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TOP 5 Elon’s reads

Gimme 5 - January 18, 2017

When asked where he learned to build rockets, Musk responds, “In books.” A bookworm of a child, he was thirsty for knowledge. Here are 5 books or authors that are/were seminal for Musk:

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. As a young teen, Elon Musk was looking for professional direction and a meaning to life. He found all that and more in this witty sci-fi read by British writer Douglas Adams. The characters are searching for the answer to the “Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. “Hitchhiker’s Guide” taught me that the most difficult part is asking the right questions, explained Musk in September 2012 on Bloomberg.

2. Structures : Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down by J.E. Gordon. Musk devoured this book while he was launching SpaceX and needed the structural know-how to put a rocket together. He may also have learned of the role a Paris dressmaker played in aerospace history or what traditional Chinese junks have in common with bat wings.

3. Superintelligence : Paths, Dangers, Strategies’ by Nick Bostrom. A foundational text for Musk’s avant-garde philosophy on artificial intelligence. It’s a bold serious inquiry into what might happen if AI usurped human decision-making.

 

4. The Fundation by Isaac Asimov. Nothing plants cool futuristic ideas like science-fiction. Like any space nut, Elon Musk devoured Isaac Asimov (inspirational to Georges Lucas for Star Wars), who famously broached the subjects of galactic colonization and the future of humanity. For Musk, Mars is just the beginning.

5. Zero To One by Peter Thiel. Elon Musk doesn’t conceive an invention without considering its impact on mankind. To ensure an invention’s success and its widest-possible distribution, he puts business acumen first. And this book forged his vision of what a start-up should be and what a young CEO should do.

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TOP 5 Spaceships of 2017

Gimme 5 - January 11, 2017

Who cannot talk about aliens without mentioning spaceships ! Here are 5 that land on Earth during the year.

1. The mysterious flying saucer in Arrival: 2017 is going to kick off with the arrival of a vertical black flying saucer. This spaceship from Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is surely one of the most spectacular to ever grace the silver screen!

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The strange spacecraft in Arrival © www.sonypicturespresse.fr

2. Green Lantern’s Interceptor: A feature film about Green Lantern is in the works for 2020, but we’ll get a teaser glimpse of this stellar visitor and his incomparable spaceship this year in the movie Justice League.

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The interceptor © greenlantern.wikia.com

3. The peaceful spaceship in Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction: In Inio Asano’s manga, a ginormous flying saucer parks itself over the city, blacking out the sky. Strangely, though, this mysterious craft launches no attack and wreaks no havoc, even when the Japanese army fires at it. The second book in this amazing series hits bookstores soon.

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The spaceship from Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction © manga-news.com

4. Star Trek’s USS Enterprise: Hands-down, the most iconic of pop culture’s cult spaceships is the legendary USS enterprise of Star Trek fame. And it’s back on the galactic highways in 2017, thanks to the series Star Trek Discovery. For the youngsters who didn’t grow up with Star Trek, this is the perfect opportunity to discover the spacecraft that enabled the Enterprise crew “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

5. Apocalypse’s spacecraft in the X-Men: There’s a lot of buzz about Marvel Comics. Rumor has it they have decided to release an X-Men sequel this year. With a little luck, they’ll bring back that groovy spaceship, the one space mutant Apocalypse toodles around in. Let’s hope the rumors are true.

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Apocalypse gets around in style © Bryan Jay Singer/Instagram

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TOP 5 Drone films – Yes, they have their festivals!

Gimme 5 - January 04, 2017

The big international festivals in cinema and photography are familiar enough, but did you know drone films have theirs, too? There are a dozen or so around the world, and more will doubtless soon crop up. Here’s our selection of the best prize-winning drone films of 2016:

1. Afterglow, by Sweetgrass Productions, winner in the category “Extreme Sports & Best in Show” at the 2016 New York City Film Festival. This studio production, a virtuoso performance in ultra-stylized aerial photography, features LED-illuminated slalom skiers careening down mountains lit in day-glo colors. A blast!

