Meaning: A process of entropic acceptance and false belief in a clearly broken polity and the myths that undergird it. The term was coined by Alexei Yurchak in his book “Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation” (2005) to describe the atmosphere during the final days of Russian communism.
In chemistry, absorbance or decadic absorbance is the common logarithm of the ratio of incident to transmitted radiant power through a material, and spectral absorbance or spectral decadic absorbance is the common logarithm of the ratio of incident to transmitted spectral radiant power through a material.
1983 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Debbie Harry. Set in Toronto during the early 1980s, it follows the CEO of a small UHF television station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. The layers of deception and mind-control conspiracy unfold as he uncovers the signal’s source, and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre and violent organic hallucinations.
The posthumous book “Swiss Rebels” catalogues Swiss-German photographer Karlheinz Weinberger’s journeys into the alternate universe of 1950s and 60s Switzerland. “My real life began on Friday evening. And it ended every Monday morning,” he said during his first major exhibition in 2000.
Passive device used to reflect and focus (concentrate) sound waves. Parabolic acoustic mirrors are widely used in parabolic microphones to pick up sound from great distances, employed in surveillance and reporting of outdoor sporting events. Between the World Wars, before the invention of radar, parabolic sound mirrors were used experimentally as early-warning devices by military air defence forces to detect incoming enemy aircraft by listening for the sound of their engines.
Richard Long & Associates designed many of the top clubs during the disco era, notably New York’s Studio 54 and Paradise Garage, and Ministry of Sound in London. RLA is broadly credited for making discos the immersive audiotopias that they were.
Earliest known major civilization in Mesoamerica following a progressive development in Soconusco. They lived in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in the present-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco. It has been speculated that the Olmecs derive in part from neighboring Mokaya or Mixe–Zoque.
Robotic surgical system made by the American company Intuitive Surgical. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, it is designed to facilitate surgery using a minimally invasive approach, and is controlled by a surgeon from a console. The system is used for prostatectomies, and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures. According to the manufacturer, the da Vinci System is called “da Vinci” in part because Leonardo da Vinci’s “study of human anatomy eventually led to the design of the first known robot in history.”
Inside a deteriorating hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome sit a pair of derelict spacecraft, built by the Soviet Union as part of a bold challenge to the U.S. manned space program.
From “The Critique of Judgement” by Immanuel Kant, published in 1790. The term “sublime” is used to designate natural objects that inspire a kind of awed terror through sheer immensity. Kant defines “The Sublime” as that which is beyond all comparison, that is absolutely great, either mathematically in terms of limitless magnitude, or dynamically in terms of limitless power.
Meaning: excessive sleepiness. A disorder of sleep that is characterized by prolonged nocturnal sleep periods and by the presence of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Typhoon Trami, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Paeng, was the second typhoon to affect Japan within a month. The twenty-fourth tropical storm and tenth typhoon of the annual typhoon season, Trami developed from a low-pressure area southeast of Guam on September 20. It intensified into a tropical storm on the next day, and intensified into a typhoon on September 22. Trami steadily intensified and reached its peak intensity late on September 24.
Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in 1978 in John Carpenter’s Halloween as a young boy who murders his sister, Judith Myers, and then, fifteen years later, returns home to Haddonfield to murder more teenagers.
Poison dart frog (also known as dart-poison frog, poison frog or formerly known as poison arrow frog) is the common name of a group of frogs in the family Dendrobatidae which are native to tropical Central and South America. These species are diurnal and often have brightly colored bodies.
Gabrielle d’Estrées and one of her sisters is a painting by an unknown artist circa 1594. It now hangs at the Louvre in Paris and is usually thought to be the work of a painter from the Fontainebleau School.The painting portrays Gabrielle d’Estrées, mistress of King Henry IV of France, sitting nude in a bath, holding a ring. Her sister sits nude beside her and pinches d’Estrées’ right nipple.
