Arriving at Warp Speed – Invisibility

The ‘communicator‘ from the tv show Star Trek is a reality now, i.e. the cell phone. That I can grasp. What I find incredible is that another technology, one I figured might never be a reality, has now materialized as well: the invisibility cloak. The AP released a story on Aug. 11 about Berkeley scientists’ successfully cloaking a three-dimensional object: Scientists closer to developing invisibility cloak. So what’s next? Transporters? Man, that would be cool! No more waiting in airport security lines and worrying about delays or lost luggage. I predict that if air fares continue to climb and if all the new a la carte fees are taken into account it will soon be economically feasible to develop and build transporters. Maybe by 2010 I can have myself beamed over to Beijing to check out all those really cool buildings they’ve created for the Olympics.

Phoenix Landing

Check out the NASA video explaining the landing challenges of the Phoenix Mars Polar Lander which is scheduled to touch down this coming Sunday. Three weeks ago I was at Kennedy Space Center for the very first time and was totally impressed and re-inspired by the US Space program. I’ll be watching for the success of this expedition to find water on the Mars pole.

Blogger Highlights Book Sculptures

Brian Dettmer Book SculptureToday I discovered the eclectic blog: Centripetal Notion by Justin Ruckman, a graphic designer from Charlotte, NC. Justin describes his blog as “miscellaneous badassery”. He lays out an awesome mix of art and science posts that I find especially appealing. Some of his top tags are: Art/Design, Humor, Music, Performance, Photography, Science, Technology, Universe, Video, World.

A click on my super randomizing StumbleUpon button led me to Centripetal Notion and a posted video of Clara Rockmore playing the theremin. She is an accomplished musician with this unbelievable ‘touchless’ instrument. From there a little poking around on Justin’s blog turned up a post called Book Autopsies about Brian Dettmer’s sculptures. Brian himself commented on Justin’s post (which I include, in part, here because Brian gives gallery websites where his work is featured):

Hello Everyone. I am Brian Dettmer, the artist that did this work. First of all, thank you for your interest and great response to my artwork. […] I appreciate all the questions and interest but I will not have time to answer them because there are way too many blogs about my work now. For more info about my work you can go to the websites these images were originally lifted from:

There is no doubt that I will keep an eye out for more work/news of Brian Dettmer and will also frequently check in at Centripetal Notion for other great things that Justin might toss up.