A recent study found that the journey to Mars and back in a water-fueled vehicle could cost as little as one space shuttle launch costs today. It would be a steam engine. According to the concept, solar power engines would heat the water, and the resulting steam would then be vented out of a nozzle. Sounds good, I’m just not sure why the conceptual drawing looks like a bunch of PVC pipes glued to a piece of drywall.
Watched The Art of the Steal (currently on Netflix), a documentary about the power grab to control billions of dollars worth of post-impressionistic art after the death of a visionary collector. While it’s easy to confuse this as a film about art, it’s by far more a story about “ownership” and how private interests can be usurped by public greed.
As a catharsis after the loss of a loved one, New Orleans artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with a grid of the sentence “Before I die I want to _______.” Passerbys could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their thoughts in public space. The project was so successful that she created a toolkit and started the site Before I Die, which allows others to continue the project in their own neighborhoods.
The world just got a little weirder: Scientists have identified four new species of brain-controlling fungi that turn ants into zombies that do the parasite’s bidding before it kills them.
…and we grew up with parents telling us to go outside to play!
I believe this to be true: People who are intellectually honest are incapable of being 100% wrong, 100% of the time.
Apparently, people with full bladder make better decisions. This is good because I drink way more than my fair share of coffee.