“The Blair Witch Project” is a 1999 supernatural horror film. The film is composed of the fictional “found footage” of a group of student filmmakers, who enter the woods in hopes of tracking down the local legend of the Blair Witch. The trio disappear, and their footage is found in the forest a year later. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 1999 and subsequently grossed 250 million US dollars globally while having been created on a budget of 60,000 US dollars. It is one of the most successful independent films of all time.
The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931. The building has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m) and stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall, including its antenna. Its name is derived from “Empire State”, the nickname of New York, which is of unknown origin. The Empire State Building stood as the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years until the construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in Lower Manhattan in late 1970.
Cops is an American half-hour documentary reality crime/legal television program that premiered on the Fox network on March 11, 1989. The series follows city police officers and county sheriff’s deputies, sometimes backed up by state troopers or other state agencies, during patrols and other police activities including but not limited to prostitution and narcotics stings. Some episodes have also featured federal agencies.
The Northrop (later Northrop Grumman) B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as up to eighty 500-pound class (230 kg) Mk 82 JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400-pound (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only acknowledged aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.
Meaning: drawing something absent-mindedly. Artwork by Sigmar Polke (1975).
Coveted catalogue that displays 440 pages of teenage iconography, including film stills, fashion shoots, art works, and more.
As described in “Get Tough! How to Win in Hand-to-Hand Fighting, as Taught to the British Commandos and US Armed Forces” by Major W.E. Fairbairn (1979)
The Secret Intelligence Services (SIS) building, also known as the MI6 Building, is the headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service situated on n the River Thames in London. Terry Farrell, the building’s architect, was met with criticism for his Mayan- and Aztec-esque temple design, which translated into a post-modern style. The Secret Service structure was completed and inaugurated in 1994 and is, ironically, recognized as one of London’s most distinctive buildings.
96-minute music-theater opera composition by German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, which premiered in 1977 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. The mystery science-fiction play tells the story of four agents from a planet orbiting the star Sirius, who are sent to earth to deliver a message.
[HOW-TO] Dress in comfortable clothing.
Enter a quiet, dim room and sit comfortable in a reclined position. Do not lie down. Do not cross your legs. Cover yourself with a blanket and wear headphones, if necessary.
Allow for 30 minutes of uninterrupted time (silence your devices and lock the door).
Choose your hypnosis goal and memorize it as a mantra or affirmation. It is important to visualize your mantra in the present tense, such as: “I am in control, and I am valuable;” “I choose to no longer smoke cigarettes;” or “I am eating healthy.”
Infamous contract created by Scientology. Sea Org is an organization within Scientology, described by Scientology as a “fraternal religious order, comprising of the church’s most dedicated members.” Sea Org members are required to make a lifetime commitment by signing a billion-year contract.
Photography book by Swiss photographer Hansjörg Sahli, which shows images of the Rhône Glacier covered in gargantuan white blankets. The function of swaddling the glacier is to shield the ice and the grotto beneath it from solar radiation. The images were taken between July 2014 and August 2017.
Razzle dazzle camouflage is a type of ship camouflage that was used extensively during World War I. It consists of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colors. Razzle dazzle is reminiscent of a zebra’s pelt. However, Picasso claimed that cubist artists like himself had invented it. The technique is widely credited to the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson and was then adopted by the British and the United States Navy.
The Quantum Zeno Effect, also known as the Turing paradox, is a feature of quantum-mechanical systems allowing a particle’s time evolution to be arrested by measuring it frequently enough with respect to some chosen measurement setting. Simply put, it is a phenomenon in quantum physics where observing a particle prevents it from decaying as it would in the absence of observation.
Mixed-use center in Atlanta, Georgia, designed by Architect John Portman and completed in 1988. A defining feature of the Peachtree Center is a network of enclosed pedestrian skybridges suspended above street level, which have garnered criticism for discouraging pedestrian city bustle. Most of the structures in Atlanta’s Peachtree district were designed by Portman, who died in December 2017.
