Edward S Curtis, 1904
Astrolabe - reintroduced to Europe in the Dark Ages by the Moors. Edit
An astrolabe (Greek: ἀστρολάβος astrolabos, “star-taker”) is an elaborate inclinometer, historically used by astronomers, navigators, and astrologers. Its many uses include locating and predicting the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars, determining local time given local latitude and vice-versa, surveying, triangulation, and to cast horoscopes. It was used in classical antiquity, the Islamic Golden Age, the European Middle Ages and Renaissance for all these purposes. In the Islamic world, it was also used to calculate the Qibla and to find the times for Salat, prayers. There is often confusion between the astrolabe and the mariner’s astrolabe. While the astrolabe could be useful for determining latitude on land, it was an awkward instrument for use on the heaving deck of a ship or in wind. The mariner’s astrolabe was developed to solve these problems.
Coinciding with the release of Iron Man 3, Hong Kong-based Hot Toys has released a series of Iron Man replicas including this Mark XX Python model based on Tony Stark’s Jarvis army. With attention to detail being Hot Toys’ forte, the collectible figure boasts magnetic detachable limbs and with flame detailing identical to scenes depicted in movie. The 30 cm collectable is 1/16 of the ‘real’ thing and features custom black and gold-colored armor, LED-lit eyes and circular-shaped RT on the chest. If you’re a fan of the latest movie, be sure to pre-order the collectible now at Hot Toys.
Yohji Yamamoto: The Poet of Black
Yohji Yamamoto reflects on his thirty year career in fashion. In this 20-minute film shot in Yamamoto’s Tokyo studio, the designer provides a laconic, engaging and sometimes passionate commentary on his career and design values. He considers how his work has evolved since his Paris debut and explains why he designs so differently for men and women, and also provides a withering personal analysis of the current state of the fashion industry.
Chad Hugo was always comfortable playing the background as a member of The Neptunes and N.E.R.D, and that’s even more apparent today as his co-pilot Pharrell flies high as a reinvented solo star. Instead, Chad remains a studio rat working on various side projects, and today he’s shared a slinky remix of “Killing Me,” by one his favorite bands, Little Dragon. The original was already fantastic, but like history has taught us, Chad’s midas touch always helps to elevate a song to that next level.
(Source: theiconoclasts / Shimmy Hoffa Here)