The Hebdomadal Revue—January 15th–21st

Hebdomadal Revue January 15-21

The Hebdomadal Revue is a collection of the best articles, videos, recordings, images, etc. the editors of The Airspace found in the previous week. The Internet is filled with awe-inspiring things made by people from all across the world. The Revue is an attempt to tap into that syncretic wonder and bring it to our readers—it’s also a great place to blow off steam on a Sunday.

Moonrise KingdomIMDB

Wes Anderson’s new film—its trailers and stars. The story and production look fantastic. It’s definitely a film to look forward to.

Welcome to The AirspaceThe Airspace

Last Sunday, January 15th, marked the beginning of The Airspace. We’re, no doubt, patting ourselves on the back here but we believe our intent is universal and our goals substantial. Read Welcome to The Airspace to learn our vision for the future of online publications and media and how you are a part of it.

The goal of the Airspace is to take all that fragmented information, and piece it together to create great stories. Since humankind began lumbering around the plains and painting caves, we have been searching for compelling stories and rich narratives to preserve our identity over time. Those stories amalgamate and form our collective culture. As connections across the globe grew due to the proliferation of the Internet, many geographic sub-cultures meshed together and created an indeterminate quasi-culture—it’s roots are authentic but the combination is reductive. As a reaction to quasi-culture, people retreated to niches where they could focus on, and give their entire attention to one concept or principle at a time. Eventually even niches became divided, dense, and hard to penetrate. The Airspace starts at the cellular level of niches and builds stories so our readers can find comprehensive, and accessible narratives to fit their interests.


14 Alternate Drive PostersEmpire


Having just seen Drive, these alternative posters are both stunning and excellent at capturing the feel for the film.

Voted by Empire’s writers as their best film of 2011, Drive is one of those achingly cool movies that’s destined to become a cult classic. The kind of movie, in fact, that film buffs will hang posters of in their bedrooms for decades to come. So when we got the chance to speak to Rich Andrews of Empire Design – no relation – to talk us through his work on creating Drive’s poster campaign, we jumped at the chance. Guiding us through the alternate versions of the final design, Rich explains the ins and outs of making Baby Goose look extra, extra cool…


Girl Walk // All Day

Girl Walk // All Day is an epic music film from The Gothamist that follows a girl and her two beaus while they dance along with New York to Girl Talk’s All Day. The full series is now posted online. If you haven’t heard Greg Gillis’s 2010 mash-up masterpiece recently, this energetic piece is a great way to experience it again.

King of the Cosmos—Carl Zimmer Playboy

Carl Zimmer profiles Neil deGrasse Tyson, the celebrity astrophysicist, in the January, 2012 edition of Playboy. Tyson picks up where Carl Sagan left off in the quest to inspire all Americans to dream, question and wonder about the infinity of the Cosmos. It’s a long read but completely worth the time.

The giant screen behind Tyson filled with astro-porn–gorgeous NASA photos of other parts of the solar system. Mars with its own hints of water, Saturn capped by a vast hexagonal cloud, asteroids that might someday smash into Earth. Tyson reviewed an evolutionary tree of life on Earth, made up mostly of microbes (“Get over it”), and pondered the possibility of life on Mars or some Earth-like planet orbiting another star.

“Wow,” Tyson said when he checked his watch. “We are running late on time. I have to go faster. You with me? You ready?” He turned to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, which has begun to smash protons at such huge energies that it may uncover a mythical particle known as the Higgs boson, predicted by some scientists to endow all matter with mass. Tyson jumped back to the Big Bang and then forwards through the growth of the universe, and then contemplated the possibility that our universe was one of many universes, each budding off of another through a black hole.

“This is way out there,” Tyson said. “There is no evidence to support any of this. There are some cogent theoretical evidence and philosophical arguments.” But if it were true, it would certainly be in keeping with the history of astronomy, he pointed out. “Every time we thought we were one, in fact we were many. ‘Oh, we’re the one Earth, the center of the universe.’ No, we’re one of multiple planets around the star. Okay, the sun is special. No, the sun is one of a hundred billions arts in the galaxy. The galaxy is special. No, it’s one of a hundred billion galaxies in the universe. All right, the universe is alone. Maybe not.”


