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June 11, 2013

Atlas Obscura

Filed under: Favorite Links — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 7:28 pm

House on the Rock, Atlas ObscuraGargoyles, Washington National Cathedral

We at Popular Kinetics have a penchant for the unusual, the surprising, and the downright bizarre. Hence, the Atlas Obscura blog site is an absolute favorite of ours! Founded by Dyland Thuras and Josh Foer, Atlas Obscura is an ongoing visual dialogue and database of curious places across the globe. To give you a sense of the AO spirit, three tenants of the creators are:  

There is something new under the sun, every day, all over the world

2. Around the corner is something that will surprise the hell out of you

3. Atlas Obscura is for people who still believe in

So get ready for adventure. Visit the Atlas Obscura site, and plan to spend some time roaming around. You could end up in some astonishing places.

Nikola Tesla, A Pop-Up Documentation

Filed under: books, performace art, pop-up books — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 9:11 am

Nikola Tesla documentary performance piece

Marco Tempest’s documentary video of Nikola Tesla’s life is as unique as his subject. Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a brilliant mathematician and innovator who experimented with alternating current, radio waves, X-rays, wireless telegraphy and remote control devices. He was issued numerous patents for his inventions, but tragically felt he was never properly recognized for his achievements during his lifetime. In Tempest’s performance, a pop-up book serves to relate Tesla’s story, and videos projected onto the book’s pages are accompanied by Tempest’s narration. If this documentary intrigues you, learn more about this fascinating man, starting with his Wikipedia page.

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