Meaning: or “object sexuality.” A form of swexual or romantic attraction focused on particular inanimate objects. Individuals with this attraction may have strong feeling of love and commitment to certain items or structures of their fixation.
Related: Animism. : sense reciprocation, based on the belief that objects have souls, intelligence, and feelings, and are able to communicate.
Magnus Hirschfeld was a German doctor and sexologist, whose practice was based in Berlin-Charlottenburg during the Weimar period (1918-1933). Hirschfeld was an outspoken advocate for sexual minorities and one of the first homosexual and transgender rights activists. He became interested in gay rights because many of his gay patients committed suicide.
Nom de plume, pseudonym, or multiple-use name informally adopted by hundreds of artists and activists all over Europe and the Americas. The name first appeared in Bologna in 1994, when multiple cultural activists used it to author their urban and media performances, which were often humorous, political pranks. The pseudonym was borrowed from real-life Luther Blissett, based purely on comic value of the name, who was a notable soccer player for AC Milan and England in the 80s.
Highly intelligent and obscure horologist with a heavy southern accent who became the central figure of the podcast “S-Town,” (2017) after he emailed the producers asking them to investigate an alleged murder that took place in his hometown of Woodstock, Alabama. Mclemore refers to Woodstock as “Shit Town” [see: podcast’s title]. Mclemore committed suicide by drinking cyanide while the podcast was in production. The show explores Mclemore’s character and life, including his rumored closeted homosexuality, hobbies (like maze-building and gold-plating), family history, and extended rants on the state of the world.
The devil’s hour or witching hour. It is believed that witches, demons, and ghosts appear and are at their most powerful at 3AM. Black magic is thought to be most effective at this time.
“Dr. Lecter could overcome his surroundings. He could make it all go away. The beeping of the computer game, the snores and farts, were nothing compared to the hellish screaming he’d known in the violent wards. The seat was no tighter than restraints. As he had done in his cell so many times, Dr. Lecter put his head back, closed his eyes and retired for relief into the quiet of his memory palace, a place that is quite beautiful for the most part.
For this little time, the metal cylinder howling eastward against the wind contains a palace of a thousand rooms. (…)
An emotional support animal, or ESA, is a type of service animal that alleviates symptoms of stress, anxiety, and psychological trauma in its owner. In recent years, the number of ESA’s accompanying owners during their travels has exploded, due to the relative ease of acquiring a therapist’s letter stating that the animal contributes to one’s psychological wellbeing.
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a strip of land that runs across the Korean Peninsula and serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. It is 250 kilometers long and approximately 4 kilometers wide.
Still from security camera footage of Columbine shooters captured during the Columbine High School massacre and attempted bombing that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, United States.
Meaning: A set of straps placed on an animal or person, used to connect said being to something else. : decorative fetishized fashion accessory.
A novel by Aldous Huxley, published in 1932. The book presents a nightmarish vision of a future society.
Viral YouTube clip captioned as “Crying Guy from the A&E Show Intervention.” The clip’s sound (“Intervention,” Season 8, Episode 13, 2010) was sampled on the track “Everybody” by DJ Rashad & Freshmoon (2013).
Mysterious, obscure, spiritual and philosophical book by unknown author(s) that originated in Chicago sometime between 1924 and 1955. It claims to “reveal the mysteries of God, the universe, world history, Jesus, and ourselves,” and attempts to do so on 2097 pages. Notable readers of the book include Sun Ra, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Hillary Clinton, reportedly.
“Alexis Sorbas” is a black-and-white Oscar-winning film by Greek director Michael Cacoyannis, which was released in 1964 and featured actor Anthony Quinn. The film revolves around the relationship between the writer Basil, who travels to Crete, and Alexis Sorbas, whom he befriends on the island.
The most godly hour, the hour of great mercy. It is believed that Jesus Christ died at the crucifix at 3PM.