Recently, I stopped drinking alcohol for a few weeks due to a severe case of "turning into a tremendously fat man." As a result, I've been compensating by drinking cold press coffee--a dark, sludgy substance that resembles the loneliness of space. It makes me feel like my brain is made out of tiny s ... More >>
Yes, the polar vortex is back, but we've got a pretty good array of events that will all take place indoors. See, we're thinking about you. Housing Works Bookstore is hosting a party in honor of Asymptote's third anniversary; writers John and Molly Knefel host Radio Dispatch, a progressive political ... More >>
Space was the place for a pair of stellar yet utterly different multimedia works that enjoyed their New York premieres this week. Way Uptown, installation artist Rirkrit Tiravanija transformed the Park Avenue Armory into a sternly minimalist lunar viewing station for Karlheinz Stockhausen's eight-ch ... More >>
Above is a shot of the terrain of Mars, taken by the Curiosity rover. Below is one of the landscape of Arizona. Looks to me like in the future, old folks are going to retire to Mars.
Flaming Lips leader Wayne Coyne dreams weird and hard and big. What often starts of as a whimsical vision might just end up as a new world record (for the most live concerts in 24 hours) or a limited-edition vinyl release infused with the blood of other artists (as was the case for 2011's The Flamin ... More >>
The Web has been abuzz with the Mars rover landing, and Oreo has decided to tap into the craze with an Oreo cookie. Note that this isn't actually in stores. As the poster indicates: "Red creme currently unavailable." The image was posted on the company's social-media pages and has gotten more than ... More >>
A few weeks ago, my roommate and I decided to take a late-night bike ride up the West Side Highway. It was around midnight when we hit 59th Street and headed east towards Central Park. Dangerous, yes, but the air was calm until we decided to advance on the brilliant idea of biking through Times Squa ... More >>
When news broke that the Flaming Lips were going to play eight separate shows in 24 hours in an attempt to eclipse a Guinness World Record set by Jay-Z, the collective response was something along the lines of, "Well, of course they are." The Lips have done so much bonkers shit up to this point in ... More >>
The Final Frontier on Park Avenue
Looks like Bruce Willis's mining team from Armageddon could be employed again. In a relatively strange press release, according to the Wall Street Journal, a new, fittingly named company called Planetary Resources, Inc. has teamed up with none other than the high officials at Goo ... More >>
No, not with Iman. It would be with feisty singer/actor Lea DeLaria, who exploded out of comedy and surprised some people with her award-winning jazz stylings.
Calling all space geeks and food connoisseurs: Researchers at Cornell University are looking for volunteers to test out menus designed for astronauts on missions to Mars.
Hmmmm, will flying to Mars for dinner make me seasick? There has always been an element of zaniness in the New York dining scene, ever since pretty girls started selling hot ears of buttered corn down on Delancey Street in the 19th Century - or maybe even before that, because a restaurant b ... More >>
via WikipediaIn September, NASA's UARS satellite plummeted back to Earth, scattering debris over the Pacific Ocean. In October, Germany's ROSAT orbiting telescope reentered our atmosphere and crashed somewhere in Southeast Asia. Following this pattern of space crap falling back to Earth comes ... More >>
"I wholeheartedly agree with the White House. Carry on."The White House has officially responded to a petition signed by 12,078 people calling for the government to "formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race." The Office of Science & Technology Policy's Phil L ... More >>
Benjamin LozovskyThe Creators Project October 15-16 Better than: A representative of the Intel Corporation laboriously explaining to me the superiority of their microprocessors. If you're suspicious that The Creators Project is all just a way for the Vice Empire to class up its image beyo ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we wake up, rub the sleep out of our eyes, roll over in bed and ask the Space Shuttle, "So, now what?" (We had sex with the Sp ... More >>
Burnham in his Prescott, Arizona home lab, circa 1960. Yesterday, we published the first half of a 24,000-word "self-interview" by Lowell Observatory astronomer Robert Burnham, Jr. on what would have been his 80th birthday. Burnham died in 1993 at the age of 61. He was known not only for hi ... More >>
granvilleonline.caThis would be a good time to make a Uranus joke. EV Grieve points out a hilarious mistake from Canadian publication Granville Online in its article about the world's worst restaurant bathrooms. They confused divey Mars Bar with space-themed Midtown restaurant Mars 2112. Th ... More >>
In action at LPR. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Monday, June 21 Darcy James Argue would like us to know that CDs and "stylish T-shirts" are available for purchase, so as to "finance my big-band habit," which is "worse than crack." He then turns his attention back to co ... More >>
"Hello, people of Earth! I have come to your world..." Wait a minute, we thought -- is that Antenna Man? Turns out it was. We hadn't seen him on the L train for years. He was slightly less eccentrically costumed -- the shades were less ornate, and he had lost the deely boppers that signaled ... More >>
Yoko Ono, widow of the best Beatle, John Lennon, and legendary shriek-singer of "Walking on Thin Ice," is still radiating positivity after all these years. I'll never forget when, ages ago, I reviewed one of Yoko's albums and said the only good thing about it was the gurgling sound provided ... More >>
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