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If you believe Virgin and Google, they’re planning on colonizing Mars in the coming 20 years, through a project called Virgle. I have an underbelly feeling that this is a very serious hoax.

Here’s question 2 of the official Virgle application questionnaire:

  1. I am a world-class expert in
  2. – physics
    – medicine and first aid
    – engineering
    – Guitar Hero II

Here’s the Google guys making asses of themselves:

Supposedly, world famous designer Philippe Starck has declared he is quitting. Not only that: he has also (according to this article) declared his whole career materialistic, and even dreadful!

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You don’t need to be a catholic or even a believer to be happy with the Vatican this week.

The original Seven Deadly Sins (sloth, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, wrath and pride) were a bit outdated, so they we’re updated to Seven Deadly Sins 2.0: genetic modification, carrying out experiments on humans, polluting the environment, causing social injustice, causing poverty, becoming obscenely wealthy and taking drugs. The Vatican is almost becoming hip! Read the full story…

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The video below is obviously heavily inspired by early logo animation. Good stuff!

There are people saying that an asteroid called TU24, approximately the size of the Empire State Building, very nearly hitting our pale blue dot coming Monday, just might hurt us really bad even while certainly physically missing us. It’s all speculation and it’s off course sensational and exciting stuff for astronomy nerds to scare the masses with, but still, according to NASA it’s the biggest thing visiting our solar neighborhood untill 2027. Check out this spine chilling list of close calls between space floating stuff and our planet by NASA.

In 1908, in Tunguska, Russia, a piece of forest 2,150 square kilometers (830 square miles) large was totally destroyed, probably by a ‘passing meteor’ creating an explosion 1000 times stronger than Hiroshima, and supposedly, it was much smaller than TU24 … well at least, that’s what Wikipedia says about people theorizing about the cause of the giant destruction back then. What is hard with things like these is that a normal person (like you and me?) can really say or think nothing useful about any of it, because we have to base our fears on the specialist theories of highly specialized people in a particular area of science, passin’ us hypotheses on relatively pretty unpredictable natural phenomena, based on the little knowledge they have on the subject, while us ‘regular folks’ just have no way of verifying any of it, because we can’t at all see what they (believe to) see. Whenever the end of life as we know it enters the story, that’s mediagenic stuff! On the other hand, perhaps we just shouldn’t know at all

Bring it on! There’s absolutely nothing we can possibly do about stuff like this. Hope to still be blogging on Wednesday though, with at least ten fingers, one eye, a functional brain and a working internet conection 🙂

ps: what goes up must come down. Oh and these are other ways we could collectively go, just in case we’re still in one piece on Wednesday 😉

Naomi Klein, well known for her book No Logo, has now written a book about a ‘political’ strategy that is very relevant today, with politicians telling us to be afraid of terrorists while the real dangers are amongst our own. Klein calls this strategy The Shock Doctrine.

This blog has just hit the 20.000 mark, so it’s time for a party! Enjoy…

You are not going to believe this, really…

With light rays being projected through a superfast spinning mirror, a 360° x 360° 3D image is projected, kind of in the style of the communicators in Star Wars. We need this, hurry up the technology please!

Manu Chao getting political, and doing it well…

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