2. The Drone, by Jordan Rubin, victor of the 2016 Flying Robot International Film Festival (US) in the category “Cinematic Narrative.” The Drone is a fake teaser for a film that will never be made, but whose preview is a riot: a drone with malicious intents upends the tame lives of a thirty-something couple. Hilarious!

3. Wild Scotland, by John Duncan, took home the 2016 “Wonders of the Natural” Prize at the Drone Festival (UK). It’s Scotland from above – 3 minutes of the country’s fjords, monuments, sea coasts, and highlands. Fasten your seatbelts!

4. Dizi, by David-Étienne Durivage, “Artistic Quality Prize” at the 2016 Festival Ciné Drone (FR). This Quebecker director takes us on a tour of poetic symmetry in HD, an artist’s vision on an engineer’s wings.

5. From Inside to Outside, by Stéphane Aboudaram, winner of the DroneUp International Film Festival 2016 in the category “Urban”. A drone escapes skywards, in a gigantic chimney silo of an abandoned electric plant for a 30-second video that will blow your mind.

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TOP 5 The buzz best of 2016

Gimme 5 - December 28, 2016

1. Bob Dylan brings home the Nobel Prize for Literature and sends Patti Smith to pick up the hardware. Folk’s greatest and most politically active emissary, has made pop history, testifying to the artistic integrity of pop music. He couldn’t fit the ceremony into his busy touring schedule, so He sent singer Patti Smith to Sweden in his place to receive the award and sing one of his greatest hits, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (1962). The Nobels are pop!

2. Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show. The Panthers are still seething over that one. But they can console themselves with the memory of the Queen B’s homage to the Black Panthers. Black beret over a ‘60s-worthy afro and fist raised, she followed Coldplay and Bruno Mars with a big-time tribute to the black rights revolutionaries. Respect!

3. Jimmy Fallon’s “Slow Jam The News” with Barack Obama. The showmanship talents of the States’ 44th president are no secret and Jimmy Fallon harnessed them all for his one-and-only Slow Jam The News. Sensual jazz, classy repartees, some pretty off-color jokes, 8 years in the White House, a presidential legacy… The first black president of the United States has become a pop icon!

4. Leonardo DiCaprio finally brings home the Best Actor Oscar and gives an unforgettable speech. We’d sort of given up on it: The Oscars seemed to have black-listed the star of Titanic, Romeo and Juliette, Gangs of New York, Inception, Django Unchained, The Wolf of Wall Street and finally… The Revenant! A consecration, and a podium from which to deliver a memorable plea for environmental protection. Here’s hoping the fight to save the planet is as successful as his Oscar bid. We Love you, Leo!

5. #RIO2016, the hashtag of the year. Twitter recently unveiled the rankings of its highest-traffic hashtags for 2016. #Rio2016 took number 1 with 187 million tweets and 75 billion views. Here’s the Top 10:

  1. Rio2016
  2. Euro2016
  3. Election2016
  4. Brexit
  5. Trump
  6. RIP
  7. BlackVivesMatter
  8. Oscars
  9. GameOfThrones
  10. PokemonGO

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TOP 5 outfits for yuletide chic

Gimme 5 - December 21, 2016

1. The digital Xmas jumper: That sweater grandma knitted you is kitsch alright, but it doesn’t hold a candle to what the brand Digital Dudz has come up with: the cyber yuletide jumper! I kid you not – with a fireplace blaze cozily crackling away on your sweater front, you’ll be a hit around the eggnog bowl.

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Can’t roast chestnuts over this open fire © morphsuits.fr

2. Xmas Present Suit: For those who, tongue-in-cheek, deem themselves God’s gift, get yourself a nice new suit from Shinesty. Beats your father-in-law’s lime-green corduroy 3-piece suit.

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Surprise! © shinesty.com

3. Shake up your make-up: Make-up artist Nasia Belli’s Instagram account is a treasure trove of ideas for your alternative Xmas and killer kitsch-fests! You’ll be the coolest adult with the youngster set.

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The decorating doesn’t stop when the tree’s trimmed © Nasia Belli

 

4. The Xmas hat: You can always dress down, then go bananas on the hat. Jeans, T-shirt… and a Xmas turkey on your head or why not throw restraint to the winds with a Xmas jumper hat.

