Saturday, October 18, 2014
"There is little record of Van Tassel’s life other than his own words. He dropped out of high school in Ohio and emigrated to southern California, joining the World War II-era aeronautics industry at a time of unparalleled growth and expansion. Though he later glorified his career, describing himself as a flight test engineer, test pilot, or even personal pilot to Howard Hughes, he told the 1940 census-takers he was a tradesman, a tool and die maker. At the time, he was working for the Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica and living in a modest home with his wife and children, as well as his mother-in-law and his wife’s three younger siblings. He moved from Douglas to Hughes Aircraft, and then to Lockheed, leaving the factories for good in 1947, a year of massive layoffs as aeronautics production recalibrated to peacetime. The vacancy of Giant Rock must have presented itself as a golden opportunity.
Relieved of his nine-to-five job and invigorated by the desert environs, Van Tassel began a flurry of activity—writing, meditating, publishing, and building. He founded a religious non-profit, the Ministry of Universal Wisdom, and an associated college, and began mass mailing its official organ, the Proceedings of the College of Universal Wisdom. In a few short years, Van Tassel emerged as a central figure in atomic-era ufology. His first book, I Rode a Flying Saucer (1952), was a diary of alien messages “radioned” by otherworldly intelligences to Van Tassel’s telepathic mind; shortly after, he met aliens in the flesh, whom he described as “white people with a good healthy tan,” all measuring exactly five feet six inches. The leader, Solganda, spoke excellent English “equivalent to [actor] Ronald Colman,” and through thought transference conveyed to Van Tassel directions for building a time machine, the Integratron. The Integratron was to become Van Tassel’s lasting monument.”
Sasha Archibald’s piece in Cabinet Magazine about an atomic age cult in the California desert is a must-read. 

"There is little record of Van Tassel’s life other than his own words. He dropped out of high school in Ohio and emigrated to southern California, joining the World War II-era aeronautics industry at a time of unparalleled growth and expansion. Though he later glorified his career, describing himself as a flight test engineer, test pilot, or even personal pilot to Howard Hughes, he told the 1940 census-takers he was a tradesman, a tool and die maker. At the time, he was working for the Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica and living in a modest home with his wife and children, as well as his mother-in-law and his wife’s three younger siblings. He moved from Douglas to Hughes Aircraft, and then to Lockheed, leaving the factories for good in 1947, a year of massive layoffs as aeronautics production recalibrated to peacetime. The vacancy of Giant Rock must have presented itself as a golden opportunity.

Relieved of his nine-to-five job and invigorated by the desert environs, Van Tassel began a flurry of activity—writing, meditating, publishing, and building. He founded a religious non-profit, the Ministry of Universal Wisdom, and an associated college, and began mass mailing its official organ, the Proceedings of the College of Universal Wisdom. In a few short years, Van Tassel emerged as a central figure in atomic-era ufology. His first book, I Rode a Flying Saucer (1952), was a diary of alien messages “radioned” by otherworldly intelligences to Van Tassel’s telepathic mind; shortly after, he met aliens in the flesh, whom he described as “white people with a good healthy tan,” all measuring exactly five feet six inches. The leader, Solganda, spoke excellent English “equivalent to [actor] Ronald Colman,” and through thought transference conveyed to Van Tassel directions for building a time machine, the Integratron. The Integratron was to become Van Tassel’s lasting monument.”

Sasha Archibald’s piece in Cabinet Magazine about an atomic age cult in the California desert is a must-read. 

Friday, October 17, 2014
lareviewofbooks:

If there are two things we love at LARB, it’s literature and libations. Join us on Wednesday night, October 22nd at 8pm at Kahuna Tiki in North Hollywood for a bit of both.
Los Angeles Review of Books & Flaunt Magazine present Palm Trees - So Cal’s Stand Alone “Selfies,” with readings by David L. Ulin, Todd Edwards, Nina Revoyr, Michael Jaime-Becerra, & Maria Bustillos. 

LA friends, you should go to this. 

lareviewofbooks:

If there are two things we love at LARB, it’s literature and libations. Join us on Wednesday night, October 22nd at 8pm at Kahuna Tiki in North Hollywood for a bit of both.

