Lester fucking Bangs
“Astral Weeks,” insofar as it can be pinned down, is a record about people stunned by life, completely overwhelmed, stalled in their skins, their ages and selves, paralyzed by the enormity of what in one moment of vision they can comprehend. It is a precious and terrible gift, born of a terrible truth, because what they see is both infinitely beautiful and terminally horrifying: the unlimited human ability to create or destroy, according to whim. It’s no Eastern mystic or psychedelic vision of the emerald beyond, nor is it some Baudelairean perception of the beauty of sleaze and grotesquerie. Maybe what it boils down to is one moment’s knowledge of the miracle of life, with its inevitable concomitant, a vertiginous glimpse of the capacity to be hurt, and the capacity to inflict that hurt.
5:03 pm • 22 August 2012 • 2 notes
“Thirty years on, the future will still be boring. I see an endless suburbanization, interrupted by notes of totally unpredictable violence: the sniper outside the supermarket, the bomb outside suburban hypermarket, the madman with the Kalashnikov in McDonald’s. But this random violence is totally without connection to people’s everyday lives. This will lead to a feeling that the world is arbitrary and illogical, insane even. That’s a frightening kind of landscape.”
— JG Ballard, 2002, by way of Warren Ellis
(Source: neurovagrant, via thulium)
11:13 am • 21 July 2012 • 20 notes
Designers have created the world’s first knife with a heated blade to solve the age old problem of cold butter not spreading properly on bread. The knife heats to 41.8 degrees Celsius after research found that is the optimum temperature to spread butter. A button on the handle activates the battery operated heating element and a flashing LED indicates it is on.
8:08 am • 29 June 2012 • 789 notes