In the early years of space flight, both Russians and Americans used pencils in space. Unfortunately, pencil lead is made of graphite, a highly conductive material. Snapped graphite leads and particles in zero gravity are hugely problematic, as they will get sucked into the air ventilation or electronic equipment, easily causing shorts or fires in the pure oxygen environment of a capsule.
After the fire in Apollo 1 which killed all the astronauts on board, NASA required a writing instrument that wasn’t a fire hazard. Fisher spent over a million dollars (of his own money) creating a pressurized ball point pen, which NASA bought at $2.95 each. The Russian space program also switched over from pencils shortly after.
40 years later snide morons on the internet still snigger about it, because snide morons on the internet never know what they are talking about.
Steve McQueen suffering fools at TIFF 2013 (x)
I tried watching this earlier and had to shut it off pretty quickly. The moderator had clearly prepped nothing but softballs and Steve McQueen was having none of it. Then a few minutes in, as soon as the cast saw McQueen wasn’t putting up with it, they stopped putting up with it too. So difficult to watch. They just straight up murdered her. Her first question was something like “Is it possible to have a conversation about race in America?” and he said something like “I just wanted to make a movie about slavery, it isn’t all about race and I hope you aren’t just going to talk about race. I don’t even know what you mean by a conversation.” and it was all downhill from there.
I would really love to hear him speak in an environment that was more his speed than Inside the Actor’s Studio. I felt very bad for the moderator here. I’m sure she would have done fine on almost any other panel.
i’m not a gamer, but this is some important shit
I once got into an argument with a guy on wow, because he thought I was a guy pretending to be a girl. >.>
Walk without rhythm, it won’t attract the worm.
AMY STEIN AND STACY AREZOU MEHRFAR
Tall Poppy Syndrome
ClampArt, New York
10.10.2013 – 16.02.2013
“Tall Poppy Syndrome” is a term used to describe a social phenomenon in Australia in which successful people (the “tall poppies”) get “cut down to size,” criticized, resented, or ridiculed because their talents or achievements distinguish them from their peers.
ClampArt is happy to announce the opening of “Amy Stein & Stacy Arezou Mehrfar: Tall Poppy Syndrome.” The exhibition is accompanied by the artists’ monograph of the same title from Decode Books (Hardcover, 96 pp., 9.8 x 7.9 inches, $60).
In 2010, American photographers Amy Stein and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar embarked on a month-long road trip throughout New South Wales—Australia’s most populous state. They were interested in investigating “Tall Poppy Syndrome.” Is the syndrome even real? Can it be documented or observed? Stein and Mehrfar set out to explore quintessential Australian life and find what evidence they could of the existence of this phenomenon. They spent their days meeting and photographing everyday Australians—from schoolchildren in their plaid uniforms to young surfers playing at the beach to grandmothers meeting at their social clubs—all the while learning about the relationship between the group and the individual within Australian society. The resulting photographs in “Tall Poppy Syndrome” present their findings.
Amy Stein’s work explores man’s evolving isolation from community, culture, and the environment. Her photographs have been the subject of numerous national and international exhibitions, and are represented in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; among many others. Her first monograph, Domesticated, was published by Photolucida in 2008.
Stacy Arezou Mehrfar is a first generation American artist and lecturer currently residing in Sydney, Australia. Predominately working on long-term projects that explore cultural identity, her images have been exhibited in the United States, Australia, Poland, and Germany. She has received distinctions from the Moran Arts Foundation, Photography.Book.Now, the Camera Club of New York, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, among others. Mehrfar’s images are held in several public and private collections worldwide.
NYC, c. 1985
a group exhibition including artworks by Nan Goldin, Larry Clark, Amy Arbus, Mark Morrisroe, Janette Beckman and more!
“NYC, c. 1985” reflects the diversity which has always defined the city, in addition to its propensity for constant change which ultimately underlies the energy of the place and its people—for better or for worse.