Whatever & Ever Today: A Crowdfunded Telescope, The Smith Family Saves The World, & James Murphy Is Still Awesome

Asteroid miners want to make a telescope by the people, for the people; Will Smith and Family are Earth’s true saviors; and James Murphy geeks out.

Send Selfies To Space For Some Reason

Kickstarter has been a pretty controversial topic this year with Amanda Palmer, Zach Braff, Veronica Mars, and even that one band Eisley launching crowdfunding campaigns to mixed reception. Now, Planetary Resources, “an asteroid mining company,” funded by the likes of James Cameron, Eric Schmidt and other billionaires, wants 1 million dollars to create a crowdsourced telescope called ARKYD (pronounced “ahrk-kid.”) Among many other things, you can have your own photo displayed in space for just $25. Strangely, the idea of “space selfies” is less annoying than anything Amanda Palmer has ever done.

Charted: The Smith Family Saves The World

Because Will & Jaden Smith are starring in M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fli blockbuster After Earth that opens today in theaters,Wired decided to chart how often the Smith family saves the world across their film careers. Apparently, Will Smith’s character has saved all humanity in nine of his movies, even Shark Tale (allegedly). Be it vampires, aliens, Civil War-era criminals, or robots, Will Smith’s characters have been able to stop them all. But, it’s debatable that Willow Smith saves pop music from haters with “Whip My Hair,” because isn’t it obvious that’s what Har Mar Superstar is doing?

Watch James Murphy DJ and Geek Out About Music

This month, the Red Bull Music Academy has been sponsoring lectures and DJ sets from a bunch of influential figures in music including Brian Eno, El-P, and Giorgio Moroder. In the latest entry, LCD Soundsystem and DFA Records Founder James Murphy sat down for 90 minutes to geek out about his favorite tracks and talk about the history of DFA amongst other topics. It’s worth it just to see James Murphy express his love for the B-52s to the surprise of the interviewer. Later on, Murphy played a pretty eclectic DJ set.

Murphy’s DJ set

Whatever and Ever Today is written by übermensch Josh Terry

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