The Only Murdering Murder Guide You’ll Ever Need, You Murderer—Jim Behrle The Awl

Jim Behrle breaks down how best to handle a “hypothetical” murder. Sure, you might not want to kill anybody now, but just in case the insatiable urge arises Behrle has nine hilarious points to guide you through the gruesome process.

Take the serial killer Dexter, for example. He does that whole plastic-wrapped killing hole thing every time he does a murder. That is so much work. The guy at the plastic store has probably called the cops on him a billion times by now. “This guy uses a lot of plastic and is always buying shovels all the time.” Bad idea. Real assassin type killers leave all the evidence at the crime scene. Just drop the Candlestick in the Conservatory, Professor Plum. Sure, your fingerprints may be on that candlestick. But most likely so are the maid’s. And whoever’s been using it as a dildo. You can try and smudge your prints if you wish in this murder scenario. Which isn’t the best example of the kind of murder you’ll get away with. They’ll have all kinds of “a person this tall and right-handed struck the fatal blow” evidence on you anyway. But it’s better than trying to take it with you, throwing it in the East River. Buried in your backyard that candlestick is you going to jail. You might think throwing it deep into dirty water might help, but someone will probably see you throw it in. And the thing probably isn’t real gold, it’s probably some kind of cheap metal that floats. Floatanium!


Star Wars Uncut, The Directors Cut

Casey Pugh, a developer at Vimeo, decided to exercise the power of the Internet by dividing Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope into 472 fifteen-second pieces and commissioning the citizens of the internet to rise to the challenge. The directors cut, a full two hours and four minutes long, is the culmination of over 2 years of work on the project. And it’s completely awesome.

In 2009, thousands of Internet users were asked to remake “Star Wars: A New Hope” into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Contributors were allowed to recreate scenes from Star Wars however they wanted. Within just a few months SWU grew into a wild success. The creativity that poured into the project was unimaginable.

SWU has been featured in documentaries, news features and conferences around the world for its unique appeal. In 2010 we won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media.


In which I fix my Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and am Hailed as a Conquering Hero—Mike Lacher McSweeney’s

Lo, they were troubled times when the Internet was broken and The Google did not load. But, Mike Lacher brings back chivalry, heroism, and antediluvian imagery to tell the story of a warrior who possessed the chutzpah and wit to fix his girlfriend’s grandparents’ WiFi.

But then one gray morning did Internet Explorer 6 no longer load The Google. Refresh was clicked, again and again, but still did Internet Explorer 6 not load The Google. Perhaps The Google was broken, the people thought, but then The Yahoo too did not load. Nor did Hotmail. Nor The land was thrown into panic. Internet Explorer 6 was minimized then maximized. The Compaq Presario was unplugged then plugged back in. The old mouse was brought out and plugged in beside the new mouse. Still, The Google did not load.


If These Tree’s Could Talk

These guys can really put together some great songs. The music moves from very light, melodic, and beautiful ambient sections, to bone-crushing heavy parts with loud distorted guitars.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Winning Proposal For Aberdeen City GardenCore 77

Aberdeen City Garden Winning Proposal

Really beautifully integrated landscaping and architecture plans for a Scottish garden. Organic shapes add to the naturalistic effect, yet it comes off as incredibly futuristic. These renderings are not to be missed, this is the future of design.


Light-Light Floating Lamps

Consumer-ready levitation technology for decorative purposes. If you have about $1,000 dollars to drop on a lamp, these would be the lamps to look at.


Pianos Become The Teeth – I’ll Get By

A powerful video of a performance of the closer of Pianos Become The Teeth’s sophomore LP The Lack Long After. This song finds vocalist Kyle Durfey coping with the issues of his father’s death explored for the duration of the album, and reluctantly admitting that life must go on. The pain is written all across his face in this emotional rendition.

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