Thoughts from the West

Everything is going to be ok.

I lack emotional anchors in my life. I’m like a ship always at sea, never at port, always roiled by the waves at my bow. 

Rise of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Ok forget the ridiculousness of the billboards you’ve been seeing around LA. Or the desire to roll your eyes at the fact that this is the 8th sequel/prequel/remake of a movie that basically boils down to: “Oh shit, the monkeys can talk!!!”

Forget the fact that 6/8 of these movies were just testaments to the power of Hollywood makeup and prosthetics. Forget the Tim Burton version. Please God, never mention to me the Tim Burton version. 

Forget it all and embrace the reality that this new prequel trilogy is probably the best re-iteration of any franchise I’ve ever seen. Ever.

Hats off to the writing team, because when you perfectly align your story to the previous films, and still introduce complexity, suspense, and uncertainty to a film where we all ready know the ending, that’s gonna earn you some major props. 

Well Done Movie People. Well Done!

i ate 2 pieces of shrimp for dinner. well, 2 pieces of shrimp and 6 beers. that’s healthy right?

45 Years Ago We Landed Men on the Moon

These images are just stunning. 

I really feel so much better when I’m wrung out - physically, emotionally, mentally. Everything just feels so much more alive when you’re invested in something. 

Some gear in my head flipped back on yesterday.

Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Death Self, 1977. This performance consisted of the two artists seated in front of each other, connected at the mouth. They took in each other’s breaths until all of their available oxygen had been used up. The performance lasted only 17 minutes, resulting in both artists collapsing unconscious to the floor, having filled their lungs with carbon dioxide. This personal piece explored the idea of an individual’s ability to absorb the life of another person, exchanging and destroying it.

(Source: unculturedmag, via thatspoiledgiraffe)

architectural-review:

Located at the B Braun factory in Melsungen, Germany, this mechanical aqueduct drops liquid IV solutions and IV-bags from the production building into the parked lorries below before being delivered to the rest of the world.

architectural-review:

Located at the B Braun factory in Melsungen, Germany, this mechanical aqueduct drops liquid IV solutions and IV-bags from the production building into the parked lorries below before being delivered to the rest of the world.

arkitekcher:

Arvo Pärt Centre  |  OFIS
Location: Laulasmaa, Estonia  |  More Views: 1234. 5. 6.

The Arvo Pärt Center near Tallinn is designed based on “high comfort – low impact” philosophy. The energy consumption is reduced by the building design by combining all building areas into one single volume in order to minimize perimeter heat transfer area. The next step is the utilization of minimally heated and naturally cooled buffer spaces like the central atria and double skin facades on the first level. In addition, a high quality façade – including triple glazing - insulates the building in winter. An exterior shading system reduces summer solar gains, but allows for daylight and passive solar heating in winter. The ventilation of the Arvo Pärt Center is driven by stack effect and a solar chimney during winter, whereas during summer the building will be naturally ventilated. The atria itself is used as an exhaust air atria, which is connected to the solar chimney. A water wall in the center of the atria will provide cooling in summer and humidification in winter. With these measures a highly comfortable building will be achieved using a minimum of energy and resources.”