Los Angeles Review of Books & Flaunt Magazine present Palm Trees - So Cal’s Stand Alone “Selfies,” with readings by David L. Ulin, Todd Edwards, Nina Revoyr, Michael Jaime-Becerra, & Maria Bustillos. 

LA friends, you should go to this. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I adore David Lynch

(Source: alexleefitz)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

mypubliclands:

mypubliclands:

What does Jurassic Park have to do with public lands? Quite a bit, actually…

Jurassic Park is based on paleontologist’s research analyzing fossils. Our extensive knowledge of dinosaurs wouldn’t be possible without this research, which is conducted by permitted paleontologists and their students. Many of the greatest dinosaur discoveries occur on your public lands in Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and New Mexico!  For example, just outside Cañon City, Colorado discoveries include the first complete skeleton of Allosaurus, the three most complete Stegosaurus skeletons ever found, as well as the first known remains of dinosaurs like Camarasaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Diplodocus.

Of course, the proper preservation and protection of paleontological resources is a vital component of BLM’s Paleontology program and is the reason that the BLM and Universal Studios created these Public Service Announcements back in 1993.  Students and scientists with BLM permits are making new discoveries every year, many of whom became excited about paleontology because of movies such as Jurassic Park. Join the adventure, click here to learn more about fossils on public lands!

—Kyle Sullivan, BLM Colorado

Watch the original PSAs here:

Jeff Goldblum

Laura Dern

Sam Neill

Michael Crichton

Note: license for footage used in these PSAs granted by Universal Studios in June 1993.

Happy National Fossil Day 2014, Tumblrs!  Celebrate with our dino throwback.

theparisreview:

“Ethridge never read anything he could possibly avoid reading. He was one of those successful editors who edit by belonging to the best clubs and attending the right teas. Mere perusal of manuscripts was not particularly in his line.”
The literary agent of yore.

theparisreview:

“Ethridge never read anything he could possibly avoid reading. He was one of those successful editors who edit by belonging to the best clubs and attending the right teas. Mere perusal of manuscripts was not particularly in his line.”

The literary agent of yore.

Monday, October 13, 2014

I’m celebrating Halloween with a Darkplace marathon. Nothing spookier than the work of master of the horror genre (and dabbler in westerns and erotica, just to keep his oar in), Garth Marenghi.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
thelandofmaps:

Soil Map - Kenya - Looking for more like this if anyone knows, please. [4519x5537]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

thelandofmaps:

Soil Map - Kenya - Looking for more like this if anyone knows, please. [4519x5537]
CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!
thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

The problem with Josh is he has no sense of proportion. It’s like you shake hands with a hand buzzer, then he will pick your daughter up from school and not tell you. The sickest things were the small shit he used to do. I was always reading books on the set and he would tear the last few pages out of them! Also, at one point I was going through a really difficult time and I had this very sweet assistant who would write little supportive aphorisms on post-its and leave them in my dressing room, like: “I have the time and space to do everything that I need to do.” Little things like that. And Josh, who would apparently always go into my dressing room, would take those down and put things like, “There is no happiness. The reward is death.” “Will I ever work again?” Bradley Whitford on Josh Malina (x)

(Source: raggedyotter)

Monday, October 6, 2014

How did I overlook Expo 86 when it came out???

(Source: Spotify)

Friday, October 3, 2014

thegetty:

Photographs by Chris Killip of North East England reveal human resilience in a ravaged landscape.

50 images of the seaside landscapes and working-class people in the villages surrounding Newcastle were published in In Flagrante (1988) and are new acquisitions at the museum!

Read more here.

“Boo” on a Horse, Seacoal Camp, Lynemouth, Northumberland, negative 1984; print 1987, Chris Killip. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 13 1/2 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council, 2014.25.8. © Chris Killip 

“Cookie” in the Snow, Seacoal Camp, Lynemouth, Northumberland, 1985, Chris Killip. Gelatin silver print, 10 7/8 x 13 3/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council, 2014.25.11. © Chris Killip

Bever, Skinningrove, North Yorkshire, 1980, Chris Killip. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 13 9/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council, 2014.25.1. © Chris Killip

Seacoal Camp, Lynemouth, Northumberland, 1984, Chris Killip. Gelatin silver print, 10 15/16 x 13 3/8 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council, 2014.25.10. © Chris Killip