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It’s a twofer © claires.fr

5. Reindeer antlers… for your cat: Our furry friends have as much right as we do to enjoy the holiday spirit. Dress your pet up to the nines and spread that yuletide magic. Rudolph’s antlers transform your cat into the chicest pet in town.

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Meooooow © LolPetShop.com

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TOP 5 Xmas shows

Gimme 5 - December 14, 2016

This year 25 December is on a Sunday, perfect for a comfy sofa session of Xmas show binge-watching. Check out these cult series that did special yuletide episodes brimming with kitsch and good cheer.

1. 1991, The Prince of Bel Air – ‘Christmas Show ‘(season 2, episode 13): Happy Holidays at the Banks household. The family spends Christmas in an alpine chalet. Bonus: spectacular hand-knit sweaters and a massive snowstorm… with blue skies above!

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Great hand-knit Christmas sweaters and some serious ‘80s ambiance © NBC

2. 1993, The Nanny – ‘Christmas Special’ (season 1, episode 8): Christmas at the Sheffield’s is all about kitsch and excess. You just can’t have too many lights, garlands, and snow globes.

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The Sheffields take kitsch to a whole ‘nother level © CBS

3. 2000, Friends – ‘The One with the Holiday Armadillo’ (season 7, episode 10): “Merry Christmas” for some and “Happy Chanukah” for others, and whacky costumes and top-shelf kitsch for all.

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Christmas with roommates © TBS

4. 2003, Malcolm in the Middle – ‘Christmas Trees’ (season 5, episode 7): In this special holiday episode, the whole family gets into the Xmas spirit. Black market Christmas trees, squirrel chasing, a German-style family reunion in the heart of Texas, and an extra helping of kitsch, please.

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Father and son and black market tannenbaums © FOX

5. 2012, The Big Bang Theory ‘The Santa Simulation’ (season 6, episode 11): Special holiday recipe of geek + kitsch. Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Rajesh host a Xmas-themed Dungeons & Dragons party. Their mission? Save Santa from the clutches of drooling ogres.

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The geek squad ringing in the New Year © CBS

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TOP 5 best science toys of all time

Gimme 5 - December 07, 2016

1. Operation: Created in 1965 by the American John Spinello, this hilarious game is all about surgery. You remember the patient laid out on the operating table, the tweezers, and the BZZZZZ, when junior surgeon flubs the operation!

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Operation © Hasbro.com

2. The microscope: THE classic. This old-school toy never goes out of style. How many carefree days have we all wiled away, ogling at huge teeny tiny things?

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The humble microscope © jouet-direct.com

3. The globe bedside lamp: Masquerading as a utilitarian lamp, this toy is a favorite and an incredibly efficient scientific aide. Your arm-chair traveling daughter will end up a geography whiz.

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The globe © Amazon

4. The fossil kit: Generations of backyard paleontologists got their start with a fossil kit for kids 6 to 15. And what parent hasn’t said, “I think it’s a T-rex tooth!”

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Livin’ in the Jurassic © stemfinity.com

5. The ant farm: And how many biologists got their start staring at those little insects burrowing away between two sheets of glass? One tip, though: wait for junior to turn eight. Otherwise you might find your home invaded by her little arthropods.

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Ant farm © Insectlore.com

 

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TOP 5 light projects by street artistes

Gimme 5 - November 30, 2016

Certain street artists use light as an artistic medium the way other artists use paint. Here are 5 projects we think deserve some limelight!

1. Graffiti Mapped. Australian artist Sofles used video mapping in Melbourne to create a huge graffiti art mural that comes alive at nightfall. It’s an exhilarating experience for those lucky enough to see it in real life, down under.

2. Animated Wall Projection. With a battery of video projectors, Brazilian artist VJsuave sends cartoon characters roaming all over the city walls. His digital creations are particularly poetic, playful and colorful.

3. Avatar’s Riot. This is a project by videographer and digital inventor Pierre Amoudruz, who turns the city into an art studio, inviting residents to participate in digital urban artworks. His tools? Image projection, interactive video mapping and creative audio.

