Spectacle

Page 3.14

Category archives for Spectacle

Live From Netroots Nation!

I’m blogging live from a very hot Austin, Texas, at the Netroots Nation conference! Officially, Netroots Nation (formerly YearlyKos) “amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate.” They’re certainly right about that free exchange of…

Machines on a Beach

“The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds,” says artist Theo Jansen. For over 14 years, Jansen has been engaged in the production of animari, or beach animals—massive kinetic sculptures constructed of light materials. After a firm push to begin, the wind takes over, and the skeletally beautiful ‘animals’ walk unaided over…

Ah, science fairs. To the left, observe my colleague, fellow Seed-ster Lee Billings, feeling the science fair glow at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Intel ISEF is the world’s largest and most acclaimed gathering of pre-college-age scientists. Held each May, the fair brings together 1,500 students from over…

Lloyd Godson, a 29-year-old Australian marine biologist, spent the last 13 days submerged in his local wetlands in a home-grown submarine. He was fulfilling a long-time dream.

Sea of People Takes Manhattan

Today, New York City is wringing itself out after a late-season Nor’easter. Saturday, it dealt with another kind of flood. On April 14, a “Sea of People” dressed in blue and bearing boats, beach balls, and other watery accoutrements descended on lower Manhattan. They gathered in Battery Park at noon to hear brief speeches by…

When weird-science group the Athanasius Kircher Society held its inaugural meeting in New York City this January, the meeting’s flaming grand finale was a live onstage performance by a 20-foot-long Rube Goldberg contraption. The device’s designer, Jesse Ferguson, has posted a video of the machine in action in his Seattle apartment, just before it was…