Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hubble space telescope shows galaxies colliding

Yeah, I know, it's amazing ... though not really ... just spectacular. A montage of recently-released images from the Hubble space telescope showing galaxies colliding in deep space. Wonder what happens to the inhabitants of those galaxies? Do they even know that their galaxy is changing shape or mergin with a neighbouring galaxy? Are these exchanges even felt down at the planetary level? What? Of course there are inhabited planets elsewhere in this vast universe.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Chris Cunningham - Mirrorball feature interview

Chris Cunningham is one of my very favourite music video directors, mostly for his intimate association with Aphex Twin, Autechre, Bjork, Leftfield and Portishead.

Mirrorball was a seven-issue Channel 4 program that examined the work of pop promo directors Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Jonathan Glazer & Dawn Shadforth and Jonas Auckland & Roman Coppola. They did a feature/interview with Chris Cunningham that's been split into five digestible chunks and uploaded to Youtube for all our viewing pleasure. It's a jolly comprehensive over view of Chris's career and motivations.

Here's part one, external links to the other four parts transport you over to Youtube.

Part two of the Chris Cunningham interview.
Part three of the Chris Cunningham interview.
Part four of the Chris Cunningham interview.
Part five of the Chris Cunningham interview.

Additionally, here's a real nice interview with Bjork & Cunningham about one of the most amazing videos of all time (that I've featured on here before) called ALL IS FULL OF LOVE. Bjork just has a lovely way about her, an otherworldliness. The way she just hands over the creative reigns of the video project to Cunningham, and let's him get on with his job, is right and proper.

Finally, here's what Cunningham's been up to lately, a video for the indie band The Horrors (yeah, I know, the irony) called "Sheena is a parasite". I know it's cruel of me, and I know I should just ignore them, but internet shit-stirrers The Rusty Nail really should use this as their theme tune. Sing along with us all now, "Rusty is a parasite!"

Actually, I used to have a dog called Rusty. A nasty little jack russell terrier. Had to be 'put down' in the end due to 'distemper'.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Apophis: the killer asteroid

remember mighty Nasa's mission to Mars when one half of the team were calculating distances in miles while the other half of the team were calculating distances in kilometers and the lander just 'went missing'?

Panic not, proclaimed the statistical might of Nasa's mainframes. Apophis, cutely known as the killer asteroid, has only a 1 in 45,000 chance of hitting planet earth in 2036. Then some bright young German spark, a 13 year old boy called Nico Marquardt, re-examined the data for a school science project.

As the asteroid was due to skate by our planet in 2029 at 32,000 kilometers that puts it 3,000 kilometers within the 'sphere of satellites' that orbit this fine planet. If it clips one of them, next time it comes around, there's now a 1 in 450 chance it'll hit slap-bang in the Atlantic Ocean - a ball of iron and iridium 320m wide and weighing 200 billion tonnes.

All the apocalyptic details and more technical horror gumph at ... twenty-one-sided-dice news portal choice.

of course, it's all a hoax.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

recent story acceptances

here's a summary of recent (paperback) story acceptances more for my records than your obsessive personal stalkery

i) "My Polymorphic Lover" (Spicy Slipstream, July 2008)
ii) "The Man Who Flirted With Mother Nature" (Polluto magazine, end April 2008)
iii) "This Town" (Avant Garde For The New Millennium, Screaming Dog Press)
iv) "In Your Box" (Satyrica: an anthology of satyrical speculative fiction, summer 2008)
v++) "24 HOURS FROM TUSCALOOSA, Family Album, Hentai Butterfly, Horror House Mate, Such a Perfect Day, Serial Killers Kiss, Social Camouflage, Who Lives in a House Like This" (The Twisted Twins – Daily Chills Calendar, Dec 2008)

Here's the cover I just received for Pollotu 2 - nice.