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In the News 11.10.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

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In the News 11.10.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets
In the News 11.10.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets
In the News 11.10.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

Hong Kong in the 1950s Captured by a Teenager

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These stunning photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s are captured beautifully by a teenager. Ho Fan who arrived from Shanghai in 1949. The streets, filled with vendors, coolies and rickshaw drivers, fascinated Ho. Taking pictures in a studio was the norm then, but the Ho was more interested in random, candid shots of strangers. His targets, however, did not always smile into the lens of his Rolleiflex…

But it is great street photography that gives a peek into daily life in Hong Kong at that time..

 

Read the rest of this article at Where Cool Things Happen

Musk’s Mars Moment: Audacity, Madness, Brilliance—or Maybe All Three

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Elon Musk finally did it. Fourteen years after founding SpaceX, and nine months after promising to reveal details about his plans to colonize Mars, the tech mogul made good on that promise Tuesday afternoon in Guadalajara, Mexico. Over the course of a 90-minute speech Musk, always a dreamer, shared his biggest and most ambitious dream with the world—how to colonize Mars and make humanity a multiplanetary species.

And what mighty ambitions they are. The Interplanetary Transport System he unveiled could carry 100 people at a time to Mars. Contrast that to the Apollo program, which carried just two astronauts at a time to the surface of the nearby Moon, and only for brief sojourns. Moreover, Musk’s rocket that would lift all of those people and propellant into orbit would be nearly four times as powerful as the mighty Saturn V booster. Musk envisions a self-sustaining Mars colony with at least a million residents by the end of the century.

Read the rest of this article at Ars Technica

Edward Snowden’s Long, Strange Journey to Hollywood

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The summer light was fading to gold near Red Square as Oliver Stone maneuvered through the lobby bar of a five-star Moscow hotel last year. He walked past the marble staircase and the grand piano to a table in the back. A group of businessmen in suits lingered nearby. Stone grimaced.

“I think we should move,” he said. His producer, Moritz Borman, led the way to another corner. “How’s this?” Borman asked.

Stone didn’t answer. He eyed an older couple slurping soup and kept moving. A moment later, Stone finally settled in by a window, comfortably beyond earshot of the other patrons.

Such security precautions had become routine. Ever since Stone decided to make a biopic about Edward Snowden, the American whistle-­blower currently holed up in Moscow somewhere, the director — who became a Buddhist while making “Heaven & Earth” and sampled a buffet of psychedelic drugs for “The Doors” — had gone all method again. On “Snowden,” he and Borman became so preoccupied with American government surveillance that they had their Los Angeles offices swept for bugs more than once.

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

Why a New Magical Counter Culture is Emerging

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With Halloween approaching, now is a good time to think about witches. There’s Kendall Jenner in the latest Marc Jacobs campaign, who, with her pale blue skin and gigantic crinkle-cut hair, clad in black and blood-burgundy upon teetering platforms, many have likened to a witch; in particular to Bellatrix Lestrange, Helena Bonham Carter’s character from the Harry Potter movies. Harry is back too: his book’s in every bookstore window display, his play’s sold out, a spinoff movie is in the works. There’s even a witch house revival, with SALEM’s first song in five years recently announced on, of all places, Wolfgang Tillmans’ Instagram: the band’s remix of “Make It Up As You Go Along” appears on his EP, with an album of its own to follow. When I scroll through my socials I find all sorts of stories about witches, articles about ayahuasca ceremonies with shamans, and complaints about Mercury in retrograde — which is not to say that these are all the same thing, but they do appeal to similar mindsets and satisfy similar urges, and they are everywhere. Lindsay Lohan has described how ayahuasca has changed her life, for the better, and Taylor Swift has described how Mercury in retrograde changes all our lives, for the worse, because “everything is going to be completely wrong and messed up and miscommunicated.” At the time of writing, Mercury has finally left retrograde.

Read the rest of this article at I-D

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker

At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny.

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When Leonard Cohen was twenty-five, he was living in London, sitting in cold rooms writing sad poems. He got by on a three-thousand-dollar grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. This was 1960, long before he played the festival at the Isle of Wight in front of six hundred thousand people. In those days, he was a Jamesian Jew, the provincial abroad, a refugee from the Montreal literary scene. Cohen, whose family was both prominent and cultivated, had an ironical view of himself. He was a bohemian with a cushion whose first purchases in London were an Olivetti typewriter and a blue raincoat at Burberry. Even before he had much of an audience, he had a distinct idea of the audience he wanted. In a letter to his publisher, he said that he was out to reach “inner-directed adolescents, lovers in all degrees of anguish, disappointed Platonists, pornography-peepers, hair-handed monks and Popists.”

Cohen was growing weary of London’s rising damp and its gray skies. An English dentist had just yanked one of his wisdom teeth. After weeks of cold and rain, he wandered into a bank and asked the teller about his deep suntan. The teller said that he had just returned from a trip to Greece. Cohen bought an airline ticket.

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

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