 'Baroque' or a 'Gothic' manner. His creations were made mainly in two periods. The first period of work is generally considered to contain expressionistic color, with a strong style of "utopian realism" and surreal architecture, like a doomsday scenario. The second period contained more abstract style, with the main features of formalism. Beksiński was murdered in 2005.
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