4. Light Painting Wifi. This project by the trio of Timo Arnall, Jorn Knutsen and Einar Sneve Martinussen consists of making visible the web of WiFi networks that thread through our cities. They use the technique of light painting to reveal the dense urban skeins of our WiFi radio waves.

5. This is Street art 2.0 ! La Havane. Photographer Philippe Echaroux went to the Cuban capital to project his visual creations onto the mythic city’s walls. His aim was to express in projected words and images what Cubans themselves couldn’t say in public.

 

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TOP 5 former streetballers turned NBA stars

Gimme 5 - November 23, 2016

Before dunking on the most beautiful floors, the 5 athletes below begun basketball in the sidewalk!

1. Vince Carter: Basketball’s most spectacular trick, the slam dunk, was a product of the flamboyant freewheeling style of streetball. So it’s no surprise that the greatest dunker in the history of the NBA got his start on courts with bent rims and no nets.

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Vince Carter © Twitter

2. Allen Iverson: Allen Iverson is hands-down one of finest to ever play the game, and he owes his mesmerizing ambidextrous dribbling to his streetball roots.

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Allen Iverson © Twitter

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Los Angeles Lakers icon was the king of the blacktop before his reign in the NBA. And in his retirement, he’s gone on to success in Hollywood and in the bookstore.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar © kareemabduljabbar.com

4. Jamal Crawford: One of the Los Angeles Clippers superstars, Jamal Crawford invented a spectacular dribble dubbed the “shake and bake”. No doubt about its provenance; he honed it in the ‘hood.

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Jamal Crawford © jamalcrawford.com

5. Rafer Alston: After becoming a legend on the inner-city courts, New Yorker Rafer Alston became an NBA stand-out for the Houston Rockets.

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Rafer Alston © Wikipedia

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TOP 5 futuristic cities on the silver screen

Gimme 5 - November 16, 2016

1. Coruscant: The capital of the galactic empire in Star Wars is a planet-city that is 100% urban. It’s a pin cushion of skyscrapers that disappear into the clouds, zillions of space ships buzzing amongst the buildings. Estimated population: 1 trillion inhabitants.

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Coruscant: the word skyscraper is no misnomer © Starwars.wikia

2. Yorktown: This is the Federation’s space city in Star Trek Beyond. Generating its own gravitational field, it is possessed of its own atmosphere and its skyscrapers are home to beings from every galaxy under Federation control. Estimated population: 50 to 80 million inhabitants.

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Yorktown’s roller-coaster look © Memory-Alpha.wikia

3. Los Angeles 2019: A teeming megapolis, with its dark and brooding fluorescent urban landscape, is the setting for Blade Runner. On the Instagram account Blade Runner Reality, photos of real buildings and cities that inspired or were recreated in the film will convince you that we already live in the Los Angeles of Philip K. Dick (author of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? on which the film by Ridley Scott is based). Estimated population: 40 to 50 million inhabitants.

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Los Angeles 2019: dark, ominous, and cyberpunk © Kinopithèque

4. Neo Tokyo: The gigantic garish megacity in the film Akira. A veritable icon of Japanese urban pop culture, this fictitious city has inspired loads of Manga artists and illustrators, not to mention a fair number of architects and industrial designers. Built on the ruins of Tokyo following its destruction during World War III, its population and urban sprawl has spiraled out of control. Estimated population: 30 to 40 million.

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Neo Tokyo: the most popular city (almost) in Japan © Dazed Digital

5. Metropolis: The factory city dreamed up by director Fritz Lang in 1927. The vision was inspired by his first view of New York’s skyline in October of 1924. He recalls, “The buildings were like a vertical veil, sparkling and diaphanous, like some kind of luxurious decor, suspended against a somber sky to entertain, enchant and hypnotize people.” Metropolis is considered the first futuristic city portrayed by the cinema, and one that has inspired so many others. Estimated population: 5 to 10 million.

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Metropolis: the first ever city of the future hasn’t aged a day © The daily geek show

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